Paintings by self-taught artist John Counterman are exhibited at Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd. through July. Counterman, who teaches …
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Paintings by self-taught artist John Counterman are exhibited at
Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd. through July.
Counterman, who teaches art in the Jefferson County Schools, grew
up as a military kid, living in the U.S. and abroad, although he
considers Cincinnati home. His figurative oil paintings reflect his
take on scenes around him and are created with a limited palette of
four or five colors. Ideas come from an interest in history, but
are not an attempt to portray a specific event. “My paintings are
about sentiment and existence,“ he says. For information,
The loss of the always-upbeat Phil Gottleib of Centennial has
saddened the Denver area theater community. He died June 22 at 56
from a heart attack. His wife Mary and sons Matt and Chris will go
on this week, in theater tradition, but without him, in a
Breckenridge Backstage Theatre production of “The Fantasticks,”
where he was scheduled to play Mortimer. Together and individually,
the family members often appeared in Littleton Town Hall musical
productions and with other area small theater companies, including
Performance Now of Highlands Ranch. A service was held June 30 at
Bethany Lutheran Church in Englewood.
Plan on a festive day in Downtown Littleton on July 11. Olde
Town Market, a Second Saturday street market with antique and
artisan vendors, will debut from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by the
5th Annual Wild on Littleton and Fireworks Show from 4 to 11 p.m.,
with Taste of Littleton, bands and fireworks to the west after
dark. Market information: www.oldetownmarket.com (vendor
space still available). “Wild” information: Korri Stainbrook at the
South Metro Chamber of Commerce, 303-795-0142, bestchamber.com. Advance ticket sales
for Taste of Littleton: $10 for 15 tickets at the chamber. Day of
event: $10 for 10 tickets.
Firehouse Quilts’ 4th Annual Quilt Show will be held Friday and
Saturday, July 17 (12 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and 18 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at
Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 E. Grace Ave., Highlands Ranch,
exhibiting about 100 quilts and a group of vendors’ booths. New
quilt racks will show the entries beautifully, according to Dusty
Darrah of Highlands Ranch. The fundraiser plus area donations allow
the organization to supply 45-inch square snuggle quilts to fire
departments throughout the state for children who lose homes to
fire. The group also makes quilts for battered women’s shelters and
the Denver Rescue Mission. To connect and sew with FHQ, or for
information about the show, see www.firehousequilts.org.
Tickets to the show cost $7 at the door, $6 in advance.
The popular “Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters From the San
Francisco Bay Area 1965-71” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum has
been extended for a week: through July 26. Seen on our recent
visit: folks in tie dye tees and headbands enjoying the show and
the adjoining Side Trip Space. Note that Friday Night, July 10,
from 5 to 10 p.m. is Concert Tee Friday Night. Wear a favorite tee
from back in the day and enter to win a prize package. (Ticketed
show with untimed tickets: $15, $12, $7. Free under 6 and members.
720-865-5000, www.denverartmuseum.org. *Just
received: notice of a big July clearance in the DAM shop, which is
going to move across the lobby.
The Parker Writers Group, which meets 2 to 4 p.m. the second
Sunday of each month at the Parker Library, 10651 S. Crossroads
Drive, will present former Rocky Mountain News Book Editor Patti
Thorn at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12, speaking on “Book Reviewing Q
& A.” Thorn, an award-winning journalist, is currently working
as a freelance manuscript editor. Questions about PWG should be
directed to email@example.com
Directions to the library, are online or at 303-791-READ. (Due to
funding cuts, the libraries can no longer offer publicity support
to the groups who meet).
“Adventures With Boldness— Great North American Explorers” will
be Dr. Bruce Paton’s topic at 7 p.m. July 14 at Bemis Library, 6014
S. Datura St., Littleton. Think Alexander Mackenzie, Zebulon Pike,
Lewis and Clark, John Wesley Powell…. Paton will show slides, maps
and aerial views of the routes. His book, “Adventuring With
Boldness,” will be available for purchase and signing. Free.
