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Art gallery becomes a market for holiday gifts

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 11/27/18

A new sort of exhibit in Town Hall Arts Center’s Stanton Gallery in Littleton is called “Merry at the Market.” Co-curator Moira Casey has collected smaller artworks by nine artists, which she …

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Sonya's Sampler

Art gallery becomes a market for holiday gifts

“Snowy Deer” by Csilla Florida is a small painting available in the Christmas Market at Town Hall Arts Center.
“Snowy Deer” by Csilla Florida is a small painting available in the Christmas Market at Town Hall Arts Center.
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A new sort of exhibit in Town Hall Arts Center’s Stanton Gallery in Littleton is called “Merry at the Market.” Co-curator Moira Casey has collected smaller artworks by nine artists, which she claims transforms Scrooge’s “Bah! Humbug!” to “Buy Humbug.” The exhibit, with 20 percent of sales benefiting Town Hall, offers small two- and three-dimensional pieces and greeting cards that will make very special original gifts for many on readers’ lists for the holidays. The gallery is open weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during productions (Thursday, Friday, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon).

A special artists’ reception is Dec. 1, from 1 to 8 p.m., when many artists will be present to talk about their work. Light refreshments are promised and a visitor can talk with artists about their work — perhaps you’d be interested in another similar item? Casey notes that the show will be constantly evolving since as items sell, they will be replaced with new and different ones, so more than one visit is in order. Artists: Nancy Larner, Lois Barber, Sunny Monaco, Csilla Florida, Tammy Medsker, Maryann Leake Baisley, Stacy Robinson, Janis Goldblatt and Anna Marie Linning. Town Hall is at 2450 W. Main St. in downtown Littleton. 303-794-2787, townhallartscenter.org.

PACE Center

“Colorado Showcase 2018,” a juried exhibition of Colorado fine artists is on the walls at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, through Dec. 24 — another opportunity to own or give original art. See parkerarts.org.

Pottery for sale

The annual Holiday Pottery Sale in the Half Moon at Arapahoe Community College will be held for four days from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 . Nov. 29, 4 to 8 p.m.; Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ACC’s Littleton Campus is at 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive. Opening reception is 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 29. Throwing demonstrations at reception. Wide price range and size of functional pottery for gifts or home. Prize drawing.

Santa Shop

On another holiday note: The Arapahoe Santa Shop is collecting new and gently used gift items for children at a number of local businesses, recreation centers and fire stations. See website. Gift buyers are selected by referral from social services, schools … It will be held this year at a new location: Littleton Church of Christ, 6495 S. Colorado Blvd. (Arapahoe Road and South Colorado Boulevard), Centennial. Shop dates: Dec. 8 to 12. Volunteers are needed: Contact Anne-Marie Reed, ReeReeReed@gmail.com, 720-936-5349. Volunteers will set up shop in advance, help parents find gifts for their kids and break down afterwards. Cash gifts are also very welcome-so organizers can shop if there is a shortage of something popular. See arapahoesantashop.org.

‘Holiday Express’

Depot Art Gallery in Littleton brings in the “Holiday Express” exhibit for the season, with paintings, crafts, cards. Works by members and some invited guests are available. Inventory changes as items sell. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 303-795-0781, depotartgallery.org.

Rox Arts Gallery

The recently relocated and expanded Rox Arts Gallery at Aspen Grove has paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry by artist/members and is open during shopping center hours, which gives some extra evening time. The gallery is in unit 330 at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, roxartscouncil.org.

Story time

“Making Merry” is the title for the annual holiday version of “Stories on Stage.” Actor/director Jamie Horton will again return to read with GerRee Hinshaw and Randy Moore. Stories will include an excerpt from “Little Women,” “The Light, the Sword and the Nintendo DS” and more. Dec. 15 — The Nomad Playhouse, 1:30 p.m., 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder; Dec. 16 — The King Center, 1:30 p.m., 855 Lawrence Way, Auraria Campus. Tickets: $15-$28, 303-494-0523, storiesonstage.org.

Lone Tree Arts Center

The Doo Wop Project Christmas is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, promising “doowopified” Christmas classics and other songs. Also: A Kantorei Christmas — a capella music at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Tickets: lonetreeartscenter.org.

Castle Rock Band

The Castle Rock Band will join with Faith Lutheran Church Choir for a free Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the church, 303 Northridge Road, Castle Rock. (Rehearsals for the 2019 season begin in late February/early March. No auditions required. Members range from high school to seniors.) See castlerockband.org.

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