Salida artist Sue Ann Hum will celebrate the opening of her new show, “Travels: Zebra Butts to Coffee Cups … and Lots of Stuff in Between,” with a French “l’apéro” from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Coldwell Banker Collegiate Peaks Realty, 139 W. First St.
Her works in oils, watercolors, graphite and colored pencil have been displayed in various juried shows in metro Denver and other Colorado cities, as well as solo shows in Giverny, France.
Hum hosts artists on “My Art Trip” journeys to France and has had exclusive access for her students to paint inside Monet’s Gardens for the past five years.
Hum said in French culture, “l’apéro” is the part of the day when the French stop doing what they’re doing and convene for a drink over small plates.
Local musician Casey Houlihan, double bass player for Trout Steak Revival, will provide music and freshly baked French baguettes for the event.
The new group of paintings is a collection of the people, places and things she has observed in France, Africa and throughout the United States.
Regarding the title of her show, Hum said, “We were in Africa – and I fell in love with zebra butts. The power in freedom of these animals, pounding the Serengeti plans until the lorry vibrated, was one of the most magnificent things I’ll ever witness. Mesmerizing.”
Her 2014 trip to Tanzania and South Africa was a retirement trip for husband, Rick.
“Then there’s the solace of sitting at a window table in a Paris café – with a good cup of coffee and a friend checking phone updates. They are all a part of my travels,” she said.
“I paint what I love,” Hum said.
She said she hopes her work inspires people to stop and look and see when they’re traveling.
Studies and quick captures will be shown, along with many more elaborate expressions of similar subjects with studio works that may have taken weeks and plein air works completed in less than three hours.
Many of the works on display will also be for sale.
Hum said 20 percent of her sales will go to Greater Arkansas River Nature Association to support its work locally to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the area.
The pieces in Hum’s show were created over the last five years, including several since September.
A recent work that will be shown for the first time is a portrait of Roland McCook, great-great-grandson of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, who sat for Hum last fall.
One of the most recent influences in her work has been local artist Mel Strawn, who she said has helped her think differently about how she does things.
“I’m so lucky in my travels of life to have crossed his path,” she said.
In addition to her own artistic endeavors, Hum is in her third year serving as president of Salida Council for the Arts and has helped organize more than 60 volunteers as chairwoman of the 2019 Salida ArtWalk.
In spring 2018 she co-produced, adapted for the stage and directed “Big Bad Mood and other Love Stories.”
She is a member of Salida’s DRAW group, Salida Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Colorado Watercolor Society and Sangre Art Guild.
The pieces in the “Travel” show will be on display until ArtWalk, June 28-30, when Hum will have new works from her spring painting trip to France.
Hum’s complete collection may be viewed by appointment.