Though it's not installed this way, there's also a photo show hidden within Art of the State. Some of the standouts are works by Brenda Biondo, Chris d'Ardenne, John Davenport, Carol Dass, Ken Gunnufson, Charles Lehman, Bonny Lhotka, Marz Pacheco, David Sharpe and Paul Sisson. The same goes for ceramics, which could be the subject of its own show: You'll find the remarkable rock-drill casts in porcelain by Frederick Doerpholz, the multi-part vessels by Toby Huffman, and Gayla Lemke's installation of a spire surrounded by little houses, some suspended from the ceiling. Last but not least is Scarlett Kanistanaux's "Quiet Mind," a monumental head finished in a flat black that is a showstopper.

Since he took over the art division at the Arvada Center a few years ago, Parson has focused on work by Colorado artists. The formula has been successful — as evidenced by the number of people making the trip to Arvada. Art of the State, now midway through its run, has been such an obvious success that Parson is considering making it a regular part of the schedule — not every year, but perhaps every three years. I think that's a great idea.

"Shroud," by Zach Reini, custom machine-woven blanket.
"Shroud," by Zach Reini, custom machine-woven blanket.
"The Other Primary Colors #4," by Carlene Frances, oil on canvas.
"The Other Primary Colors #4," by Carlene Frances, oil on canvas.

Location Info


Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Northwest Denver Suburbs


Through March 31, Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200,

By the way, Parson is also an artist. A solo show of his work opens March 1 at Pirate.

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