First Friday crowd keeps Littleton lively

History, art take center stage as attendees stroll through city

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May 5 was a perfect evening for a stroll in downtown Littleton, and local folks of all ages and interests showed up to look at art and to participate in Littleton History Walks, offered by Historic Littleton Inc. and the City’s Historic Preservation Board.

Many participants started at the Depot Art Gallery to hear/see juror Phyllis Vandehaar present awards for the new show, “What’s In A Name?” The former art teacher at Arapahoe High School said the only bad thing during her happy teaching career was “running out of white drawing paper!” She commented about the winners — the use of a media, craftsmanship, composition, design, color, line, shapes. “It was really hard to decide,” she said, adding that she could only accept 60 of the 107 paintings entered by Littleton Fine Arts Guild members to this anniversary show.

Best of Show was awarded to Paul Nutting for his inviting oil, “Old Town Tallin,” an evening scene of a curving old commercial street. Rebekah Corah’s oil, “Airo” won first place; Joe Bonito’s black-and-white photo, “Cuppa,” was named to second place; and “Life’s Appetite” a multi-layered photograph by Peggy Dietz, won third place. Honorable mentions went to Merrie Wicks, Patty Dwyer and Rita Campbell.

“The Grace Project,” a series of photographs on silk by Charise Isis, is featured at Outnumbered Gallery on South Prince Street. Owner Sudee Floyd also prepared a walking guide booklet, “Out and About,” with drawings of shops and notes about exhibits, special discounts or featured artists at: Patty Dwyer’s open studio, Details; Colorado Frame and Savvy Stuff (Jewelry artist Ayse Diller); Willow; General Store (musician); Rooted Boutique; ACC-Jantzen Gallery and Colorado Gallery of the Arts; Rocker (Emily Her); Think Tank; Vintage Vine; Town Hall Arts Center (“Les Trois Tracys”); Outlaw Yoga; Altitude Paddleboard; Adventure in Dance; Gracefull (dessert night/coffee/pie); Evolution Hair Studio (featured artist each month); Velvet Wolf; Kerren O’Conner; Lewis and Cluck; Intea (Pat Isaacs); Curds Cheese; Jake’s Other Half; Legacy Vineyards; Zoey’s Place; ReMax Synergy; and Woodlawn Floral.

Floyd said she will do an update for each First Friday. She also arranged for a group of artists to take over the atrium each month at Littletown, naming it “Outnumbered Art Fair”: Wendy Seebohar, Karen Spotts, Andy Mallen, David William Ridge, Candia French, Leah Hendricks, Elaine McDonald and Diane Fechenbach.

In June, First Friday will happen on June 2. Mark the calendar!

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