Monday, April 18, 2011

Meeting Augusta Tabor!

Mary Jane Donohue as Augusta Tabor

A large group of about 30 people gathered at our Art Center on Friday to enjoy a wonderful presentation by storyteller Mary Jane Donohue. Performing in costume, she took on the persona of Colorado legend Augusta Tabor giving historical information and personal recollections of this well-known character. We learned a lot about Augusta - her marriage to colorful figure Horace Tabor, their life in Leadville and the mining towns of Colorado's early beginnings, the birth of their son and her later life as a single woman. There was a lot more to Augusta Tabor than just her relationship to the scandal caused by her husband's association with Baby Doe. She was a strong woman with a sense of adventure, willing to endure hardships to forge a life for her family. Never faultering from her character, Mary Jane "became" this interesting woman for her presentation. The recounting of historical figures is part of a program sponsored by the Colorado Humanities. We have used their performers in the past - most recently with a program about Eleanor Roosevelt - and they are always wonderful. The attendees were glued to every word and had lots of questions to ask "Augusta" at the end.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mountainside Art Guild Members' Show

Susan Gordon assists members of Mountainside Art Guild as they check-in their work

MAG President Carolyn Tegeder visits with members Nancy Brunskill and Lynnette Kupferer as they wait for the results of the jurying.

Juror Lori Williamson visits with First Place winner Susan Gordon about her award winning entry.

The atmosphere was upbeat when Mountainside Art Guild members delivered their work for their annual members' show on Saturday. Susan Gordon was in charge and she had things well-organized for check-in. Nearly 80 works covering a wide range of media and artistic style are included in the show. Some well-know artists entered work this year including Cal Johnson, Sandy Danley, Lynnette Kupferer, Cindy Ahrenkiel, Kate Cissell and Marcia Brill as well as some newer member artists such as Myrlynne Sjogrn, Kay Cassa and Laura Shreck. We are always happy to see the return of this group each year to the LAC Art Center & Gallery - they are fun, energetic and very talented...and a pleasure to work with! Hope you can join us on Sunday, April 10, 2:00-3:30 for their opening reception.

Congratulations, Susan, on your First Place watercolor painting!