Exhibit showcases local talent

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The 55th annual Arvada Fine Arts Guild Members Exhibit and Fine Art Sale has a bit of everything — from acrylics to pastels and everything in between.

About 170 works of art from the Arvada Fine Arts Guild’s 100 members are currently on display at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., through Sept. 18.

“The exhibit has a wide variety of subjects, styles and media,” said Larry Routten, the chair of the exhibit and a Guild member with two works in the exhibit.

From buildings and landscapes to people and animals, Guild members were able to choose their own subjects and display their best work in the show.

The exhibit features a variety of sizes of artwork as well, all of which are for sale. The miniatures, artwork smaller than 8-inches-by 10-inches, begin at about $30.

“The miniatures allow people to purchase an original piece of artwork by a talented artist for a reasonable price,” Routten said.

The juried show was judged by Janet Nunn and 11 awards were given — Best of Show, won by new member Scott Roberts in his first guild exhibit, the Miriam Ritter Memorial Award, first, second, third place and six honorable mentions. Kathleen Mullen was awarded first place for her painting “Piano Man.”

Another guild member featured in the exhibit is Evey Sigg, whose paintings in the exhibit include “Eye of the Tiger” and “Oranges with a Bee.”

“I’ll paint anything that inspires me,” Sigg said. “I get ideas from the Guild too. For my painting of the tiger, the Guild was doing a `Wild and Wooly’ theme, so I found a picture of a tiger I liked and painted it for something wild and wooly.”

Sigg began painting about 11 years ago after a friend talked her into taking an art class.

“I fell in love with it,” she said.

Sigg has been a member of the Guild for three years and she said it is a great thing to be a part of.

The Arvada Fine Arts Guild meets at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Community Recreation Center. Each meeting also includes a demonstration by an artist to give Guild members the chance to learn new techniques and styles.

Meetings are open to all adults from Arvada and the surrounding areas.

The Fine Arts Guild is also hosting an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 8 for the Members Exhibit.

In addition to the 169 paintings on display through Sept. 18, 75 additional, unframed paintings will also be for sale for one night only. Many of the artists will also be in attendance at the reception.

For more information on the exhibit or the Arvada Fine Arts Guild, visit www.ArvadaFineArtsGuild.com or their Facebook page.