Solo Show Opens July 3, 2014

Posted June 16, 2014 by Karen Scharer
Categories: Event photos, Events and Venues, Musings, News, Paintings, Photos

Art + Soul Gallery will be hosting a solo show of my latest work, opening July 3, 2014.  The gallery is located at 1615 Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado.  More that 20 new paintings will be on display in their beautiful space through August 24.  If you are in the local area, please stop by the artist reception on July 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This photo is “Winterlight,” 40 x 40, oil on canvas, © 2014 Karen Scharer

"Winterlight," 40 x 40, oil on canvas, © 2014 Karen Scharer

“Winterlight,” 40 x 40, oil on canvas, © 2014 Karen Scharer

The September 2013 Colorado Flood

Posted June 15, 2014 by Karen Scharer
Categories: Life, Musings, News, Photos

On September 11, 2013, the community in which I live and work was devastated by what would later be called a “Thousand-Year Flood”.  More than 17 inches of rain fell over a four-day period.  Although my husband Al and I suffered no damage to our home or my studio, our roads, electricity, water supply, phone lines, and a system of five dams and lakes were all destroyed.  Every major highway in the area was severely damaged.  Entire towns were cut off.  Across seventeen Colorado counties, thousands of Coloradans suffered severe damage to their homes, or lost them completely.  Eight people were killed.  The number of people rescued by National Guard helicopters as a result of the flood was second only to the record number rescued during Hurricane Katrina.

My husband and I and our dog, Bridget, evacuated from our home by helicopter a week after the flood.  We stayed briefly with friends, and then relocated to a condominium in Estes Park, normally about a 30 minute drive from our home.  At that point, it might as well have been on a different planet.  There was simply no way to get back.  We had evacuated with two suitcases and our computers, leaving everything else behind, including our vehicles.  We had to buy a car.  Friends and family sent us care packages of clothing and other necessities.  The organization that owned the condo we rented graciously provided us with basic furniture and housekeeping items.  It was a very disturbing and disorienting experience, but we were very lucky…we were okay, and we knew that we still had a home we could eventually return to.  That was more than thousands of other evacuees could look forward to.

Because of truly remarkable efforts on the part of many individuals and organizations, after nearly four months of being evacuated, Al and I were able to return to our home for New Year’s Eve.  At that point we had passable (though rugged) roads, electricity, water from a cistern we had plumbed into the house, and phones via our satellite internet service.  We watched our water use carefully, burned a lot of firewood, and were grateful to be home.

We are still looking for normal.  Landline phones were only restored about three weeks ago.  We still don’t have a mail box, and have to drive to the Post Office to get our mail…which can be anywhere from a one hour to a four-hour round trip, depending on the activity in the construction zones where work on the damaged highway is still continuing.  Heavy spring runoff temporarily closed one of only two ways into the community, leaving us a bit uneasy when it rained until the second road could be restored.  Construction delays make it almost impossible to predict how long it will take to get anywhere.  And rebuilding the dams that once gave the community a string of picturesque lakes will be a multi-year task.

For me, the closest thing to normal has been my time in the studio.  I am so grateful for the commitment to my work that allows me to indulge in many hours of escape from continually confronting an unimaginably lengthy and complex reconstruction and recovery task.  My work renews my energy and optimism, and helps me to see the beauty that still remains in spite of the destruction.  I have never been more thankful to have found my life’s work in painting.

You can scroll through the photos in this gallery by clicking on any of them.

 

The NEW Space Gallery is now open!

Posted June 5, 2014 by Karen Scharer
Categories: Event photos, Events and Venues, News, Paintings, Photos

"Dawn" and "Sonoran" (both 60 x 48) pose with me at the new Space Gallery.

“Dawn” and “Sonoran” (both 60 x 48) pose with me at the new Space Gallery.

Until just recently, there were only two galleries in Denver that resided in structures specifically built to be art galleries.  Now there are three!  Space Gallery has now relocated to their brand new, custom-built building at 400 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.  The public is invited to celebrate on Friday the 6th at the grand opening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  I will be there, I hope you can join me to see this amazing space and the wonderful group of artists that Michael and Melissa have brought together at Space.  Click here to read the glowing review of the new gallery and introductory show by Denver Westword critic Michael Paglia.

Closing This Weekend….

Posted June 7, 2013 by Karen Scharer
Categories: Events and Venues, News, Paintings, Photos

"Winter", 48 x 48, oil on canvas, © Karen Scharer

“Winter”, 48 x 48, oil on canvas, © Karen Scharer

My solo show at Art + Soul Gallery in Boulder, CO closes this weekend.  I show with the gallery on an on-going basis, so they will continue to have lots of new work, and they are always happy to help meet your collecting needs and desires!  This is one of the paintings from the show, “Winter”, 48 x 48, oil on canvas, © Karen Scharer.

And the Show Continues…..

Posted May 3, 2013 by Karen Scharer
Categories: Event photos, Events and Venues, News, Paintings, Photos

MINDOVERMATTER3The opening reception for “Mind Over Matter” was the evening of April 19 at Space Gallery, 765 Santa Fe Drive, in Denver, CO.  Had a great time, and I’ll be going back this evening for First Friday to enjoy it some more.  Tonight’s event runs from 6 to 9 (or 10…), with all four artists from the show in attendance.  Hope you can stop by.   This photo of me was taken in front of a couple of my pieces in the show.  The photographer is Caitlin Fairly….thanks, Caitlin!

Artist Reception, Tomorrow, May 2nd – 5 to 8 p.m.

Posted May 1, 2013 by Karen Scharer
Categories: Event photos, Events and Venues, News, Paintings, Photos

Just a portion of the work in the show at Art + Soul.  Thanks to Laura James for the photo!

Just a portion of the work in the show at Art + Soul. Thanks to Laura James for the photo!

The Artist Reception for my show at Art + Soul Gallery in Boulder, CO is tomorrow night, Thursday, May 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m.  Thanks to Laura James from the gallery for sending along this photo of the show….I stopped by the gallery while they were hanging the show, but I haven’t been in the gallery to see the finished product yet.  I’m excited to get there tomorrow and see how it all looks.  If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by to take a look and say hello as well!  The gallery is located at 1615 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO.

…..And Six More Delivered to Space Gallery

Posted April 21, 2013 by Karen Scharer
Categories: Events and Venues, News, Paintings, Photos

"Impulse", 40 x 40, oil on canvas, © Karen Scharer

“Impulse”, 40 x 40, oil on canvas, © Karen Scharer

After delivering 19 paintings to Art + Soul Gallery in Boulder, CO on Sunday April 14th, on Tuesday the 16th, I delivered six more brand new pieces to Space Gallery in Denver for the group show “Mind Over Matter” that opened just last Friday, the 19th.  I keep telling myself I should take a little time off after all that, but what I really want to do is paint!  This piece is one of the six that went to Space…it is Impulse, 40 x 40, oil on canvas, © Karen Scharer.


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