Arvada Center Blog
Thank you for supporting the arts and The Arvada Center. We value your input. Please click on the appropriate production below to leave your comments.
AARRRRGH! Who doesnâ€™t want to be a pirate? When young Jeremy Jacob and his exceptional digging skills are recruited by Captain Braid Beard for treasure burying purposes, Jeremy thinks the pirate life is for him. Until he realizes that the simple things in life, like a kiss and a warm tucking in at night are those that are most important. Set sail for a hilarious and toughening journey as Jeremy learns that the most important things in life are worth more than buried treasure. A story of adventure and finding oneâ€™s own heart â€“ a path that canâ€™t be found on any treasure map.
A story of budding romance and feigned identity, this Oscar Wilde play is a humorous exposÃ© on British society and pokes gentle fun at pretense, all in the context of well-crafted language and delightful repartee. Oscar Wildeâ€™s classic period piece remains as witty, engaging, and relevant as when it first premiered in 1895 London.
Leave your comments for Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical
Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on Miracle on 34th Street; story by Valentine Davies
The traditional holiday favorite that will put you in the spirit of the season when its magic comes to our Main Stage Theater. This musical version of the joyful and nostalgic classic movie includes memorable songs such as â€œJolly Old St. Nicholasâ€ ,â€œPinecones and Hollyberriesâ€ and more. As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, we all need a little break to remember that miracles do happen. The Miracle on 34th Street is pure family entertainment – make it part of your holiday celebration.
Main Stage Theater
Previews Nov 23-25
Show Runs Nov 27 – Dec 23
Please enter your comments below about our production How I Became A Pirate
Please enter your comments below about our production The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
Double lives, bunburrying about, and handbagsÂ …
This “Wildely” popular play is the story of budding romance and feigned identity that becomes a humorous exposÃ© on British society and pokes gentle fun at pretense, all in the context of well-crafted language and delightful repartee. Oscar Wildeâ€™s classic period piece remains as witty, engaging, and relevant as when it first premiered in 1895 London.
Going Back In Time
Director Rod A. Lansberry has chosen to stage the play in the style of the original 1895 production . “We’re using roll drops, trying to keep that English music hall feel to it, so it’s true to the way it was originally produced,” explains Lansberry, “I’m trying to create a feeling of going back in time all the way.”
Catch A Glimpse
The Importance of Being Earnest at the Arvada Center
So do be a good ol’ chap and don’t miss this fine Arvada Center production!
Show runs Jan 24 – Feb 19
Friday, Feb 3 after 7:30 p.m. show
Wednesday, Feb 8 after 1:00 p.m. show
|Carl Reed and Thomas Claesson, Rib, wood and iron, 2009|
|Anemotive Kinetic 8/08, Robert Mangold, 2008|
Rapture of the Butterflies, oil on canvas
|Homare Ikeda, Drum, mixed media on paper|
Galleries at the Center
Winter 2012 Gallery Opening Reception
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Long a source of creative inspiration and awakening, the beauty of Colorado has been uniquely expressed in genres, styles and media by generations of artists.Â The Arvada Center winter series presents three exhibitions by four of Colorado’s most celebrated abstract artists, including the first career retrospective from the “Dean of Colorado Contemporary Sculpture” Robert Mangold. The Center’s winter series also features exhibitions by found-object master Carl Reed and contemporary abstract painters Homare Ikeda and Monroe Hodder in a unique gallery pairing.
Time, Space and Motion
Robert Mangold Retrospective
works from 1955 to present
The beauty of Colorado has been an inspiration to artists in providing them free expression and creativity through an array of visual mediums. This is an ambitious retrospective of work from the highly regarded â€œDean of Colorado Contemporary Sculptureâ€ artist Robert Mangold.
Time, Space and Motion, is featured in the Main Gallery, in outdoor areas surrounding the Arvada Center and on the grounds at the Arvada City Hall at 8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80001.
Pieces on loan from The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, University of Denver, The Museum of Outdoor Art, and many private collections will be featured in this stunning exhibition of work.
For more than 50 years, sculptor Robert Mangold has remained devoted to creating large indoor and outdoor pieces that can be seen not only across Denver but also throughout the world. Mangoldâ€™s four distinct artistic series will be featured in the Arvada exhibition: Anemotives, I-Beam, Tetrahedralhypersphere and PTTSAAES (a Point Traveling Through Space At An Erratic Speed).
Homare Ikeda and Monroe Hodder
Two of Coloradoâ€™s most celebrated abstract artists are featured in the Upper Gallery – made possible through a partnership with William Havu Gallery in Denver, CO.
Homare Ikeda, raised near Okinawa, Japan, is often called the â€œPearl of Asiaâ€. Now living in Denver, CO, Ikedaâ€™s longing for the ocean while being in the midst of mountains is reflected in his nature-inspired works. â€œOcean is the root of life as well as origin of my creations. Mountain is my vanishing point. My work is about wonder, longing and quest,â€ he explains.
Steamboat Springs resident Monroe Hodder uses color as her most powerful language when creating her works that encapsulate the reconciliation of opposites. â€œMy impulse is to fill up an abstract repetitive structure with the delicious disorder of paint, â€œ Hodder says. Her striking works often feature messy bands of stark color that bend the rules and the grid.
Lost and Found: A North Sea Collaboration
Thomas ClaessonÂ & Carl Reed
Found objects often appear inconsequential to the casual eye but to artist Carl Reed, disregarded items become visual treasures.
A fortunate friendship forged over the Atlantic Ocean, brought together abstract Colorado artist Reed and Swedish resident Thomas Claesson, who has assembled an enormous collection of objects that have washed ashore, been abandoned, been unearthed and acquired through inheritance.
These objects have been assembled into an eclectic display of found art that possesses an inherent aesthetic power that allows them to stand on their own. Some of the pieces featured include 18â€ iron nails, textiles from 1800â€™s and a broom. Donâ€™t miss what they have found!