Pastels on exhibit in Littleton gallery

Sonya Ellingboe

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“Pastels: a Fresh Look” is an exhibit of new paintings by artists Sue Shehan and Karen Spotts that will hang in Stanton Gallery at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center in July. An artist’s reception, open to the public, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 18. Town Hall is at 2450 W. Main St. Shehan studied art for her BA at the University of Kansas and focused on pastels as a medium a few years ago. The brilliant Colorado skies are a favorite subject. She exhibits at Center for the Arts in Evergreen. Spotts has a degree in art from Arizona State University and a master’s in art education from Lesley University. She has been a high school art teacher for 20 years and is a member of the Pastel Art Society of Colorado. She exhibits work at the Marisol Gallery at The Emporium in Castle Rock. The Stanton Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and during performances. Art is for sale through the box office. 303-794-2787.

Director joins Parker Chorale

Paul Smith is the new artistic director/senior conductor for the Parker Chorale, and will start this fall with development of the “Classic Parker Holiday” concert. He has taught choral music, most recently at Grandview High School, as well as directing many church choirs, the Lamont Men’s Choirs and Young Voices of Colorado’s Boychoir and VoiceMale. For information about the chorale, visit ParkerChorale.org.

Sidewalk Sale invites readers

Southglenn Library will be involved in a Super Sidewalk Sale on July 12-13 (10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and July 14 (noon to 5:30 p.m.) at Streets at Southglenn. Children’s, paperbacks, hardcover books, DVDs and audiobooks will be available, as well as a selection of “better” collectible titles. The Friends of the Arapahoe Library District will use proceeds to support library programs. In 2012, the group granted more than $100,000. Information: arapahoelibraries.org, 303-LIBRARY.

Junior Naturalist training set

Chatfield State Park and the Audubon Society will offer two sessions of Junior Naturalist training: 9 a.m. to noon July 13, focused on birds; and 9 a.m. to noon July 20, focused on reptiles and amphibians. Upon completing both programs, a Junior Ranger badge will be awarded. Registration: $5 per day or $8 for both. 303-973-9530 or denveraudubon.org. A state park pass is required. Meeting place: Heronry picnic area in Chatfield State Park, west of the park office, south of Littleton at 11500 N. Roxborough Park Road.

Playwrights invited

LOCAL Theater company invites Colorado playwrights to submit a new, full-length and unproduced play (musicals and adaptations are welcome) for consideration of production in LOCAL Lab 2014. In its third year, LOCAL will produce professionally staged readings of three plays next March at Boulder’s historic Chautauqua. Submissions accepted through Aug. 15. Email to Rachel@LOCALTheaterCompany.org, with subject heading LOCAL Lab 2014—Colorado.

Cirque du Soleil coming

Cirque du Soleil debuts July 17 in the blue and yellow big top tent on the Pepsi Center grounds. The 2014 version is called “AmaLuna” and is directed by 2012 Tony winner Diane Paulus. Performances extend through Aug. 25. Tickets: CirqueDuSoliel.com/amaluna.

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