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visual trip Rick Grifin, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, Bonnie MacLean, Wes Wilson and Lee Conklin. Animated "4D" posters by Victor Moscoso

By VMG On September 25, 2014Come take a visual trip with us!

Visual Trips: The Psychedelic Poster Movement in San Francisco opens

its doors next Thursday, October 2, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 P.M.

Please join the staff of the Vicki Myhren Gallery to kick off the final exhibition

celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the University of Denver in style.

Psychedelic music will be provided by Bill Pohl and colorful drinks and

light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to everyone.

[more @ VMG site]

Public Art Mural For Swimming Pool ComplexLone tree ridgegate street art denver top ten murals 2014

Abstract 46 x 11 foot public art mural completed May 14,2013. The concept is water refraction and
reflection patterns. It is the centerpiece of the soon to be completed Regency Ridgegate Luxury apartments in Lonetree, Colorado

Art ConservationDU John Edward Thompson

John Edward Thompson Mural Restoration
University of Denver mural restoration in the Margery Reed Building’s Little Theatre.

This mural was painted by Denver artist John Edward Thompson in 1929, and was painted over by a theatre director a few years later. Thompson (1882-1945) was called the “Dean of Colorado Painters,” by the great abstract painter and designer Vance Kirkland.

DU Curator Dan Jacobs rediscovered the work in 2006 and began the painstaking process of creating a plan to restor the piece and fund for the project. Full funding was finally acquired in spring 2012 and we worked for several months over the Summer to bring the painting back to its original beauty. The restoration process is done by carefully removing layers of paint with water and other mild solvents. then the paint is gently scraped off with plastic scrapers and cotton. After all the paint was removed we applied a thin coat of translucent paint to bring the color partially back to its original look, a process called in-painting. DU Curator Dan Jacobs was the project manager, team members include artist Tom Ward, art conservator Lisa Capano.

Mural conservator Tom Ward recreates the witches missing faces from Shakespeare ‘Macbeth’.

Public art event for the Integer GroupCorporate team building event art participation

Having a blast at another one of my live painting event for a long time client Intiger. Over 30 employees participated to paint this image for their soap box derby teemed company and of summer party. Integer is one of the largest ad agencies in Colorado.

coors corporate art participation eventMiller-Coors Team Building at the Keg Downtown Denver

Community created Blue Moon Art. From Left Pete Coors Jr. Tom Ward, Blue Moon creator Keith Villa.

‘Hot time in the summer’ Invitational Art Show

I was in great company at this my second AUM gallery show.

AUMGallery 2227 E. Colfax Ave, Denver 303-394-3362 ‘Hot time in the summer’ Invitational Art Show August 3rd – September 1st. Reception Friday August 3, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. Artists: Heather Arenas, Cliff Austin, Varona Benton, Penney Bidwell, Ian Blair, Carole Buschmann, Sadie Curdts, Sierra Curdts, Shanelle Deater, Will Dieterich, Kim English, Carol Fennel, Christine Fontenot, Pixie Glore, Susiehyer, Kathy Imel, Sandra Kaplan, Ben Kelley, Ramon Kelley, Martin Lambuth, Ivadell Marie, Jennifer Mosquera, Norbert Nagel, Rodgers Naylor, Carol Nelson, Nura “Andi” Mascarenas, Randy Parietti, Jody Rigsby, Ann Sabbah, Brian Serff, Sezz, Kathy Shahan, Tom Stevens, Michelle Torrez, Tom Ward, Dena Williams, Jessica Wicken.

kizuna: west meets east

This summer Denver Botanic Gardens proudly unveils the new Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion and Tea Garden with an expanded Japanese Garden (Shofu-En). Kizuna, a Japanese word meaning “the bonds between people,” celebrates the profound influence Japan has had on the West with the presentation of site-specific bamboo installations by internationally-known artists Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik. See this powerful and versatile natural material in a variety of forms, including living plant displays.

Tom was part of the Stephen Talasnik construction team for this amazing art installation.

Tom with installation artist Tetsunori Kawana

Live Painting Event For DU

Fun happening event for University of Denver Alumni annual BBQ. Subject: Margery Reed Building. A whole group of students and alumni participated under the instruction of live painting guru Tom Ward. “I love doing these events, it is art for pure fun, art for the joy of human interaction.”

Four by Four: University of Denver Art gallery openingCollector Series

Fabrication artist Nils Folke Anderson “Three Reciprocal Links”
Display tables designed and built by Denver artist Tom Ward The Myhren Gallery has developed strong relationships with a number of art collectors and often explores their holdings in dedicated exhibitions. Reflecting the growing spirit of collaboration in the regional art community, Four X Four brings together works from four important contemporary art collections, each of which contributes works by four living artists. Lenders are The Dikeou Collection, Baryn Futa, Made in China Gallery LLC and Wayne Yakes, M.D. MORE

Li Ming Zhu “Eating Mao”
Display tables designed and built by artist Tom Ward  The exhibition runs from April 5 – May 6, 2012.
(TOP) Li Ming Zhu “Eating Mao” ( ceramics artist )
( MID) Zhong Biao “Hidden Poetry” ( oil painting artist )
(BOTTOM) William Lamson’s “A Line Describing the Sun.” ( multi media installation artist )Fabrication artist and mural artist Tom Ward, designed and built 12x7ft multi media display screens, display tables and custom displaycases througout the show.

