2008 Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival, a celebration of local artists and crafters with booths, snack stands and live music by the Colorado Springs Conservatory, the Storys, Grant Sabin and others. Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. Free. Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com/festival.
Ninth annual En Plein Air Show, a show and sale of original 1890s paintings of Victor and the area. Aug. 31 to Sept. 1. Victor Elks Lodge, corner of Third and Victor avenues, Victor, victorcelebratesthearts.org.
Canvases in the Cañon Art Show, a benefit for the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon offering works by local artists on the subject of "Spectacular Scenes of the Pikes Peak Region." The artwork will be displayed at Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center as well. Mon., Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org.
Visiting Artist Exhibition & Gallery Talk: Greg Custer will discuss his working method and the inspirations behind his oil and pastel paintings. Thurs., Sept. 4, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747, css.org.
First Friday Art Walk, 10-plus galleries celebrating new shows with refreshments, visiting artists, demonstrations and other entertainment. Fri., Sept. 5, 5-8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m., and Fri., Nov. 7, 5-8 p.m. Free. Old Colorado City, between 23rd and 27th streets on West Colorado Avenue.
Art Immersion Saturday, a walk through the streets of Manitou Springs, featuring new shows in the local galleries, entertainment on the streets, refreshments, demonstrations and more. Sun., Sept. 7. Manitou Avenue.
Brunch and Conversation with the cast of My Favorite Things, where you can get to know the cast of the musical and enjoy a world-class meal. Sun., Sept. 7, 10 a.m. Conversation with the cast, 11:30 a.m. $50 for brunch, $20 for conversation. The Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave., 576-2626, ticketswest.com.
Faculty Throwdown I: The Architecture of Desire, a debate of interpretations on the current show in the I.D.E.A. Space by two Colorado College professors. Wed., Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m. Free. The I.D.E.A. Space, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 227-8269, theideaspace.com.
100th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery, a series of lectures, workshops, tours and commemorations surrounding the world of Van Briggle tile and ceramics. The event will also host a firing in the K108 Commemorative Kiln. Sept. 11-13. $100 with a Colorado College ID. CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Nevada Ave., 800/847-6341, coloradocollege.edu/news_events.
30th annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival, a folk art festival in anticipation of the holiday season, offering handcrafted furniture, jewelry, pottery and other original handmade crafts. Proceeds benefit future projects at the ranch. Sept. 12-14. $2-$6. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3202 Chambers Way, 633-2026, rockledgeranch.com.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 2008 Season Opening Gala, welcoming the public for cocktails and dancing at the after-hours party celebrating the FAC's upcoming exhibition season. Sat., Sept. 13, 9 p.m. $75. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Call 634-5583 for tickets, csfineartscenter.org.
Van Briggle Tour, an in-depth tour of the original 100-year-old building covered with Van Briggle pottery. Tours will run throughout the day. Sat., Sept. 13, 9 a.m. $10. CC's Physical Plant/Facilities, corner of Uintah and Glen streets, coloradocollege.edu/news_events.
Over the River, with art legends Christo and Jeanne-Claude speaking on two current projects, including the Over the River project on the Arkansas River. Wed., Sept. 17, 6 p.m. Fine Arts Center's SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.
Monument Art Hop, various galleries throughout Monument will open new shows, offer demonstrations and entertainment, as well as refreshments for this monthly art celebration. Thurs., Sept. 18, 5-9 p.m. Free.
Quilt and Fine Woodworking Lecture, a presentation on the history of quilts by quilt scholar Bobbie Aug. Reservations encouraged. Sat., Sept. 20, 2 p.m. Free. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org.
Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards, an awards program honoring excellence in music, theater, dance, visual arts and poetry. Sun., Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, SaGaJi Theater, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, pikespeakcouncil.org.
Richard Olivier, a presentation by the son of Laurence Olivier, part of CC's Leadership as a Performing Art Series. Revered for his work with Shakespeare, he will speak on "Inspirational Leadership: Lessons from Shakespeare's Henry V." Mon., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Nevada Ave., coloradocollege.edu/news_events.
Shop Til You Drop Fashion Show, a benefit show and sale hosted by the Women's Club of Colorado Springs. Kirk and Hill and Saboz stores will supply the clothes for the event. Wed., Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $40. CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Nevada Ave., 633-7998, coloradocollege.edu/index.asp.
20/20 Art Release & Fundraiser, a collection of works from artists from the past 20 years up to the present, as well as commemorations for directors and others who contributed toward the success of the Business of Art Center. Ongoing. Anniversary gala and reception, Fri., Sept. 26, 7-11 p.m. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.
The Architecture of Desire: Runa Islam, Melinda Barlow, a University of Colorado professor, will discuss the works of artist and filmmaker Islam. Wed., Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m. Free. The I.D.E.A. Space, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 227-8269, theideaspace.com.
Visiting Artist Exhibition & Gallery Panel Discussion: Dance on Paper, a collection of works by local artists and students from the Colorado Springs School focusing on collaborative figure drawing workshops with Ormao dancers. Thurs., Oct. 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747, css.org.
The Worlds Longest Yogic Yang Spiral, a gathering for what the Smokebrush Gallery hopes to be a record-breaking meditation spiral, as part of the Spirality exhibit. Sat., Oct. 4, noon. America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, 444-1012, smokebrush.org.
Colorado Farm and Art Market, featuring farmers market and arts and crafts booths Wednesday afternoons through Oct. 8, 3-7 p.m. America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, 640-6154, farmandartmarket.com.
David Whyte, a poet, will discuss poetry's bearings on leadership, as part of CC's Leadership as a Performing Art Series. Wed., Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Nevada Ave., coloradocollege.edu/news_events.
2008 Arts Summit, a meeting sponsored by COPPeR for artists, art educators and administrators to discuss the role of art in the community in the next several years and beyond. Sat., Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., coppercolo.org.
Visiting Artist Exhibition & Gallery Talk: Patience Heyl, a discussion from the resident artist at The Broadmoor hotel. Thurs., Nov. 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747, css.org.
Kevin Asbjornson, an acclaimed pianist, will present his interactive discussion, "Artistry of Leadership," as part of CC's
Leadership as a Performing Art Series. Wed., Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Nevada Ave., coloradocollege.edu/news_events.
Patrick Dougherty Public Sculpture Project Reception and Talk, where Dougherty will discuss his recently completed, temporary sculpture for the campus. The work is made from hundreds of woven tree saplings. Fri., Nov. 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, theideaspace.com.
Holiday Around the World Bazaar, a show and sale of arts and crafts depicting cultural views of the holidays. Nov. 14 to Dec. 31. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.
Pikes Peak Studio Tour, in its sixth year, offering the public a glimpse into the homes and studios of 16 local artists such as Jane and Keith Roberts, Tim Davis, Karen Pierce and others. Sat., Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. pikespeakstudiotour.com.
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