Parker Arts | Art Gallery Exhibits


Art & Music Inspired by the Great Outdoors

 PACE Center Art Gallery
May 3 - June 30, 2017
Opening Reception May 5 from 6:00 - 7:30pm
with the Parker Symphony Orchestra's performance starting at 7:30pm
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Mother Nature has been regarded as a muse for hundreds of artists around the world. In celebration of her beauty the Plein Air Painters of America and the Parker Symphony Orchestra have joined forces for Notes from Nature, a collaborative project of visual art and music. From May 3rd to June 14th, artwork accentuating the great outdoors by the highly renowned Plein Air Painters of America will be featured in the PACE Center’s art gallery. On May 5th, The Parker Symphony Orchestra, drawing inspiration from the same muse, will perform pieces emulating these natural wonders while artwork from the Plein Air Painters is projected above them. Dvořák’s “In Nature’s Realm, Mendelssohn’s “Nocturne” from Midsummer Night's Dream, and Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” are just a few of the pieces that will be performed. In addition, before the symphony’s performance on May 5th, there will be an opening reception for the art exhibit. Artists from the Plein Air Painters of America, as well as members of the Parker Symphony Orchestra will be joining the pre-show festivities with a talk discussing the performance and exhibit. The art on display will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting the PACE Center and the Plein Air Painters of America. Light desserts and a cash bar will be available.

Established in 1994, the Parker Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to perform orchestra music that will educate, entertain and inspire the people of Parker, Colorado and the surrounding communities. René Knetsch, PSO’s Music Director commented on the collaboration with the Plein Air Painters of America saying:

"Artists and composers for centuries have been inspired by scenes in nature to create their works. It is a thrill for the Parker Symphony Orchestra to do this collaboration with the Plein Air Painters of America. We will be performing several very well-known nature-inspired masterpieces, which will be enhanced by the projection above the orchestra of the paintings of the Plein Air artists. This concert promises to be a unique experience for all."

The Plein Air Painters of America is a fellowship of professional artists dedicated to the historic tradition of painting directly from life. Through this approach of firsthand observation, their members strive to more fully explore and respond to the timeless beauty that surrounds us all. Rose Fredrick, Parker Art’s Curator, finds the collaboration to be a unique opportunity for community enrichment:

“The Plein Air Painters of America offer artwork of a high caliber bringing the art gallery to new elevations while enriching not only the symphony’s performance, but the PACE Center, and the community during their exhibit with us.”

Learn more about the Parker Symphony Orchestra at and the Plein Air Painters of America at

CLICK HERE for tickets and more information on the Notes from Nature performance with the Parker Symphony Orchestra.


Inspired by Rocket Fizz

Artwork with a confectionery twist!
The Schoolhouse Theater
March 18 - May 27
Reception: March 23 6:30-8pm

Now showing in the Schoolhouse Gallery on Mainstreet through May 27th is the Parker Artist Guild’s first effort in partnering with local businesses in an annual art show at the Gallery. “Sweetart: Artwork inspired by Rocket Fizz” is a collection of fantastic eye candy!  The show features a variety of media and artists. The opening reception is Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Schoolhouse. The public is invited for free refreshments and fun.
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