As projected earlier this summer, the ModboCo School of Art is set to open this August in its new space in the Ivywild School. The class schedule below includes Drawing 101 for homeschoolers and adults, "Pre-K Art Adventures" for the 3-5-ish set, art theory and oil painting.
The schedule, which kicks off Aug. 19, includes courses from co-owner Brett Andrus, as well as some of his Modbo Collective artists like Erin Jones, Lorelei Beckstrom, Phil Lear and Shannon Dunn.
Click the thumbnail below for a full-size image with class information.
Goede wrote the Indy a recent e-mail clarifying some of the facts on the future of Marmalade and Smokebrush. One, corrected below in the original post, says that Bindu is a new yoga studio taking over Marmalade classes. He writes:
BINDU is a Yoga studio taking over the classes FROM Marmalade at Smokebrush as they won't be doing yoga classes anymore and closing HOWEVER Smokebrush (Foundation) will be focusing on special events and collaborations with the BAC and working on some very exciting community projects.
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Today, Marmalade at Smokebrush announced that its last classes at the Trestle Building will be July 31. Following that, they will be held at the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs. According to the release,
they'll be in a new space on the BAC complex called they'll be taken over by a yoga studio called Bindu.
This, of course, is the result of an suit between the city, its contractor, and Marmalade executive director Don Goede and founder Kat Tudor, who claim the city unearthed carcinogenic chemicals without protective measures when it demolished a neighboring building, a case Pam Zubeck reported back in April. By the next month, Tudor and Goede decided to leave the area.
It's a sad ending to Marmalade's long tenure in the neighborhood. Before it moved into the spacious, brick-walled Trestle Building unit in 2011, it lived for 11 years across the way in the Arts Depot District building. However, the organization is still moving forward with programming. For one thing, it will host an all-new Goddesses and Monsters Mash festival Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 with visual art, music, dance, yoga and "divine beings."
Today, the Downtown Partnership announced the schedule for the first week of its inaugural Sidewalk Stage series, a juried and planned set of family friendly performances held downtown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays July 11 through Aug. 17.
Per its press release, over 25 groups are slated to perform — spanning music, dance, circus acts and more — and all will be paid (so "tipping is not expected").
Here's the opening week schedule. More will be announced soon:
Dates and times
July 11 through August 17, 2013
Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fridays 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Music: Celtic, pop, guitar, flute, rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass, drumming
Dance: tribal belly dance, modern dance, cabaret-style belly dance
Circus: stilt walkers, acrobatics, sword balancing
Opening week schedule
THURSDAY, JULY 11 FROM 11:30 TO 1:30
· Jason Bennett (music), at Curbside Cuisine, corner of Nevada/Platte Avenues
FRIDAY, JULY 12 FROM 4 TO 7PM
· Summer Creek (all-children acoustic band), corner of Nevada/Colorado Avenues, in front of the City Administration building
· Marty & Frank (Celtic music), corner of Pikes Peak/Cascade in front of Range Riders statue
· Fingers n Frets (guitar/singing), corner of Tejon/Bijou, in front of Starbucks
SATURDAY, JULY 13 FROM NOON TO 3PM
· The Rare Ould Times (Celtic music), east side of Tejon, north of Pikes Peak
· Crystal and The Curious (Latin/jazz/rock), Acacia Park
· Salida Circus (variety, stilt walkers), west side of Tejon in front of Zeezo’s
· Special additional performance by Salida Circus at Curbside Cuisine as part of their Grand Opening celebration.
Last year at this time, Steve Weed found himself in a troubled place. He's a resident of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, and nearly everyone on his block had lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire, except him.
So Weed, an artist and "image maker," got to work painting to help sort out his feelings, and used debris from his charred surroundings. Charcoal from burnt wood, ashes from the ground and recycled doors hold together what would become a 20-piece series depicting the fire.
Now Weed finds himself in a similar place, says his wife Laurie Wilson via e-mail. When the Black Forest Fire broke out in mid-June, the couple felt that familiar pang of sickness and fear watching victim interviews on TV. Naturally, Weed got back to work, this time at the behest of Black Forest victims.
"Steve is incorporating charcoal and ashes that have been provided from victims who lost homes in the Black Forest," Wilson writes. "This gesture (they told him they were honored to be part of something who cathartic and important) nearly made Steve cry."
