Permanent Red

Permanent Red is a solo exhibit of works by Artworks studio artist Mary-Ann Kokoska. The exhibit will run from September 8 – October 27 in the North Gallery. Mark your calendar for the following special events associated with this exhibit:

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6-9 PM

Artist Talk and Reception: Saturday, September 30, 1-3 PM, Gallery talk at 1:30

Night on the Town Open House: Friday, October 13, 6-9 PM


About the Exhibit:

This exhibition exemplifies a response to visits I have made to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison over the past two years.

The Canyon and its steep gorge are breathtaking. I recall gasping as I peered over the edge of the rim, my eye following the steep cascading cliffs to the river below. After the initial jolt and awakening of the senses, it seemed that time stood still and my gaze became more measured slowly traveling across the forms and rhythmic details of the rock.

I translated this into a series of drawings.  The predominance of the color ‘red’ reflects the feel of the rocks’ heat from the intensity of the sun and heightens the quality of light.  The medium and surface were also strategically chosen for their like-minded qualities:   dry pastel on a rough, coarse paper.

These pieces show a departure from past approaches.  The drawings are small, self-contained and largely representational. In their making I engaged in a process that was meditative and quiet, working in close proximity to the surface and experiencing an intimacy with observed detail.  Yet matching the intimacy is an immensity of space which I encountered and was compelled to convey.

Ironically, ‘Permanent Red’ depicts nothing that is permanent.

– Mary-Ann Kokoska


About the Artist:

Mary-Ann Kokoska was born in Toronto, Canada.  Her education includes an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, a BFA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, as well as an Advanced Certificate from the St. Martin’s School of Art in London, England. She was an Artist in Residence at Artworks Loveland from January – May 2016 and has been a member of the studios ever since.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in commercial and public galleries, and alternative artist-run centers. Some of these are located in :  Toronto, Montreal, New York , Denver, London, Wales, Prague, Italy.  She is currently a member of A.I.R. Gallery, NY and her work can be found in corporate, private and public museum collections.

Ms. Kokoska is also the recipient of awards from the Canada Council, The Ontario Arts Council and Colorado State University where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History.