President’s Letter Annie Achee, Susan Brown, and Toni
Sexton for organizing and presenting
Kitty Gregg such a wonderful event. Thanks also to
Dave and Pam Duke for all they did to
April 2009 The loveliest
make the evening a success.
time of the year!!
On March 1, the Debutante Ball
Spring is a time
Committee presented the Debutante
of renewal, of
Fashion Show and Luncheon at the
Inside this Issue flowers, of
Marriott Denver South. The room was
budding trees, of
packed with parents and friends of the
longer days, of
Debutantes. Denise Snyder, the owner
warmer temps, of
President’s Letter of the boutique, Mariel, in downtown
1 spring fever, spring vacation, of being
out from under a dark, heavy winter.
Love it!! Happy Spring to everyone!
Denver provided the current fashions
from Italy for the Debutantes. Three
Blind Mice provided the clothes for the
Tiara Mistresses. Thanks to Jaylene
Fine Arts Foundation The Fine Arts Foundation presented the
2 Luncheon and
Citizens of the Arts Jubilee on February
6, in the Grand Ballroom of the Brown
Smith, Cindi Burge, Mary Harrison,
and Sharon Whiton Gelt who were
Co-Chairs of this fabulous event. I
Show Palace. Honoring our 2009 Citizens of
think it was the best ever!!
the Art, Dave and Pam Duke, was such
Fine Arts Foundation a pleasure. We had record attendance,
3 Citizen of the Arts
record entertainment and record sales in
our Auction. This year, we added a few
Many other Board Members work
behind the scenes to make everything
happen in order and on time. A few I
new components, the live auction, a
would like to recognize for
giveaway and additional music. The
extraordinary effort are Gail Nash,
Fine Arts Foundation evening’s Silent Auction and Live
4 Board Directors
Proposed Slate 2009-
Auction were chaired by Mary
McNicholas, who always does an
Lynn Hinkle, D’Wayn Stone, Deb
Coles, Pat Elliott, Mary Melland,
Jane Wiltshire, Toni Sexton, Jean
2010 outstanding job. The entertainment
Watt, Murri Bishop, Cindy
was provided by the DU Lamont Jazz
Denkenberger, and Margo Schlup.
Trio during the Cocktail Hour and the
Debutante Events Thanks, Ladies, for all you do for us.
5 Annual Donor Campaign
entrance music was performed by the
Jazz Arts Messengers. After dinner we
were treated to a special performance of
Our Spring Membership Meeting is
Web Site Update coming up May 5, 2009, at the Westin
the Denver Brass 5. The evening was
Hotel, Tabor Center. Our Membership
topped off by the Duke’s
Vice Presidents, Adrienne Fitzgibbons,
granddaughter, 2-year old Audrey,
Dave Duke’s Citizen of the Susan Stiff, and Janie Prendergast
6 Arts Speech
making her singing debut with the
Denver Brass 5. It was truly an
unforgettable evening. Thanks to
have been organizing this event. It will
be one grand time.
Claudette Erek, Jubilee Chair, and
Don’t forget the Fine Arts Foundation
Lynn Wong, Jubilee Co-Chair, and the
Debutante Ball coming up July 18,
entire Jubilee Committee including
2009, in the Cable Center at University
Mary McNicholas Pat Elliott,
of Denver. D’Wayn Stone, Ball Chair
Kimberly Porter, Lynn Cahen, Jean
and Lynn Hinkle, Ball Co-Chair, are
Watt, Janie Prendergast, Karen
busy planning great things for this
Fisher, Deb Pushchak, Jeanne
event. It is going to be out of this
Shannon, Deb Coles, Sheila
Oldenburg, Liz Frawley, Marj Wise,
Because we have such devoted and
hard-working members in our Fine Arts Foundation
organization, the Fine Arts Foundation
is having a wonderful year despite the Luncheon and
economy and the gloom and doom of
Wall Street. If you want a break from it Debutante Fashion
all, please come to the Spring
Membership Event in May and at the Show
Debutante Ball in July. See you there!!
