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Curtis show has ties to Biennial

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In collaboration with the Biennial of the Americas, Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, 2349 E. Orchard Road in Greenwood Village, is presenting “Los Tres Revisited — NOW,” an exhibit of art by Carlos Fresquez, Tony Ortega and Carlos Santistevan, who first exhibited at the center in 1991. The new show runs from Aug. 8 to Sept. 8, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 8. Fresquez's work features the modern Hispanic in America. He teaches at Metropolitan State University and exhibits widely. Tony Ortega teaches at Regis University and is represented by William Havu Gallery in Denver. Carlos Santistevan is a santero who is involved in social service work in Denver and teaches about santos at Denver Art Museum. The trio will present a gallery talk on how their heritage influences their art at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission free. 303-797-1779.

Ink paintings displayed

“A New Fine Line: Contemporary Ink Painting From China” is open at Metro State's Center for Visual Arts, CVA, 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, from Aug. 7 to Oct. 24. It includes the work of nine contemporary artists from the Beijing Art Institute of Chinese Fine Arts Painting who share the conservative gongbi brush tradition, while exploring China's political and social realities. Curated by Julia M. Seagraves, director of the Asian Art Coordinating Council. Reception with artists, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27. Gongbi demonstration 5-6 p.m. Aug. 27. Admission free.

Call for artists

The Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County announces a call for artists for its annual “This is Colorado” exhibit, which will be at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College Oct. 21-Nov. 13. Entry deadline is Aug. 15. The juror will be ACC Art Department instructor Marsha Wooley. Material need not reflect Colorado. Entry form is at heritage-guild.com or request a prospectus by email: mkstudio@comcast.net. Entry fee is $35 for three JPEG images ($25 ACC students).

Windy wonders

The Colorado Wind Ensemble presents three free summer concerts: Aug. 13, 7 p.m., Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial; Aug. 15, 6 p.m., Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village (with Colorado Honor Band); Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m., Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch.

Civil War history

Dr. Richard Sommers will appear at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, to present the new edition of his “Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg, The Battle of Chaffin's Bluff and Poplar Spring Church, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 1864.” The well-regarded book has been out of print and Civil War buffs will be interested to hear this scholar.

Water Blossom Festival

The Colorado Water Garden Society presents its annual Water Blossom Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Docent-led tours of the water gardens, information, brochures, expertise about aquatic plants (free plants while they last.) Tamara Kilbane, senior horticulturist of the Aquatic Collection, will be at the pool near the Science Pyramid in the morning to talk about the New Waterlily Competition and show her greenhouse. At noon, there will be a tour of the Japanese Garden. Register for both these tours. Festival admission is free, but guests who are not DBG members must pay garden admission.

Camera club presentation

“Worshiping With a Camera” will be Cathy and Gordon Illig's title as they talk about their wide experiences photographing the natural world at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 for the Englewood Camera Club. The meeting is at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd. Centennial. Guests are welcome.

Chorale auditions

The Castle Rock Chorale will hold auditions from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock. Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at New Hope. For appointment or for information, email info@castlerockchorale.org.

Sleight-of-hand expert.

Gregory Wilson presents “Thief: A Criminal Act” at Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., Castle Rock at 8 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15. Tickets: $25/$22.50, 303-660-6799, Tickets.Amazingshows.com.

Wildlife and wine

Paint with Patricia Jenkins of the Roxborough Arts Council while sipping a class of wine at the Audubon Nature Center, 11280 S. Waterton Road, Littleton. Registration required: $30 non-member/$25 member. Must be 21 or older. Denveraudubon.org, 303-973-9530.

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