FEBRUARY 22, 2023
My Grandma Evelyn was an artist. She had many jobs in her life, but I knew her mostly as a retired person. She used her retirement to travel, take classes at the local college toward her bachelor’s degree, and create art. In one college class, she was asked to create a copy of a famous artist’s work. She painted an almost-life-sized version of Jackson Pollock’s Easter and the Totem. The painting hung over Evelyn’s couch for years, even toward the end of her life when she moved to an assisted living facility. Today, it hangs in my bedroom—a tribute to my Grandma.
Whenever I would visit her at the assisted living facility, Evelyn would guide me to her apartment on her battery-operated scooter. I never paid much attention to the artwork in the hallways because I knew there was something much more beautiful behind Evelyn’s door. But I always thought, “What about the people who live here who aren’t artists? They don’t have a lifetime of art in their apartments. I hope this ‘hallway artwork’ brings them joy.”
In Evergreen, we are so fortunate to have Elk Run Assisted Living—a warm and wonderful place that offers the same great care my Grandma received in central Illinois. When I visited today, I was reminded of that hallway artwork – the pieces that gave residents something beautiful to appreciate and a landmark for their home: “My apartment is just past the covered bridge painting.” It’s these memories that make me so excited about our new partnership with Elk Run. If you are an Artist Member at CAE, We Want You. CAE is now coordinating artwork on a rotating basis for Elk Run Assisted Living, Buchanan Rec Center, and for Parkside Café. It’s a wonderful perk for our loyal artist members, and even more importantly, it’s a beautiful opportunity for the residents of Evergreen. Whether working out at Buchanan, grabbing breakfast at Parkside, or sharing joy with loved ones at Elk Run, sometimes “hallway” artwork is even more meaningful to someone than “gallery” artwork. Please reach out to me if you are interested in having your artwork considered.
In other news, join us this Thursday night for some “gallery” artwork at the opening of Immortalized: Lens + Light. The opening reception is from 4-7 pm. Also, please check out all of our new adult and youth class opportunities below and on our website. Pay special attention to the offerings for middle school and high school art students. These classes and camps offer a great chance for our young artists to make their mark around Evergreen through murals and public art. And be sure to stop by Buchanan Rec Center to see the artwork we helped the Evergreen High School art department hang. The opening reception of their show, Hodgepodge, is this Friday from 5-6 pm at Buchanan. And finally, don’t miss out on tickets to our first concert on March 9 with John Erlandson and Mary Huckins of Dakota Blonde. Tables are sold out and general admission seats are selling fast.
Until next week, come Find Your Joy Through Art at CAE (or around Evergreen, where CAE artists are touching the lives of people every day!).
Immortalized: Lens + Light
February 23 – April 1, 2023
Opening Reception: Feb. 23 | 4-7 pm
Artists have used glass to create art for centuries. Estimates say that glass lasts longer than 1 million years—an almost infinite amount of time in human history. Immortalized: Lens & Light explores the way in which artists create with glass and glass lenses—stained, fused, mosaic, and fine art photography—to celebrate and commemorate people, cultures, or moments in time. This contrasting exhibition includes the work of glass artists Trudy Chiddix, Maria Sheets, and Susan Wechsler, and Photo Pensato Collective photographers Thomas Carr, Ron Johnson, Raj Manickam, Stephen Podrasky, Ward Russell, John Shelton, and Michael Trupiano.
Join us for drinks and small bites at the public opening reception for Immortalized: Lens & Light on Thursday, February 23 from 4 to 7 pm at Center for the Arts Evergreen. The exhibition will run through Saturday, April 1, 2023 and is free to the public thanks in part to SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, and exhibition sponsors Mountain Home Evergreen, Alexa Interiors, and Pandora John Properties.
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
General Admission – $25
SOLD OUT VIP Individual – $40
SOLD OUT 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: Lens & Light 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).
What would you do with $300? The Evergreen Artists Association is offering grants to adult artists living and/or working around and near the Evergreen area. The grant will be awarded for future tuition of classes, special projects (installation, supplies, materials), or show entrance fees. The application for the Adult Artist Grant is open. Apply today!
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 Clockmaker’s Daughter: A Novel by Kate Morton
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – 7 pm – JOIN VIA ZOOM
In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.
Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.
Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?
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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