The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Fall Exhibitions Are All About Color

Arvada CO – The Arvada Center’s fall exhibitions, opening September 13, fill all three gallery spaces with color. In the Theatre Gallery, Laura Merage: Nausy Nausy fills the space with interactive color. Connected by Color in the Upper Gallery showcases four artists’ connection to color. And Main Gallery features Virginia Maitland Retrospective: 1965-Present, an exhibition of work by acclaimed Boulder painter Virginia Maitland.

Virginia Maitland Retrospective

September 13 – November 11, 2018
Main Gallery


The Arvada Center is proud to present a career retrospective by acclaimed Boulder painter Virginia Maitland. Maitland, long considered one of the region’s premier abstract colorists is featured in a 53-year retrospective, highlighting the evolution and determination of her art practice.

Maitland’s prolific career will be explored with over 45 artworks along with other archive materials, starting in 1965. She incorporates color, light, and nature into her large-scale paintings. Her color fields are an amalgamation of vibrant hues, composition, and translucent paint layers. To achieve this, Maitland applies at least 15-20 layers of poured paint while shifting the canvas, and then uses minimal brushwork to define certain areas.

Laura Merage: Nausy Nausy
September 13 – December 23, 2018
Theatre Gallery

Laura Merage’s soft sculpture installation takes over the Arvada Center’s Theatre Gallery with vibrations of color. The title, Nausy Nausy, is meant to evoke the words we coo to children when they pet an animal or touch something fragile, to be nice, to be gentle, to be considerate. This installation will flow from the walls to the floor and feature a few huggable pillows and comfortable seats so visitors can immerse themselves in plush color.

Connected by Color

September 13 – November 11, 2018
Upper Gallery


Connected by Color explores color’s limitless possibilities through the work of four artists. Patricia Aaron works in encaustic, Jennifer Ivanovic pours acrylic paint straight into her composition, Sue Oehme is a master printmaker, and Jodi Stuart creates ethereal sculptures using 3D printing pens. Each of these artists takes vastly different approaches to color to expose its many different facets.

Special Events and Exhibition Discussions

Opening reception for all exhibitions:

Thursday, September 13,  6 - 9 pm

Free and open to the public

Exhibition Discussions with Virginia Maitland

September 27, 6 – 7 pm

October 13, 11 am – 12 pm

Main Gallery, free and open to the public

About the Arvada Center Galleries:

Galleries at the Arvada Center host a dozen or more fine art exhibitions each year in three distinctive galleries with 10,000 square feet of space. The Arvada Center prides itself on keeping its gallery and museum exhibitions free and open to the public seven days a week, something that it has done since inception in 1976.

The Arvada Center Galleries are open Monday - Friday 9:00 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m. on evenings with theatre performances. Free docent-led tours of the gallery exhibitions and history museum are available to groups of five or more. To schedule a tour call the Arvada Center's gallery/museum tour line at 720-898-7255.