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Featuring Anna Kaye, Sue Simon, Margaret Kasahara, Kate Woodliff O'Donnell and Susan Rubin celebrating our contemporary  foodie culture through art.

December 8, 2018 - January 23, 2018

Ania Gola-Kumor Solo Exhibit October 27 - December 2

De/Constructing Landscape

Featuring David Griffin, the Kleinman Sisters, Hugh Daly, and introducing Jessica Loving.

September 8 - October 21

Matters on Paper

Works on paper by Joshua Field, Anna Kaye, Margaret Kasahara, and Denis Roussel

June 9 - September 2, 2017

Frank Sampson New Paintings April 7 - June 3, 2017

Month of Photography March, 2017

Small but MIGHTY

The “Small but MIGHTY” group show in smaller format showcases individual artistic skill in expressing nostalgia, fragility, identity, imagination, visual triggers and the immediacy of their process.  Although the artists exhibited typically work in a monumental size, all work in this this show are in small format.

November 4 – January 7, 2017

Perfec Voices

Our opening exhibit features Irene Delka McCray, Ania Gola-Kumor, Frank  Sampson, and Anna Kaye,  representing  the best in their artistic voice.  The Gallery has been exhibiting Colorado’s top contemporary artists since 2001, and we’re known for curatorial attention and scholarship.  Stop in and check out our new art-friendly location in the historic Meyer’s Drugstore building one block from the Denver Art Museum at 11th and Acoma Street. 

September 9 - October 29, 2016


Sensuous Remix

“Sensuous Remix”  takes viewers into a joyous, colorful intersection of styles- the electric, the engaging, and the contemplative.  The artist reflects on the impact of physical location in the work informing medium, line and color.

July 18 – September 5, 2015

Other Places

Featuring new paintings by Frank Sampson and special installation by Anna Kaye.

May 8 – July 4, 2015

Color Matters

Artists see their world as a kaleidoscope of colors. Color is the most powerful of all the art elements.     Georgia O’Keefe often said she could say things with color that she couldn’t say in any other way, things she had no words for.  Come and see how gallery artists have responded to “Color Matters”.

March 20 – May  2, 2015

David Griffin New Paintings

David Griffin has been painting subjects in the natural world for many years.  A Colorado native, one feels a sense of nostalgia and beauty through  his intimate points of view.   A popular instructor at the Art Students League of Denver, Griffin has been exhibiting at the Gallery since 2003 and is included in many public collections in Colorado.

February 5 - March 20, 2015

Blurred Lines

Featuring Artists
Ania Gola-Kumor, Barbara Groh, Sandra Kaplan

Abstraction  is as diverse as the artists involved.   The paintings of the artists in “Blurred Lines” are bold, exciting and spontaneous.  Colors are breathtaking and subjects deliberately ambiguous.  It has been said that abstraction is the most difficult artist style in which to make a personal statement, but each of the artists in “Blurred Lines” express their true originality.  This group of highly acclaimed artists exhibit in celebration of Denver Art Week 2014.
“My paintings are not about anything, but they aren’t about nothing.”
       (quote from Agnes Martin)

November 7 – December 31, 2014

Flash Point

Featuring artist Anna Kaye

Anna Kaye is one of Colorado’s most popular young rising stars.  With a double undergraduate major in geology as well as art at Skidmore College in New York , and a later master of fine arts degree, she has combined her scientific knowledge with unparalleled artistic skill.

Her exquisitely detailed and tonally nuanced charcoal drawings are provocative explorations  of Colorado wildfires.  The exhibit also includes time-lapse video, and short film.


September 12 - november 1, 2014

ID Series

Sue Simon, the Kleinman Sisters, and Dave Phelps

A growing movement in the art world integrates art,  science, genetics, math, data collection and identity.   Artists have always been generators of public debate, and in this exhibit examining issues of labeling and personal identity.
July 25 – September 6, 2014

Dimensions in Color

Artists: Mel Strawn, Lorelei Schott,
Robert Livsey Wells  

June 13 - July 19, 2014

Frank Sampson: New Paintings

One of Colorado’s most highly regarded and accomplished painters, Frank Sampson is now 86 years old.  Exuberant and engaging, Sampson’s mystical paintings are influenced by the old European masters such as Brueghel, Goya, and Bosch.  Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Boulder, Sampson taught from 1961 to 1990.

