Community Art Program

Community Art Program

For over 50 years the NCAR Community Art Program has presented art exhibitions by a range of regional artists at the NCAR Mesa Laboratory in Boulder, CO. Each year, hundreds of artists from the Rocky Mountain region, and beyond, participate in the jury process from which artists are selected for individual and group exhibitions. The exhibit space is in the expansive cafeteria within the laboratory building and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Community Art Program Information for Artists

August 20, 2015 to September 26, 2015

Pastel Paintings by Xenia J. Sease August 20, 2015 to September 26, 2015

“Art is a vehicle to inspire emotion and awe, to make one feel more alive and celebrate one’s humanity.  To capture and share the beauty that abounds and to elicit an emotional response within another soul are what sustain me as an artist.” - Xenia Sease.

As a contemporary realist painter, Xenia is inspired by strong contrasts found in the interplay of light and shadow, vivid colors and dramatic shapes as well as in the juxtaposition of natural and human elements.  She finds inspiration in a broad range of subjects, from a single flower to a vast landscape, each providing a sense of pleasure, excitement, peace or wonder. Using pastel painting as her primary art form and painting both in the studio and “en plein air,” Xenia captures the inherent beauty of her subject and gives it life on a two dimensional surface. 

 

August 2, 2015 to September 26, 2015

Photography by Max Seigal August 2, 2015 to September 26, 2015

 Inspired by his love for the outdoors and all things wild, Max Seigal set out to capture the beauty of the natural world. With degrees in biology and environmental science, Seigal has spent the last few years travelling across the globe working on numerous conservation projects. These trips often lead him to some of the most remote and spectacular locations on the planet, providing wonderful opportunities for him to pursue his passion for photography.

June 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015

Contemporary Photography by Marc Bernardi June 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015

Marc Bernardi was born with a Camera in each hand and a curious mind. This anomaly has sent him rocketing on a lifetime of adventure and every imaginable type of photography.

Oils on Canvas by Betsy Cole June 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015

For Betsy Cole, art is continual discovery. First, there have been trips to Bali where she discovered that art can become a kind of play, a “dance of color.” Second, there is the energy of the earth itself – the scorching sun, deep cool lakes, and expansive forests all come alive vibrantly, almost mysteriously. But, for Betsy, the most significant discovery has been that art can heal. It brings light and joy to the darkness and pain. As she began to untangle her own life, viewing it as a journey, her love of bright colors acquired a new healing purpose.

 

March 30, 2015 to May 30, 2015

Acrylic Paintings by M.G. Davis March 30, 2015 to May 30, 2015

Over the past ten years, Michael “m.g.” Davis has explored the character of distinctly Western icons such as the horse and saddle, grain elevators, and Airstream trailers, and has sought to capture common Front Range landscapes in an uncommon style—Pointillism2. Davis will feature two works in this show never before exhibited publicly.

Fiber Art by Gay E. Lasher March 30, 2015 to May 30, 2015
Gay E. Lasher’s work combines digital photography, printing and computers and is expressed in the medium of textiles. As an artist, she is concerned with ideas of transformation and re-creation. Lasher is fascinated by the potential that even common photographs can be reborn in a new and completely different way. In this show Lasher is presenting selected works from her Transformations and Playing in Traffic series.

February 1, 2015 to March 28, 2015

Textile Art by Annette Kennedy February 1, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Explorations in Fiber: Textile artist, Annette Kennedy, of Longmont, CO will be showing her paint-enhanced art quilts in UCAR Gallery l of the National Center for Atmospheric Research from February 1st through March 28th, 2015. The show will include her original art quilts along with some reproductions in print form. You'll see many nature explorations as well as a few architectural ones. Come see her colorful award winning work!
Oil Paintings by Sheri Farabaugh February 1, 2015 to March 28, 2015
For oil painter Sheri Farabaugh every once in a while, magic happens and the painting seems to paint itself. From waterscapes, to still life’s, to figurative works, she finds inspiration in a wide range of subjects. Though she is a realist, she works to find the bold abstract design in every subject. Light and nature’s complicated patterns are her muses, and for her, beauty is in the details.

December 1, 2014 to January 30, 2015

Photography For A Change Group Exhibit
THE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR A CHANGE (PFAC) GROUP EXHIBIT. PFAC is an organization which displays exquisite photographs of our natural and human environment, both online and in physical venues, with proceeds from print sales going to support two carefully selected local non-profit organizations—Attention Homes and Western Resource Advocates. In this UCAR show, we feature four excellent local photographers who have donated their images to the cause: Dana Bove, Bryce Bradford, Maria Rosa Fusté, and Daniel Joder, each with a unique vision of the world we think you will enjoy. A significant portion of sales from this show (50% at a minimum) will go to support the above-mentioned non-profits.
Acrylic Paintings by Cynthia Marsh
THE ART IS IN THE ACT OF BECOMING… to let go of control and attachment to outcome… and enjoy the process as it unfolds in the moment. –Cynthia Marsh Cynthia Marsh balances the inclination to control, with the necessity to participate, stepping out of her comfort zone into an area of experimentation. With fluid dynamics, (the same physics that naturally occur in large-scale flows on Earth, other planets and in space), Marsh explores how different viscosities and densities of paint interact.

