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Can a Surrealist painter explain art?

IMG_2779  Phyllis Hutchinson Montrose to Hugh Grant, Director, Kirkland Museum. “You’re asking me to explain my work? I’m a surealist painter. We can’t explain our work.”

IMG_2772“Illusion,” oil on canvas, 1985IMG_2773 “The Hunting Party,” casein tempera w/ oil glaze, 1969IMG_2774 “New Inhabitants – Central,” 1948


“Burlesque,” Angelo De Benedetto, 1947

The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver, lovingly put together a 54-year retrospective of Phyliss Hutchinson Montrose‘s career spanning 1946 to 2000. It’s rather fitting. The Kirkland Museum takes great pride in recognizing artists who have contributed to Colorado’s art history. With Montrose, she was also a student of the museum’s namesake, Vince Kirkland. He was a mentor and teacher to the young aspiring artist.

All shades of her friend, collector, artist, teacher Vance Kirkland and, two other Montrose mentors, Angelo Di Benedetto and Julio de Diego are easily recognizable in her work. There’s a child-like, naughtiness in her surrealistic work, which came after her close association with Di Benedetto, de Diego and Kirkland. Colorado artists in the 40’s were focused on the western aspect of the state and used dark, somber color palettes to represent everything from uncivilized craggly rocks and mountains to the otherworldly, expressionists style of seeing faun and flora on their canvases. Montrose’s work accurately follows the history of Colorado art from the 40’s to the twenty-first century.

Phyllis Hutchinson Montrose’s life and career brings to mind the 1960’s artist, Patty Smith.  Both were brilliant (still are).  Both loved art and cultural nightlife, painting, other artists and being in the moment of what was happening. Montrose and Smith wanted to be artists, and wanted to know and work with and learn from the cool artists of the day. For Montrose she looked to Vance Kirkland, Julio de Diego and Angelo Di Benedetto.

The exhibition is brilliant and important for its artistic and historical value. I feel honored to have been in the same room with the little known artist whose work will live forever in the hearts of informed Denver art collectors.  Still a feisty, articulate 80-something woman, Montrose is never without opinion. Asked about the abundance of surrealists artists in the state, she commented that it’s the thin air in Colorado that produces so many loopy surrealist painters in Colorado.

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Brushstrokes Gallery is moving….

Talk about Christmas shopping – 4 of Denver’s most beloved artists have your holiday shopping in mind. 

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Brushstrokes is moving!

(And we’re hosting a one-time sale,
just in time for the holidays

After 10 years on Denver’s South Gaylord Street, we’re relocating to 1487 S. Broadway–just minutes away in the heart of revitalized
“antique row”–in a gorgeous
turn-of-the-century space.

Moving Sale
November 23 – Dec 24
(11 am- 5 pm, Mon – Sat, or happily by appointment)
25% discounts on most original art and prints

We’ve greatly appreciated your support over the years, and look forward to reconnecting at our new location!
With best wishes,

Kelly Berger, John K. Harrell,
Kit Hevron Mahoney, Anita Mosher
Brushstrokes Studio Gallery LLP
1059 S. Gaylord St.
Denver, Colorado 80209
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The Madden Museum Features Six Ecclectic Denver Artists


Through November 23, 2012

Six non-conventional artists respond to the Madden Museum space with an exhibition of important new works: Ken Elliott, Victoria Eubanks, Janice McDonald, Karen Scharer, Carol Ann Waugh, & Mary Williams.

The Madden Museum, Palazzo Verdi, 6363 So. Fiddler’s Green Circle, Greenwood Village, 80111


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Brushstrokes Gallery, Anita, Kit, John, Kelly – First Friday Opening, August 3, 2012

Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery is one of my favorite galleries. Always new and colorful works displayed by the prolific quartet: Anita, Kit, John and Kelly. The four artists share space that has evolved into a must-see studio-gallery for the art lover and collector.


Brushstokes, 1059 Gaylord Street



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Project Angel Heart, August 24, 2012, Abend Gallery



Project Angel Heart is excited to announce the eleventh annual Art for Life event on Friday, August 24, 2012, to be held at the Abend Gallery in Denver. Join 500+ community leaders and art lovers for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, wine, desserts, good company, and fine art. Guests will have an opportunity to view and bid on the works of more than 80 local and internationally recognized artists who have donated work in support of Project Angel Heart. Once again, we are proud to partner with the Denver School of the Arts and Art Students League of Denver to highlight emerging artists.

Tickets: $65

FREE PARKING. Abend Gallery, 2260 E. Colfax, corner of Colfax and York.

2011 Art for Life paintings:

Left to right: artist, Jean Shom, Robert Spooner, Dean McCready, Cheryl St. John. A.E. Barnes, Susan Behrendt, Tim Brown, Judith Babcock.



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Sandra Phillips Gallery moving to Golden Triangle Art District

Stay tuned for opening date, highlights, artists and exhibitions.

For ten years, Sandra Phillips Gallery has been a platform for innovative exhibits, gallery shows and unique local and national artists bringing original, contemporary art to the wild and unruly Santa Fe Art District happenings each First Friday. I believe she is ready for a more sophisticated, clientele of collectors and artists. Just saying. Santa Fe is a wild, diverse, orgy of art, people, food, and performance once a month. Love it.  For those who simply want to view fabulous art in a chic museum setting, watch for the Sandra Phillips Gallery reopening. Coming asap, possibly as early as next month.


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