Day of the Dead Art Show

It will soon be that time of year again when the spirits of our lost loved ones will come back to visit us for one night–“El Dia de los Muertos” or the Day of the Dead. The Arts Coalition of Erie will be hosting a special art show this October 18th-November3nd for this wonderful Mexican holiday that celebrates life and death with colorful skeletons and altars dedicated to those who have passed on from this world.

One of our creative A.C.E. members, Laurie Anderson, will be hosting a “Day of the Dead” art show, with the hanging on October 18th.  The reception for this show will be held Saturday, November 1st which is the actual 1rst day of the traditional celebration, the day that honors the spirits of departed children or “angelitos.” November 2nd is the day that honors adult spirits.

Laurie plans to build an altar with pictures, objects and flowers to remember lost loved ones during the show and she may decorate the tall Mexican style plain white votive candles with pictures of art by famous artists who have passed.  She’s also thinking of holding a workshop on decorating those candles for the general public. Many of her ideas are still in the planning stages.

Laurie says ” I am also thinking of doing some sort of art workshop in early Oct., before the show hangs, maybe skeleton painting or shadow boxes with a skeleton scene would be a good subject, and then people who have made a painting or box could hopefully enter it in the “Day of the Dead” art show. “

 Follow Laurie’s planning ideas in the next few months to see what she has in mind for her “Day of the Dead” art show on Oct. 18th and make plans to come to the reception to see all the vibrant skeleton artwork on November 1st!

ACE Member’s Art Show Winners Annoucement

A.C.E. Members’ Art Show

June 7-28, 2014

Reception June 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Juror:  Mala Setaram-Wolfe


2 Dimensional 
1st Place:

Diana Sugano







  2nd Place:

Delcia Litt

“Golden Woods”









3rd Place:                           

Ruth Mills

“His & Hers”








3 Dimensional

        1st Place:

Gail Lewis

“Two Feather”



            2nd Place:

Jan Rice

“Celtic Dress”







             3rd Place:

Melony S.

“Inlay Swirl Horse”






Best of Show & Peoples Choice


Andy Fausz

“Walnut with Cherry Slab Table”



Judge Says Members’ Show Tough to Decide

The A.C.E. Member’s Art Show opened on Friday, June 7th and received many surprising, diverse entries. Our juror, Mala Setaram-Wolfe, reviewed all the 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional pieces and made her determination for the award winners on Saturday, June 8th. Ms. Setaram-Wolfe said she was very impressed the diversity of the pieces entered and the artistry of our members. She also said she had a very difficult time with her decision, especially on the 3 Dimensional art.

Ms. Setaram-Wolfe, is originally from Chicago. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a member of the Artist’s Cooperative Artemesia Gallery.

She exhibits regularly at the Edge Gallery in Denver and currently has an exhibition in Chicago. She has exhibited internationally for over 25 years from Iceland and Korea to Cuba and France.

Being an educator, Ms. Setaram-Wolfe also has a passion for children and serves on the board of the Colorado Academy of Educators of the Gifted, Talented and Creative. She was instrumental in getting the Arvada Public Art Ordinance passed while on the Arvada Arts Council.

The A.C.E. Members’ Art Show reception for all members and the public will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the A.C.E. center at 625 Pierce St., Erie, Colorado. (corner of Wells and Pierce) Ms. Setaram-Wolfe will be present to give some insight into her decision making. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served during the evening event.

Please plan to join us for this festive occasion.

1st Annual Photography Show

Call for Entries:
Photography in both color and black & white

Categories include:

  • Erie Openspace and Trails
  • Landscapes
  • People and Animals
  • Still life and Floral

The Arts Coalition of Erie is excited to partner with the Town of Erie Open Spaces & Trails Advisory Board to hold their first juried Photography Show.

A highlight of this show is the spotlight on the beauty of the Open Spaces and Trails located within the Town of Erie. A special category has been added, both in color and B&W for this focus.

Photos submitted for the OSTAB category may be chosen for inclusion on the Town of Erie Open Spaces & Trails website!

All work must be the original work of the photographer and executed in a professional manner. Work must be appropriate for general public viewing and identical to mailed CD entry. Work previously shown in an Erie Art Show is not eligible. All local photographers 18 and over are invited to enter this juried event.

How to Enter:

 1. Mail your entry form (see back of brochure) and entry fee to the Arts Coalition of Erie.

2. Email .JPEGs of your entries to:

Submission Deadline:
September 30, 2013

Exhibit Dates:
October 12th – November 2nd

Public Reception:
October 26th 6-8PM.

Entrance Fee:
$25 for up to 3 pieces

$5 for each addional up to 6 pieces total

For further information, please contact Nancy Loge at

Erie breaks into arts scene with wide-ranging show

By John Aguilar Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 10/07/2011 09:58:51 PM MDT

ERIE — Homegrown artists — working with glass, wood, watercolors, pencil, oil and mixed media — have taken center stage this month at the Arts Coalition of Erie’s first juried art show.

Eighty-eight works from 33 artists are hanging on walls and perched on tables in the modest ACE building on Briggs Street, displaying an impressive potpourri of talent and creativity by artists from Broomfield, Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette and Nederland.

Half the entries in the show, which runs through Oct. 28, are from Erie residents.

“We were ready for a show of this caliber, and it hopefully puts us on the same playing field as Louisville, Lafayette and Boulder,” said Wira Babiak, ACE’s vice president. “We have a lot of hidden, talented and — in some cases — well-known artists.”

That includes Erie resident Barry Snyder, who has received national acclaim for his produce-tag mosaics, in which he creates images of everyday objects using the stickers found on peaches, apples, bananas and other fresh produce.

His piece at the ACE show is an El Camino car, called “The Shadow,” formulated from hundreds of painstakingly arranged stickers.

Snyder’s piece and the 87 others in the exhibit are all contending for prizes, which will be announced at the show’s opening reception Saturday night.

“It’s a really good representation of artists,” said Kay Miller, a former University of Colorado art professor who judged the show. “It’s a community show, so it has everything from things that are raw and primitive to things that are fairly sophisticated.”

Sculpted bowls, carved candle holders, ceramic works — and a piece made entirely of gum packages and chocolate bar wrappers — join a large collection of paintings and photographs in the exhibit.

“Nose Above Water,” a digital photo of a tiger swimming through dark, rippled waters, was among Miller’s favorites.

“I thought the light was incredible on the water,” she said.

Cheryl Mills, who photographed the tiger on a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo, ranks it as her best photo ever. The Erie resident said she tracked the animal with her lens for 45 minutes, trying to capture it at just the right moment. The ethereal image ended up as a metaphor for life and a coping tool for Mills.

“This is how we often feel — that we can barely stay afloat,” she said. “Yet he’s having such a good time with it.”

ACE president Gary Wetzbarger, who has several wood carvings entered in the show, said the exhibit is his organization’s first major public effort and represents what he hopes is the beginning of an artistic renaissance for Old Town Erie.

The 3-year-old nonprofit bought the downtown space, which once served as a fire station and then a recreation center, late last year.

Wetzbarger thinks it will only be a matter of time before local artists begin to turn to Erie as a respectable venue for their work.

“And it needed to happen after too many years of waiting to do it,” he said. “The only way we’re going from here is bigger and better.”