Windows to the Divine Paint Out Revels In Beauty of Denver's Gardens and Mountains With Over 150 Works by 51 Artists from Nine States

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Celebrating nature, creation and the singular vocation of the artist, the Colorado Dominican Foundation and Abend Gallery & 1261 Gallery will host the Altitude & Attitude Paint Out in Denver September 6 through 8, 2012

Celebrating nature, creation and the singular vocation of the artist, the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation and Abend Gallery & 1261 Gallery will host the “Altitude & Attitude” Windows to the Divine Invitational Paint Out in Denver, Colorado from September 6-8, 2012. Award-winning artists from Colorado and around the country will paint outdoors on location in Evergreen and Denver, including Washington Park and the Denver Botanic Gardens.

On Thursday, September 6th, from 9 AM to 6 PM, the Denver Botanic Gardens will host the kick-off event of “Altitude & Attitude” Windows to the Divine Paint Out where the public is invited to meet and watch the artists paint works from start to finish throughout the gardens (DBG Members Free; Non-DBG Members Regular Admission). During the mid-day, the Mizel Museum and the Foundation will host a roundtable discussion with the artists outdoors under tent near the Monet Gardens (reservations required via Foundation website). Attendees are invited to purchase lunches at Offshoots or Monet Café inside the Gardens and bring their meal to the Terrace Tent to enjoy during the Roundtable Discussion (free) from Noon to 1:30 PM.

On Saturday, September 8th, the public is also invited to Denver’s Washington Park from 9 AM to 11 AM to watch the artists paint works in a two-hour Quick Draw. Afterwards, the public and collectors are invited to Abend Gallery for lunch with the artists (reservations required @$10 per person via Foundation website) and the commencement of the Silent Auction of the Quick Draw works. The Auction will close that evening at the Opening Reception of the “Altitude & Attitude” Windows to the Divine Exhibition at Abend (Free Admission).

The Exhibition will hang until September 29th and will feature more than 150 works for sale by the following artists:

Kathy Anderson, Mitch Baird, Nikolo Balkanski, Dan Beck, Jim Beckner, Joshua Been, Stephanie Birdsall, Lorenzo Chavez, Sean Conrad, Tim Deibler, Marin Dobson, Dianne Massey Dunbar, Pem Dunn, Kim English, Jane Ford, Jake Gaedtke, Bruce Gomez, Lindsey Bittner Graham, Trent Gudmundsen, Albert Handell, David Harms, Ron Hicks, Susie Hyer, Carol Jenkins, Andrea Kemp, Ray Knaub, Terrie Lombardi, Michael J. Lynch, Karol Mack, Kim Mackey, David W. Mayer, Peggy McGivern, Carolyn Miller, C.W. Mundy, Desmond O’Hagan, John Poon, Nick Reti, Don Sahli, Dave Santillanes, Jean Shom, Andrezej Skorut, Jill Soukup, Robert Spooner, Cydney Springer, Cheryl St. John, Carol Swinney, John Taft, Karen Vance, Teresa Vito, Lani Vlaanderen and Kevin Weckbach.

During the Exhibition throughout the month of September, the public will be invited to a number of educational events at Abend Gallery, including the special evening screening on September 12th by the Mizel Museum of “Midnight in Paris,” artists’ demonstrations on September 15th and the Closing Reception on September 29th.

The Paint Out is co-sponsored by the Mizel Museum and Southwest Art Magazine. The event is a fundraiser for the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports the vocations of the living artist and the Dominican Order. For reservations and information: http://www.cdvf.org (Upcoming Events or Paint Out 2012) or contact Event Chairperson, Shannon Robinson at (303) 679-1365.

BACKGROUND MATERIAL
Mission of Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation:

Through the beauty of art, the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation (CDVF) promotes the vocations of the living artist and the Dominican Order. We believe that artists are inspired by the divine and that they have a special vocation to bring beauty into the world and thereby promote the good. We also support the Dominican Mission of preaching, theological education, and the promotion of justice and peace by providing spiritual and financial support to the men (novices) studying to become brothers or priests in the Dominican Central Province of the United States. During their first year of study and discernment that takes place at the Dominican Novitiate located in Denver, Colorado, novices minister to the poor, the sick, the homeless and the elderly by volunteering every week at facilities such as Hospice of St. John, Samaritan House, and Mullen Home.

To cultivate an appreciation for both of these important vocations and to foster interfaith dialogue, the Foundation hosts spiritual and art-related events known as the Fra Angelico Celebration of Art & Spirituality that inspires the community to reflect upon the divine and the important contributions of the religious and artists in our culture. The Fra Angelico Celebration is designed to celebrate the Spirit in the visual arts and the legacy of Fra Angelico, the patron saint of artists and a member of the Dominican Order in the 15th century.

The Celebration focuses on the “Windows to the Divine”® exhibitions and plein air shows organized and hosted by the Foundation as fundraisers to feature and sell the works of local, regional, national and international artists.

Due to its prominence, theme, scope, and partners, “Windows to the Divine”® is unlike any other art event in the nation sponsored by a religious nonprofit organization. Since 1999, every other year, the Foundation has hosted the Windows to the Divine Exhibition & Sale at either the Denver Center for Performing Arts (1999-2007) or The Madden Museum of Art (2009-present). Since 2009, the Foundation has also hosted the Windows to the Divine Paint Out which provides the public the opportunity to watch artists painting en plein air (on location) at a number of public and private sites in the Denver/Evergreen area, and to support the Foundation by purchasing the works at a local art gallery.

Partners:

To broaden our audience, elevate our presence and encourage multicultural dialogue about spirituality, we partner with cultural institutions such as the Mizel Museum and The MADDEN Museum of Art. Our partners also include important local art galleries such as Abend Gallery, Saks Galleries, and Gallery 1261. Significantly, many of our arts-events are co-sponsored by Southwest Art Magazine, one of the most prestigious art publications in the United States.

For more information about the Foundation, visit our website at http://www.cdvf.org or email us at: domincans(at)cdvf(dot)org.

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