Arts community has shows and sad news

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 6/22/20

Each year, the Colorado Watercolor Society holds a statewide exhibit that brings out many fine paintings — very much worth an excursion to enjoy them.

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Arts community has shows and sad news


Each year, the Colorado Watercolor Society holds a statewide exhibit that brings out many fine paintings — very much worth an excursion to enjoy them. This year, it is displayed at the Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St. in Golden, and is there through July 12. “Lilies in Crystal” by Cindy Welch of Castle Rock won second place from juror Sterling Edwards, North Carolina, a nationally recognized watercolorist. Admission free. Hours vary — open daily except Tuesday.

Farewell, rita derjue

We are saddened to learn that Littleton artist and activist rita derjue died peacefully in her sleep on June 16. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date. (More next week.) She is survived by her husband, Carle Zimmerman, son Andrew and daughter Heidi.

Sculptures at Hudson Gardens

Each year, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District carries on its Art-on-Loan program, which places new works in public spaces for a year. Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, recently placed two new pieces on its grounds: “Trail 413,” by Kyle Ocean of Fort Collins, includes two large blue columns with topographical symbols on them, inspired by Colorado locations. “Forever Iris,” by Maureen Plomske of Englewood, is a bright magenta flower, crafted from recycled steel and pipe. These works will be on display until June 2021. Admission to the Gardens is free. These pieces join a permanent collection of sculpture at Hudson Gardens.

Children’s books

Author Sonja Wendt, of Jefferson County has published two new children’s picture books, the first in a series: “Cultivating Compassion in Children,” written for 4- to 7-year-olds. “I Am Not a Weed” features Seymour and Serena Weed and a sunflower that was not a planned part of the garden. The second book, “Can Old Be Beautiful” involves a little girl and her grandma. Available through Amazon and Wendt’s website,

Weekends on Main

Littleton’s Main Street, closed to automobile traffic on a recent Saturday evening, was packed with al fresco diners filling curb-to-curb tables and chairs, enjoying food from the various Main Street eateries. Charming scene — but be sure to make a reservation. Cross streets were open.

History Colorado

History Colorado Museum, 1200 Broadway, Denver, will reopen on June 29. There are free year-long passes for Colorado fourth-graders and their families. Open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Depot Art

“Travel With Us” is the title of the present online exhibit presented by members of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild. It will continue through the summer and the Guild will not hold its usual Western Welcome Week outdoor market. Correction: With regard to the virtual Heritage Fine Art Guild show described last week: Honorable Mentions went to: Terri Hendrix, Patt Nash, Lee Wasilik.

Martin history

The Highlands Ranch Historical Society has a program on its home page about Florence Martin, who donated Daniels Park for public use.


The Colorado Symphony Orchestra has rescheduled its concerts of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” to: July 16, 17, 18 in 2021. Tickets for 2020 will be honored then — or you can donate them and receive a tax deduction.

Miners Alley Playhouse

Because people will not be able to enforce sufficient distancing in the theater, Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden is canceling the rest of its 2020 season. See the website for ticketholders’ options. In January 2021, the company will return with shows that need a small cast. They will continue to pay the staff until the end of the year.

Dance classes

Denver Ballet Theatre will hold summer classes, offering the Vaganova Course. Register at


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