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...."



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


More than Pretty Pictures: Claude Monet, Art and Life
Lecture by Paul Hayes Tucker
Thursday, September 5, 2019, 6pm, Sharp Auditorium
Monet has long been hailed as the leading Impressionist landscape painter but his art and life are often wrapped in a mythology that runs counter to the historical record. This lecture by Paul Hayes Tucker, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Boston will separate fact from fiction and offer new insights into some of his most popular works, particularly his late Water Lilies that he painted up until his death in 1926.
Sponsored by FOPAS and free to FOPAS members
FOPAS cocktail party 5-6pm in SharpAuditorium lobby.
Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.
The lecture will open to all DAM members August 12th, so register early to be guaranteed a seat.

Symposium: What Lies Beneath: Uncovering the Secrets of Early British Portraits
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 8:30am-6pm, Sharp Auditorium
The DAM's department of painting and sculpture is pleased to host a symposium on early British pictures in European and American art collections. Leading scholars from America and England will present the results of their recent groundbreaking research including on the Berger Collection's renowned group of early portraits. Click here for a list of speakers.
The symposium is ticketed, with a discount for DAM members.
Sponsored by the Berger Collection Educational Trust

Visit to the Studio of Raj Chaudhuri
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10am-noon
After a 17-year career as a software engineer Raj was able to follow his passion and transition to a full-time career in painting in 2009. He describes himself as one of the "New Orientalists," a traveling painter in the modern world. Storytelling is his focus and his subjects include India (where he grew up), family travel scenes, and portraits. Raj is on the faculty of the Art Students League of Denver where he teachers 3-day workshops on "The Traveling Painter" and "Composition." He is represented locally by Saks Gallery in Cherry Creek. More of Raj's work and a list of his shows and awards can be found at
Free and open to 25 FOPAS members


Presentation and Lecture: Monet: Painting to Live, Living to Paint
Speaker: Dr. Mary Morton, Curator of French Painting, National Gallery,Washington, DC
Friday, October 11, 2019, Cactus Club
Monet began painting in his teens and continued until the very end of his 86 years. Dr. Morton focuses on his earliest paintings of the French landscape done in the 1860s and then skips forward to his late work completed during and just after World War I. She addresses the correspondence between these two phases as well as the concepts of "early" and "late" work.
5:30-6:30, Cash bar and appetizers
6:30 pm, Lecture
Cactus Club, 1621 Blake Street, Denver CO, Consider using Lyft or Uber
Free, open to a maximum of 70 FOPAS Members

Monet Special Viewing
with Angelica Daneo, Chief Curator and Curator of Art before 1900
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 8am
This event will include a presentation in Sharp Auditorium by Angelica Daneo, Chief Curator and Curator of European Art before 1900, followed by exclusive gallery viewing with Angelica and Interpretive Specialist Stefania Van Dyke.
This is an exclusive event for FOPAS.
Limited to 200 FOPAS members
Event fee covers your exhibition ticket. Register online.

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


    A total of 106 FOPAS Members responded. Click here to see the results.

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