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Lakewood’s Heritage, Culture & the Arts Magazine

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Joann and Jack Heimerman stoke the fire in a kiln at Washington Heights Arts Center. Jack, one of the center’s instructors, Photo by Lauren Hegge describes this wood firing process as an ancient, high-temperature firing technique where the wood ash and flame produce unique and random patterns on each ceramic piece. “On one side of the pot you’ll find wood ash that has melted and turned into glaze, while the other can have red and orange blushes from the fire sweeping through the kiln.” Washington Heights Arts Center offers wood firings every other month for pottery students and outside ceramicists. Other atmospheric firings at the center include pit fire, soda fire and raku. If you are interested in participating, contact the center at 303-987-5436.

HISTORY HAPPY HOUR Relax with old friends and make new ones as you explore our rich local history. Join engaging experts and guides as we dish out on topics ranging from historical travel and sustainability to the storied past of Lakewood legends! Programs may be virtual, in-person, or both, as circumstances allow. Call 303-987-7098 or visit to learn more! See page 10 for more virtual programs and classes.


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Name A Seat in the Lakewood Cultural Center theater to commemorate your long-standing subscription, celebrate an anniversary, honor a friend or family member, give an impactful holiday gift, or promote a business for all LCC patrons to see! With a $300 donation, the name and message of your choice will be inscribed to a beautiful seat plaque in the LCC theater. Learn more at



Consider a Lakewood Heritage, Culture & the Arts gift card! This flexible gift option can be redeemed for everything from class registrations to theater tickets. Call 303-987-7845 to purchase.

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1 SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON HERITAGE LAKEWOOD After extensive community engagement and rebranding processes, Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park received a fresh look, updated name and reinvigorated focus in 2020.



Construction has been moving at full steam to prepare this historic space for your research and rental needs, and museum exhibitions. Big thanks to the History Colorado State Historical Fund, the city and our community for funding the restoration of this structure from May Bonfils Stanton’s original Belmar estate.

Virtual programs helped students of all ages dance, paint, draw, play musical instruments, craft, learn about local history and much more. It even helped expand our vibrant creative community, including a recent calligraphy student who joined class from home in Buffalo, New York.

Local artist Koko Bayer installed an inspiring print from her Project Spread Hope on the west exterior wall of the Cultural Center.

3 CELEBRATING OUR PLANET Our Earth Day celebration, typically held at Heritage Lakewood, became an online success with livestreamed music, sustainability workshops, art projects, community spotlights and more.

20 WAYS THAT 2020


8 BRINGING ARTWORK INTO VIEW While indoor access was limited, we turned our windows at the Cultural Center into gallery space so passersby could enjoy the art!


From all of us at the Cultural Center, Heritage Lakewood and Washington Heights Arts Center, thank you for your ongoing support!

Abby, age 8, taking a break from home schooling in Green Mountain.

Someday, these hardships will (quite literally) be history. We are living through challenging times and Heritage Lakewood has been collecting images of Lakewood during COVID-19.

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6 KEEPING KIDS ENGAGED From recycled robot artmaking and stop motion animation to ballet and pottery classes, children and teens continued to benefit from self-expression and connectivity via our instructors.


9 EXPLORING LOCAL HISTORY Heritage Lakewood continued to connect our community with the storied past through virtual History Happy Hours, an expanded online collection database, and tours and exhibitions accessed by reservation. The history park remained open to visitors who were opting for the outdoors more than ever before. 10 ROCKIN’ WITH LAKEWOOD LEGENDS

13 PROVIDING STUDIO TIME AND MATERIALS We developed safe ways to keep local artists and students creating, such as offering independent ceramic sessions with access to potter’s wheels, long-term use of weaving looms, and even loaning out professional hula hoops for a virtual dance class. 14 A BETTER THEATER EXPERIENCE The Cultural Center was able to upgrade technology for the theater including the assistive listening system (see page 7) and equipment to livestream performances.

Thanks to relationships forged with stellar local legends, we safely brought music back to Heritage Lakewood in August and September. Hazel Miller & The Collective, Wendy Woo Band, Chris Daniels & The Kings, Dotsero, Timothy P. & Friends and Funkiphino performed their hearts out to masked community members who danced within their household squares on the amphitheater lawn.

