Arvada Center Blog
By Leslie Simon
When the Arvada Center hosts Art of the State, a juried exhibit of local artists, the beautiful artwork on the main posters and invitations is hard to miss.
Every year, Director of Galleries Collin Parson teams with Warren Tech’s Scot Odendahl, choosing one lucky student to provide the main artwork while getting a chance to experience working in graphic design at a professional level. As the students hone in on their unique ideas, they are given assistance in ways to really amp up their work to a professional standard.
“We give the students the concept, theme and title for the winter and spring exhibits. They get to create graphic murals that we incorporate into printed invitational postcards,” Parson said.
While previous years saw only Graphic Design students participating, the program continues to grow and offer artistic opportunities for students in other concentrations to be a part of Art of the State. ODendahl remarks “This year we have expanded once again to create a multi-disciplinary program called the IDEA (InterDisciplinary Enterprise Apprenticeship) Group that consists of Computer Science & Cybersecurity, Game Development, Graphic Design & Digital Photography, STEM: X-TREME Engineering, and TV/Video Production. Students now have the ability to work together with other Warren Tech programs to solve multi-disciplinary problems in a creative environment.”
The collaborative program for Art of the State is a great way for students to get a head start in their creative profession. Each winning selection is adapted into various sizes and forms, from the 8’x8’ mural in the Main Gallery to the postcard invitations that have the students name credited on them. “It’s a win-win for everyone as they get a professional setting to experience and we get amazing and unique graphics while extending our mission of arts education,” said Collin.
With both the Arvada Center and Warren Tech being important community institutions in Arvada, it only makes sense that there is an overlap for some of the students.
“Our students love working with the Arvada Center, and many of them have been coming to events there since they were in elementary school. Seeing students have an experience working with a venue that has been a great influence on their early life impact and continue on into their future careers has been amazing to witness,” says Odendahl.
So when you see the poster for Art of the State 2019 this year with its beautiful state flower, the columbine, know that the artwork came from the hard work of a Warren Tech student artist and the guidance of the Arvada Center. What began as a student artwork exhibit grew into those students creating professional work for us, and we look forward to seeing how the relationship continues to grow.
Art of the State 2019 begins this Thursday, January 17 with a free reception from 6 – 9 pm. In its third iteration, Art of the State 2019 garnered 1,555 entries from 566 artists in a call for entry that was open to all Colorado artists utilizing all media. It runs until March 31.
The Center is proud to welcome the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra for a three-concert series this upcoming season!
The CJRO is Colorado’s premier large jazz ensemble. They perform classic big band and modern large ensemble jazz. It includes top-notch saxophone, trumpet and trombone players, as well as piano, bass, drums, guitar and vocals.
Executive Director Art Bouton, who’s a professor of saxophone at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, founded the band three years ago with the mission to perform the best music with the best players.
“A Song In My Heart – Paul McKee is one of the finest trombonist, improvisors, composers, and arrangers anywhere. This is not hyperbole. A veteran of the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Chicago jazz scene, and now faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder; his inclusion to the Denver environment has taken the trombone situation from good to awesome in short order. This clever arrangement features Paul and CJRO tenor saxophonist, Eric Erhardt!”
These upcoming concerts cover the music of jazz legends, including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Miles Davis! You’ll be likely to hear hits like Bye, Bye Blackbird and One O’Clock Jump, as well as songs made famous by Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. The CJRO swings hard, and takes no prisoners!
The concert season starts October 15 – with “Ella and Sarah, the Great Ladies of Jazz!”
Ella and Sarah, the Great Ladies of Jazz
Hits from the big band era! Heidi Schmidt will present the best songs from Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, along with songs by Anita O’Day and Rosemary Clooney.
Saturday, October 15, 2016. 7:30 p.m., on the Main Stage
Turn Up the Basie!
How do you choose just two hours of music from the legendary Count Basie library? This concert also features songs recorded by Billie Holiday, Joe Williams and Frank Sinatra.
Saturday, January 21, 2017. 7:30 p.m., Main Stage Theatre.
Miles Ahead – The Miles Davis Legacy
The Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue” continues to be the yearly top selling jazz album 57 years after its release. The CJRO will honor this jazz icon with arrangements of his compositions along with great jazz standards he made famous.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this talented jazz ensemble – tickets and Concert Series subscriptions are on sale now. Combined music subscriptions for the CJRO and Jeffrey Siegel Concerts are also available by contacting the Box Office – 720-898-7200.
In honor of their 20th Anniversary, the Arvada Center’s community partner DreamWise Marketing is giving one lucky nonprofit in Denver a donation! They’re asking for the community’s help in choosing one – and they’ve selected the Arvada Center as part of their celebration.
Their 20th anniversary falls on the same year as our 40th, an exciting milestone to share! Twenty years ago, the Arvada Center was DreamWise Marketing’s very first client.
Based in Denver, DreamWise is a women-owned, full-service marketing firm. DreamWise started in the owner’s basement and has expanded over the years to its current 24,000 square foot warehouse. They’ve been on ColoradoBiz Magazine’s Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in Colorado list for the past four years, and have been recognized by the Denver Business Journal and the Business Marketing Association for their philanthropy.
