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67,000 mph

Sep 23, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021


D’art Contemporary Art Gallery, in Denver’s Santa Fe Art District, Hosts "67,000 mph", Solo Exhibitions by Carrie MaKenna and Kelly Austin-Rolo.

D’art Gallery, located at 900 Santa Fe Drive, hosts "67,000 mph", Solo Exhibitions by Carrie MaKenna and Kelly Austin-Rolo. The exhibition runs from Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, October 17, 2021. 

Carrie MaKenna and Kelly Austin-Rolo host an Opening Reception on Friday, September 24 from 6 – 9 pm. D’art Gallery participates in the “Sundays on Santa Fe” hosting a reception on Sunday, September 26 from 11 am to 4 pm. D’art Gallery will be open for Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe First Friday on Friday, October 1 from 6 – 9 pm. The artists will host “Artists Talks” on Saturday, October 9th from 1 – 2 pm.

"67,000 mph” 

The two paired solo exhibitions by Carrie MaKenna and Kelly Austin-Rolo center around the knowledge that Planet Earth is hurtling through space at an astounding 67,000 miles per hour and we humans don’t feel the speed. Through their work, MaKenna and Austin-Rolo explore the daily opportunity to experience the magnificence of Earth and its elements through the interplay of the land, skies and waters. Both artists employ abstracted shapes and imagery to convey the power and splendor of the world through each respective media. 

“Atmospheric Conditions” - Solo Exhibition by Carrie MaKenna 

In “Atmospheric Conditions” MaKenna’s highly textured acrylics on canvas explore the ever-changing skies above the planet in relation to the earth’s prairies, farmlands, mountains, lakes, rivers and seas.   MaKenna has been watching the skies since childhood. She is enamored by their ever-changing colors, shapes and textures. Her artwork is an emotional response to the magnificence of nature. MaKenna creates artwork to remind people of their interconnection with each other and the natural world, through cycles of time, through memories, thoughts, and feelings.

MaKenna graduated from Colorado State University with a BFA in Graphic Design and from Naropa University with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy. Her work has evolved over three decades as she developed a specialized pallet of sixteen colors of liquid acrylic. She works intuitively, building up texture on her canvas with an array of implements, brushes, her hands and found objects. Her work can be viewed at: https://www.artscarriemakenna.com

“8,760 Hours” - Solo Exhibition by Kelly Austin-Rolo

Austin-Rolo’s encaustic and collage pieces hover above the land. They explore the places and feelings of what comprises 8,760 hours of conflict, change, isolation and hope.

Austin-Rolo is an intuitive artist, inspired by the visual language of abstract places viewed through portals or from above. She engages the urban landscape, the sky, architecture and an unknown power as she creates a sense of place with meaning and connection. Austin-Rolo comments, “In this time of isolation where our individual worlds have become small, my works are safe places to contentedly lose and center oneself.”

Kelly Austin-Rolo graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Design. She is inspired by unending possibilities of the media she uses from creating texture, scraping, and fusing the wax with a torch to create smooth surfaces. Intrigued by the fragile but durable qualities of beeswax, her work moves from transparency to textured depth. Her work can be viewed at:  https://www.kellyaustinrolo.com

Gallery Hours: Thursday, Noon to 5pm, Friday, Noon to 9 pm, Saturday, Noon to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm to 4 pm. “Sundays on Santa Fe”, the last Sunday of each month, 11 am to 4 pm.

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