Studio Visits: Quang Ho and Daniel Sprick

Saturday, March 24 , 2018, 10am
1530 S. Hazel Court, Denver, CO 80219
Tour is limited to 50 FOPAS members only

Quang Ho
Quang Ho is more interested in finding truth in the mundane details of his immediate environment than in searching the world for preconceived artistic content. His diverse subject matter ranges from still lifes, landscapes, and interiors to dancers and figures. “Realism and abstract—it’s all the same to me,” he has said. “The real essence of painting is the dialogue between shapes, tones, colors, textures, edges, and line. Everything else follows—including light, form, concepts, personal beliefs, and inspirations.” Working primarily in oils, Ho is not tethered to any particular mode of expression; a single painting may be a color study, another a formal arrangement, and yet another an exploration of texture and surface.

Daniel Sprick
Contemporary realist painter Daniel Sprick produces meticulously executed portraits and figurative compositions whose muted palettes and sense of stillness encourage slow contemplation. His paintings feature a range of subjects, from still lifes of flowers and unlikely assortments of objects to interiors and urban and pastoral scenes. A diverse range of men, women, and youth populate his portraits and figurative works; taken together, they reflect a rich and encompassing view of humanity. “I’m interested in all walks of life, everyone,” the artist once explained about his choice of subjects. “Some that may be considered conventionally beautiful and others that may not, and everyone in between.” In his still lifes, which recall those of the Dutch and Flemish traditions, Sprick brings together the sumptuous—including silver tableware and starched white tablecloths—and the mundane, such as tin cans and old bottles, in elegant, harmoniously balanced arrangements.

Tour: The New Kirkland

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:30am
1201 Bannock Street, Denver 80204
Tour is open and limited to 25 FOPAS members only
There is a 20 dollar charge for the tour.
NOTE: there will be no refunds if you have to cancel.

Join us for a guided tour of one of our sister institutions newly relocated to the golden triangle: the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts. The museum will formally open March 10th so we will be among the first to see the new installation which has 65% more space than its previous location in Capitol Hill. The museum houses three principal collections: an international decorative arts collection, a regional collection with a focus on Colorado artists, and a retrospective of the work of Vance Kirkland including his original studio. The tour will be limited to 25 participants for a fee of 20 dollars each. If we have as many as 10 members on the wait list we will offer a self-guided tour on the same day if possible.

Talk: Collecting Degas in America
by Julie Codell

Friday, March 30, 2018 5pm
Hamilton Building, Sharp Auditorium, 5:00 pm
Free with general admission
Reservations NOT required

Join us for a talk by art history professor Julie Codell on the late-19th-century Americans who collected artwork by Edgar Degas. Professor Codell, who teaches at Arizona State University, is a specialist in 19th-century European and American art and culture. She will examine how American collectors’ choices, sources, and ideas about Degas shaped the artist’s early reputation on this side of the Atlantic. Reflecting on Degas’ friendship with Mary Cassatt, Professor Codell will describe the effect of Cassatt’s promotion of Degas to her socially prominent friends in Philadelphia. More broadly, she will consider Degas’ American canonization through the collections formed by major American museums as well as how Degas’ works, in turn, shaped American art collecting.


Studio Visits: Scott Fraser and Angelo Ambrosia

Saturday, April 14 , 2018, 10am
Travel on your own or car-pool to Longmont to visit 2 studios, guided by the artists
Tour is limited to 30 FOPAS members and is free of charge
Reservations required
Sign up at or FOPAS reservation line, 720-767-1234

10 am: Scott Fraser
1011 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501

“He’s not a surrealist, and not a realist. He’s Scott Fraser.”
~ quote by Timothy Standring, Gates Family Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Denver Art Museum

Born in 1957 in Evanston Illinois, Scott Fraser is a leading figure in twenty-first century realist painting, specializing in taking ordinary objects and composing them in extraordinary ways. He breathes new life into traditional subject matters with a high level of skill and remarkable sensibility.  His work can be found in over 25 museum collections around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco. 

1pm: Angelo Ambrosia
34 Boston Ct., Unit D, Longmont CO 80501
Angelo’s creative life began under the instruction of his father, Alphonse Ambrosia. These first acquired skills--woodworking, photography, and black and white film processing--laid a firm foundation for what would become a never ending fascination with creating beautiful art. As a young man, Angelo began working with clay. He learned to use the wheel and to make simple vessels. While attending college in Prescott, Arizona, Angelo continued working in clay, shaping his ideas in functional and one of a kind art. After college Angelo moved to Lopez Island, Washington, to continue his education in life. There he learned to build kilns, fireplaces and buildings working in clay and stone. Here, he also did great deal of experimentation in firing techniques and exploration of forms. In 1999 Angelo moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to continue his work in ceramics. He began producing ceramic art for the retail and wholesale markets. In addition to this work, he joined a team of artists and craftspeople on several large public art projects around the Santa Fe area. After several years in Santa Fe, Angelo moved to Longmont where he was to find the art of glassblowing. This has been his passion ever since. Angelo believes that quality art, both functional and sculptural, should reflect emotion, creativity and craftsmanship. Angelo’s work is available through him directly and at local galleries.

Talk: Degas and the Nude
by George Shackelford from the Kimbell Art Museum

Friday, April 20, 2018, 6pm
Lower level Hamilton Building, Sharp Auditorium
Open to the public
Free, no reservations required

From his earliest years as a student artist in the 1850s until his last working days in the early 1900s, Degas was captivated by the nude body as a subject for art making.  In drawings, paintings, pastels, prints, sculpture--even in photographs--he explored the representation of the human body with both passion and detachment.  George Shackelford’s first exhibition on Degas’s dancers was held in 1984; he will share more than 30 years of his own obsession with the artist in his lecture on Degas and the nude form.


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