August 25, 2007

Artists making a difference in the community

Douglas Brown profiles Denver artist Darrell Anderson in the Denver Post: "Anderson did not graduate from an art college. He didn't spend his youth studying his craft with different masters. Anderson never could get into galleries, he says. He just painted, and got involved with the community. He'd attend chamber of commerce after-work events, and paint attendees. Sometimes, they would buy a painting. Sale or not, the businesspeople would chat with Anderson, who would tell them: "I'm going to teach you that you deserve art in your life." Soon, the referral network began humming, and people started paying him for portraits and landscapes and anything else they thought might look good behind a couch or above a kitchen table.
He attended art shows and sold his work. Events - big golf matches, for example - commissioned him to do the artwork for posters. He has traveled the world, working on art projects.

'He is committed to the community, committed to the arts, and whenever there is anything going on in the arts community, he is there, he has a presence there, and he contributes,' says Denver Art Museum director Lewis Sharp. 'He touches so many aspects of the cultural life of this community, and he has worked in such a positive way with school kids on large art projects, to decorate construction barriers and things like that, all of them very creative.' Read more.