Eye of the Camera - Space to WonderExhibit Dates: January 21, 2022 - March 12, 2022
Juried by Rupert Jenkins
The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board proudly presents the Eye of the Camera juried art exhibition, featuring Colorado artists working in photography. This year’s theme is Space to Wonder. The show is on display from January 21 to March 12, 2022.
There is no science to explain what causes us to admire those things that strike us as amazing. But wonder is a shared human emotion, some would say the hallmark of human experience.
Some feel wonder wanes with age and is unattainable as we become information-retaining adults. But if we are given the space to wonder, does this change? And what does that encompass, “space to wonder”? Is it a literal or a physical space, a mental space? Is it permission to admit ignorance and awe? Does it have a sense of urgency or is it irrespective of time and physical location? This year’s 41-piece exhibition brings us Space to Wonder.
The exhibit will be open to the public in the Fine Art gallery at the Littleton Museum from Friday, January 21, 2022 - Saturday, March 12, 2022.
View the Exhibit in the Virtual Tour:
Best of Show:
- Best of Show ($1500) - “Muonionalusta No. 37” by Marshal Clark, 2021
- 1st Place ($600) - “The Day Before I” by Kasey Medlin, 2021
- 2nd Place ($300) - “Envelope no. 7” by Farhad Vakilitabar, 2021
- Honorable Mention 1 – “Post Trader’s House, Fort Steele, Wyoming” by Thomas Carr, 2021
- Honorable Mention 2 – “El Papelote de Nina” by Tony Ortega, 2019
- Honorable Mention 3 – “Pregnant Climber 9” by Ethan Herrold, 2021
Juror's Statement by Rupert Jenkins:
"It has been a privilege to jury this year’s “Eye of the Camera” exhibition. It’s title, “Space to Wonder,” invites photographers to celebrate beauty and phenomena—the visually wondrous—and also to interpret situations beyond the mere visual—wonder as in to speculate. It was this second perspective that I used when making my choices. Did an image prompt me to question what I was seeing, or encourage me to develop a narrative of what might be happening, or about to happen? Viewing is subjective and often solitary—ideal conditions for contemplation; as the juror, I invite you to create your own legend as you ponder each image in the show."
Jenkins was editor of the San Francisco Camerawork Journal for six years. From 1994–95 he was book editor, essayist, and exhibition consultant for Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata, a project commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki (Pomegranate ArtBooks/Friends of Photography, 1995).
After moving to Denver in 2005, he worked as editor/curator at the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver. Among his projects there were Warhol in Colorado (co-curator with Dan Jacobs/catalog writer and editor, 2011).
Subsequently he directed the Colorado Photographic Arts Center for six years (Chair 2009–2010; director/curator 2011–2015). CPAC, a small nonprofit organization in Denver, was founded in 1963. Its five-plus decade history, and its 600-print collection of fine art photography, inspired him to begin researching the post-WWII history of creative photography in Colorado in 2016.
As a freelance editor, his most recent projects include Rauschenberg: Reflections and Ruminations (exhibition catalog, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Littleton, 2020) and three books on Native American art for UCLA scholar Nancy Marie Mithlo: Making History (University of New Mexico Press, 2020), Knowing Native Arts (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), and Visualizing Genocide (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming).
Own an Original - Together (Again)
Exhibit Dates: November 12 - December 30, 2021
The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board proudly presents the 56th Annual Own an Original art competition. Open to Colorado artists, the competition is for any art medium except photography. This year’s exhibition aspires to bring us “Together (Again).” After a long year apart due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the time has come to gather again, and celebrate all that was missed during social distancing. Whether to laugh with one another, empathize, or mourn, being together is integral to society and humanity. It strengthens our common bonds and lets us feel supported and part of a greater purpose.
Best in Show:
- Best of Show ($1000.00) – Michelle Lamb “Global Murmuration”
- 1st Place ($500.00) – Barbara Veatch, “Vortex”
- 2nd Place ($250.00) – Emily Lamb, “Vacillation”
- 3rd Place ($100.00) – Anne Feller, “Passing On”
- Honorable Mention #1 – Scott DeWeese, “Basket of Illusion #022”
- Honorable Mention #2 – Pat Isaacs, “Ravel 2”
- Honorable Mention #3 – Ashton Lacy Jones, “Rain in Peacock Park”
Catherine Chauvin is an associate professor at the University of Denver, teaching drawing, common curriculum, and all forms of printmaking.
