Littleton Museum offers visitors a unique link between the past and present. Located on 40 acres adjacent to Ketring Lake, the museum encompasses three exhibition galleries, a children's interactive gallery, research center, and two 19th-century living history farm sites.
The Permanent Gallery exhibits a comprehensive historical look at Littleton from pre-history to the present through graphics, photography, and artifacts from the museum's collections. The Fine Arts Gallery hosts original art and photography exhibits sponsored by the Littleton Fine Arts Board. The Changing Gallery displays temporary and traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution, other museums, and the Littleton Museum Collections.
Print Renaissance: Mid-century Masters of American Printmaking
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.
Littleton: Spirit of Community
This permanent exhibit depicts, through artifacts and text, the "Littleton Story" from its early beginnings to the present.
The Secret Life of Clothes
November 5, 2021 – November 27, 2022
Saturday, November 6, 2021
2 - 5 pm
- Become a life-sized paper doll with outfits from the 1800s
- Hear from textile experts
- Be one of the first to see the new exhibit
- Visit the touch cart to feel raw and finished materials
- Learn to weave on a community art project, and be credited as a Contributing Artist!
All ages welcome
No cost to attend
With over 8 billion people on Earth, one of the common threads that humans share is wearing clothes as a basic necessity for protection and also a means of self-expression. But when we think about clothing, it’s usually in connection to fashion and how and where the person is wearing their clothing, more often than not, outside of the home and irrespective of the origins of the very fabric the item is made of. While clothing began as a basic necessity to individuals who had a very intimate connection to the laborious process of its creation, care and storage, in more modern days, it has evolved into a highly accessible, but easily detached from and disposed of, means of societal expression.
The Secret Life of Clothes tells the everyday story of the “lifecycle” of clothes – the overlooked journey of clothing as a progression from fiber to finished garment, sale to storage, and finally to mending, disposal or reuse. This exhibit examines the purpose and need for different clothes, as well as the lifecycle processes over two distinct time periods as set in Colorado: 1880-1910, and modern day. Visitors will experience a variety of fashions, as well as the tools, materials, and context of how those clothes were made, worn, cared for, mended, and stored.
The exhibit also explores the future of clothing, considering the economic, cultural, and environmental impacts of the massive growth of the fast-fashion clothing industry and how, in response, new innovations are leading the way towards a more sustainable clothing lifecycle for future generations.
The Secret Life of Clothes opens on Friday, November 5, 2021, and runs through Sunday, November 27, 2022.
Own an Original - Together (Again)
November 12 - December 31, 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.
Concepts relating to “Together (Again)” include:
- Companionship or close association
- In conjunction
- Close bonds/ties
- Collected or composed
Juror: Catherine Chauvin (See her website)
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)
May 21 - 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
"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.
All of the artwork in this exhibit is for sale through the individual artist. Further info is on the exhibit price sheet.
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 Win-ter 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, pub-lic 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 (link will be posted at the top of this webpage)
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
Visit facebook.com/LittletonMuseum/live to see a live stream video with all five of the artists featured in the exhibit. Q&A can be accessed through Facebook messaging or by calling 669-900-6833 and when prompted enter Meeting ID: 945 3918 6851 and Passcode: 560542. Use *9 to raise your hand in order to be given access to ask your question. Data rates apply.
- 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.
Heavy card stock, mat board, or card board for a backing
Glue stick or any type of glue or rubber cement
Scrap paper, old magazines, collage paper, old cards, junk mail, etc.
Pencil or markers (optional)
*The museum has a limited amount of collage kits with these supplies available for pick-up. To reserve your own collage kit to be picked up at the museum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org..
Video link: Family Program - Make Your Own Abstract Collage
Other Exhibit Digital Resources
Explore the exhibit by following the prompts in this exhibit activity, suitable for younger art enthusiasts as well as adults.
Colorado Abstracted Activity Card
Have some fun with key words from this exhibit by printing out and completing this word search puzzle.
Colorado Abstracted Word Search
Own an Original (theme – Liberating Humor)
November 20, 2020 – January 2, 2021
All of the artworks in this exhibit are for sale through the artists. The museum has put together a price list with artist contact info. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please use this list and contact the artist directly.
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
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
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
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, 2019
Photography 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
Exhibition 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