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Tour local art scene from your screen

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For a happy way to spend some time — and perhaps find an artist you aren’t aware of — visit a couple online exhibits we received word of. The online venue offers the art lover a chance to relax, grab a cold drink and take time to enlarge works to enjoy them undistracted. Look for details and techniques. It’s nice in these grumpy days to just enjoy light and color!

Guild offers virtual art show

Heritage Fine Arts Guild Online Show is exhibited for all to enjoy, with a Best of Show “ribbon” awarded to Mary Clark for her “Down on the Farm” acrylic painting that has to bring a smile, with assorted rustic critters mooing and otherwise calling to the viewer. The juror for this exhibit was longtime local painter and teacher Phyllis Vanderhaar. First place: “The Chasm” by Krista Falkenstine; second place: “Rain in the Mile Hi City” by Lee Wasilik; third place: “Seeking the Jaguar” by Celeste Hodges. (Probably Guild members would benefit from a session with a photographer on submitting work for an online show when they can meet again, for a more uniform presentation, but we are indeed happy to see all this fresh new work!) Honorable mentions include a self-portrait by HFAG’s Mary Kay Jacobus, clad in the requisite-today mask — and a straw hat meant for painting out of doors ... hope she’s found a lovely spot to work today! The online show is at heritage-guild.com.

College exhibit is online

The Arapahoe Community College Art & Design Student Show is online, where you can view an enlarged version of each entry in an exhibit that will run through Dec. 31. It includes works that would normally be displayed in more than one exhibit: studio art and the more commercial and design work, although some students do indeed cross over. First place was awarded to Linden Kirby’s horizontal acrylic painting “Song of the West.” To view the show, go to Arapahoe.edu, click on “Campus Community,” then on “Art Galleries,” then on “View the Virtual Gallery.”

Ancient instruments

The Denver Art Museum has partnered with Museo de las Americas at 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, for an exhibit called “Rhythm and Ritual: Music of the Ancient Americas,” at the Museo. It will feature a collection of about 80 instruments, dating 1000 BCE to 1530 BCE, used both day-to-day and in ceremonies. The exhibit is curated by Jared Katz, DAM’s Mayer Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, and explores music of Olmec, Andean and Mayan people. Denver Art Museum has not yet set a reopening date and a Museo receptionist said the hoped-for opening day there is June 18 ... We hope so too ... Check the DAM website (denverartmuseum.org) for a bit of music on an old, old wind instrument! Sounds ethereal! And, we encourage readers to enjoy the Museo if you have yet to discover it. Also see the new Museum From Home section on the DAM website to tour the current “Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington” exhibit, featured at DAM when open again. Next will be a look at works by Norman Rockwell ...

Sedaris set for 2021

We recently received word that the David Sedaris show, which had been scheduled at the Paramount Theatre for June 28, is rescheduled for May 2021. We’ll look forward to a chuckle with a favorite funny guy next year — though we could all use that chuckle now ...

History Colorado

We were glad to read that the valuable collections at History Colorado are safe after seeing broken front window glass pictured during recent protests. Check the website for information on opening again — the place is a treasure trove of materials about Colorado, both ancient and more contemporary, and it will again be a don’t-miss for residents and visitors once it’s available to us. Make a big day of it and visit this and the DAM — with time out for lunch at Mad Greens ... we can’t wait!

Compassionate kids ...

Local children’s author Sonja Wendt has a new book out called “Cultivating Compassion in Children” for 4- to 7-year-olds. Seems like a fine subject for summer — or any time — consideration! She says it’s available from her (SonjaWendt.com) or from Amazon.

Shohini Ghosh

Happy to see an image of a new acquisition by Denver Art Museum’s Asian Art Department: “Sentinel,” by Shohini Ghosh, who has lived in Highlands Ranch for some years. The work by the India-born artist is an example of contemporary work that illustrates historical ideas and techniques. Ghosh has exhibited her work locally.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties reports that the current national focus is on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” The local chapter won a $500 grant from LWV national for programming. This organization, which welcomes new members and offers voter registration year-round to new citizens, will be an important community resource as we head into an election season that promises to be loud and unsettling — and a distraction from the lovely-to-look-at/listen-to artworks which I very much hope readers will continue to seek out!

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