Fine Craft Invitational

Fine Craft Invitational

Ron Gerton,  I'll Never Forget You , laser cut wood scraps, acrylic

Ron Gerton, I'll Never Forget You, laser cut wood scraps, acrylic


The Foothills Art Center is pleased to present a group exhibition of Fine Craft featuring outstanding American artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metals, and wood. The “Fine Craft Invitational” will run from June 24 – September 4, 2016 with a member preview Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Fine Craft is known for high quality artworks created with time-honored processes.  The techniques have been passed down throughout history from one artist to the next. Originally many of these creations were functional, which set them apart from so-called fine art works. However, in recent years, many practitioners of Fine Craft have blurred this division by using traditional craft media to express concepts or explore ideas. As a result, the line dividing Contemporary Fine Craft and Fine Art has become obscured. Form no longer needs to follow function.

Fine Craft Invitational  at Foothills Art Center

Fine Craft Invitational at Foothills Art Center

Mastering craft techniques takes years of formal training followed my many more years to develop a personal aesthetic. Whether educated in a University or as an apprentice, those techniques are taught with a focus on fundamentals.  Most clay students are first taught how to throw a bowl, most metal students to form a ring.  Many contemporary craftspeople continue to create functional pieces. Even so, more and more students emerging from craft programs are creating conceptual, or idea-based, forms while continuing to display a reverence for the media and technique by creating work with the highest level of craftsmanship.

In recent years many craft artists have begun using traditional craft techniques to create concept based sculptural forms rather than functional objects.  This exhibition seeks to showcase some of the finest examples of this exciting change in the Fine Craft movement.  Six Artists will be featured in the show: Cleveland glass artist Brent Kee Young, San Francisco clay artist Bean Finneran, Washington State wood turner Ron Gerton, basketry artist Carol Eckert, Denver metalsmith-sculptor Ira Sherman, and Fort Collins textile artist Jan R. Carson.  Each artist will be exhibiting major bodies of their work.

Fine Craft Invitational is on view through September 4, 2016.

Mountain Standard Clay

Mountain Standard Clay

April 16 - June 12, 2016

Colorado Clay has been expanded to Mountain Standard Clay to highlight the quality and diversity of ceramic art in the region. In this exhibition visitors will see how the 27,000 year-old clay tradition is being transformed by contemporary artists who are pushing the boundaries of the medium. Ranging from the minimal to the baroque, the quirky to the elegant, the works of art in this exhibition will change your ideas about the power of clay to communicate a wide variety of ideas, concepts and attitudes. Nationally-recognized ceramics scholar Peter Held selected 39 works by 23 artists from over 225 entries to the exhibition, in addition to 4 invited artists.


K. Rhynus Cesark >
Samuel Chung >
Jason Kishell >
Claire McArdle >


Teresa Brooks >
Corie Cole >
Jay Dougan >
Carol Fennell >
Jonathan Kaplan >
Carla Kappa >
James Kelly
Carol Kliger >
Jamie Lang >
Ian Mabry
Lauren Mayer >
David Meiklejohn >
Rhett Moak
Paul F. Morris >
April Noble >
Bennett Onsager
Mike Rand >
Jerry Rhodes >
Phyllis Savage >
Heidi Somsen >
Devon Sullivan
Karl Yost >
Sheryl Zacharia >


Holiday Art Market 2015

November 14 - December 31, 2015

Join Foothills Art Center for a holiday tradition. Shop gifts by more than 80 Colorado artists working in the highest standards of handcraft. With fine ceramics, fiber, glasswork, jewelry, paintings, woodworking, photography, holiday items, and more, there’s something special for everyone to celebrate the season.

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia 2015

September 19 – October 25

Since 1974, when community watercolor artists approached then Director Marion Metsopoulos with the idea of a national watercolor show, Foothills Art Center has established its own interpretation of this exhibition by introducing “watermedia” as its emphasis. The goal was, and still is, to reach beyond the tradition of pure watercolor and embrace innovation in water-based media that now includes acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempera, and mixed media.

