The gallery’s experience is to establish a personal, even physical, connection with art. As digital media provide uninterrupted access to images, and artists reach a growing audience through images on Instagram, nothing ever replaces entering an art space, approaching creations, l ‘examination and appreciation of paintings and sculptures from many angles. This experience, personally related to art, can be found in abundance while wandering through Synchronization gallery on Santa Fe Drive.
Sync is a cooperative gallery of 20 local artists whose creative community has been part of the Santa Fe Arts District for 10 years. Sync started with six artists, working collaboratively and showing in the back room of a nearby store, and has since grown to 20 member artists. in their current space at 931 Santa Fe Dr., where they have been for several years. Sync occupies a beautiful, inviting space with an exposed brick wall and ductwork under a high wood-beamed ceiling that evokes a studio vibe, and the gallery feels like art. Sync artists are mostly contemporary in style with a penchant for abstract art and multiple forms, including mixed media. Exhibits rotate regularly with two artists usually showing in the front area, while the rear space is reserved for exhibiting the work of all members.
The current exhibition titled Connected synchronization is the annual group exhibition of gallery members, simultaneously showcasing the work of all of their artists. The purpose and theme of this year’s show “reflects the idea of connections “with” each artist presenting a work that shows how he connects with his work, connects with others and how the bonds in the community have changed during this difficult past year.”The approach of the creative community with Bound perfectly reflects the physical nature of the gallery experience, and it is equally appropriate and timely for a world still facing the challenge of the distancing required by the pandemic.
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Co-op galleries often offer more than just an opportunity to get close to art, as visitors also have the chance to chat with the artists who take turns working at the reception. Abstract acrylic artist Pam Gilmore Hake recently managed the floor after her solo show ended in December. The following weekend at the premiere of the show Bound, visitors were able to talk about art with Phyllis Rider, whose captivating mixed media piece “Eruption” is presented on the central wall of the current exhibition. Hake and Cavalier create a warm welcome, as if visitors have just stopped in a friend’s living room for the afternoon. Hake was an art teacher at Arapahoe Community College for 20 years, and Rider, a longtime artist and founding member of Sync, currently runs printmaking workshops. Their teaching experience adds to their gallery discussions and their own pieces, as they comfortably explain both the process and the vision.
Hake and Rider both speak thoughtfully about their intention and concepts for pieces of Abstract Expressionism, including the script-like black lines that prevail in both of their works. These lines inspire thoughts of subtle messages written in art. Hake uses acrylic paints and acrylic oil to create multi-layered explorations of mood through color, and in his opinion the strokes represent “a marriage of head, hand and heart” as she explores movement through color. Rider, like many artists, is influenced by traveling and recreating his experiences for a viewer. Her featured piece “Eruption” is inspired by her trip to the Galapagos Islands, and the bold orange splashes with streaks of black are reminiscent of the region’s volcanic history. “I’m not a big fan of the blues,” she said, noting the contrast to the ocean-inspired views that many people naturally associate with the Galapagos.
Other eye-catching works currently on display include the vibrant abstract geometry of Helene Strebel and Ulla Meyer and the subtle mountain landscapes of Pat Rucker. The views Rucker captures from various locations like Golden and Castlerock come to life with the delicate yellows of the Denver lights twinkling almost in the distance. Deep, resonant purples and blues capture the beauty of twilight in the foothills, as the city lights come alive. Encaustic pieces with delicate textures and colors, pop art displays with a bit of whimsy, and scattered black and white drops evoking minimalism cover the other walls of Sync with an inviting and diverse array. With performers like these, Sync has something for everyone, and the annual Membership Show is a great time to check-in.
The cooperative experience is invaluable for the career growth of many artists, as it is through collaborative experiences that they begin to understand simple utilitarian practices such as hanging paintings, using wall space. , the organization of an event and even the conversation with the public and potential customers. “You know you go to school and learn to create your art,” says Rider, but then the questions arise about how to make a living and continue to grow as an artist. In addition to Sync’s 20 regular members, the gallery also welcomes additional contributing artists, as well as one student each year.
The gallery experience is always worth a visit in Santa Fe’s Arts District, and Sync is one art space Denverites should consider hosting on a regular basis whenever they’re looking for a dose of art and beauty. .
Synchronization gallery is located at 931 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. It is open Thursday, Friday, Sunday from From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., “Sync Connected” runs until January 14, 2022.
All photos are courtesy of Sync Gallery on Facebook.