November 2017: Max Ruppeck

November 2017: Max Ruppeck

The SteamPlant Event Center will host local artist Max Ruppeck’s land-and-cityscape paintings throughout the month of November in the Paquette Gallery.

The artist will welcome the public at a reception in the Paquette Gallery on Saturday, November 11 from 5 – 7 pm and will speak about his work at the Creative Mixer on Thursday, November 9 from 5:30 – 7 pm. Refreshments will be provided at both events.

Max Ruppeck

From the artist:

I painted my first watercolor in the early 1960s while studying architecture at the University of Illinois. In the days before computers, architecture students had to take five semesters of art, focusing mainly on drawing and watermedia.

I painted sporadically over the years and more intensively for the past fifteen. I prefer to paint plein air whenever I can but this is not always possible in urban settings. I may often start a painting on site, take a photograph when the lighting is best, and finish the work in my studio.

In addition to my landscapes and cityscapes, I enjoy figurative and portraiture painting.  Most of my figurative works are quick studies ranging from 5 to 30 minute poses.]

Landscapes take a bit longer and I usually paint them over an extended period of time to allow for paint applications to dry. I normally spend a total of 10-20 hours on landscapes; I like to paint quickly and decisively using as few brushstrokes as possible.


Photorealism is not my realm. While I enjoy and respect abstract/non-objective art, I have not ventured into this area; perhaps someday I may.

Among the internationally known artists I have studied with are Charles Reid, Alvaro Castagnet, and Mel Stabin. Colorado artists include Frank Francese, Jim Pederson, Raleigh Kinney, and Dennis Pendleton.

I have no deep philosophy or mission in my work other than the immense joy of creating art and the hope that others appreciate my efforts.


Creative Mixer: Thursday, November 9, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Join the Salida Council for the Arts and the Salida Creative District on Thursday, July 13 in the Paquette Gallery for a fine and festive social hour from 5:30 to 7 pm. Munchies are served, the cash bar is open, live music will be playing, Max will speak about his work, and you’ll hear news about the many creative projects being launched.

Join us, bring your friends, meet some new ones, and, if you have news about your own artistic endeavor, you’re invited to step up on the “Soapbox” to share the excitement.

Second Saturday Artist’s Reception: Saturday, November 11, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Please join Max for an artist’s reception on Saturday, November 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Free hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served.