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About the Carnegie Center for Creativity

The Carnegie Center for Creativity (Carnegie) at the Historic Carnegie Building is owned and operated by the City of Fort Collins. The Carnegie is home to public gallery, classroom, and meeting spaces that are available to rent for exhibition, performance, teaching and event purposes. The Carnegie is intended to be used by artists from various disciplines, employing a wide range of artistic expressions. The Carnegie is also home to the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District and Fort Collins Public Media.

An Exhibit of Art from Life’s Layers, November 6-16

An Exhibit of Art from Life’s Layers

Mary Kirby, Lynne DeNio, Lola C. Sorensen, and Sue Taylor

Artists' Reception: November 8, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Chasing Light: Northern Colorado Plein Air Artists, November 20-30

Marilynn Brandenburger

It's 25° along the Poudre River and a dozen goosedown-jacketed figures have been standing in the snow, barely moving, for the past three hours. Who would do such a thing? Why, members of the Northern Colorado Plein Air Artists, that's who. Committed to painting the landscape in all weather — after all, “plein air,” the painting style of the French Impressionists, means painting in the “open air” — they meet every Friday throughout the year to paint, sun, rain or snow. Now's the chance to see what they've been up to at their 8th annual exhibit at the Carnegie Center for Creativity.

The show's opening reception, when the artists will be on hand to meet the public, will take place Friday, November 22, 5 - 8 pm.

Saturday, November 23rd

1:00 - Paint Outside the Box: The History of Plein Air Painting and Variations in Style - Carl Judson,  Owner of Judson’s Art Outfitters, Livermore, CO, and founder of the Guerilla Painter line of plein air pochade boxes,                           

2:00 - An Artist’s View of Art Connoisseurship and Collecting - Scott Ruthven, Fort Collins painter and instructor,                           

3:00 - Travel Journaling with Richard Schilling -  Loveland author and Illustrator of artist journals and travel books including: Portraits of the Prairie,  The Forgotten Edge of Russia, Portraits of the Sandhills and Watercolor Journeys,                      

4:00 – Framing your Artwork - Colorado Frames                       

Creative Black Friday, November 29th

1:00 -  Finishing Techniques - How to Improve Your Painting - Danna Hildebrand, local painter and former art instructor at Sheridan College, who works in oil, watercolor, drawing, and pastels.                     

2:00 - Plein Air as a Contemplative Practice - Margueritte Meier, Fort Collins painter and instructor in healing arts who focuses on the beauty, mystery and power of nature within the genre of contemporary realism,

3:00 - Fun and Easy Ways to Decorate with Art - Scott Ruthven, Fort Collins painter and instructor, 

Saturday, November 30th

12 – 5 –Participating Artists' demonstrations

Events are free and the exhibited artwork will be for sale.

Participating artists: Kevin Aldrich,  Marilynn Brandenburger (shown),  Andy Brown, Jenifer Cline, Ann Delzell, Andrea Gabel, Cheryl Gratias, Danna Hildebrand, Patty Hughes, Ken Knox, Linda Kolba, Mary Landis, Margueritte Meier, Scott Ruthven, and Barb Smith