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DU Women’s Center at Asbury and High, August and September 2016

2JpgPostcard for Work for CAG at DU Womens College 2016 (1)

Nice show of paintings and other objects now grace the halls.  Come see it.  There will be a combination meeting and reception for artists and friends on Friday, Aug 12 at 6pm in the lovely meeting room at the end of the hall.   If the refreshments aren’t enough for you, have supper at the Jerusalem restaurant just a couple blocks south on E. Evans.  Come see the show!!  Support the Guild, and support living artists while they are alive.

CAG Call for Entry Spring 2016

It’s time for the 2016 Members Show at HIrschfeld Gallery at DU’s Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women for April 1, 2016 through May 27, 2016.

We need your best new works not seen at any other CAG show for this show. There is no theme this year but we will be looking for ideas for next show in August so keep your eyes open and check your email for opportunities to submit your ideas.

DEADLINE: To enter the show, you will need to submit via email by March 21, 2016 a photo of 1-2 pieces labeled with the
Artists name
Insurance value

with a subject line that reads “DU SHOW 2016 SUBMISSION”

There will be a $10 submission fee for each piece that MUST be paid at the time you drop off the works for the show on Friday April 1st! Drop off will be in the morning but the exact times will be announced after we receive all submissions via email. Please keep in mind that this is a small venue with limited space to hang so we may not be able to hang more than one piece per member depending on the number of submissions.

IF you don’t have your work completed at the time of the deadline, but you are sure you will have it completed (and thoroughly dried) by the hang date, you can submit your intent by the deadline with details as to your size and other required info.

Only PAID members of Colorado Artists Guild are eligible for this show, so if you know someone that wants to participate, they need to have their membership dues to CAG no later than March 21, 2016 to be considered for this opportunity!

If you have any questions before the deadline, please feel free to contact me directly at

In order to have a good laugh….

Although this has little to do with Studio Arts or the Bemis Member show that will go up a week, I challenged myself to write something about happiness and so I did. This piece is the second in the duo done. I hope you enjoy it. Peace, Leslie Ann Aguillard

Another Happy Ponder

In order to enjoy a good laugh
one must let the baggage fall –
Such a relief when that weight emancipates-
No need for concern someone else might snatch it.
It’s a lot like your dog’s steaming business on the sidewalk.
Honey, that stuff is all yours and you get to clean it up
‘cause no one else wants to.
You are safe.
So, if there is an opportunity-

I know a woman who regards humor as undignified;
a form of low class silliness that does not deserve acknowledgment.
She’s in her 90’s. I’ve seen her smile, and giggle, at least once or twice.
It must be genetics then rather than attitude keeping her alive.
I was really hoping my good humor and positive spinning would help me age ad infinitum.
Now I’m checking out the relatives and noting what has put them down.

Accidental blunt force trauma, cancer from a 3 pack a day habit, cancer from bad luck,
too much alcohol, massive coronary, intentional self-inflicted overdose, no actual crime
or war casualties. So my odds are looking pretty good since Nana was 97, Aunt C is 94, and
several others are living cautiously in their high 80’s.
It’s all good because
despite everything
I’m happy to be breathing
and still making choices.

Part of the baggage I let go
is mom’s need to lord my accomplishments over the heads of those who
said nothing good could come from either of us.
I think those folks are mostly dead.
It’s been a deliverance for mom and by extension me;
after all, at 70 no one seriously expects much about my resume to change.
Might I be another Maryann Robinson Moses fluke? (at 78 she began to paint in earnest)
although I have been painting for the better part of my life with no great acclaim.
At 70, Cornelius Vanderbilt began buying railroads.
Without major lottery winnings such purchases par moi are not likely.
Theodor Mommsen was 85 and got the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The winning History of Rome was among his 1,500 titles.
I still have three rewrites to finish.
At 93, P.G. Wodehouse worked on his 97th novel, was knighted and then died.
The Queen and I have no reason to meet.
What I’m trying to say is that if no one expects that much of you
the world is pretty much an unopened oyster if you care to keep prying.

Let go the ego’s hubris. Let go all regret. Even the very last moment is beyond retrieval.
If amends must be made to assuage some guilt
there are 12 step groups of every stripe and mostly free
and I recommend their therapeutic efficacy –
do it for your own peace of mind.
After which, show your teeth and full throated cooperation
with Life’s ironic twists.
Once you accept that all of it teeters on the razor’s edge of destruction
as seemingly arbitrary and beyond your control as if there were no God nor meaning
you can just move on…

You are your own CSI team at the scene-
The body reveals the fundamental truth
It is not you-
No harm no foul,
so no reason not to laugh
then or now;
if and when
a joke presents
laughing makes your life

copyright@ 2/21/2016 by Leslie Ann Aguillard Denver, CO

CAG Member Show at Bemis 2016

For Labels: Artist’s Name
Art Title, dimensions, media, price.
Artist’s phone number, email address
(and for the sign in/pick up list, we need full address)
and $10 per entry when you drop off. (is that right? more? less?)

