First Friday Art Walks are always good fun, but one local artist has added an extra element to this month's event. Spica Stolfus, known around town simply as Spica, has created art of all sorts throughout his life including painting, poetry, film and interactive art installations
. His latest project includes gifting 14 galleries between downtown and Old Colorado City with 14 plants, creating something that is part art exhibit and part scavenger hunt.
He challenges each person attending Friday's Art Walk to search for the plants as they visit their favorite galleries, hoping to encourage participants to stop into places that they may not normally go.
"The multiple gallery idea was actually an attempt to get away from the segregation of the sole gallery chauvinism and address the overall experience people have of the Art Walk," he says. The intention behind this outside-the-box, multi-gallery exhibit is what drives it, yet each of the planters is a work of art on its own as well.
Each planter contains a rock from one of Colorado's 54 14ers, all of which Spica has climbed. They are also inscribed with haikus "from Japanese masters selected from hundreds that I researched and chose for their reference to trees and mountains," Spica says.
Since the planters are gifts, Spica hopes they will remain in the galleries long after Art Walk.
Want to know where to find them? Well, the mystery is part of the fun. Explore galleries throughout downtown and Old Colorado City on Friday, Aug. 5, and see if you can't find the entirety of Spica's exhibit.