Colorado’s name means “colored red” and is linked to the Colorado River. The river was dubbed “Rio Colorado” by early Spanish explorers because of the red color silt it carries from the mountains. When the area became an official territory in 1861, officials believed the term would be an apt moniker for our colorful lands.
This time of year, we see many more hues than simply red. Golden aspen trees dot the landscape, and the sunsets take on hues of purples and oranges. To honor all of the shades in Colorado — both natural and manmade — the Center for the Arts Evergreen is pleased to present “Colorful Colorado,” an exhibition celebrating the lands of the Centennial state.
Colorado’s landscapes are diverse: from tall mountains to high plains, rolling foothills to dusty deserts, dense forests of pines and aspen to sparse grasslands, golden sand dunes to winding rivers. In the last half-century, Colorado has become a bastion for artists who are inspired by these colorful landscapes and work tirelessly to represent them. “Colorful Colorado” features these works of art — inspired by the land and some created from the land.
The juried show includes traditional works such as paintings, photography, pastels and illustrations, as well as fused-glass works and several wooden bowls created from aspen trees. In all, the show displays the work of 35 artists from Steamboat Springs to Parker, and many of our local Evergreen/Conifer artists.
“Many of the pieces portray the beauty of the Rocky Mountains — by far some of the most stunning landscapes in the state. But we also have a photograph of the Great Sand Dunes and a painting of the scrub lands on the Eastern Plains,” says Bethany Ferret, director of marketing and exhibitions at the Center for the Arts Evergreen.
Colorful Colorado opens on Friday, Oct. 11, with a public reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Many of the show’s artists will attend, and food and drink will be provided. The show was juried by Dennis Rhoades, a Colorado-based landscape painter who works in the plein air tradition in pastels. Rhoades will select the pieces that best represent the colorful Colorado theme, and awards will be given at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to the opening reception, artist Michael Wisniewski, whose piece “Country Darkness” appears in the show, will present a brown-bag lunch at the Center for the Arts Evergreen. Wisniewski, who is a musician as well as a visual artist, will be singing songs about Colorado and telling tales of our colorful state from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 6. “Colorful Colorado” will hang through Nov. 7.
For more information, visit www.evergreenarts.org or call 303-674-0056.
Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.
Oct. 11 through Nov. 7 at Center for the Arts Evergreen, 32003-B Ellingwood Trail
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