Re-enactors treated guests to demonstrations of Viking culture from the early eighth and ninth centuries, traditional Scottish culture beginning with the risings of the 17th and 18th centuries, along with an assortment of fighting demonstrations by Castle Wall Productions and Renaissance Scots.
Alana Wolner, president of the Elizabeth Celtic Festival board of directors, said many of the groups who offer the demonstrations and re-enactments have a long-standing tradition in Elizabeth.
"Many of these groups have been coming here for years," she said. "They are like family."
Celtic competitions included Heavy Scottish Athletics, where both men and women compete in nine events, which involve throwing various heavy objects, most notably 19-foot tree trunks (caber toss) weighing up to 175 pounds.
The Highland Dance drew competitors from around Colorado and surrounding states. Novice level dancer Cady Davis from Oklahoma City, breathlessly said dancing in the thinner, Colorado air was definitely a challenge.
Despite the 5,000-foot altitude difference, Davis managed to sweep the three dances at her level and take home first place. The win was her fifth as a novice, and she needs to place in one more competition to advance to the intermediate level.
Both the Scots and the Irish are known for their spirit, and no Celtic festival would be complete without sampling a bit of what each has to offer. A whiskey tasting in the Heritage Pavilion on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons offered attendees (21 and over) an opportunity to learn about and taste the differences between Scotch, Irish whiskey, and American whiskey.
Whiskey expert Chelsea Houser explained how most American whiskies are distilled by a single distillery and often not by craft labels. Irish whiskies, on the other hand, are required to be distilled on the Emerald Isle, and even tighter regulations govern spirits branded as Scotch.
The offering of American whiskey at the festival was provided by the Steward's Solera, a Colorado distilled and aged bourbon. The company is in the process of setting up a cordial distillery and opening a tasting room in Elizabeth, which it hopes to open in the fall.
The Elizabeth Celtic Festival began in 1993 and was originally held in conjunction with the Elbert County Fair. Beginning in 1995, organizers offered the festival as a standalone event in Kiowa for 11 years, and in 2006 moved the festival to the trees of Casey Jones Park in Elizabeth.]]>
The exhibit was initiated as a cooperative effort between a now-discontinued Littleton arts council and ACC to give additional exposure to area artists as well as opportunity for the community to view their work. Trish Sangelo --; the gallery coordinator --; and the ACC Art Department have continued to run the exhibit. It includes paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs and small 3-D works.
It opened this year on July 11 and will run until Aug. 11, with a reception on closing night rather than opening night. On Aug. 11, the reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, with artists picking up their work afterward.
Juror Angela Faris Belt, photographer, artist, writer and educator and author of the popular book "Elements of Photography" (published in the U.K.), is chair of the Studio Art, Art History and Photography Department at ACC.
She said in her juror's statement: "Though there were many high quality entries, not all could be accepted." She wanted to share her criteria for inclusion.
"First, an artwork's Concept is important. I appreciate work that urges viewers to see or understand something in a new way, that pushes the content beyond clich . Second, I look for effective use of Visual Language to communicate the concept. No matter the medium, I look for an artist to use composition and the medium's technical and physical attributes to construct artwork in a visually appealing or interesting way. And finally, Presentation Quality can never be ignored. Things such as 2-D work that's flat with nicely cut window mats, paintings and drawings with nicely-considered edges, and 3-D work that is thoughtfully presented all contribute to the quality of the artwork itself."
She named the following award winners:
First place went to Linda Schmale for her well-crafted raku ceramic box, called "Birds of the Air." It is glazed with crackly off-white with silhouetted black birds on all sides and the message, "Look at the Birds" on the edge of the lid.
Second place went to Charis S.G. Casey's dense, dark portrait, "There's a War Inside My Head," created with airbrush ink, graphite, pastel powder, pencil and paint. Right out of the headlines ...
Third place went to Bobbi Shupe's "Memories," a piece on a lighter note --; a mixed media painting of a blond, pretty child with a balloon behind her. The painting is executed on a collage of old sheet music.
