Art Gallery Exhibitions: May 2022

May 1–31, 2022

Arapahoe Libraries is proud to host art exhibits each month at Eloise May, Koelbel and Smoky Hill libraries. Library galleries offer the community a place to view a variety of art at no cost while also providing visibility to local artists. A volunteer art selection committee selects exhibits based on artistic quality, variety of exhibits and the suitability of format for each exhibit space. 

Have a question about the galleries or interested in showcasing your art? Visit the Art Galleries page for more information.



Smoky Hill Library

Grigoriy Mendelev is a self-taught artist. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, he graduated from Lviv State University from the Physics Department. He works with watercolor, oil and acrylic. The range of paintings is wide: urban landscapes, portraits and nature. He is in love with his native city.

What is your favorite piece in the show and why?
My favorite piece is Kopernik Street in Autumn. My school is located in it.

What motivates you to create?
I am in love with my native city.

Who are your biggest artist influences?
Yuri Vladimirovich Skandakov, a famous Lviv artist.

What message do you want your art to convey to viewers?
I want the viewers to see how beautiful my city is, how ancient it is, where every stone speaks of history.

50% of the sales from Grigoriy’s show will go to refugees from Ukraine.



Eloise May Library

Donald Kibbe left his job in advertising and the canyons of Manhattan in 1973 to explore the mountains and job opportunities of Colorado.

He worked as an Art Director and then Associate Creative Director at two Ad Agencies in Denver before starting his own company, Kibbe Creative, on April 1, 1994.

Specializing in advertising, graphic design, and photography, he also enjoys more hands-on pursuits such as painting (on canvas, not houses) and designing and building contemporary art furniture.



Koelbel Library

My art comes from an awakening of my creative interests prompted by the beauty of the outdoors. In this exhibit I show the beauty of Colorado, my home state for nearly 50 years. Many of these paintings are from my personal collection. Each has a story that I would be happy to share. Maybe they resonate with some of your experiences too.

My mother was an accomplished artist. Initially I learned from her, in order to spend time together during her last years on this planet. That all began in the early 1990s. Since retirement, a little over 10 years ago, I have painted much more, tried new things and learned a lot. I encourage you to do the same. As any artist knows it is a continuous journey. For me that journey is at the intersection of experiencing wonderful places with family and friends to create memories.

I paint oils and some pastels (see Hodgkiss Ranch). I do mostly landscapes from photos, but I also paint flowers, structures, people and smaller paintings plein air (see Big Thompson, RMNP). I enjoy using pallet knife because it often produces a looser, more textured result as shown in the paintings titled, YMCA at Estes Park, Bear Creek Park in Winter, and Trout Pond near Carbondale.

On September 16 & 17, 2022 I will be selling my art at Art on the Green in Curtis Park (near the intersection of S University and E Orchard, behind Curtis Center). This will be the 3rd year doing this outdoor art exhibition and is the one time each year that I work to assemble my art for sale to the public. I encourage you to come by and see all the great art by Colorado artists.

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