Kitty D’Wayn Stone
Fine Arts Foundation
The Fine Arts Foundation Debutantes
Membership Luncheon provided a sneak peak into spring at the
annual FAF Luncheon and Debutante
Come join us and bring a Fashion Show on March 1, 2009. The
Denver Marriott South provided a
friend! lovely venue and luncheon for all in
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 attendance. Denise Snyder, owner of
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Mariel on Larimer Street, kept everyone
informed on the new trends for spring
The Westin Tabor Center with her commentary as the girls
modeled this season’s cutest clothing.
Augusta Room – Lobby Martha Kelce introduced this year’s
Level Debutantes and commented on all their
1672 Lawrence Street wonderful talents and future plans.
Denver, Colorado Kathy Messenger of Three Blind Mice
outfitted this year’s two tiara mistresses
for the event. Kendall Calderone and
Please send in your check Caroline Caplis have become good
by April 28, 2009 payable friends while preparing for this year’s
to Fine Arts Foundation Ball. The Co-Chairs for the Luncheon
in the amount of $35.00. and Fashion Show, Cindi Burge, Mary
Harrison, and Jaylene Smith, did a
beautiful job of bringing everything
Parking is $5 for self park together for a lovely event. Sharon
or $12 for valet. Whiton Gelt also provided support
while working with Denise Snyder of
Mariel. We are all now ready for spring.
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The evening began with cocktails and a
silent auction with the theme of “Love
is all Around Us”—love of family,
friends, community, fine arts, etc. The
upbeat music of the Jazz Arts
Messengers was playing while over 200
guests entered into the ballroom. The
tables were adorned with floral
centerpieces by Kimberly Porter and
silver boxes of chocolates by Jubilee For anyone who missed the fantastic
Chair, Claudette Erek. speech by Dave Duke or if you would
like to relive the moment, it is included
Auction Chair, Mary McNicholas, at the end of this newsletter.
presided over the Live Auction which
added excitement to the evening. Guests Next year’s Jubilee will be chaired by
paid tribute to Lt. Christopher Gregg Lynn Wong.
who was on leave from Iraq visiting his
The 2009 Debutantes strolled around
the ballroom handing each guest a
Fine Arts Foundation candied rose as an expression of thanks
from Pam and Dave Duke.
Citizens of the Arts
The Ballroom at the Brown Palace was
the setting for this year’s Fine Arts
Foundation Citizens of the Arts Jubilee.
President Kitty Gregg presented the
2009 Citizen of the Arts award to Dave
and Pam Duke.
Dave and Pam graciously accepted their
award and responded with kind words
and personal sentiments. Dave delivered
a heart-warming acceptance speech
expressing his love for the arts.
Following a performance by the Denver
Brass 5, Dave and Pam’s 2-year old
granddaughter, Audrey, sang “So Long,
Farewell” as she joined Dave and Pam
in waving goodnight to the audience.
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Fine Arts Foundation
The Nominating Committee is proud to
present the proposed slate for the 2009-
2010 Fine Arts Foundation Board of
President – Jody Phelps
President Elect – Murri Bishop
Vice President – Gail Nash
Assistant Vice President – Carolyn
Vice President of Grants – Karen Fisher
Assistant Vice President of Grants –
Vice President of Membership – Annie
Assistant Vice President of Membership
– Jane Wiltshire
Assistant Vice President of Membership
– Janie Prendergast
Vice President of Development – Hilde
Assistant Vice President of
Development – Julia Scheele
Vice President of Marketing – Susan
Assistant Vice President of Marketing –
Treasurer – Pat Elliott
Assistant Treasurer – Lynn Cahen
Assistant Treasurer – Lauri Speich
Recording Secretary – Gwen Lake
Administrative Secretary – Mariette
Ball Chair – Lynn Hinkle
Ball Co-Chair – Mary Ann Henry
Jubilee Chair – Lynn Wong
Jubilee Co-Chair – Jeanne Shannon
Strategic Planning Chair – Margo
Fine Arts Foundation Fund Chair – Judy
Nominating Chair – Mary McNicholas
Nominating Committee – Pat Elliott,
Gail Nash, D’Wayn Stone and Jean
Board Advisors – Vivian Tate and
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Debutante Events Annual Donor .
