The Colorado Council on the Arts announced on Monday the recipients of the 2000 Artist Fellowships in Visual Arts, Literature, Media Arts and Folk Arts. Among the 31 recipients statewide, each receiving a $4,000 award, are four artists from the Colorado Springs area, including three visual artists and one poet.
Chipita Park's Jean Gumpper was commended for her woodcuts, and the expert panelists noted her ability to "create realistic scenes in a medium that is usually graphic, much less refined." Gumpper described her own artistic work as an effort to "let landscape act as a visual metaphor for emotions and experiences."
In the area of photography, Manitou Springs resident Andrea Modica was recognized for her large format platinum prints. Her 15-year collaboration with a young woman in rural New York captured the admiration of the panel, who commented that her photographs "tenderly transport the viewer into another world."
Dennis Dalton of Pueblo won an award for his drawings, which he describes as an attempt "to define a contemporary version of the legend [of the West] for myself." The CCA panel noted that Dalton "does a brilliant job of combining humor and a sense of Western myth."
In the poetry category, Colorado Springs resident Susan Carew was recognized for what the panel called "her painterly language and humor," further describing her poetry as "a wonderful melange of language." Carew has been writing and publishing poetry and nonfiction since 1974, and she is a frequent contributor to the Independent.
Colorado Springs emerged at the top of the list for performance venues for at least one recent touring band. On the last night of their first full-fledged U.S. tour, the English folk-rock band Equation told a Tucson audience that the highlight of their trip had been their gig at Jack Quinn's in February. Lead singer Katherine Roberts, guitarist Sean Lakeman, and fiddler Seth Lakeman praised the energy and enthusiasm of the spirited Springs crowd that packed Quinn's, promising to return this summer when they tour again to promote the August release of The Lucky Few, their upbeat follow-up to their Hazy Daze album.
The striking colors and textures are reminiscent of Southern Colorado and New Mexico. Lovely work.