15 GOING RED FOR #WeMakeEvents To bring attention to live event venues across the country that remain shuttered in the wake of COVID-19, the Lakewood Cultural Center and Heritage Lakewood joined more than 2,000 venues nationwide to light their buildings in red on Sept. 1. 16 UPHOLDING TRADITIONS

11 POWERING BY RENEWABLE ENERGY Heritage Lakewood is at or near 100% renewable electricity thanks to the efforts of the city's sustainability team. Although the popular Cider Days event had to be canceled, we were able to offer reservations for our authentic and vintage apple presses for community members to take part in the long-standing tradition of making cider. 12 GATHERING AROUND THE FIRE Washington Heights Arts Center, renowned for its ceramics programs, held great wood, raku and pit firing sessions.


We teamed up with our friends in Lakewood Recreation to host safely distanced trick-or-treating at the historic structures at Heritage Lakewood. 18 STREAMING WORLD-CLASS PERFORMANCES

The LCC partnered with performers across the country to offer unique opportunities to our patrons. Legendary blues musician Taj Mahal delivered an intimate performance from Berkeley, California. As one viewer said in the chat, “It really is like he came over for a visit in my living room.” Then, gospel icons the Blind Boys of Alabama livestreamed an uplifting performance in December that featured holiday classics and other gems from their 70-plus-year career. 19 CASTING BALLOTS FOR HOLIDAY CHEER Community groups decorated lamp posts at Heritage Lakewood and competed for visitors’ votes. The Green Mountain Area Homeschoolers walked away with the coveted championship title. 20 SHOWCASING ARTISTS AT THE MUSEUM STORE Just in time for holiday shopping, the Heritage Lakewood museum store was able to feature work by Washington Heights Arts Center’s teachers and students, coming to the rescue after Level Red caused a cancellation of the annual holiday arts and pottery sale. Winter/Spring 2021 | BRAVO LAKEWOOD


LCC PRESENTS LOOKS AHEAD LCC Presents is looking ahead to when we can welcome you back to the theater. COVIDsafe protocols are in place, including socially distanced seating with limited capacity, frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces and touchless ticket scanning. Our 2021/22 season pushes the constraints of a traditional timeframe to include performances that were postponed in 2020 and new offerings into 2022, sprinkled with livestreamed events from exceptional artists.

ETHEL’S Documerica

LOOK FOR THESE RESCHEDULED PERFORMANCES The Lao Tizer Quartet featuring Nelson Rangell, April 9

This Jazz Group of the Year nominee delivers an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, funk and world rhythms. Led by Boulder native, keyboardist and composer Lao Tizer, the band features local favorite, saxophonist and flutist extraordinaire Nelson Rangell, drum phenom Gene Coye and bass legend Ric Fierabracci.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” co-presented with Performance Now Theatre Company, September 10-26

“The Drowsy Chaperone”

When a die-hard musical theater fan puts on a recording of his favorite Jazz Age musical comedy, an extravagant fantasy unfolds in his living room. A Broadway starlet and her debonair fiancé, bumbling gangsters, a misguided lover and an intoxicated chaperone create an evening of madcap delight.

ETHEL’S Documerica, February 17, 2022

Exploding the boundaries of conventional quartet music, this multimedia performance melds evocative imagery from the EPA photo archive with original music for a timely meditation on America’s relationship to our land, our resources and ourselves.

The Lao Tizer Quartet featuring Nelson Rangell

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Patrons still holding tickets for the original performance dates will be contacted by the box office prior to additional tickets going on sale for the rescheduled date.


ALSO COMING IN 2021 Ken Waldman & The Wild Ones featuring Willi Carlisle Alaska’s fiddling poet, Ken Waldman, returns to Lakewood with his musical accomplices, The Wild Ones, and Ozark renaissance folklorist and multi-instrumentalist Willi Carlisle for a soulful evening of music, original poetry and storytelling. Supported by a grant from WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ken Waldman and Willi Carlisle

For more information about these and other performances, visit You are also welcome to call the Cultural Center box office at 303-987-7845 on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We’d be happy to hear from you!

“Empire of Silver and Gold” with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Colombian guitarist Daniel Zuluaga leads vocalists from his international group Corónica and musicians from the acclaimed Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in trailblazing works that provide a snapshot of the wonder of music from Colonial Latin America.