As before, the works will raise money for fire recovery efforts. The Waldo Canyon pieces and the Black Forest pieces will each benefit the victims of their respective fires. An auction is planned to sell Weed's works, though no date has been set just yet.
Like the previous series, Weed's fires seem more animal than elemental. Fire roils in bright, obnoxious hues; sooty smoke plumes rise angrily above a small horizon, like this:
You can find all of Weed's completed works from both fires now through the end of the summer at the Chapel Hills Mall, where it's on display with the help of Colorado Springs Together. As Weed finishes pieces, they'll go up too.
From the listings desk: It's a long weekend (kind of), and it wouldn't do to just stay at home, would it?
(Yes it would. But anyway ...)
Here you'll find a look at the July Fourth events, but this blog is devoted to all the artsy stuff happening this weekend (and hey, it's all free). So, without further ado:
• First Friday Downtown, a ton of gallery openings at spots like the Modbo and S.P.Q.R., Boulder Street Gallery, Colorado Expressions and Kreuser Gallery, with live music at Studio Bee and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Fri., July 5, 5-8 p.m.
• First Friday Artwalk - Pueblo, always a lively affair, with gallery openings in the Downtown and Mesa Junction areas as well as the Union Avenue Historic District and sidewalk performances. Plus, a free VanGO shuttle to take you there and back. Fri., July 5, 5-8 p.m. pueblopag.org.
• Pikes Peak Art Fest, nine years old and still going strong, a collection of arts and crafts vendors, live music, family activities and other forms of live entertainment. July 5-7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive. pikespeakartsfest.com.
• Art on the Streets Walk, a stroll to see all the new sculptures for this year's Art on the Streets, with the Downtown Partnership and this year's AOTS juror, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center museum director Blake Milteer. Sat., July 6, 8:15 a.m. Meet at the "TV" sculpture by the Plaza of the Rockies.
The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center has had a rough time since founder Maggie Divelbiss retired as executive director at the end of 2010. In less than three years, Sangre has hired two new EDs, Bill Mercer and Dr. Daniel Lere, both of whom have left (Sangre won't comment on personnel issues.) Quite the departure from Divelbiss' 21-year reign.
Which leaves Sangre once again in the hands of an interim ED, this time Linda Boedeker, who once helmed the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs during an interim period.
We asked Boedeker why all the changes. She writes via e-mail:
I have been here serving as the Interim ED since November of last year. We just posted the position, and if the right candidate shows up (!), they hope to have someone in place by fall. It’s always difficult (if not impossible) for a new director to follow in the footsteps of the founding director, but hopefully enough time has passed….
So this time Sangre's appealing to a more local crowd for its search. It will hold a public meeting covering "the executive director search process" Tues., July 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Buell Children's Museum.
Over the River has cleared one of its three
suits legal hurdles, Over the River Corp. announced today. It's one more step closer to getting back on track with building and construction, though a slow one at that. This means the other two proceedings can begin.
Christo is pleased that today the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) announced that it has upheld the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) approval to use federal lands for Over The River. The significant public benefits of this temporary work of art proposed in 1996 by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude for a portion of the Arkansas River in Colorado have been well documented.
The IBLA decision stated that the BLM District Manager "approved the Project because significant, adverse short-term impacts would be minimized, significant long term impacts would be avoided by PDFs [project design features] and mitigation measures, and expected benefits to the local and regional economies would outweigh any such adverse impacts."
The panel of judges went on to say, "Having thoroughly reviewed the record and considered appellants' claims on appeal, we conclude they have not met their burden to show error in the ROD [Record of Decision] or the FEIS [Final Environmental Impact Statement] upon which it was based. ... The decision approving a land use permit is affirmed."
This decision now paves the way for the two remaining legal challenges to move forward. In federal court, the BLM's Record of Decision approving Over The River is being challenged. In state court, the permit that was granted by Colorado State Parks for Over The River is being challenged.
"This is one of three legal hurdles that needed to be overcome, and I am very happy with this decision," Christo said. "I am hopeful that the IBLA decision will enable the state and federal courts to move forward without delay so Over The River can be realized. I remain confident that the state and federal permitting processes were thorough and complete and that both the Record of Decision and the State Parks permit will be upheld."
Additional Over The River legal updates will be provided as new information becomes available. Christo and the OTR team greatly appreciate your continued support and enthusiasm for Over The River.
Local history buffs, library aficionados, and archive junkies delight: the Pikes Peak Library District continues their project to bring the best of their photo archives into your ink-spattered hands.
