Art Book Club = ABC


Join FAC Staff for Art Book Club. Every book includes a group discussion. Cost of ABC is $8 for nonmembers and FREE for members (not including book). Bring a sack lunch.

Art Book Club 2019 Discussion Dates and Books

 The Goldfinch: A Novel Donna Tartt

Inspired by Carel Fabritius’ painting The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt has hooked millions of people around the world with almost 800 pages of brilliance.

Centered around an orphaned New Yorker, Theo, The Goldfinch painting is what captivates and draws him into the underworld of art during life as a young teenager who's struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of his mother. As an adult, Theo’s life unfolds into a dark, complex and mysterious love story as he continues to struggle with loss, identity and survival.

Won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014) and is due to be released as a movie in 2019.

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ noon

The Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier turns the mystery and wonder of the masterpiece into historical fiction about “The Girl” -  Griet – when she’s hired as a servant in the Delft household, with Vermeer as her Master. Just 16 at the time, Griet is swept up into an intimate relationship, eventually being hired as a model and sitting for Vermeer in this exquisite painting.

Friday, August 23, 2019 @ noon

Support Colorado artists and give unique gifts for under $50? Yes, please! 


Head on over to our Holiday Art Market in Golden where you’ll be able to find something delightful for everyone on your list! This isn’t your mother’s craft market, but a curated collection of artisan gifts.

Here are 15 gifts under $50 to help you spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank…

  1. Turquoise Necklace, $30 – Add a pop of color to your holiday sweaters

  2. Glass Orb Ornament, $19 - Orb hunters these are for you, an orb of your very own!

  3. Mitten ornament, $24 – Add some sparkle and warmth to your tree

  4. Earrings by Rachel Dawn Designs $46 – Classic and chic

  5. Handblown Drinking Glass, $50 – You’ve never looked more posh drinking your water out of this glass

  6. Clover honey, $10 – Goes great on toast, pancakes, apples, crackers, in your tea or coffee, or just as a dab of something sweet when you really, really want it.

  7. Glass angel ornament, $10 – Add a handmade touch to your tree

  8. Journal, $30 – get your creative juices flowing with this journal to spark some

  9. Ceramic pitcher, $42 – Serve your drink of choice or use for flowers

  10. Beaver Creek Print $35 – Who doesn’t like a gorgeous reminder of hitting the slopes

  11. Cutting board, $45- serve a holiday charcuterie or use it as a cutting board

  12. Miniature painting, $48 – A small way to get some art at your desk

  13. Earrings by Susan B Creations $26 – People you like deserve pretty things

  14. Ceramic rabbit $36 – Everyone loves a cute joyful rabbit

  15. Wooden wine stopper $25 – Preserve your wine in style with this wooden wine stopper

You can find these gifts and more at the 44th 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. For more information, visit

The Golden Glass Orbs Hunt

October 1st - October 31st

The Golden Glass Orb Hunt is happening again this year and it is more difficult! During the month of October, Visit Golden will place an orb somewhere in the city each day for thirty-one days and two orbs a day on Saturdays and Sundays. A local artisan, Brad Bedillion, handcrafted these one-of-a-kind glass orbs to find and keep.

Each orb is marked with a special tag and instructions for entering to win the Grand Prize; a one-night stay at the Dove Inn, a $50 gift card to a Golden restaurant and a membership to Foothills Art Center.


October 1, 2018 – October 31, 2018

Starting on October 1, 2018, an orb will be placed somewhere in Golden city limits each day for thirty-one days and two orbs a day on Saturdays and Sundays. Placement will happen at random times each day. Visit Golden and Foothills Art Center will post clues on Twitter and Instagram Stories one day after an orb has been placed if it has not yet been found. Make sure you follow us on @visitgoldenco and @foothillsartcenter so you can keep up with the latest updates.


  • Orbs can be found anywhere within golden city limits that is a public area, you can view the map here: (the city is highlighted in purple). You won’t find them on private property, a driving range, in the creek, the middle of an established trail, and other places that would be unsafe for hunters.

  • Orbs are free if you find them.

  • One orb per person – if you have already found an orb during the hunt please leave the remainder of the orbs for others to find and enjoy.


  • We want these orbs to be found so follow Visit Golden on Twitter and Instagram for possible clues on orb locations.

  • Orbs are placed outdoors rain, snow or shine.

  • We will not always know when orbs have been found since it is up to the "finder" to share that they have discovered it, so keep hunting!


If you find an orb be sure to show it off! Snap a picture of the treasure and where you found it and share it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #goldenglassorbhunt. This will also enter you to win the grand prize package. Or you can bring your orb into Foothills Art Center to enter to win as well. Foothills Art Center is open Mondays – Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays: 12:00 – 5:00 PM.  


Brad Bedillion, Through the Looking Glass Studio - Firestone, CO

Known for his free-flowing, non-technical approach, Brad loves the collaboration between him and the glass.  He doesn’t fight it. It’s about the energy and the flow and that’s apparent in the work he produces. And not only does he enjoy the process he also enjoys sharing that process with others, working with charities and organizations that bring art to children. Because in the end, art is about the connection, the emotion it brings out in you.

