Evergreen Players, considered Colorado’s
oldest continuously operating theater com-
pany, formed in 1950 as a gathering of the-
ater aficionados reading plays in one anoth-
er’s homes. The nonprofit organization is
governed by a volunteer board of directors
and four paid part-time staff.
Evergreen Players is committed to provid-
ing professional quality theater to inspire,
engage and entertain. Comprised of profes-
sionals and amateur volunteers of all ages
and walks of life, onstage and behind the
scenes, The Players present six shows annu-
ally at Evergreen’s Center Stage Theater.
Productions showcase comedies/classics,
dramas/musicals and regional premieres.
“Our mission is to create community
through the power of life,” says Board Vice
President Kathleen Davis, who, along with
her husband, has been involved with the
group for 50 years. The couple’s half-cen-
tury commitment to the Players is not only
inspiring, but also it is a hard “act” to follow.
In January of 2015, Art for the Mountain
Community (incorporated in 1994), officially became Sculpture Evergreen. Over
the last 20 years, the organization’s focus
has been to place high-quality, enduring art
BY JO ANN M. COLTON
“Sculpture Evergreen contributes to Ever-
green’s creative side by beautifying our out-
doors through sculptures,” said Lisa Wood,
a Sculpture Evergreen board member.
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The Creative Side of
in public Jefferson County locations—pre-
dominantly in Evergreen.
In conjunction with Evergreen Park
and Recreation, Sculpture Evergreen’s
first commissioned project, “Spirit of the
Land,” by Denver sculptor Madeline Wiener, was selected from submissions by 41
applicants. It was placed outside the Evergreen Lake House in 1996. Other commissioned sculpture winners are: “The Foreman” (1998) by Evergreen sculptor Laura
Mehmert, placed outside Evergreen’s
Hiwan Homestead Museum in cooperation with Jefferson County Open Space
and the Jefferson County Historical Society; “Spirit of the Rockies” (2001) by Colorado Springs sculptor Ivan Kosta; “Kelle
III” (2003); “Setting the Pace” (2006); “The
Firefighter” (2006); “Peace” (2008) and
“Bear Chair” (2012).
In 1999 Sculpture Evergreen began its
popular Sculpture Walk in downtown Evergreen, later expanding the Walk to encompass more of the scenic areas throughout
the community, including Evergreen Lake
and Bergen Park. The self-guided 24/7
Sculpture Walk artwork tour, which continues to draw art lovers to Evergreen,
can now be enhanced by using your cell
phone. By calling 303-562-0435 and enter-ing each sculpture’s unique access number, followed by the ‘#’ sign, the caller will
hear more about that particular sculpture,
the artist’s inspiration and more.
“CREATIVITY” INVOLVES ENVISIONING groundbreaking
ideas and then making them a reality—which is
something Evergreen, Colorado, knows a lot about.
• Nestled in the foothills just 35 minutes southwest of Denver at a
Rocky Mountains elevation of 7,220 feet, this unincorporated Jefferson
County area flourishes, without a community government, through the
creativity, artistry and imaginative support of its many local nonprofit
agencies, businesses and residents. • But the creative side of Evergreen
encompasses more than just a flair for governing itself. • Evergreen has
long been a mecca for artists and others abounding with innovative ways
to showcase their personal interpretations of life. • A sampling of the
creative side of Evergreen, though not inclusive, is featured here.