This year's Art on the Streets
awards ceremony is over, but the art is out for everyone to enjoy. 2014 brings 11 new pieces of art to Colorado Springs, in various spots around the downtown area.
As noted in an April IndyBlog post
, a panel of judges — Fine Arts Center
curator and museum director Blake Milteer
, architect Michael Collins
and Salida artist Jimmy Descant
— selected their favorite sculpture to be honored at the event.
Local artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado
" was judged to be the best of this year's crop. The sculpture, a reaching hand and arm, hangs in the Plaza of the Rockies building downtown. Tirado will also have a gallery of drawings at the Fine Arts Center starting on next Saturday, June 21, running through Sept. 28. For more information, check out his page on the FAC's website
Another prize is the People's Choice, which goes to the most popular sculpture from last year's crop of art. Tim Upham
's "Red Springs Garden
" won that award this year, lauded by the public for its vivid colors and energy. Upham, a Fort Collins resident, was not present at the event.
But there was one more person being honored, aside from the artists. Judy Noyes, who also ran the Chinook bookshop downtown, started Art on the Streets in 1998. After her passing last June, the city commissioned a piece to honor Noyes. In front of City Hall on Nevada Avenue, passersby can find three sculpted purple coneflowers, Noyes' favorite. Event organizers also gave out purple coneflower seeds, so attendants could spread Noyes' memory and, hopefully, her spirit.
All 11 sculptures will be downtown through early 2015. For a complete guide to the art and the artists, go to the Art on the Streets page at downtowncs.com
. The site includes a downloadable pamphlet with a guide to all of the pieces.
The celebration also had a performance component. Local breakdance crew Soul Mechanics performed at the City Auditorium, to an awed crowd.