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Redefining art collecting 

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Art collectors love to tell you how easy it is to accrue art. You don't need a lot of money they say. Start small, buy what you love, they say.

You know, they're right.

So many times, when the term "art collection" comes to mind, we think big: big pieces, big names, bigger price tags. Or we think obscure, which is also expensive.

But really, it's our idea of art collecting that needs to be redefined. The practice itself is much broader than we often give it credit for.

For instance, money (or lack thereof) hasn't held back this newspaperwoman from purchasing numerous prints and one small painting. And a late start hasn't stopped her father from recently setting up his own collection: bigger paintings and prints that he simply bought because he loved them. No one would pooh-pooh the guy for that — he's supporting artists and galleries.

Regardless, when we talk about redefining old, ingrained ideas, even about an arts organization or a scene at large, it's easy to resist and stick to old patterns. Hard times only tend to reinforce those ruts. But three local arts centers are breaking out and starting afresh. New blood, literally and metaphorically, is transforming Cottonwood Center for the Arts, the Business of Art Center and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the subjects of our cover story starting here.

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