Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sangre's new 'third place' in Pueblo

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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We've talked about third places here at the Indy before, last summer when Bryce Crawford reviewed Gold Hills Java:

Few things contribute to personal happiness like a solid "third place," a neutral, public gathering spot. With home being the first and work the second, a third place fills the need "for people to gather easily, inexpensively, regularly and pleasurably — a 'place on the corner.'"

That void is usually easily filled by a watering-hole type of place, like a coffee shop, but what about a museum?

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center is giving it a try. Monday it announced that it's converting the Hoag Gallery into the Third Place where each month an artist will inhabit the space and cavort with the public.

"Rather than viewing art on a wall, visitors are invited to make themselves comfortable in the studio, socialize, visit with the artist, and watch the creative process live," reads the press release.

Artists, both new and established, will float in and out of the space through their month, but be reliably on site from 5-10 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month with guest musicians.

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Third Place kicks off May 1 with Sophie Fernandez Healey and Javier Flores, where they will begin work on a mural called "How the West Was Won." The Yarn Bomb Brigade of Pueblo will move in for June and painter Ann Yaeger in July.

Read more about Third Place at facebook.com/pueblothirdplace and read the press release after the jump.

Sangre de Cristo Art
Center launches The Third Place in the Hoag Studio


(Pueblo, Colo.—April 23, 2012) The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center will transform the Hoag Gallery into an artist studio space called The Third Place beginning May 4, 2012. Every month a new artist will “take over” the Hoag Studio and work on their pieces while sharing their experiences with the public.

“While most of us spend much of our lives at home (our ‘first’ place) and our workplace, (our ‘second’ place) we derive much of the enjoyment and fun in our lives at ‘third places,’ such as coffee shops, parks, libraries, and art galleries”, said executive director Dr. Dan Lere. “We invite you to make the Hoag Studio one of your “third places.”

The Third Place offers a new way to experience art. Rather than viewing art on a wall, visitors are invited to make themselves comfortable in the studio, socialize, visit with the artist, and watch the creative process live. It’s also a way to find out what’s happening in the local art scene. Some of the featured artists have established names and reputations, while others are emerging, contemporary artists; all are based within the region.

In addition to working throughout the month at various times during the day, the artists will be in studio from 5-10 pm on the first and third Fridays of every month, along with guest musicians. There’s no charge to stop by and become part of the experience. First Friday Art Walks provide the perfect opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about Pueblo’s great art talent, while third Fridays provide an opportunity to see the progress they’ve made!

The Third Place’s first featured artists are Sophie Fernandez Healey & Javier Flores. Beginning May 1, they will cover the walls of the studio with a backdrop, then proceed to create a mural titled How the West Was Won throughout the month.

“I have been drawing and painting for most of my life,” said Fernandez Healy. “In high school I found myself constantly drawn to art classes and when I attended Pueblo Community College (PCC), it was pretty much the same story. After graduating PCC, I attended the Metropolitan State College of Denver, where I graduated again with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Emphasis in Painting. In Denver, I found a love for all mediums, including painting in oils and acrylics, mural painting, and printmaking.

“My artwork is almost always a reflection of my experiences in my life, ranging from observations of beauty found in unexpected places to a subtle commentary on social and political issues. I love to use visual metaphors, color and a layering of mediums to convey strong concepts.”

Since 2008, Flores has been the artist in residence at VSA Colorado/Access gallery, a local gallery affiliated with the national organization Very Special Arts. “Access gallery is a non-profit that deals primarily with people with disabilities and I help during open studio time,” he said. “I am now part of a printmaking collaborative called Good Thieves Press. As a visual artist, I use painting, printmaking and other techniques to create a visual language. Whether it is my symbolist artwork or socio-political commentary, I try to always relay a message, be it satirical, critical, or introspective.”

Fernandez Healy and Flores will be followed by the Yarn Bomb Brigade of Pueblo in June (“turning knitting and crocheting into an artistic revolution”), and painter Ann Yaeger in July.

For more information about The Third Place visit facebook.com/pueblothirdplace, SangredeCristoArts.org or call 719.295.7200.

About the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center
The cultural hub of Southern Colorado, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary non-profit center for the arts located in Pueblo that serves 17 surrounding counties. A fully accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Arts Center gives visitors the tools to think and act creatively through high quality art exhibitions featuring local, national and global artists, world class performing arts, dance arts with a pre-professional ballet company, an award-winning children’s museum, comprehensive arts educational programming and space for meetings, performances and life events.
Admission to the Arts Center is $4 for adults and $3 for children and military. Admission includes the Buell Children’s Museum. Members of the Arts Center receive free admission. Galleries and Buell Children’s Museum are open Tuesday-Saturday 11a.m.-4p.m.; closed Mondays. Box office open Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-5p.m. and Saturday, 9a.m.-4p.m.For more information, please call 719-295-7200; stop by the Arts Center located at 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., just off of I-25, exit 98b, or visit online at www.sangredecristoarts.org.

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