Local Artists Shine at the Art League Exhibition
The Wheat Ridge Art League Exhibition will be on display during the Carnation Festival at the Anderson Building at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St.: Friday, Aug. 10, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 11, noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 12, noon-4 p.m.
It’s been said that art is never an extravagance, but if hanging an original on your wall has seemed out of reach in the past, and you don’t have an unknown Rembrandt your Uncle Ralph gave you tucked away in a basement corner, it’s good reason to head to the Wheat Ridge Art League’s three-day exhibition during the Carnation Festival.
More than two dozen members of the Wheat Ridge Art League will be exhibiting their best pieces – watercolors, oils, pastels, pencil drawings, abstracts, modern, still life. It’s all there this year, and many, though not all, works of art will be for sale with prices ranging in affordability that makes it easy for a beginning collector to pick up a piece, and hard for a seasoned connoisseur to resist.
“This is the best kept secret in town,” said Pat McAleese, Chairwoman of the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Art Show.
The art show is not a juried event (one in which an artist submits a piece to be accepted by a board) but is rather a members-only show.
The Art League, organized in 1974 and now in its 44th year, has more than 40 members, with most hailing from Jefferson County. Artists pay a nominal $30 annual membership fee and together contribute to fulfilling the purpose of league, which is “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 its monthly meetings, in addition to other workshops and, of course, the Carnation exhibition.
The 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 commissions a judge to 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.
In addition to the annual exhibition, the League collaborates with the Carnation Parade Committee on a commemorative plate design contest which is presented to the first place parade winner The commemorative plate reflect the theme of this year’s parade: “Deep Roots – Short Commutes”. All plate submissions will be displayed during the art show.
The Carnation Festival Art League Exhibition 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.