Plein Air exhibit includes cityscapes

Posted 12/7/10

“Alley on the 16th Street Mall,” painted by Susie Hyer, who was juror for Littleton’s current Own an Original Exhibit at the Littleton Museum, …

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Plein Air exhibit includes cityscapes


“Alley on the 16th Street Mall,” painted by Susie Hyer, who was juror for Littleton’s current Own an Original Exhibit at the Littleton Museum, is included in the 2010 Denver Plein Air Festival Exhibition,” which runs through Dec. 31 at the Denver Central Library’s Vera Ellison Gallery, seventh level.

“En plein air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and many tend to think in terms of natural landscapes in this category. But during August and September of this year, more than 100 artists painted in Denver’s Golden Triangle (Near the Denver Art Museum) and in downtown Denver, creating a portrait of the city’s cultural scene. (A visit to this show combines nicely with a Denver Art Museum visit across the plaza). Judges were Jill Rosentrator, who directs the state’s Art in Public Places program; Rose Frederick, writer and curator of the annual Coors Western Art Exhibit; Dean Sobel, Director of the Clyfford Still Museum, under construction at 13th and Bannock. Admission is free. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

A “Holiday Lights” concert by the Colorado Wind Ensemble will be at 7:30 Dec. 11 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5984 S. Datura St., Littleton. Music by Reisteter, Anderson, Kalman, Bass, Staffeldt, with narration of Bass’ “The Night Before Christmas” by Charley Samson of KVOD. CWE trombonist Eric Staffeldt’s “Chants de Noel,” was a 1999 commission and a new, as yet unnamed work by hornist Ken Soper will be performed. The audience is invited to sing along and then submit a suggestion for a title. Tickets: $12/$10/$5. At the door or holidaylightsticketsonline.

“A Littleton Christmas” with the Littleton Symphony and Young Voices of Colorado will have two performances: Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5984 S. Datura St., Littleton and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, seasonal favorites, including a world premier of “A Spirit of Ether’ by European composer Graham Lack, newly commissioned for choir and orchestra.. Tickets: $15/$12/ free 21 and under. 303-933-6824, (Cash/check only at door).

The Parker Chorale, established in April 2010, will present “A Holiday Gift of Song” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Parker United Methodist Church, 11805 S. Pine Drive, Parker. This new chorale, conducted by John J. Polinski, has grown to 70 members. It has established a grant program to aid local high school vocal programs. Tickets: $7 online, $10 at the door.

The Castle Rock Orchestra and the Adult and Children’s Choirs of the First United Methodist Church of Castle Rock present “Spirit of the Season,” at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the First United Methodist Church of Castle Rock, featuring “Peter and the Wolf” and the “Home Alone Suite by John Williams. The program will also include music by American composer Leroy Anderson and British composer Peter Warlock.

Celebrate the season at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton, with “The Joy of Christmas, Past and Present,” with the Joe Peterson Rhythm Trio and the JPO Andrews Singers and emcee David Hixon. These offshoots of the Littleton-based Joe Peterson Dance Orchestra will feature sacred and secular Christmas favorites. Free. 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. 303-795-3961. Note that Bemis is in a Food for Fines mode until Christmas, if overdue fines lurk. And that gently used gift books are for sale on a special table. Dec. 11 is the last day for ticket sales for the annual Friends of the Library/Museum Holiday’s Evening at the Museum, which happens at 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Bundle up and stroll the luminaria -lit Littleton Museum grounds at 6018 S. Datura St. Bonfires, a variety of boiled and baked Christmas puddings, hot cider, cookies, caroling around the piano in the parlor, music and wagon rides ( the mules will have their bells on) — a holiday such as Littleton’s early residents might have enjoyed. Santa will listen to children’s wishes and the Smithtonian Hand Bell Choir will be in the museum classrooms. Tickets $10/$4 (Friends members $7/$3) at Bemis Library, Littleton Museum. 303-795-3950. (If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door on the 12th. Limit 1500).Artists on Santa Fe Gallery presents its 23rd Annual Holiday Exhibit, with photographs, pottery, paintings and jewelry in the colorful building at 747 Santa Fe Drive in the Arts District. Macy Dorf of Littleton owns the gallery. 303-573-5903, The Great Western Art Gallery’s Annual Holiday Show features miniatures by gallery artists through Dec. 23. Many south area artists are represented by this Denver gallery, owned by Hilliard Moore of Highlands Ranch, located at 1455 Curtis Street, Denver-just north of the Performing Arts Complex. 303-396-2787.“Tuba Christmas” brings 400 tuba players from the region, including the south area, to perform together from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe Streets in downtown Denver. Many of the musicians decorate their instruments and wear nifty hats and scarves. The event just feels happy! Free., 303-534-6161.“Sing We Now of Christmas” is the title for Kantorei’s holiday concert, scheduled at 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver. The a capella group is conducted by Richard Larson, retired choral director at Chaparral High School in Parker. Tickets: $20/$15, 303-388-4962,“Making Merry,” the Stories on Stage holiday production will be at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Actors Maggie Roswell, Nick Sugar, Sam Gregory and Randy Moore will read stories. Tickets: $25. 303-494-0523, south area artists are represented in the 24th Annual Fine Art Market and Show Dec. 10-19 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Happy hour, cash bar and snacks 6 to 7:30 p.m. daily. 720-898-7276, beginners, intermediate and advanced are invited to participate in Audubon Society’s annual New Years Day Denver Urban Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 1. Spend a half or full day outdoors. This activity takes place all over the nation, giving a current account of winter bird populations. There are 13 Denver areas designated with a leader/contact person for each. $5 charge for expenses of a chili/potluck party afterwards. See: and click on Warbler for information, 303-973-9530. Also, Roxborough State Park hosts a Bird Count on January 2, starting at 7:30 a.m. Call 303-973-3959 by Dec. 30 to register. $2 chili charge for party.Littleton painter Robert Spooner is a Gold Medal Winner for his “Yellow Roses” in the Oil Painters of America 2010 Western Regional Exhibition, held at Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson, Wyo.. More than 1,200 paintings were submitted, with 100 selected for the exhibit by juror Albert Handell.Good news! Popular local musician Chris Daniels, who has been battling leukemia, will return to Swallow Hill Music with Chris Daniels and the Kings, at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 for “An Acoustic Night with Chris Daniels and Friends.) Daniels was director of Swallow Hill at one time. Tickets: $15 advance/ $17 day of show., 303-777-1003 x 2.The South Suburban Community Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 251 E. Sterne Blvd., Centennial. Music by Waltefuel, Vaughn Williams, Brahms, Burt, Mozart, Bach, Respighi/Rossini. $5 donation requested. The orchestra is holding a silent auction with possible holiday gifts.“Festival of Carols” with Littleton United Methodist Church’s three choirs, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Chancel Ringers at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 12: Carols, sacred poetry, scripture, music. LUMC, 5984 S. Datura St., Littleton. Free. 303-794-6379. Holiday Concert by the 50 year old Denver Concert Band, which includes many south area musicians, including Music Director Jacinda Bouton and Associate Director Ken Kopatich, at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., Denver. Tickets: $10/$5.“Christmas in Colorado Concert” by the Sound of the Rockies barbershop style chorus will be at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., University of Denver. Tickets: 303-933-3501.


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