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click to enlarge Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., - 385-5990. Featuring Pikes World: Exploration and - Empire in the Greater Southwest, the first of three - exhibits commemorating the Bicentennial. Runs through - Oct. 14. Opens Sat., Jan. 21, 10 a.m.
  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Featuring Pikes World: Exploration and Empire in the Greater Southwest, the first of three exhibits commemorating the Bicentennial. Runs through Oct. 14. Opens Sat., Jan. 21, 10 a.m.

American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring The Money of the World Today with coins and paper money from each of 192 countries on six continents.

*Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Exhibiting Recent Works. Runs through Jan. 29.

Coburn Gallery at Colorado College, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Open Tues.-Sat. from 12:30-7:30 p.m. Featuring Open Cloisters: Public Arts as Collaboration, which serves as a unique visual record of the making of a public arts project outside CC's Packard Hall. Runs through Feb. 11.

Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Featuring The Language of Color through Jan. 24.

Fratelli Ristorante Italiano, 124 N. Nevada Ave., 575-9571. Open Mon.-Sat., 5-9:30 p.m. Featuring Italy from the Heart -- Black and White Photographs by Award Winning Photographer Lee Manning and Watercolors by Karen Strondridge, Terilyn Zaharis and Katherine Hart.

Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567. Featuring On the Wall, exhibiting 67 quilts from around the world. Runs through March 17.

The Mediterranean Caf, 118 E. Kiowa St., 633-0115. Featuring abstract and expressionistic paintings by Maria Smith. Runs through Jan. 28.

*OpticalReverb Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 210-9799. Featuring Gardenuous through Feb. 1. "We were toying with themes for celebrating the birth of 2006," says curator Jason Zacharias, "and a nude show seemed like an interesting route to welcoming a new year." The result is Gardenuous, a show featuring more than 20 Colorado artists in media varying from sculpture and charcoal to oils and photography.

OpticalReverb Gallery at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 210-9799. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Featuring Badass Batik by Jonathan Evans and Beth McCoy. Runs through Jan. 31.

OpticalReverb Gallery at The V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 210-9799. Featuring Cold Comfort, by Jina Pierce, curator of Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center. From her artist's statement: "I crave dark humor like I crave sugar and salt -- in literature, music and art." Pierce maintains that sense of humor in this show. Runs through Feb. 4.

click to enlarge Pikes Peak Library District, call 531-6333 for more. - Featuring Whimsical Doodles Whimsical Worlds created - by local Colorado illustrator Jan C.J. Jones. The works - mix geometric design with the abstract, and with titles - like The Rastafarian Flute-Harpist Arrived Late, they - practically beg viewers to create their own quimsical - storylines. The exhibit is on display at the Monument - Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive. Runs through Jan. - 31.
  • Pikes Peak Library District, call 531-6333 for more. Featuring Whimsical Doodles Whimsical Worlds created by local Colorado illustrator Jan C.J. Jones. The works mix geometric design with the abstract, and with titles like The Rastafarian Flute-Harpist Arrived Late, they practically beg viewers to create their own quimsical storylines. The exhibit is on display at the Monument Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive. Runs through Jan. 31.

*Pikes Peak Library District, call 531-6333 for more. Featuring Whimsical Doodle's Whimsical Worlds created by local Colorado illustrator Jan C.J. Jones. The works mix geometric design with the abstract, and with titles like "The Rastafarian Flute-Harpist Arrived Late," they practically beg viewers to create their own quimsical storylines. The exhibit is on display at the Monument Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive. Runs through Jan. 31.

Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring the works of Audrey Bell, Lauren Olson, Courtney Alyn Eichengreen, Dani Merriman and Shannan Sorensen, to benefit the Colorado Springs Conservatory, through Jan. 27.

*Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Tideland: Dan Raffin and Monica Escalante through Jan. 28. Safe Haven: Selections from the Francis King Collection of Western Art through Jan. 21. Making Our Beds: Contemporary Interiors of Pam Aloisa through Feb. 4. Abstract expressionist art by Jacek Nowacki through Feb. 4. Home Suite: Home through Feb. 4. Streamlining: A Metaphor for Progress from Jan. 21-May 13. Industrial Strength from Jan. 28-April 22. Boris Artzybasheff from Feb. 10-May 6. Integration of Stone and Metal from Feb. 4-April 29. Rick Dula from Feb. 10-May 6. Choice Remains: A Collection of Steel Mill Memorabilia from Feb. 10-May 6. The Buell Children's Museum features Eureka! Dreams, Design, Dimension & Invention through May 27.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012. Featuring FutureSelf Celebration Art Show. The fifth annual event highlights art, poetry and performances by students who participated in this year's FutureSelf workshops. You might stumble upon a budding Matisse! Runs through Jan. 28.

*Watch This Space, 802 N. Weber St., 634-5429. Featuring "SCRUTINIZE," an art salon/slide slam/lecture/dialogue on Feb. 7, March 14, 7 p.m., $5. "ARTHOUSE," the art of video and film beyond the multiplex, on Feb. 14, March 28, 7 p.m., $5. "ARTLAB," experimental video installation and performing arts, on Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 28, 7 p.m., $5. "We're trying a new approach with this format," says artistic director Tom McElroy. "Our goal is to bring a level of awareness and participation to the local arts community in a non-threatening, not-so-stuffy manner. We want to transcend the standard, pedantic academic discussion."

art events & openings Bemis School of Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Featuring classes for adults and children in a variety of media. Registration begins for non-members on Jan. 17.

*Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Embellished, an exhibit of beadwork from around the world. Runs Jan. 20 through March 4.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon Street, 385-5990. Featuring Pike's World: Exploration and Empire in the Greater Southwest, the first of three exhibits commemorating the Bicentennial. Runs through Oct. 14. Opens Sat., Jan. 21, 10 a.m.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Nicaraguan Pottery from Jan. 20 through Feb. 6. Opens Fri., Jan. 20, 5-8 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Now registering for art classes for children and adults in painting, dance, music, language, photography and more. New classes beginning through April 10.

Victor Monarch Art Gallery, 301 Victor Ave., Victor, 689-3052. Free. Grand opening featuring art by Noel Wallace, Lance Butcher, Jessica Hilfers and Autumn Rae. Opens Sat., Jan. 21, 6 p.m.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 125 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Artifact Spotlight, with dynamite blasters, transits, lithographs and more. Runs Jan. 26-April 30. Opens Thurs., Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m.

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