Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Front Range Open Studios tour features more interactive art than ever, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 1:00 AM

click to enlarge COURTESY FRONT RANGE OPEN STUDIOS
  • Courtesy Front Range Open Studios

Front Range Open Studios Tour

Sept. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., various locations, see website for details, free, frontrangeopenstudios.com

Just north of the Springs, the small town of Monument is home to a surprisingly large number of artists. Walking the streets of downtown, art patrons have any number of options for galleries and studios to visit year-round, but it would be particularly prudent to take a tour this weekend. The annual Front Range Open Studios tour has returned, with 22 artists and 16 locations in and around Monument opening their doors. Many of these locations are not public studios, but rather the private workspaces of sculptors, painters, jewelers, blacksmiths and more. Nancy Bonig, a well-known glass artist and the coordinator of the studio tour, says: “We have set the highest standard for artists on a studio tour and everyone will be doing demos, have drawings or allow the public to participate.”

That means your journey through Monument will be far from static. Instead of simply regarding art on a wall, join blacksmith Jodie Bliss in her studio, where you’ll help her carve sand molds for an iron pour she’ll be completing in late September; meet Barb Ziek’s alpacas and watch a pebble and bead felting demonstration; take direction from painter Michael Malta, who will guide you through a watercolor flower painting of your very own. These and almost 15 other experiences, including demonstrations and prize drawings, come alongside an intimate look at the process of creation, from a variety of talented perspectives.

Some activities come with a small fee for materials, but the tour itself is entirely free, and accessible via a Google map of locations. All weekend, you can drive through the beautiful forests surrounding Monument, walk around the vibrant downtown, and network with some of the region’s finest creatives.

Bonig says in a Front Range Open Studios press release: “You will see how each artist and craftsman has transformed his or her working space with tools, music, books, and specialized materials into their own unique sanctuary, where they find creativity and inspiration.”

Visiting Artists and Critics Series: Vadis Turner

Presentation, 6 p.m., opening reception, 5-8 p.m., Sept. 5, Megaliths exhibit on display through Dec. 8, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., free, uccspresents.org

Continuing their tradition of bringing diverse and thought-provoking artwork to the Marie Sharpe Walsh Gallery at Ent Center for the Arts, UCCS’ Galleries of Contemporary Art have invited Nashville-based, mixed-media artist Vadis Turner to exhibit her work. Exploring femininity and the female experience, Turner’s work employs a variety of found materials such as clothing, sanitary products and even her own breast milk. Hear from her at tonight’s opening reception, where she’ll be speaking in the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall.
click to enlarge JANTZEN PEAKE
  • Jantzen Peake

Wrong Side of Da Tracks

Opening reception, Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m., on display through Sept. 30, Manitou Art Center,
513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitouartcenter.org

Jantzen Peake’s artwork has always been unusual, inspired by “low-brow” influences like vintage cartoons and grunge music. When the Indy spoke to him in 2016, he said it was hard to find gallery spaces that accepted his unique style. “For the edgier art I do, there’s not a lot of places to show,” he said. “To be a full-time artist is not realistic in a sense, here. But I’m trying to build that the best I can.” Lo and behold, he is now opening a solo show at the Manitou Art Center, featuring an eclectic selection of his works — the weird and the wonderful. DJ Craftmatic will provide the music for the opening reception.

click to enlarge ELIZABETH MONTOYA
  • Elizabeth Montoya

Mythico

Sept. 6-7, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 8, 2 p.m., Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $25, themat.org

There’s no better way to absorb the grandeur, passion and power of Greek mythology than to see it performed, especially if that performance involves the region’s best aerial acrobats. Presented by Aerial Aura, Mythico retells classic Greek tales including Pandora’s Box, the war of the Gods and Titans, Sisyphus, and the Trojan War, with 15 total performers, an original musical score and exciting stage effects. Enjoy aerial silks, trapeze and more dancing on and off the ground, featuring beloved locals like Elizabeth Fluharty, Josh and Joe Lobeck, Chris and Emily Wegert and more.

A Conversation With Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser

4:30-6:30 p.m., The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., free, registration required at csbj.com/events, donations benefit the Give! Campaign and/or the Southeast Express

Colorado’s first Democratic Attorney General in recent memory has involved his office in national issues affecting Coloradans, from DACA to reproductive rights. Though some derisively refer to him as an “activist attorney general,” Weiser recently told the Indy and the Colorado Springs Business Journal: “I just keep in mind what’s best for the state, for the people — what harms them, what affects them, and then I act. So, no, I don’t think I’m being too much of an activist.”If you want to learn more about our state’s top law enforcement official, join us and our sister publication for a Q&A with the man himself. Refreshments will be served alongside your civic engagement.

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