Watercolor painters mark end of class with Depot Art Center gallery in Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A group of watercolor students is celebrating the completion of this year’s painting class with the “Watercolor Whimsy” exhibit at the Depot Art Center.
The two 30-week watercolor classes at the Depot — one beginner, one intermediate and above — are taught by Mary Levingston, an artist who taught art at Colorado Mountain College for 11 years and at the Depot for about five.
The gallery features pieces in a slew of styles, including watercolor on crinkled paper, pointillism and pieces on various colored paper, representing a full range of what the class covers.
“The watercolor we do is definitely not your grandmother’s stale watercolor,” said Sandy Fisher, a student in the class. Other students in the class are Gael Fetcher, Nancy Perricone, Ellen Bonnifeld, Mary Ann Duffy, Annie Meyer, Cher Dooley, Chris McGrorty, Cindy Wither, Jan Spencer, Jean Castinidos, Leslie Lovejoy, Lynn Kelley, Diana Simon, Margaret Huron, Jeanne Schneider, Sandy Dye and Mona Bernaiche.
Many of the artists have lived in the Yampa Valley for more than 20 years, and many have taken Levingston’s classes for several years. Some have just started exploring painting, but many more painted in their youth and are now returning to the medium in retirement, Levingston said.
“I’ve seen a lot of growth in these artists, not only in their painting, but also in their coming into a group and sharing their creativity, in taking chances and in learning to love their work,” Levingston said.
Each class begins with a quick exercise, then continues to the main subject of that day. During the 30 weeks of the class, each student takes a turn either bringing in a collection of objects to be a still life collection or posing as a model.
Once the official painting class ends for the year, many members of the group continue to meet and paint each week in the Yampa River Botanic Park.
What: “Watercolor Whimsy” gallery at First Friday ArtWalk
When: Opening: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3; Live painting: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3
Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.
“As important as the actual painting is, the social piece is just as important,” Levingston said.
Art included in “Watercolor Whimsy” will be for sale during the opening, and several of the artists will be painting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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