Expect to see new fabric paneling for wall art, plus UV- and heat-resistant coatings on the windows, as well as new carpeting, new paint and some spackle.
"The building is over a hundred years old, and there are some cracks that need to be patched," says Juanita Canzoneri, Commonwheel's marketing manager.
She says this renovation has been a long time coming — the members have been planning for between 15 and 18 months, timing the closure of two-and-a-half weeks with the slower season.
After the renovation, Canzoneri says that Commonwheel will continue to work on its guest gallery, dubbed the Creekside gallery. In the past, an unclear divide between member works and visiting artists' pieces has caused some confusion among visitors. The Creekside gallery will allow Commonwheel to give visiting exhibitors a separate exhibition space.
The Creekside gallery will open on March 18. Its first exhibitor will be Pueblo artist David Caricato
, presenting a selection of sculptures and figure paintings titled "Journey to Nowhere." Caricato recently won both the eclectic class and the professional best in show at the 2015 Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition for a 23-painting exhibit titled “The History of the Nude in Art.”
All of these changes are part of a "new energy" Canzoneri hopes to foster in the co-op.
Here's a peek at some of the work:
As you may or may not know, the Commonwheel Artists Co-Op closed for renovations in mid-February. They let me in to snap a few photos before their grand reopening, happening Sunday, March 6.