Sonya's Sampler

Denver Art Museum rich in experiences

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 7/30/18

Much news from the Denver Art Museum, at 13th Avenue and Bannock Street in downtown Denver: First, Aug. 5 is the final day for “Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard,” which …

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Sonya's Sampler

Denver Art Museum rich in experiences


Much news from the Denver Art Museum, at 13th Avenue and Bannock Street in downtown Denver: First, Aug. 5 is the final day for “Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard,” which shares a collection of the talented fashion illustrators’ works. (He lives in Lakewood.) Second, “New Territory: Landscape Photography Today” opened recently. Third, “Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer” features more than 50 works by a Native American artist, using some traditional materials, who teaches at Bard College in New York with his feet in two worlds. Fourth, on the museum’s plaza, families will enjoy the return of the interactive “La Musidora.” Fifth, in exciting news, “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature” will feature more than 100 paintings spanning the French painter’s career, beginning Oct. 20, 2019. And sixth, great for visitors of all ages: “Stampede: Animals in Art,” gathered from across the museum’s collections that tell stories throughout time … open seven days a week. 720-865-5000,

`Hamlet’ in Littleton

“Hamlet” will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and Aug. 5 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton, performed by students. Tickets, $5. Rated PG for mature themes. 303-794-2787.

Performing in Littleton

Vanessa Collier, singer, songwriter, saxophonist will appear in Littleton on Aug. 23 at the Toad Tavern, 5203 S. Federal Blvd. Littleton. Collier blends funk, soul, rock and blues as she tours the world. Her third album, “Honey Up” is released this month. 303-795-6811.

Super birder!

Ann Bonnell, an Audubon Society of Greater Denver board member and legend among Front Range bird lovers, received the Colorado Field Ornithologist’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The longtime Audubon member is a volunteer at Roxborough State Park and was involved in getting the Audubon Nature Center located at the south edge of Chatfield State Park when she heard about an old homestead that was available, which ASGD has renovated. She leads the Tuesday Birders and 50 or more bird outings a year, including Christmas Bird Counts, an international effort. She has also volunteered at South Platte Park and Denver Botanic Gardens’ site now called Chatfield Farms. For upcoming field trips and programs, see: or call 303-973-9530.

Douglas County Fair news

Castle Rock artist Cindy Welch will be greeting friends and fans with prints of her many paintings related to local history at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Vintage Marketplace Aug. 3, 4, 5. The marketplace will offer items classified as: vintage, artisan, handcrafted, repurposed, jewelry, clothing, bath and body, Western, retro … (Aug. 3, noon to 8 p.m.; Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) The fairgrounds are located at 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock;

Book and Paper Fair

The Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers will host the 34th annual Book and Paper Fair Aug. 3 and 4 at the east end of the Denver Mart Complex at I-25 and 58th Avenue. Many dealers from across the nation will offer books and ephemra — and expertise. Talk with exhibitors about what you are looking for. If they don’t have it, they may make suggestions. Featured speaker will be at 6 p.m. Friday: Scott Holman, Ph.D., will talk about his thesis subject: Jack Kerouac. On Aug. 4 at 1 p.m., there will be a panel on Frankenstein and Mary Shelley; “200 Years and Counting.” Tickets: $7 for both days.

Libby and Patty Bortz

This mother-daughter duo has a program called “Facing Life’s Final Chapters Together,” which some readers may have heard, but many more older people and their adult children will be interested to learn that it will be available through DU’s Center for Professional Development. Contact Meghan Montelibano, 303-871-4615 — per a note from Libby Bortz.

Contemporary art

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver at 1485 Delgany St. has added an artist to its “Octopus Initiative” program to make rental art available. He is Diego Rodriguez-Warner. Current exhibits by Derrick Adams, Patrice Rene Washington, Kristen Hatgi Singk, Lisa Openheim … 303-298-7554,

Sonya Ellingboe, Denver Art Museum, Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton Colorado


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