Local Artists will Shine at the Art League Fine Art Show

The Wheat Ridge Art League Fine Art Show will be on display during the Carnation Festival in the newly remodeled Anderson Building at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St. Friday, Aug. 9, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10, noon-9 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 11, noon-4 p.m.

Thirty-three members of the Wheat Ridge Art League will be exhibiting their best pieces.  It’s all there this year--watercolors, oils, pastels, charcoal and pencil--and many, though not all, works of art will be for sale at affordable prices that make it easy for a beginning collector to acquire their first piece, and hard for a seasoned connoisseur to resist another purchase.

“The show this year will be bigger than ever--a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Festival!,” said Theresa Joyce, Chairwoman of the Art Show. 

The art show is not a juried event but rather a members-only show.  The Art League, organized in 1974 and now in its 45th year, has more than 40 members, most hailing from Jefferson County.  Artists pay a nominal $30 annual membership fee and together contribute to fulfilling the purpose of the league, “To pursue the study of the arts, to encourage originality, and to provide members with the opportunity to obtain public recognition.”

The league offers its members a visiting artist demonstration during monthly meetings, in addition to other workshops and, of course, the Carnation exhibition.

The Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival serves as the league’s exclusive art show.  Throughout the year, member artists may be on exhibit at any one of the seven regular exhibit spaces around Wheat Ridge, Arvada, and the Highlands, including the Arvada Motor Vehicle Department at 6510 Wadsworth and the Wheat Ridge Municipal Building, 7500 W. 29th Ave.

The league has commissioned local artist Doug Dawson to judge and present awards to members for their show submissions, from Best in Show to Honorable Mentions, fulfilling the league’s mission to offer its artists, from amateur to professional, the opportunity to earn recognition for their creativity.  The public is invited to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” by filling out a ballot after viewing the exhibition.

The Carnation Festival Art League Fine Art Show offers the public the opportunity to experience art and interact with local artists on an intimate level, underscoring the value to the public in obtaining their own original artwork.  The League meets at the Wheat Ridge Grange, 3850 High Court on the second Tuesday of each month, lower level, 6:45pm. Potential new members are encouraged to attend.  

  • Annual Art League Membership Show

    To participate in the Wheat Ridge Art League Fine Art Show, you must be a member of the Wheat Ridge Art League and your submission has to be considered fine art in the form of oil painting, acrylic or water color. Must be a paid League member in good standing that has attended at least one meeting within the three months prior to the festival. Members can sign up during one of the three meetings before the show at which time they will get the exhibit rules and a number to get in.
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