The organization has a proud history of giving back to the community and is using their 20th as an opportunity to support one Denver nonprofit in a big way. They’ve selected a list of six, and community votes will determine who the donation goes to.
We’d love it if you support the Arvada Center and vote for us! If we win, the donation will go toward supporting arts education programming. Donations will help us purchase paints, clay, colored pencils, paper, glue, beads, scissors, easels and many other art supplies used in our classes.
The organization with the most number of votes wins. Vote often! The last day to vote is September 23, and the winner will be announced October 4. Follow this link to cast your vote: https://www.dreamwisemarketing.com/go/vote/. Read more about the contest here!
Happy *New* Year!
Welcome to 2013!
The Arvada Center is ready to tackle 2013 with a new art exhibition, a new children’s theater musical,Â a new teen Theater Academy, and new education classes!
Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to presentÂ Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado. This statewide juried exhibition garnered 1,635 entries from 588 artists living and working in Colorado. Selections were made by Arvada Center Exhibition Manager and Curator, Collin Parson, and the Clyfford Still Museum’s Director, Dean Sobel. Parson and Sobel chose 191 works by 160 artists that represent a wide range of approaches from traditional to experimental.
Emphasizing the Arvada Center’s commitment to supporting Colorado artists, this exhibition will showcase the quality, depth and diversity of works being created in the state by emerging and established artists. This juried exhibition was open to all Colorado artists in all media. For the first time, all three of the Arvada Center’s galleries, over 10,000 sq. ft., will be dedicated to one exhibition, and there will certainly be something for everyone to enjoy.
No Dogs Allowed!
Written by “Maria” from Sesame Street – Sonia Manzano
Music by Stephan Lawrence
Lyrics by Billy Aronson
Leaving the Bronx for a day at the lake is a real treat for Iris and her close-knit, extended family. Despite Papiâ€™s instructions to pack light, Mami brings enough food for the tri-state region and Iris sneaks in the family dog.Â After all, El Exigente is part of la familia. The trip is marked by memorable misadventure, but the family finally arrives at the lake, only to discover there are â€¦ No Dogs Allowed! Humor and cooperation save the day in this warm and cheery family venture.
The Arvada Center Theater Academy offers talented youth, ages 13 â€“ 18, a small-enrollment, high-level, in-depth program of theater instruction. This program is designed for serious actors who are interested in progressing as an artist and who desire a career in acting. Theater Academy Company actors perform in two productions each year and deepen their skills and knowledge in the areas of character work, scene study, auditioning, and production training.
Winter Education Classes
Enroll yourself, your family or a little one in one of our new arts education classes. We offer classes for ages 18 months and up! Choose from classes in pottery, dance, singing, improv comedy and more! And register now for our Spring Break Camps – these fill up fast!
and visit https://arvadacenter.org/education for more info!
CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ARVADA CENTER PRODUCTION OF NOÃ‹L COWARDâ€™S
The Arvada Center Artistic Producer and show Director, Rod A. Lansberry has announced the cast for the farcical comedy, Blithe Spirit by NoÃ«l Coward (Private Lives, Design for Living). Blithe Spirit will run in the intimate Black Box Theater January 22 â€“ February 17, 2013. Previews are January 18 â€“ 20 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Talkbacks will be offered Friday, February 1 after the 7:30 p.m. show and Wednesday, February 6 after the 1:00 p.m. show. To purchasetickets and for additional information go to https://arvadacenter.org/on-stage/blithe-spirit or call 720-898-7200.
The cast features several actors familiar to the Arvada Center stage including:
- Steven Cole Hughes (Charles Condomine) who last appeared in the Black Box Theater during Creede Repâ€™s comedy Is He Dead? by Mark Twain
- Heather Lacy making her Arvada Center debut as Charlesâ€™ late wife Elvira
- Kate Berry (Charlesâ€™ second wife Ruth) and Leslie O’Carroll (Edith, the maid) who were featured last season in Shakespeareâ€™s Twelfth Night
- Mark Rubald (Dr. George Bradman), who is currently performing in Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical
- Alex Ryer (Mrs. Violet Bradman) who is currently performing in Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical
- and audience favorite Beth Flynn as the peculiar clairvoyant Madame Arcati. Flynn returns to the Arvada stage after a two year absence. She was last seen as Mrs. Fezziwig in Christmas Carol, The Musical during the 2010 holiday season.
In addition to director Rod Lansberry, the creative team includes:
- Brian Mallgrave (scenic design)
- Chris Campbell (costume design)
- Jon Olson (light design)
- Morgan McCauley (sound design)
- Meghan Markiewicz (props mistress)
Blithe Spirit is a classic NoÃ«l Coward comedy set in a British country house in the 1930â€™s. This spirited story opens as novelist Charles Condomine invites eccentric clairvoyant Madame Arcati to hold a sÃ©ance at the home as research for his latest book. The attempt backfires when the Madame inadvertently conjures up the ghost of his temperamental first wife, Elvira, who immediately takes issue with Charlesâ€™ second wife Ruth. Comedy and mayhem run rampant throughout this spirited farce as Elvira attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage while scheming ways to have him join her in the afterlife.