Open Studios Artist, Margaret Donharl

Open Studios Artist, Margaret Donharl, Showing at Spark Gallery, Denver

Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 9, 6 – 9 pm.

Margaret Donharl’s art exhibition “Persistence of Patterns”, contemporary acrylic paintings interpreting the natural world beyond conventional appearance by layering symbolism with realism, will be featured at Spark Gallery, Denver, during September in the North Gallery.  She will be showing with Spark members, Michaele Keyes  and Angela Larson. The exhibit opens Sept. 1 and continues through Sept 25.   Please join them for an Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 9, 6 – 9 pm.   The First Friday Art Walk is Sept. 2, 6 – 9 pm. and a Closing Coffee will be Sept. 24, 1 – 4 pm.

Spark Gallery is located at 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.  Gallery Hours are Thurs. 12-5 pm, Fri. 12-9 pm, Sat. 12-5 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.   720-889-2200

You may see more of her work at

1 Day Workshop

Plein Air Painting Without Fear

Watercolor and Gouache with Lillian Kennedy

Saturday, June 11
10 am – 4 pm
One hour break for lunch
Workshop fee: $75
All levels of experience welcome.
Course Description and Details

Experience the joys of plein air painting without mess or fuss with this simple and easy system that can be used almost anywhere. Learn to get out and start working even if you have only a few minutes. This kit can fit in a baggie so you can carry it conveniently on all your travels. At the end of this workshop you will know the basics for continuing to work on location on your own. You will learn to relax and be with nature through the process of observing and painting.

To register for the new adult classes at Clementine Studio please email or call 303.444.1862. Or visit for more information.

Spring Painting Classes with Lael Har

Spring Fever, plein-air painting in Acrylic.  Wednesday May 11th – June 8th, 10-12:30, $150
Learn to attune to your creative spirit in nature and enjoy painting outdoors with acrylics. We will learn techniques of mixing paints, using brush and pallet knife, understanding composition, perspective, and light.
Class will include demos, painting exercises, and “homeplay”.  Paint inside during bad whether.

Awakened Passion, Mix Media Collage and Acrylic.  Friday May 13th – June 10th, 10-12:30, $150
Discover your sensual Being using memory, desire, and aspiration through creative expression.  Using photos, fabric, stamps, texture, natural materials, and acrylics to create inspired collage. Learn basic and innovative technique, in addition to how to work with color, shape and form. Class will include demos, painting exercises, and “homeplay”.

Ongoing class:
Creative Freedom in Painting will continue Fridays, 10-12:30 (next session May 6th) 4 session block $120
Let your creative spirit soar in this liberating painting class. You will be inspired to free your creative soul on canvas. Beginning with the simple process of mixing paints, to more advanced instruction of painting landscapes, still life, human and animal form, or abstracts.

The result is joy in painting.

All abilities are welcome, from those with a new desire to paint, to those searching for their inner personal style.
Make up classes available. Depending on interest, classes maybe ongoing.
Hope to see you in the studio soon! Please pass along this email to let your friends and family know about the new opportunities.

Location: Lael Gallery & Studios | 1025 Rosewood Ave. Boulder | 303.324.7980 |

Call for Entries 4th Annual Art Exhibit at Chautauqua

The Boulder Art Association (BAA) is requesting entries for BAA’s 4th annual juried art exhibition at the historic Chautauqua Community House to be held September 2-5, 2011.

This year’s exhibit will have the general theme of COLORADO. Work submitted must relate to the show theme. The theme may be taken literally or conceptually—historical, interpretive, etc. BAA is giving away $2000 in cash awards including a People’s Choice Award to be given away at the end of the exhibit.

Deadline for entries is June 30, 2011 and submissions will be juried by David Dadone— Executive Director, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and formerly Deputy Director of the Museo de las Americas in Denver, CO.

For a prospectus, please visit the Boulder Art Association web site at to download the entry form. Or contact Malia Thompson at or 303-544-0684 to have a prospectus mailed to you.


Register your child for camp at Clementine Studio. You wont be sorry but you will have new art in your home.

Playing with fire … works by Alix Christian

April 15, 2011 – May 14, 2011

Sync Gallery & Artwork Network
878 Santa Fe Drive
Denver Colorado

Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 12 – 4pm

Please join me this coming Friday night for the opening reception:
April 15, 2011: 6 – 9pm

Playing with fire is an exhibition of encaustic works. painted with wax and resin and piment and fire. It is a play with color and relationship and line. juxtaposition of wooden panels to create unified pieces of art. I hope you can join me in artwork network in the Santa Fe district of Denver.

I will also be available in the gallery on Saturday’s through May 14, from 12 -4. Let’s talk encaustic.

Alix Christain

CALL FOR ART Beautiful Art for Beautiful Minds benefiting Chinook Clubhouse

MACY’s and Chinook Clubhouse proudly present
8th Annual Beautiful Art for Beautiful Minds Auction

Macy’s at Twenty Ninth Street ~ May 13, 2011

“CALL FOR ART” To our Chinook Artist Friends

We are thrilled to be returning to Macy’s after a very successful event in 2010 and I hope you will consider donating your work this year.

