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Galleries Kicks off 2014 with COLLECT: featuring art from 17 collections

Explore the motivations & passions behind art collections

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COLLECT: Galleries at the Arvada Center Winter 2014 Exhibition

The Arvada Center’s Winter 2014 Gallery Exhibition Series addresses three major areas of collecting.

NINE dot ARTS logoThe Main Gallery will focus on the stories and motivations behind corporate art collections in partnership with NINE dot ARTS

The Upper Gallery will highlight collections from Colorado institutions and the importance their roles play in the region.

The Theater Gallery will tell unique stories of the origins and passion behind five private collections. The Arvada Center encourages everyone to start collecting and begin telling their own story.

Jan 23 – March 30

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,  Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday

Opening reception for all exhibitions:

Thursday, Jan 23 at 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public

And don’t miss the Wunderkammers – these Curiosity Cabinets feature the unique collections of some Arvada Center employees – Eiffel towers, thimbles, drumsticks and more!

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COLLECT: Art of Colorado Corporations
Wes Magyar, "Preserve", Delta Dental of Colorado

Wes Magyar, Preserve, Delta Dental of Colorado

COLLECT: Art of Colorado Institutions
Andy Warhol, "John Denver and Kimiko Powers", CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2008.02.138

Andy Warhol, American (1928-1987)

John Denver and Kimiko Powers n.d.(20th century)

Gelatin silver print, 8×10 inches

Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2008.02.138

Photo: CU Art Museum

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

COLLECT: Art of Individuals
Charles Bunnell, Untitled, Collection of Tracy and Sushe Felix

Collection of Tracy and Sushe Felix

Charles Bunnell, Untitled

oil on canvas, 21 x 25″, 1955

Upcoming Events to Arvada Center

COLLECT: Lecture

The Joy of Collecting Art and Why It’s Important

COLLECT Lecture from Dana Cain, local art collector
Collection of Dana Cain

Local art collector Dana Cain explains how and why anyone and everyone can collect art. You will be inspired to buy art – no matter your budget – in this lively presentation.


Saturday, February 22

1:30 p.m.   Cash Bar

2:00 p.m.   Lecture

Free and open to the public

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Arvada Center Ceramics Program Installs New Salt Kiln

The new year kicks off at Arvada Center with a new salt kiln for our renowned Ceramics Program.
This new kiln is the Cooperworks Mini and is a small salt/soda kiln, built by Cooperworks Kilns. Cooperworks is a  Denver company owned by Jim Cooper, who has been building kilns in Colorado for over 30 years. cooperworks_saltKiln_arvadacenter_jan2014_yard
The new kiln will be primarily used for the Center’s  Salt Firing class. “The smaller size will give us the ability to fire quickly, probably a 6-7 hour firing instead of about 18 hours (as was with the old kiln),” says Bebe Alexander, Ceramics Coordinator. “And we can do two class firings for every 5 week class. The old salt kiln was large, so we fired once at the end of each 5 week session,” explains Alexander.
“We will also be able to do soda firings, which is similar to salt, but uses sodium bicarbonate. The surface results are different and adds yet another type of firing to our studio. So, we now have low fire, high fire reduction, raku, salt and soda firings available to our students,” says Alexander.



To view our Ceramics classes offered – click the CERAMICS tab on the CLASSES page



images used with permission from Jim Cooper of Cooperworks Kilns


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installing new CooperWorks Mini salt kiln Bebe Alexander, Ceramics Coordinator with new salt kiln