Gardnerville artist receives international recognition |

Gardnerville artist receives international recognition

Staff Reports

Artist Denise Klitsie has received three special recognition awards in the 18th annual Faces Juried Online International Art Exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery in Omaha, Neb.

The international exhibition received approximately 100 art entries from around the world and 15 artists were selected by the juror Laurence Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska.

“Denise Klitsie of Gardnerville uses various drawing media and shows how well they translate into Glicee prints,” Bradshaw said. “‘Book of John Gospel Writer’ is rich in showing the different media effects in a strong tonal contrast. ‘St. Anselm’ is also a fine example of creating the individual characteristics of the saint by using the various media and techniques. Her work ‘St. Benedict’ seems more controlled, facing directly forward.”’

According to the website, “The name Omaha means ‘upstream people’ in the American Indian language, so it seems quite fitting to have an art gallery by the same name.”

The gallery was created in the 1990’s as an avenue for artists from all over the world.

Upstream People hosts several themed exhibitions with past themes including motherhood, beautiful landscapes and values of family.

Klitisie competed in the faces exhibition.

Klitsie’s pieces“Writier of Gospel of John” and “St. Anselm” were painted in acrylic and watercolor on paper then scanned into Photoshop and composited with another background image of a silver-leafed panel. The final image is digital and are available as giclee print.

These portraits were created for an editorial piece in “Fuller” magazine, a non-profit institutional publication distributed to the global community of Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.

“St. Benedict” was a graphite creation on moleskin sketchbook paper. It is also available as giclee print.

This image was used in the book cover design for “Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life.”

“Models for the portraits were of people I knew, my husband, a neighbor, and a visiting pastor from the Eastern Sierras,” Klitsie said. “I took liberties because no one knows what these men looked like; so I interpreted their ‘likeness’ given the documents they left behind and historian’s records.”

The entire exhibition will be featured online at