After earning an MFA at Syracuse University, she trained at the Tamarind Institute and has since collaborated with artists such as Gladys Nilsson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and William Wiley in New Mexico, Texas, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. These experiences as a collaborative printer and artist combine in multiple ways in her artwork and teaching. Residencies in Ireland, Spain, Norfolk Island, Oregon and Wyoming have allowed her to develop bodies of work based on landscape.
Her research interests include observational drawing, contemporary printmaking processes and environmental topics. Her immediate focus is looking at how parasitic plant growth is complex, beautiful and a metaphor for something being revealed as it overwhelms other systems. For Chauvin, the tangles of plant growth hint at both our current complicated world and how opportunistic elements can affect us all.
Print Renaissance: Mid-century Masters of American Printmaking
Exhibit Dates: September 24 - October 16, 2021
The founding of new print studios in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s led to a resurgence of printmaking. As artists began working alongside skilled printmakers, lithographs and silkscreens grew increasingly popular as more affordable options for collecting original works. Artists, including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg, integrated printmaking into their artistic practices. This exhibition features these artists and more in a celebration of 20th-century masters of American printmaking. Visitors will learn about printmaking techniques and this important chapter in American art history.
Print Renaissance features 18 artworks and is part of the University of Colorado Art Museum’s Polly and Mark Addison Outreach Exhibition Program, through which the museum works with Colorado cultural institutions to tour art exhibitions curated from works of art Polly and Mark Addison donated to the museum. The Outreach Exhibition Program is supported by the Office of the Chancellor.
The Way We Played
Exhibit dates: September 13, 2019 to July 24, 2021
The Littleton Museum is excited to present the exhibition The Way We Played. Inspired by nostalgia, this is a toy exhibit for all ages. Featuring artifacts from the Littleton Museum collection, as well as objects on loan, the exhibit prompts visitors to consider the ways that they engaged with different types of toys as a child. The interactive stations included in the exhibit assist in the nostalgic experience through sensory engagement. There is even a memory share station where visitors can read other community members’ stories about their favorite toys from childhood, and in turn leave their message about the way they played. The museum has produced a video about this exhibit.
I & We (Best of Show)
Exhibit dates: May 21, 2021 - July 17, 2021
The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of fine art, Best of Show, featuring the artwork of Ashley Allen and Olga and Aleksey Ivanov. The artists won the award “Best of Show” for competitive exhibitions in 2020; Allen for the 2020 Eye of the Camera exhibit, and the Ivanovs, for the 2020 Own an Original exhibit.
Through a curated selection of these artists’ recent works, I and We, explores the concept of the individual versus the duo when considering artistic inspirations and processes. Allen, whose work explores the role of the individual within familial groups, as well as one’s relationship with nature, focuses on using photography to explore one’s identity in the larger world. In contrast to the unique and dynamic role of the individual, is the delicate and harmonious balance of a partnership. The Ivanovs are spouses who have worked together on paintings for over twenty-five years. They collaborate symbiotically on each egg tempera painting they create, reflecting the strong bond they share as life partners.
For Ashley Allen, whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, photography is a medium to explore questions about identity. Where do we fit in the world with each other and with our environment? How do we identify ourselves within our landscape or within our family? How do we maintain, realize or lose our personal selves within the relationships that we hold most closely? By photographically investigating these questions, she finds a deeper understanding of self. To explore more of Allen’s work, explore her website, ashleyallenfineart.com.
Olga and Aleksey Ivanov experienced an intense classical art education in Russia, which gave them an “exceptionally strong foundation for our artwork—a springboard we use to translate the modern world around us”. Inspired by Russian iconography and European Renaissance artwork, and exceptionally skilled with egg tempera, the duo considers “each painting with an open heart, building up the surface with thousands of tiny strokes, one on top of the other” to intensify the depths and luminosity of each image. Visit their website, oaivanov.gallery to see more of their works.
Eye of the Camera: Myths and Legends
Exhibit dates: March 19 - April 24, 2021
This year, our annual juried photography exhibition explores the concept of “Myths and Legends.” From classic allegories to modern urban tales, the narratives of myths and legends are ideal for creating artistic imagery. These stories are often passed down generationally, through written text or orally. A legend is traditional narrative that is regarded as historical fact; heroic historical figures are often at the center of legends. Myths, on the other hand, are stories about early histories, or ones that explain a natural or social phenomenon. Supernatural beings or events figure strongly in mythologies. Artwork selected for the exhibit embodies these concepts in some obvious or distant manner.
This year’s exhibition was juried by John Lake, Photo Area Coordinator and Interim Foundations Coordinator at the School of Art and Design and College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Lake selected forty-two artworks from twenty-four artists for the show, which will be on display from Friday, March 19 through Saturday, April 24, 2021.