D’Wayn Stone Campaign .
Debutantes Enjoy Their Year
Jane Wiltshire Upcoming
The 17 young ladies who are preparing
The Annual Donor Campaign of the Events
Fine Arts Foundation encourages
for their presentation on July 18th are individuals, corporations or other
having quite a year. Since the first of foundations to support the arts in the
the year, the girls have enjoyed an community through grant partnerships May 5, 2009
evening at the Brown Palace with their with the Foundation and contributions Springtime Membership
parents, honoring the 2009 Citizens of to the Endowment Fund. Donations are Luncheon
the Arts, Dave and Pam Duke. The appreciated in any amount and may be The Westin Tabor Center
girls and their families put together designated to fund Grants or directed to 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
several baskets for the silent auction the Endowment Fund. Gifts may be
which were a big hit. made in honor or remembrance of loved
July 18, 2009
ones. Partnership Program monies Fine Arts Foundation
Puttin’ on the Glitz model workshop is are distributed by grants, following the
one of the most enjoyable events for the Debutante Ball
Fine Arts Foundation allocation
girls. They practiced ramp walking and guidelines. The Fine Arts Foundation
received makeup tips in preparation for Endowment Fund was created in 1996
the Fashion Show in March. Everyone to ensure the future of the Fine Arts
enjoyed the evening being with friends Foundation and to enhance the
and making new ones. credibility of the Fine Arts Foundation
in the community. The Denver
The Fine Arts Foundation Luncheon Foundation manages The Fund.
and Debutante Fashion Show was held
on March 1st at the Denver Marriott Benefit levels may be found on our web
South. The Debutantes and Tiara site,
Mistress’s showed us what was new for www.FineArtsFoundationDenver.com.
spring with fashions from Mariel and All donations are tax-deductible.
Three Blind Mice. Way to show off the Donations may be sent to Pat Elliott,
best of spring fashions! 6560 East Berry Avenue, Greenwood
Village, CO 80111.
We are now counting down to this
year’s Ball on July 18th at the Cable Thank you for your consideration of a
Center just north of the University of gift to the Fine Arts Foundation.
Denver Campus. The Debutantes’
Moms will have their final
informational coffee on April 9th where
they will be given all the details for Ball
night. The Debutantes and their Web Site Update
presenters will enjoy dinner at the
McNicholas home, where they will be Cindy Denkenberger
introduced to the curtsey for Ball night.
They are also going to get a few Pictures from the 2008 Debutante Ball,
pointers on general dinner etiquette. provided by Bettinger Photography are
The girls, their parents, and escorts will available on their website – click
learn how to dance the waltz for http://www.bettingerphoto.com/debutantes.php to
presentation night. The dinner and see the beautiful pictures.
dance lessons will be at The Denver
Country Club on June 14th. If you have any suggestions or specific
pictures you would like to include, please e-
By the time Ball week arrives, we will
mail Cindy at email@example.com.
all be looking forward to the girls’
presentation and curtsey. Plan to attend
and share in the fun at the Cable Center. http://www.fineartsfoundationdenver.com/
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Fine Arts Foundation There are artists, artisans, artifacts, art
objects and works of art. At the Denver Art Museum and other
Jubilee places, I’ve discovered definitions by
February 6, 2009 I’m just trying to “articulate” all the well-known artists.
Dave and Pam Duke Robert Motherwell: Art is an
So, “What is art?” It’s a tiny question, experience, not an object.
“Citizens of the Arts” with a big elusive answer!
