Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Spend the first weekend of the new year with music, art, beer and more

Posted By on Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 11:13 AM

5 Friday

United States International Duo Piano Competition
See 200 talented pianists of all ages, from 6-year-old students to seasoned professionals, performing in duos and quartets. This unique event has been held here in the Springs since it was founded by a Colorado piano teacher in 1999. Another treat: Performers come from all over the U.S., plus Canada, China, Romania and Japan. Jan. 5-7, see the website for performance times, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., free,

5 Friday

Michele Renée Ledoux, an Evergreen, Colorado-based artist, has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Working in the ancient art of encaustic (hot wax painting), Ledoux finds her influences in Abstract Impressionism, Minimalism and Arte Povera, which uses everyday materials. This particular exhibit explores the nature of encaustic, and the lack of perfection that results from the pieces’ cuts, nicks and scratches. Opening reception, Jan. 5, 5-9 p.m., on display through Feb. 10, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St.,

6 Saturday

Colorado Springs Fitness Expo
Yes, the new year is upon us. Odds are your list of resolutions includes getting healthy and fit, which is a good way to start 2018. Take advantage of free classes in Zumba, strength-focused yoga, Pilates, Hula and other specialized workout techniques. Plus, enjoy a ton of vendors covering the health-and-fitness spectrum, including chiropractors, exercise clubs, essential-oil vendors and more. Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Colorado Springs City Auditorium, free,

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Gold Camp Brewing Anniversary Party
Everyone loves Gold Camp. In addition to great beer, the place hosts a hip atmosphere, friendly crew and plentiful events. Celebrate the brewery’s third birthday with beer releases, live music by Travis
Duncan and Roma Ransom, and a special Locals Till Last Call comedy/open mic event. Beers on tap: Margarita Blonde, Butterbeer, Dynamite Dan, Kettle-Sour Hibiscus Saison, Cognac Barrel Porter and more.
Jan. 6, noon to midnight, Gold Camp Brewing Company, 1007 S. Tejon St.,

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Manitou Art Center, Laura BenAmots seek submissions for socially conscious art

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 5:29 PM

BenAmots in her BAC studio, backed up by 'The Mask.' - WALT PALMER
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  • BenAmots in her BAC studio, backed up by 'The Mask.'
Laura BenAmots has reached out to the Independent to properly credit her collaborators in Artists in Action. She’s working with Manitou Art Center artistic director and general manager Dustin Booth, local curator and artist Deena Bennett, local photographer and publisher Bill Young.

“Deena and I have been working closely and it has been amazing to shape the vision with these wonderful regional powerhouses,” she says.

———ORIGINAL POST 5:29 A.M. TUESDAY, JAN. 2, 2017———

Laura BenAmots
, currently the Artist in Residence at the Machine Shop, is no stranger to impactful art — recall her 2011 show, Battle Portraits, in which she interviewed and painted soldiers suffering from PTSD.

In an upcoming exhibit at the Manitou Art Center, she wants to show art lovers that she’s far from the only one in the region. She, as part of the national Rough Ruby Arts Collective, put out a call for submissions for an upcoming exhibition titled Artists in Action. It's set to show Friday, May 18, through Sunday, July 15, 2018.

“Intrinsic in changing the profile of the region is showcasing how vibrant and powerful the art scene is, and relevant,” she says. Artists in Action will collect socially minded, resistance-driven art on a variety of subject matters. BenAmots says she’s kept the exhibition open to all passion areas, rather than just one subject like homelessness, hunger or “the splatter in the White House,” to open it up to more artists.

In addition to the MAC exhibition, BenAmots says all pieces selected will be presented in a publication. Specifics on the form that publication will take are still in the works, but it’ll be distributed at the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, as well as tourist attractions in the region. She also hopes to tour the exhibition, though that’s also up in the air.

The jury for the exhibit will be led by Joy Armstrong, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Interested artists should submit their work by Saturday, Jan. 20 — check out the submission guidelines at the bottom of the page. Click here for the entry form.

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