Drop off Art (If you cannot drop off your art, designate someone to do it for you)
Wednesday March 2nd, 12 noon- 1 pm (Help to hang the show is hereby begged)
Reception Wednesday March 9th 5pm set up – 8 pm (Please bring store bought,
wrapped items to share?

Pick up Art Wednesday March 30 1pm- 2pm There is no storage at the Library.
If you cannot pick up your art, designate someone to pick it up for you. There is no guarantee of it’s safety if you or your designee fail to fetch your work.
Get your artwork label/check in information to Leslie before Feb 18th. Send to and put CAG Bemis in the subject line.

January 2016 Newsletter

Featured photo by Diane Wood

The January 27th meeting will be at
The Studios at
Overland Crossing
2205 S. Delaware
Denver, CO 80223
7:00-9:00 PM

Member News and Wet Paint

Diane Wood
Diane Wood
Kukenhof Gardens IV

Happy 2016 everyone.
Diane Wood will be displaying her pastel art for the months of January and February at:
North Boulder Rec Center
3170 Broadway, Boulder

Diane Wood
Diane Wood
Pueblo Living Taos

Blue Parrot
640 Main St.,
City Café
1442 Nelson Rd., Longmont
St. Stephen’s Church
1303 Bross Ln., Longmont

Diane Wood
Diane Wood
Quiet Cove

Diane will also be displaying art for the month of January at the Louisville Rec Center
900 Via Appia Way, Louisville
Please do drop by and enjoy the artful displays.
-Diane Wood

If you are a paid member and want to share your news and upcoming shows, please send your info to by the 1st of the month!

Remember to check the website frequently for updates and opportunities!

2016 Exhibits

We will have at least 3 member exhibits in 2016!

March 2016 at The Bemis Library 6014 S Datura St, Littleton, CO 80120 Opening Reception on March 9th.  More details soon! This is for paid members only. Be sure to sign up online  here. You can either mail your payment or bring it to the meeting on the 27th

April 2016  and August 2016 at

Hirschfeld Gallery at
Colorado Women’s College
The Chambers Center
for the Advancement of Women
1901 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208

Opening Reception  for the Spring show will be April 8th. More details soon! This is for paid members only. Be sure to sign up online  here. You can either mail your payment or bring it to the meeting on the 27th.

For more information be sure to come to the meeting this month! The January 27th meeting will be at The Studios at Overland Crossing 2205 S. Delaware Denver, CO 80223 from 7-9p and we will be discussing CAG’s future and member opportunities.


Workshop opportunities

The Curtis Arts & Humanities Center is offering a variety of art workshops for adults ages 16 and older.  Click here for registration information or copy and paste this link

Calls for Entry

Core New Art Space is now accepting entries for the WOW Show -Wide Open Whatever.
The WOW has been a Denver tradition for over 25 years.  They encourage the entry of all kinds of artwork, the wilder and crazier the better. Unlimited entries $10 per entry!
Art must fit through a standard doorway, art can be no larger than 5 feet in any direction, and no heavier than 75 pounds. Painted works must be dry and hanging works need to be wired.

President’s Soap Box

president's soap box“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
~George Bernard Shaw

Hitting the ground running for 2016! We will have workshops and lectures from a variety of local artists and opportunities to share.

Three member shows, one in March, one in April and one in August plus Gathering of the Guilds Sunday April 24th at Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO from 10am – 4pm.

For more information on the Gathering of the Guilds 2016 GOG Flyer

Be sure to join us for the monthly meetings, the fourth Wednesday of the month!

We are still looking to fill a number of board positions so if you are interested in any of the volunteer positions available or if you want to volunteer to help as a support person for the various positions, please contact

Submitting to the Newsletter

DEADLINE:  1st of each month
Send information about shows, awards, artistic triumphs, etc. to:

Pat Swift

Pat Swift


I’ve always been a creative person.  I got serious and began taking classes at the Art Students League-Denver in 2007, in drawing, anatomy, watercolor and pastel. I also participated in several student workshops to Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico with my pastel and watercolor teachers and other students  in the summers.
Painting with Acrylic was something I tried on my own.  Each new medium has its strengths and weaknesses.  I love texture and continue to incorporate various techniques into my acrylic paintings.
Painting teaches you to learn from your mistakes and risk trying new ideas.  That’s part of the fun.  Also, patience, patience, patience as the painting evolves through various phases.
There are also two of my most recent paintings displayed.  One called “Springtime on the Rocks” and the other “Green/red No. One”.
 I think going to the CAG meetings is vital for my development as an artist and encourage more members to do so.
Pat Swift

