Affordable Housing Discussion Panel

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Thank you all for joining us on May 17th, with our all-star of individuals working to solve the housing crisis in our state. We had an intensely interesting conversation about the issues and an array of solutions that they are working to enact.

For anyone looking for more information on this subject or our presenters; links to their websites can be found here:


Lisa M. Calderon – Colorado Latino Forum

Matt Burde – Golden United 

Erin McMillan – Denver Homeless Outloud

Jack Regenbogen – Colorado Center on Law and Policy

Kayvan Khalatbari – ASAP and Denver Mayoral Candidate

Jonathan Cappelli - Cappelli Consulting, LLC.

Cesiah Guadarrama – 9 to 5 Colorado


On June 21st Golden United will be hosting another discussion panel focused on our local community’s issues with affordable housing.


A big hole....


Thankfully, the earth did not open up behind the arts center and ruin our new Courtyard! However, we did have Golden West Plumbing out to replace a sewer line that collapsed the previous weekend and the Courtyard is back to looking normal once more!


This unplanned expense set us back by $8,826. This is one of the joys of owning your own buildings, historic ones at that! 

Donating to replace a sewer line probably ranks as the non-sexiest project you could donate to. However, if you feel compelled to help us with this expense, PLEASE DO! 

Support Colorado artists and give unique gifts for under $30? Yes, please!


Head to the Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center in Golden where you can find a wide range of handcrafted holiday gifts in all price ranges. This is not your mother’s craft market, but a curated collection of artisan gifts sure to delight.

Here are ten gifts under $30 to help you spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank…

1.     Wooden Serving Board, $25 – serve a holiday charcuterie or use it as a cutting board

2.     Bright Kitchen Towel, $22 – brighten up the kitchen with these fun towels

3.     Turquoise Mug, $16 –  coffee will surely taste better in this vibrant mug

4.     Purple Flower, $10  - a forever flower that will never wilt

5.     Stylish Saucer, $10 – a perfect place for earrings, erasers or anything

6.     Blueberry lemon jam, $6 – delicious to drizzle on a scone

7.     Chocolate with pretzel, $4.50 – sweet & savory in one special treat

8.     Dark chocolate with orange, $2 – a decadent treat

9.     Wine stoppers, $20 – Blown glass to perch atop & preserve your favorite bottle of vino

10.  Food calendar, $15 – Planning ahead makes mealtime easier

You can find these gifts and more at the 43rd Annual Holiday Art Market which runs through December 30 at Foothills Art Center, 809 Fifteenth Street in downtown Golden. Admission is FREE. Hours are Mondays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays: noon – 5 p.m. 

Italy Painting Trip with Janet Nunn - 2018

Italy Painting Trip with Janet Nunn - 2018

Member Trip to Bellagio, Italy – Painting with Janet Nunn

The trip to Italy features painting instruction with one of our favorite teachers, Janet Nunn, one night in Milan and seven nights on Lake Como in the beautiful town of Bellagio. Over the course of the week we will explore the town and gardens of Bellagio, travel by ferry to a small fishing village and to the gardens of Villa Monastero, built in the 13th century by Cistercian monks. A full breakfast buffet is included each morning and we will enjoy  Italian wine dinners the first and last night while in Bellagio. Ciao!!

Friday, April 27, 2018 through Saturday, May 5, 2018

Double Occupancy $1995 per person (without painting instruction deduct $200)

Single Occupancy $2645 per person (without painting instruction deduct $200)

 Price Includes:

·        One night hotel stay in Milan, including tourist tax

·        Transportation from hotel in Milan to Bellagio

·        Services of Raffaele Nobile owner of Tuscany in the Frame  as our Tour Guide while in Bellagio

·        Four days of painting instruction with Janet Nunn 

·        Seven nights at the lakefront Hotel Metropole Bellagio, including tourist tax

·        Eight breakfasts and two wine dinners

·        Lake Como ferry tickets

·        Transportation to the airport/train station in Milan

Space on the trip to Italy is very limited and will sell out fast!  A $1,000 deposit (per person) for double occupancy and $1,300 (per person) for single occupancy will be due at the time of the reservation with the remaining balance due by January 31, 2018.  The deposit is non-refundable after December 31, 2017.

Air transportation is not included. We are working with Table Mountain Travel to provide you with access to group airfares and trip extensions to additional travel destinations in Italy.


