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The Arvada Center receives 15 nominations for 11th annual Henry Awards!


Arvada Center productions, directors, actors and designers were recognized June 20 in the Colorado Theatre Guild’s list of nominees for the 11th annual Henry Awards.  The Center was nominated for 15 awards, including Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company, and Outstanding Production of a Musical.

The Mountaintop Photo credit P. Switzer Photography 2016

The Mountaintop Photo credit P. Switzer Photography 2016

More than 45 theatre reporters, educators and assigned judges are involved in choosing the nominations, which are named for longtime Denver theatre producer Henry Lowenstein. Winners of 11th Annual Henry Awards be announced July 18 at the PACE Center in Parker.

Death Takes a Holiday Photo P. Switzer Photography

Death Takes a Holiday Photo credit P. Switzer Photography

11th Annual Henry Award Nominations:

  • Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company
  • Outstanding Production of a Musical: “Death Takes a Holiday,” Rod Lansberry, Director; David Nehls, Musical Direction
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play: Gavin Mayer, “The Mountaintop”
  • Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Rod A. Lansberry, “Death Takes a Holiday”
  • Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Gavin Mayer, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”
  • Outstanding Musical Direction: David Nehls, “Death Takes a Holiday”
  • Outstanding Choreography: Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”
  • Outstanding Actress in a Play: Betty Hart, “The Mountaintop”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical: Paul Page, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Sharon Kay White, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”
  • Outstanding Costume Design: Clare Henkel, “Death Takes a Holiday”
  • Outstanding Lighting Design: Seth Alison, “The Mountaintop”
  • Outstanding Lighting Design: Shannon McKinney, “Death Takes a Holiday”
  • Outstanding Scenic Design: Brian Mallgrave, “Death Takes a Holiday”
  • Outstanding Sound Design: Grant Evenson, “The Mountaintop”
Irving Berlin's White Christmas - Photo P. Switzer Photography 2015

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – Photo P. Switzer Photography 2015

Congratulations to the casts and crew of last seasons shows for their nominations!

Leave your mark at the Center with a new participatory art project


Sometimes art is something that you see, and sometimes it’s something you do. A new instillation piece at the Arvada Center is both—with a little gardening mixed in.

The Arvada Center’s sculpture field will be home to a participatory project that uses native plant seeds, clay and your assistance to create something that’s part landscape restoration, part outdoor art.

Seed Mapping, by artist Phillip Mann, is an effort to create a living map of our visitors’ paths through Unbound: Sculpture in the FieldEarlier this month, Arvada Center staff and volunteers made around 600 seed balls, the key component in Mann’s project. Seed balls are made out of soil and clay, natural pigments, and native Colorado flower and grass seeds.

The seeds will become part of the sculpture field as people participate in the Seed Mapping project.

Here is how you can be part of this living, growing art exhibit:

  1. Purchase tokens for your seed balls from the Arvada Center Box Office, and then visit one of the two seed ball kiosks at the Center. One is located outside of the Main Gallery, and the second in the sculpture field.
  2. Explore the sculptures in the field! Leave your seed balls behind as you travel through the sculptures as evidence of where you have been.

The seed balls will break down and the native grasses and wildflowers left behind will take root in the field, leaving a living marker on our “map” that traces where visitors travel through the field. Over the next couple of years, the seeds will leave a colorful trail marking where people have walked and left their seeds behind.

Come be a part of Seed Mapping when you stop by the Center for any of our upcoming exhibits, shows or performances! Read more about Unbound: Sculpture in the Field here.

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#ArtoftheState 2016 on social media

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will host Art of the State 2016 through March 27. Here are just a few of the photos and videos patrons have posted using #ArtoftheState and #ArvadaCenter. Stop by the center to vote for your favorite piece. Read more about Art of the State 2016.

Live Blog Art of the State 2016

Congratulations to Keith Ewer, winner of a 2015 True West Award

true-west-2015-day-14-600If you’ve taken in a musical production at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in the past 28 years, you’ve enjoyed the work of Keith Ewer. Keith has been the House Percussionist for every musical staged at the center since 1987. That’s more than 100 musical productions under his belt. He’s also served as Musical Director for 27 children’s theatre productions and has run the Front Range Youth Symphony for 25 years.

Keith was honored for his contribution to the Denver arts scene on Monday with a 2015 True West Award.  The True West Awards, presented by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts , celebrate the Colorado theatre community by recognizing 30 achievements from around the state over 30 days.IMG_3944

“I swear the Arvada Center would be a pile of rubble without Keith,” Arvada Center Resident Musical Director and orchestra conductor David Nehls told the Denver Center. “He is truly the most supportive person I have ever met in my career.”

You can catch Keith on the drums for the center’s production of White Christmas, which runs through December 23, 2015. Get tickets and more information here.








Fine Art Market and ACES Sale now open at the Arvada Center

Fine Art Market

The Arvada Center’s Fine Art Market Show and Sale is back for its 29th year and it’s been extended an extra week.

The show gives you the opportunity to take home artwork created by more than 100 prominent Colorado artists. You’ll have the chance to purchase hand-made jewelry, ceramics, hand-woven pieces, woodworking, metalsmithing, and handmade notebooks and cards to paintings, photography, printmaking, drawing, mosaic, and mixed media assemblages.

PHOTOS: Inside the 29th Annual Fine Art Market Show and Sale

For more on the 29th Annual Fine Art Market Show and Sale, click here.

In addition to the work of hundreds of Colorado artists, the Arvada Center is also offering you the chance to buy pieces created by more than 50 students and teachers of the center’s studio art classes. This is the eight year for the Arvada Center Educational Studios Show and Sale, which also runs through December 20.IMG_3928

Such well-known artists/instructors as Bebe Alexander, Steve Bober, John Hamilton, Lynn Hull, Sabrina Willis-Haywood, David Hoth, Heidi Meissner, Judi Mitchell, Candi Rasko, Megan Ratchford, Lynne Schreiber, Bob Smith, Steven Wood and Renee Ziccardi, are among the talents featured.

PHOTOS: Inside the 8th Annual ACES Show and Sale

For more information on the 8th Annual ACES Show and Sale, click here.

The Fine Art Market Show and Sale, along with the ACES Show and Sale, will be open seven days a week through December 20. Both sales are open Sundays and Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.