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Parker gallery offers intriguing look at fiber art

“Autumn Equinox,” a fiber art piece by Diana Vander Does of Aurora, is included in the Front Range Contemporary Quilters exhibit, “Contrast,” at the PACE Center through June 25.
“Autumn Equinox,” a fiber art piece by Diana Vander Does of Aurora, is included in the Front Range Contemporary Quilters exhibit, “Contrast,” at the PACE Center through June 25.
Photo by Kirsten Orahood

“Autumnal Equinox” by Aurora fiber artist Diana Vander Does hangs just inside the entrance into the gallery at the PACE Center in Parker. It’s included in an exhibit, “Contrast,” by the adventurous Front Range Contemporary Quilters, which runs through June 25. Curator Rose Fredrick comments that this exhibit “offers a chance to see the familiar in a new way.” The juror was Linda Colsh. Vander Does’ brilliant red work begins with a digital image print on fabric. Then it is stitched in a more traditional manner — but not quite! Perhaps inspired by a Japanese maple tree, it’s part of an adventurous collection of fiber art pieces that includes some clothing and other works that will surprise. Open during business hours at the center and of course, during performances. Allow extra time to look at the gallery and the halls. PACE is at 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker.

Stutson book honored

The charming children’s book “Blue Corn Soup,” by Littleton’s Caroline Stutson, was, sadly, published posthumously.

It just won first place for children’s literature in the Colorado Authors’ League’s annual contest and notice has been received by Al Stutson that it will be distributed to every first-grader in the state of New Mexico, an especially fitting honor to a devoted storyteller. Available locally. “Wealth By Virtue” by Chad Gordon of Centennial is the CAL’s choice for general non-fiction.

Symphonic music

The Arapahoe Philharmonic presents a concert called “Order and Chaos,” featuring works by Brahms and Stravinsky, at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Englewood High School’s Fisher Auditorium, 3800 S. Logan St., Englewood. Pianist is Jamie Shaak. The Brahms concerto premiered in 1859 with the composer at the keyboard. Stravinsky’s early 20th-century “Rites of Spring” sparked a riot at its premier and is considered perhaps the most influential piece of music of the early 20th century. Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes will talk about the program at 6:45 p.m. Tickets: or 303-781-1892.

Cleo Parker Robinson

“Dream Catchers” with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will be performed at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets:, 720-509-1000.

Trail partnership

The High Line Conservancy and Denver Botanic Gardens have formed a research and conservancy partnership to survey plant communities along the 71-mile National Landmark High Line Conservancy Trail. Landscaping guidelines will be created true to the historical and native landscape along the High Line Canal, dating back to the 1880s. The trail has five character zones: Wild Canyon, Prairie Retreat, Rolling Foothills, Wooded Village and Urban Refuge. A full assessment of plants has never been made. Images and species lists will be made public when developed.

South Suburban

The South Suburban Public Art Committee has an opening and invites inquiries from those who want to serve on this nine-member committee. Applicants must live in the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District. The committee meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. This is a three-year term, beginning mid-summer. Committee selects public art for the district and oversees temporary exhibits. Contact Lynne Wachter,

Curtis Center for the Arts

Longtime Greenwood Village resident and artist Joellyn T. Duesberry is showing her work from the mid-1970s to 2015 at Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village. A book, “Elevated Perspective: The Paintings of Joellyn Duesberry,” and a 32-minute PBS documentary, “Dialogue With the Artist,” will be available. Curator Brenda LaBier will speak at 1 p.m. on June 2. Through June 30. 303-797-1779.

Happy City Denver

“Happy City Denver: Art for the People” will bring 10 artists’ perspectives on happiness and community wellness. The title is inspired by British Artist Stuart Semple, related to Canadian writer Charles Montgomery’s book, “Happy City,” which questions the intersection between urban design and the science of happiness. Expect unexpected art experiences in public spaces. Nomadic art gallery Black Cube offers artistic direction. Produced by the Denver Theatre District, it will offer installations and experiences in public spaces May 18 through June 30. A publication, “Ear to Ear” will be distributed. A panel discussion, “Happiness Unpacked,” will be held on May 31 at Union Station. For information, go to Bottom line: better mental health…


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