Thanks to a late-afternoon tweet from the Broadmoor, I found out that the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center now has another claim to fame: one of its pieces is part of the United States Postal Service's Modern Art in America 1913-1931 2013 forever stamp collection.
The work is Arthur Dove's 1929 painting "Fog Horns," which belongs to the FAC's permanent collection. Unveiled in late 2012, Dove's work is part of a 12-stamp series that includes pieces by Georgia O'Keeffe, Man Ray and Marsden Hartley.
OK, there's no real huge point to this blog, just an interesting story.
Last week, I went to San Antonio (or more specifically, Boerne) to visit my family. While I was there, my father purchased a piece of art from the gorgeous Greenhouse Gallery, and that prompted an entire living room redecoration headed up by my mother, my grandmother and myself.
One of the paintings in the mix was this old brownish one of a house and a tree, something that's been in the visual periphery my whole life. Back when the family lived in the Springs, my mother bought it at a thrift store, apparently captured by its calm simplicity. Naturally, my grandmother remembers this (she never forgets a Goodwill/Arc score).
As we moved it about, I held it under a lamp to make out the tiny signature in the bottom corner. And lo, it says, Archie Musick. He who painted the interiors of the City Auditorium and the Manitou Springs Post Office as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's Public Works of Art Project and is a pillar of local Regionalist art. Musick was also a friend of Boardman Robinson, the director of the Broadmoor Art Academy when it became the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
What's more, I spoke to Archie's daughter Pat a few years back for this article on local art history.
Now, I'm no expert on authenticity, so any help is appreciated. All I know is that this signature matches those I found online, and the work sure suits his style. And that just goes to show you, one never knows what turns up at the thrift store.
The second year of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region's annual art organization fundraiser kicked off today, with 18 nonprofits slated to receive the money.
You can donate as much as you want, but for $60, you receive a Peak Radar Pass, which gets you discounts to restaurants and other businesses, passes or coupons to local events and more, all of which is listed online.
As before, donors can only contribute to the program as a whole, and not an individual organization; COPPeR's outlook is a holistic one, e.g., "a rising tide raises all boats." However, all underwriting and administrative costs have already been covered by the Founders Circle made up of: the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation and Kirkpatrick Family Fund.
So 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the following:
• Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (new this year)
• Colorado College Summer Music Festival (new this year)
• Ormao Dance Company (new this year)
Also like last year, the initiative will only run through May 1.
Last week, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center announced the winners from its annual Representing the West Art Exhibition & Sale.
We're obviously, um, late on this. So, without further ado ...
• Best of Show, 2D: "Ghost Ranch," by Teresa Vito
• First place, 2D: "13th and Grand, Pueblo, CO, Cir. 1995," by Nathan Solano
• Second place, 2D: "Swallow Duet," by Lani Vlaanderen
• Best of Show, 3D: "Mid Day Sun," by Greg Kelsey
• Sangre de Cristo Purchase Award: "Near the Spanish Settlements, El Valle," by Tom Lockhart
The show was juried by Kathy Andrews, and art appraiser and adjunct professor in Denver.
Sangre is still taking votes for the People's Choice Award. You can cast your vote at the museum until the show closes on April 6.
From the listings desk: Saturday is the third installment of We Are Not Rembrandt, happening at Zodiac. To give you a better idea of what the show is — since the title's all about what it isn't — take a look at some of the art going up:
Plus jewelry like this:
Now let's just hope the show doesn't get snowed out.
In the interim, trustee Kathleen Fox Collins will serve in Edmondson's old spot, and be reachable via voicemail at 477-0185 or directly at 660-1010 or 473-4738, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those interested in the position permanently, here are the details:
The Executive Director of Bee Vradenburg Foundation will be an experienced self-starter with a strong background in the arts and nonprofits. The ideal candidate should possess the skills outlined in the job description as well as the following attributes the board views as essential to this strategic leadership; respect for artistic freedom and the artistic process; a servant's attitude with respect to grantees and volunteers; optimism and a can-do attitude for working within the community and among artists and arts organizations. Approximately 50 percent of the position's duties involve grants management and administrative functions; the remaining 50 percent comprises leadership on key community initiatives and projects. The Board of Trustees is particularly interested in candidates with a strong understanding of the history of the arts in the Pikes Peak region and a vision for the role of the arts as a vehicle for change in the community.
Please click HERE to download the complete job description and application instructions.
No phone calls, please. Thank you!
Colorado Springs is full of amazing photographers, one of which is Kathleen McFadden, the artist and owner of Range Gallery in Old Colorado City. She's had the shopfront for a few years now, but decades of shooting experience, capturing the most Americana corners of Texas to California.
