Three Views: Charles, Collin and Devon Parson

Lakewood Cultural Center (470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood)

January 10 - March 24, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 18th from 5 - 7pm
  • Free Artist Talk: Saturday, February 16th at 11am
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Two generations of Parson family artists will occupy three exhibition spaces within the Lakewood Cultural Center as part of the City's 50th Anniversary exhibition series. Charles, Collin, and Devon, each exceptionally well regarded artists in their own right, will coalesce for a collection of exhibitions celebrating the creative similarities and differences between multiple family generations.

The Parson's describe their artistic connection be saying " With the common bonds of time and place, (our) separate visual vocabularies speak to the contemporary experience of living and raising a creative family (in Lakewood, Colorado) in the 21st Century."

Celebrating Lakewood’s 50th Anniversary this current exhibit presents the work of longtime residents, The Parson Family. It presents the similarities and differences of two family generations of creativity. With the common bonds of time and place, their separate visual vocabularies speak to the 21st century’s 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 resulting experience of this exhibit is to enrich the viewers’ looking and thinking, specifically of the contemporary western experience we all share. The artists aspire to present contemplative moments of the universal themes represented by sunrise 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’s 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 Cumberland’s”, they also are part of the regionally renowned Kermiet family who ran the oldest square dance store in America as well as for 30 years operated the Lookout Mountain Lighted Lantern Folk & Square Dance camp. This family’s current generation continues to adding to this rich cultural history with visual arts, music, dance and performance.