The City of Denver will honor legendary painter Frank Sampson at the April 25th opening, unveiling the Sampson painting Pursuit” which the City purchased for the Wellington Webb building, an important addition to the city’s Public Art Collection.

April 25 - June 7, 2014

Spring Thaw
Amy Solomon
Ruth Todd 
January - April 19, 2014

Movers and Shapers: Colorado Contemporary Momen
Featuring the extraordinary work of:
Virginia Folkestad
Ania Gola-Kumor
Virginia Maitland
Irene Delka McCray
Carley Warren


Cosmic Ebb and Flow

Featuring the works of Barbara Groh

Barbara Groh’s new body of work was inspired by the concept of Place with strong personal connections and proximity to water, tides and coastal phenomena.    Sweden, her country of residence, with its coastal storms and heavy fog is painted in all its mystery, nurturing, and ethereal movements.   Using a rich mosaic of materials, the paintings transport us to the mysterious Kerala backwaters of India, as well as Rhode Island’s Block Island, and the coast of Maine.

These sensual, poetic, and compelling paintings emphasize beyond the physical aspects of Place.  This is the artist’s third exhibit at the Sandra Phillips Gallery.  

November 8 - December 31, 2013

Truth and Consequences

Artists:   Carley Warren and Anna Kaye

The subject of  “Truth and Consequences”  is trees. A reverence for trees and the altered fragments of trees after transformation when a wildfire sweeps across the landscape.  

Carley Warren is one of Colorado’s most esteemed  sculptors.   Her intelligent and elegant work exudes impeccable  craftsmanship and diligence.  With the artist’s interaction of line, texture and materiality,  the integrity of wood is revered with her unique sensibility and sensitivity to trees recontextualized in form.
Warren has three works in the Denver Art Museum permanent collection and two works in the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.  

The meticulous  drawings by  Anna Kaye depict Colorado wildfires and show in detail yet with compelling beauty charred wood left behind.  With a double undergrad major in art as well as geology from  Skidmore College, her scientific knowledge and artistic skill are a perfect  marriage.


September 20 – November 2, 2013


Featuring artists Margaret Kasahara and Ashley Benton

Margaret Kasahara explores themes of identity and  cultures as an Asian American of Japanese descent,  that identity crossing  two disparate cultures.

Ashley Benton graduated from the  Savannah College of Art and Design, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art.  Her work occupies dream states and absurd memory mixes yet flows in a liquid state. 

Both artists chosen as "Women of Influence" among artists by Colorado's top regional  curators.

JULY 26 - SEPTMBER 7, 2013


Featuring artists Irene Delka McCray and Virginia Maitland

For centuries artists have been painting drapery and fabric to express emotion,  create drama and tension.  Works of art by the old Masters such as Caravaggio, Mantegna, and El Greco used fabric to convey ideas and showcase  painting skills.  In 2011 for the first time in Irene Delka McCray’s illustrious career, her paintings were without the figure.   For the “Cloth”  exhibit  she has once again created breathtaking paintings without the figure.  McCray, one of the region’s most esteemed figure painters, throws large pieces of silky cloth as high as she can while watching it unpredictabley  make momentary graceful forms.    Although these new paintings are without the figure,  one sees  the immediacy of  movement and forms within these paintings such as “Into”.  This series continues to be the artist’s inner exploration and meant as scenes from the psychic self.    Irene Delka McCray teaches at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.   Dianne Vanderlip curator emeritus Denver Art Museum,  described  Irene Delka McCray as "the best figure painter in the region".   McCray is in the permanent collection of The Denver Art Museum.

Virginia Maitland has been paintings for over 40 years.  The irresistible impact of brilliant color as seen thru the veils of color field  paintings by Virginia Maitland are delicate, ethereal and visceral.  She attended the  distinguished Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts  where she studied painting in the academic tradition.  Maitland’s paintings are the perfect balance between freedom and structure. 

