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Women gone wild with art

Plastic pink flamingos have found their place in art history.Avant-garde art incorporating the American lawn ornament icon is just one of the funky highlights of the “Seventh Annual Wild Women of Progressive Art” exhibit at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.”Don’t you think this show is very inspiring for women?” said Shannon Muse, one of the 13 valley artists featured in the show. “I just love it.”This year’s “Wild Women” include Muse, Wewer Keohane, Linda Drake, Bobbie Van Meter, Maria Sippola, Nicole Levesque, Ardith Robinson, Maggie Mae Butler, Dee Dee Shea, Terry Muldoon, Jacquetta Green, Janet Nelson and Kathy Honea.”It’s creative,” said Gayle Mortell, the center’s executive director. “It’s a little sophisticated, and still very progressive.”The show opened last Friday with artists in eccentric costumes and expressive works in a range of mediums. Shea displayed her textured acrylic paintings, one created using rice paper, another utilizing an old soap box.”I’m a dumpster diver,” said Shea, a mixed media artist. “I like to use garbage in my art.”From her 102-year-old Aunt Bea to an excerpt from “Memoirs of a Geisha,” inspirations for Shea include the world around her – and what doesn’t surround her.”I’m a people lover but sometimes seek out isolation,” Shea said. “I look for comfort, which I found in the Olympics. I think it was the only good news this year.”Baseball, cherry pie, milkshakes and cheeseburgers inspired Honea in her fun “American Icon” series. The square acrylic paintings feature a few of America’s favorite things with whimsical sayings etched in unbleached wood frames.The art of “Wild Women” runs through Aug. 29, with pieces replenished as patrons purchase works during the summer months. The exhibit’s affordable Artful Gift Boutique features artwork under $100.Call the center at 945-2414 for more information.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

• Who: “Wild Women” artists Wewer Keohane, Linda Drake, Bobbie Van Meter, Maria Sippola, Shannon Muse, Nicole Levesque, Ardith Robinson, Maggie Mae Butler, Dee Dee Shea, Terry Muldoon, Jacquetta Green, Janet Nelson and Kathy Honea• What: “Seventh Annual Wild Women of Progressive Art” exhibit• When: through Aug. 29• Where: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 945-2414


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