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

A BETTER THEATER EXPERIENCE FOR PATRONS WITH HEARING LOSS NextFifty Initiative awarded the Lakewood Cultural Center a grant to upgrade the assistive listening system in the theater to a state-of-the art induction hearing loop system. The Colorado-based foundation’s support will allow the Cultural Center to provide a much-improved theater experience for the older adult community and will benefit all patrons with hearing loss, with or without hearing aids. A hearing loop system transmits an audio signal directly into a hearing aid, greatly reducing background noise, reverberation, competing sounds and other distortions that make it difficult to hear through other types of assistive listening systems.

Watch your email and social media for additional performance information and notifications when tickets are on sale. Flexible credit and refund options are available should programs need to be rescheduled. Artists and programs subject to change.


Individuals with T-coil equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants simply activate the T-coil setting to hear enhanced sound clarity. A personal receiver available from the box office provides similar sound clarity for patrons who don’t have a T-coil setting or who don’t use hearing aids but benefit from an enhanced sound experience. “We see the Lakewood Cultural Center’s work in the aging space as an embodiment of our efforts to create a more positive and enlightened approach to aging,” says Diana McFail, acting CEO of NextFifty Initiative. The Lakewood Cultural Center is one of 32 organizations chosen in the 2020 funding cycle to receive a grant through NextFifty Initiative’s competitive application and review process. Installation of the hearing loop system was completed in December by Assist 2 Hear. We look forward to sharing this new resource with our patrons once we can gather in the theater again.

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skies, walk in the woods, and see animals return to our cities and parks. This is exactly the phenomenon of hope within despair that artists and independent curators, Anna Kaye and Kalliopi “Kapi” Monoyios, had in mind when they approached Lakewood with their proposal for a temporary outdoor exhibition, “LandMark.” In 2020, Anna and Kapi described the impetus for the project by saying, “Worlds contracted like never before in living memory as stay-at-home measures were observed in all of the globe’s bustling human settlements. Skies were blue again, birds chirped in peaceful mornings, seismologists actually heard the inner machinations of the earth [that were] once drowned out by human activity. As artists we have long drawn inspiration from the environments that we inhabit... Intrinsic in our fascination is how humans shape and change environments. In a time that is marked by widespread isolation, these works will serve as a direct connection between the artists and people, fostering a sense of discovery and community.” Recently Laine Godsey, arts programming curator, had the chance to ask Anna and Kapi some questions about themselves and the project. Here is what they had to say: Laine Godsey: How did this project and curatorial collaboration come together?

Kapi Monoyios, Gyre (detail), 2019; single-use plastic packaging.




“LandMark” is a temporary, public outdoor exhibition curated by Anna Kaye and Kalliopi Monoyios. It will take place in parks across Lakewood and will open on April 17. Stay up to date with information and maps for the exhibition by visiting In March 2020, as the pandemic forced its way into our lives and communities, we slowed the human pace of things. We drove less and walked, hiked and biked more. Many of us connected intimately with our parks, land and environment as we found refuge in the natural world we collectively call home. It was comforting, and even hopeful, to see clear

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Anna Kaye & Kapi Monoyios: We met through mutual friends who are also environmental artists. We were drawn together by our similar interest in using art and exhibits to promote conversation around challenging topics in science and conservation. When the pandemic hit, Kalliopi was struck by the extraordinary power of the world acting in concert to shut down the never-ending hustle and bustle of humanity. The idea for this exhibit was born in that eerie pause, and when she approached Anna about teaming up, Anna immediately jumped on board. We pooled our skills and resources and are very excited to be bringing the exceptionally talented group of contemporary local artists to Lakewood’s parks in “LandMark.” We get the distinct pleasure of pulling them together to show the residents of Lakewood what creative souls live in their midst. LG: What do you hope the viewers/community take away from their experience with the exhibition? AK & KM: We hope residents of Lakewood will enjoy discovering thought-provoking art popping up in their neighborhood parks this spring. This last year has been so disruptive in so many ways; we are looking forward to the positive connections we can build—between people and art, between artists and their communities, and between humanity and the forces of nature.


