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

September 8, 2019 to October 26, 2019

Photography by Mark Shegda September 8, 2019 to October 26, 2019

Mark Shegda’s photography is inspired by his love of the outdoors and outdoor sports. His interest in photography was first sparked by the stunning natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains after he moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado over 40 years ago. His photographic goal is to create visually stunning and spiritually moving imagery that inspires the viewer to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. He enjoys capturing scenic beauty whether it be in grand sweeping landscapes or in smaller more intimate natural scenes, and he especially enjoys printing and sharing his work on canvas.

 Paintings by Teri Hoyer September 8, 2019 to October 26, 2019

Teri Hoyer’s pastel artwork strives to connect the viewer to the natural world as she experiences it – that connection for her is always soothing. She primarily paints landscapes of Colorado and the Southwest, work that has appeared in many juried art shows and won numerous awards.

July 1, 2019 to September 6, 2019

Fiber Art by Dianna VanderDoes July 1, 2019 to September 6, 2019

Dianna VanderDoes is a fiber artist working in cotton and silk fabric. She combines surface design techniques such as dyeing, painting, image transfer and applique, in layers that she stitches together to create complex images.

Watercolor by Anne Gifford July 1, 2019 to September 6, 2019


Anne Gifford began her career as a silkscreen artist. After 25 years of printmaking, she now works with watercolor where she builds successive layers of color to create her vibrantly rich detailed paintings. She has lived in Boulder since 1976 and finds inspiration in the natural beauty of Colorado. On her many walks and hikes throughout the area, Anne is always on the lookout for new imagery. Light, shadows, rocks, water, mountains, canyons, wildlife and whimsy are all part of Anne’s subject matter as she brings her own unique vision to her work.



May 6, 2019 to June 29, 2019

Photography Printed on Metal by Deb Cochrane May 6, 2019 to June 29, 2019

Deb Cochrane’s photography inspiration comes from the natural world and from the stunning landscapes of America and Australia. She loves to spend her time in the mountains in Colorado and by the ocean when in Australia. Within those vast landscapes, Deb sees the smaller detail and can pick out a part of the scene and show the viewer the beauty that is often overlooked.

Inspire – Group Artists Exhibit: Step It Up May 6, 2019 to June 29, 2019

 “Inspire” is a group of local artists who create through the art disciplines of textiles, painting, poetry and music in response to climate change. We share our art and poetry to inspire hope and action in our audience. Each of us makes a difference. Together we are unstoppable. Artists are Laurie Hill Gibb, Michelle Naranjo Brackett, Wendy Satsky, Cathy Casper and Valerie Szarek.

March 4, 2019 to May 3, 2019

Our Planet - Art Exhibition on the Environment in a Changing Climate March 4, 2019 to May 3, 2019

This exhibition is created to artistically explore issues regarding the sustainability of our planet’s environment and human culture. It seems that nearly every day we hear about or witness something that is changing our planet’s climate and affecting our lives and the environment. As artists, our surroundings are a vital element in the creation of our work. In this show the artists explore what’s happening and what might be done to address climate change and the sustainability of our planet. 

January 6, 2019 to March 1, 2019

Mixed Media by Tabitha Aaron January 6, 2019 to March 1, 2019

Tabitha Benedict Aaron establishes a calming spiritual connection to nature with her latest collection “The Peace of Wild Things.” She believes that an intimate connection with nature enhances our lives and can put us at ease during a time when stress is a global epidemic and that nature connects us to the natural rhythm of life. Tabitha aims to create this emotional experience, engaging the viewer a little closer.

Assemblage/Mixed Media/Sculpture by Michelle Lamb January 6, 2019 to March 1, 2019

Multi-disciplinary artist Michelle Lamb of Littleton, Colorado, considers herself a maxed- rather than mixed-media artist, because she believes diversity keeps creativity fresh, exploration a must, and fuels the fire for reinvention. Lamb is a member of CORE New Art Space Gallery on 900 Santa Fe Drive in Denver and has a BFA from Colorado State University. This body of work focuses on assemblages where Lamb skillfully manipulates and arranges found objects, allowing a determined amount of original patina, shape, texture or inherent iconography to provide the “plot” for her story. These objects are the “characters”, adding depth and weight to her narratives as Lamb prudently chooses whether to amplify them, or conversely, to alter and deconstruct their original context.


November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Cut Paper Wildlife Sculptures by Tiffany Miller Russell November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Tiffany Miller Russell’s paper sculptures create inviting glimpses of familiar worlds that display a heightened sense of reality. Peering into a shadowbox holds its own kind of magic, encouraging memories of similar moments in our lives when we have been overwhelmed with curiosity and wonder. These works are created from specialty art papers, which are cut flat and then shaped by hand, with an intent to create sculpture that resembles painting. Tiffany finds inspiration in nature and the diversity of life, especially the animal kingdom. Her work explores the interconnected relationship of animals to the larger world, from the daily ecosystem the creatures encounter, to their use as cultural and artistic icons. Tiffany’s paper sculptures have won her numerous national awards, including from the Artists’ Magazineand the Society of Animal Artists. Two of her works are included in the permanent Contemporary Art collection of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

Watercolor Paintings by Nancy Sullo November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019

Nancy Sullo has a particular passion for painting people in watercolor. She aims for fresh and lively portrayals of her subjects, making use of lighting, color, and atmosphere to achieve this. Her subjects come from photos she’s taken, both recently and well in the past. All are a part of her life in some way. The subjects include old and young, family and friends, strangers who cross her path and people she’s met in Central America and Mexico. This exhibit, “Life Studies,” is a celebration of the many aspects of humanity seen through Nancy’s lens and interpreted through her brush.

