Littleton Fine Art Guild members responded quickly to word that their beloved 1888 Depot Art Gallery could open again after a long, dark stretch. They found it freshly painted, with new lighting and …
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Littleton Fine Art Guild members responded quickly to word that their beloved 1888 Depot Art Gallery could open again after a long, dark stretch. They found it freshly painted, with new lighting and a new system for hanging the art. (The City of Littleton owns the historic wooden building, similar to depots across the country.)
The Member Appreciation Exhibit runs through May 22, to be followed by an Anniversary Show through July 24 — also of member work.
Next will be the 37th All Colorado Show (see notice in my column), a celebrated part of Western Welcome Week.
Among Littleton Fine Arts Guild members is Robert Eilert, who said: “To work with eye and hand to create something is a blessing and a joy. I am a perpetual student and by extension a teacher.”
Eilert, a retired emeritus professor of pediatrics and orthopedic surgery, grew up in Memphis, trained and served as a combat surgeon in the Air Force and Marines and then spent 43 years of his 55-year medical career in the orthopedic surgery department of Children’s Hospital of Denver. He cites fond memories of associate Dr. Frank Netter, “who was the Norman Rockwell of medical illustration and education.”
“About 10 years ago, I became part of the Denver Art Students League. I worked through every studio in the building with teachers who are knowledgeable and generous. Three of my friends encouraged me to join the Littleton Fine Arts Guild, my important art community today.
“As a visual artist I have passed a series of milestones: selling to friends, selling to strangers, being accepted in juried shows and winning Best of Show. Even more important have been the friendships I have made in art. It is a gift to be able to follow my passion.
“Today my avocation of painting has become a major daily event of my life in retirement as emeritus professor of pediatrics and orthopedic surgery.”
He will certainly be among Colorado artists entering the annual All Colorado Arts Show, although it is open to all Colorado artists, not limited to guild members.
(See “Call to artists” in my column, please.)
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