 “ Cloth” was inspired by and in celebration of the Denver Art Museum’s “Spun” exhibit.

JUNE 7  - JULY 13 , 2013

MOVING PAINT  2012-2013

Ania Gola-Kumor

Ania Gola-Kumor is a popular and influential Professor at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Kumor earned her MFA from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art and also attended the College of Art & Industry in Moscow. Her paintings are powerful in the use of line and color with shapes and forms exuberantly intertwined. 

"All of Kumor's pieces are spectacular. I often think of Gola-Kumor as one of the region's best and most overlooked abstract painters."  Michael Paglia, Westword Fine Art Critic

APRIL 19 - JUNE 1, 2013

Spring Rendezvous

Ceramist  Don Reitz
Painter Brigitte Bruggermann
Sculpture Dana  Kleinman

Also featuring
“Stories”:   Mel Strawn Solar Prints for the  International Month of Photography
Photography today represents a fractured postmodern pluralistic culture. Mel Strawn, DU Professor Emeritus University of Denver and quintessential avant-garde leader and pioneer in creating digital imagery and manipulating form. Strawn expands the processes of making pictures into a series of artistic operations each expanding the viewer's visual dialogue using photography as a tool.

MARCH 1- APRIL 13, 2013

Gallery Group Show

“New Beginnings”


JANUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 23, 2013

“FRANK SAMPSON: New Paintings”

One of Colorado’s most highly regarded and accomplished painters, Frank Sampson is now 84 years old.  Exuberant and engaging, Sampson’s mystical paintings are influenced by the old European masters such as Brueghel, Goya, and Bosch.  Professor Emeritus University of Colorado Boulder where he taught painting for 30 years, Sampson is excited about this new body of work.


"Abstract Merge"

Mel Strawn

Professor Emeritus and past Director of the School of Art at the University of Denver, Mel Strawn holds an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts including work with Richard Diebenkorn and Sabro Hasegawa, one of the first "abstract" Japanese artists. With a fifty plus year career in painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital imagery, Strawn is a popular icon in Colorado's art history with his evolving artistic process. He has been a leader in the acceptance of digital imagery as fine art. Bold, vibrant and confident, the dramatic pattern paintings of Mel Strawn are grounded in line, plane, form and color with stunning visual impact. The oil paintings "Negentropy" and "Series Last", were part of a 14 year investigation and invention of complex shape structure compositions using only four shapes. Abstract art is indeed alive and well in the ingenious hands of artist Mel Strawn. Color this show a must for your summer pleasure.

MAY 12 - JUNE 30, 2012


Painters Amy Solomon, Robert Livsey Wells, and Ruth Todd.

The beauty and power of absence, infinity, atmosphere, formlessness, and the invisible are explored in “Whisper”.   Speaking directly to the heart in  honesty, simplicity, and personal mysticism, art works which express a delicate balance between the outward and the inward are included in this reflective and tranquil exhibit.  Robert Livsey Wells lives and paints in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He holds a B.S. from Tufts University, an M.A. from Boston University, and is a graduate of the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts.  His work is featured in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Art in Jerusalem, Bucknell University, and the Arts Centre in Sussex, England. Ruth Todd (1909-2006)  is one of Colorado’s most eminent, accomplished and avant-garde artists and played a significant role in Colorado’s art history.  She is in the permanent collection of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art.   Amy Solomon received a B.S. Envd (Architecture) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is widely collected.  Artist Amy Solomon says of her work, “My art expresses emotion and recollections of tranquility. I make use of abstract expressionism, painterly freedom and spontaneity in order to document life around me”.  The rendering of color and the way colors interact in the selected paintings indicate an astonishing mastery of color and light characterized by a serene sense of  balance and contemplation. 
MARCH 16 - MAY 5, 2012


“Threads” is the first exhibition of 2012 at The Sandra Phillips Gallery and features the works of established and popular artists Irene Delka McCray and Barbara Groh.  This body of work focuses on the importance of line in artistic practice, and how it can be manipulated to represent something very personal to the artist, like Groh’s meditative line drawings, or how it can be worked into something more tangible, like McCray’s realistic paintings and drawings of fabric.  On a more conceptual level, “Threads” also represents the personal connection shared between these two women and how their lives have been woven together through their artistry.  Although both artists exhibit very personal and divergent styles, the joining of their work will bridge the gap between concept and execution, and reveal to the audience how the simplicity of  line and the connections among artists can create an energetic and holistic collection of artworks. Dianne Vanderlip curator emeritus Denver Art Museum described  Irene Delka McCray as "the best figure painter in the region". 

