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FAC "closes in" on new director, announces Woelffer show

The Fine Arts Center should have a new president/CEO by the end of June, said Erin Hannan, director of marketing and public relations at the FAC.

Since David Turner's departure on Jan. 31, Jon Stepleton has been sitting in as interim president.

Hannan said the hiring committee is now in the process of making its final selection and will then take their recommendation before the board of directors for approval.

The FAC is also currently putting together an exhibition of works by the late Emerson Woelffer, director of the FAC's art school from 1950 to 1957. Woelffer shook things up at the FAC with his abstract style that defied the social-realist paradigm that had dominated the Broadmoor Academy style for more than 20 years.

Anyone who owns Emerson Woelffer artworks and would be willing to lend them to the FAC for the exhibition is being asked to contact Judy Burdick at 634-5581 Ext. 352.

Kempf sculptures arrive in New Mexico, new lawsuits loom

Three of Starr Kempf's fantastically gargantuan kinetic sculptures arrived at Traditions last week in New Mexico for the International Wind Festival. "Sunrise Serenade," "Metronome" and "Space Needle" will be on display from June 14 to Oct. 12 at the Budaghers Exit 257 between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Because of the festival's proximity to Interstate 25, organizers estimate more than a million people will see the work over the course of the summer.

Josh Kempf -- Starr's grandson and senior managing agent of Starr Enterprises, which oversees the trust -- said the he still hasn't found a permanent home for any of the six sculptures that were ordered to be removed from the Kempf property in Cheyenne Cañon last week. He did say that offers to relocate and buy the sculptures have poured in recently, though most of the interested parties are from outside the Colorado Springs area.

Though the City of Colorado Springs has not entered into any formal agreement, City Attorney Tom Marrese said this week that he's "hopeful that something could be worked out within the city budget constraints if Josh Kempf wants to locate them on city property."

Kempf isn't sure when the three remaining sculptures ordered to be removed will be removed from the Kempf home, but did say that "quickly is better."

Lottie Kempf -- Starr's daughter who lives at the home with her elderly mother -- has threatened to sue several parties including her nephew Joshua because she believes she holds a "land patent" that exempts the property from the city's jurisdiction.

CSP raises $10,000 at all-night soiree, still faces uphill battle

Alan Isaacson, spokesman for the musicians of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic reports the organization raised $10,000 in mostly small donations during their 24-hour marathon concert on June 23.

"The store was jammed," he said. "We raised a fair amount of money considering that it's folks who don't normally give to the orchestra."

Still, Isaacson said, the fund-raiser barely scratches the surface of the $2.1 millon budget the CSP estimates it must put together for its 2003-04 season.

CSP Executive Director Susan Greene said that season tickets will be on sale in about a month and that the first major soliciatation for contributions will go out within a week.

As yet, the fledgling organization has not acquired funding from any of the larger local foundations that provided support for the now-defunct Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra.

The CSSO's music library will be auctioned off on Aug.1 and several parties including Colorado College and the CSSO Foundation (which already put in a bid of $82,000) have expressed interest.

The CSP will be performing Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and other patriotic favorites at this year's July 4 celebration at Memorial Park.

--Noel Black

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