Paint out at the history park

Late Irma Wyhs honored by Foothills Art Center's Open Studio group

Posted 10/21/19

Ten artists part of Foothills Art Center's Open Studio had a paint out in the Golden History Park on Oct. 18 to honor the late Irma Wyhs. Wyhs died on June 20 in Iowa at age 90. She is remembered for …

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Paint out at the history park

Late Irma Wyhs honored by Foothills Art Center's Open Studio group

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Ten artists part of Foothills Art Center's Open Studio had a paint out in the Golden History Park on Oct. 18 to honor the late Irma Wyhs.

Wyhs died on June 20 in Iowa at age 90. She is remembered for her time as a journalist with the Golden Transcript, beginning in the late 1960s until the early 2000s. Through the years she wrote as a reporter and columnist, and served as a photographer as well as a short stint as an assistant editor.

Read more: Irma Wyhs — local historian, journalist dies

Wyhs spearheaded the preservation of the 1870s Pearce and Reynolds cabins, and it was thanks to her efforts — and those of the Golden Landmarks Association, Jefferson County Open Space and the city of Golden — that the historic cabins can be enjoyed by all after their move in the late 1990s to their home at the Golden History Park.

The Open Studio artists on Oct. 18 were also commemorating Wyhs for her contributions to Foothills Art Center, which got its start from Wyhs' series of international watercolor workshops. Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St. in Golden, opened in the late 1960s, and Wyhs served as its first director.

A reception for the Irma Wyhs paint out takes place from 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Golden History Museum, 923 10th St. The artwork will be on display at the museum through the end of December, and will also be available for purchase.

To learn more about the Golden History Museum & Park, visit www.goldenhistory.org. To learn more about Foothills Art Center and/or its Open Studio group, visit www.foothillsartcenter.org.

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