Now in its 42nd year this is a perennial favorite of Foothills Art Center’s members and guests.   The exhibition will feature approximately 70 works of art by national artists working in watermedia. In 2015, the juror will be internationally renowned artist and teacher Mark Mehaffey. He will be conducting a watercolor workshop from August 4-6, 2015 at Foothills Art Center.

Exhibiting Artists

Patricia Abraham – Roseville, CA
Melissa Adkison – Novato, CA
Ruth Armitage – Oregon City, OR –
Denise Athanas – Mt. Pleasant, SC
Linda Baker – Charleston, SC
Carole Barnes – Boulder, CO –
Miles Batt, Sr – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Joe Beckner – Lakewood, CO
Frederick Bidigare – Fenton, MI
Marilyn Bourbon – Coppell, TX
Sarah Bouwsma – Portland, OR
Jerry Bowman – Lawton, MI
Judy Boyd – Santa Fe, NM
Peggy Brown – Nashville, IN
Tanis Bula – Denver, CO
Chris Campbell – Boulder, CO
Jim Carpenter – Gainesville, FL
David Castle – Columbus, OH
Tim Collins – Laramie, WY
Kathleen Conover – Marquette, MI
Nina Cravens-Fry – Pueblo, CO
Elaine Daily-Birnbaum – Madison, WI
Gail Delger – Mckinney, TX
Pat Dews – Hobe Sound, FL
Kathleen Florance – Rockland, ME
Paul Foster – Centennial, CO
Carol Frye – Lakeland, FL
Thomas Funderburk – Starkville, MS
Laurie Goldstein-Warren – Buckhannon, WV
Peter Gooch – Bryan, OH
Steve Griggs – Centennial, CO
Pamela Gilmore Hake – Elizabeth, CO
Lynne Hardwick – Summerville, SC

Marilyn Hill – San Pablo, CA
Shelley Hull – Denver, CO
John James – Arlington, TX
Shirley Kleppe – Scottsdale, AZ
Karen Knutson – Eden Prairie, MN
Chris Krupinski – Fairfax, VA
Robbie Laird – Lake Almanor, CA
Jan Ledbetter – Williamsburg, VA
Terry Maxwell – Emporia, KS
Mark Mcdermott – Anchorage, AK
Susan Montague – Denver, CO
Kay Moore – Parker, CO
Pat Moseuk – Concord, CA
Barbara Olsen – Fort Collins, CO
Douglas Osa – Olathe, KS
Brian Paulsen – Grand Forks, ND
Gregory Porcaro – Whitewater, WI
Karen Poulson – Broomfield, CO
Claudia Roulier – Idledale, CO
Don Sayers – Niwot, CO
Darcy Scott – Bloomfield Hills, MI
Catherine Scott – Berthoud, CO
Ashley Harrison Smith – Silver Spring, MD
Carol Staub – St. Lucie West, FL
Dashuai Sun – Elmhurst, NY
Brenda Turner – Savannah, GA
Myrna Wacknov – Foster City, CA
Soon Warren – Fort Worth, TX
Chavanthop Watanakul – Sedalia, CO
Lorraine Watry – Colorado Springs, CO
David Wicks – Morrison, CO
Dianne Widom – Erie, CO
Barbara Yoerg – Las Vegas, NV

Ansel Adams: Masterworks From the Collection of the Turtle Bay Exploration Center, Redding CA

June 13 – August 30, 2015

From June 13 through August 30th the Foothills Art Center will present Ansel Adams: Masterworks, a traveling exhibition of photographs by legendary photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984). The exhibition consists of 48 works from the Museum Set, a portfolio hand-selected by Adams to represent his best work.

