The Duck and Outer Banks community is diminished by the death of much-loved artist and former Duck Town Council member Denver Lindley, Jr., who died on December 30, 2010 at age 80 at the home of his son Matthew and daughter-in-law Jessica in Lexington, Massachusetts.
He was a Yale University graduate who then studied, and later taught, at the Art Students League in New York City. Denver’s paintings have been exhibited in New York and Pennsylvania, and later on the Outer Banks. Denver moved to the Town of Duck in 1988 and served on the Duck Town Council from 2005 to 2007.
Throughout his life, he was a strong supporter of the visual, as well as performing and literary arts. While a County Commissioner in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he created the Bucks County Council on the Arts and was a founder of the James Michener Art Museum (referred to as the Art & Soul of Bucks County). “There is no doubt that Denver is the Michener Museum’s godfather,” said Michener Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Katsiff. He also served on the Board of the Cunningham Dance Foundation and was a Co-Founder of Icarus International.
Denver’s passion for art was an inspiration to many. In honor of him, Denver’s friends, Jim and Debbie Millis, have established The Denver Lindley, Jr. Arts Scholarship Fund providing the initial funding of $75,000. That scholarship will benefit Dare County students pursuing undergraduate studies in the arts.
On Sunday, March 13, 2011, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., there will be a Celebration Honoring an Artist’s Life: A Memorial Tribute to Denver Lindley at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head, where he frequently exhibited. Denver’s paintings, on loan from collectors and from his family, will be on exhibit for the occasion.
So many of us have a special memory of Denver, and for those who wish to provide a written “Denver story” prior to the celebration, these will be collected in a “Moments with Denver” binder which will be available for sharing at Glenn Eure’s Gallery throughout the year and then turned over to the Outer Banks History Center. To submit a story, e-mail your “Moment with Denver” to firstname.lastname@example.org; mail it to Glenn Eure at P. O. Box 1232, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948; or drop it off at Glenn Eure’s Gallery in Nags Head.