Artists on Santa Fe, 747 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, is owned by
potter Macy Dorf of Littleton, who participates in the monthly
First Friday open house, 6 to 9 p.m., held by the many galleries in
the arts district. July 5 is the next date. Featured for July:
“Figures: A Moment in Time,” large expressionistic oil paintings of
the human figure by Phyllis Stone. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 303-573-5903,
Reminder to artists: Entries are due for the 2009 Kaleidoscope
Juried Exhibition, actual art to be delivered from 9 to 11 a.m.
July 11 at Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Arapahoe Community
College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive. The show runs July 16 to Aug. 6.
Fee: $10 per entry, no limit, exact cash please. 2 D work must be
wired to hang. 3D pieces must fit a 17”x17” pedestal and be light
enough for one person to lift. Info: Trish.Sangelo@arapaho.edu.
A Summer Wizard Camp for kids ages 7 to 16, taught by two
professional magicians, is offered August 3 to 6 by Theatre of
Dreams, 735 Park St. in Castle Rock. A performance for family and
friends completes the sessions, which run 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
each day. Fee: $160. Reservation deadline July 20,
Plein Air Artists of Colorado will hold its 13th Annual Member’s
Juried Exhibition July 10 through 25 at Abend Gallery, 2260 E.
Colfax Ave., Denver. Karen Vance is juror. There will be an online
catalog of the show at www.abendgallery.com. This would
be a good follow-up to the recent lecture on Plein Air Painting by
susiehyer at the Littleton Museum— which reminds us: check with the
museum about her two upcoming onsite painting workshops—
The talented Lubotsky sisters of Littleton are onstage this
summer: Kate, who will be in fifth grade at Centennial Academy of
the Arts, shares the lead as that little red-haired girl in “Annie”
with Olivia Hill at Boulder Dinner Theatre through Sept. 5. Tiny
Lexie, who will enter Centennial’s first grade, is the shortest
(but clearly noticeable) cast member in Performance Now’s “Evita”
through July 5.
“Girls Night Out #7” is scheduled 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. July 16, by
Highlands Ranch based Colorado Women’s Connection, which is
affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. (Women connecting with God,
each other and their communities). Learn belly dancing and line
dancing, enjoy dinner, music and an inspirational speaker at The
Peak, Foothills Park and Recreation District, 6612 S. Ward St.,
Littleton 80127. Cost is $5. For reservations and information, call
Michelle Cartwright at 303-257-2043.
Dancer Paul Fiorino is trying to gather support to return the
Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive to the use Henry
Lowenstein intended when he renovated it in 1986: a venue to be
shared by small performance groups. The asking price is $1 million.
Prospective angels can contact Fiorino at 303-825-7570.
The Colorado Irish Festival will fill Clement Park 7306 W.
Bowles Ave., Littleton, July 10 to 12. Ireland. The Fest opens on
Friday night, when admission is free between 5 and 6 p.m. From 6 to
11 p.m., $8. Saturday and Sunday hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets
$12. (Arrive at the gate at or before 11 a.m. on Sunday with two
non-perishable food items and enjoy free admission. Information,
schedules and discounted advance tickets at www.coloradoirishfestival.org.
The Museum of Outdoor Arts and Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre will
present “Sounds of America” with the Colorado Symphony at 7:30 p.m.
on July 4, followed by fireworks at 9:40 p.m. on July 4 at Fiddlers
Green. The program will include a musical synthesis of the American
experience, including patriotic music, Warren Hill singing the
National Anthem, Pianist Katie Mahan performing Gershwin’s
“Rhapsody in Blue” and more. Gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $17,
$15, $12, free under 3. Four-person family packs, $51. To purchase
tickets, www.livenation.com, 303-220-7000.
Activities in nearby Samson Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Information:
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet” is next in the Cherokee Ranch and
Castle Performing Arts Series on July 17. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a
family picnic and performance by Denver Center Theater Academy’s
teen actors on the castle veranda. Tickets: $45; $20 children.
303-688-4600, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays or leave name and phone#
for callback next business day. The castle is at 6113 N. Daniels
Park Road, Sedalia, a short jog east of Highway 85 (Santa Fe
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