The photographs presented in Ansel Adams: Masterworks reveal the importance Adams placed on the visual splendor of natural environments such as the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite Valley and New Mexico. Landmark photographs such as Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California and Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico are included in the exhibition. It is through Adams’ photographs that many Americans have come to know these places. Also on display will be examples of mountaineering photography from the late 19th century to the present from Vittorio Sella and Bradford Washburn.

This exhibition was organized by The Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA. Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Spectacular Summits: Mountaineering Photographs by Vittorio Sella and Bradford Washburn 

To augment the exhibition and provide context for Adam’s groundbreaking photographs, Foothills Art Center, working with the American Alpine Club Library, has organized an exhibition of the historic mountaineering photographs by Vittorio Sella (1859-1943) and Bradford Washburn (1910-2007). Important early photographs of the Himalayas, including K-2 and Siniolchu by Sella from a 1909 Italian expedition are highlighted as well as breathtaking aerial photographs of Alaska and the Alps by Washburn.

This show was organized in collaboration with The Henry S. Hall American Alpine Club Library and the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. 

Please note that no photographs, beverages or food of any kind are allowed anywhere in the main gallery.

FAC Member Show 2015

May 26 - July 10, 2015

Foothills Art Center artist members have been the foundation of the institution since 1968.  From the earliest years through the late 1980’s, Foothills Art Center featured art-work by members in an annual exhibition.   In 2014, we brought this exhibition back to our Community Gallery, and we are pleased to feature artwork by our members again this year.

This highly competitive exhibition truly showcases the very best examples of the diverse media and topics covered by artist members.  77 works of art were submitted, and only 28 were selected, representing the very best of the craftsmanship and technique as well as the subject matter chosen by the artist.

From watercolor to wood and abstraction to realism, the art members of Foothills Art Center display a diversity of talent.  Exhibiting artist members include:

Jean Brodie
Ann Caffrey
Becky Chapman
Kathy Cranmer
Charlesanna Detra
Marcie Emily
Alice Faye Conn
Michael Gabridge
Gale Gatto
David B. Hawley

Edward Kosinski
Joe Lhotka
James F. Matera
Helen McKeown
Alma Mueller
Thomas Nasky
Alan Noble
Harry Olsson
Jim Reid
Claudia Roulier

Max Ruppeck
Joyce Shelton
Linda Stevinson
T.E. Stewart
Lynda Tygart
Mary Jo Watlington
Carol Weir
Douglas Allen Whitter

Passion for Glass: Art Glass from Colorado Collections

April 4-  May 31, 2015

This exhibition will feature approximately 100 important works by American, European, Australian, and Japanese glass artists from seven Colorado private glass collections. It will present a comprehensive view of international glass movements from the 19th through the 21st centuries.

Featuring objects created between 1886 and the present, A Passion for Glass: Art Glass from Colorado Collections, will be the first exhibition in the Denver metro area to highlight the depth and quality of art glass in Colorado private collections. Among the contemporary studio glass artists included in the exhibition are Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Harvey Littleton, William Morris, Toots Zynsky, Dan Dailey, Karen LaMonte, and Bertil Vallien. Historic factory glass will be represented by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Daum Frères, and Nancy and Loetz Witwe.

Collectors include:
Judy and Stuart Heller Collection
Karen and Daniel Johnese Collection
Sandy and Duke Kaminsky Collection
Rosemarie Wipfelder Kumpe and David Kumpe Collection
Jerome J. Landy M.D., Ph. D. Collection
Jon C. and Judith S. Liebman Collection
Donna and Mickey Mandel Collection

Exhibition Support by Field Art Services LLC


Colorado Creates Glass

March 17 – May 15, 2015

This exhibition highlights the skills and accomplishments of Colorado glass artists Kit Karbler and Dmitri Rudenko and their colleagues Zack Yuskanich, Evan Seeling and Scott Gamble at Blake Street Glass, Milton Tomlinson, Corey Silverman and Horace Marlowe of C &H Glass and Paul Lockwood. The art of blowing, lampworking, cold working or casting glass requires not only skill, but many years of apprenticeship and practice to perfect. The artists presented here represent many, but certainly not all, the outstanding glass artists in Colorado.

