Classically trained James McComas' painting, “Reflections,” won the Best of Show award, chosen by juror Lorenzo Chavez in the “All Colorado at the Depot” exhibit, which was an open show and drew 908 entries from 270 artists from throughout Colorado this year. Chavez chose 95 pieces for the exhibit. (An average of 400 entries have been received in past years.) The exhibit includes painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, photography and textiles and was chaired by Littleton Fine Arts Guild members Teri Hendrix, Rebekah Griffith and Pam Roth-O'Mara. It will be at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, through Sept. 11. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. See depotartgallery.org.
The CGA Art Student Invitational exhibit, with art and murals and ceramics by Arapahoe Community College Fine Arts Students, will run Aug. 23 to Oct. 22, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 19. Gallery hours: Monday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Also available: the Virtual ACC Multimedia Graphic Design and Commercial Photography Show, through Dec. 31. Go to arapahoe.edu/campus-community/art-galleries and look under “Virtual Galleries.”
Affordable Arts Festival
The in-person Affordable Arts Festival on the Arapahoe Community College west lawn on Aug. 29 will benefit the ACC Foundation. All art is less than $100; 160 or more artists will exhibit their work, and we are told that a golf cart will be available if a visitor should buy more than he or she can carry! Paintings, glass, ceramics, sculpture, metal works, photography and mixed media works will be for sale and the Foundation will gain scholarship money from proceeds. See affordableartfestival.com. Each year, ACC awards over 50 privately funded scholarships from the community.
Denver modernism show 2021
Vintage cars, airplanes, decor, fashion and more at 13005 West Wings Way, Englewood, off County Line Road east of Peoria Street for the Denver Mod show. The Exploration of Flight Hangar is the site for more than 50 mid-mod vendors on Aug. 27-28. Admission: $60 advance, $70 at the door on Friday Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Mid-mod attire encouraged. For tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/denver-mod-show-a-festival-of-mid-century-furnishings-fashions-and-fun-tickets-161407972591.
`Seeing the Invisible'
Augmented Reality works by artists including Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and more. including several artists' first works in AR. Premieres at Denver Botanic Gardens as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries around the world. Visitors view and experience the exhibition via an iPhone and Android app. Participating gardens are in Denver, Jerusalem, Tucson, Tokyo, Dubai and more ... Sept. 20, 2021 to August 2022. More later on this ...
Stories on Stage
Stories on Stage, where actors read short stories to a rapt audience, has “forged new partnerships that allowed it to stream live shows last year, gaining a national audience. The organization will begin with three virtual/streaming shows from Nomad Playhouse in Boulder, then the annual “Making Merry” from both Nomad and the King Center at Auraria. On Jan. 16, Stories on Stage will return to Su Teatro in Denver, in its annual collaboration with Buntport Theater Company in “High School Confidential.” See storiesonstage.org. Tickets cost $22 or $150 for the season. All will be available for virtual screening and ticket holders will receive a link the day of performance.
Access Gallery at 909 Santa Fe Drive is partnered with Phamaly Theatre Company for some free youth-oriented workshops, coinciding with its “Alice in Wonderland” production. The gallery is a nonprofit organization that opens doors to creative, educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, benefit and benefit from the arts. “Collaging Your Inner Life” on Aug. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon will be guided by Moe Gram. (Free; bring personal items you'd like to include: photos, objects, craft materials ...) Register for workshops. See phamaly.org/get-involved/workshops-and-classes.
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