Local artists display work at watercolor show

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By RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
Three local artists are showing their watercolor works at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The paintings are displayed on the museum's balcony, and will be on view until after the holidays.
Mary Pat Ettinger, Lynette "Sis" Pell and Kay Servatius are all local professional artists, and the museum has had their work on display since the beginning of November.
The work of Ettinger is inspired by the life and community of Craig, and she said she sees her work as a source of rejuvenation.
"In view of what happened this fall, things are very strained," Ettinger said. "My work reflects the peacefulness and beauty of our area, and hopefully people can regain a sense of who we are, and the integrity of our community by seeing these works."
Ettinger works with acrylics in a watercolor style on canvas. The transparency, fluidness and the vibrancy of the colors is what attracts her to working in the medium, she said.
The piece entitled "Memory of the Gates" that depicts the Gates of Ladore is one that Ettinger feels "represents everything truly Western solitude, massive forms, and water.
"I've painted that area so many times," she said. "I've been there with my children, and every time it's an incredibly awesome experience. I draw a lot of inspiration from our area. I have a real appreciation for it."
Pell is one of three active generations of artists, as her mother, Alma, and her daughter, Pam Young, are also professional artists. Her daughters got Pell into art by confusing her with all the terms they were throwing around after taking art classes in high school. Pell decided to take a course to understand what it was her three daughters were talking about, and that led her to this career, she said.
Pell is a lifelong resident of Craig, and enjoys painting in watercolors more than any other type of expression.
"I do a lot of floral work I love flowers," Pell said. "I also generally do [pioneer] paintings, with the women in the long skirts and bonnets. Those sell relatively fast, so I don't get to keep many of them."
Pell's art has been collected by patrons in England, Japan, Canada and China. She also has a work hanging in the Capital building in Denver.
"The best thing has been being part of three generations of artists," she said. "And art is good therapy when you're stressed."
Servatius has traveled extensively, living in Honduras for twelve years, and some of the pieces shown at the Museum reflect that.
Servatius has worked in oils and in acrylics, but watercolors remain her favorite medium it's the most exciting medium, and painting is a chance to grow creatively, she said.
The art show is free, and open to the public during the museum's regular hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The museum will also be hosting a reception with the artists from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec.1.

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