Leyden Jar Gallery

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Open November 2 – December 3.

Art Gym is excited to present “Many Definitions of Home a solo exhibition of new work from member Colleen Hennessy, on view in The Leyden Jar. Please join us and the artist for a reception on Thursday November 2 from 6-9PM. Thank you to Ratio Beerworks for providing beer for this event!

Home is the intangible feeling you get in a location, a sense of peace, joy from loved ones or an environment where everyone knows they’re welcome. “Home” isn’t easy to define, but you know when you’re there. Home is where you live: your house, apartment, or condo. It’s also the place we feel most comfortable, loved, and protected — where we most feel at home. Home is many things to many people. It’s the place you live, and the places you love: people might feel at home in a bookstore, a park, or certain cities. Home is a place to live with our families and pets and enjoy with friends. A place to build memories as well as a way to build future wealth. A place where we can truly just be ourselves. And whether our houses are big, small, fancy or modest, they are our shelters and our sanctuaries.”

Colleen Hennessy is a Denver native who kept returning home. After living a short time on the west coast, 7 years in New Mexico, and 2.5 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. has spent most of her life in Colorado and New Mexico. Though of Irish ancestry, Colleen claims to have an “alma Latino” (“Latin soul”). 

By evoking the atmosphere of Colorado and other places she has encountered, Hennessy invites viewers into her deeply personal meditations on home. Her works not only encapsulate her own relationship with home, but also reflect a broader understanding of home and the interconnectedness of all living things. There are many definitions of home and new ways to consider the comfort and protection it can provide. 

Colleen has worked for many years photographing landscapes and architecture, wedding and portrait photography. Colleen is a graduate of New Mexico State University, an avid student of Spanish, potter and collector of folk art. In addition to hand-coloring black and white photographs, Colleen began producing a series of acrylic and watercolor paintings on paper while living in the mountain jungle of Honduras.

Colleen has participated in numerous solo and group exhibits in the last 30 years, has published 5 books of her paintings, and 6 bilingual children’s books.

Coming Up

12.9 – 12.24| Holiday Fine Arts Festival