AB OU T T H E A R T I S T S “LandMark” features the work of 10 accomplished Colorado artists, many of whom live or work right here in Lakewood. Each temporary, public artwork will address the environment or sense of place in some way, whether it may focus on how the land has changed or reveal and highlight something that has always been there. Nicole Banowetz* addresses human qualities while using imagery she finds in the animal, plant, mineral and bacterial worlds. In the past, she has made installations inspired by bacteria, parasitic fungus, viruses, radiolaria, rhizomes and algae. She usually creates large sewn inflatable sculptures that blow up with air like bouncy castles, but for this project she will be creating fabric sculptures that won’t depend on electricity to come to life. Scottie Burgess* is a multidisciplinary maker whose work involves “exploring the potentialities of materials, cultural symbologies, and mediated technologies as a means to subvert contemporary anxieties.” His interest in using limitations as points of creative departure makes his participation in this exhibit particularly exciting. He is a member of Pirate: Contemporary Art in Lakewood. Tobias Fike* is an assistant professor of Foundations and Fine Arts at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. His artwork is incredibly varied, and he approaches a range of concepts, from his personal experiences of family, place and grief, to humankind’s temporal relationship with the universe and observations of time. For “LandMark,” he says, “I plan to focus my attention on the Colorado wildfires, but also reference pollution, such as litter,” resulting in a sculptural collage.

Jaime Molina* grew up in Lakewood and is inspired to create a new piece for this exhibit located in a park that he frequented as a child. His work takes upcycled materials and transforms them, revealing the soul of everyday materials. He tells tales of characters that represent his family and friends and combines modern methods with traditional folk techniques.  Kalliopi Monoyios’ work is about our complex relationship with plastic. Plastic is convenient, it forms the foundation of modern life as we know it, and yet it has a sinister side: its long afterlife. Her sculpture for “LandMark” will play with this duality, taking two forms of the same plastic—Tyvek house wrap and single-use food packaging—to create a wandering, modular origami knot. Mia Mulvey is a ceramic artist and associate professor of Studio Art at the University of Denver. Her studio process is one of investigating environment, wonder, material and digital technologies. Conceptually her work addresses the recording of time, climate change and our relationship to remote landscapes. Eileen Roscina is an artist, experimental filmmaker, and naturalist. Through biomimicry and the study of biophilia, her work examines human’s spiritual and social (dis)connection with nature and seeks to raise questions about realizing a radically different metaphoric mapping of time, space and our place in the world. *Artists that live or work in Lakewood.

Anna Kaye* creates meticulous drawings inspired by natural phenomena like wildfires. She says, “On our 4.5-billion-year-old revolving planet the only constant is change, at times accelerated by the species that inhabit it. With change comes loss and adaptation. My artwork documents this dichotomy, its ecological and social impact, offering a visual language to assist in coping with these transformations.” Her work for “LandMark” will address the record-breaking fire season of summer 2020. Tiffany Matheson* is inspired by light, texture, sound, color, nature, the botanical world and outer space. Stemming from her analytical nature and scientific education, her work is often based in geometry and mathematics, with emphasis given to precision and attention to detail. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology. Jason Mehl* takes inspiration from recurring patterns in nature. His work is self-referential in that his sculptures are realized by reinterpreting an original form numerous times. His process is one of continual editing and recontextualizing of forms, layering various techniques and changing mediums to distill them down to their fundamental elements. Anna Kaye, Interconnected Displacement (detail), 2020; charcoal on paper.

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VIRTUAL ART CLASS Was your “Safer at Home” experience like mine? Missed opportunities. Goal setting then breaking. FaceTime with friends; Zoom with out-of-state family members. Fear, mourning, grief, activism and hibernation. Thankful moments of joy and laughter. A daily walk in the neighborhood and almost nightly scoop of ice cream. Heeding constant reminders of the importance of self-care and the benefits of a creative outlet, I decided to sign up for “Sketching Successful Portraits,” taught in a virtual format by Slawa Radziszewska. I hadn’t taken a drawing class in decades, and Zoom made me feel a little more comfortable brushing up my skills at a distance from my instructor and classmates! The virtual class provided all of the same opportunities as if we were meeting in-person. With her iPad positioned between herself and her easel, Slawa livestreamed great stepby-step demos and answered our questions. We were able to hold up our sketches to get feedback. A granddaughter and grandmother were in the class, each joining from their separate homes, and it was very touching to experience their encouragement and love for one another.

Demonstration by Slawa Radziszewska.

