The saying that we eat with our eyes spotlights the power of vision, both literal and figurative, to affect our other senses and interpret the world. When we asked Rob Lantz, R Gallery owner, to curate an exhibition of visual art inspired by Flatirons Food Film Festival films, our intention was to tap into that power.
Commissioning the Art
Lantz invited eight local artists to participate, assigning four artists to our two opening night The Migrant Kitchen films, Omotenashi and The Jewish Deli, and the other four artists to Tazzeka.
Nearly all of the artists are painters, most residing in Boulder county. Their work ranges from landscapes to portraits.
View the artists’ biographical statements to learn more about these artists and their accomplishments.
In temporary exhibits, we will exhibit the work that they have created, inspired by the films, before our Opening Night: The Migrant Kitchen and Tazzeka programs at the Boulder Public Library. R Gallery will stage a complete exhibition of the art a week before and after the Flatirons Food Film Festival takes place October 3-20.
All art will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds to go to the Festival.
Alissa Davies is an abstract acrylic painter whose paintings are created intuitively. Alissa lived in Jackson, WY for 14 years before relocating in 2017 to Boulder, CO. She finds great inspiration from the natural world, her inner soul space, and from watching her two young children make art.
Boulder abstract artist, Gail Pederson, is inspired by her love of nature, especially aspen trees. After retiring from CU Athletics, Gail was called back to her love of the environment and now works for The Nature Conservancy. Her desire to paint brought her to explore new mediums in the field of abstract art and zen painting with a portion of her sales going to the Boulder Valley Humane Society.
The Jewish Deli, The Migrant Kitchen
Melissa Arthur routinely paints from life, whether outdoors or in the studio. She is inspired by surrounding beauty from her travels and where she lives in Boulder County. She approaches the canvas with the goal of conveying the mood of the scene.
Katie Thompson is a mixed media artist living and working in Longmont, Colorado. Her recent work explores the abstracted landscape with layers of collage and mark making.
Carolyn Mahakian has lived and painted in Colorado for 20 years. She graduated from Wells College in Aurora, New York with a BA in Environmental Studies. She credits this love of the natural world for her painting obsession. She has also written and illustrated children’s books: It’s Snowing at Emily’s House, On The Day You Were Born, Creatures A Plenty, and The Story of Sierra.
Andrea Roth Moore studied fine art at Skidmore College, then received scholarships at Yale University followed by additional scholarships in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her portraits produced in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor are in private and corporate collections in over 30 countries. Some prominent clients include the late President Gerald R. Ford and family, Dr. Robert Sloan, President of Baylor University, members of the duPont, Crown, and Warner families, and many more. She also has a passion for pleine aire painting and enjoys painting oils in the Colorado mountains as well as cityscapes.
Juliette Nelson lives, draws, designs and paints in and out of her pistachio green studio affectionately known as “the hut” at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. Juliette’s style has been described as singular, fresh, and captivating. Her charm is as obvious in her art as it is in her person. Her work is vibrant, colorful, and playful, reflecting her growing up in South America and her travels around the world before moving to Boulder where she earned a degree in Environmental Studies, Visual and Traditional Arts, and Movement studies from Naropa University. Her work is in private collections on all continents except Antarctica.
Hana Shoup grew up in the small town of Brenham, Texas. She now lives in Denver as a practicing artist while making mixed-media drawings in which she combines abstraction with figuration. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Baylor University, attended the Maryland Institute College of Art as a Post-Baccalaureate student, and earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston.
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