Gallery reopens with members’ exhibit

Guild makes home in restored depot with accompanying caboose

Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/27/20

Photographer Peggy Dietz’s thoughtful “2020: a Lost Year,” with bare trees stretching toward the sky, where a feather-shaped cloud floats, reflects a wistful image that will invite a close …

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Gallery reopens with members’ exhibit

Guild makes home in restored depot with accompanying caboose

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Photographer Peggy Dietz’s thoughtful “2020: a Lost Year,” with bare trees stretching toward the sky, where a feather-shaped cloud floats, reflects a wistful image that will invite a close look. Painter Pat Dall has created images of some of her glass and pottery treasures from her home. Both are longtime Littleton Fine Arts Guild members and former presidents of the organization, which started to gather and paint in the 1950s in the now-gone Grange Hall that once stood at Orchard Road and University Boulevard.

The Littleton Fine Arts Guild raised money and restored the 1899 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depot to its happy red color in 1976, with a Bicentennial grant and help from the late Varian Ashbaugh, who moved it over from a location where is sat, empty and languishing, in Bega Park. It once was busy as daily trains carried people and freight, including milk cans.

Artist/member Brigitte Runnals, who lives in Castle Rock, is featured as “Artist of the Month” at the Depot Art Gallery, since the downtown Littleton gallery opened again Oct. 2, with a “Best of the Best” exhibit of art by Littleton Fine Arts Guild members, who responded to a call to “bring in an example of your work,” once there was permission to reopen — with masks required, of course.

The adjoining Caboose gallery is also open — both from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at present.

Colorful, playful paintings by Runnals, exhibited on a wall in the back room, feature feathers, marbles, flowers and more. ( I especially would love to see them where young children could enjoy them — in the meantime, bring kids down to the Depot to view these and other images that should delight them!)

As one enters the Depot, color surrounds you and a large oil painting on canvas (40”x60”) of Brooklyn by accomplished artist Jeff Velarde is at your left, near the steps up to the baggage area. Velarde, a local graphic artist, has won numerous area awards, including several in Littleton’s annual “Own an Original” exhibit. He was featured in a solo show at Town Hall Arts Center’s Stanton Gallery and has exhibited at CORE New Art Space gallery, which was on Santa Fe Drive for years and is now on West Colfax in Lakewood — as well as at other area locations, such as Curtis Arts Center.

The Littleton Fine Arts Guild has added the Stanton Gallery at Littleton Town Hall Arts Center to its list of places for ongoing exhibits and well as Englewood’s Nixon’s Coffee House, Arapahoe County Justice Center, and the Vita building in Littleton.

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