LAC brings two shows to city

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Lakewood Arts Council is sponsoring two annual shows — one at the Cultural Center and one at the LAC Gallery.

The “Artists Choice” exhibit will be on display at the Mezzannine Gallery in the Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, from May 13 to June 14. The “Cats, Dogs and Birds Invade the Lakewood Arts Council” will be on display at the LAC Gallery, 85 S. Union Blvd. from May 6 through 31.

According to Katy Haas, gallery exhibits manager with the LAC, the “Artists Choice” exhibit is a multimedia art exhibit, which features a variety of styles, from oil, pastel and acrylic to water color, sketches and mosaics.

“The show is only open to Colorado artists, and this year’s juror is award winning artist and instructor Mark Silvers,” Haas said. “We have around 100 works on display by nearly 20 artists.”

Lorene Joos, arts curator with Lakewood, said the cultural center has always been home to the “Artists Choice” show.

“It’s a nice service to one of our local arts groups,” she said. “It’s a fun show because there are a lot of different works and emerging artists on display.”

In memory of LAC artistic director Kathy Berls, who passed away on March 24, her family will be donating one of her pieces to the city and the LAC will have the first Kathy Berls Memorial Award for an oil painting — her painting style of choice.

The “Cats, Dogs and Birds Invade the Lakewood Arts Council” show ties into the Cat Care Society’s annual Tails of the Painted Cats traveling show, which features painted cat statues as a way to raise money for the group.

“We’re having 21 cat statues on display at our gallery for the month of May, so we wanted to have some paintings of cats and other pets to go along with the statues,” Haas said. “This is a nonjuried show, so visitors will get to see all animals in all kinds of styles.”

For more information on the shows, call 303-980-0625 or visit www.lakewoodartscouncil.org.