New artists on display at NCC

Barbara Lawlor

The Art at the Center opening reception is probably one of the classiest events in Nederland. The Nederland Community Center morphs from a noisy, active, unfocused venue for meetings, workouts, lunches and music events into a relaxed atmosphere of gourmet appetizers, wine, music, and of course, walls brilliant with the artwork of our talented photographers, painters and sculptors.
Guests meander from downstairs to upstairs, enjoying the beauty, discussing it with other guests and grabbing a nibble as they move through the building. Many of the artists whose work is on display attend the event, happy to answer questions about how their creations came about.
Last Thursday, Jan. 24, more than 100 people attended the 11th opening of the Art at the Center. Live Music Trio, a local string band, promoted smiles with their guitar, dulcimer and fiddle. Bill Ikler, Laura Fisher and Debbie Smiley also performed on Thursday.
Platters of fruit and cheese, olives and fresh vegetables were wedged next to finger food that was exquisitely prepared by local chef Kim Culver. Three new artists were among the 18 represented: Local Realtor Nancy Kirkendall, Fernando Boza and Peter Smith.
Boza is a Boulder photographer who combines his passion for the outdoors with his love of photography to create intimate and vibrant images of nature. His photograph of three geese on a calm lake with majestic mountains above them offers the viewer to stop and feel the powerful peace of the photo.
Peter Smith’s photo of a frost-furry fence against a cold blue snow and mountain nightscape is stunning in its contrast. Smith has kept his photographic talent a secret until now and his photograph impressed a number of voters.
Nancy Kirkendall, a local realtor, caught the light and color of a sunflower field as well a golden aspen grove, “Gold Rush,” who drew comments such as “It feels like home,” and “I feel like I’m in the golden woods.”
Rather than have people vote for the best of photography, painting or mixed media, the ATC committee asked voters to name their favorite pieces. A photograph of a fox in his autumn environment named, “Encounter” drew the most votes, followed by Karam Mishalani’s Eldora Fox, who had one vote less. She managed to capture the backlighting which gave the fox the appearance of smiling at the camera.
Vera Berv’s “Dandy Dog” was admired for the way she captured the animal’s ‘sweet eyes.’ Carol Cavalaris’s “Three Owl Moon” and “Goddess of Healing” drew her usual bunch of fans. Annie Thayer’s spectacular watercolor, “Playing in the Surf,” was evidence to her growing talent. One person wrote, “I hear the gulls and feel the spray.”
The next Art at the Center reception will be on Friday, June 7. Work may be submitted on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. For more information, visit