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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”.

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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?