State of the Arts: Check out Center Stage’s lobby remodel

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

A facelift to the lobby at Center Stage in Evergreen will be unveiled at a community event from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Called the Ovation Celebration after the theater’s owner, Ovation West, the event will include music, refreshments and cameo performances by troupes that use the facility.

“We figured it would be a cool thing to do an event built around the unveiling of the lobby,” said Ovation West Executive Director Susan Kramer.

The 100-year-old building’s entryway has been spruced up with new flooring, paint and an accent wall that includes reclaimed barn wood thanks to $22,000 in donations through a GoFundMe account.

The remodel was designed by Megan Daoust of Megan Daoust Interiors in Denver.

“She got behind the project and helped us,” said Colleen Lee, who spearheaded the effort with Tracy Denver. “She planned the whole thing based on our ideas. She has been a huge help in this project.”

The idea for the remodel and the GoFundMe campaign had two goals in mind, they said.

First was to bring a little love to the space that is a theater, art gallery and community meeting space used by 13,000 people a year.

Second was to make the community aware of what a great theater it has in Evergreen.

“I saw it as a great exposure thing, which was a byproduct of the fundraising,” Denver said, “and hopefully more people will come to local theater. That’s how it survives.”

For the two, sharing the space with the community is important.

“We both love the space so much, and I’ve been performing there since I was a kid,” Lee said, “so what we tried to do is keep the historical, rustic feel. It’s more modern, but we wanted to keep what is so special — the historical element. It’s gonna be gorgeous.”

The theater is at 27608 Fireweed Drive. For more information about the theater and Ovation West, visit ovationwest.org.


‘Layers’ at Mirada Fine Art

Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is opening an exhibit called “Layers” on Friday that highlights two artists.

The show will run Saturday through July 7, with an artist reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the gallery, 5490 Parmalee Gulch Road.

“These are two of my favorite artists,” said Steve Sonnen, the gallery’s owner, said of Gabriela Aguilo-Firehammer and Josiane Childers.

Aguilo-Firehammer paints using layers of wax called the encaustic method, which gives “this really dreamy, very deep look to them,” he said. “They have a soft feel to them. Gabriela is into meditation and, she creates landscapes, but she hopes they inspire the view beyond with a meditative restful feel to them.”

Childers works in acrylics on canvas, and paints on metal and Plexiglas sculptures created by her husband Justin West, using vibrant colors.

“Both have an abstract but distinctive landscape feel to them,” Sonnen said.

He added that it’s somewhat surreal that the gallery has been open 10 years. It was a challenge opening an art gallery in 2009 during the height of the recession when other galleries were closing — especially in a place out of the mainstream.

“But we took a look at the building and fell in love with it,” he said. “Art is a weird little niche market. We knew if we marketed to people really into art, we would succeed. We have been very fortunate.”

For more information, contact the gallery at 303-697-9006 or visit www.miradafineart.com.