Art Walk artists eager to display works

Brenda Knob and her son, Troy DeRose,will have artwork on display at this weekend's Art Walk, but their relationship may not be apparent in their styles.

"I don't tend to portray pleasantness or happiness," DeRose, a self-proclaimed avante-garde artist, said. "I have it emulate the human condition. I try to balance despair and hope.

"I intentionally don't make things pretty. Hers tend to be to tranquil and hopeful and pretty and serene."

One striking difference between their artistic styles is the mediums they prefer. DeRose's paintings are more abstract and interpretive, while Knob likes to work with pencil to make detailed drawings.

She thinks it's surprising how much their artwork contrasts, especially because they had the same art teacher, Jay Peck, at Moffat County High School. Then they both went on to art courses at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Knob for one semester, DeRose for a degree in painting.

Knob and DeRose also have been inspired by Knob's sister, the late Judy Sadvar, who loved to work with watercolors.

And though art is a hobby for Knob, DeRose has made it his profession. As owner of Identity Graphics, 455 Yampa Ave., he uses his background every day in sign making. That's where his work will be displayed for Saturday's Art Walk, set for 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Craig.

"It gets people in my business, and they get to see what I'm doing when I'm not working," he said.

Both have participated in the event in years past, but neither have sold any of their pieces. They have no expectations of selling any this year either.

"I don't paint flowers and landscapes," DeRose said. "It seems that's what people like."

Carol Allen has sold one painting in her four-year tenure with Art Walk. This year, her work will be on display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Center of Craig.

"I think it's more of a social thing," she said.

"People like getting out there and seeing what's happening in the art world."

She typically works with oils but also uses pastels and watercolors. She's been taking classes at the Colorado Northwestern Community College for four years and thinks her skills have improved immensely.

But she's not sure that will help her artwork sell this weekend.

"If (people) see something that really reaches out and grabs them, I think they'll buy it," she said.

"But to go out and look for art, I don't think they're into that."

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