Winning artists show works at museum

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 5/20/20

“per*spec*tives” is scheduled to hang at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, from May 22 to July 19. It will feature works by two Colorado artists: Courtney Cotton and Gabrielle …

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Winning artists show works at museum

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“per*spec*tives” is scheduled to hang at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, from May 22 to July 19. It will feature works by two Colorado artists: Courtney Cotton and Gabrielle Graves. Cotton, who lives in Denver, won Best of Show in the 2019 “Own an Original” exhibit, which had a theme of “Destination.” Her conceptual works — paintings and collages — draw inspiration from music, mindfulness and objects that give her a visceral reaction. Graves, winner of the 2019 “Eye of the Camera” exbibit, explores the complex narrative of identity and its intersection with consumption through photography — as well as painting, video and installation. Admission is free when the museum opens again. (Example of Cotton’s art is not her winning piece.)

Library options

Douglas County Libraries branches are open for curbside pickup while also offering their digital collections and activities online. Fines will not be assessed by any systems for books that are overdue while facilities are closed due to COVID-19. As of this writing, we do not have information about possible opening dates for any of our beloved libraries, but check online as governmental entities announce their plans ... Bemis Library in Littleton promises a summer reading program for every reader beginning May 26. “Imagine Your Story!” See Bemis.marmot.org after that date.

Music fest canceled

The annual Colorado Music Festival, scheduled at Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium June 25 through Aug. 1 has announced cancellation for 2020 — adding to sad news of Hudson Gardens’ season cancellation. No announcements received yet about other summer music — we’re hoping some will be able to perform, where national artists are not involved ...

Art Encounters

Douglas County’s Art Encounters Program, which brought sculptures for outdoor public placement throughout the county, is canceled for 2020 and will return next year. Sculptors working in many media should watch for announcements — this is a wonderful program that enriches parks and other outdoor locations ... Check with individual recreation districts about other programming as summer draws near ...

No-go in Englewood

The Ainomae Ensemble concert scheduled May 23 in Englewood’s Hampden Hall is canceled. The city held a virtual Easter egg hunt and still speaks of summer job opportunities ... The Virtual Recreation Center is open with fitness, games, cultural excursions and more ... www.englewoodco.gov/parks-recreation-library/recreation/virtual-recreation-center

Clay tiles

Silver City, New Mexico seeks submissions for its annual CLAY Festival, with a deadline of May 27. Tiles measuring 4, 6 or 8 inches wide and 4 inches high will be eligible. Juried anonymously by Silver City CLAY Festival 2020 artist Sanam Emami. For more information, see clayfestival.com/4x6x8-tile-exhibition. Our notice says this exhibition will take place even if other Silver City Festival workshops, lectures, demonstrations and community events should be canceled. Cash prizes. Love that spirit!

Denver EcoFlora Project

Funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services has allowed Denver Botanic Gardens to implement a local model of New York Botanic Gardens’ EcoFlora, which recruits citizen scientists for a three-year project to create a database of naturally occuring plant species and their ecological roles. The database will include scientific names, physical descriptions, flowering and fruiting times and information about their ecosystems — plants, birds and animals associated with each species. EcoFlora is a collaboration led by New York Botanical Garden with Chicago Botanic Garden, Desert Botanic Garden (Phoenix) and Marie Selby Botanical Garden (Sarasota, Florida). Data will be publicly accessible.

RoxArts Gallery

RoxArts Gallery at Aspen Grove will be open with new classes upcoming. 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Unit 330, see roxartscouncil.org for details.

Town Hall Arts Center

“Almost Heaven,” the John Denver musical, planned for this spring, is still projected for production “once it is deemed safe to do so,” according to word from the publicist for Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center. Could happen this summer, perhaps — or in the next season, which will be announced soon ... Stay tuned ...

Black Cube Fellowship Project

“SHARE” is a series of 100 small-scale bronze text installations on building facades throughout the Denver area by Mexico City artist Anuar Maauad. They will say: “To Share is precious, pure and fair.” Each slab mocks the thick slab serif font and gold coloring of the Trump Tower sign, according to Black Cube, which is located in Englewood. Among locations: Art Students League of Denver, Black Cube headquarters, Centennial Academy of Fine Arts, Evergreen Centeer for the Arts, IN-TEA Bar, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Museo de las Americas, Iliff School of Theology, Next Stage Gallery: Denver Center for Performing Arts, Sie Film Center, Stanley Marketplace, RedLine Contemporary Art ... Look for them as the polished brass letters catch the sunlight!

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