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Three Views art exhibition opens Friday, Jan. 18

Art exhibition “Three Views” presents works by longtime Lakewood residents, the Parson family, at Lakewood Cultural and Civic centers
Free opening reception Jan. 18; artist talk Feb. 16


The City of Lakewood presents “Three Views: Contemporary work by two generations of Lakewood artists with Charles Parson, Collin Parson and Devon Parson,” the inaugural art exhibition of its 50th anniversary exhibition series, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, and Civic Center, 480 S. Allison Parkway, through March 28.


This exhibition presents the work of longtime Lakewood residents, the Parson family, and highlights the similarities and differences of two generations of creativity. With the common bonds of time and place, their separate visual vocabularies speak to the experience of living in the western United States in the 21st century. The distinctions of views of light and shadow, massive scale and delicateness, expansive space and airy atmosphere address the connections of landscapes and passages of time.


The artists aspire to present contemplative moments, specifically regarding the contemporary western experience. Their artwork considers universal themes represented by sunrises and sunsets; earth’s surfaces and forms; the West’s spaces and the individual’s sense of place in it.


Having lived in Lakewood since 1987, the Parson family has continued their tradition of creativity not only in the visual arts but in their past and present larger family’s active contributions to the world of folk music, dance and activism. Being part of the nationally recognized folk arts “Ritchie Singing Family of the Cumberlands,” they also are part of the regionally renowned Kermiet family who ran the oldest square dance store in America and operated the Lookout Mountain Lighted Lantern Folk & Square Dance camp for 30 years. This family’s current generation continues adding to this rich cultural history with visual arts, music, dance and performance.


Community members are invited to attend a free opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, during which they can meet the artists and Arts Programming Curator Laine Godsey. A free artist talk also will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.


For more information, visit, call 303-987-7844 or email


Sponsored by the Lakewood Heritage, Culture & the Arts Division; and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations.
Posted on: Wednesday, January 16, 2019