Beyond Words: Contemporary Book Art

January 24 – March 22

From design bookbinding to intricately detailed sculptures made from books to monumental installations featuring books, this exhibition will showcase a variety of works of art inspired by books. The juror is book artist Alicia Bailey who also is the owner of Abecedarian Gallery in Denver. To complement the juried portion of the exhibition, FAC is inviting several highly accomplished book artists who are truly doing exceptional work in the field. Invited artists include Brian Dettmer, Monique Lallier, Adele Outteridge, Susan Porteous, and Claire Van Vliet.

Box and Wall Works

January 13 – March 6, 2015

This exhibition features two bodies or work, Two Plus and Lovely and Amazing, by the juror of the main exhibition, Beyond Words: Contemporary Book Art.

Artists’ books can be full of surprises. They are interactive, flexible, richly textured, can be noisy when read, maybe even light up when opened. When they are seen online, or in exhibit catalogs or books, most of their special qualities are inaccessible. Even in when seen in exhibitions, the works are often in protective cases or do not invite touch. Bringing books from her own collection, or lent by the artists she represents, Alicia will give the audience a chance to experience select artists’ books ‘hands on’.

Foot X Foot

December 2 – 28, 2014

This second annual exhibition, presented in collaboration with Jeffco Schools, will feature the creativity and talent of Jefferson County K-12 art students. Each work will be in a 12” x 12” x 12” format and will be accompanied by the student’s artist statement. Plan your visit now, and help us celebrate the accomplishments of these talented art students!

Holiday Art Market 2014

November 15 to December 28, 2014

The annual Holiday Art Market at Foothills Art Center is a premier venue for fabulous fine art and crafts made in Colorado, during the holiday season. Over 100 Colorado artists offer ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, paintings, woodworking, photography, holiday items and much more.

Visitors will be immersed in a unique holiday marketplace atmosphere featuring an array of options for everyone on their holiday gift-giving list. There will be thousands of hand crafted items to choose from, displayed against the beautiful backdrop of the historic gothic church that houses the Main Gallery spaces.

Visitors will find thoughtful alternatives to holiday gifts purchased at malls, and can feel rewarded that their one-of-a-kind purchases help support Colorado artists and Foothills Art Center!

Holiday Art Market Events & Programs

  • November 22, 11:00am-2:00pm Artist Demonstrations

  • December 6, 2014 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Card Creation Station. Participants will create holiday cards for friends and family using festive materials supplied by Foothills Art Center. Free

  • Friday, December 6 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Golden Candlelight Walk. Kids may have their photo taken with Santa, before he leads the Golden Candlelight Walk. Plus, enjoy a hot cocoa bar and cookies! Free

  • December 13, 2014 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.   Holiday Sweater Party. Participants will bring the sweatshirt or hoodie and Foothills will supply the materials and guidance to help everyone create their own most festive awesomely fun holiday sweaters. Cost: $5.00 per person

  • December 13, 2014 11 am -2:00 pm. Ornament Creation with Stephanie Kuhne. While your child creates their holiday sweatshirt join our jewelry workshop instructor Stephanie to create some beautiful wire jewelry for the holidays Cost: $5.00 per person

  • December 13, 11:00am-2:00pm: Artist Demonstrations

  • December 20, 2014 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Gingerbread Construction Zone. Gingerbread houses can be a tricky to build, and the fun part is always to decorate. We make the whole process simple and easy for you! Cost: $10.00

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia

September 13 – October 26, 2014

Foothills Art Center is proud to present the 41st Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia (RMNW) exhibition. Juror, Linda Doll, selected 68 works of art from 616 entries, making 2014 one of the more exclusive exhibitions in recent years. The best of the nation’s watermedia artists are featured in this popular exhibition, including the 2015 RMNW juror, Mark Mehaffey, and 2013 RMNW Best of Show winner, Miles Batt, Sr.