McFadden is also notable for her innovations, like her "third dimension" panoramic photographs that curve out to hug the viewer, and a camera that spins in a full circle, creating a warped image that still manages to document its subject well.
Now McFadden is offering tips and tricks from her trade with photography classes. The image above, which she says was taken at Gus' Tavern in Pueblo, is from one of her class excursions.
She offers courses for beginners, intermediates and old pros looking to get out of a rut, the idea behind her newest class, "Walk About Workshop." For $200, you'll meet up at a predetermined location and see and shoot the way McFadden does: "The goal of this class is to practice the art of seeing the beauty/humor/interest in the everyday world around us. We'll be looking to recognize Americana style human interest, local color and humorous images."
Following that, students will send McFadden their five favorite pictures from the day and receive a critique.
Interested? If not, you can still check in at Range for a variety of prints and cards, or get an image framed.
Its production of the 2009 play Red was simple but powerful. I had the pleasure of seeing a show (and, humblebrag, to lead an audience talkback afterward) and it was a lovely look at the decisions an artist must make — from formal elements like what to add to a painting — to personal decisions, like one Rothko wrestled with following a lucrative commission.
Red fared well with our theater critic Todd Wallinger, too. He wrote that each of the arguments Rothko aired with his assistant Ken "landed like a punch in the gut."
So it's perfect timing to learn that the Denver Art Museum will host a Rothko exhibit this June. Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s is a 28-piece show that showcases Rothko's most formative decade with some works that, according to the DAM, have rarely been seen.
As you can see from the image above, it doesn't look much like the Rothko we know. Unlike the "classical" Rothkos, there are figures in place of bright color blocks. But that was Rothko's thing in those days; he was a devoted student of various myths, the Bible and Friedrich Nietzsche.
In addition, the DAM will show works by Rothko's contemporaries: Robert Motherwell, Clyfford Still and Jackson Pollock.
Figure to Field entry will be included in museum admission.
Doug Lamborn is a man of many letters. That is, he inspires a lot of strong feelings from people, who write letters to the Indy and other publications talking about how pissed off they are at the congressman.
That's probably the most non-partisan thing I can write about him, since the focus of this blog is that the 5th Congressional District Representative, with his wife Jeanie, will attend tonight's opening reception for Cottonwood Center for the Arts' Congressional Art Competition.
The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide program started in 1982 that engages high school artists to show their efforts in local galleries with the chance to then exhibit in Washington, D.C. Tonight, a winner from the group will have his or her work displayed in the Capitol for one year and receive D.C. plane tickets, museum tickets and scholarships.
According to the competition's website, students submit their work to their local district representative and a panel of artists will select a winner.
The show features over 100 pieces from high school and home school students district-wide, Cottonwood says. In addition, it will also hang work from Ridgeview Elementary students upstairs "to show our continued support for student art and art in schools."
The reception runs from 5-8 p.m. and will have refreshments provided by the El Paso County Republican Women.
On the west side of downtown Colorado Springs, across Bijou Street bridge, tucked away off of Manitou Boulevard you will find local artist, Eric Baar, diligently working in his secluded shop, Ground Up Designs (1516 Manitou Blvd.).
Eric is a custom handmade bicycle designer who has developed a very unique style of his own. He doesn’t use CAD or blueprints, instead, he bends titanium and steel pipes, adds metal flakes to frames (which he welds), and paints custom pinstripes by hand.
He built his first bike in 1999, and had his first customer in 2000. Since, he has built a growing customer base. His frames can cost anywhere between $1,500 for a metal flake steel frame to $3,000 for a titanium frame. If you want the rest of the bike, it'll cost you more.
But then, his bikes truly are works of art, taking anywhere from one week to an entire year to complete. His masterpiece, the blue metal-flaked BMX frame in the picture at right, has taken him that aforementioned year, and he’s still putting on finishing touches.
To watch Eric freehand paint “old school” pinstripes, watch this video — or you can see the process in person, along with his bikes, by heading to the Colorado Convention Center, where the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) will make itself at home this weekend starting Friday, Feb. 22, and running through Sunday, Feb. 24.
The NAHBS showcases the best of the best. Eric said that to be invited to be there and to teach a seminar (his topic: TIG welding) is a huge honor, and he's been focused on it every day since he heard the show was set for Denver this year.
Eric is so focused on this show that he denounced every other topic presented to him, including regular Ground Up parties and pixie races (we'll try to get some more information about this next week). The man truly wants everyone in Colorado Springs to go to this “once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the best custom bikes in the world.”
Looks like your weekend’s planned for you. Tickets available onsite.
From the listings desk: Music and art meet again at the hands of Michele "Nelly" Johnson, a woman who told the Indy last June that she wanted to create events that blended sight and sound like the kind she was used to in her hometown Minneapolis.