We strongly advise that you take out adequate travel insurance. Please note that Foothills Art Center cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to your luggage or personal property, nor for any other loss, damage, inconvenience, delay, illness, fatal or other injury, suffered by you as a result of making a reservation, or during your trip. This is a good website to compare travel insurance policies 


Friday, April 27, 2018

Arrive Milan, Italy

Accommodations at a Boutique Hotel in Central Milan – check in time 2:00pm

Saturday, April 28

8:00AM to 9:30AM Breakfast at Hotel

10:00am Depart hotel and travel to Bellagio

12:00pm Arrive Bellagio – check into Hotel & explore the lakefront and town

Lunch on your own

7:00pm Dinner with wine at a local Bellagio Restaurant

Sunday, April 29

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch and dinner on your own

·         We will have an easy start to the week with painting along the lakeside of Bellagio and from the Gardens of Villa Melzi, including view of the town from the promenade.

Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 4 (varies depending on weather, etc)

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch and dinner on your own

Daily Activities include traveling to various painting locations just outside of Bellagio and around the lake for instruction and site seeing. The following will vary depending on weather, etc.

·         Travel by ferry to Varenna Harbour & Villa Monastero : 2 Separate locations in Varenna.  We’ll take a short ferry trip to Varenna, painting around the harbour in the morning. In the afternoon we will visit the gardens of Villa Monastero, built in the 13th century by Cistercian monks. Breathtaking views of the gardens with an endless variety of plants stretching along the lakeshores will truly inspire you.

·         We will also walk or drive (less than a mile walk along the lake) to visit Pescallo: A small fishing village with a quiet, picturesque harbour. This is an opportunity to capture beautiful reflections of fishing boats with an imposing mountainous background.

·         We will throw in a free day for you to discover the fascinating back streets, cafes and shops of Bellagio or take the ferry to explore other towns across the lake. We are also looking into arranging a cooking class at one of the top restaurants in Bellagio (there will be an additional charge for the class).

·         One of our painting excursions will include a short trip just up the hill from Bellagio where we will have use of the space of a small private Nursery Garden with views of the 3 arms of the lake & the hillside where Bellagio is nestled along the lakeshore.

Friday, May 4

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch on your own

·         There is the option to travel to Como town when the open-air market is on. This would be a half-day trip, and then return to Bellagio after lunch to wrap up painting from the week and have a final appraisal of your work.

Group dinner with wine for our final night in Bellagio!


Saturday, May 5

Breakfast at hotel

7:00am – depart hotel to travel to Milan Airport/Train Station – please do not book flights before 11:00am to ensure enough time to check in etc.

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The Golden Glass Orbs Hunt

September 1st - September 30th

The Golden Glass Orb Hunt is a new event in Golden this year! During the month of September, we will place an orb somewhere in the city each day for thirty days, one for each day of the month. Three local artisans handcrafted these one-of-a-kind glass orbs for Golden visitors to find and keep.

Each orb is marked with a special tag and instructions for treasure finders to register their orb at the Foothills Art Center where they will receive a certificate of authenticity. Foothills Art Center is open Mondays – Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays: 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Once you register your orb, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a $200 gift card to a Golden business of your choosing (odds are 1/30).

April Fool's!

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Happy April Fool's Day!

Sorry! We aren't actually offering any oil changes, free tire rotations, or pressure checks! However we are very appreciative for your support and membership! 

Check out our CALENDAR for upcoming events and programs. 
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Learn how you can JOIN the #1 visual arts center in Golden!

Office Intruder

The artists mannequin that's been invading Foothills Art Center has a name - Marion. She busted into our ED's office this week while he's on leave (him and his wife have new twins at home!).

3 Ways YOU can make a difference at Foothills Art Center

3 Ways YOU can make a difference at Foothills Art Center

The familiar sights, sounds, and traditions of the holiday season are upon us. You are probably getting more than a few requests about donating to your favorite non-profit (including this one!). It’s that time of year when we ask for your support, gifts, and donations.

Instead of your support, a gift, or donation - we are asking you to INVEST! An investment means you get something in return! Every dollar you put into FAC makes the arts alive for our community in Golden and beyond for learners of ALL ages. Here are 3 ways you can help us make a real difference today. 

The Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center is happening now through December 30 with work from over 100 Colorado artists. Shopping at HART not only supports Foothills, but also our local artist community. Learn more here. 

The best way to experience Foothills Art Center is by being a member. You may have noticed that our members get quite a few benefits. Membership starts at $35. Skip over to the JOIN page to find out more. An FAC membership also makes a great gift this holiday season!

