Travel to the 1950s at Arvada Center

Column by Sonya Ellingboe

Posted 6/26/11

“Time Travel: Decorative Art from the Kirkland Museum” opened June 9 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada and runs through Aug. 28 …

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Travel to the 1950s at Arvada Center

Column by Sonya Ellingboe


“Time Travel: Decorative Art from the Kirkland Museum” opened June 9 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada and runs through Aug. 28 in the Main Gallery, exhibiting objects and art from the Kirkland’s extensive collection.

Items, many on display for the first time, are combined in salon settings, combining decorative art with paintings (including one by Littleton’s rita derjue). Also showing: “Western Construct, works by Western artist Michael Gregory and SAQA: Structures in Cloth — quilts by the Studio Art Quilt Associates. Hours: Admission free. Also note that the “Fifteen Artists” show at the Kirkland, 1311 Pearl St. runs through July 31 (11 to 5, Tuesdays through Sundays).

“Forged and Fabricated,” an exhibit of works by sculptor Bill Weaver, a former Littleton resident, will run from July 1 through Aug. 21 at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Weaver’s large piece hangs in the entry of the museum. 303-795-3950.

“No Plateaus Art Show” is an exhibit July 1 through July 31 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. A public reception is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. July 7. The works were painted at Rocky Mountain Stroke Center in Littleton, by stroke survivors enrolled in an art therapy class.  Littleton artist Shirley Lamb teaches students of all ages who are recovering from strokes. (More young stroke patients have been diagnosed recently, Lamb said). The art will be for sale at reasonable prices, with proceeds to benefit the Art Therapy Program at the center. 303-795-3961.

“The Legacy of Louis Moreau Gottschalk” is pianist Frank French’s concert title when he performs for the Ragtime Society of Colorado at 7 p.m. July 2 at Onofrio Piano Company, 1332 S. Broadway, Denver. Gottschalk was a well-known musician in the mid 19th century, who traveled, with his piano, by train in North and South America. His music connected folk and romantic styles, and was a forerunner of Ragtime and Jazz of the 20th century. French has made Gottschalk’s music known throughout the world as pianist and composer. Colleen Vander Hoek of Littleton is Ragtime Society President, 303-979-4353. Tickets: $20/$15 members.

Landscape paintings by nationally recognized Greenwood Village artist Joellyn Duesberry will be exhibited in a 50-year retrospective, “Elevated Perspective: the Paintings of Joellyn Duesberry” from July 2 to Sept. 11 at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, 30 W. Dale Street. Concurrent events include an exhibit of small paintings July 1 to Aug. 12 at Susan Bell Gallery Annex, 1573 S. Pearl St.; a collection of monographs from August 5 to Sept. 24 at Open Press Ltd., 40 W. Bayaud Ave., Denver. A hardback book will be released in conjunction with the Colorado Springs show.

The 15th National Juried Exhibition sponsored by the Plein Air Artists of Colorado will run through July 9 at Saks Galleries, 3019 E. Second Ave., Denver, Cherry Creek. Artists will be doing demonstrations during the Cherry Creek Arts Festival July 2, 3, 4. 303-333-4144.

“Style in Silver: Jewelry by Elena Warren“ will be featured on First Friday and through Aug. 1 at Artists on Santa Fe Gallery, 747 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Macy Dorf of Littleton is gallery owner and rents studio space to a number of artists in his old building. 303-573-5903.

Cherokee Ranch and Castle, on Daniels Park Road in Sedalia, is running many summer programs, which include a castle tour, dinner buffet, dessert and coffee with performers and a cash bar in the ticket price. Reservations: 303-688-4600. See A sample: July 8 — Tunisia (former members of Jakarta) will play. 6:30 p.m. $45 all-inclusive; $25 performance only. July 9 — Celebrate America! with Denver Brass and vocalist Steve Taylor, 6:30 p.m. $60 all-inclusive; $35 general admission. July 10 — Shakespeare’s Women with Kathleen McCall of the Denver Center Theatre Company. 5:30 p.m. $65, $25 student. Also:  “Hansel and Gretel” presented by Theatre Hikes Colorado from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring the family and a picnic. $25, $15, 12 and under. July 9, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Bird Hike with ornithologist Lynn Willcockson. Bring Binoculars, sunscreen, water and a picnic lunch. $25, 14 and older, limited to 15 people.

Littleton resident Jan Rutherford has published “The Littlest Green Beret” about his experiences and resultant awareness of leadership principals. He is now Chief Commercial Officer at 3t Systems, a Greenwood Village IT consulting firm. The book is available from Amazon. Half of the proceeds will go to the Green Beret Foundation and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

“Client to Architect: a Conversation Between Dean Sobel and Brad Cloepfil” is scheduled at 7 p.m. July 7 at the Sharp Auditorium, lower level, Denver Art Museum. Admission free. A reception and signing of Cloepfil’s new book, “Occupation: Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works Architecture” will be held afterwards at Mad Wine Bar, across the Plaza. The new museum is scheduled to open Nov. 18 at Bannock and 13th.

A Paris Street Market runs on the first Saturday of the month through October at Aspen Grove 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Vintage, antique and artisan market., 303-877-9457.

 The 17th Annual Colorado Irish Festival will be held July 8-10 at Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton with music, dancers, food, Celtic Marketplace, storytelling and more. Information: Tickets at TicketsWest, King Soopers,, 866-464-2626.

The Rocky Mountain Freedom Festival will be July 1-3 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Drive in Castle Rock. The family event includes two stages with live music, food, midway games, carnival rides, karaoke champs, fireworks (Sunday night) and a barbecue competition. Tickets: $5 one day/$10 weekend. Wristbands will cover rides: $20 advance; $25 at gate. Volunteers needed Half of the money raised will benefit Douglas County Task Force, the Rocky Mountain USO, the Ripple Project.

The 28th Annual All Colorado Art Show runs through Aug. 10 at Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village.  Juror is Jill Desmond, Denver Art Museum Curatorial Assistant for Modern and Contemporary Art. 303-797-1779.

Pastel Painter Carol Dallas is featured artist in July at Great Western Art Gallery, owned by Hilliard Moore of Highlands Ranch. A reception will be 6 to 9 p.m. July 1 (First Friday) in the gallery, 1455 Curtis St. in Denver’s Theatre District. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 303-396-2787.

“Contacto 12” runs through Sept. 18 at Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. The exhibit, featuring Quintin Gonzalez, David Ocelotl, Tony Ortega, Omar Rodriguez, Einar and Jamex de la Torre and Jerry Vigil, examines how Native postmodern cultures interpreted and reused European text. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 12 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Future workshops planned. 303-571-4401.

Call for artists: The 2011 Annual Kaleidoscope Juried Exhibition will be held July 11 to Aug. 15 at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. An opening reception will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 15. Media accepted: Ceramics, drawing, jewelry, glass, metals, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood working. Submit actual work at the gallery from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9. Fee: $10 per entry, no limit on number of entries. 2D work must be ready to hang, in a frame with glass and wire. Wrapped canvas with wire is OK. 3D work must be stable and fit on a 17 x 17 pedestal. The juror  will be Amy Bailey and Olga Esquibel. Information:, 303-797-5700 x 6549.


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