Celebrated and award-winning watercolorist Steve Griggs’ show is about a moment in time. A brief second catches your breath and you arrive into a series of visual short stories, poems or reflections designed to invite further exploration into the larger story, addressing your longing to be a part of something. This collection of paintings, expressive in form and content, summons the viewer to enter into the experience of the scene. The artist intentionally uses the concept of viewer completion to tell the story and share the experience. Each painting is a visual statement designed to end with a “comma” or “semi-colon” rather than a “period. 

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 1. 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.   

Steve’s paintings have been selected for the 2018 National Watercolor Society International Exhibition and Valdosta National in Valdosta Georgia. His paintings also won the Rome Chelsi Award in the 2018 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, 1st Place in the Mountainside Miniatures National Show, 1st Place in the Gilpin Arts Association Annual Juried Exhibition, and Best of Show in the 2017 Colorado Watercolor Society State Exhibition.  

Steve’s love of art started early in life, “While other children would lament field trips to the art museum, that was favorite day of the school year!” His mother bought his first ‘real’ watercolor set of six tubes of paint, when Steve was in elementary school and his love of watercolor was born. Growing up in a large family made finding time and space for painting difficult, so whenever possible he would steal away to the basement where he would paint, never showing anyone his work. He remained a ‘closet artist’ until he attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Studio Art. Steve later attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. 

Although he occasionally dabbles in other medias, watercolor is his artistic first love, and he has been drawn to watercolor painting for the unique flow of paint, the melting of color, and the way light takes shape and comes alive on paper. Watercolors are a bit free-spirited, and as an artist, Steven has   learned that he “will never master the paint, but rather, I will work with it.”  

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