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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.

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