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Arts and Entertainment

  • Local artists open their doors, hearts to patrons

    It’s one thing to see art in a gallery; it’s quite another to see art in studios with artists available to answer questions and talk about their work.

    That’s what the annual Open Door Studios is all about, and attendees at last weekend’s event said they appreciated the one-on-one with artists.

    “It’s lovely to talk with the artists to learn more about their work,” said Eli Barringer of Evergreen, who was experiencing Open Door Studios for the first time.

  • Main Street Fine Art set to present annual all-Colorado show

    By Penny Randell, For the Courier

    Eighty-eight artists from throughout Colorado will exhibit 160 pieces at the annual All Colorado Artists Show in Evergreen during the first three weeks of October. 

    The exhibition, at the Main Street Fine Art Gallery downtown, is a juried show designed to attract some of the best artists in Colorado. It will run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23, with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 30.

  • Chorale kicks off season with 'My Fair Lady'

    The Evergreen Chorale is kicking off its 44th season Friday with the Lerner and Loewe musical “My Fair Lady.”

    The show’s director, Tim Kennedy of Westminster, said performances will run until Oct. 9. The production includes 33 cast members, 10 crew members and nine orchestra players. The run time is a little over two-and-a-half hours, he said.

  • Local couple celebrating 50 years with Evergreen Players, each other

    2016 is a golden year for John and Kathleen Davis of Evergreen in two ways:

    First, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.

    Second, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary as volunteers with the Evergreen Players this month.

    Those who have worked with the Davises agree wholeheartedly that the couple are worth their weight in gold.

  • Young musicians scale jazzy heights

    As Lindy hoppers and hepcats alike gathered in the Elks ballroom during the 15th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival on Friday, the sounds of musicians warming up drifted from the stage. Those notes did not come from professionals but from young, up-and-coming musicians.

  • Arts district designation is denied

    Despite not receiving a certified creative district designation from the state, members of the Evergreen arts community say working toward the certification for the past two years has paid off for the arts and local businesses.

    “I think it made a lot of the arts organizations and a lot of community members aware of what we have here,” said Beth Riser, who has been heading the effort for the past few months. “The arts organizations came together and really started working together. … We have really cross-promoted each other.”

  • New exhibit at Mirada Fine Art takes a walk on the ‘wild’ side

    Wild: Some are born to be it, some explore it on foot or in four-wheelers. Next weekend, Mirada Fine Art explores the animal kingdom of the West with “WILD,” a new exhibit featuring work from a dozen artists who have their own ideas about what it means to be wild.

    According to gallery owner Steve Sonnen, the exhibit resulted from a conversation about Colorado wildlife and how much of the artwork showcased at the gallery represents nature and its wild denizens.

  • Mirada named best art gallery in Denver area

    Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills has been named the best art gallery in the Denver area as part of the 2016 Denver A-List awards. Five years after it was a finalist for the award, the gallery bested more than 100 other galleries from across the state, including the Space Gallery and Robischon Gallery in Denver.

    According to co-owner Steve Sonnen, the honor is a validation of the gallery’s efforts since it opened in 2009.

  • Sculpture competition focuses kids' artistic skills

    Some young Evergreen students proved they have solid artistic skills Friday night at a Sculpture Evergreen art contest reception at Evergreen National Bank.

    Students at Marshdale and Wilmot elementary schools and Evergreen Middle School participated in the contest, in which students used one of Evergreen’s many sculptures as inspiration for their own artwork.

    This is the first time Sculpture Evergreen has held a contest for elementary and middle school students, according to Jane Stewart, the contest organizer.

  • Animals are people too

    StageDoor Theatre is bringing the search for the Great Pink Sea Snail to the stage with a production of “Dr. Dolittle, Jr.,” which will be performed by the middle school company May 6, 7, 13 and 14.

    Director Mike Kinnie has been a fan of the original movie and its soundtrack since childhood.

    “The story has a nice message: take care of the animals, don’t forget about the animals, animals are people too. So it’s a great story; it’s a great message.”