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Castle Rock painter Cindy Welch created the 2018 commemorative poster for the 2018 Douglas County Fair and Rodeo (the 100th) and is offering signed, limited-edition prints that are available now, depicting a young rider’s back, on a horse, as both look at the town’s eponymous rock. The fair and rodeo will be held Aug. 2-5 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock and tickets are now on sale at douglascountyfairandrodeo.com/tickets. For a pre-ordered poster, contact Welch at CindyWelchDesign.com.
First Friday May 4
First Friday Art Walks resume from 5-8 p.m. on May 4 in downtown Littleton. Among other attractions, parents may sign up and drop off their 5- to 12-year-olds at artSPARK, 5650 S. Curtice St., for a Kids Art Nite event from 6-8 p.m. (Open Studio Pizza Party) — see details at artsparkcreative.com, which also offers information on a summer camp. Exhibits at Depot Gallery, Town Hall Arts Center and more. Also on May 4 (and subsequent First Fridays through September), Historic Littleton Inc. and the Littleton Historical Preservation Board will offer free Historic Walking Tours, starting at 5 and 6 p.m. at the Littleton Municipal Courthouse, 2069 W. Littleton Blvd.
Depot anniversary show
The Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave. in Littleton, will open its anniversary show on May 1 and it will be included in the Art Walk on May 4. Next up will be the Plein Air Fest. See depotartgallery.org.
The Arapahoe Community College Jazz Concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Waring Auditorium at the Littleton Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive. Led by Cecil Lewis, the concert is free.
Museum Outdoor Arts
“Paintings, Sculpture and Snapshots” will be exhibited May 8 to Aug. 3 at the Museum Outdoor Arts, in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Celebrate 37 years of collecting in this showcase. (The previously announced Rauschenberg exhibit is postponed until 2020, due to problems for one major collector.) See moaonline.org.
Englewood Camera Club
The Englewood Camera Club will meet at 7 p.m. May 8 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. The speaker will be Joe Klocek from Mike’s Camera, who will talk about making images of very small subjects. He recently published his first book, “Macro Photography: Zero to 60,” and will provide tips and examples of his work. In addition, he teaches about photographing wildlife, exposure theory, videography, studio lighting … Guests are welcome.
Heritage Fine Arts Guild workshop
Artist Camille Scott of Highlands Ranch will conduct an Alcohol Inks Workshop for the Heritage Fine Arts Guild from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 12 at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Create greeting cards, small frameable pieces and use on other surfaces. Pre-registration required ($50 non-members, $35 members). See http://www.heritage-guild.com/current-workshops.html.
Plants and more plants!
The annual Denver Botanic Gardens Spring Plant Sale will be May 11-12, with a Member Preview Party on the evening of May 10 ($45). Admission to the York Street location — 1007 York St., Denver — is free and members get 10 percent off on purchases. Bring your own baskets, boxes, wagons … Choose from a huge variety of garden plants. See botanicgardens.org. Also note: Denver Botanic Gardens programs the Plains Conservation Center at 21901 E. Hampden Ave., with photography, gardening, foraging …
Clarinets and more
The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra will feature internationally known clarinetist Jeremy Reynolds, of Lamont School of Music, performing “Elgar’s Enigma” and more at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets: 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.
Arvada Center Book Fest
Regis University is the presenting sponsor for the Arvada Center Book Fest from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; $5 general admission/$1 Children 3-12/free under 3. Keynote with Laura Moriarty Pop-up bookstore, operated by Book Bar, signings, panels, workshops, children’s activities, exhibit hall. 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.com/bookfest.
Gold in Douglas County
“The History and Geology of Gold in Douglas County” will be a 6:30 p.m. May 16 lecture by Dr. Al Koch, director of the Cherokee Ranch Science Institute at the Cherokee Castle, 6113 Daniels Park Road, Sedalia. Reserve tickets at cherokeeranch.org. Free with school ID.
Call for entry
The Annual Kaleidoscope Juried Exhibition will be July 2-Aug. 3. Submissions (actual work) due 9-11 a.m. June 30 at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts in the Annex at Arapahoe Community College Littleton Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive. Fee: $10 per piece — exact cash. A closing reception is planned for Aug. 3, 5-7 p.m., with artist pickup to follow. (If you volunteer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30, you may enter four works free. Email Trish Sangelo at email@example.com to get on the volunteer list.)
Fashion show tickets
Lone Tree Arts Center Guild Fashion Show tickets are available for the event scheduled at 6 p.m. May 17 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets ($50) include door prizes, a drink ticket, appetizers and fashions by Dillard’s at Park Meadows. DJ for the fashion show is Brian Buris. For tickets: lonetreeartscenter.org or call chair Lynn Pender, 303-517-4831.
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