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Distinctive painter offers watercolor workshop

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 11/20/18

Painter Robert Gray, a longtime Highlands Ranch resident who had a Littleton gallery on Alamo Street at one time, is known for his bright colors and bold strokes, as he works in watercolors. He will …

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Sonya's Sampler

Distinctive painter offers watercolor workshop

“Early Morning Coffee at the Ranch” by Robert Gray, who will teach a workshop on Dec. 1.
“Early Morning Coffee at the Ranch” by Robert Gray, who will teach a workshop on Dec. 1.
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Painter Robert Gray, a longtime Highlands Ranch resident who had a Littleton gallery on Alamo Street at one time, is known for his bright colors and bold strokes, as he works in watercolors. He will present a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 for members and guests of the Heritage Fine Arts Guild at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. There will be some emphasis on depicting figures without a great deal of detail. He will discuss the added use of pencil lines for a more professional finish. Registration at heritage-guild.com/current-workshops. (18 and older.) For a list of materials, see heritage-guild.com. Cost: $35 members, $50 non-members. (Membership costs $40 for a year.)

And art for kids …

“Lessons and Lemonade,” a series of free Second Saturday art classes for kids, ages 9-14, will be offered through 2019 by the Parker Artists Guild (except for June and December). The location is the Hobby Lobby classroom at Mainstreet and Parker Road. How about a set of paints, a couple of nice brushes and class registration as a holiday gift? Classes begin with Leslie Scott and “Safe Oil Painting” on Jan. 12. Two classes will be offered: 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Pastels, ink, fiber, watercolor and mixed media will be taught. Pre-registration is required, parkerartistsguild.com/classes/youth.

Goodson Center

The 39th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair at the Goodson Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, with crafts, pottery, jewelry, quilts, paintings, photography, woodwork, specialty foods and more. Complimentary gift wrapping by the Sparks Gymnastics Team. Moontime Crepes food truck onsite.

High fashion

“Dior: From Paris to the World” is open at the Denver Art Museum through March 3, showing more than 200 couture dresses — some worn by stars — as well as photographs, runway videos, jewelry and artworks. Tickets: timed entry. (Members half-price.) denverartmuseum.org.

Disney on Ice

“Dare to Dream” will be at the Pepsi Center Dec. 6 (7 p.m.); Dec. 7 (11 a.m., 7 p.m.); Dec. 8: (11 a.m.; 3 p.m., 7 p.m.); Dec. 9 (1 p.m., 5 p.m.). disneyonice.com/tickets.

Firehouse Theatre

“The Christmas Spirit” by Frederick Stroppel offers a different twist on a “Death Takes a Holiday” theme. Presented by Firehouse Theatre Company, directed by Peter J. Hughes, at the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, Denver. Tickets: $18-$23, firehousetheatercompany.com.

Lone Tree art

Winners of the Lone Tree Art Expo 2018 will each exhibit work from Nov. 28 through Jan. 8 at Lone Tree Art Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Open 1o a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and during performances. lonetreeartscenter.org, 720-509-1000.

Littleton Symphony

The Littleton Symphony, directed by Jurgen de Lemos, will perform its annual holiday concert, “A Littleton Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. The orchestra will be joined by the LUMC Choir, The Littleton High School Troubadors, Denver Bronze Bell Choir and dancers from the Littleton Ballet Academy. Tickets: $22/adults; $19/seniors; $5/ 21 and under. Littletonsymphony.org

Used book sale

The Friends of the Arapahoe Library District will hold a used book sale Dec. 1-2 at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial Hours: Dec. 1: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 2: noon to 5 p.m.

The 400-member Friends group supports programs and projects at the district’s libraries, such as the Summer Reading Program. To date in 2018, the organization has contributed $100,000, earned through membership fees and used book sales.

World War I lecture

Jeff Lowdermilk, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Littleton Museum, 6928 S. Gallup St., Littleton, based on his grandfather’s diary, describing his World War I experiences.

George A. Carlson, born in Denver in 1894, wrote about battles, landscapes and small towns he traveled through. Lowdermilk, who inherited that diary, has written a book: “Honoring the Doughboys: Following My Grandfather’s World War I Diary.” Free tickets at Littleton Museum. Seating limited. 303-795-3950.

Holiday Pottery Sale

The Arapahoe Community College Ceramics Guild will hold its annual Holiday Pottery Sale Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1-2 in the Half Moon at the Littleton Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive. Guild members have been producing mugs, plates, pitchers, bowls and more, which will make wonderful gifts of original art — or a swell addition to one’s own kitchen or dining table. Reception 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 29, with a live throwing demonstration by Mandy Henebry. Hours: Nov. 29: 4 to 8 p.m.; Nov. 30: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 1: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 2: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Own An Original

Through Jan. 6, original art selected for the Littleton Fine Arts Board’s 2019 Own an Original Exhibition by Juror Joshua Field, will be exhibited at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Field, who recently moved to Colorado from Massachusetts, is on the faculty at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

This year, for the first time, the Board determined a theme: “Ritual.” Works will be for sale. Admission is free, exhibit open during Museum hours. 303-795-3950.

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