The 70th Annual Brush and Palette Club Fine Art Show runs through November 11, 2017. Susan Claffey, professor of art, emeritus, with Colorado Mesa University, has judged, and the show is open to the public in Studio Colorado at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.  Artwork removal is Monday, November 13, from 10am until 1pm.

This year’s judge, Suzanne Jandries-Claffey was a professor of art for 20+ years at Colorado Mesa University, and currently teaches painting and drawing classes at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL and spent her growing years “haunting artists” studios in ‘Old Town’ Chicago and taking drawing lessons from the Chicago Art Institute.

“My work has always reflected the formal elements of shape, line, color, and more recently, the play of positive/negative space. In graduate school (University of Denver, 1984 MFA) I was heavily influenced by the Pop Artists of the 60’s, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud and certainly Matisse, the master of color. All of my work is series based and much of it has involved the abstraction of everyday objects by placing them in a different context. In this way, the viewer must look at the objects themselves, conceptually, and not for their obvious traditional representation.

My imagery strives to express a universality that inhabits the psychological spaces of our minds, transcending time and culture. . . internal architectural spaces traveling the corridors of our minds linking the primal pools of consciousness with contemporary realities; a journey that is both primitive and eternal.”


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