'Golden in Oil' captures spirit of city

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Golden is the perfect place for a mix of nature and city, where ideas and traditions of the past mingle with the present.

Wheat Ridge resident Ed Slack has been drawing on Golden for inspiration for his paintings for more than five years, and his Golden-themed work is on display in the Spirits in the Wind Gallery.

Slack’s “Golden in Oil” exhibit will be on display through early January at the gallery, 1211 Washington Ave. Spirits in the Wind is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

“Ed does Golden work for me year round, capturing different scenes in Golden,” said Pam Eggemeyer, who runs Spirits with her husband, Dennis. “We do this every season to feature his work and some special work he does of Christmas in Golden.”

Slack has been painting for around 41 years, and first started partnering with Spirits in 2007 when he was participating in a “en plein air” painting event in the city and Pam saw his work and invited him to display some pieces at the gallery.

“I’ve done a lot of plein air painting, because it’s a great flow to be able to get into. And the subject matter is everywhere you look — it’s always changing with the light, and it’s a challenge to capture it,” he said. “Pam and Dennis have been instrumental in the projects I’ve been doing.”

Pam said that Slack has painted all kinds of Golden scenes, from places in town like Washington Avenue, Clear Creek History Park and the Colorado School of Mines, to events like people rafting and kayaking during the summer, and the USA Pro Challenge.

For the season, Slack has also painted some images from the annual Candlelight Walk for the show.

“I like to paint and celebrate events that bring people together, and that they can identify with,” he said. “I love the reaction I get from people when it’s a place or event they recognize.”

While Slack will continue to focus on life in contemporary Golden, in the coming year he said he would like to try his hand at painting some turn-of-the-century scenes, from what Golden used to look like. He also said he would like to try painting some images from Golden sports events.

“Eighty percent of the time I’m painting Golden, and it’s just a great little town,” he said. “I love showing what life is like here.”

For more information on Spirits in the Wind, call 303-279-1192 or visit www.spiritsinthewindgallery.com.

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