Art exhibition - Inner Journey / Visual Experience

Address 1261 Delaware
Denver, CO 80204
Phone (303) 571-1261


Opening Reception: Friday, April 25, 5:00-8:00 PM

GALLERY 1261 will showcase four highly talented emerging artists—Robin Cole Smith, Mia Bergeron, Daniel Keys and Mikael Olson—in a group exhibition delving into themes of nature, spirituality and the inner psyche. Artists will be in attendance for the opening reception, Friday, April 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m..

Denver artist Robin Smith explores the wilds of her surroundings as well as the depths of her internal landscape in oil painting and encaustic pencil drawings. A graduate of Colorado College and the Laguna College of Art and Design, Smith refers to herself as a borderlander. “I live and work along the boundaries,” she explained, “visual, metaphorical, natural, and spiritual.”

Another Colorado native and Denver artist, Mikael Olson’s work emerges from heavy brushwork and almost pure color, ‘straight out of the tube.’ Though he considers himself an urban lifestyle painter he cites Andrew Wyeth as his biggest influence. “What I’m drawn to is his straight forward approach to subject.”

Hailing from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mia Bergeron fearlessly pulls from her own life experiences. Interestingly, she paints a self-portrait every year on her birthday. Her portrait Loss, painted this year on her 33rd birthday, will be featured in the show and is a direct response to a loved one having a bi-polar episode.  “The incident side-swiped me,” she said. “It came unexpectedly; I wanted the whole feeling of the painting to correlate to that idea.” She approached the trauma by depicting her portrait in a larger than life size to convey what it feels like to go through something so tangled as mental illness. “The title is also ironic: having faced one of my deepest anxieties, I feel lighter (like the colors in the painting) for the loss of that fear,” she said. “Loss in this case, is both to signify something sadly exiting, and also the strength that comes with surviving trauma.”

Central Californian, Daniel Keys’ still life and landscape paintings imbue his sense of peace and joy. Though his work is often chockfull of detritus, there is, upon closer observation, a harmony within each painting. This elegance speaks to Keys’ search for sense of spirituality through his work.

Gallery 1261 presents Inner Journey / Visual Experience – April 25 – May 31.  Opening reception: Friday, April 25, 5 – 8 p.m.  Tues.  Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  For more information, please contact Christine Serr at 720-404-5074 or via email,

Additional Details

Visual Arts

04/25/2014 - 05/31/2014

05:00 PM - 08:00 PM