Irene Delka McCray and Barbara Groh both earned their MFA in 2000 from the Vermont College of Norwich University.  McCray currently teaches at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Colorado, which is where Groh earned her BFA in 1995.  Irene has been showing her work since the 1980s and is in the collection of The Denver Art Museum.  Barbara has been exhibiting since the 1970s and her work is held in the collections of the Burchfield Art Center of Buffalo, NY, Colorado Bank Shares, and Piton Oil Corporation.


JANUARY 13 – MARCH 3, 2012

  Gallery group show in the spirit of celebrating the extraordinary new Clyfford Still Museum!  Stop in and view some of the region's finest contemporary artists!  Friendly, knowledgeable staff and great art! NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 31, 2011


“Touch the Earth”
Featuring artists Anna Kaye and Lorelei Schott

The profound drawings of  Anna Kaye and her time-lapse video explore wildfires in our Western coniferous forests.  Both Kaye & Schott created new works focusing on natural materials, drawing their inspiration from the earth to create  elegant abstract and realistic pieces.    Anna Kaye and Lorelei Schott  will give an informal talk about their  artistic process Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6 pm as part of the Denver Arts Week celebration that week. 



Virginia Maitland: Conversations in Color

“Virginia Maitland: Conversations in Color” will exhibit new paintings by the artist, as well as two important paintings from the 1970s that have never been exhibited.  The experience of light and space in nature plays a significant role in her work as an abstract expressionist and color field painter.  Maitland received her degree from the distinguished Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1968 where she studied painting in the academic tradition.  She was also heavily influenced by cutting-edge American abstraction, surrealism, and pop art, and by artists such as Kandinsky, Gorky, early Frank Stella, Turner, Miro and Ernst. 

Kyle MacMillan, fine arts critic for The Denver Post, praises Maitland for her ability to express the “ideal balance of freedom and structure.”   This exhibition offers the viewer a glimpse into her evolving ethereal style, which focuses on the extraordinary marriage of color and form.  Maitland’s nonrepresentational imagery illustrates how art can address our intellect and emotions without interpretation. 

AUGUST 19 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2011


Masters of Clay


The exhibition will include the work of five acknowledged masters of contemporary ceramics whose works are included in major collections and museums throughout the world. Don Reitz is one of the world's most important and influential living ceramic artists. Each is at the forefront of contemporary clay today.

JUNE 10 - AUGUST 6, 2011


Frank Sampson: NEW Paintings

One of colorado's most highly regarded painters, Frank Sampson is now eighty- two years old, vibrant, prolific and excited about this new body of work. Sampson's work is influenced by the old European Masters - his beautiful surfaces are legendary. Mystical and engaging, figures and animals are almost always in the compositions. Sampson taught at the University of Colorado Boulder from 1961 to 1990 and served as instuctor/mentor for some of the area's most
accomplished painters.

APRIL 8 - JUNE 4, 2011


“Paper How Street It Is”

Artists united by their common interest in working with  paper  basing their work on personal perceptions and a broad range of references.  Dave Phelps' mass produced bar codes look like elemental yet beautiful brush strokes creating an interesting dialogue.  Also exhibiting Mel Strawn, Dave Phelps, Mike Foran and Paula Gabriel with works on paper.

February  12 –March26, 2011


Year in Preview

Lorelei Schott, Irene Delka McCray,Virginia Maitland, Frank Sampson, Margaret Kasahara

December 17, 2010- February 5, 2011



Two dynamic painters working in contemporary abstraction  each revealing their personal visual language and a  powerful use of paint.

