Earthly elements, modern sculpture new at CMC |

Earthly elements, modern sculpture new at CMC

Lynette O’Kane’s and Charles Parson’s art is an investigation of time, change and transformation.

O’Kane’s earthly, distressed materials question parallels between the energy shifts in the world’s belief systems and compensatory adjustments to the planet. Parson expresses himself by recycling cold metals forgotten in scrap yards into sharp, sheer monuments with artistic elements and architecturally modern angles. His large-scale exterior works – as tall as 212 stories – are featured in parks and at universities around the nation.Starting Monday and running through Sept. 27, these two artists exhibit their differing works at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Springs gallery. An artists’ reception takes place from 5:30 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

O’Kane, a professional artist for more than 20 years, has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has chosen to live what she terms “a rural life” in Glenwood “to be more directly connected with nature, community and family.”Her art features soft, earthen colors, representing aging and weathering elements, highlighting her documentation of personal experiences through what she calls “a journalizing format.”

Parson has received wide acclaim nationally as a sculptor of modern art and has exhibited throughout the nation. His large-scale outdoor works have displayed in Illinois, Indiana and Florida.”The experiences in my formative years resulted in a love of structure, enjoyment of large-scale art, willingness to merge the disciplines of art, theater and music, and savoring of speaking to the man on the street,” he said. “Also, developing tools and a sensibility to broaden our skills daily, recycling materials of the residue of our culture in an expressive manner, and the theatrical temporality of installation at large-scale public art events seem to be the most prevalent elements in who I am as a sculptor.”

He also had one titled “Earth Gate” in the Museum of Outdoor Art’s Exhibit at Hudson Gardens in Littleton, and has produced graphics and exhibits for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He is teaching as senior chair of the Community College of Denver’s arts department.The CMC gallery is located downtown at Ninth Street and Grand Avenue. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment with Alice Beauchamp, CMC Center for Excellence in the Arts director, by calling 947-8367.

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