More juror info:
John Lake, Photography Area Coordinator, College of Performing and Visual Arts, School of Art and Design at University of Northern Colorado, has a Master of Fine Arts from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Eugene Lange, New School of Liberal Arts, in New York, NY. His photograph-based art practice involves creating and investigating artists books, installations, photo-sculpture, and traditional photographic practices. His research interests include the everyday, urban visual and cultural studies, experimental geography, vernacular and archival photography, visual poetry, the intersections of social studies and photography, artistic process theory, and the psychology of art. Lake is interested in the versatile and dynamic power of photography and how it can connect to multiple viewpoints, challenge and investigate ideas, and cause effective change. More info at www.johnbarnabaslake.com.
2021 Award Winners
Best of Show - Sherry Wiggans and Luís Filipe Branco, Outside Woman
First Place - Mattie Cox, Gondola Hill
Second Place - Kathryn Charles, Between Me and the Sea
Honorable Mention - Emma Lilly, Three Figures on a Fence
Honorable Mention - Danny Lam, Grand View
Honorable Mention - Scott Lee, The Dance
Colorado Abstracted: Five Artists Capture the Transcendental Experiences of Nature
Exhibit dates: January 22, 2021 - February 27, 2021
"Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
— Mary Oliver, poet
The Littleton Museum is proud to present Colorado Abstracted: Five Artists Capture the Transcendental Experiences of Nature, a group exhibition, featuring the artwork of Patricia J. Finley, Annamarie Mead, Lydia Riegle, Janet Rundquist, and Cyncie Winter.
Life in Colorado is a lyrical mix of sight, sound, air, and spirit and the combination thereof serves to replenish the creativity of this established group of abstract artists. Together their paintings celebrate what the Colorado lifestyle means to them and how it influences their artistic process. The genesis of these female artists’ creativity is driven by the ethereal qualities of the natural world: the expansive blue skies, the magical quality of light at high altitude, the abundant sunshine, and the clarity and dryness of the air. Additionally, mountain adventures and hiking and skiing together is a valued part of their inspiration. With an independent Western spirit, they paint the wonder of a life lived in Colorado in an abstracted way. Each artist employs different materials and unique points of focus to go beyond the details of nature. In their work, they dive below the surface of things to capture and express the emotional, sensory, and transcendental experiences that emerge from the sights and sounds of this beautiful state. The selected works presented in this exhibit will invite viewers to experience Colorado through the distinct and transformative lens of each artist.
Patricia J. Finley
|Patricia J. Finley is an American painter who has sold her work internationally and has won several awards including most recently First Place in the 2019 Littleton Museum’s Own an Original: Destination show.
Patricia was a successful lawyer before turning to full-time art, and today focuses on using pigment, paint and ink mixed into resin to compose intense, lively works. Her landscapes, seascapes and abstracts burst with color and shine from resin's polish, and there exists a complexity between the apparently simple surface and what lies beneath it: the power of every shape and curve to immerse the viewer in visceral scenes.
Patricia is represented by Walker Fine Art in Denver and Chicago Art Source Gallery in Chicago.
Patricia J. Finley, I Am A Translation, Ink and Resin, 36 inches x 36 inches, $3,250.
Annamarie Mead, Dream into Dawn Oil and cold wax on cradled birch board, 24 inches x 24 inches, $1,000.
|A native West Virginian, Annamarie Mead has made Colorado home for over 40 years. Annamarie has always made creating art a part of her life and has been a professional artist for the last 11 years. She is an award-winning artist in Evergreen, Colorado. As a lifelong creator, Annamarie has always had her head in the clouds while she walked in nature, being guided by a force beyond herself. Abstract art became her way of expressing nature through the light and beauty she saw and felt everywhere. Annamarie approaches her canvases with intuitive marks and gestures full of life, light, energy and color as she dreams of visiting distant realms. Annamarie hopes that the audience feels the touch of light and energy from a source beyond our daily lives when viewing her paintings. Her goal is to wash away the dust of mundane existence and reveal the rich depth of meaning that shines through our lives when we pause for a moment and reach for something magical in the present world.
|Lydia Riegle is a Denver, Colorado, based painter and printmaker. Her expansive gestural approach and material exploration cross-pollinate in abstract paintings and printmaking resulting in artwork that is highly charged, complex, and uniquely personal. Often utilizing a drawing quality in art making, Riegle’s work is reflective of her immigrant background and serves to illustrate the rich and often complex concepts of connections and back-stories.
Riegle combines a Degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado Denver. Her experiences at art classes at the Art Students League of Denver as well as with Homare Ikeda, Jordan Wolfson and Mark Lunning create her personal perspective towards her art making.