All Colorado Art Show

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Pushpa Sunder Mehta has been accepted in  “All ColoradoArt Show “.
They have accepted :
1)   water color painting “Vision of Infinite Beauty” Point Lobos, California
2) White clay  pottery,art work    “ Flamenco Dancer “
3) white clay pottery art work   “ Bird of Peace”
The image here is the invitation for the show and dates of the exhibition . Her water color painting is shown on the invitation.

Pushpa Sunder Mehta, M.D

Pushpa Sunder Mehta, M.D

White Lilies
White Lilies
Piously Pure White Lilies

My art is an expression of my heart and soul; a search for “Truth” and an admiration for nature and life. I want my art to be purposeful , free and inspiring.

The will to continue with my art comes from the Loving Heavenly Voice that tells me “keep up with your art”. The driving force in my fingers to hold the brush and create original art is a gift of “True Love” from my family. As I progress on the path of an artistic pilgrim, I seek to engage viewers into an artistic consciousness to love and respect Mother Earth . – Pushpa Sunder Mehta, M.D

Leslie Aguillard

Leslie Aguillard

Kiss from Nana drawing drawing I like to do series.  I wanted to show wrinkles, age, shadows, non-traditional portraits and make them interesting, at least to me.  Originally it was just a self-portrait, and then it was only going to be old people, but I am doing young people as well.   I like drawing other artists.

One artist remarked that the reason why artists do self-portraits is because the model is free, available, and doesn’t mind if liberties are taken with the image.  That is good because I’d rather draw character, and have people like the image of a smooch, and the colors – it’s different, it shows fun and life.

 These are all 14 x 17 on Bristol with ink and colored pencil.   I have sold several of them ($100) and that is, I think, a deal. ~Leslie Aguillard

St. Vrain Historical Strawberry Days

We have an art exhibit at St. Vrain Historical’s Strawberry Days May 16 10 am to 5 pm and May 17 11 am – 4 pm.  Diane Wood will be displaying paintings and some new greeting cards.  The strawberry shortcake is delicious.  If you have a chance, drop by.
May 16 from 4 pm to 8 pm Diane will be at Discoveries Egyptian Imports/Longmont Yarn Shoppe at 454 Main Street.  Artwalk is always fun.
Diane  will also be at Left Hand Brewing May 21, from 5 pm to 8 pm.  Stop by have a brew and say hello.  Would be great to see you.

Diane Wood

Diane Wood
Diane Wood

My journey into the art world began in 1999 when I moved to Colorado. I work in three mediums: oil and pastels and acrylics. I must admit that I have developed a particular love for pastels. Pastels lend themselves to vibrant color. Most important is to enjoy creating art.

I am a representational artist inspired daily by what I see. Whatever the scene, I intuitively transpose the mood and the feeling to my canvas and the image comes alive with color and excitement. I have a passion for life and try to enjoy each day to the fullest. Gardening, another love of mine provides me with flowers to paint from. Music is vital in my life. Most evenings a little time is set aside for playing the piano.

Sailing Anyone
Sailing Anyone

Ruth Work

German born and educated in Germany and France, Ruth Work has lived in Colorado for the past 35 years.  She majored in painting and modern languages at the Sorbonne of Paris, France.   She has studied with and been inspired by various Colorado artists such as the late Paul Kontny, Quang Ho, Doug Dawson and Ramon Kelley.   She has exhibited and sold her paintings in Europe and the US.  Her favorite medium is oil, mainly architecture, landscapes and florals.  She is a member of OPA (Oil Painters of America) and the CAG (Colorado Arts Guild).  She recently won an award at the “This is Colorado” show with the Heritage Arts Club at the Madden Museum of Art of Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Ruth Work Fountain in New Mexico
Southwestern Sanctuary
Entrance to courtyard fountain

For more information, please visit her site at

Christopher J. Schranck

The main focus of my wall sculptures, paintings and drawings is to work in both geometric and organic shapes and forms.  Being aware of and working in a busy format helps to eliminate a central focal point.  The elimination of a focal point leads the viewer’s eye throughout the entire work.  The effect is to captivate the viewer, inviting him to look closer into the piece while forming his own interpretation.  In addition, much of my work is left untitled or with having vague titles allowing open interpretation without prejudice.

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