BMoCA at Anythink Fall Artist Showcase returns with theme “Exploring Landscapes”
Anythink and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) have partnered for the second year to make arts and culture more accessible to Adams County residents through the BMoCA at Anythink Fall Artist Showcase. Funded in part by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and the Kemper Family Foundations, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee, this year’s initiative has expanded to four library locations, including Anythink Bennett, Anythink Brighton, Anythink Commerce City and Anythink Huron Street. Local artists Cherish Marquez and Eileen Roscina will collaborate with community members to create works surrounding the theme of “Exploring Landscapes,” reflecting on nature, social connections, and both digital and physical worlds through the lens of the diverse landscapes that exist within Adams County.
Marquez and Roscina have responded to this theme in their works using both analog and digital formats. Through opportunities for public collaboration, the showcase provides avenues for people to connect, create and celebrate our community. Each location will host workshops, drop-in Q&As and more across the district as the artists create four unique installations.
“We are tremendously excited for the second iteration of the BMoCA at Anythink Fall Artist Showcase,” says Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Executive Director + Chief Curator, David Dadone. “After many years of partnering with Anythink to bring dynamic arts education programs to Adams County, the continuation of our exhibitions program is so important as part of fulfilling our hope to have contemporary art be a catalyst for creative and educational experiences. We’re so grateful to have Anythink as our partner to engage, inspire and delight Adams County residents through contemporary art for years to come.”
“At Anythink, our hope is that people are enriched by learning and culture through the offerings we provide. Our ongoing partnership with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art allows us to do this by making art and artists more accessible to people in our community, inviting them to be part of the process, engage in creation and celebrate together,” says Anythink Director of Strategic Partnerships Stacie Ledden. “This year’s theme of ‘exploring landscapes’ is so relevant to our rapidly changing community and provides the perfect entry point for conversations around nature and society. We can’t wait to see what Cherish Marquez and Eileen Roscina create together with our community.”
2022 BMoCA at Anythink Fall Artist Showcase
Secret Sky Seeds by Eileen Roscina
Oct. 19-Dec. 31, 2022
Anythink Brighton, 327 E. Bridge St., Brighton, CO 80601
Contemplate the landscape of the Brighton community through hanging sky seed sculptures. Like the dandelion seed, this collection of sculptures will float in the atrium of Anythink Brighton and represent the growth and renewal of life. Each sculpture will be created by community members and contain secret messages about what seeds people hope to sow for their futures in this collective garden of hope.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 am-12 pm – Solar Art with Cyanotype Fabric Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 am-12 pm – Sky Seed Sculpture Creation Workshop
Date to be announced – Opening Reception
Natura by Eileen Roscina
Nov. 2-Dec. 31, 2022
Anythink Commerce City, 7185 Monaco St., Commerce City, CO 80022
Explore the intersection between industry and nature through a mural composed of organic and natural materials that form the industrial landscape of Commerce City. This mural will celebrate growth, change and the vital history that seeds hold in shaping terrain. Community members will contribute to the mural by pressing flowers at Anythink Commerce City. What seeds can we plant for the future?
Saturday, Oct. 15, 12-2 pm – Nature Mandalas Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 22, 12-2 pm – The Natura Mural Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 5, 12-2 pm – Opening Reception
Topographic Memory by Cherish Marquez
Nov. 19-Dec. 31, 2022
Anythink Bennett, 495 7th Street, Bennett, CO 80102
Explore the landscape of Bennett, Colo., through an interactive topographic map and exploratory video game which will be created by artist Cherish Marquez. The virtual map will feature landmarks of the town and surrounding area, and stories from community members will be embedded in the game. The design of the topographic map will be made from recycled fabric, conductive material and an interface that will allow community members to move through a digital model of the community.
Friday, Oct. 7, 6-8 pm – Topographic Map Design and Modeling Workshop
Friday, Nov. 4, 6-8 pm – 3D Graphics Game Creation (21+) Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 19, 12-2 pm – Opening Reception
Social Signs by Cherish Marquez
Dec. 3-31, 2022
Anythink Huron Street, 9416 Huron Street, Thornton, CO 80260
This mural will display an interactive collection of symbols that explore identity and symbology while showing how augmented reality (AR) can help us generate deeper understandings of each other. Composed of meaningful symbols created by individuals, this collective mural will be a mosaic of icons that represent the community. Visitors will be able to scan the mural with the camera in their cell phones to learn the meaning behind each symbol, creating a link between the individual and the community while celebrating the unique cultural landscape of Anythink Huron Street.
Thursday, Nov. 3, 5-7 pm – Symbol Design and Mural Collage Workshop
Thursday, Nov. 17, 5-7 pm – Stories Come to Life Workshop
Thursday, Dec. 8, 5-7 pm – Opening Reception
Further details on exhibitions and workshops to follow in the coming weeks. For the latest information, visit anythinklibraries.org.
About the artists
Cherish Marquez is a queer Latina and interdisciplinary artist with a focus on digital media. She combines the digital world with the physical world, often including handmade objects that act as interfaces to control the worlds she fabricates. Her work acts as the mediation between digital and physical spaces.
Eileen Roscina is an artist, experimental filmmaker and naturalist. Through biomimicry and the study of biophilia, her work examines humans’ spiritual and social (dis)connection with nature and seeks to raise questions about realizing a radically different metaphoric mapping of time, space and our place in the world.