Roads Traveled With Linda L. Osmundson
A Wall Street Journal article on Friday, April 19, 2013 discussed the rising prices of women’s art. When thinking of women artists, most people remember Georgia O’Keeffe’s (1887-1996) paintings of landscapes, desert, and especially close-up flowers. Few people realize women
artists existed as early as the 1400s, if not earlier. Nuns, like Caterina dei Vigri (1413-1463), embellished manuscripts the same as men or painted other church art without recognition. Some women even sculpted. Properzia De’Rossi (1490-1530) created miniature carvings in peach pits and sculpted reliefs as well as sculptures. These women taught themselves or solicited male artists, often family members, willing to teach them individually.
With the western expansion of the United States, many women accompanied their husbands and recorded the journeys through art. If they signed their works, they often used a male name like their husband’s or initials. Women mostly painted portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes. They often concentrated on Indian portraits.
In February, “After Lunch,” a portrait of a woman in the Impressionistic style by Berthe Morisot, sold at auction for $10.5 million, the highest price ever paid for a piece by a woman. Compare that to Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” which sold last year for almost $120 million. Still, as an old saying goes, “Times, they are a changing.”
The Governor’s Invitational Art Show and Sale at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, April 28 through June 2, features more women than men; twenty-nine women to twenty-six men. All the artists, sexes, present outstanding backgrounds and exceptional art. It is a show not to be missed. Cost is $5 for the main gallery exhibit. Remember the museum is closed on Mondays. Free days are Sunday, May 12 and Thursday, May 30. Go to here for more information and hours.
Thompson Valley and Loveland Rotary Clubs sponsor the annual show composed of only Colorado artists. Artists submit samples, which are judged by a committee and those chosen are invited to exhibit two to four works. Many veterans of the past are returning along with a number of new artists to the show. You’ll have to compare the prices for women’s versus men’s art on your own.
Old timers like George Walbye (one of the founding members of the show), Rosetta, Mark Thompson, Kit Hevron Mahoney, James Biggers, and many more names you’d recognize show their works this year. Most of the new exhibitors are in the downstairs gallery. Northern Colorado is well represented in this show.
Mediums include: prints; bronze, alabaster, marble, and porcelain sculpture; oil, acrylic, watercolor, latex enamel, and egg tempera painting; pyrography (wood burning); cut paper; woodcut; turned wood; and scratchboard. Genres range from impressionism and realism to abstract.
Find Tiffany Miller Russell’s cut paper three-dimensional compositions in the first gallery. If you stand near her work and look toward the back wall of the main gallery, you will see a sampling of most of the mediums. Then take the time to check out your favorites at a closer range.
Unless previously purchased during the gala, all pieces are for sale. If you collect or admire one artist’s works, you’ll find them grouped together rather than scattered throughout the exhibit as in years past.
If you wish to start your own art collection, choose from a wide variety of experience and genres. Or, consider the purchase of a print; these are less expensive. Whatever you decide, to buy or not, don’t miss this annual show of Colorado, both male and female artists.