Art Opening Madeleine Dodge & Frederick Pichon “Check Mate”

Current Artist Live Music at La Cour
Tonight October 6 opens “Check Mate”:  by Denver artists Frederick Pichon and MadeleineDodge at La Cour.  Jazz by Alicia Baker & Alex Heffron
 Small works created in the spirit of the game of Chess
La Cour:  Denver’s Art and Jazz Bistro,  
October 6, 2017 – November 2, 2017  
Opening Reception:  Friday, October 6th 5-10 p.m.,  
Madeleine & Frederick have teamed up to play a game of art chess.  
Each artist takes turns working on the same piece in much the way players execute a game of chess according to the rules of the game.
These small works are abstract assemblages combining a great array of experimental processes 
and brilliantly imaginative materials and techniques.

Madeleine Dodge

Denver artist Madeleine Dodge explores the visual experience in a spirit of experimentation and an emphasis on materials and process, revealing the extraordinary in the ordinary details of everyday life. While primarily an abstract painter, she frequently engages with other disciplines using technology, natural processes, printmaking and sculptural means to create surprising, integrative works that transcend divisions and definitions.


Madeleine was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma and moved to Denver, in 1959. After graduating with her BFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1968, she lived in New York City for three years painting and teaching until returning to Denver in 1973 to practice as a strong presence in the Denver artistic community. Her work is included in many collections, both private and public, in the United States and abroad and is currently associated with Spark Gallery in Denver, Colorado and will be showing at La Cour throughout the month of October.

Frederick Pichon was born in France. He practiced as an architect in Paris for 15 years on projects that include the renovation of the Grand Palais or the Millennium celebrations along the Champs Elysees. 

Mr. Pichon moved to New York City and worked on “Stage Architecture” for the Tigers Stadium in Detroit, with sculptures of giants tigers and baseball paraphernalia, and movie theater architecture. 
For the American Museum of Natural History Mr. Pichon designed scene  exhibits ranging from Einstein and Genomics to the Physics of Baseball and interactive sculptural elements. 

In parallel to Architecture, he has pursued a lifelong interest in painting. .Frederick moved to Denver in 2006 and professionally pursued painting in 2009, he became a member of local co-op galleries, Spark and Edge. 
Since 2014 he has been an artist at Palette Contemporary in Albuquerque and participated in successful juried shows like the Cherry Creek art Festival and the Des Moines Art festival as well as one-man or group shows.


music by Alicia Baker & Alex Heffron

Alicia Baker, has been performing on the accordion professionally for many years with International accordion championship titles under her belt.  Her musical versatility is astounding, performing styles that range from standard jazz and Parisienne cafe, to pop and techno. Alicia’s real uniqueness comes from her classically trained accordion technique in combination with her classically trained voice. She graduated from OSU in 2013 with three bachelor of music degrees; vocal performance, piano performance, and music education.  Originally from Portland, Oregon, Alicia is currently working on her master of music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy at CU Boulder. She also works part-time for Roland Corporation, where she demonstrates digital pianos and accordions all over the country as her schedule permits. Check out her website for recordings and more information: 

Alex Heffron is a young guitarist working on becoming fluent in the language of Jazz. He started from a young age working with many great jazz educators. Currently a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, he is working on developing his skills as a Jazz and Classical guitar player. This project will be presenting many of his original compositions as well as songs that have inspired him during the years he has had to hone his craft.

Alicia and Alex make a dynamite duo between their individual mastery of accordion and guitar. They love to play jazz standards, gypsy jazz, and parisiene-inspired music. The two are well known in Boulder amongst the jazz jam scene.