September 2, 2018 to November 3, 2018

Oil Paintings by Nickie Barbee September 2, 2018 to November 3, 2018

Nickie Barbee’s works in oil are representational, with the goal of capturing and conveying the essence of the inspiration with the viewer.

Astronomy Prints on Metal by Jim Miller September 2, 2018 to November 3, 2018

Jim Miller is a passionate astro-photographer, specializing in taking original long exposure images of deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebula, and star clusters. The process includes imaging through telescopes and monochromatic CCD cameras specially designed for astronomy. The majority of photos are taken from his home in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado. The total exposure time varies from 10 hours up to 30 hours depending on the brightness of the subject and filters used.


July 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Paintings by Vivienne Douglas July 01, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Artists are story tellers and Vivienne Douglas paints stories of people, with blanks left open for the viewers to fill in for themselves. She is most drawn to stories of women and their roles in life, whether they come from across the street or halfway around the world. Her stories can come from the day’s headlines with scenes of immigration or refugees, and portray everyday life in a harsh and difficult environment. Other works can depict tender and sweet moments, a woman who escapes the drudgery of laundry by composing a poem or melody in her head, or a mother at day’s end with her child in her arms. She invites you to weave your own feelings into these works, and relate them to your own journey through life. She hopes you will infuse your personal experience into her art, whether it is drawn from a memory, a hope or even regret, from the warmth of love or the bitterness of a lesson learned. This is what her art is about, to make you feel.

Nature Photography by Kirk Fry July 01, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Kirk Fry, an award-winning nature photographer, has made a name for himself with his diverse and memorable images, ranging from grand landscapes to the tiniest of snowflakes. With a background as a PhD scientist, he has always had a passion for details. He has taken this passion into the art of photography and has not looked back. With a love for combining creative and technical aspects within nature photography, he strives to capture both common and rarely viewed scenes and subjects, presenting them in a truly indelible fashion. Recent trips to Iceland and Utah have provided ample opportunities for stunning imagery. Closer to home, various gardens and the beautiful hills and fields of Colorado furnish multiple options for close-up photography of flowers, ice and tiny water droplets -- all of which have been showcased in recent exhibits and juried shows. He hopes that the viewers feel the same connection to his work and awe of nature that he does. 

April 30, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Mixed Media Drawing and Watercolor by Ileana Barbu April 30, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Ileana Barbu’s formations as a sculptor infused her artistic view with the fascination of three-dimensionality and the constant impulse of understanding forms in all angles. Drawing is an obsession for her – line and form in all their aspects have been a constant in her artwork. Her body of work can be viewed as a conglomerate of different directions, but she always returns back to line or linear compositions. Even when she “paints,” what really matters to her is the underlying structure. The paintings are, in fact, colored drawings. Ileana is fascinated with the human figure in all its aspects: physical, spiritual, natural, social and historical-temporal. Lately, she has been drawn to the images of trees – but also through the prism of human expression. Each “tree” is in fact another facet of herself.

Mixed Media Painting by Frederick Pichon April 30, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Frederick Pichon’s paintings reflect his personal interests in design, architecture, science and history. He is grounded in the pictorial tradition of Western art and perspective, but this body of work is contemporary. As a skilled draftsman, he loves precise drawing, but tries to be open to other stylistic expressions, so his work may straddle abstraction and representation, and incorporate materials, collages, computer images and more. His images express a position on man in the universe, both humanistic and technical to reflect on our condition. A good piece is a meditative work that opens on a different level of reality.

March 4, 2018 to April 28, 2018

Photography by Vandy Vandervort March 4, 2018 to April 28, 2018

“Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (homage to Gene R.)” is a collection of international travel portraits taken by photographer Vandy Vandervort. Vandy reaches beyond the static in her photographic endeavors, exploring filter apps to enhance her images. Her work is inspired by her travels across all 7 continents. Vandy is a Colorado native and a retired fine arts teacher.

Large Format Fine Art Prints from Paper Collage by Kimberly McClintock March 4, 2018 to April 28, 2018

Each of Kimberly McClintock’s prints begins as a tiny 2 to 4 inch square collage, assembled from original children’s book illustrations, postcards, maps, advertisements, found paper artifacts and other documents. Once finished, the collage is scanned at high resolution, color corrected, and archivally printed at twenty to thirty times its original size. A poet for over thirty years, Ms. McClintock considers her visual art a translation into the visual domain, using the same principles of contrast, association, and juxtaposition that are at work in poetry. Kimberly McClintock grew up in southern New Jersey. For the last twenty years, she has made her home in Colorado’s Front Range.

December 31, 2017 to March 2, 2018

Original Abstract Oil and Mixed Media Paintings by Kathy M. Friesz December 31, 2017 to March 2, 2018

A Colorado native, Kathy M. Friesz currently resides in Denver. Kathy’s formal education at The Colorado Institute of Art, where she studied graphic design and interior design, allowed her to pursue a career as the owner and primary designer of her own firm for over 20 years. Her professional interior design experience has significantly influenced her sensibilities in achieving strong paintings.