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Arvada Center Announces Autumn 2011 Gallery Exhibitions

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities launches its 2011-12 gallery season with three exhibitions opening September 15 in the Galleries at the Center.

Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence

The Arvada Center "Uncommon Ground" Fall 2011 gallery exhibit

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) presents Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence September 15 – November 11 in the Main Gallery.

Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence showcases over 45 artists from west of the Mississippi whose work pushes the boundaries that define and redefine the ceramic arts. Notable participating artists are Frank Boyden, Bede Clarke, Tom Coleman, Julia Galloway, Arthur Gonzalez, Jonathan Kaplan, Nan McKinnell, Peter Pinnell, Don Reitz, Peter Voulkos and Patti Warashina.

Uncommon Ground is the second collaboration from a partnership forged in 2009 when the Arvada Center and NCECA worked together on the presentation of Continental Divide. That exhibit featured the diversity and talent of ceramic artists from Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico. Uncommon Ground is a continuation of this partnership, a blended invitational and competitive ceramic exhibition featuring artists – both established and emerging – from west of the Mississippi River.

“Partnerships like the one that NCECA has developed with the Arvada Center,” relates Josh Green, Executive Director of NCECA, “make efforts to expand opportunities for both creators and audiences. In the 21st century, the continual interplay between these two groups sustains art’s vitality and continual reinvention even in so historically persistent an art form as ceramics.”

photo credit:
Patti Warashina, Play Pals, Low-fire clay in electric oxidation kiln, 30″ x 35″ x 15″, 2010.

Edition to Clay: Ceramic Artists as Printmakers

The Arvada Center Edition To Clay Fall 2011 gallery exhibit

ceramic artists often work in media other than clay. Edition to Clay: Ceramic Artists as Printmakers, presented September 15 – November 13 in the Upper Gallery, features monotypes, lithographs, etchings and other prints created by artists primarily known for their work in ceramics.

“Our intention was to showcase a broader range of work done by contemporary ceramic artists,” states Arvada Center Exhibition Designer Collin Parson. “Edition to Clay achieves this objective as a complement to Uncommon Ground.” Artists featured in the exhibition include Kathy Butterly, Katie Caron, Doug Casebeer, Kim Dickey, Eddie Dominguez, Sam Harvey, Will Hinton, Gayla Lemke, Mitch Lyons, Brad Miller, Paul Soldner, Peter Voulkos and Betty Woodman.

“Edition to Clay also gave us the opportunity,” continues Parson, “to work with Shark’s Ink. in Lyons and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, who generously provided the Arvada Center with several prints featured in the exhibition. We hope that Edition to Clay will offer people new insight into the creative worlds of these artists, while expanding their definition of what to expect from a ceramic artist.”

photo credit:
Betty Woodman, Vases and Windows I-06, Color woodcut and monoprint, 40″ x 30″, 2010.
© Betty Woodman 2010, Courtesy of Shark’s Ink., Lyons, CO

Oaxaca: In Living Culture

The Arvada Center "Oaxaca" Fall 2011 gallery exhibit
In continuing its dedication to strengthening cultural partnerships and exhibiting works created by a diverse range of artists, the Arvada Center is proud to present Oaxaca: In Living Culture, September 15 – December 18 in the Theater Gallery. The exhibit is courtesy of the Abarca Family Collection and in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico and Mexican Cultural Center in Denver.

In what is considered a seminal collection of Mexican art, Oaxaca: In Living Culture showcases one of Mexico’s most traveled regions in an exhibition of paintings and prints, ceramics, woodcarvings, textiles and photographs. Recognized as a wellspring of contemporary and modern art, Oaxaca has produced some of Mexico’s best-known artists including Rudolfo Morales, Rudulfo Nieto, Fernando Olivera, Rufino Tamayo, and Francisco Toledo, all of whom are featured in the exhibition at the Center.

According to Adrianna Abarca who oversees the collection for the Abarca family, “Oaxaca boasts thousands of artisans representing over sixteen ethnic groups, who create a wide variety of native crafts. The people of the region have an uncommon and innate appreciation of art. Oaxaca also has many festivities where art or dance or music is at the center of those celebrations.”

Luis and Adrianna Abarca attended the opening of the Arvada Center’s series of exhibitions commemorating the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence in 2010. “We held exhibitions in all three galleries,” relates Executive Director Gene Sobczak, “featuring contemporary Mexican art from Nuevo León, Tonalá and Colorado. It was our second series of exhibitions presented with the Consulate General of Mexico and Mexican Cultural Center in Denver. Our partnership with the Abarca family strengthens the Center’s commitment to Mexico, its culture and community in Colorado.”

An accomplished Denver businessman, Luis Abarca’s commitment to the art and culture of his homeland has produced one of the area’s largest private collections of Mexican fine and folk art. Administered by daughter Adrianna, the family collection is in part on display at the Arvada Center in the first of three annual exhibitions sponsored and presented by the Abarcas.

“With these exhibitions, we hope to develop in people an appreciation of the vast amount, quality and diversity of art produced in Mexico,” adds Adrianna. “We believe, as well, we can create a dialog among all cultures with the art of a single country.”

