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Stanton Englehart paintings on exhibit at Anasazi Heritage Center

The Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center celebrates the life and vision of renowned southwestern Colorado artist Stanton Englehart, who passed away this spring at the age of 78.

The exhibit will be open through March 27, 2010.

The exhibition, titled “Horizons,” features paintings from the private collection of the Englehart Family Trust. Curated by daughter Sharon Englehart, of Mancos, a painter in her own right, the show focuses on the recurring pattern of horizons in her father’s work.

“This collection is about spaces defined by horizons,” Sharon Englehart said. “My father loved to play with the visual tension between sky and earth. The infinite quality of the horizon, and the space defined by it, creates calmness. But sometimes a foreboding foreground—forms such as large arches, canyons, and curves— creates uncertainty. To me, the paintings are visual encouragements to move forward in spite of our fears.”

The Anasazi Heritage Center show represents several styles adopted by Englehart during his long career. He is best known for his huge, luminous landscape paintings in vivid colors that evoke the inner spirit of the Four Corners and the Colorado Plateau. Paintings from earlier times, featuring different styles and materials, offer new insight.

Englehart grew up in Lewis, Colo., about 10 miles northwest of Dolores. After earning his master of fine arts degree from the University of Colorado, he returned to the Four Corners to live and paint. He founded the art department at Fort Lewis College in Durango, and retired in 1991 after 30 years on the faculty.

Art lovers are invited and encouraged to attend a special celebration and reception for the exhibit at the Anasazi Heritage Center from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. The book, Stanton Englehart: A Life on Canvas, will be available for sale in the museum’s gift shop.

The BLM Anasazi Heritage Center is located three miles west of Dolores on Colo. 184. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, except on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free from November through February.

For more information, call the Center at (970) 882-5600, or visit the museum’s Web site at www.blm.co.gov/ahc.