Riegle’s work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. She is an active member of Denver’s art community participating in art symposium panels and juried art shows. As a member of Sync Gallery since 2011 and D-art Gallery since 2019, she was awarded Best Painting at The Best of Art District on Santa Fe in 2014. She has been interviewed by Voyage Denver and The Denver Dart Magazine.
Lydia Riegle, Gathering Stories Monotype, Collage, Archival Paper, 33.5inches x 33.5 inches, $950.
Janet Rundquist, Yet, Closer Than You Think, Oil, cold wax medium, and wood ash, 48 inches x 48 inches, $4,600.
|Janet grew up on the prairies, hills and mountains of Wyoming. She spent much of her time outdoors collecting animals, exploring, and watching the changing clouds and weather. These experiences ultimately culminated in her infatuation, love and respect for her natural surroundings. Since graduating from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Art and Art Education, Janet has led a life which has revolved around art.
Before she began painting full time, she co-managed an art gallery, worked as a graphic designer, taught art in the public schools and served on various non-profit art boards. As a painter, Janet continued her art studies at the Chicago Art Institute. Later, under the mentorship of Marianne Mitchell, she was encouraged, and still continues to experiment, evolve and become more intimately connected to her work.
Having painted with oils for over 20 years Janet only recently became intrigued with the process of mixing cold wax with oil paints. She completed a cold wax workshop with Jerry McLaughlin and continues to use this combination along with different colored sands found on her travels, and wood ash from her fireplace. Janet builds layer upon layer, scraping away and building more. Eventually, artwork emerges which speaks of Janet’s deep ties with Mother Nature both spiritually and emotionally.
|Cyncie Winter is a professional artist, a psychotherapist, a life coach, and a certified creativity coach. Although she has painted all her life, for the past several years she has focused primarily on working with abstract acrylics. Her paintings are a reflection of the beauty found in the natural world and the courage of the human experience. Her current artwork is featured on her website at Cyncie Winter Contemporary Art.
In addition, she has been a member of SYNC Gallery in the Arts District of Santa Fe in Denver since 2011, and also exhibits her work in other local galleries, public places, and high-end businesses. She has sold her work nationally.
Cyncie strongly believes that when we respond to the inner call to create, we build the capacity to claim balance, peace, and commitment to a transformative path and the ability to forge a life of meaning.
Cyncie Winter, Lacewing, Acrylic, 24 inches x 24 inches, $900.
Online Exhibit Programming
- Friday, January 22, 2021 - Virtual tour opens
Experience a virtual tour within the gallery space. Use a keyboard or touchscreen to navigate through the space and click on hotspots with additional information and photographs of the artwork. This tour is also compatible with virtual reality applications.
- Friday, January 29, 2021 - Expand your art knowledge and have some fun with this exhibit. Exhibit-related puzzles and activity cards will be available for use when viewing the exhibit.
- Friday, February 5, 2021, 4pm - Artist talk with Patricia J Finley, Annamarie Mead, Lydia Riegle, Janet Rundquist and Cyncie Winter
- Family Program - Collage Craft Activity
Join the artists for a fun and creative way, using abstract expressionism methods, to explore what Colorado represents to you. This collage activity utilizes junk mail/magazines/old cards/scrap paper, glue sticks, cover stock or cardboard for the support, and some sort of inspirational still life or poster of Colorado to serve as creative aid. Participants will create a personalized impression of what resonates with them about living in Colorado. Paper will be torn, and then glue sticks are used to layer papers together to form the personalized image – the class stresses looseness, examining creativity, and ends with a piece of art that speaks to you made by you.
Video link: Family Program - Make Your Own Abstract Collage
Own an Original (theme – Liberating Humor)
Exhibit dates: November 20, 2020 – January 2, 2021
The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board proudly presents the 55th Annual Own an Original art competition at the Littleton Museum. Open to Colorado artists, the competition is for any art medium except photography. This year’s theme is “Liberating Humor” and the juror is Sarah Magnatta, Ph.D., www.magnattaart.com
We are living in a time where people are suffering in a variety of ways. For this year’s Own An Original fine art competition, we are looking at the human condition with a lighthearted mood using the theme of “Liberating Humor.”
To liberate is to provide freedom from the limitations of thought or behavior. Humor can be comical or funny, but it can also describe a state of mind. Together, “liberating humor” can provide a freeing experience, like how a good belly laugh can lighten one’s mood.
A digital version of the exhibit is available by clicking the button below.
