As artists and friends gathered in the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College on May 30, music floated through the room. The ACC(h)ord(e) Ensemble, composed of eight faculty and student musicians, performed for the opening reception of the annual Community Education Arts Show.
One whole wall displays work by the instructors for the Community Education courses and the other three walls hold a variety of student works: photographs, paintings and a few three-dimensional pieces.
The juror was Rachel Bayse, a local artist and executive director of the Art Students League of Denver. The exhibit runs through June 27.
In photography, first place went to Jeff Bradley for his crisp black-and-white image, “Inside the Guggenheim,” shot from the top, showing the spiraling walkways. Second place went to Lou Sisneros’ “Pato Pato,” a duck swimming, and in third place was “Lost Horizon” by Delores Taylor Dentsch
The 3-D works showed a first place to a handsome woven “Antler Basket #1” by Alahana Pacifico, with deer antlers curved on the outside. Davis Peticolas’ “Saw Whet Owl,” carved from wood, with copper and acrylic, won second place, and an Award of Merit purple ribbon was given to “Shelling,” an intricate polymer clay relief sculpture by Lou Sisneros.
Student painting first place went to Nancy Hubbard’s oil still life, “Ready for an Omelette,” hung just to the right of the entrance. Second place was won by Karma Dingman’s watercolor “Reflection”; third place to David Shantz’s oil “Dazzling Aspen.” An award of merit went to “One Boot,” a pastel by Mary Ann Lillis, and another to “Creek in Winter,” executed in powdered charcoal by Kathi La Velle.
The instructors included photographers Richard Steckel and Linda Sorrento and painters Valorie Snyder, Bobbi Shup, Rosanne Sterne, Joy Schultz, Michael Carroll, Dean Adams and Caroline Carroll. They offer an interesting variety of techniques, capably presented — a good reason to visit the show for anyone considering enrolling in a class.