Karen Fisher, Scott Ruthven and Paul Smallwood won awards in the 2012 Plein Air Arts Festival’s Emerging Artists category, and their works are exhibited at the Byers-Evans House Gallery, 1310 Bannock St. in Denver, through Sept. 28. A free First Friday reception will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6, and gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Gallery admission is free. There is a charge to tour the mansion. Byersevanshousemuseum.org, 303-620-4933.
Artfest returns in Castle Rock
The annual Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock will feature 178 juried artists on Wilcox Street, in historic downtown Castle Rock, on Sept. 7 and 8, with bands, strolling entertainers, food and children’s activities. Tickets: $5/$3/free under 12, at the gate or at Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, 420 Jerry St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8.
Ragtime in Centennial
The Ragtime Society of Colorado will present pianist Scott Kirby at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at Forte Academy of Music, 8030 S. Holly St., Centennial. (Note that this is a new time and place.) Kirby has appeared at ragtime festivals across the nation and in Europe, and in recent years has taken up painting as well as performing, composing and teaching. He and his family recently moved to Boulder from Sandpoint, Idaho. Tickets to the concert cost $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and may be reserved at 303-979-4353 or purchased at the door. Future concerts: Oct. 6, Frank French; Nov. 3, The Big Little Ragtime Band.
New surroundings at Swallow Hill
The Café at Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, is newly renovated and will feature the Discovery Series: affordable concerts every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., starting with Matt Haslett on Sept. 5 and The Delta Sonics on Sept. 12. Tickets: $7, $5. Swallowhillmusic.org, 303-777-1003.
Big night for Big Band
A Big Band Dance Night is planned at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9900 S. Ranch Road, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra will play. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 day of event if not sold out. Cash bar. Hrcaonline.org, 303-791-0177.
Friendship Powwow returns
The 24th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 on the Acoma Plaza between the Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library. The Grand Entry is at noon. Watch dancing, see artist-in-residence Marie Watt in a community sewing circle and enjoy fry bread. This is First Saturday, so museum admission is free, as is this event. Denverartmuseum.org.
Books make cents
The Arapahoe Library District’s Annual Used Book Sale will be held at Koelbel Library from Sept. 5 (9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.) through Sept. 6 and 7 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Bag Day Sunday, Sept. 8 (1 to 4:30 p.m.). Proceeds support Friends of the Library grants to the library system ($150,000 to date in 2013). 303-LIBRARY or arapahoelibraries.org.
New watercolors displayed
Members of the Colorado Watercolor Society will open “New Trends in Watercolor,” an exhibit juried by Carol Nelson, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village. Nelson will lecture at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 on “The Many Faces of Watermedia.” Admission is free. The show runs through Oct. 4. Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 303-797-1779, greenwoodvillage.com.