Beth Stade, a local artist and CU math researcher will give an interactive, public talk on Thursday, May 4, 6:30 – 8:00. The Collective invites the public to meet the artist at 6:30 pm; her workshop titled, “5 Ways Math Makes Great Art – Number 3 Will Shock You!” will begin at 7:00 pm.  Light snacks will be served.  The event is free and open to the public; the talk will include math concepts suitable for ages 16 +.

The interactive talk will focus on math, pattern, and art.  “Mathematics is the language of patterns, and patterns delight our brains in the visual arts. With simple draw-along activities, this interactive talk will explore patterns in modern art installations, and in the art of Da Vinci, Escher, and others.  No word problems, promise,” says Ms. Stade.

Stade’s “Possession Series” a collection of small iron and rock sculptures will be on display at The Collective during April and May.  Stade is a local artist and faculty member of the CU Center for STEM Learning and the CU Department of Mathematics. Ms. Stade is also the designer of Lafayette’s “Geometry Point” at Mike Romero Park, an interactive and educational public exhibition.

The sculpture exhibit and the talk are In conjunction with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)  portrait exhibit.   The Arts and Cultural Resources Department is proud to partner with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) for the April and May exhibit.  This exhibit will feature more than 50 portraits of Colorado Women who have made an impact in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The portrait exhibit will feature notable women including Dr. Susan (Doc Susie) Anderson, Pilot Penny Hamilton, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Justina Ford, and Martha Maxwell as well as Judy Collins, Helen Bonfils, and Eppie Archuleta. The portraits represent a wide range of skill, education, perseverance, and hard work.

The Collective –Community Arts Center is a City of Lafayette facility managed by the Arts and Cultural Resources Department.  The Collective Gallery is open to the public form 9 am – 1 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and for special events.   For more information visit

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