For more information visit:

Italy Painting Trip with Janet Nunn - 2019

Italy Painting Trip with Janet Nunn - 2019

Member Trip to Bellagio, Italy – Painting with Janet Nunn

We’re going back! The Members’ Trip to Italy again features painting instruction with one of our favorite teachers, Janet Nunn, including 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 the small town of Varenna to paint along the waterfront in 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!

Thursday, May 2, 2019 through Thursday, May 9, 2019

Double Occupancy $1980 per person (without painting instruction deduct $250)

Single Occupancy $2435 per person (without painting instruction deduct $250)

 Price Includes:

  • Hydrus Watercolor paints generously provided by Dr. Ph. Martin’s

  • Transportation from hotel in Milan to Bellagio

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

  • Five days of painting instruction with Janet Nunn

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

  • Seven breakfasts, two dinners and one lunch with wine

  • Lake Como ferry tickets and entrance fees to gardens and other attractions

  • 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 (per person) deposit 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, 2019. The deposit is non-refundable after December 31, 2018.


  • Air transportation

  • Several meals


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 


Thursday, May 2

  • Group transportation from the Malpensa (MXP) airport/train station in Milan (times will vary depending on the schedules of our travelers)

  • Arrive Bellagio (about an hour and a half trip from airport) – check into Hotel & explore the lakefront and town

  • 7:00pm Dinner with wine at a local Bellagio Restaurant (included in trip price)

Friday, May 3

  • 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.

Saturday, May 4 through Tuesday, May 7

  • Breakfast at the Hotel

  • Lunch and dinner on your own (except one day lunch with wine included).

  • Daily Activities include traveling to various painting locations just outside of Bellagio and around the lake for instruction and site seeing. The actual day for each activity 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.

  • One of our painting excursions will include a short trip just up the hill from Bellagio where we will have use of the patio of Hotel Il Perlo Panorama with views of the 3 arms of the lake & the hillside where Bellagio is nestled along the lakeshore. A group lunch with wine will be included.

  • 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 will also arrange a cooking class at one of the top restaurants in Bellagio, a wine tour, and other excursions if there is interest (there will be an additional charge for these classes/tours).

Wednesday, May 8

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • We will spend our last day painting on the hotel rooftop and share our week of work in the later afternoon with a rooftop party of appetizers and wine.

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

Thursday, May 9

  •  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.

Trip Extension to Tuscany with Raffaele Nobile, Tuscany in the Frame. Enjoy an additional week (7 nights) in Tuscany at Villa Nobile. Please explore this link for more information and to book your extension directly with Tuscany in the Frame

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Members' Trip to Aspen


Foothills Art Center is going to Aspen! Join us as we explore the historic town of Aspen.  We have scheduled tours of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Aspen Art Museum, Woody Creek Distillery in Basalt, and the Wheeler/Stallard Museum. The trip dates are Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th. The trip includes a two-night hotel stay and breakfast buffet at the Element by Westin in Basalt, transportation via charter bus, two lunches, and all museum/tour fees.

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Price includes:

  • The trip includes a two-night hotel stay and breakfast buffet at the Element by Westin  
  • Transportation via charter bus
  • Two lunches
  • All museum/tour fees  




Friday, September 28, 2018

9:00 AM Arrive Foothills Art Center.

9:30 AM Depart Foothills Art Center via Charter Bus. Boxed lunches will be served on the bus and we will stop along the way for a stretch and bathroom break (included in trip cost).

2:00 PM Group Tour of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village.

4:00 PM Woody Creek Distillers tour of distillery and visit to the tasting room.

4:00 PM  Check-in at hotel, Element Basalt – Aspen located in the Willits Town Center, Basalt, CO. Dinner on your own.  There are several restaurants to choose from within walking distance of the hotel in Willits Town Center.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

6:30 AM to 9:30 AM Breakfast at the hotel (included in trip cost).

9:00 AM Meet in hotel lobby.

9:15 AM Depart for Aspen.

10:00 AM Docent tour of Aspen Art Museum.

11:00 AM Lunch and shopping in downtown Aspen on your own.

2:00 PM Meet at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum for a tour, including “Freak Power: Hunter S. Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff.”

3:00 PM Walk to Holden/Marlot Mining and Ranching Museum or return to downtown for more shopping.

5:30 PM Bus departs Aspen for Basalt.

6:00 PM Arrive Elements Hotel in Basalt. Dinner is on your own. If you care to stay in Aspen there are shuttle buses and Lyft and Uber options for return to the hotel. Cheryl and Tommy Tittsworth are planning on going by Uber from Aspen to the Woody Creek Tavern (Hunter Thompson’s hangout) for dinner if anyone is interested in joining them. No credit or debit cards are accepted so bring cash for dinner and drinks. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

6:30 AM to 9:30 AM Breakfast at the hotel (included in trip cost).

10:30 AM Depart hotel.

12:00 PM Lunch in Vail at Up the Creek (included in trip cost).

2:00 PM Depart Vail.

5:00 PM Return to Foothills Art Center.


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. 

April Fool's!

Read the fine print. 

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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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?