All featured works will be prominently displayed at eye level which will give our display a more gallery feel. We are seeking only 75 pieces this year to include paintings, photographs, jewelry, pottery and ceramics with values of $100 to $750. All paintings and photographs should be gallery wrapped. We are excited to be going “Green” this year, so would especially welcome art produced with eco-friendly products, found objects and recycled materials.

Once again, donating artists have a choice of a complimentary ticket to the event OR a 20% commission if the work sells.

This auction is crucial to the continuation of programs provided by Chinook Clubhouse. The Clubhouse, a program of Mental Health Partners, provides and fosters social, vocational and educational opportunities to members recovering from mental illness.

Will you please donate again this year? Contact Bobbi Kerridge at or by phone at 303-545-2081. Please join us in returning to Macy’s for this exciting evening!

Chinook Clubhouse
Phone: 303-440-4842
Fax: 303-415-0413

Colorado Mountain Workshops 2011 with Hannah Shook

“My aim in teaching is to get students out of their heads and into their bodies, enabling them to access their own unique expression. Many students in my workshops have cried when they have achieved breakthroughs of freedom in their art.” — Hannah Shook

Choices:  June 19-23 and/or  one day retreats  July 23 or August 20  (see below)

Please contact Hannah to enroll or with any questions:

Free Your Creative Spirit to soar  in the Rocky Mountains

Home base
Hannah’s studio
above The Old Gallery
in Allenspark, CO.

14863 Colorado Highway 7
Allenspark, CO 80510

1 1/2 hour drive from
Denver International Airport (DIA)

Rocky Mountain High June  19-23

Excellent for experienced painters wanting to find more freedom, joy, and expression in their work and also for those seeking to try their hand at painting.

We will be painting morning and afternoon with critiques on Tuesday and Thursday during midday break.

Painting sites will include a rushing mountain stream, an historic stone chapel against a backdrop of snow covered mountain peaks, and an historic ranch with horses, old barns, and antique trucks.

There will be demos, guided exercises to free one’s creativty, and personal coaching in the expressive use of line, color, shape and composition.

Tuition $400 (enrollment deposit $200)
supplies not included

One Day – “Rocky Mountain High Painting” Retreats

July 23rd   |   August 20th

$75 for the day includes supplies and lunch

Please contact Hannah to enroll or with any questions:

Christopher Brown Exhibit April 7 – June 8, 2011

The Highland City Club Gallery is pleased to present:

Soft Rocks ~ Hard Water

The Photography of Christopher Brown

April 7 – June 8, 2011


I hope you will join me and Liz Relin this coming Thursday afternoon at the Highland Gallery.

A large part of what makes the Highland Gallery so rewarding is conceptualizing the exhibits we hang as a synergistic whole.  By that I mean the exhibit in the Highland City Club space, as an entity, becomes more than sum of the individual photographs that are hanging.  To that end, Chris Brown has spent much time selecting these images and they do indeed add up to a striking exhibit!  These images are about the geographical and metaphorical relationship between rocks and water that shape the Western landscape. This is the 20th show in the Highland Photography Series.

Marty Sugg, assistant to the Director, Highland Gallery


Thursday, April 7 5:00 to 7 pm –Note that this is a Thursday evening!!

Highland City Club Gallery
885 Arapahoe St.
Boulder, CO

Painting workshop with Amanda Sage – April 18 – 22

Amanda Sage, a world renown visionary artist trained in Europe, raised in Boulder, CO, is coming to the area in April to teach a five day workshop which explores techniques based on the early renaissance methods of under-painting and glazing.  The focus of the workshop is on observing fundamental principles of light, color and form in the natural and ‘visionary’ worlds.

This artist has been singled out by the world famous Ernst Fuchs recently as carrying the torch forward by the new generation of Fantastic Realism-trained artists.  Amanda Sage is currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA.  See below for more details.

You may also see her work at:

Warm regards,

Kathleen Johns – Shining Mountain Waldorf High School Art Director,, 303-440-9244

Workshop details:

Location: Arts Department, Shining Mountain Waldorf School, Boulder, Colorado

Dates and time: Mon & Tues. 10-1pm & 2-6pm, Wed.  9am – 3pm, Thurs.  10-1pm & 2-7pm, Fri.  9-1pm & 2-6pm (then group dinner:)

Tuition: $500 (for full 5 days)., $350 (for 3 days) Limited to 15 participants


Exploring techniques based on the early renaissance methods of under-painting and glazing, this workshop will focus on observing fundamental principles of light, color & form in the natural and visionary worlds.

The ultimate goal of this 5 day workshop is empowerment, that we realize our potential by refining the creative power within.

Our paint brushes become tools to expand and grow as we transform into living inspirations, and through persistence, dedication and a great dose of love, we become masters…