“Color Display,” paintings and drawings by Karen Roughton and Ken Kirsch, will be on exhibit from July 8 through Aug. 2 at The Artery, 207 G St. in downtown Davis.
Each morning, Roughton sits at her backyard window, amazed by the array of colors in the trees, flowers, birds, light and shadows. She draws on those colors when creating her paintings, using art to interpret her environment and emotions in an immediate way. She graduated with a master’s degree from Sacramento State University and teaches art at American River College.
Painting on wood, Kirsch mixes his oils with a large quantity of medium. He starts with a field of color and an internal image. The paint attaches to wood in a capricious way and thus dictates laying on one layer of shapes and color at a time. The image rolls off the edges so the misshapen surfaces become part of the painting.
Kirsch has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from UC Davis and a master’s degree from New Mexico State University. He and his wife Ellen moved to Davis in 2001 and started MAK Design+Build in 2003.
The artists will be honored at a reception during the Second Friday ArtAbout, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 8. The Artery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (Fridays until 9 p.m.) and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.