January 6 – July 29, 2017
Painting the World Beautiful transforms the Museum’s Hall Gallery into a panorama of breathtaking scenes from around the world. On display are the exquisite works of three local artists: Don Vogl, Rosalie “Rosie” Sinnett, and Joe Flores.
Don Vogl is Associate Professor Emeritus of Fine Art at the University of Notre Dame, where he taught painting for 31 years. He has exhibited works in five Chicago galleries and received 32 awards, including five “best in show.” Since moving to Fort Collins in 2003, he has had his work in 50 local shows and galleries.
“What I like best about painting is the ability to change colors at will,” said Vogl. “I can imagine colors I do not see, and being creative ensures more creativity. Also, exploring is my game. Adventure is seeing and painting new places and new people.”
Rosie Sinnett began painting in the early 1990s after accepting a friend’s invitation to attend a painting class. “I did not know I would love painting so much,” said Sinnett. “I had never painted artwork or taken a class of art of any kind.”
This is Sinnett’s first exhibition outside of her home. “When I paint, I think about nothing else,” she said. “The world around me goes away, and a huge sense of calm comes over me. It makes me feel peaceful and extremely happy. I also feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish.”
Loveland resident Joe Flores began drawing and painting at an early age, and this is his first exhibition in Fort Collins. A Vietnam veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star, Flores enjoys painting people and landscapes. “With portraits, I try to capture the character of the person,” he said. “In nature, I will see something and the scene just stays with me. It gets in my system and I have to paint it.”