Permanent Collections

Kids love Dogs @ Children's Hospital

Especially when they are not feeling well and need a boost of joy. Luckily they have the chance to get a dose of happy when they see those colorful, larger-than-life dog portraits.

Tif Choate's artworks are part of the permanent collections in two Children's Hospital campuses in Colorado. Tif was commissioned in 2019 to create six paintings for the Children's Hospital Colorado, North Campus in Broomfield, CO. This request came after Tif exhibited her famous series of large colorful dogs at the Frederick C. Hamilton gallery at the Children's Hospital Anschutz campus in Aurora, CO.

The following year, two additional paintings were commissioned to bless the Aurora campus, one as a gift for a retiring chair board member. Visitors and patients at Colorado Children's Hospital Anschutz campus can now enjoy these two paintings on the 9th floor.

  • "Queenie" and "Chester" as part of permanent collection on 9th floor, Colorado Children's Hospital Anschutz Campus.

  • Tif with creative team, hanging four paintings in corridor between Emergency Dept. and Main hospital entry, at Colorado Children's Hospital North Campus.

  • "Charlie" and "Bungee & Oliver" being installed on the 5th floor at the Noth campus in Broomfield, CO

'Cantando Huesos Muertos A La Vida'

'Singing Dead Bones To Life'

She is Alana: A music-inspired Day of the Dead artwork, combining instruments and driftwood to shape her skeletal figure. She is animated in song and playing a metal-esque, punk’d-out ukulele. 

The why. We look around and see a broken world, disordered and dying. But look around and listen! The power of song, music and joyful speaking brings forth beauty with LOVE; it revives even dry bones. Joy re-orders and renews.  Love brings forth life. Inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-6

Materials include:    One Yamaha guitar (donated by Yamaha), one Serena classical guitar neck and parts, one Kohala Ukulele (both donated by the Choates), one handmade kit ukulele ( donated by friend and fellow musician, David Rosenberg), native driftwood from Waneka Lake and Bird Preserve, steel wire, hardware from all instruments mentioned above, artificial, colorful flora and fauna, electronic components and clock gears.  *Also, there is an optional magnetic, fabric tongue that can be stored in the back.

All artwork and crafting is done by the Choate family, Tif Choate, Jim Choate and ORion Choate. This artwork was a part of the ‘Strings To Wings’ Auction in 2021 to fundraise for The Sanctuary Music Project pioneered by musician, Rebecca Folsom.  It was bid on and won and then donated to the Lafayette Public Library for the enjoyment of visitors.

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