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Gallery exhibit offers warm welcome in cold season

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 2/12/19

The newest Littleton Fine Arts Guild exhibit is “Fancy That!” at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave. in Littleton. Jennifer Rifenberg’s abstracted painting of cows won first place and …

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Gallery exhibit offers warm welcome in cold season

“Vukovar from the Bus” painted by Littleton Fine Arts Guild member Forest Plesko, won the “People’s Choice Award” at the reception for “Fancy That!” a new exhibit at Depot Arts Gallery.
“Vukovar from the Bus” painted by Littleton Fine Arts Guild member Forest Plesko, won the “People’s Choice Award” at the reception for “Fancy That!” a new exhibit at Depot Arts Gallery.
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The newest Littleton Fine Arts Guild exhibit is “Fancy That!” at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave. in Littleton. Jennifer Rifenberg’s abstracted painting of cows won first place and Forest Plesko’s “Vukovar from the Bus” won the People’s Choice award at the opening reception for the new show. Plesko said he was traveling off the main routes in Croatia when he saw this tired old village — a contrast to spiffy Dubrovnik, where tourists usually go. The show runs until March 3. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. depotartgallery.org.

‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

Chaparral High School, 15655 Brookstone Drive, Parker, presents the comedic musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23, 28, March 1, 2 and at 1 p.m. March 2 in the Mary Gill Theatre. The production involves 37 ensemble members and 70 crew members gaining experience with this musical, set on the coast of France. Tickets: $12/$8, at the door or seatyourself.biz/chaparralhs.

Wonderbound in Parker

“Cupid’s Playground,” an original ballet performance, with music by Beethoven and Schubert, will be performed on Feb. 23-24 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Accompanying the dance company will be a string quartet from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, led by Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams. The production will also run Feb. 15-17 at the Performance Complex at Pinnacle Charter School in Federal Heights. Tickers: parkerarts.org or wonderbound.com. Also at PACE: On Feb. 15, the Parker Symphony Orchestra will feature a double harp concerto, “Passion of the Angels,” by Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich. On March 3, the Colorado Jazz repertory Orchestra will perform “Music of Ray Charles” with vocalist Robert Johnson. From March 8-17, the Schoolhouse Theatre will feature “The Odd Couple,” an American comedy classic.

Watercolor classes

Castle Rock painter Cindy Welch started a new series of watercolor classes at Hobby Lobby on painting pets and other animals. She says if there is space, one could enter late. Her next series, starting March 19, is about painting on glass or other hard surfaces. Register or inquire with Welch, not at Hobby Lobby: CindyWelchDesign.com.

Denver Fringe Festival

A new Denver Fringe Festival is planned for various venues in the Denver metro area, hosted by the Colorado Theatre Guild. To perform, volunteer, participate or host, see denverfringefestival.org.

Progenitor call for entries

Arapahoe Community College student publishers are accepting digital manuscripts and artwork through Feb. 20 for the 2019 edition of the award-winning literary journal Progenitor, which will be published in the spring. Visit: Arapahoe.edu/progenitor.

Ariel and pals

Highlands Ranch High School Theater Department will present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” in the school’s theater at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23 and March 1 and 2. Location: 9375 Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch. The musical, adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, has an award-winning score. Tickets: $10 at the door or hrhsthespians.com.

Highlands Ranch Historical Society

Air Force Maj. Gen. Jay Lindell, with the Colorado Office of Economic and International Trade, will talk about the aerospace industry in Colorado for members and guests of the Highlands Ranch Historical Society at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Guests and prospective members welcome. (A $2 donation is welcomed from guests.) Light refreshments. Register: thehrhs.org.

Think summer concerts!

Hudson Gardens has just announced its summer concert schedule that starts June 10 with the “Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!” show and runs on Sunday evenings through a Sept. 16 concert by Kenny Loggins. Ticket prices vary and members can purchase at a discount. See the gardens’ calendar at hudsongardens.org for dates of rock, country and pop performers.

Englewood Arts Presents

The Altius Quartet with Hsing-Ay will present a program of music by Brahms and Beethoven at 2 p.m. March 9 at Hampden Hall, 1000 Englewood Parkway, on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center. Tickets: $20/$15, englewoodarts.org.

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