Westminster Returns for Second Year

Kelly Gladu proudly posing with her winning piece “Face Series - The Emerald Lady”

The National Arts Program was pleased to welcome back the City of Westminster, Colorado for their second NAP exhibit under the new coordination of Kristen Koehler, Cultural Affairs Specialist for the City’s Parks, Recreation & Libraries Department.  Kristen stepped right in and was extremely proactive in her new role as coordinator.  As a result, this year’s exhibition showcased 122 pieces from city employees, volunteers, retirees and their immediate family members.

When asked to reflect on her first time coordinating, Kristen said that being able to receive the artwork on the drop off days was one of her favorite experiences because it gave her the ability to interact with the artists and see the amazing talents of her community firsthand.  In addition, she was surprised by the variety of artwork that was entered. This year’s show featured everything “from jewelry, quilts, and handwoven scarfs to painting, mixed media, pottery and photography.” 

One of Kristen’s other favorite aspects of the show was the awards reception. She especially loved seeing the excitement on the faces of those who were being recognized for their artistic talents and received numerous positive comments from those who attended. As an added bonus, the department purchased beautiful bound journals that were given to all the Honorable Mention, like Kelly Galdu (pictured), and People’s Choice winners. “It was nice to be able to give them something in addition to their ribbon,” Kristen commented.

It’s the hard work and dedication of our coordinators, like Kristen, who often go above and beyond what is required to ensure that their participants have the best NAP experience possible.