- Best of Show ($1000.00 and joint Best of Show exhibition in 2021) – Olga & Aleksey Ivanov, “My Las Vegas Money”
- 1st Place ($500.00) – Anne Feller, “Embrace”
- 2nd Place ($250.00) – Matthew Bollinger, “Chromaticism VI”
- 3rd Place ($100.00) – Will Barker, “Upheaval”
- Honorable Mention #1 – Jesse Guess, “Talk to the Moon”
- Honorable Mention #2 – Heidi Rounds, “The Sprinkler”
- Honorable Mention #3 – Shara Oliman, “Carrot-ish”
Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region
Exhibit dates: August 14 – October 17, 2020
Shengtao Zhao,Harvesting Sugar Cane in the North, 1985-1991, tempera on paper.
As brilliant as the petals of a lotus and as bold as a spring storm, the folk paintings and artifacts of rural China reveal a national spirit that is as charming as it is vital. The artifacts in Vibrant Bounty reveal a humanity that aids us in understanding a people half a world away. By depicting scenes of labor within lavish pastoral settings, the paintings celebrate the farmers’ unity amidst the immensity of nature.
Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region invites visitors on a journey through Shaanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. The capital city, Xi’an, was once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, and is famous for its ancient ruins, most notably the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army. In an area outside of the city’s center lies Huxian (or Hu) County, where, since the 1950s, local artists have been producing objects similar to the twenty-five paintings and fourteen objects found in Vibrant Bounty. This tradition has achieved great renown in China, culminating in the state Ministry of Culture awarding Huxian the honorary title of a “Village of Chinese Modern Folk Painting” in 1988.
These peasant, or farmer, paintings are closely related to the traditional Chinese arts of embroidery, batik (a fabric dyeing method), paper-cut, and wall painting. The artists use shui fen (paint powder and water—similar to gouache or tempera) on thick paper to create the paintings. While Huxian peasant paintings depict ordinary aspects of people’s lives, the vibrant colors emanate from an animated atmosphere, and are only enriched by frequent hyperbole and moral connotations. Festivals, parades, the harvest, music, village traditions, farm animals, winter, kitchen work, and children are all celebrated in these paintings.
The artifacts included in this collection expose us further to Chinese rural life and they show, in detail, traditional Shaanxi customs. They range from children’s clothing and toys to New Year’s prints and decorative household items, often embroidered with lucky figures and animals. Not only are they carefully handmade and beautiful, they also hold symbolic wishes for good luck, good marriage, and good health.
Both the art and the objects featured in this exhibition introduce us to a region of China, which like the American Midwest, is dominated by agriculture and populated with working people. Through these peasant paintings and the artifacts which accompany them, we gain a greater understanding of the customs and culture of people who, despite great distances, share with us essential similarities.
This exhibit is curated by America Meredith, Cherokee Nation artist and arts writer and is a program of ExhibitsUSA and the National Endowment for the Arts.
per·spec·tives: Best of Show exhibition featuring artwork by Gabrielle Graves and Courtney Cotton
Exhibit dates: May 22 – August 2, 2020
The Littleton Museum presents the artwork of Gabrielle Graves and Courtney Cotton, 2019 winners of the Eye of the Camera and Own an Original exhibits, respectively.
While both of the artists’ current body of work focuses on the idea of "perspectives," each artist approaches it with her own unique emphasis and skillset. Cotton’s conceptual painting is meant to bring awareness to mental wellness and emotional intelligence by using visual metaphors and color to embody concepts such as transformation, and possibility. Graves explores the complex narrative of identity and its intersection with consumption and mental health. Her process employs photography, painting, video, and installation to create intimate experiences revolving around changing landscapes and internal dialogue.
Gabrielle Graves received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Art & Design from the University of Michigan in April 2017. Shortly after graduating, Gabrielle moved to Snowmass Village, CO to work in the Photography & New Media and Painting departments at the internationally known Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She has also worked as a studio assistant for Isa Catto Studio. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions such as the Patton-Mallott Gallery at Anderson Ranch and the Littleton Museum, and she has collaborated with other artists to create installations such as DECONSCIOUSNESS: Three Levels of Consciousness, which was shown at the Stamps School of Art & Design in 2017. Gabrielle’s practice employs photography, painting, installation, and writing to divulge honest articulations of the psychological space. She is inspired by relationships and forms of identity.
Courtney Cotton is a Denver-based visual artist who is unafraid to express herself by giving visual expression to feeling, which can be seen in many of her paintings and collages. Other inspiration stems from music, mindfulness, and objects that give her a visceral reaction. Whatever the impulse, the result is the fruition of a process, usually grounded in personal discipline that may be spontaneous and rapid or labored and introspective. What transpires, ideally captures the inspiration and transforms it into an exuberant explosion or a contemplative and solemn stillness.