Honorable mentions were given to Rosanne Juergens' photograph, "Bottles on Display," and Barbara Veatch's strong mixed media painting, "Falling Out of Summer." The heavy black frame and sheen of glass enhance the painting. Honorable mentions also went to: "Oh Blackbird ... Sing One Last Song For Me," a delicate drawing of a nude by Charis S.G. Casey, with graphite, pastel powder and pencil; to "A Beauty" by Lynette Planck-Kupferer, for a drawing of a large, elaborate flower done with colored pencil, acrylic and mixed pen; to "Somniferum," a watercolor of poppies by Gail Firmin; to Celeste Hodges' mixed media collage "Flight from DIA"; and to "On the Drum Line," a bronze of a soldier by Steve McCall.
If you go
Kaleidoscope is at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, through Aug. 11. A closing public reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m on Aug. 11. Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays.]]>
Inside, one first looks up at mural-sized paintings of American Indian dancers on the high white walls.
On the ground floor, walk back to the Gallagher Gallery to enjoy "Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Dance and Motion" which includes a wide range of colorful Indian dance regalia: headdresses, jingle dresses, men's and women's Fancy Dance costumes, masks, jewelry and musical instruments, including drums.
Paintings depict native dances that were meant to cure disease, protect or defend from animals and more. This multi-sensory exhibit includes 86 works, 78 drawn from the Denver Art Museum's extensive American Indian Art collection.
A large painting of ballroom dancers by Arthur Bowes Davies called "Dances," 1914/15, at the exhibit's entrance on the second floor, introduces "Rhythm & Roots: Dance in American Art," organized by the Detroit Institute of Art. It includes about 90 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and costumes (including the tutu Anna Pavlova wore in her famous Dying Swan performances in the ballet "Swan Lake").
Art covers 1830 to 1960, with paintings of famous dancers including Americans Isadora Duncan, Katherine Dunham, Fred Astaire and Josephine Baker, Spanish dancer Carmencita Dauset Moreno and Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. Curator Angelica Daneo commented that "no one pictured suffered from low self-esteem!"
Stylized paintings of jitterbugs add another facet to this lively exhibit.
Daneo spoke about John Singer Sargent's process in painting an elegant portrait of the famous La Carmencita. He had trouble getting her to pay attention, to maintain her pose --; and entertained her by painting a rose, eating his cigar, etc. ...
A Spider Dress was designed for contemporary American dancer Martha Graham by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who also designed stage sets. He was inspired by the story of Medea.
An impressive "Contemporary Collaboration" video by the Yo Yo Ma trio and young black dancer Charles "Little Buck" Riley was a contemporary interpretation of Pavlova's" Dying Swan." He included a bit of moon walking and ended in a knot.
While on the second floor, be sure to step inside "#dancelab" in the Fuse Box, where Wonderbound ballet dancers have choreographed small jazzy pieces to an ongoing music tape. Watchers are encouraged to step behind a screen and imitate the moves, then come out and see themselves pictured --; dancing on the wall. Children who were present on the morning I was were absolutely enchanted --; as were several millennials!
If you go
The entrance to the Denver Art Museum is from 13th Avenue, between Broadway and Bannock. Related programming: Drop in Drawing: Drawing in Motion --; bring a sketch book or use the museum's paper; Drop in Writing: Rhythm in Word --; explore poetic form, in your notebook or DAM's. On July 29, Untitled: In-Sync will encourage creative collaborations, including a special 7 p.m. plaza performance by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company. Children under 18 are admitted free. "Untitled" offers two-for-one admission to college students with ID. Denverartmuseum.org.]]>
But you can't be Rip Van Winkle or an ostrich. Investors need to work at earning money every day. Whether your goal is in a few years or a few decades, decisions in 2016 could affect you indefinitely.
Last month we learned that static allocations alone may not be enough to reduce the new risks that are creeping into accounts due to global issues. Since that last article we had Britain vote to leave the European Union and, with that, triple-digit market volatility for several weeks. Last week we had an unusual jobs report for June, showing 287,000 new non-farm jobs created after a disappointing May report of only 38,000 new jobs. These extreme fluctuations in just two months' time put the markets into another whirlwind.
Now we are entering earnings season once again, where major companies report their second-quarter earnings and forecast for the remainder of the year. The last four consecutive quarters, earnings have been negative. This equates to an "earnings recession" which can pull back the possibility of good returns on equity investments in the near term. This quarter, the reports are expected to be "less negative." This is a new term we are learning to mean as a good thing. However, less of a vacuum is still a difficult environment.
