Anna Kaye's solo exhibition last year at the Sandra Phillips Gallery, 744 Santa Fe Drive, generated considerable buzz and completely sold out. It's not hard to understand why.
Kaye, a visiting assistant professor and co-coordinator of drawing studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver, creates exquisitely detailed and tonally nuanced charcoal drawings.
Three large-scale examples of her work and a superb miniature are on view as part of "Natural Encounters," a three-person exhibition that has been extended through Oct. 23 at Sandra Phillips.
Kaye's recent work, which focuses on the 2002 Hayman fire southwest of Denver and its natural aftermath, is based on photographs as well as her own observations.
She combines her old-master draftsmanship with a contemporary aesthetic that hovers in that ambiguous area between realism and abstraction.
A compelling example is the triptych "Kindling," a close-in look at onrushing flames that is at once alluring and scary.