Blue Moon Brewing, Community Created Art Muralist Team

Friday, February 24th, 2012 — I took part in Blue Moon Brewing Company Community Created Art Muralist Team training. At this event we shared our passion for beer and art in Denver’s Coors Field Sandlot brewery. It was a great day meeting, and painting with so many highly talented mural artists from across the country. We were also treated to an overview of the Blue Moon brewing process, and learned what makes it unique in the world of craft beers by master brewer and Blue Moon creator Keith Villa. Later we were treated to beer tasting and a tour of the brewery by brew master John Legnard.

Blue Moon Brew master John Legnard

Master brewer and Blue Moon creator Keith Villa

DU Faculty Triennial

Exhibition runs from January 19 – March 11, 2012.A BIG CONGRATULATIONS, to all of my old and new friends at the DU Myhren Gallery for putting on an amazing show! It was a pleasure working with all of you and a lot of fun helping it all come together.Say what you will about the shoulders of giants, behind every great DU art student is an outstanding faculty member. Continuing the efforts of the Myhren Gallery both to document and to stimulate Colorado’s art history, we are pleased to feature the incredible and diverse talents found at the head of each and every class here in the School of Art and Art
Lawrence Argent

Catherine Chauvin Roddy MacInnes Susan Meyer Sarah Gjertson Deborah Howard

Mindy Bray Jeffrey Keith Timothy Weaver Jessie Paige Kevin Curry

Mia Mulvey Lauren Mayer Jim Good Rafael Fajardo

Dueling First Friday art openings for good friends Tom Ward and Pam Simichpam simich fine artist boulder co

Tom’s Show
AUM Gallery
Holiday Miniature Show
December 2 – 30, 2011
Opening reception December 2, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
2227 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Pam’s Show
Art & Rug Bazaar
4100 Tennyson St Denver
Friday, December 2 – 3, 2011

Ramon Kelley critique sessionsramone kelly fine art instruction

One of my neighbors Ben Kelley a successful fine artist has been very supportive in my quest to become a great painter. Ben’s father is non other than Romon Kelley one of the greatest oil painters in the country, master pastelist and teacher of great artists like Quang Ho and Kim English. Here are some photos from some recent critique sessions with Ben and Ramon Kelley.View my portfolio of oil paintings and pastels [Tom Ward fine art portfolio]

Denver fine art master Ramon Kelley showing Tom Ward how to “fix” a painting in progress. Fine art Denver

There is nothing like hands on instruction from a master painter. Fine artists Denver

“Andy Warhol in Colorado”andy warhol denver fine art exibition

exhibit at DU’s Myhren Gallery an ambitious offering

Denver artist Tom Ward was involved in the Andy Warhol exhibition design and set up.

January 21 – March 13, 2011
The undertaking was a brilliant win-win for everyone. It kept these works from languishing unseen in storage, and it gave institutions, which could otherwise afford to acquire little if anything by this artist, a substantive body of his work.
Among the DU images are Polaroid snapshots, which Warhol used as the basis for his portraits, and images that served as a kind of photographic diary of his expansive, celebrity-driven social milieu.
The Myhren Gallery could have simply exhibited a portion of the donation, and that probably would have been interesting enough. But to their credit, Jacobs and Jenkins greatly expanded the show’s scope, borrowing supplementary objects from nearly 20 private and public collections. [more at Denver Post]

In this 1981 photo by John Bonath, a tired-looking Andy Warhol stretches out on his hotel bed after spending hours signing autographs during an appearance at Colorado State University. (Collection of the artist )

Marjorie Reed Mural restorationDenver artist Tom Ward adds his expertiese to University of Denver Mural Restoration project. Conservators show off progress of mural

Richard Chapman
April 08, 2008

Curators unveiled the progress of the mural to the public April 6.

Scores of art lovers got a pleasant visual awakening April 6 when progress was unveiled on the restoration of a mural significant to the history of the University of Denver and Colorado art.

For the past year, conservators have been painstakingly exposing the huge mural, which was painted onto the proscenium arch of the Little Theatre in Margery Reed Hall in 1929, then painted over with thick, dark paint in 1931. The artist, John Edward Thompson, considered the act “vandalism.”

But his indignation was brushed aside, and once the mural was covered, it was ignored and eventually forgotten until being rediscovered in 2007.

Conservators showed off their accomplishments, announcing they are about 60 percent through the cleaning phase in their effort to remove multiple layers of dark paint.

“It really is painstakingly slow,” said Stefani Schulte, a DU art conservation senior, who with fellow senior Nicole Saint has been working to restore the mural for the last year. Directed by professional conservator Lisa Capano, the team is applying solvents, gels and cleaning agents and carefully scraping away paint layers with cotton swabs and scalpels to reveal the underlying art.

“Over 70 years, chemistry has taken its toll,” Capano told about 60 people at the team’s first public progress report. “People leaning against it. The stage lights baking these layers of paint over the years.”


Conservitor student Stefani Schulte help restore the mural in Little Theatre.This was an extraordinary hands on learning oppertunity. “The work’s been really tedious,” Schulte says. “But it’s fun.”
PHOTO: Tom Ward

Art restoration master Lisa Capano, painstakingly replicate missing detail in patched plaster. Tom Ward was chosen to replicate plaster textures in missing sections of the mural.
PHOTO: Tom Ward

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