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Michigan” is one of seven paintings named for states by artist Craig Marshall Smith, a Highlands Ranch resident and a Colorado Community Media columnist. They will hang in the handsome Museum Outdoor Arts Atrium Gallery through March 30 at the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, second floor. They serve as a prelude to “Intersecting Formations,” a collection of collaborative and individual works by 12 artists with whom Smith has a history: as mentor, student or “artist he admires.” Smith has been Artist in Residence at MOA since mid-August, painting and organizing the 2018 exhibit. The Atrium is open whenever the building is open and there is no admission fee.
The Chancel Choir at Littleton United Methodist Church will be joined by other church choirs and violinist Alexander Raab at 7 p.m. Dec. 10, in a Christmas concert of music by Gjello, Todd, Knecht, Huish and others in the church sanctuary, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Donations will support the community meal, Break Bread.
Fielder at castle
Colorado photographer John Fielder will offer a musical presentation of images from his new book, “A Colorado Winter” on Dec. 14 at the beautifully decorated Cherokee Ranch and Castle, 6113 Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, where his handsome books and calendars will be for sale, with a percentage going to the foundation.
His presentation will be at 7 p.m., with tours scheduled at 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. A reception with Fielder begins at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments, cash bar, book and calendar sales.
Tickets for the event cost $35 per person, available online: cherokeeranch.tunestub.com/event.cfm?cart&id+271565.
Bells at Bemis
The mellow Smithtonian Handbell Ensemble will appear at 3 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton, playing traditional and holiday favorites. Free.
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building is now open seven days a week, while the North (Ponti) Building is closed for renovation — and is a nice destination for holiday excursions with family and friends. “Her Paris: Women Artists of the Age of Impressionism” is on view until Jan. 14 (special ticketing.)
New exhibits include “Linking Asia: Art, Trade and Devotion” and “Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie.” The latter two are included in general admission, free for 18 and younger.
Also of interest: “Stampede: Animals in Art,” showcasing over 300 objects from the DAM collection. The museum is at 13th Avenue and Broadway in downtown Denver. Denverartmuseum.org.
Fine Art Market and more …
The annual Fine Art Market Show and Sale at the Arvada Center offers a fine location to find special gifts through Dec. 17.
Also: the Aces Show and Sale of works by ceramics students and instructors is open. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and Mondays; noon to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursdays. Free admission, open to the public, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, Arvadacenter.org.
Stories on Stage
“Making Merry,” the annual holiday program by Stories on Stage, will feature actor Jamie Horton reading from “Wind in the Willows.” Geree Hinshaw and Anthony Adu will also read, with music by Gary Grundei, at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the King Center, Auraria Campus, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver. Tickets: thedairy.org, 303-444-7328; storiesonstage.org, 303-494-0523.
Photography by Andy Marquez
Local photographer Andy Marquez will appear from 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Remax Edge, in Roxborough, 8351 N. Rampart Range Road, Unit 111, Littleton.
He will have mounted 8-by-10 copies of his photographs and introduce his new coffee-table book, which is also available at Tattered Cover, Outnumbered Gallery and School of Mines Bookstore in Golden.
Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” in concert will be performed by the Arapahoe Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Fisher Auditorium at Englewood High School Campus, 3800 S. Logan St., Englewood.
At 7:10 p.m., the Classic Children’s Corner will feature two costumed young dancers from the Colorado Ballet.
A new ticket package for young adults, 18 to 35, “Pay Your Age,” offers four tickets to be used at any concert, priced at the buyer’s age. See Arapahoe-Phil.org for concert tickets and information, or call 303-781-1892.
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