Kay Litz displays mixed-media pieces at HRRMC

An eclectic mix of weathered man-made objects, oxidized metals, and materials found in nature add interest and dimension to artwork created by Salida artist Kay Litz. Her exhibit will be on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center until June 30.

Litz draws inspiration from her natural surroundings and the arts and crafts of the native people of the American West and Southwest. She spent several years in Colombia as a child and also refers to clothing and decorative items purchased by her family during that time for artistic inspiration.

“The materials I use in my work are quite varied,” said Litz. “I am interested in combining objects of differing colors, textures and characters.”

When not pursuing art, Litz works as a ski patroller and park ranger in the Arkansas Valley, which allows her to spend a large amount of time outdoors. “I find great peace and spirituality in experiencing the natural world,” said Litz.

Litz earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1984. After several years, she decided to go back to school and pursue art, her true passion. She attended the Art Students League of Denver from 1989-1991 before transferring to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia where she studied sculpture. After completing her courses at PAFA in 1994, Litz relocated to Breckenridge where she spent five years before moving to Salida in 1999.

Her artwork is represented by cultureclash in Salida, The Evergreen Gallery in Evergreen, Colo., and Littleton Antiques & Such in Littleton, Colo. Litz’s work can also be viewed and purchased online at www.galleryk-kaylitz.com.

All pieces in the hospital exhibit are for sale, and 25 percent of the proceeds are donated to the HRRMC Foundation.

HRRMC is hosting four art exhibits this year in the main hallway of the hospital’s first floor, as part of its mission to create a healing environment. The hospital displays the work of regional artists, with an emphasis on the Arkansas Valley.

For more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC, call 719-530-2217.

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