Her work sometimes poses more questions than answers, but it offers room for interpretation and new perspectives. It connects to something universal and hence touches a lot of people. Cotton says, "I have more than one visual voice and some find it hard to define or categorize my style." Sometimes her work is thematic, but just as often she has the impulse to create something without representing anything. Some of her favorite pieces just came about from the act of playing with paint and paper. She explains, "I consciously react with the medium, the activity of creating is paramount, and therefore the results happen automatically with the unconscious influence of experiences and emotions."
Cotton studied art and architecture at the University of South Carolina, Rhode Island School of Design, and Queens College.
Eye of the Camera: Artificial vs. Natural
Exhibit Dates: March 20 – April 26, 2020
Artificial is something made by humans, or an imitation or substitute for something natural. Natural is what is produced or arising from nature, or the world without human impact. The tension between artificial and natural is experienced by humans and animals on a daily basis. This year’s juror for the exhibition is Angela Faris Belt, a visual artist who works with photographic processes ranging from historical to digital. She is particularly suited to the theme as she creates artwork that centers on humankind’s relationship with the natural world and combines specific media to underscore the concepts behind each body of work. Her images are exhibited nationally and abroad and held in many corporate and private collections. She is Program Chair for the Studio Art and Art History programs at Arapahoe Community College, where she teaches darkroom and digital photography. Angela is author of The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images, a textbook that centers on making meaningful images by integrating photography’s technical aspects with concepts and aesthetics. Angela is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, Colorado. More information and images can be viewed at www.angelafarisbelt.com.
This year's exhibit features the artwork of 43 artists. Awards were given for Best of Show, First Place, and Second Place, with $2,400.00 in total prizes. The winner of Best of Show was invited to participate in a two-person Best of Show exhibit at the Museum in 2021.
2020 Award Winners
Best of Show - Ashley Allen, Snow
First Place - Richard Eisen, Daylily Daffodil 04232018
Second Place - Kathryn Charles, Clearcut Sunrise
Honorable Mention - Steve Sorensen, The Jungle Always Wins, Hong Kong
Honorable Mention - Christine June, Chemical Leakage Stain
Honorable Mention - Thomas Carr, Places In-between #2
Opening Outward: Sculpture by Jeff Glode Wise
Exhibit Dates: January 24 – March 1, 2020
Wise’s sculpture is rooted in balance, with great respect for materials and their inherent textures. Bases of concrete and wood suggest earthbound elements, while forged bronze and gold plating suggest the fluid motion of the heavens. He interprets visual gestures found in nature and astronomy, from swirling galaxies and the rhythmic movement of birds and fish to the human figure and spirit. In short, he attempts to “elude the grasp of gravity, allowing rocks to float and metal to flow like water.”
In Opening Outward, Wise has gathered some of his works that best reflect his journey of imagination. With a range of interests, the selected works illustrate a pathway of exploration, experimentation, and discovery.
54th Annual Own an Original: Destination
Exhibit dates: November 22 to December 29, 2019
The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board proudly presents the 54th Annual Own an Original art competition. Open to Colorado artists, the competition is for any art medium except photography. This year’s exhibition explores the concept of “destination.” In recent years, American culture has idealized the saying, “it’s the journey, not the destination.” A destination is really the end for which someone or something is going or sent. With so much focus on the journey, has the end point lost its meaning? What if the reason or objective of the journey held more value than the voyage itself?
This year’s theme of “Destination” will be juried by Gwen Chanzit, Curator Emerita of Modern Art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive at the Denver Art Museum. Over her 36-plus years at the Denver Art Museum, Dr. Chanzit organized more than 30 exhibitions, including over a dozen on Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer. She is regarded as the world expert on Herbert Bayer; and has published several books highlighting Bayer’s wide-ranging artistic contributions.
- Best of Show ($1,000 & 2020 joint exhibit) - Courtney Cotton, Landing, 2019, Acrylic on canvas
- First Place ($500) - Pat Finley, Dreaming of Africa, 2019, Acrylic & Resin
- Second Place ($250) - Linda O’Neill, Beyond Ordinary Limits, 2019, Acrylic, acrylic paint pen, collage, caran d’ache crayon
- Third Place ($100) - Olga & Aleksy Ivanov, Wishbone, 2018, Oil
- Honorable Mention #1 - William Rohs, Wonder of the Other Side, 2019, Acrylic and charcoal on panel
- Honorable Mention #2 - Katherine Walter, Floating the Arkansas, 2019, Acrylic on linen canvas
- Honorable Mention #3 - Barbara Veatch, Migration of Equus Ferus Caballus, 2018, Pastels, charcoal, acrylic ink & collage
Within and Without: Works by Nathan Abels
Exhibit dates: September 20 to October 27, 2019
Winner of the 2018 Littleton Fine Arts Board Own an Original competition, Nathan Abels brings his distinctly enigmatic style of pencil drawings and oil and acrylic paintings to the Littleton Museum.
