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‘Locations of consciousness’: three artists’ visions

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Special to the Daily "Dry Summer," by Susan Mackin Dolan, reduction linocut on artist made paper.

STEAMBOAT – Three valley artists and printmakers explore the experience of place, in themselves and in relation to their surrounding environment, for an art exhibition called “Locations of Consciousness” at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at The Depot in Steamboat Springs. The exhibit runs until March 12 with a gallery talk with the artists from 9-10:30 a.m. today.Using a variety of print media and techniques, Susan Mackin Dolan, Joyce Wimer and Meg Bernet explore the interrelationship between the psyche and the natural world. For the project, the artists asked themselves, “how does the landscape orient an individual to the place in which she dwells both perceptually and emotionally?”

Mackin Dolan’s reduction linocuts on handmade kozo papers continue a recent theme about wildfires around Colorado. Trees that are blackened by fire or are newly grown sprouts become a metaphor of change and impermanence. These images encourage an appreciation of the beauty that occurs at all levels of existence, in life or in death.Wimer’s collograph and mixed media prints explore the ability of a “place” to connect with the viewers’ inner experiences. Her “Portal” series, inspired by travels to India, enframes and separates the observer from the scene, but at the same time creates a doorway for entrance into this other world.Bernet’s etchings are a means of recording or documenting images that she recognizes with absolute certainty to be familiar and essential. And by selecting, collecting and assembling them, she trusts they will tell her where she has been and where she may be headed next.

For more information, call the gallery at 970-879-9008.Steamboat exhibition

“Locations of Consciousness,” exhibition running now through March 12Gallery talk with the artists today from 9-10:30 a.m.Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at The Depot, located at 1001 13th Street Steamboat Springs

Gallery hours are Tuesdat-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.Vail, Colorado

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