You already know the impact that Foothills Art Center makes in our community. What you might not know are the tax benefits associated with your support. Click here to invest in Foothills Art Center and find out more.

Thank you for helping us make a difference! 

HART Attack

Our visitor takes out some holiday aggression on our HART decorations.


Visit Golden for the Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center. Featuring over 100 Colorado artists, for all your holiday shopping needs. Now through December 30th. Find out more at

HART Mystery Guest

It looks like Foothills Art Center has a new friend. Stay tuned for more.....

Member Spotlight: Bob and Elaine Collins

Bob and Elaine Collins

It was family members who were involved in the visual arts during both of their childhoods that created a love of art in Elaine and Bob Collins as adults. Foothills Art Center was founded in 1968. In the early 70’s, as Bob was working with his partners to grow and expand COBE Laboratories into the dialysis market, Elaine started the first of three terms on the board at Foothills Art Center. She ultimately served 18 years.

It is plain to see that the Collins’ are art-lovers from the many pieces that hang in their home - some from well-known artists and others from dear friends and family members.

“It’s the arts that give people an expression of their inner feelings and enjoyment of the arts are very beneficial to society. I’ve always believed that,” says Elaine.

“The visual arts allow you to see things with new perspectives and it expands your understanding of the world around you,” added Bob.

They both agree that the uniqueness of Foothills sets it apart from other arts organizations across the country and that its mission of leading and inspiring the community through art, education and cultural excellence has allowed it to grow exponentially over the years.

“The increase in classes for children, adults, and everyone in between makes Foothills an integral part of our community”, says Elaine. “Being able to show our members’ works in the same galleries of national exhibitions with wide appeal is very special for our community.”

Elaine and Bob Collins are more than members, they are fanatics. They have invested time, resources, and money into Foothills over the years. “Our financial support is very satisfying because we know we are making a difference at Foothills,” says Elaine. “You can spread your giving in many different places – and it helps – but it doesn’t make a difference and that’s how we feel. We want to make a difference and that’s the philosophy of our family.”

At Foothills Art Center we sincerely appreciate the commitment from members like Elaine and Bob Collins. “Foothills is an integrated arts institution,” adds Bob. “Not only does it serve our community, but it uplifts the appreciation of art for us all”.

If you are interested in becoming a member today, click here! We would love to have you!


Foothills Art Center Board of Directors Award - Best of Show

Karen Poulson, Expressions in Black and White

RMNW Signature Members Award - 1st Place

Mark Mehaffey, Wishing Won't Take Away the Hate

Colorado Watercolor Society Award - 2nd Place

Marilyn Hill, Happy Days in Darker Times

Dona Abbott Memorial Award - 3rd Place

Jonathan Keeton, The Boarding House, Madrid, NM

Swede Johnson Memorial Award

Robert Lee Mejer, Take PC # 18 Revisited

James C. Harrod and Terrey Harrod Award

Annell Livingston, Fragments Geometry and Change #171


Randy Hale Look-to-the-West Award

Darcy Scott, The Way Station

Meyer Hardware Award

Peter Gooch, Tracks on the Sun

Virginia and Fritz Weigard Award

Carole Pickle, Untitled 2016


Center for the Arts Evergreen Award

Hillary Reed, Ancient Endurance


Painted Toe Art Society Award

Mira M. White, A New Visitor

Mountainside Artist Guild Award

Charles Novich, Two Women, #2

Jack Richeson & Co. Artist Award

Sandra MacDiarmid, Color and Stillness

Dr. Ph. Martin Award

Robbie Laird, Ancient Echoes

Canson Inc. Award

James Maria, Our Restless Hearts

Juror's Honorable Mention

Jean Brodie, Paths

Juror's Honorable Mention

Myrna Wacknov, Doppleganger

Juror's Honorable Mention

Judi Coffey, Fragments

11 Reasons NOT to Visit FAC This Summer

11 Reasons NOT to Visit FAC This Summer


2. We don't have a gorgeous member newsletter filled with updates, features, and events you would want to know about.

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3. The gift shop only has cool unique Colorado art.

4. We don't have Any amazing specialized programs.

5. Because you won't be jumping for joy showing off summer camp work.

6. Who wants to touch and play with art anyway?

8. We Even allow adults to get their hands dirty with Art classes for all experience levels.

8. It's not interesting to listen to the same music that the artists listened to while making their work.

9. A peaceful lunch? Who wants to sit in a cool sculpture garden with a fountain while eating lunch? Not us!


10. Who doesn't want to see a Gothic style church transformed into an art gallery?