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When we spoke with the Downtown Partnership's Denise Schall last month regarding Art on the Streets, Schall explained that her organization approached the undertaking a little differently this year. Yes, there would still be about a dozen works gracing the downtown area for a year, and yes, there would still be cash prizes for the winners.

But this year's jurors wouldn't be museum curators; instead, the Partnership would look to local collector couple Kathy Loo and Jim Raughton. The pair whittled 38 entries down to 11 pieces to install, and then chose three winners last week, giving William Mueller's enigmatic "Journey to Paradise" first prize.

This year, we decided to take a harder look at the 13-year-old Art on the Streets, and came out feeling like this could be the strongest batch yet. From Doyle Svenby's charming steel heart to Pokey Park's fun "Electric Slide," the works have the body and depth to satisfy connoisseurs on foot and the visual oomph to attract passing drivers (safely, of course).

For critical opinions and location information, as well as a slideshow of all the pieces, click here. But before you're done with the paper, check out the other art stories in the next few pages, covering the new exhibits at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and UCCS' Galleries of Contemporary Art, as well as the little-known, but incredibly cool, Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls.

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