Sonya's Sampler

Arts venue lobby gets dramatic new paint job

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 7/10/18

Stop in to see Town Hall Arts Center’s spiffy redecorated lobby when you’re next in downtown Littleton. Life Scout Jack Rutherford has pretty much grown up around Town Hall where his mother, …

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Sonya's Sampler

Arts venue lobby gets dramatic new paint job

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Stop in to see Town Hall Arts Center’s spiffy redecorated lobby when you’re next in downtown Littleton. Life Scout Jack Rutherford has pretty much grown up around Town Hall where his mother, Leslie Rutherford, is marketing and PR director, so when it came time to propose an Eagle Scout project, he proposed repainting the historic building’s lobby, with volunteer help from more than 30 painters. The dramatic results will add a new spark to the public interaction that inhabits the space day and night. The staff voted on the color scheme, chosen from suggestions by Calla Meek of Bryant Flink Architecture and Design, which is advising the THAC board on possible future uses of the inviting space at 2450 W. Main St. The new season will start in September. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Pastels show

The Mile High National Pastel Exhibition opens July 12 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, and will be open until Aug. 27 daytimes and during performances. Art lovers may recall the beautiful national exhibit the Pastel Society of Colorado mounted at the Littleton Museum last summer. The juror is Marla Baggetta, who is nationally recognized.

New bio

Writer Linda Wommack of Littleton has just published a biography: “Ann Bassett, Colorado’s Cattle Queen,” the first book about the fascinating and feisty Colorado cattlewoman, who was fearless about dealing with the cattle barons who wanted to take advantage of her perceived weakness as a woman. (We’ll look forward to reading and writing about it soon!)

Art of Nature

Pam Roth O’Mara will teach “Art of Nature” for 9- to 13-year-olds, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 27 at South Platte Park. Observation, reflection, art and writing will fill thumbprint journals. Use colored pencils and newly sharpened powers of observation to record a day with nature. All materials included. Contact victorias@sspr.org. Register at 303-347-5999 or go to ssprd.org/Catalog, click on Nature and go to Children’s Nature.

Highlands Ranch Historical Society

“UFOs, Bigfoot and the Paranormal” will be presented by Jonathan Dover and Stanley Milford Jr. at 7 p.m. on July 16 for the Highlands Ranch Historical Society. The meeting will be held at Southridge Recreation Center at 4800 McArthur Ranch Road. The men were law enforcement officers on the Navajo Reservation and will talk about experiences from 1998 to 2010. Free for current members. A $2 contribution is suggested for non-members. Light refreshments provided.

Phamaly

“Into the Woods’ is open at the Space Theatre, at Arapahoe Street and Speer Boulevard in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts complex, through Aug. 5. The annual musical production by Phamaly Theatre Company will offer a rehash of favorite fairy tales performed by 28 actors with a variety of disabilities. The musical by Stephen Sondheim follows the Baker and his wife as they hope for a baby and meet other characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, the Witch (of course), Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, assorted princes, a giant and more. Christy Montour Larson directs. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, July 23; 2 p.m. Sundays. ASL interpreter July 23, 29. Sensory friendly performance 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 2. Tickets: DCPA: 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.

Henry Awards

The Colorado Theatre Guild announces that the annual Henry Awards will be given on July 23 at 7 p.m. at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. (6 p.m. Cocktails.) Tickets: $35 CTG members; $40 non-members in advance; $45 at the door. Lonetreeartscenter.org, 720-509-1000.

All-Colorado Show

The 35th Annual All Colorado Show opens on July 31 at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton.

The Juror is artist Joan Kresek. This Western Welcome Week event runs through Sept. 9. 303-795-0781, depotartgallery.org.

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