As dismal as these economic indicators appear so far, there is always opportunity somewhere. Growth is the necessary fuel for the economic engine that moves us forward, pays down debt and allows for expansion. Consumers may be losing patience as this has been one of the longest recoveries in history, 27 quarters so far. It feels like a slow uphill battle at a snail's pace, but we are making progress.
The bright spots are improving employment, solid housing prices and continued low inflation and low interest rates. The Brexit pushed back the Federal Reserve Board's decision to increase interest rates last month along with some countries in Europe issuing bonds at negative interest rates. This has caused significant fluctuations in U.S. bond prices, and yields hit an all-time low. Investor demand from around the world pushed domestic bond prices higher as fewer Europeans wanted to invest in negative bonds of their own. This makes owning equities a bit more attractive than fixed income given these circumstances.
Keep in mind that equities are a long-term solution as volatility remains escalated especially during earnings season and Fed rate hike uncertainty. One of the best outlooks may be in Emerging Markets, in particular China. Their economic recovery could be a significant driver of worldwide growth over the next five to 10 years.
You deserve to have a custom strategy based on your goals and time frame to help navigate these unprecedented times. Don't guess ... it could be an expensive lesson. Take the time to evaluate your needs and goals and update your financial plan. Take time to build the next layer of your portfolio based on the global economy going forward.
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Certain words are reborn from time to time, and get used over and over.
"So" is one of them. I am so honored, so thrilled, and so happy. And you may have noticed that "so" is being used a lot lately to begin a sentence.
"Transparency" is still having its day. It's understandable, because the synonyms are inconvenient. For example: "pellucidity."
Instead of explaining why someone or something is superior, we chose the word "arguably" to cover everything, as in, "She is arguably the best ventriloquist in Castle Rock."
You can just leave it at that, and not go into any depth. It's awesome, dog.
The word "about" is very handy too.
A friend of mine said, "It's not about the penguins. It's about you and Jennifer."
I said, "I thought it was about the penguins, but you're saying that it's about Jennifer and me? I am going to have to think about this."
Any seemingly unusual experience is "surreal."
Salvador Dali was a surrealist.
He was once asked if he took drugs, because his paintings seemed so, well, surreal.
His answer was perfect.
"I am drugs," he said.
Movie promotions say things like, "Daniel Craig is James Bond."
"Kirk Douglas is Spartacus."
"Patty Duke is Helen Keller."
How can that be?
It's an attempt to convince an audience in advance that a portrayal surpasses metaphysics and the laws of reality.
I am happy just to be me, but now and then I wouldn't mind being Anne Hathaway.
Thankfully, a few words and phrases have been shelved.
For instance, "for sure."
Anyone sporting the word "groovy" might be in for some scowls, and should be.
I'll bet you haven't heard "dig" in a while either.
I had a drawing teacher who used to ask us if we understood what he had just said simply by saying, "Dig?"
The worst, most unbearable, atrocious song of the 20th century was "I Dig Rock and Roll Music."
It was cliché ridden. An attempt by a group whose time had come and gone to appropriate trending words.
Peter, Paul and Mary.
"I figure it's about the happiest sound goin' down today." It's execrable straight off, but it worsens.
"The message may not move me or mean a great deal to me, but, hey, it feels so groovy to say."
I have always thought that the lyrics were actually mocking the performers and the music.
For instance, the Mamas and Papas are commended "when (their) words don't get in the way."
The song wraps up with horrific references to Donovan and the Beatles, and "I dig, oh, rock and roll music, I could really get it on in that scene." It's torture.
I began this because there is a word that is going around and around that I wish would take a holiday.
Namely "icon." That's the Word of the Day.
What does it take to qualify? I am an icon to my dog.
Have you heard of Mallory Pugh yet? She's was a local high school soccer icon. There is much more of Pugh on the way.
Then there are the iconic icons.
Muhammad Ali, Prince, David Bowie, Pat Summit and Scotty Moore were all iconic icons.
You don't know Scotty Moore? He died recently. He was Elvis Presley's guitarist, and he was great.
Keith Richards said, "Everyone else wanted to be Elvis. I wanted to be Scotty."
Well, I can make that happen.
"Keith Richards is Scotty Moore."
Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at email@example.com.