Her effort, We Are Not Rembrandt, was such a success she hosted another, and now she's back with No. 3, slated for 6 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at Zodiac (230 Pueblo Ave.) A $5 door fee gets you 13 artists and six gigs. Here's the line-up:
Jesse Allen Rozell
Michele "Nelly" Johnson
Andrea Stone and friends
In WANR tradition, Johnson will take donations for a local nonprofit, and like last time, it's going to All Breed Rescue & Training.
Click here for more info on the event.
Friday, March 1, the Bee Vradenburg Foundation and COPPeR will jointly host a celebration of Edmondson's decade of work with the Foundation and transition over to the Downtown Partnership.
The party will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. Beer, wine and light snacks will be provided.
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Edmondson will leave her post of 10 years as executive director of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, a nonprofit that helps raise funds for the arts locally.
“You know, there are few things that could have lured me away from the Foundation, but this is one thing I found so exciting and challenging and full of great possiblities,” she says.
Nearly 70 applicants vied for the Partnership job, according to a press release sent out today, and were vetted by a search committee that consisted of representatives from local government, members of the Partnership, the Business Improvement District, the Downtown Development Authority, Community Ventures and others. After multiple interviews, a presentation and answering written questions, Edmondson won the job, and will start March 4.
Praise for the development ranged far and wide, from Mayor Steve Bach, to the Vradenburg Foundation, which writes in a press release today, “Susan has been an indefatigable champion of the arts, a visionary leader and dedicated partner as the foundation has advanced the excellence and impact of the arts in the Pikes Peak region over the past decade. She personally has exhibited much of the same passion and zeal as Bee Vradenburg herself...”
On Twitter, the consensus was similarly glowing.
@susanjed Congratulations on your new position!! You are already a great asset to downtown, this just makes it official :)
— SparrowHawk Cookware (@SparrowHawkCook) February 12, 2013
Congratulations @susanjed on your new role as CEO of Downtown #ColoradoSprings Looking forward to the upcoming #Awesomeness!
— John Olson (@JO_Urbanist) February 12, 2013
Edmondson has served on many local boards, including chair for the DDA, but took a leave of absence to apply. She has also chaired the boards of Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, CASA and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Along with the DDA, she still serves on the CSPM board as well as the Colorado Springs World Arena board.
In addition, Edmondson co-founded the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) and has even volunteered to help the DDA in its application to become an emerging creative district by Colorado Creative Industries.
For the future, Edmondson hopes to continue the Partnership’s mission to improve downtown and help it grow.
“I think the real similarity between arts and downtown is they bring people together for shared experiences, certainly we know that the arts are one of the real success stories of Downtown, but obviously this job involves much more than that as well. It really is bringing together lots of shared interests and finding alignment in various projects to move things forward downtown.”
She cites projects like the recommendations outlined by the Urban Land Institute Report, the proposed baseball stadium or a children’s museum.
“I think I was hired because of my passion and vision for downtown as well as my track record of actually getting things done. To me, there are so many great projects that are bubbling right now that all have so much potential.”
As far as an actual plan, Edmondson wants to make downtown more accessible to entrepreneurs and developers.
“My approach is more the way that we’ll do things. I want to make it easier to do business downtown.”
“Whether you’re doing a new residential development or you’re a mom and pop shop fulfilling a dream, we want to help streamline that process and make it easy for people to do great things downtown, be it a new festival, some new creative endeavor. We want to help make it happen.”
When asked about where she sees the Partnership in the future, Edmondson is similarly practical.
“To me, I’d say it’s less about growing, and more about accomplishing what’s in front of us," she says. "I think we have great assets already downtown, such as America the Beautiful Park, unique retail small businesses, great events and certainly great people. So now we need to harness all that to make even more good things happen and bring people downtown.”
As for the Vradenburg Foundation, Edmondson says the board there is working on how it wants to fill her position; an e-mail newsletter says it “will soon be soliciting resumes to fill the staff opening left by Susan’s departure.” Edmondson assures that the Foundation will continue on, donating money to local arts organizations.
Like most people, I trashed just about everything my boyfriend had given me after we broke up. What was personal I dumped in the garbage, what was possibly meaningful to someone else, I gave to Goodwill.
That's the way it usually goes when two people part, because when relationships end, they are usually deemed failures, and we move on, eager to forget. However, the Museum of Broken Relationships seeks to change that outlook.
Far from a punchline, or a Chicken Soup for the Soul-style pity party, the museum wants donations of objects that once meant the world to still mean something. A token of shared human suffering, an offering of closure of a chapter in one's life, "be it sheer exhibitionism, therapeutic relief, or simple curiosity — people embraced the idea of exhibiting their love legacy as a sort of a ritual, a solemn ceremony," reads the website.
