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Branca demonstrates mono-types

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For Nancy Branca, art is all about experimentation and process. Saturday, she demonstrates mono-types, a form of printmaking, at Columbine Gallery in Frisco.

Branca’s favorite medium is pastels, often applied over water-based paint, but she wants to introduce mono-types to people because it requires minimal supplies and is inexpensive.

“It’s a real easy process that anyone can do at home … and it’s just a fun, lighthearted process,” Branca said.

Branca works part-time teaching art to students at Summit High School and teaching one class a semester at Colorado Mountain College. She finds the blend perfect: Her jobs allow her to interact with and learn from people, while her time off enables her to explore her own creative process.

“I think I’d be really bored if I just did one or the other,” Branca said. ” … I feel as though I learn so much through teaching students; I learn about people, aesthetics, art philosophy and creativity.”

Branca mostly draws and paints landscapes – from the beaches of Massachusetts, where she last lived until 1988, to the mountains of Colorado. She also paints large-scale murals.

“My framed pieces (like those at Columbine) portray stories, dreams and moods through subject, color and application of media,” she said.

They are expressive representations of the places she has lived, experienced and traveled.

“Her chalk pastels are vibrant and colorful landscape scenes of Summit County and Colorado,” said Brad Sutor, who works at the gallery. “Her subject matter consists of both large scale scenics and smaller, quiet moments in nature, with accents of rustic buildings and wildlife.”

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