Art Encounters

The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association is proud to be a part of Art Encounters, a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibit that showcases sculptures in various media and styles displayed in highly visible areas in Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and Castle Rock. This Douglas County project is designed to promote public interests in art, develop community pride, and draw visitors to the retail or civic areas where they are displayed.

2017-2018 Art Encounters Pieces in Highlands Ranch

The sculptures are on display June 2017 through May 2018. All are available for purchase. Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit each area and then vote on their favorite piece at. Voting.

Load the Otocast app on your phone and experience Art Encounters in a new way! Otocast is a mobile app platform for narrated audio guides that let people explore and discover local points of interest. Learn about the artist and the art.

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Art Encounters Award Winners

The 2015-2016 Peoples' Choice Award winner is Puppy Love by Janene DiRico-Cable displayed in Lone Tree.  The winner is elected by popular vote through the Douglas County Art Encounters web site and won a $1,000 cash award.

Visit this year's exhibits and vote for your favorite!

The 2016-2017 Judge's Choice Award winner is Eventide Rhythm by Joan Benefiel displayed at the Recreation Center at Eastridge in Highlands Ranch.  The artist was awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

The winner was selected by Rose Fredrick has been actively involved in the Denver art scene for nearly 30 years, working on exhibitions for non-profit causes and writing about art and artists for national publications. She won a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 2006, to curate a traveling exhibition title "Master Pieces of Colorado," which explored the legacy of landscape painting in Colorado. Her interview with Wayne Thiebaud has been viewed at museums during his retrospective exhibitions, and is used by artists and professors in college curriculum.

She has been asked to jury numerous exhibitions, and has both moderated and sat on panel discussions covering such topics as Art versus Smut: Where Does Photography Cross the Line to What's Wrong with Western Art? Most recently, Fredrick has started a fine art publishing company with an affiliation to University of New Mexico Press. Her publication Elevated Perspectives: The Paintings of Joellyn Duesberry was selected as a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards. Fredrick is the curator for the PACE Center, Parker, CO and has curated the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale since 1997.


Permanent Exhibits Obtained through Art Encounters

Enchantment by Donna Romberger
The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association (CAA) purchased the 2008 Art Encounters piece titled "Enchantment."  The sculpture is located at the Recreation Center at Northridge. Be sure to notice her next time you visit Northridge!

Tigris by Michael Mladjan
In 2013 the CAA purchased "Tigris" which was displayed during the 2013-2014 Art Encounters program.  The rusted and painted steel sculpture is located at the Recreation Center at Eastridge.  It can easily been seen as you drive into the entrance to Eastridge.

Molly, Dieter and Susie by Pat Kennedy
In 2015 the CAA purchased "Molly, Dieter and Susie" which was displayed during the 2015-2016 Art Encounters program.  The bronze sculpture is located at the Recreation Center at Eastridge, rotunda.

Baby Bear by Ryszard Wagoner
The Colorado Yule Marble sculpture was exhibited through the 2014-2015 Art Encounters program after which it was donated to the Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association by the artist. It currently resides at the Recreation Center at Eastridge.

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