Denver Art Museum features O’Keeffe

Harriet Hunter Ford, Around Town
Posted 2/26/13

It’’s been far too long since I’’ve made a trip to the Denver Art Museum and the time to correct that is now. “Georgia O’Keeffe in New …

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Denver Art Museum features O’Keeffe


It’’s been far too long since I’’ve made a trip to the Denver Art Museum and the time to correct that is now. “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land” will be on view through April 28.

There are 53 pictures of Hopi carved figures commonly known as kachina dolls.

Among these are 15 which are seldom found in exhibits. They are presented along side Native American artworks such as the Hopi katsinam tithu (kachina dolls).

These artifacts are much like those that inspired O’Keeffe.

In 1929 the artist began spending part of each year in New Mexico and, in addition to her signature landscapes, she was moved to paint images of local architecture, crosses and art. She permanently moved to northern New Mexico in 1949 three years after the death of her husband.

The O’Keeffe exhibit is included in general admission.

And, as luck would have it, March 2 is Free First Saturday at the museum so the general admission fee is waived. For hours and fees visit or call 720-865-5000.


“The Pitman Painters” opens at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden, on March 1.  Rick Bernstein directs the Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) play, which is based on a true story. In 1934, a group of miners (pitmen) become interested in learning about fine art.

The interest turns into action as the newly minted artists begin to paint, and paint, and paint some more. 

During the day, they return to their regular jobs in the mine.

The surprising end results warm the heart.

As is its custom, on opening night, the playhouse will host a wonderful hors d’oeuvres laden reception, which is complimentary and guaranteed to be scrumptious and bounteous.

On Saturday, March 9, Second Saturday talk-back will take place after the show. The director, cast and crew will be available to discuss the play. For information call 303-935-3044 or visit

“Doubt: A Parable” presented by Cherry Creek Theatre, plays March 8-31 at Shaver-Ramsey Showroom, 2414 E. 3rd Ave. in Cherry Creek North.

Don’’t be deterred by the location. There is a small parking lot on the property and plenty of great restaurants nearby so you can make an evening of it.

For specifics call 303-800-6578 or visit Get your tickets early as space is limited.

The play, written by John Patrick Shanley, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, becomes suspicious that the young priest Father Flynn is behaving in an unholy manner and decides to deal with the situation herself. Richard H. Pegg directs the cast which includes Erik Tieze (Father Flynn), Anne Oberbroeckling (Sister Aloysius), Rachel D. Graham (Sister James) and Ziedha Peterkin (Mrs. Miller).

Until next time, I’ll see you around town.  

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