Kumor is an influential professor Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and Andrew Speer former chair of the painting department professor emeritus Metropolitan State College of Denver.  Kumor earned her MFA from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art and also attended the College of Art & Industry in Moscow.

Speer serves up  mystery of a different kind. Rather than snatches of narratives he constructs compositional accumulatons that become intriguing, if elusive visual puzzles.” 
Kyle MacMillan Denver Post Fine Arts Critic

October 29 – December 11, 2010


"Natural Encounters" Margaretta Gilboy, Anna Kaye, Lorelei Schott

"Natural Encounters" presents three remarkable artists exploring the ecological truism that everything is connected pushing the envelope in their approach to the two-dimensional quality of a painted surface. 

Margaretta Gilboy’s paintings are unmistakable in technical vigor, expressiveness,  great intuition and originality.   Artist Lorelei Schott, burying canvases in the soil to soak up debris and minerals,   expresses a keen philosophical  sense of humanity which exudes from her work.  The flawlessly executed drawings of Anna Kay captures the essence of nature and the conceptual experience of forest fires. Three extraordinary artists, and an exhibition not to be missed!

September 9 – October 23


“Like Nowhere Else” Amy Solomon and David Griffin

For artists Amy Solomon and David Griffin landscape painting  is a metaphor for the sensory world.  Griffin’s paintings represent the landscape as an assembled kaleidoscope of experience, memory, and expectation whereas Solomon is seduced by the intricate beauty & mysterious allure of nature. Their work is an exploration of the physical world with  many layers of reality intertwined.

August 6 – August 28


“Do Not Cry Over Spilled Dreams: Portrait of a Consumer” Patricia Tinajero installation artist

The sculptural installation Do not cry over spilled dreams are a series of structures made out of milk cartons, newspaper, handmade cotton paper from recycled blue jeans, and linen..  They are inspired by quilting techniques and approached from the tradition of salvaging and using all remains from materials, which makes this process significant & effective in terms of how recourses are used. 

July 9 – July 31, 2010

  "Role Models" - Margaret Kasahara

Margaret Kasahara’s artwork is an exploration of identity formed from an Asian-American Perspective. drawing from memory, experiences and observation she addresses all aspects of her Cross-cultural identity and brings together personal, cultural and societal relationships with light-hearted social commentary.
May 14 – July 2, 2010

  New Work: Frank Sampson paintings & Caroline Douglas ceramics

One of Colorado’s most highly regarded painters, Frank Sampson is now  eighty-one years old, vibrant, prolific and excited about this new body of work.  Sampson’s work is influenced by the old European masters—his beautiful surfaces are legendary.  Exuberant & engaging, figures and animals are almost always in the compositions, Sampson taught at the University of Colorado Boulder from 1961 to 1990 and served as instructor/mentor for some of the area’s accomplished painters such as Homare Ikeda.

One of the Boulder’s most popular ceramic artists, Caroline Douglas,  is well known for magical realism and  stunning surface effects.  Her technical skill in glazing is simply gorgeous.
March 19 – May 1, 2010

  "Contemplating Color"

Color, contrast, and textural intricacy of line are the  focus of Robert Livsey Wells with his painting muse being classical music.
The provocative abstract paintings of Hugh Daly are also exhibited further exploring each artist’s exploration of color.
February 5 – March 13, 2010

  “Small Works” exhibit

Gallery artists Irene Delka McCray, Frank Sampson, Andrew Speer, Maynard Tischler, Virginia Maitland and other favorite artists showing in small format with a new point of view and accessibility.
December 4 - January 23, 2010

  "Mel Strawn:  Paintings, Prints, Drawings"

DU Professor Emeritus Mel Strawn exhibits an extraordinary overview of  multi media works  thru the 21st Century.
October 24 - November 28

  "Seeing Red"

Group show featuring Mel Strawn, Frank Sampson, Irene Delka McCray, Margaret Kasahara, Hugh Daly, David Griffin, Virginia Maitland and Robert Livsey Wells.