Galleries at the Center exhibitions open September 15 with a public reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and close on November 13. *Oaxaca: In Living Culture will be on display through December 18.

photo credit:
T. Mixes and T.Viguera, Peacock, Painted wood carving, 1998. Courtesy of the Abarca Family Collection. Photo: René Atchison

Debra Sanders Wired

Arvada Center presents Debra Sanders "Wired" gallery exhibition

Debra Sanders Wired cast glass installation will also be on exhibit throughout the center this fall.

Visiting The Arvada Center

Please visit 720-898-7242 for more information. The Arvada Center galleries are open to the public Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The galleries are also open until 7:30 p.m. on evenings with theater presentations. Free docent-led tours of the Arvada Center’s gallery exhibitions and history museum are available to groups. To schedule a tour, call the Arvada Center’s gallery/museum tour line at 720-898-7240. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO 80003 and provides free parking for all its patrons.

About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Now celebrating its 35th Season, the award winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada and by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). For more information, visit 720-898-7200.

Time Travel – Decorative Art from the Kirkland Museum

Time Travel – Decorative Art from the Kirkland Museum

Your chance to travel through time is coming to an end soon so be sure to visit the Arvada Center before August 28th to see international decorative art from these stylistic eras:
The Arvada Center Time Travel-Decorative Art From Kirkland Museum

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Art Nouveau
  • Wiener Werkstätte
  • Bauhaus
  • Art Deco
  • Modern

Much like our previous “100+ Years of Colorado Art” partnership, the Arvada Center and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art will present fine furniture and furnishing objects from Kirkland Museum’s extensive collection. This is the largest decorative art exhibition from the Kirkland Museum collection that has ever been shown outside the museum.

“From Kirkland Museum’s international decorative art collection of over 15,000 objects, we have chosen works the major design movements of the 20th century, allowing you to travel back in time at the Arvada Center. Furniture and other decorative art, along with paintings, are displayed salon style-making it look as if you just walked into someone’s home. For this show, we have created vignettes and accessorized them by adding radios, phones, lamps and other vintage household objects,” says Hugh Grant, Founding Director and Curator, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

Christopher Herron, Registrar & Collections Manager at Kirkland Museum, is co-curator of Time Travel-Decorative Art from Kirkland Museum. The Arvada Center’s Gallery/Museum Exhibition Designer Collin Parson arranged the installation. “We are so excited to have the chance to work with the Kirkland Museum and we look forward to possibly partnering with them in the future,” said Parson of the exhibition collaboration.

Read the Denver Westword review here:

Gillian Welch at The Arvada Center Outdoor Ampitheater

97.3 KBCO and Nobody In Particular Presents along with The Arvada Center is proud to present

Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch at The Arvada Center Sept 7, 2011September 7, 2011

Concert Starts at 7:30pm

Outdoor Amphitheater Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Covered Seating $35; Lawn $35

Amphitheater Policies

Gillian Welch is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with her musical partner, guitarist Dave Rawlings. Their sparse and dark musical style, which combines elements of Appalachian music, Bluegrass, and Americana, is described by The New Yorker as “at once innovative and obliquely reminiscent of past rural forms”.

Welch and Rawlings have released five critically acclaimed albums. Their 1996 debut, Revival, and the 2001 release Time (The Revelator), received nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Their 2003 album, Soul Journey, introduced electric guitar, drums and a more upbeat sound to their body of work. After a gap of eight years, they released their fifth studio album, The Harrow & The Harvest, in 2011.

Welch was an associate producer and performed on two songs of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, a platinum album that won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002. Welch has collaborated and recorded with distinguished musicians such as Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Jay Farrar, Emmylou Harris, The Decemberists, and Ani DiFranco. Welch and Rawlings perform at many music festivals.

Welch and Rawlings incorporate elements of early twentieth century music such as old time, classic country, gospel and traditional bluegrass with modern elements of rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and punk rock. The New Yorker‘s Alec Wilkinson maintained their musical style is “not easily classified—it is at once innovative and obliquely reminiscent of past rural forms”.

The instrumentation on their songs is usually a simple arrangement, with Welch and Rawlings accompanying their own vocals with acoustic guitars, banjos, or a mandolin. Welch plays rhythm guitar with a 1956 Gibson J-50 (or banjo), while Rawlings plays lead on a 1935 Epiphone Olympic Guitar. The New Yorker‘s Wilkinson described Rawlings as a “strikingly inventive guitarist” who plays solos that are “daring melodic leaps”. A review in No Depression by Andy Moore observed that “he [Rawlings] doesn’t play his big, coffee-colored, hollow body Gibson so much as he squeezes, strokes, chokes and does just about everything but blow into it”. Jamie Cowperthwait of Rolling Stone wrote that Rawlings’ guitar playing “makes the music swell and vibrate at all the right moments.”


The Denver Brass & the Arvada Chorale

The Arvada Center is proud to host

The Denver Brass & the Arvada Chorale

Denver Brass 2011September 1, 2011


Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.
Outdoor Amphitheater Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Premium Covered $24; Covered $19; GA Lawn $12

Amphitheater Policies

It’s a Céilidh (celtic party)!  Celebrate the last weeks of summer under the stars at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  Join The Denver Brass and special guest artists Celtic Colorado Pipes & Drums and Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers for an evening of merriment.

Arvada Chorale 2011

The Arvada Chorale

will present a delightful pre-concert show and will join the Brass and pipes for a rousing full-company summer finale.  Featuring cool jazz, film favorites, American classics and Celtic masterpieces there’s something for the entire family at this perfect late summer’s eve concert.

Buy Tickets HERE!