INSIDE OUT: Art and Reflection

Curated by Michele Brower

Inside Out: Art and Reflection. Dissolving the division between invisibility and visibility of women in the visual arts by recognizing the links between generations of women artists.

This show is free and open to the public.


Charlotte Bassin - Athena Project Artist

Charlotte Bassin

Charlotte Bassin has been an artist and world traveler all her life. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts to immigrant parents and spent her summers as a child with family in Europe. Before getting a degree in Fine Art, she took a year to travel the world equipped with a sketchbook, journal, camera and backpack. It was the start of a life-long passion for travel and inspired the creation of a series of more than 100 artistic world maps. Recently, Charlotte shifted her focus from being a successful web/graphic designer/art director to being a full-time artist.

Hobie Aldrich - Athena Project Artist

Hobie Aldrich

I’m an outdoor enthusiast who loves being out in nature. I’m curious about how many legs a bug has, what the feet look like, and how many eyes it has. What is the inside of a flower all about? Clouds, rivers, mountains and sunsets mesmerize me. The landscape draws me in.

Jean Smith - Athena Project Artist

Jean Smith

BA Degree in Art and Elementary Education 1970; Artist in Residence at East High 1995, 96, 99; The Logan School 2007 – 2017; Clay Camp at MCAA 2007 – 2017

Have been a member of three co-op galleries: Core: New Art Space 1986 – 2008, Zip 37 2000 – present, Ice Cube Gallery 2009 – 2016, and one women’s group, Women’s Caucus for Art 1990 – present. Have also show in many Group and Open Entry Art Shows through the years.

My artwork can be found in several local collections and offices in Denver and other cities.

Joan Richardson - Athena Project Artist

Joan Richardson

My life has evolved over the years through several careers and experiences including living in Africa for 4 years. I only discovered and began to develop my artistic side 5 years ago, but know that all the previous experiences influence the artist that I am now. I moved to Colorado in 2011 and am grateful to have such exposure to the arts in this area.

Katherine Johnson - Athena Project Artist

Katherine Johnson

Although born in Akron, Ohio, I’ve considered Colorado to be my home since 1967. In Akron, I majored in art in high school and continued on to Akron U. After moving to Denver, I studied at UCD with Jerry Johnson and John Fudge and am currently working with Homare Ikeda at the Art Students League of Denver. After painting, hiking in the mountains with my husband Dick is my favorite activity. We’ve traveled a bit to Britain, France, Greece and Bhutan and then happily come home to Colorado.

Laurie Adams - Athena Project Artist

Laurie Adams

I have been painting for years but only recently have gone back to college for a degree in art. I have been thoroughly enjoying the whole process of being a student in my fifties. You are never too late too learn.

Lori Hladik - Athena Project Artist

Lori Hladik

I love photographing dog agility, my dogs, wildlife, scenery, and under water. I’m a BSA working for a Marketing software company. But, during my spare time and vacation, and while doing my hobbies, my camera is a constant companion.

Sarah Howanec - Athena Project Artist

Sarah Howanek

Sarah Howanec is an emerging artist, wife and mother of two. She has shown in galleries Namaste, the Center for Visual Arts, and White Carpet Gallery. Sarah has shown and spoken at the 2016 Via Affirmativa conference. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a recipient of the Reisher Scholarship and Kingdom Enlightenment Fund. Sarah’s art focuses on revealing the beauty of the female experience through abstract essentialism, she is driven by a need to take that which the world has hidden, exploited, and mutilated and reveal a beauty to be celebrated.

Sarah Nix - Athena Project Artist

Sarah Nix

Sarah Nix is a visual artist and poet living in Denver. She received a BFA in 2006 from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis. She has recently exhibited work at Core New Art Space and the Lone Tree Art Center.
Her poetry explores an individual’s place in both history and art. Her poems have appeared in CALYX Journal, Rust + Moth, Blue Lyra Review, DIALOGIST, and others.

Vicky Smith - Athena Project Artist

Vicky Smith

Vicky has taught ceramics in numerous educational settings including nonprofit art centers, public and private schools, as well as colleges and artist cooperatives to students from elementary school age to adults. Her handbuilt sculptures have been exhibited in area and national shows and are housed in several collections. She holds an M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and a B.F.A. from the University of Colorado.

Elizabeth Potts - Athena Project Artist

Elizabeth Potts

1982—Photogram: “Doorway to Infinity”—First Prize, “Western Visions”, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
1983—BA, Fine Arts-Metro State Univ.
1991—BS, Occupational Therapy, Colo. State Univ.
1991—Developed alternative non-chemical methods for photogram images.
2007-16—Member, Parker Artists Guild; Painted with Tadashi Hayakawa; 2007—People’s Choice Award.
2007-present—Member, Art Students League. Studied with Mamiko/Homare Ikeda, Mark Friday.
2014—Photogram: “Seeds of Rebellion” International Exhibition, Nagasaki, Japan.
2014—“On Our Radar” article—“Denver Life” Magazine..
2015—Co-founder, “Glens Annual Art Walk” Lakewood, CO
2016—Developed/taught painting class: “Abstract Without Fear”.
2016—“Out of Control”—Best of Show—40West Gallery

Lydia Riegle - Athena Project Artist

Lydia Riegle

Lydia Riegle is a painter and printmaker who lives and works in Denver. Her distinctive personal style shows strong physical mark making and expressive coloration resulting in images with a vibrant presence. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has shown extensively in the Denver area. Her work can be found with private collectors and corporations.

Jenna Rice - Athena Project Artist

Jenna Avriel Rice

Jenna Avriel Rice works in a variety of media including photography, filmmaking, and installation art as a creative response to the world around her. She is inspiration by traveling the world, meeting new people and getting out of her comfort zone.

Jenna has participated in various solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Mexico City, Xalapa, Veracruz, Maine, Washington State and Colorado. Her work has been published nationally and locally in various print media and online publications.

Gwen Ahlers - Athena Project Artist

Gwen Ahlers

I am a Art Educator and working artist. Creating art has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Colorado has been a source of inspiration for me. Our mountains and sky’s inspires my colors and surface expression.

Teresa Castaneda - Athena Project Artist

Teresa Castaneda

I wanted to be normal like other kids in grade school but I was doomed from the start with engineering, art, and musical genes. My childhood was plagued with visions, ideas, and words that didn’t exist. As a teen, I snuck coffee and lied about going out with friends when I was really spending the night in college labs creating and inventing. This abnormal path led me through a jewelry career, hundreds of art shows, sales, recognition from four national organizations twice from the National Endowment for the Arts for my inventions and ability speak a universal truth.


40 West Arts District