The Littleton Museum is proud to present Within and Without, an exhibition of artwork by Nathan Abels. In a series of paintings and drawings, Abels depicts a speculative future after climate change. Residents of this future world have chosen to either try to leave the planet, or to withdraw from the larger remaining culture. The success of those who have migrated away from the planet is doubtful, but the desire to leave is understandable. Alternatively, is the withdrawal from culture creating a sort of “monastic option.” The hermits and solitary people in these works are neither heroes, nor are they doomsday preppers. Instead, they are changing the depth of the remaining culture, not the direction of it.
Play of Light: Works by Jane Guthridge
Exhibit dates: June 28 to August 25, 2019
Inspired by the brilliance of Colorado’s sunshine, Jane Guthridge succeeds in manipulating thin, layered materials and altering the directionality of light. Playing with the very nature of light, she manages to capture the intangible by copying shapes made by natural dappled sunlight and shadows, then abstracting those compositions. Whether suspended, layered, or reflected, the “light forms” she creates evoke familiar visions of a moment in nature.
Over the Top: Selling the First World War to a Nation Divided
Exhibit dates: July 27, 2018 through June 2, 2019
Prior to entering the war in 1917, many Americans were against joining the conflict in Europe. A series of dramatic events, including the sinking of the HMS Lusitania, prompted President Wilson to ask Congress for a declaration of war. Within days, the US government mounted the largest propaganda campaign ever seen. Its goal was to convince the American people that survival of the nation and democracy depended upon entering and winning the First World War.
Using images and artifacts from the Littleton Museum's collection, visitors are invited to experience and learn about forms of propaganda and how it was used in World War I.
Eye of the Camera - Best of Show
Exhibit dates: April 19 through June 2, 2019Photography exhibit featuring the work of 2018's Eye of the Camera Best of Show winners Karen Kirkpatrick and J. R. Schnelzer
Eye of the Camera - EVOKE
Exhibit Dates: February 22 – March 24, 2019
The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board proudly presents the 53rd Annual Eye of the Camera photography competition. Open to Colorado photographers, the competition explores the concept of “Evoke.”
This year’s competition was juried by Gary Emerich, a fine art photographer, who has exhibited regionally and nationally, and is represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver. All of the pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.
- Best of Show - Gabrielle Graves, A Temporary Martyr
- 1st Place - Devin Johnson, Healing Process: Privacy; Shinjuku Crosswalk
- 2nd Place - Steffany Wing, Youth Won't Stop
- Honorable Mention - Robert Hyatt, Imagined Landscape No. 115
- Honorable Mention - Peter York, Unity
Full Circle: Works by Terry Maker
Exhibit Dates: June 29 - August 19, 2018
Preserving Memory and Place
Exhibit Dates: May 26, 2017 - February 18, 2018
Mile High National Pastel Exhibition
Exhibit Dates: March 9 - September 20, 2017
Pastel Society of Colorado presents its 13th annual Mile High National Pastel Exhibition with over 100 artists from across the United States and abroad that submitted 332 paintings to the competition.
The Best Roads Lead Uphill: A Decade of Paintings by rita derjue
Exhibit Dates: September 23, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Fifty Two by Shohini Ghosh
Exhibition Dates: June 24 - September 19, 2016
The Littleton Story in 125 Objects
Exhibit Dates: October 10, 2015 - June 19, 2016
Highlights of the Fine Arts Board Collection
Exhibit Dates: June 26, 2015 - 23 August 23, 2015
Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray
Exhibit Dates: June 20, 2014 – August 17, 2014
Courtesy of Gallery Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions
Littleton Goes to War: 1941-1945
Exhibit Dates: April 5, 2014 – August 16, 2015
Exhibit Dates: September 20, 2013 - October 27, 2013
A Quilter's Craft: Marie Agnes Conway Retrospective
Exhibit Dates: July 11, 2013 – March 16, 2014
Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America
Exhibit Dates: March 8, 2013 - April 28, 2013
"Ramp it Up" celebrates the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of American Indian skate culture. Skateboarding combines demanding physical exertion with design, graphic art, filmmaking, and music to produce a unique and dynamic culture. The exhibition features rare and archival photographs and film of Native skaters as well as skatedecks from Native companies and contemporary artists.
"Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America" was shown at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York in 2009–2010 before going on tour.
Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Mapuche: The People of the Land
Exhibit Dates: June 28, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography
For well over 100 years, the name National Geographic has been synonymous with compelling photography. In Focus brings together a rare collection of expressive portraits and scenes from around the world and here at home. This collection of outstanding images, shot from the early 20th century to the late 1990s, not only parallels the Society’s interest in the ethnographic study of “exotic” lands, but also reveals the magazine’s idealized view of domestic life in the United States during the Great Depression and World War II.
From Steve McCurry’s haunting image of the green-eyed Afghan girl to lesser known scenes of tribal leaders, fishermen, and American workers, In Focus takes viewers around the globe and through the heights and depths of human emotion.
Pivotal Points: The Exploration and Mapping of the Trans-Mississippi West
Wonders of the Weavers: 19th Century Rio Grande Weavings from the Collection of the Albuquerque Museum
A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact introduces modern audiences to an object that is already universally familiar in imagery, yet relatively unknown as a physical artifact. This exhibition, showcasing approximately 100 swords, cutting tools and sword elements, is drawn from the rich collections of the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Mass., the only museum in the northeast United States dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of arms and armor.
The showing is part of a national tour developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Mo." Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, with items from Higgins Armory Museum
Difficult Times, Difficult Choices: Why Museums Collect After Tragedies
Ceramica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayolica Ceramics
Cowboys & Their Gear
Life is a Leaky Boat: The Whimsical Sculpture of Don Mitchell
Paper Cuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper
The exhibit is a brilliant illustration of the resurgent popularity of papermaking and paper-based art over the past 20 years. Artists use paper in innovative and exciting ways to create everything from utilitarian objects to fine-art sculptures.
Paper Cuts consists of 40 objects made with paper by approximately 25 American artists. who employ a wide range of techniques and styles, including mixed-media assemblages, three-dimensional collages, and papier-mache. Many of the artists explore paper’s ability to be transformed from the flat to the voluminous, as well as the range of texture and organic nature of paper.
Recently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, The Art of the Stamp comprises 100 small works of original art created by 52 top professional illustrators and designers working in the United States. These miniature masterpieces, whose design spans the 1960s to the present, reflect the evolutionary process of American stamps as new subjects and designs are explored.
The subject matter depicted in The Art of the Stamp runs the gamut of American history and culture, arts and entertainment, and science and nature—from birds to Broadway musicals, movie stars to the military, flowers to transportation. The exhibition also affords a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of how stamp designs are developed, from pencil sketches to final artwork. Preliminary sketches and behind-the-scenes material for other stamps show the complexity of the process.
One of the most famous stamps in recent memory is the “Elvis Presley,” the most popular stamp of all time with record sales of 500 million. The Art of the Stamp features the original art for this now-iconic stamp along with four preliminary concept portraits. Also presented are two original Norman Rockwell pieces commissioned by the United States Postal Service (USPS), one of the few times these two works have been publicly displayed.
This collection from the USPS achieves what President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who helped design several stamps, saw as the chief aim of stamp art: It “dispels boredom, enlarges our vision, broadens our knowledge, makes us better citizens, and in innumerable ways enriches our lives."
Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens
Encuentro: Todo Ceramica
Ralph Moody's Littleton
Exhibit Dates: Apr 1997 - Aug 1998
World War II: The Artists View
Exhibit Dates: 1992
Black and white photos of Littleton
Bravery in Bronze: Sculptures of Dave McGary
Exhibit Dates: 1/23/1988 - 5/1988
Cowboy photos by Kurt Markus
Littleton in Stitches
Objects of Life - Arapahoe/Cheyenne
Varian Ashbaugh, Littleton Sculptor
The Machines our Grandfathers Dreamed Of
The Men Who Volunteered
Rose in the Wilderness
Faces and Places: A Half Century of Littleton Images
Farming in Littleton
Ride On Bicycles
Exhibit Dates: 1977
The Seat of American Invention
Littleton's Growing Pains
Christmas gift suggestions from 1920-1929
The Needlework Exhibit Needlework
The Sculpture Show
Included a false front on museum building.
American Painting 1900-1950
IBM touring exhibit
Littleton's Growth, then, now & tomorrow
Richard S. Little: Founder of Littleton Colorado, 1862
Armistice Day 1918
Military posters & artifacts from WWI
Docs, letters & prints relating to each US President from George Washington to Richard Nixon