How the West was sold 

Fine Arts Center gets a makeover for opening of historical art exhibit

click to enlarge Albert Bierstadts Estes Park at the Fine Arts Center Friday
  • Albert Bierstadts Estes Park at the Fine Arts Center Friday

There are lots of reasons to go to the Fine Arts Center this Friday night -- the opening of the new exhibit Art of the Early American West being the most obvious.

Included in the show are four sub-exhibits that detail everything from anthropological studies to fine painting and propaganda. The Way West: Tourism and the Marketing of the West will detail the many ways art was used to allure tourists, collectors and adventure seekers. Discovering America: Art of the Early American West surveys the many ways in which painters depicted Indians, wildlife and landscapes from the romantic to the hyper-realist. A Moment in Time: Photographs of the Early American West makes a similar survey of the West from the vantage of the photographer's lens. Finally, Gene Kloss: Southwestern Printmaker, hosted in conjunction with the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, offers a large collection of Kloss' exquisite prints.

Another reason to pop into the Fine Arts Center is to see how quickly the center's new director/CEO, Michael De Marsche, is moving toward a full-scale renovation of the museum designed by John Gaw Meem in 1936. New carpet and fresh paint in the galleries, a new video screening room (where the Russell gallery used to be), restoration of the art deco fixtures and furniture, a sandblasting of the faade, and an overall polish will be readily apparent to visitors.

-- Noel Black capsule Art of the Early American West

Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.

Opening reception: Fri., Oct. 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Call 634-5583


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