July 25 - September 6, 2009


Oil paintings by Amy Solomon and the sculptural ceramics of Chandler Romeo
June 5 - July 18, 2009


“Virginia Maitland: A Mirror of Abstraction: Paintings Across Time”

April 24 – May 30, 2009


Dave Phelps
Mar 14 – April 18, 2009


“COLORADO ABSTRACT” book & exhibition
Artists Included in the book & show:

Martha Daniels, Virginia Maitland, Carroll Hansen, Mel Strawn, and Ania Gola-Kumor

January 10 - March 7, 2009


Amy Solomon, David Griffin, Chandler Romeo
November 14 - January 3, 2008
Don Reitz, Maynard Tischler and Martha Daniels
September 5 - November 8, 2008
the Built Environtent
Margaret Kasahara, Chandler Romeo, Irene Delka McCray,
Amy Solomon, David Griffin.
August 1 - August 30
Mel Strawn, Virginia Maitland, Ania Gola-Kumor,
Bebe Alexander and Jane Troyer
May 16 - July 5, 2008
  “Spring Passage”
New Paintings by Hugh Daly,
Santa Fe, New Mexico artists
Robert Livsey Wells and Carole Pryharska
Aplil 18 - May 10, 2008
  "Critical Encounters"
The Digital Research of Todd Walker from 1981-1998
March 7 - April 12, 2008
  "The Art of Bronze"
Featuring acclaimed artist Frank Iantorno
January 18 - 26 , 2008
  "Nature Interrupted"
Mixed Media by Pauline Foss, Paintings by Anna Kaye,
Sculpture by Susan Jean Hart
November 30, 2007 -
January 2, 2008
  "Room with a View"
Mixed Media by Sandy Lane
October 19 – November 24, 2007
  "Masters in Clay"
Ceramic masters include Paul Soldner, Martha Daniels, Maynard Tischler,
Bebe Alexander, Amy Chavez, Carroll Hansen, Katie Caro and Julie McNair.
August 17 - October 13, 2007
  "Love Games"
Humaira Abid
July 6 - August 11, 2007

"Looking Back to Now"

Irena Delka McCray

February - March 2007
  "Metaphor and Landscape"
Elizabeth Buhr, David Griffin, Bernard Pracko, and Bebe Alexander
September-October 2006
  "Conversations Reflections"
Sandy Lane, Katie Caron and Anna Kaye
October-November 2006
  "Amy Soloman, New Paintings and Julie McNair, Ceramics May 2006-July 2006
  "Icons & Pop Culture: Photography, Carl Studna" July 2006
  :"Dialogues in Paint"
Jennifer Scott McLaughlin
May 2006- July 2006
  "Mel Strawn: Coins and Medals +" April 2006 - May 2006
  "Ruth Todd, A Tribute of Paintings and Collages" February 2006 - May 2006
  "The Shade of Giotto"
Gregory Gaylor and Mario Pietro Lopez
October 2005 - December 2005
  "Sound of Trees"
Painter, Carol Redmond, sculptor, Susan Jean Hart, and sound intallation by Meredith Nemirov
August 2005 - October 2005
  "1 + 2"
Bebe Alexander, Jim Caldwell, and Peggy McGivern
September 2005
  "Mel Strawn: Retrospective 1957-2004" March 2005 - April 2005
  "Spring Show"
Painter, Lenore McKelvie, sculptor, Bob Cardinale, and painter, Diana Dean
March 2005 - May 2005
  "Director's Choice"
Gallery Group Show
January 2005 - February 2005
  "Barnes, Barnes and Barnes"
Celebrating the art of Dianne, Michelle and Tracey Barnes
November 2005 - December 2005
  "Silence Nothingness"
Amy Solomon
October 2004
  "Common Ground"
Painter, Jennifer Scott McLaughlin and sculptor, William Mueller
August 2004
  "Premier Design Showcase" April 2004
  "It's a Girl Thing"
A celebration of the female artist
January 2004 - February 2004
  "Point of View"
Painter, Amy Soloman, ceramicist, Bebe Alexander, and sculptor, Vicki Rottman
October 2003 - November 2003
James Gardener paintings from the Loveland Museum
September 2003

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