Twyla Tharp: Art is the only way to run
If you have a great voice and sing only away without leaving home!
in the shower, can you be an artist?
Remarks by Dave Does art require an audience? Or a Georges Braque: Art is meant to disturb.
certain quality? Do you have to be
Duke “discovered” to be a real artist? Oscar Wilde: Art never expresses
anything but itself. (He was quite in
If you write the most beautiful prose or earnest when he said that!)
poetry, are you an artist? Margaret
Mitchell, unbeknown to anyone, did just Pablo Picasso: Art is a lie which makes
that. When she pulled the manuscript us see the truth.”
Gone With the Wind out of her drawer,
it eventually became a monumental But even more revealing are kids’
work of art. Was it art while hidden in answers to the same question:
her drawer? Or did it become art
through some sort of process over time?
The kids said: Art is what your heart is
As a Citizen of the Arts, I’ve had a It seems to me that young children are telling you and what you want to say to
question on my mind for quite some natural artists. the world.
Give kids a chance, and you’ll find Art is your insides coming out!
The question is: “What...... exactly… them creating a puppet show, dancing
is…. Art? around the house, singing to themselves, Art is grace and effort, resulting in
playing invisible flutes, finger painting, something that provokes thought.
If Pam and I are going to be citizens of making movies with Mom and Dad's
“it”, we should at least know what “it” camcorder, or dressing up the family Art is an idea that becomes a physical
is! dog as the star of a show. Give kids a reality.
ball or a stick and they’ll invent a new
I know there’s fine art, right? And game! Art is everything you see.
there’s high art, low art, pop art, modern
art and contemporary art (though I You’ll notice in our bio that Pam and I Art is whatever I want it to be.
confuse the two), experimental art, helped with the building of a new
visual art, performance art, Native Immanuel Lutheran School in Loveland. When I draw art, it makes me feel
American art, western art, Crayola art We recently received a card from Bud happy. (4-year-old Sabrina)
(my favorite!), primitive art, every Westermann whose granddaughter
country and tribe in the world art. I attends the school. But this card isn’t And last….
even took a course called Military Art. just any card! It sports a beautiful work
of art on its front cover. The art on the I don’t know what art is. I don’t think
Artists create dance, music, poetry, card reminds me of the art I was anyone else does either. That’s why it’s
ballet, opera, film, novels, paintings, admiring this past weekend at the “art”!
sculptures… The list of art forms goes Denver Art Museum. Except that this
on and on…. card’s art was created by Bud’s As I’ve asked my tiny question, I’ve
granddaughter, Gwendolyn! seen how it noticeably affects people -
Things are “artfully done.” especially art lovers. It's an open-ended
We “master the art of something.” So, I’ve become an itinerant Citizen of question. What you'll find in the asking
the Arts - wandering around the city – and answering is that your relationship
There’s art appreciation and art history. asking my little question, “What is to art begins to change.
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You’ll see yourself begin asking: What drawings you bring back from Italy.
purpose does art serve? Why do I
respond to art the way I do? Why did It’s in . . . the conversation you just had.
the artist do it this way? Why do I like, It’s in a loving wink and the way you
or not like, what an artist has done? think.
At some point, we find ourselves All these things, and many others, are
saying, "I once had an idea like that! I our own personal footholds in the world
could do something like that!” of art.
At that point, we move from art Because art isn't something somebody
observer to participant in our own art. else does. It's what we all do. It simply
comes down to how far we want to
Andy Warhol once said: Art is what you explore it.
can get away with"
Pam, I think it’s going to be fun being
And one of the kids said: Art is what Citizens of the Arts!
you do when you're not doing what
you're supposed to do" It certainly is fun being here tonight
with you, our very dear friends!
These are deliciously exciting thoughts
– almost as though our own art is a Thank you for this honor.
sought-after guilty pleasure!
So, “What is art?” I’m not sure my (Reprinted with Permission)
quest is over. But this I know: there’s
art in every single one of us, my dear
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