As of this June, the PPLD is now distributing postcards featuring "Notable Ladies of the Pikes Peak Region" each month for the next year and a half. Suggested uses include sending one to your aunt, making a massive collage, or creating your own portrait gallery of illustrious antecedents in the nearest convenient hallway.
Start your soon-to-be epic collection with Mary Lincoln "Queen" Mellen Palmer: wife of General Palmer (yes that General Palmer), first lady of Glen Eyrie, founder of the first Colorado Springs public school, and known associate of other Victorian badasses like Rose Kingsley and Oscar Wilde.
Pick up your Queen Palmer postcard from the special-collections department at downtown's Penrose Library.
Today, Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Boettcher Foundation announced it designated five new certified creative districts: the Pueblo Creative Corridor, Corazon de Trinidad, North Fork Valley Creative District, Ridgway Creative District and Telluride Creative District.
That means that these five entities will receive $15,000 grants and technical support to help grow their programming and operations, not to mention the bragging rights of state certification, put this way by Gov. John Hickenlooper in the press release:
"These 2013 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "These districts not only increase quality of life, they also help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country."
In addition, CCI also awarded Aurora, Longmont, Greeley and downtown Colorado Springs the designation of prospective district. For our downtown, it's a level up from its designation last year as an emerging creative-district (a label which was not awarded this year).
The initiative launched in 2011 and judges districts via a panel of "peer experts" and "scored using the following criteria: district characteristics, management and planning, community buy-in, and other factors."
As far as Pueblo's label as a certified creative district, it's another feather in the city's cap, having just hosted the Creative Industries Summit and landing the coveted Governor's Arts Award, both in April. But hey, this time last year Pueblo was just a wee prospective creative district as well, so good for Colorado Springs.
The last place you would ever expect to see poetry is where you might find it in Sydney, Australia — on the sides of street-sweepers.
As part of the 2013 Sydney Writers’ Festival, 11 “street-cleansing trucks,” as the Aussies call them, have been embossed with 19 poems written by poetry legends such as W.B. Yeats, John Berryman and Judith Wright.
Each poem is six-and-a-half-feet wide and three-and-a-half-feet high, with the intent of being visible to any passerby. According to the festival website, the ultimate goal of this unusual display of poetry is to bring “a bit of lyricism to the everyday.”
Jessy Randall, archivist and curator of special collections at the Colorado College Tutt Library, is among the poets featured on the cleaning trucks. The selected poem is entitled “Why I Had Children” and is part of her new book, “Injecting Dreams into Cows.”
Randall still doesn’t know how Luke Davies, poetry curator for the festival, discovered her work. “It’s a mystery, but a wonderful mystery,” she says.
When Randall first got the request for permission via e-mail, she didn’t know what to make of it. As expected of a librarian, Randall conducted research on the Sydney Writers’ Festival and was thrilled when she uncovered the details. “I’m glad the trucks don’t actually smell like garbage," she jokes. "I wouldn’t want my poem to go around stinking up the streets."
Randall’s love for poetry first began when she was an undergrad student at Columbia University. Her poetry professor, Kenneth Koch, was a “wonderful, encouraging force” that inspired her to write. Koch, a member of the New York School of Poetry, “made you feel like you already were a poet and that you didn’t have to prove you were smart…it was nice that I didn’t have to show off or prove myself,” says Randall.
Randall’s children, 12-year-old Will and nine-year-old Celia, inspire many of her poems. “Why I Had Children,” however, is not what you might expect.
“I never thought I would have kids, and when I did, it was very humbling and hard. I was wrong about everything I had thought motherhood would be,” says Randall, adding jokingly: “Surely I was reading too many books.
Randall used to write novels of fiction before having children and finding that she could no longer devote enough time to it.
“Poems became sort of a solace, something that I could do in a short amount of time when the kids were having a nap,” she says. “Now they’re older and they don’t need me as much as they used to. I’ve gotten comfortable with poetry in a way that I didn’t with fiction. It’s something you can do anytime.”
The reaction to Randall’s new book of poems has been positive, but she has always found it difficult to consider herself a successful writer.
“When a book comes out, there’s no one moment when it’s like, ‘Aha! I am finally a real writer!’ It doesn’t work like that as much as I expected it to,” says Randall. “This thing with the truck helped me go, ‘Wow, if someone in Australia, who is not my friend or relative, is going to read my poem, then maybe I am a real writer.’”
