Artists share colorful paintings of outdoors in library exhibit

“A Simpler Time,” a watercolor painted by Patricia Nash, is included in an exhibit at the James H. Larue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. There is a two-person show on the first and second floors by Nash and Judy S. Purcell. Open during library hours.
“A Simpler Time,” a watercolor painted by Patricia Nash, is included in an exhibit at the James H. Larue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. There is a two-person show on the first and second floors by Nash and Judy S. Purcell. Open during library hours.
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Watercolorist Patricia Nash and oil painter Judy S. Purcell exhibit colorful paintings of flowers, Colorado landscapes, birds and other outdoor subjects through July 31 at the James H. Larue Library in Highlands Ranch. Artworks are displayed on the first and second floors. Gardener and oil painter Purcell paints the flowers she grows in her Highlands Ranch garden, while Nash says she “is drawn to our national, state, regional and historic parks, where landscapes, plants, animals and cultural artifacts are preserved for our enjoyment.” Open during library hours. The library is at 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., adjacent to Civic Green Park. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Outdoor concerts

The Denver metro area’s outdoor concert season has started. Included are:

• Lone Tree Arts Center’s “Tunes on the Terrace” has started and tickets are available at 720-509-1000. See programs:

• Summer concerts on the lawn at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, will be on Wednesdays through July. Music at 7 p.m., food trucks at 5:30 p.m. Concerts are free. On June 20, the Michael Friedman Band will perform R&B, contemporary jazz vocals. 303-795-3950.

• Englewood’s Sounds of Summer Series presents music at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays (except July 5). Food trucks. Englewood Amphitheatre, 1000 Englewood Parkway (behind the Englewood Civic Center, at the base of the stairs from the light rail platform). Tonight, June 14: Chris Daniels and the Kings with blues, funk and jam. June 21: Boogie Machine, 70s disco. Concerts free.

• Summer at the Center Series at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Bring a picnic. July 6: “Mozart Under Moonlight” (Colorado Symphony). Tickets (lawn and seated under cover): Through Aug. 25.

Bob Gray exhibit

Painter/teacher Bob Gray of Highlands Ranch has an exhibit, “Brush Strokes,” through June 23 at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake. For more information, go to, 719-481-0475.

Reminder to artists

Entries for the 2018 “Kaleidoscope Juried Exhibition” will be accepted (actual artwork) on June 30 from 9-11 a.m. at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Jurying will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same day. Unaccepted work pickup 1-3 p.m. same day. Fee $10 per entry — no limit on number of entries. Exact cash only. Volunteers: If you volunteer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30, you may submit four works free. Ceramics, drawing, jewelry, glass, metals, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking. Juror is ACC Art Department chair Angela Faris Belt. Closing reception August 3, 5-7 p.m. Exhibit July 2 to Aug. 3.

Phamaly musical

“Into the Woods” by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim is Phamaly Theatre Company’s Summer 2018 performance from July 12 to Aug. 5 at the Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Champa streets. Christy Montour Larson is director. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $29, except July 14, Big Night. 303-893-4100. For July 14 tickets, contact 10 and over.

Benchmark Theatre

“The Arsonists,” by Jacqueline Goldfinger will open June 22, running through July 21 at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. (No performance July 6.) Tickets: $30/$20. Benchmark Theatre, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. (Formerly The Edge Theater)., A play with music.

Audubon Nature Center

Families, and especially fathers, are invited to the Audubon Nature Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on June 16, where HawkQuest will present live eagle and hawk demonstrations. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic beforehand, and baked pretzels will be provided. Ticket sales will support the Audubon Center (members free, non-member fathers $5, other adults and teens $16, additional children $8). Limited seating — reserve in advance ( The center is at 11280 S. Waterton Road,, 303-973-9530.

Performance Now

“The Secret Garden,” based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, will be performed by Highlands Ranch-based Performance Now Theatre Company from June 15 to July 1, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Tickets: $20-$36: 303-987-7845,

Art at college

The Arapahoe Community College Workforce and Community Programs’ Annual Student and Instructor Art Exhibition, “Spectrum,” runs through June 21 at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at ACC, Littleton Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Closing reception: June 21, 5-7 p.m. Music by Scherzando Strings. Light refreshments.


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