The MIX Annual Exhibit
Niza Knoll Gallery
March 29 – April 28, 2019
- Opening & Artist Reception: Friday, March 29, 5-8 pm
- “The Art of Brunch” Artwalk: Sunday, March 31, 11am-3pm; Featuring music from 12am-2pm by Central City Opera’s Alicia Baker, accordionist & vocalist
- “The Art of Brunch” Artwalk: Sunday April 28, 11 am–3 pm
Followers of The MIX Co-Op anticipate their annual show as a fantastic opportunity to acquire accessible pieces from a talented group of creators. Once a year, the co-op, usually residing in a smaller space within Niza Knoll Gallery, takes over the entire space. This year’s show will be equally as delightful and interesting featuring new works by member artists, Rachel Basye, Nancy Enyart Victoria Eubanks, Mark Friday, Jennifer Ghormley, Pat Lickly, Aliki McCain and Paula Romero Schmitt.
Mark Friday collects old, broken, discarded materials that interest him and then transforms them into forms that have an unexpected reality and new meaning.
Rachel Basye’s recent work is an extension of her image poetry—small visual statements, one per day in the new year. The pieces are individually created in vintage slide mounts with mixed media—prints, photography, handmade stamps and found objects.
Victoria Eubanks is continually fascinated by connections, that interweaving of stuff; roadways, electronic bits, coffee cups, friendships, history, memories. Her art explores connections; surface patterns over ethereal backgrounds, linear tracings, imperfect mark making, shapes bold or barely visible, all making connections of their own.
Pat Lickly’s travels have given her an interest in other cultures. The clay mandalas and other wall pieces in the show reflect that interest. For the past 12 years her choice of expression has been the ceramic medium, however, in recent years she has incorporated mixed media acrylic paint, collage, patinated metal, and other embellishments into some of her work, which gives her work an added dimension and interest.
Early last year Nancy Enyart began noticing fish - lots of fish everywhere. In photos, in illustrations, in paintings, in prints, in carvings, in a gallery opening, in a show at the art museum. She imagined that clay would be ideal for representing the flowing gracefulness of fish and thus began her current series, Fish.
Jennifer Ghormley’s site-specific installation entitled Cascade, features woodblock prints on sheer voile fabric. She chose to use a shape reminiscent of nature - flowers, clouds, or snow mounds that cover an object, resulting in a soft and gentle shape. As the installation pieces rise and fall, they flow in a gentle rhythm, some pieces meeting or merging from one into the next. This is a reflection of our individual lives, as they ebb and flow, together and apart. Additionally, air currents in the space cause the pieces to gently spin and sway, bringing the piece to life.
Aliki McCain continually challenges herself to grow in her daily investigation of the painting process. Being in the moment of creation is her main focus as she solves the creative challenges that arise from the canvas organically. This may lead to using unexpected materials or a different medium to express the feeling of the painting. She feels that we all share the same common language as humans much like art brings us together by its shared language.
Paula Romero Schmitt celebrates nature through encaustic paintings and ceramic sculptures. Paula’s wave paintings build layers of movement in both water and sky and project a peaceful atmosphere. The new wall series of branches and birds allow her work a new place to perch.
In 2009 Niza Knoll Gallery opened in the Art District on Santa Fe at 915 Santa Fe drive. The gallery specializes in intriguing conceptual exhibits, hosts first and third Friday events, monthly salons, private concerts and guest speakers. Past exhibits have included unusual artist pairings, outsider art, collaborative work, thought provoking thematic exhibits of artists using non-traditional media. Through a partnership with Kingman Winery the space serves a tasting room for their fine Colorado wines and is proud to offer their wine for sale during art walks and other special events. Visit www.nizaknollgallery.com for more information.
Niza Knoll Gallery
915 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204