A very special thank you to the RMNW Committee, who contributed countless hours to make this exhibition possible: Carole Barnes, Pat Fostvedt, Randy Hale, Terrey Harrod, Janet Nunn, Valli Thayer McDougle, Patricia Rucker and Joyce Shelton.

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910

June 7 – August 17, 2014

Foothills Art Center is delighted to present the major traveling exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910. The exhibition celebrates the broad spectrum of avant-garde artists at the center of the Parisian artistic and cultural scene during the turn of the 19th century, an era labeled by contemporaries as “La Belle Époque.” Highlighting the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and 94 of his contemporaries, the exhibition features cabaret posters, landscapes, portraits and scenes of Paris.

With Toulouse-Lautrec as the central focus, the exhibition places him in the context of other great artists of the period such as Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Juan Gris, and Mary Cassatt, to name just a few. This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. His Excellency Franҫois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States of America is Honorary Patron of the exhibition.

Colorado Printmakers

May 27 – August 22, 2014

Two of Colorado’s outstanding printmakers are featured in this exhibition: Ron Fundingsland and Jennifer Ghormley. Fundingsland’s enigmatic prints use familiar objects to explore social, political or personal issues. Ghormley expresses a range of emotions, experiences and moments of human connectedness through an exploration of the female body.

Splinter! Colorado Wood Today

March 29 – May 18, 2014

Enjoy the work of some of Colorado’s most outstanding artists and artisans working with wood. See the intersection between art and craft in the work of these artists who turn, sculpt, paint and highlight the innate qualities of wood in their work.

Exhibition Artists:

Trent Bosch, Lydia Brokaw, Susan Cooper, Chris DeKnikker, Cindy Drozda, Norman Epp, Kim Ferrer, Leo Franco, Jon Garcia, Keith Gotschall, Robert Gray, Erick Johnson, Patrick Marold, Jason Schneider, and Carley Warren

Colorado Marquetry

March 18 – May 16, 2014

This exhibition features talented Colorado artists’ marquetry work, where wood veneer pieces are applied to form pictures, designs, or decorative patterns.

Colorado Clay

January 25 – March 16, 2014

Witness clay in a manner that goes well beyond functional objects, and into the realm of fine art. Several highly accomplished Colorado artists, who are doing new and exciting things with clay, have been invited to participate in the exhibition. The remaining objects were selected by juror, Doug Casebeer.

Doug Casebeer

Invited Artists:

Heather Mae Erickson
Bebe Alexander
Martha Russo
Sarah Ransford
Maynard Tischler

Juried Artists:

Julie Anderson
Penney Bidwell
Mark Boulding
April Brooks
Sarah Christensen
Deborah Dell
Jay Dougan
Kim Ferrer
Robin Furuta
Jenny Gawronski
Kim Louise Glidden
Carla Kappa
Carol Kliger
Lynda Ladwig
Jamie Lang
Claudia Mastrobuono
Lauren Mayer
Claire McArdle
Sharon McCoy
Frank Nemick
April Noble
Mike Rand
Todd Redmond
Jerry Rhodes
Maura Rieman
Shelley Schreiber
Bob Smith
Stephanie Thomas
Rita Vali
Denise Whittaker-Hoar
Steven Wood


FAC Member Show

January 21 – March 7, 2014

Enjoy artwork in various media, created by our very own members!

Foot X Foot

December 3 - 27, 2013

Exhibition Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Monday: CLOSED

Foothills Art Center is delighted to present this first annual exhibition, presented in collaboration with Jeffco Public Schools.  Featuring the creativity and talent of Jefferson County K-12 art students, each work will be in a 12” square format and will be accompanied by the “big idea” that inspired the piece.