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Nothing but treats on display for GSA After Hours art exhibit

Image of small car that won first place in the art show


Tucked in the Arts District of Denver, judges gathered Oct. 29 at the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building to celebrate the talent of some inspired, yet unclaimed artists—Federal employees.

A menagerie of paintings, photography, sculptures and fine arts and crafts fill the building’s front lobby and serve as eye-candy to the delight of workers and visitors. All these creations in the “After Hours” Employee Art Exhibition showcase the myriad talents of government employees throughout Colorado.

“Many employees have hidden talents and hobbies that they hone and perfect ‘off the clock,’ ” said Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator Sue Damour. “This event allows us a glimpse into their stories in a very visual way.”

Denver art professionals Bill Havu, owner of the William Havu Gallery, and Linda Purcell, Principal Architect for Architecture PML, judged the competition.

The winners of the exhibit include:

  • Best in show: ‘Cole Mine Canyon Lightning Strike,’ photograph by Bill Speaks, DOI Business Center
  • First place: ‘1903 Ford Runabout model,’ fine craft by David Von Behren, USDA Food & Nutrition Service
  • Second place: ‘Lavender Bee,’ fine craft by Sharon Malloy Standbridge, GSA Public Building Service
  • Third place: ‘October Snow at Officers Gulch,’ photograph by Richard Tucker, DOI Office of Natural Resources Revenue
  • Honorable mention: ‘The Journey,’ fine craft by Theresa Ely, National Park Service
  • Honorable mention: ‘Wired Series 1: Male Backside,’ sculpture by Mike McGrath, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Honorable mention: ‘Joy,’ digital media by Jean Belille, EPA Office of Enforcement Compliance & Environmental Justice

The exhibit is on display through Nov. 15. It is open to the public during regular business hours for the Cesar Chavez Memorial Building, which is M-F, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The building is located at 1244 Speer Blvd.

“GSA is excited to share these creative works with the community. This exhibit is another way we can make our public spaces more inviting and engaging for everyone to enjoy,” said Damour.

To view some of the artwork on display, click here.


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