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Artist Sandra Kaplan finds inspiration in the ordinary

Special to the Daily

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories profiling some of the artists taking part in the second annual Art on the Rockies, set for July 14 and 15 in Edwards.

The Vail Valley Arts League is proud to sponsor Denver artist Sandra Kaplan, who will exhibit and demonstrate her painting techniques at this year’s Art on the Rockies. The Gallery Tent features nationally acclaimed artists who work and interact with the viewers during the free, two-day festival at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards July 14 and 15. Art on the Rockies will open its second year with a diverse and international group of 120 artists.

“During the past few years, my most private works have been collages,” Kaplan wrote on her blog at “Despite my passion for dark chocolate I find myself picking chocolate bars for their wrappers instead of the cocoa content. Packaging – from bath soaps to boxes that once held green tea – begins to take on emotional resonance.”

The raw imagery of her collage “Earth to Kooza” allows the artist’s mind to soar quickly and freely into uncharted territory. The more representational work from her “My Colorado” series is refreshed and charged by her playful compositions and unusual interpretation of color and brush technique.

A native of Cincinnati, Kaplan graduated with honors from Pratt Institute in New York City. She has been living in Denver since 1971. Her paintings may be found in corporate and private collections throughout the United States, as well as in Stockholm, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Japan. Kaplan is on the faculty of the Art Students League of Denver, and, after six years of dedication, rotated off of the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver. She has been awarded a grant by the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a Co-Visions Grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts and a fellowship to YADDO. She’s been featured in the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Art in America, American Artist, Southwest Art and Artist Magazine.