Each of the items in the museum's holdings comes with a story from its donor. These include a cell phone — "He gave me his cell phone so I couldn’t call him any more" — a wedding dress, a "Divorce Day Mad Gnome" with a suitably crazy story and pink fuzzy handcuffs. Naturally.
While the brick-and-mortar museum resides in Zagreb, Croatia (home of its founders, who broke up), portions of the collection travel internationally. And one portion is currently on display at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.
BMoCA's 40-"story" exhibit opened on Valentine's Day (of course) and runs through May 26. It couches the show in the same philosophical terms as the collection's parent:
[A]s more and more people experience several significant relationships during their lifetime, with second and third marriages becoming increasingly common, we begin to acknowledge that our expectations and needs change as much as we do as we live longer, more educated, and self-determined lives. Simultaneously, the notion that the person we spent part of our life with was just “the wrong one” and should be erased from our memory becomes less plausible.
If the breaking-up thing is too much of a bummer though, you can, instead of parting with your relationship mementos, create a new one with BMoCA's March 1 HeARTifacts: a workshop for pARTners.
With your boo — or anyone, really — you collaborate to map your partnership. Using some guidance from an instructor, pairs will create a timeline of their relationship and divine meaning from what they've made. "Each participating couple will develop a personal atlas charting how their relationship started and developed as well as how it will continue in the future."
The workshop lasts three hours, supplies food and drink, and costs $45 to $50 per pair. Interested? Call 303/443-2122 to sign up. And if you're flying solo, you can check out the rest of the museum for a mere $4 to $5 any day of the week except Mondays.
Tidbits from the scene:
• A heart for art: The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region announced today that it's going to get involved in the upcoming local elections by talking with the candidates in March "to share insights and information about the arts." It's also looking for volunteers to become an "arts advocate" for the community. You can download "advocacy tools" from COPPeR's website on how to do it solo, or sign up to help COPPeR with festivals, fundraising events, art openings and more.
In other COPPeR news, the Peak Arts Fund kicks off March 7.
• Mark your calendar: Aficionados Luncheon with Michael Howell, registrar and collections manager for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Howell will discuss the Colorado College Southwest Collection, which "consists of Native American objects collection through various expeditions throughout the southwest — conducted independently of, and by, Colorado College — from 1893 to 1940." Howell will also talk about key items in the collection and the relationship between the FAC and CC. A buffet lunch will be served.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, noon. Gaylord Hall in CC's Worner Student Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. $17. RSVP to 389-6334 or email@example.com by Feb. 22.
• If you missed it: Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land opened at the Denver Art Museum Sunday. This series of 53 works covers O'Keeffe's interest in Hopi katsinam, or supernatural beings, along with the natural and man-made landscape she loved. Real katsinam figures and photographs of Native American ceremonies like those O'Keeffe saw are included in the show.
Through April 28. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. Included in general admission: $3-$13 for nonmembers, free for members.
• On the air: If you remember our recent cover story on blossoming local arts institutions, you may recall that Cottonwood Center for the Arts has plans to be on Roadtrip Radio once a month. Roadtrip is a local show that airs at 8 some Saturday mornings on KREL-AM 1580.
Cottonwood was last aired Jan. 27, and the next time it'll be on is Feb. 24.
In the meantime, Cottonwood is gearing up for its 30th Congressional Art Show, opening Feb. 22 (there's a reception that night starting at 5.) Read more about it here.
• Left coast-bound: The FAC announced that its first Museum Society trip outside the state will be to Los Angeles in April (we first introduced the Society in the same cover story mentioned above). The four-day itinerary includes a private tour of the Getty Villa with curator Claire Lyons, a private reception at the Weisman Art Foundation and a visit to the home of collectors Cliff and Mandy Einstein.
The trip is available only to Society members, so keep this in mind if you're thinking about joining. Contact Tom Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org for sign-up information.
“The Governing Council of the theatre, Opera and Orchestra Halle confirmed my appointment after a selection process on January 18,” writes Caballé-Domenech on his official website. “I am very grateful and honored by the importance of this new challenge, stressing the high level and versatility of the Orchestra, excellent programming as well as the atmosphere of pleasant work in this historic institution.”
It was two years ago this month that Caballé-Domenech, after filling in at the last minute for ailing conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith, unexpectedly became an 11th hour finalist in the Philharmonic’s search for a new music director. The 21-month search for the retiring Leighton Smith’s successor resulted in Caballé-Domenech signing a five-year contract and going on to earn acclaim for helping reenergize the local orchestra’s performances.
Meanwhile, the Philharmonic has announced programming for Caballé-Domenech’s third season, which will range from pops concerts featuring the music of Abba and Queen to an ambitious undertaking of Strauss’ Alpine Symphony with more than 100 musicians.
You can find the full season schedule plus subscriber information here.