Rox Arts Gallery at Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. See roxartscouncil.org for membership information. Members are juried into the organization.
Aspen Grove shoppers may have noticed a parade of folks carrying paintings, panels, pottery and miscellaneous items up the sidewalk recently. How do you move an art gallery a short distance?
The new address for the Rox Arts Gallery at Aspen Grove is Suite 330, after individual artist/members were called upon to schlep their own works, plus display fixtures, a short distance north from the former address, Suite 514, to the new space, Suite 330, just north of Starbucks.
It is a larger space — almost twice as large — which promises room for more artists, according to an early October note from Rox Arts Council President Priscilla Wohl. (New artists are juried in — see roxartscouncil.org.)
The council had originally rented their space on a month-to-month basis, to see if this was a viable idea.
And it has been an attraction to art lovers, shoppers and people interested in attending classes, offered at varying levels of difficulty, including for kids — in various techniques.
A dedicated space for classes will be a welcome addition, as things had to be moved around to make space in the former gallery.
Since Aspen Grove management had a new national chain tenant wanting Suite 514, the gallery had to vacate by the end of October.
Fortunately, a new, larger space was available — Rox Arts Gallery got new keys Oct. 15 and now has a long-term lease.
Current members volunteered to clean, paint, install new slat walls, build storage and more, within a short time frame.
Roxborough Arts Council is a long-running, membership-based 501(c)(3) organization that includes artists from throughout the south metro area and opened its gallery last week at the new address.
Since moving is always expensive despite volunteer help, a silent auction of works donated by members will begin Nov. 2. Art will be on display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, with a Grand Reopening reception on Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., where successful bidders will be announced. You can take your purchase home that night. One can drop off a written bid until into the evening on Nov. 9. (I can imagine some last-minute excitement that night, with bidding getting competitive for some items!)
There will also be a GoFundMe page accessible through the website — or donations will be welcomed. The move will cost an estimated $8,000.
Contributing artist/members include: Kathy Beach, pottery; Jim Bennett, photography; Rita Campbell, watercolor; Tom Cooper, photography; Patty Dwyer, oils; Tracy Eagle, fabric; Kari Erickson, pottery; Julie Fisher, watercolor; Candace French, mixed media; Jeanie Gebhart, acrylic painting; Pat Greener, fused glass; Leah Hendricks, mixed media; Brian Hubbell, oils; Patricia Jenkins, resin; Karen Kennedy, mixed media; Holly Lanham, jewelry; Tony Lazzari, photography; Maryann Leake, mixed media; Teri McCans, watercolor; Michaela May, pottery; Randy May, sculpture; Tammy Medsker, resin; Valorie Snyder, oil painting; Donna Trunz, jewelry; Brynda Turner, silver jewelry; and Priscilla Wohl, jewelry. The perfect holiday gift may be waiting there.
Gallery hours conform to Aspen Grove’s regular hours for its nearly 50 merchants: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. A monthly open house, with artists in attendance and refreshments, is held the second Friday of the month. The gallery won’t miss a beat, starting with the Nov. 9 celebration.
If you go:
Rox Arts Gallery at Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. See rocartscouncil.org for membership information. Members are juried into the organization.
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