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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.

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

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