State of the Arts

Deb Hurley Brobst
Posted 9/16/22

CAE gets grant for gallery addition; Art for a Cause in Golden; Everscream Readings

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State of the Arts


CAE gets grant for gallery addition

Center for the Arts Evergreen has taken a giant leap toward building an addition onto its gallery.

It received a $750,000 grant from the Colorado Creative Industries Division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. CAE will need to raise about $150,000 to meet its $2.3 million goal to put a 5,000-square-foot addition on the back of the building at 31880 Rocky Village Drive in Bergen Park. Construction is expected to start in the spring.

“This means so much,” said Sara Miller, CAE’s senior director of exhibitions, education and outreach. “This will allow us to add to our programming. We have become such a community center, especially during the pandemic. We are so glad we could welcome people back in and have an opportunity to express themselves.”

The two-story addition will have a state-of-the-art ceramics studio, private artists’ studios, a common artists area, classroom space, community space for up to 200 people, staff offices and a studio for an artist-in-residence. In addition, an outdoor courtyard will allow space for concerts and activities, a sculpture garden and more.

CAE is one of six organizations in Colorado to receive a grant. This program tries to help creative districts, historic districts, main streets and neighborhood commercial centers across Colorado revitalize community spaces.

Miller said CAE officials are grateful to be grouped with some amazing arts organizations around the state that are part of the grant.

CAE has been in the former Bergen Park Church since 2017, and it currently houses a gallery, classroom space and staff offices. An addition has always been part of the plan.

Art for a Cause in Golden

Five Evergreen artists are partnering with six others from around the state to host Art for a Cause Sept. 24-25.

The 11 artists will display and sell their paintings, jewelry, fibers, pottery, wood carvings, fused glass and more from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at First Presbyterian Church of Golden, with 10% of sales going to World Vision’s Ukrainian Refugee Fund focusing on children and their families.

The event came together when “we just called people whose work we really like and explained what we were doing,” and they wanted to help, according to artist Michelene Berkey of Evergreen. The artists also wanted to have a variety of media for sale, noting that it’s never too early to start thinking of holiday gifts.

Participating are Evergreen artists Tricia Bass, Beth Erlund, Stephanie Foster, Patti Gill and Michelene Berkey, plus Amy Evans from Breckenridge, Judy Madison from Golden, Mary Wickler from Lakewood, and Judi Mitchell and Nancy Wylie from Arvada.

The church is at 17707 W. 16th Ave. in Golden.

Everscream Readings

If you’re interested in hearing scary stories, then consider attending Everscream Readings performed by Evergreen Players.

Think of Everscream Readings as a Halloween version of the Players’ Seasons Readings. The 90-minute show is performed by Eric and Leann Ritter and Sean Maslow.

This is the first time the Players have tried a Halloween offering, Eric Ritter said, and performances will be in Black Box Theatre, 27886 Meadow Drive, in the same shopping area as the EAPL and EChO thrift shops. The intimate theater seats about 30, and the show is for adults and children 12 and older.

The Ritters and Maslow each will read a scary story from Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman and H.P. Lovecraft, and the theater will be decorated for the holiday.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at or by calling 720-515-1528.  

Evergreen Players, CAE, Center for the Arts


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