Via Zoom, we saw a husband washing dishes in the next room and briefly heard a younger sibling cry. Rather than being distracting, it added humanity to the digital experience. In this particular class, we studied features and learned about proportion; the distance between eyes, between nose, lips and chin. Week after week, as we drew people of all different ages and ethnicities, the class kept reminding me of our commonalities, how similar we all really are. I was surprised and grateful for how connected this class made me feel. Last night, my spouse said, “Are you going to take another art class? It made you so happy.” I think I’ll do just that, and hope you’ll join me! -Karyn Bocko

BROWSE VIRTUAL CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND YOUTH at Select the Virtual Program links for “Arts & History” or “Dance” on the webpage, or search by keyword. Feel free to call with any questions or for assistance in finding the perfect class for your creative aspirations. Art and history options include watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, calligraphy, drawing, digital photography, fiber arts like quilting and sewing, printmaking, Zentangle and more. These inspiring virtual classes are taught by Holly Causey, Justin Doucette, Angel Estrada, Gail Firmin, Daniel Granitto, Renee Jorgensen, Ismael “Izzy” Lozano, Juana Martinez, Susan Michalakes and Slawa Radziszewska. Dance opportunities include ballroom, ballet, belly dance, dance fitness, jazz, modern and contemporary, tap and even hula hoop! With many beginner through intermediate classes, instructors Ana Cruz, Kathryn Dudley, Dianne Losasso and Jessica Riggs will help you get moving, find your creative expression and feel great! Last, but certainly not least, Gary Jugert of Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra fame teaches virtual guitar, ukulele and harmonica classes that are always good fun. Read instructor bios at

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ARTIST PROFILE We asked Renee about her career as an artist and her enduring fondness for the pointed pen.

RENEE JORGENSEN Multimedia artist and certified handwriting instructor Renee Jorgensen is a beloved arts educator known for her patience and good humor. You’ll often see her masterful botanical illustrations paired with a variety of beautiful calligraphic lettering styles like those she teaches at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park. As an avid pen pal in her teen years, Renee discovered calligraphy through her love of writing. Now, she is an expert in her field.

Bravo: How has your career in the arts developed? Renee Jorgensen: I began my art career at Warren Occupational High School while attending Alameda Senior High School in the early '70s. It was at Warren Tech that I fell in love with illustration and typography and graduated with a foundation in commercial and graphic design. I continued to build my skills at Colorado State University, and as I traveled I studied with other notable artists along the West Coast. While raising a family and working as a freelance artist, I discovered that the Denver Botanic Gardens has an illustration program in the sciences, which is now the School of Botanical Art and Illustration. Upon graduating from that program, I was hired to teach for the school. I have taught literally hundreds of enthusiasts over the past 15 years. I have longtime memberships with the Colorado Calligraphers Guild in Denver proper; the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting; and the Summit Scribes in Colorado Springs. B: How do you inspire your students and vice versa? RJ: I love meeting new people of all ages and having the opportunity to share my trials and triumphs regarding learning a new skill. It takes practice, a dedication of time, as well as connecting with other enthusiasts. After a while classes feel like family reunions to the highest degree! My students inspire me with their enthusiasm and tenacity to create a new letter form, word or thought. We also have

fun and that is what learning is all about — having a great time, building new friendships and coming away from workshops with excitement to continue growing. B: Do you have any tips for people to practice at home? RJ: Practice daily if only for 10 minutes. Set aside a space just for your practice that is welcoming and comfortable. For years my practice was done at the kitchen table, then floated to the dining room table, to a corner in my office. I now have a room converted into a studio and have a small area devoted

to practicing my calligraphy. I occasionally sneak practice in while sitting on the couch with a lap desk practicing my pencil lettering. Most importantly be gentle and patient with yourself as you practice. B: What is it about calligraphy that you love? RJ: I have to say that it is the peacefulness of slowing down to write letter forms and listening for the distinct rhythm of the pen making a mark on paper. I like the feeling I have when I am putting to paper the thoughts that cross my mind, or capturing a quote, or while I pen a person’s name with a flourished line. I find that when writing calligraphy in color, my creativity is charged and refreshed.

Jorgensen’s next class is “Virtual Copperplate Calligraphy for Beginners” on Feb. 19 and 20. Visit and search keyword Calligraphy to sign up. Check back for additional classes throughout the year.

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BRAVO Lakewood is the magazine of the Heritage, Culture & the Arts Division, Community Resources Department, City of Lakewood, 480 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, CO 80226, distributed free of charge throughout the community. For information about advertising in future editions of this magazine, call The Publishing House: 303-428-9529. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce in whole or in part. BRAVO Lakewood is funded in part by the generous support from the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Alternative formats of this publication available upon request. The mission of the Heritage, Culture & the Arts (HCA) Division is to enrich and inspire people through places and programs that engage, celebrate and build community through heritage, culture and the arts.

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