A look back at a Western artist guild’s colorful history

A review of 'The Denver Artists Guild; Its Founding Members: An Illustrated History' by Stan Cuba.

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The Denver Artists Guild: Its Founding Members; An Illustrated History
Stan Cuba
224 pages, softcover: $39.95.
University Press of Colorado, 2015.

Toward the end of the Roaring ’20s, 52 artists gathered in downtown Denver for the inaugural exhibition of the Denver Artists Guild. Made up of painters, sculptors and photographers, the guild went on to become one of the three longest-lasting fine arts organizations in Colorado. The Denver Artists Guild celebrates the group’s history and showcases its work in vivid color. Masterful pastels, dreamy watercolors and impressionistic oils provide a sense of the Colorado arts community from the exciting days before the Great Depression until after World War II. Of particular note are the oils of Robert A. Graham, who painted the landscape around Golden, Colorado, and Rocky Mountain National Park in vibrant, loving detail. A companion exhibit is being held at the Byers-Evans House Gallery in Denver through Sept. 26.