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One of the great things about being an observer of art in Colorado Springs is the fact that there are so many venues capable of putting on exhibitions of quality work. Pasta di Solazzi on Centennial Boulevard. has managed to combine good food with striking displays of art since its opening last August, showcasing artists such as Tracy and Sushi Felix, Jean Gummper and a current show from the versatile Deb Komitor.

The work in Komitor's exhibit falls into two categories -- colored pencil drawings on black museum board, and sculptural wall hangings constructed of oil paint on clay.

The unifying factors between the pieces are Komitor's voluptuous sense of color and the intriguing symbolism in her work. "I love color," is one of the first things the artist says about herself and it's easy to see what she means. Her pieces utilize a lustrous palette of opulent jewel tones. "I try to use color to make people come in close and see," she said. "I enjoy putting colors together that don't normally go, and then making it work."

The nature symbolism in her work also serves to pull the viewer in, giving an intimacy of detail that makes each work into a storybook of meaning. One of the recurring themes is that of a highway, winding snake-like though the mountains. "I think the roads lead inside," she said, "taking the viewer on a little journey to somewhere they haven't been."

Komitor's clay wall hangings are particularly fun to look at as she combines a fine sense of what works from a tactile and depth-perception standpoint with the rich lyrical hues that characterize all her work. The result is a sense of the fanciful and whimsical which places Komitor's work among the most unique and enjoyable in the area.


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