Curtis Arts Center hosts 38th All Colorado Art Show

Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Manager Chris Stevens (left) showed us this acrylic on canvas work by artist Robert Gratiot titled “Budget, Denver” that won the 1st Place Juror’s Award for the 38th All Colorado Art Show at Curtis Arts Center. Photos by Freda Miklin

By Freda Miklin
Governmental Reporter

The All Colorado Art Show at Curtis Arts Center at 2349 East Orchard Road in Greenwood Village opened on July 10 and will run through August 28. This marks the 38th year of this show.

Artist Susan Helbig told The Villager that her painting titled “Conveyance” was not an abstract, but rather a realistic painting of the parts of an old hearse that she found parked on the street in front of her studio.

The juror for this year’s exhibit is Mike McClung, a well-known and highly respected expert in the field. He has owned the Michael Warren Contemporary, a gallery at 760 Santa Fe in Denver with his partner Warren Campbell since 2014. 

There were over 600 entries for the exhibit, which Chris Stevens, GV cultural arts manager said “were the most we’ve ever had, by far.” McClung selected 85 pieces to be shown, which included “a diversity of mediums and different experience levels. Some artists have shown for years and some are brand new,” Stevens told The Villager.

The Curtis Arts Center was built as a one-room schoolhouse in 1914 to serve ten students. Dedicated as the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center in 1991, it hosts dozens of art classes each year and regular art exhibits from the traditional to the more contemporary. Owned and operated by the City of Greenwood Village, Curtis is one of nearly 300 cultural organizations that receive funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District to support its popular programs. Greenwood Village retains a 30 percent commission on all art sold at the show and other events at Curtis, which is used to fund the GV Arts and Humanities Council. 

The Curtis Arts Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 303-797-1779.

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