Western Welcome Week 2019: Arts galore add to fun at festival

Many events are free at venues around Littleton

Posted 7/30/19
Brochures for Littleton’s annual Western Welcome Week celebration (which begins the morning of Aug. 9 and runs for 10 days through the afternoon of Aug. 18) are appearing around town, listing …

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Western Welcome Week 2019: Arts galore add to fun at festival

Many events are free at venues around Littleton

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Brochures for Littleton’s annual Western Welcome Week celebration (which begins the morning of Aug. 9 and runs for 10 days through the afternoon of Aug. 18) are appearing around town, listing numerous events with themes of arts and music. Western Welcome Week is a nine-decade tradition in Littleton, founded by legendary Littleton Independent editor Houstoun Waring.

 Literary arts first—the Bag of Books Sale continues through the week at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St. Bags are provided, with a cost of $4 for all a bag will hold!

 While most events on the busy Western Welcome Week schedule are “once-only” occurrences, the Depot Art Gallery’s juried “All Colorado Art Exhibit” and Stanton Gallery’s “Heading West” exhibit of invited artists are also ongoing and invite a visit to a quiet, colorful, cool spot where one can catch a breath and enjoy visual art in a leisurely manner. The annual exhibit at the Depot Gallery draws artists from across the state, but especially from the more local area. (Not to be confused with the “All Colorado Exhibit” currently at Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village ...)

The exhibit at Depot, 2069 W. Powers Ave., was juried by artist Desmond O’Hagan, a master pastelist who exhibits locally and internationally. He will announce awards at an Aug. 2 reception (5-8 p.m.), although the exhibit is open and runs to Aug. 24 in the gallery, which is Littleton’s historic red Santa Fe Depot. Exhibit winners: best of show, “Morning Sun on Pike’s Peak,” oil painting by Joann Lavender; first place, “Neon Nuclear Duck,” oil painting by Jeff Velarde; second place, “Dance and Drama,” photograph by Raj Manickam; third place, “Lawn Chairs,” mixed media by Mary Holms. Honorable mentions go to Andrew Woodward, Scott DeWeese and Jeanne Truax. Note: The Depot’s annual Outdoor Art Market on from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Aug. 10 will be off-site this year as it expands to a new spot — across the street at Bega Park, 2250 W. Main St. — which is lovely, spacious and green (and hopefully dry, per publicist Mary Clark).

A little farther west on Main Street, it’s Sarah Phippen’s sixth year to exhibit her paintings of horses and Western scenes at Town Hall Arts Center’s Stanton Gallery, 2450 W. Main St. in downtown Littleton, and this time, she is joined by some friends who share her love of the West — and skills with realistic works.

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and all day on parade day, Aug. 17. Free. Through August.

 Music reigns all week! Jake’s Brew Bar, 2540 W. Main St., kicks off on Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. with the Fifth Annual Honky Tonk — with Casey James Presswood and the Burning Angels’ country music. That follows the annual family concert earlier that evening by the Denver Municipal Band at Sterne Park, 5900 S. Spotswood Ave., with the Rotary Barbecue. Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic or barbecue money. The musical events will be followed by the Sterne Park fireworks show — also set to music and starting around 9 p.m.

After the Depot outdoor art show on Aug. 10, Bega Park will also stay busy from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with a free concert by country music band Walker Williams. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Food trucks, craft beer and wine available — or bring a picnic along with your dance moves.

On Aug. 15, Two Faces West, a rock and blues roots band, will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Bemis Library lawn. Free. Concessions available at 5 p.m. Again, chairs or blankets are in order.

The evening of Aug. 16 brings us to Town Hall Arts Center for the annual Littleton Jazz Festival at 6:30 p.m., featuring pianist Hank Troy and Quartet plus vocalist M. Cataret — and a set by trad jazz favorites Queen City Jazz Band. Tickets: $27- $37, 303-794-2787, TownHallArtsCenter.org.

 The artistic flavor continues on Aug. 11 with the Old Fashioned Cake Contest which is staged in Arapahoe Community College’s cafeteria, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, along with the popular family pancake breakfast. Breakfast guests will judge the decorations on the cakes, which will be taste-tested early by a (lucky) panel of judges.

 On Aug. 12, artists of all ages can enjoy “Create Your Own Pottery Masterpiece” at Hot Pots, 2570 W. Main St. The fee to create a mug, bowl or plate includes materials and firing. 303-798-5242.

 Aug. 13 brings RiverPointe Senior Living’s annual Swing Dance, with music by Zing, The Great Big Band, plus the Rhubarbarians as intermission performers.

 Architecture and history will be the artistic focus for a pair of Littleton Main Street Historic Tours, offered on Aug, 15 by members of the Historic Preservation Board and Historic Littleton Inc. at 5 and 6 p.m. Meet at the old courthouse, 2069 W. Littleton Blvd. Parking at the Depot Art Gallery. Free.

 An exhibit of beautiful, mostly traditional, quilts will be shown on Aug. 16 and 17 in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd., which is itself an artistic architectural gem. Quilts loaned by members and friends are available from noon to 7 p.m. Free.

 Aug. 17 brings the 10 a.m. Grand Parade, with some entries an art form in themselves, plus bands and the outdoor Crafts and Home Improvement Fair all day on Main and adjoining streets. Free, followed by family entertainment at the west end of Main Street and in Reinke Brothers’ parking lot, on Prince Street just north of Main.

See www.westernwelcomeweek.org/events/ for more information.

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