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‘This is Colorado’ awards announced

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 11/11/20

The virtual version of the annual “This is Colorado” exhibit, sponsored by Littleton’s Heritage Fine Arts Guild, is now available on the Arapahoe Community College website. Juror Amelia Furman …

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Sonya's Sampler

‘This is Colorado’ awards announced


The virtual version of the annual “This is Colorado” exhibit, sponsored by Littleton’s Heritage Fine Arts Guild, is now available on the Arapahoe Community College website. Juror Amelia Furman announced awards on Nov. 2 and the show will run through Jan. 30, 2021. Visit, click on Campus Community, then click on Art Galleries and “This is CO - Statewide Exhibition.” As you touch each image, it will flip and give artist’s name, size, medium and price ... Best in Show is Michael Veltkamp’s colored pencil and pastel drawing, “Freedom,” depicting a storybook magic white horse. First Ppace (pictured) is Chuck Danford’s “Pride of Africa” watercolor of an elephant running toward us. Also at Colorado Gallery of the Arts: ACC Instructor Virtual Exhibition, through Dec. 30.

‘Own an Original’ scheduled

Littleton’s annual “Own an Original” exhibit will appear in the round, at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, from Nov. 20 to Jan. 3. This year’s theme, chosen by the Littleton Fine Arts Board, is “Liberating Humor.” The juror will be Sarah Magnetta, Ph.D. There will not be an opening reception this year, but one can reserve a time to visit: Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Curator of Exhibits Moira Casey says they will probably also do an online version. More later. 303-795-3950.

Book submissions requested

Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book invites submissions for the Colorado Book Awards. Forms are available at Submission deadline is Jan. 8, 2021. At least 10 categories: anthology/collection, biography, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, fiction, history, nonfiction, pictorial, poetry, young adult literature. Volunteers needed as readers, selectors, judges. See website or call 303-894-7951.

‘Zoo Motel’ virtual

Lucidity Suitcase and Buntport Theatre announce “Zoo Motel,” written and performed by Thaddeus Phillips, who is returning to Buntport. A deck of cards will be needed to participate. Broadcast live from a village in South America. A ticket assigns you to one of 21 rooms in a motel, which will be populated with “various surprises.” Director Tatiana Mallarino has been quarantined with Phillips and watches the process as on a movie set. Through Dec. 19, Thursdays to Saturdays, at 8 p.m. Running time: 63 minutes. Room rates, tickets: $19.95 for Thursdays; $22.97 for Fridays and $24.99 for Saturdays. One room per household: visit and click on “Book a Room.” A printer is necessary. An email will be sent with a “ZOO MOTEL WELCOME PACK” pdf, designed by artist Steve Dufala, to be printed and prepared before the show. Plus have that deck of cards ready.

Highlands Ranch Historical Society: Louviers

“Louviers Was Dynamite” — a free Zoom presentation on the history of the town of Louviers — will be provided by the Highlands Ranch Historical Society with former history teacher Joyce Rovetta from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 16. Log in by 6:45. Meeting ID is 898 7361 9347, passcode is 971157. For more information, visit the HRHS website:

CORE New Art Space

“Small Works” is juried by Valerie Savarie, artist and owner of Valkyrie Gallery in Lakewood. Opening reception at CORE, 6851 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood: on Nov. 13, 6 to 9 p.m., runs until Nov. 29. 303-297-8428,

Rox Arts Gallery show

Colorado Watercolor Society’s annual member show is at the Rox Arts Gallery at Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, through Nov. 22. Hours: Mondays- Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. 303-794-0640,

PACE Center

Parker Arts holiday shows are coming. Tickets available for Parker Chorale, Dec. 5, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; “Christmas With the Clauses,” Dec. 12, 4 and 7 p.m. Hazel Miller and the Collective, Dec. 19, 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets and online streaming tickets. (Seats will be assigned to enforce social distancing.) 303-805-6800,

Hudson Gardens

“A Hudson Christmas” light show is canceled for 2020. Hudson Gardens is open days for walking, painting, birdwatching, etc. at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive. Nixon’s Coffeehouse is available for drinks and snacks. Admission free. See website for classes,

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