Avenue flashes

Watercolor exhibition blooming at FAC

Column by John Akal
Posted 4/26/17


Every good story should have a solid beginning and a strong ending. So this week I’m going to try to give just that to my readers.


The solid beginning is a new show …

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Avenue flashes

Watercolor exhibition blooming at FAC


Every good story should have a solid beginning and a strong ending. So this week I’m going to try to give just that to my readers.

The solid beginning is a new show opening up at the Foothills Art Center. It’s the 26th Annual Colorado Watercolor Society (CWS) State Watercolor Exhibition which opened on April 21 and runs through June 25 in the North Gallery.

The Colorado Watercolor Society is a group that boasts over 400 members and has been around for decades. The members come from a wide range of experience levels from beginners to experts, amateurs and hobbyists to seasoned professionals and includes several nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Their painting styles, subject matter and media are also varied and encompass traditional, representational transparent watercolor as well as more contemporary experimental and abstract forms of watercolor creations.

What all that means is that every show brings something familiar as well as things that surprise and delight the viewer. There’s a lot more to watercolor art than what you used to paint in grade-school.

This show will highlight 50 of the CWS artists and it’s a juried show, so that means there are awards given and the artist selection is top notch. Admission to the show runs $8 for Adults, $5 for Seniors, Students, and Youth over 10. Foothills Art center Members as well as children under 10 are admitted free.

The Foothills Art Center is located at 809 15th Street here in Golden. For more information check out their website at www.foothillsartcenter.org or give them a call at (303) 279-3922.

And now for a happy ending.

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will be presenting it’s final concert of the 2016-17 season on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at the Green Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus.

This concert will be featuring Guest Conductor Alan Yost who is the conductor of the Carlisle Chamber Orchestra in Massachusetts but is also a professor of Aerospace Studies at Metropolitan State University in Denver. OK, I was thinking the same thing most of you probably are. This is going to be a concert featuring the music from Star Wars or something, but no … It’s actually going to be featuring music depicting themes from the Arabian Nights and Persian verses.

First on the program is Scheherazade by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov whose story is the entire basis for the 1001 Arabian Nights tale. If you remember the legend, she had 1001 stories to tell the to tell the King, which she told one at a time for 1001 nights. This kept the King interested in her long enough to fall in love and she became the queen. Ok, I’m skipping the part about his personal issues that brought about a grizzly daily end to the rest of his consorts. Let’s just leave it at Scheherazade was able to talk her way into his heart and live another day.

Also on the program is Rubaiyat by Alan Hovhaness. This is a musical composition inspired by The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a collection of verses translated from Persian to English by Edward Fitzgerald. Guest artist Mila Popovich will bring the Rubaiyat to life for the audience. She is an interdisciplinary scholar and award winning performing artist in multiple dance forms as well as being a poet.

Tickets for this concert run $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors and they offer discounts for Students and Children. You can find out more on their website at www.jeffersonsymphonyorchestra.org or by calling them at (303) 278-4237.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com.

John Akal, Avenue Flashes, JSO, Alan Yost, watercolors, FAC


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