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April 06, 2013 - Congratulations Art Students League of Denver on the 25th Anniversary Celebration!

What: Annual FundraiserCelebrating 25 years of the Art Students League of Denver

Where: McNichols Building

When: Saturday, April 6, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75.00

Beneficiary: Art Students League of Denver

Executive Director: Rachel Basye

Committee Members: Betsy Palin and Henry Meininger, Catherine and Mikkel Saks, Margaret and Mark Berzins, Lynn Grigsby, Cheryl Scott, Chris and Lu Law, Wag Schorr, Joanne Katz, BJ Dyer, J. Brady, Carmel Koeltzow, Kim Estes McCarty, Rachel Basye, Lois Paul, Cynthia Treadwell, Susan Tucker, Natalie-Rekstad Lynn, Joy Van Gilder

President(s): Douglas Ballou, President; Tony Noes, Treasurer; Paula Romero Schmitt, Secretary.

Catering: The Three Tomatoes Catering

Music: Flamenco guitarist, Tito Del Barrio Malaga

Quote of the evening: "Colorado ranks 5th for concentrated artists, the Art Student's League of Denver has played a major role in supporting artists today." Henry Meininger

Attendance: 600

Attire: Festive Evening

Florist: Bouquets

Event Coordinator: Carmel Koeltzow

Planning Committee: Betsy Palin and Henry Meininger, Catherine and Mikkel Saks, Margaret and Mark Berzins, Lynn Grigsby, Cheryl Scott, Chris and Lu Law,Wag Schorr, Joanne Katz, BJ Dyer, J. Brady, Carmel Koeltzow, Kim Estes McCarty, Rachel Basye, Lois Paul, Cynthia Treadwell, Susan Tucker, Natalie-Rekstad Lynn, Joy Van Gilder

Board of Directors: Douglas Ballou, President; Tony Noes, Treasurer; Paula Romero Schmitt, Secretary.

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt


 Supporters Carmel Koeltzow and Daniel Sprick
Supporters Carmel Koeltzow and Daniel Sprick

 In celebration - 25 years of Art + Soul

Modeled on the famous Art Students League of New York, the Art Students League of Denver was the brainchild of Phil Levine and a group of six check-writing artists and art lovers in 1987, who officially founded the Art Students League of Denver (ASLD). The six people asked to write a little check for $100 were Henry Meininger, Friday Green, Doug Dawson, Harry Aschkinasi, Dick Ott and Liz Gruningham, and that is how it all began. The rest is history.

Saturday night was a paint-out celebration for the highly revered institution that has been the Art + Soul of artists in Denver. The ASLD has spawned successful careers of artists who walked in the door to learn and left with the knowledge and skills from master painters and sculptors. The exceptional ASLD has helped educate and refine the talents of countless artists who are well known in Denver and throughout the art world today.

 It is part of the history of the League; humble artists who sought professional criticism and instruction found not only expert advise and instruction at the ASLD but many stayed to play it forward, offering their own classes and knowledge in oil painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, pastels, charcoal, printmaking. 

The annual fundraiser is designed to draw attention to the scores of artists who make Denver a growing art city. The funds are used for education and scholarships as well as earmarked for the upkeep and repairs on the historic 1893 Sherman School, known as the Art Students League of Denver, at 200 Grant Street. Each month over 800 students walk through the doors in search of reaching their artistic goals. 

Students can start out learning the fundamentals of drawing, painting or sculpting. They can take their interests as far as they want: display and sell pieces in the ASLD galleries, participate in the Summer Art Market, and enroll in classes that teach how to market, exhibit and sell artwork.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ASLD was a piece of cake Saturday night compared to the struggles for making a living selling art. Fear not, future artists--Denver has grown to embrace the artist. Henry Meininger acknowledged in a short speech that the state of Colorado is ranked fifth for concentrated artists, and proudly surmised that it’s pretty certain the ASLD has played a major role in supporting those artists.

It was a stupendous night for friends, art, painting, sculpting, noshing on appetizers from The Three Tomatoes, sipping martinis and mingling with the huge supportive art community in the Mile High City.

 For more information on the Art Students League of Denver, www.asld.org, Denver, CO 80203, 303-778-6990.

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