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‘Brooklyn Bridge’ gets tune-up at its location along light rail

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 6/26/18

Conservation is an ongoing concern when an extensive art collection is involved. Light-rail passengers see the Museum Outdoor Arts piece “Brooklyn Bridge” by Red Grooms when they arrive at the …

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Sonya's Sampler

‘Brooklyn Bridge’ gets tune-up at its location along light rail

Museum of Outdoor Arts’ “Brooklyn Bridge” receives conservation care in June.
Museum of Outdoor Arts’ “Brooklyn Bridge” receives conservation care in June.
Courtesy of Museum Outdoor Arts
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Conservation is an ongoing concern when an extensive art collection is involved. Light-rail passengers see the Museum Outdoor Arts piece “Brooklyn Bridge” by Red Grooms when they arrive at the downtown Englewood from the south, and may have been curious about this quirky piece. Grooms is an American artists, known for his humorous looks at city life — and the world in general. A special conservation crew from Gilder’s Studio in New York City worked on the piece last week, repainting and repairing. (Attention is needed about every 15 years, the museum says.) MOA’s exhibit of “Paintings, Sculpture and Snapshots” from its collection will remain through Aug. 3, when it will be replaced by a project by the 2018 Design and Build interns. Gallery open Mondays to Fridays at Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Visit moaonline.org for hours and more information.

For wannabe archaeologists

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science invites the public to free tours, with excavation possibilities, at its site at Magic Mountain July 5 to 13, made possible through a grant from History Colorado. The research team, led by Dr. Michele Koons, is working to better understand mobility patterns, seasonal use and on-site activities during the Early Ceramic Period (200-1000 CE). First come, first served — dmns.org/toursatmagicmountain.

Craft fair reminder

Crafters and artists are wanted for the 47th Annual Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum Craft Fair, scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ketring Park, Littleton, on Oct. 8. A 10-foot-square booth costs $185. Space allows up to 300 crafters. Download application: littletongov.org/home/showdocument?id=16210 or email libmg@littletongov.org.

Mark the calendar

Maya Bemis DeBus, granddaughter of the late Littleton Independent publisher, Ed Bemis, plans her annual summer visit and talk. She will speak about “Makeup and History: How Events Shaped How We Look,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St. Free tickets will be available. 303-795-3590.

Kids Camp films

Families pick their own pricing: $1, $3, $5 for the Kids Camp film series at Alamo Drafthouse, Littleton, a natural pairing with summer reading. Purchase online in advance for screenings on weekdays during matinee hours. All proceeds will benefit the Douglas County Library Foundation. July films: “Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Sing” and “Despicable Me.” Information: 303-791-7323.

First Friday

July 6 is the next First Friday, when a downtown Littleton Artwalk and History Walk are scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Historic Walking Tours, offered by Historic Littleton Inc. and the Littleton Historic Preservation Board, start at the Littleton Municipal Courthouse at 5 and 6 p.m. Visit participating galleries and merchants as well — perhaps with a bite to eat or a sip …

From Colorado Preservation Inc.

Nominations for Colorado’s Most Endangered Places are due by Aug. 20 at coloradopreservation.org. Name a Colorado place that is threatened and in need of assistance. (Of the 117 sites named to date, 43 have been designated as saved, 67 are in progress and 7 have been lost.) Littleton Boulevard’s Mid-Century buildings were listed several years ago and are being surveyed at present, funded by Colorado History. Watch for information.

Summer tunes

Next concert on the Littleton Museum lawn is at 7 p.m. July 11 — The Ransom Notes (folk, bluegrass and Americana). Free. Food trucks or bring a picnic-plus lawn chairs or blankets. 6028 S. Gallup St., 303-795-3950.

Tunes on the Terrace

Lone Tree Arts Center’s Tunes on the Terrace series continues July 6 with the “17th Avenue All Stars” a capella group. Tickets: 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.

Kaleidoscope show

The Annual Kaleidoscope Juried Exhibition runs July 2-Aug. 3 at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College. Submissions of finished work due 9-11 a.m. June 30. ($10 cash only per entry — unlimited entries.) Juror is ACC Art Department Chair Angela Faris. Gallery summer hours: Monday-Friday noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 7, noon to 3 p.m. (closed July 4). Info: trishsangelo@arapahoe.edu, 303-797-5212.

Opera at Central City

Central City Opera productions for 2018 include: “The Magic Flute” (Mozart), “Il Trovatore” (Verdi); “Acis and Galatea” (Handel); “Face on the Barroom Floor” (Mollicone) 40th anniversary. For dates and tickets: centralcityopera.org or 303-292-6700.

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