Joellyn Duesberry, Passing Storm III, (detail), 1992, monotype, ink on paper,
Denver Art Museum: Funds from Friends of Painting and Sculpture, 1998.321
Photography Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum


"The Friends of Painting and Sculpture is a non-profit organization for the purposes of supporting and engaging in educational programs relevant to American and European Art ... contribution to the cultural enrichment of its members ... the public in general.  It intends to promote the programs of the Painting and Sculpture Collections of the Denver Art Museum and to render financial support for acquisitions and assistance with exhibitions and programs for the Collection...."



Tour and Lecture: Serious Play, Design in Midcentury America
with Curator Darrin Alfred

A joint event with Kirkland Museum members
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
, 3-6pm
Self-guided tour: 3-5 pm
Lecture: 5-6 pm, Sharp auditorium, Denver Art Museum
Join our Kirkland Museum friends in touring Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, an exhibition of classic '50's domestic design at the Denver Art Museum. Then enjoy Serious Play Serious Business, a lecture by Darrin Alfred, DAM Curator of Architecture and Design. There are more than 250 objects on display. The first section, The American Home, really sets the stage and is a nice contextual support for Alfred's talk which will focus on Alcoa's Forecast Program in which 22 of the most prominent designers of the era such as Charles and Ray Eames and Isamu Noguchi fostered an experimental vision of design and aluminum in the postwar era.
Free with general admission and open to all DAM and Kirkland members.
No reservations required for tour and lecture: first-come seating for lecture
Participants are invited to enjoy a cocktail and dinner afterwards at Fire (Art Hotel).
Make your own reservation for dinner at Fire, 303.572.8000 for 7 pm and say you are with the DAM group. Fire will seat the tables near together.

Champagne Brunch and Private Home Art Tour
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 10:30am-1pm
Take a beautiful drive into the foothills to Kittredge and enjoy Shannon Robinson's lovely home and art collection dedicated primarily to living artists in America. You will also be treated to a summer champagne brunch with special guests Gregory Block, Quang Ho, Adrienne Stein, and Ron Hicks.
Limited to 50 FOPAS members
Please reserve at
Please carpool, address will be provided before the event.


Self-guided Tour: Human Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection
Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 10:30am-Noon
Take a self-guided tour with friends to view the York Street Denver Botanic Gardens exhibit of sculpture from Craig Ponzio's collection. FOPAS has had several events at Ponzio's home in the past and now we have the opportunity to view the large sculptures in a landscape setting.
We will meet at the front gate at 10:15 am and tour as a group.
Free with Denver Botanic Gardens admission.

Milk Market and More in LoDo
Friday, August 23, 2019, 10am-Noon
Visit the Milk Market, Dairy Block, and Maven Hotel locations with Barbara Thorngren, a long-time teacher and expert in Downtown Denver outside art, who will guide you through this area known for its outdoor mural art.
Join us for an optional lunch at Kachina Cantina in the Maven Hotel
We will meeet at 19th and Wynkoop just before 10 am.

Free, Limited to 25 FOPAS members
Please reserve at

FOPAS Board 2018 - 2019

Executive Board

  • President: Mary Willis
  • Past President: Bette Jamieson
  • Vice President/Programs: Helen Shreves
  • Secretary: Charlie Hanson
  • Treasurer: Elaine Osborn
  • Members at Large: Christopher Leach and Joan McWilliams

Committee Chairs

  • Benefits (Collector's Choice): Leah Tharpe
  • Communications: Sandy Berhenke
  • Historian: Evelyn Waldron
  • Hospitality: Susan Mayhew and Hanne Lichtenfels
  • Membership: John Howell and Elaine Gunnell (membership growth)
  • Parliamentarian: Carol Whitley
  • Reservations: Norma Heinschel
  • Travel: Bart Johnson
  • Upper Level Programs: Elizabeth Clarke


  • Timothy Standring, Gates Family Foundation Curator
  • Angelica Daneo, Chief Curator and Curator of Art before 1900
  • Kathleen Stuart, Curator, Berger Collection


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