The Shapes of Things

It’s been four years since the Foothills Art Center last mounted the North American Sculpture Exhibition, which had previously been a biannual occurrence at the Golden gallery. But after Foothills renovated the main gallery, giving more prominence to the former church’s wall-lining stained-glass windows, FAC curator Michael Chavez thought the time was right for a sculpture show. “Logistically, it seemed like it would be nice to have three-dimensional work in there rather than hanging more 2-D art that would have to compete on the walls,” he says. Hence, the 2010 NASE opens today with a reception and awards presentation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and continues through August 29.

Local sculptors Lawrence Argent and John McEnroe each lent an eye to the show, joining Chavez as NASE jurists, resulting in an exhibit that’s fresh, striking and visually diverse. But don’t expect the NASE to become a tradition all over again. “We’re not in the habit of doing things automatically here anymore, so there’s no telling when we’ll do it again,” Chavez notes.

Find Foothills at 809 15th Street in Golden; Hidden Gems, an exhibit and sale of works from the gallery collection, is also on view in the Foothills II gallery. For information, visit www.foothillsartcenter.org or call 303-279-3922.
July 16-Aug. 29, 2010

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