As of today, 10 of the 11 newest installments of Art on the Streets are up and running.
Now 15 years old, Art on the Streets is an annual tradition, putting public art downtown — free to taxpayers — thanks to the Downtown Partnership and US Bank.
This year’s batch features sculpture from locals like Kim Polomka (who has painted numerous murals downtown) and Pard Morrison, as well as Denverite Timothy C. Flood and nine other artists from around the country. According to Laurel Prud’homme, director of communications for the Partnership, they received 130 submissions, vetted by juror Blake Milteer, museum director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Milteer also chose the winners, who received handsome cash prizes. Last year, Chris Weed took home top prize for “Portal 1 and 2” a set of giant televisions set next to and inside the Plaza of the Rockies, but this year the honor went to Michael Brohman of Denver, whose bronze “Place” netted him $15,000.
Second place went to San Francisco artist Melanie Piech, and third to Salida artist Jimmy Descant, who shows his witty, retro-futuristic works often around town (you’ll catch some of his latest at Revamp’d, opening at the Ivywild School July 13.)
Below is a map of the placement for all the new works. The only outlier is Morrison’s “Sum," which will go on display once construction finishes on the sidewalk and street.
As always, the pieces are for sale, and could possibly be purchased by someone, or some entity — the Partnership has bought art in the past — for permanent display downtown. A downloadable map of all outdoor public art in the area is available here.
Sadly, Prud’homme notes that Art on the Streets co-founder Judy Noyes died unexpectedly this past week. Prud’homme writes via e-mail:
Judy Noyes was on the first board of directors for Community Ventures, established in 1997, and served on the board for many years. She believed a world-class community needed public art, and helped to establish the Art on the Streets public art program in 1998. Just a few weeks ago, Judy viewed images of the 2013 Art on the Streets sculptures and was looking forward to seeing them in person. We are saddened by her loss, and grateful for the legacy of community art she leaves behind.
This batch will be up until next June.
Now four events old, WANR will reconvene Saturday at Zodiac with priced-to-sell jewelry, paintings, drawings, pottery and sculpture (as well as big-ticket items like custom-made guitars) with proceeds benefitting All Breed Rescue & Training. Performers on the bill: We Are Audible, Woje, Pat Rau and Dean Dunston of The Mostly Don'ts, Gabe From the Future of Melting Temple, The Blehm Band and the Ostrow Brothers.
Here's a look at some of the artwork:
The National Endowment for the Arts has yet to release its annual report for arts spending in 2012, but based on how much money Americans are giving to the arts, things may be looking up.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that arts and culture was the fastest-growing charitable cause last year, bringing in $14.44 billion, a 7.8 percent raise. The article notes that the upswell is a positive sign following 2008 and 2009, when the recession tanked arts giving with an 8.2 percent decline.
However, A/C still lags behind the usual giving targets: religion, education and human services. Plus, inflation has changed the value of the donations, meaning that donors would have had to give $15.17 billion last year to bring the arts to its pre-recession peak. Experts say it will take six or seven years for the arts to reach that point again.
Why the arts rebound? Perhaps because folks are feeling "more free to indulge it now that they think the economy has improved." It's a reasoning that worries some arts advocates, "who've labored mightily to portray the arts as a basic and fundamental nutrient for economic growth and educational achievement, rather than mere icing on society's cake."
Either way, more money means less problems, a trend that will hopefully continue. Some of the figures in the article come from Previous Giving USA, which reports that all manner of philanthropy will likely take until 2018 to reach pre-recession power.
The coordinator is a catch-all position, overseeing administrative tasks, working as a liaison between artists and Sangre during exhibitions, working with interns and volunteers and helping manage Sangre's permanent collection.
In addition, the job also requires something of a strong back when it comes to setting up exhibits. (Can you lift up to 85 pounds? You may need to here.)
Those interested should send a cover letter "describing your interest and qualifications," résumé and references to email@example.com, with the position in the subject line. Snail mail applications should be sent to: Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, CO, 81003. The deadline is July 7.
Click here for more information.
In light of the Black Forest Fire, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region will host "Bootcamp: Disaster preparedness, planning and response" Mon., June 24 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The session will cover ways to protect yourself and help the community: "We will have tools for both artists and arts organizations and a panel of speakers to share what steps they've taken."
RSVP by June 21 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 634-2204 to attend.