FEBRUARY 15, 2023
I have two sons who are 15 and 17. Wherever we travel, my boys have always known that we’re going to visit museums. My husband and oldest son love history, my youngest son loves theater and fashion, and I love art and libraries. On trips, we each get to choose a spot to visit. My choices? Art museums and galleries: The Met, The Broad, the Museum of Jurassic Technology (I don’t recommend this quirky little place!). My family appreciates art, but not a full day of it like I do. When they were young and getting bored with my dragging them to another gallery, my boys invented a game: “What’s Your Favorite?”
Enter a new room in the museum. Scan the walls and pedestals. Guess which piece is each person’s favorite. I’m easy! I love moody skies with sculptural clouds, saturated colors (especially red), grain silos and old roadside motels, photographs that tell me a story, glass that’s striped like candy, paint that’s so artfully textured it jumps off the canvas, and clay that looks like it’s risen from the depths of the earth. My kids usually guess my favorite in no time.
But their choices are sometimes harder. They often didn’t know what they loved or why. We’d pick a bench, sit together, and just observe. Does something make you happy? Sad? Mad? Does a piece bring up a memory in your life? Sometimes, nothing clicked, and we’d move on to the next room. Other times, though, they’d surprise themselves when they slowed down and let themselves feel.
Over the next two weeks, I’d encourage you to do the same at CAE. Our pop-up exhibition, a space to be, opens today. We’ll have artists’ receptions on Thursday and Saturday from 4-8 pm. The body of work by Jenny Wilson, Jessica Loving, and Liz Lautrup has filled the gallery with color, shape, and a sense of calm. Next Thursday, February 23, Immortalized: Lens + Light opens with a reception from 4-7 pm. This exhibition is filled with glass and photographs that work together in wonderful ways. I invite all of you to pull up a chair in the gallery and give yourself a moment in your day to connect with the art in your own way. Then, be sure to stop by my desk and let me know, “What’s Your Favorite?”
In other news, be sure to get your tickets for An Evening of Story & Song with Mary & John on March 9. Our own board member, John Erlandson, takes the stage with Dakota Blonde’s Mary Huckins for an intimate evening of music amongst the art. If you’re an artist, be sure to submit your work for our upcoming all-call show, Touch & Go. The submission window closes on March 19. And if you know a young artist, be sure to register them for our spring break camps. We’re offering two one-day camps and two five-day camps for elementary and middle schoolers during the week of Jeffco’s spring break (March 20-24).
Stay warm, stay connected, and come Find Your Joy Through Art at CAE!
Until next week!
a space to be:
contemplative explorations
Pop-Up Exhibition featuring Jenny Wilson, Jessica Loving, and Liz Lautrup
Artist Receptions:
February 16 | 4 – 8 pm
February 18 | 4 – 8 pm
Three established Colorado-based painters — Liz Lautrup, Jenny Wilson, and Jessica Loving — collaborate in a show about creating a spacious moment of quietude, a sense of shelter borne out of the practice of making the work, as well as time spent experiencing them. These artists create work from a place of letting those anxieties down, if only for a moment, and create simply a space to be.
February 24, 2023 | 6 – 8 pm
$50 per person
These adorable 9″ x 12″ Snow Fox paintings will be pre-sketched and primed with an underpainting. Canvases come ready to add paint and your unique touches! Instructor Jessica Mahan will lead you through a painting demonstration on creating contrast, blending techniques, and fine-line brush details. You will leave with a display-ready piece that you will be proud to hang in your home!
An Evening of Story & Song with Mary & John
Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 7 – 9 pm
GA – $25
VIP Individual – $40
VIP Table of 6 – $200
We begin this season with An Evening of Story & Song with Mary & John. Yes, that’s right – two of Evergreen’s favorite musicians, Mary Huckins, lead singer of Dakota Blonde, and our own John Erlandson will be taking the stage together for an intimate concert experience. Gather your friends and family, kick back with a glass of wine, and enjoy a night of music amongst the art of our Immortalized: Light & Lens exhibition. We will have cabaret tables and general admission seating available.
CAE is seeking artwork in all mediums (2-D and 3-D) that responds to the theme Touch & Go: Texture & Movement in Art. Fundamental elements of composition guide our creative decisions, and artists must coordinate between experimentation, intuition, and foresight. In this juried exhibition, Touch & Go, we will be taking a closer look at two critical elements of composition: texture and movement. By focusing on these two key details, we hope to encourage a variety of submissions, ranging from 2D to 3D, and realism to abstraction, with strong attention shown to texture and movement. We are honored to have Libby Garon, Gallery Director for Walker Fine Art, as this exhibition’s guest juror. Garon is active in the Denver arts community and focuses on making connections between artists and collectors, as well as having ongoing involvement with Colorado’s arts organizations and galleries.
Day of the Arts is a free community arts day and a fun-filled event for the whole family! Taking place Saturday, June 3 at CAE, the community gathers to celebrate local music, dance, and theatre performances – and we welcome artists and artisans for our Makers Market. Day of the Arts invites makers of original art, handmade crafts, and homemade treats and goods to be a part of this special event that also features kids’ crafts and activities, live music, food trucks, and more.
Summerfest, now in its 43rd year, features a fabulous selection of gallery-quality fine art and fine crafts chosen by a jury process. This year Summerfest is July 29th and 30th from 10 AM – 5 PM each day at Buchanan Field in Evergreen. Live music, a children’s craft area, food trucks, and a cocktail garden round out a spectacular entertainment experience in the pristine foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Summerfest is known for bringing in a dedicated art-buying crowd and for offering the best services for our artist vendors. Center for the Arts Evergreen, a non-profit, hosts this event, with proceeds supporting art programming year-round.
50th Anniversary
The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia (RMNW) exhibition, in its 50th year, is presented by CAE, opening September 21, 2023. RMNW attracts entrants and jurors from throughout the United States and is regarded as one of the top watermedia exhibitions in the country. This show traditionally offers more than $10,000 in cash awards and is widely publicized.
CAE is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed painters and husband-wife duo, Ken & Stephanie Goldman, will serve as the jurors for the 50th Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. They will give a watermedia demonstration and each will teach a 1-day workshop at CAE. Both are established watermedia artists holding signature status in the National Watercolor Society (NWS), American Watercolor Society (AWS), and Watercolor Honor Society (WHS).
CAE’S Book Chat meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7-9 pm via Zoom and is free to all CAE members. We choose fictional books centered in arts and culture and have lively discussions about the world of art. We’d love for you to join us! Please consider becoming a CAE member and we’ll add you to our Book Chat list. See below for upcoming dates and titles. Happy Reading!
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 – 7 pm – JOIN VIA ZOOM
Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain’s most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city.
Robert Gray is a Colorado artist born in Denver and paints in several mediums. When he’s painting, whatever the subject matter happens to be, his goal is to keep the work exciting with lots of action, color, and loose style. He somewhat leans towards western action. His aim is technique/style rather than subject.
Want to be featured on our website, newsletter, and social channels as a CAE Artist Member? Please contact sara@evergreenarts.org for submission requirements.
Join us for a few hours – you choose the job and shift – and receive free entry to the festival as well as the official Summerfest t-shirt!
Are you looking to get out of the house for a few hours each week? Come help cover our reception desk as a greeter! We also love having volunteers for our special events and festivals. Please fill out the interest form on our website to let us know how you’d like to help.
Does your teen need volunteer hours for their high school varsity letter or club? We’re looking for some fun, reliable teen assistants for our summer camp program! Help with art projects and provide supervision during the lunch hour. Fill out our volunteer form or email Emiko.
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