Sightlines: Feb. 16, 2023

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Credit: Dona Laurita

We love our local arts scene here in Boulder County — but with so much going on, it can be hard to keep up. That’s why Boulder Weekly is bringing you our regular round-up of goings-on in the world of performing and visual arts, film, music and more. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening locally, so you don’t have to miss a beat. 


IN THE SHADOWS: Silhouette Project seeks stories of immigrants, refugees and dreamers

Local photographer and personal historian Dona Laurita seeks participants for an ongoing visual art series called The Silhouette Project: Stories of Immigrants, Refugees and Dreamers. The artist is currently working with area high schoolers for
a variation on the project called Newcomers, but she is looking for people from all walks of life who are willing to open up about their experiences with the U.S. immigration system through an in-person interview and photography session. 

“I’ve done [this project] with all types of subjects from marginalized communities,” Laurita told Boulder Weekly. “Using the silhouette is a great way to get people to be honest and vulnerable while still keeping their anonymity.”  

An exhibition of images from The Silhouette Project will be on display March 11 through April 2 at the Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood, followed by a show at Boulder’s East Window Gallery in September. Visit the artist’s website to learn more.


STRING THEORY: Colorado Music Festival returns for the 2023 summer concert season

Colorado Music Festival has announced its new season running June 29 through Aug. 6 at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. This year’s bill includes 20 orchestral and chamber performances by guest artists and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, composed of high-level musicians from around the country, under the direction of Colorado Symphony Principal Conductor Peter Oundjian

“A festival is a celebration of creativity, and we are so fortunate to bring to you some of the greatest performers alive today, including artist-in-residence Joshua Bell, along with the extraordinary talents of eight of today’s brilliant composers,” Oundjian said in a recent press release. “It is such a thrill to hear today’s voices alongside — and interacting with — groundbreaking voices from the past, giving us a unique window into centuries of the greatest in creativity.”   

Tickets go on sale March 7. 


EN PLEIN AIR: Caribou Ranch artist residency accepting applications for 2023

Boulder County creatives once again have the opportunity to draw inspiration from our region’s jaw-dropping natural beauty through the 2023 artist-in-residence program at Caribou Ranch. The annual residency is open to artists of all disciplines — from musicians to painters, poets and points in between — with online applications accepted through Feb. 28.

Selected artists will stay in the historic DeLonde Barn at Caribou Ranch Open Space for up to four days and three nights (Monday through Thursday) from July 15 to Sept. 30. Apply here.


CH-CH-CHANGES Boulder Digital Arts sells to local media professional

Boulder Digital Arts (BDA), a local organization offering classes and workshops in the creative digital arts, has named Galen Nathanson as its new director after a recent change in ownership. Since its launch in 2004 by co-founders Bruce Borowsky and Zach Daudert, the company has provided training in filmmaking, graphic design, photography, digital marketing, UX Design and more. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. 

“This was our baby, so we were sorry to have to say goodbye,” Borowsky said in a Feb. 9 press release. “Zach and I are just so busy with our other projects, that we simply didn’t have the proper amount of time to devote to it anymore.”


PAGE-TURNER: George Reynolds Library to get facelift by Boulder-area artist

Local painter Marco Antonio Garcia is set to create a mural for the George Reynolds Branch Library at 3595 Table Mesa Dr. in South Boulder, according to a recent update from the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture. March 31 is the expected completion date for the vibrant, large-scale work that will accompany the children’s reading area at the library.   

“Marco is a self-taught artist who is rooted in his Mexican Culture and inspired by the detailed paintings of the Alebrije wooden mythical animals that were popularized in Mexico in the ’70s and ’80s, Ancient Mayan Art, and famous Mexican artists including Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo and Diego Rivera among many others,” according to the artist’s website


Got local art news? Email BW culture editor Jezy J. Gray.

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