Saturday, June 12 will be the opening date for a renovated Marjorie Park — on the north side of Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6331 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village, and the beginning …
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Saturday, June 12 will be the opening date for a renovated Marjorie Park — on the north side of Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6331 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village, and the beginning of a new story for the small green space.
It is owned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts, which was co-founded in 1981 by Marjorie P. Madden, her husband, developer John W. Madden Jr., and their daughter, Cynthia Madden Leitner, who is MOA’s president. The timing coincides with MOA’s 40th anniversary.
Readers will be familiar with the busy MOA indoor galleries and studio at 1000 Englewood Parkway — with ongoing exhibits and classes in normal times — but may not have made the connection with this sweet spot, and with Fiddler’s Green.
MOA’s mission is “to make art a part of everyday life” and the free, family-friendly event on June 12 will run from noon to 4 p.m., with artwork walking tours, stadium grass seating, a lion’s den sculpture walk, a delightful life-sized bronze series of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Harry Marinsky and other permanent artworks.
These large “Alice” sculptures are inspired by John Tenniel’s original illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s classic and include a charming Mad Hatter’s Tea Party — a particular favorite with this art lover.
Drinks and food will be available for purchase from Simply Pizza Food Truck and Em’s Ice Cream. Entertainment by DJ Walt White.
A new feature will be a labyrinth-like hardscape, designed after the seven petal vesica, in the center of the 2.1 acre park, which contains more than 40 art installations, including a lion’s den sculpture walk and a kinetic sculpture. (A vesica is a pointed oval shape.)
MOA will operate Marjorie Park with a variety of programs, including a summer concert series; a “Lunch and Learn” series, focused on artwork demonstrations and lectures; UnWine Wednesdays, a weekly fitness series; ongoing yoga classes and more.
Included: Lunch and Learn, with local sculptor Reven Swanson on June 14; YogaRita on June 15 and 29; a family-friendly concert series kickoff event with Stone Beat Invasion, featuring music by the Beatles and Rolling Stones on June 17; and live music by the String Bean Duo on June 23.
Throughout the month of June, programming will be free and open to the public.
Coming soon, MOA will offer regular hours and a park membership program for individuals, families, corporations, photographers and dogs, which will include free or discounted access to ongoing programs and events.
This membership will provide funding for ongoing park maintenance, art conservation and programming.
In addition, MOA will continue with its indoor galleries, art studio work, and outstanding education program, and “Design and Build,” which allows young artists to work with professionals on collaborative art projects.
MOA has a collection of more than 150 artworks, 85 of them exhibited outdoors.
(Event registration is required to maintain a safe environment: moaonline.org/events/.)
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