September 29, 2014 to November 29, 2014

A graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Steven Homsher paints landscapes, animals, and figures. Painting both in the studio and “plein aire”, Steven’s aim is to convey the transient nature of light and atmosphere. Steven is represented by Mary Williams Fine Arts, and is a yearly presenter in Boulder Open Studios, and other juried shows in Colorado. As a participant of the NCAR Community Art Program, Steven looks forward to sharing his work with people who appreciate the interpretation of light as it reveals the beauty and sanctity of nature.
Fernando Boza is an award-winning photographer who resides in Boulder, Colorado –just a few blocks from NCAR. He believes in ancient knowledge that “a deep connection with the environment is not only embedded in the human psyche, but is fundamental to experience a greater sense of peace and one’s own true nature.” This exhibit includes photographs of nature from 2013 and 2014, from different parts of the world, but mostly from Colorado and surrounding areas.

August 4, 2014 to September 27, 2014

The Fresh A.I.R. Show: Artist In Recovery Group Exhibit Aug 4, 2014 to Sept 27, 2014
THE FRESH A.I.R. SERIES: ARTISTS IN RECOVERY GROUP EXHIBIT A divergent group of 20 successful, professional artists from Boulder share a common bond; they belong to a special fellowship. All are active in a long-term addiction-recovery program. Their bond is that each artist has successfully re-discovered the joy of life and freedom from addictive behavior. The theme of the show is “Through Art, Visions, and Dreams the Light Comes Through” which speaks to the special role art, spirituality, and “seeing the light” is to their spiritual journey. Mediums presented; oil painting, watercolor, airbrush, paper cutting, wood & metal work and more.

June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014

Richard Warner June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Richard Warner enjoys images that surprise—be it an unusual perspective, a touch of humor or a subject with shock value. 5POINTS: The stunning street art, captured in this series of photographs, which adorned an entire city block in Queens, New York, no longer exists. Artists from around the world covered the warehouse, scheduled for demolition, with their work, beginning in 2002. During the night of November 19, 2013, the images were blanketed with whitewash. The building developer argued that watching the art being destroyed by the wrecking ball would be “torture”. These pictures were taken less than two months before the art was erased. Warner is mounting two series of images in NCAR Gallery I, “5POINTS” and the second “REFLECTIONS”.
Dorette Carlson June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Dorette Carlson sees art as a gift of communication. To her, the artist puts their soul on display, confirming the innate need for connection and the desire to be recognized as part of the greater human experience. Her approach to the ancient art of mosaics reflects the idea that all of creation is a mosaic; it’s all bits and pieces that come together to form the larger whole. Her mosaic art reflects the universal principle that nothing really stands alone; that everything is made of an abundance of interconnected elemental bits.

April 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014

Terri Hamner exhibit - April 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014
Colorful landscapes and cultures of the Southwest captivated and brought out a passion in Terri that had been quiet for most of her life. The rich style and beauty inspired and ignited her creative spirit, encouraged her imagination, and motivated her to find ways of sharing that beauty with others through art. The vibrancy and versatility of soft pastels is the perfect medium to create lively and refreshing pieces that she hopes will inspire joy in you.
Kate Zari Roberts exhibit - April 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014
Kate Zari Roberts has been a fine art and commercial photographer for over thirty years. She has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US, England and South Africa and her commercial work has been published in books and magazines worldwide. Kate considers herself to be a nature photographer/artist because her landscape work has evolved into a more abstract and mystical representation of the natural world. She approaches the wilderness with a reverence and stillness that allows a more intimate experience with it. She intuits the reciprocal meaning of nature and her images become nature unveiled/self unveiled.

February 2, 2014 to March 29, 2014

Oil Painting Artist Jan Burch February 2, 2014 to March 29, 2014
Boulder, Colorado artist Jan Burch is known for her large scale oil paintings featuring macro views of natural subject matter. Interpretations of light and the emotion of time are featured in her signature work.
Elen Feinberg’s oil paintings leave the comfortable Earth behind, moving into the sky and beyond into the cosmos. Surfaces are built up with veils of light, sometimes smooth, sometimes bituminous, creating a sense of ambiguity, uncertainty, and weightlessness. In Elen's words, "Art gives us another way to approach what lies beyond what we can see, beyond what we can know, and to give voice to our search for the ineffable."

December 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014

Lamya Deeb December 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014
An exhibit of plein air Lamya Deeb is a dedicated plein air artist, working directly from life in the mediums of oil and pastel. She aims to capture a special moment of experience in nature and to give a glimpse of unexpected beauty, briefly encountered. She has received numerous awards for her plein air work, including Best of Show at the 2013 Plein Air Artists Colorado 17th Annual National Juried Show.

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