Friday, June 19, 2015

News from the arts inbox: Art on the Streets, Henry Awards and gallery news

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 1:22 PM

click to enlarge MICHAEL PACH
  • Michael Pach
Yesterday kicked off this year's batch of Art on the Streets sculptures, which we detailed here. Local artist Sean O'Meallie, who created "Poly Poly," won the $10,000 Juror Prize.

"I’d like to see an eventual treatment of the entire alley that makes it safer, more inviting and easier to use, and enriches the lives of anyone who encounters it,” O'Meallie says in a statement from the Downtown Partnership.

Andy Tirado, who won the Juror Prize last year, and served on this year's panel, won the $1,000 People's Choice award. "Lacuna" hung in the south tower of the Plaza of the Rockies last year, but is now moving to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, where it will hang until next January.

Read more details in the press release following the jump.

The launch party also premiered a video from videographer Rodney RJ Hooks featuring the whole batch of new works and onsite performances from the Soul Mechanics.

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Elsewhere, the Colorado Theater Guild announced nominees for the 10th Annual Henry Awards (of which our critic Bill Wheeler is a part), which honor excellence in the state's theater community. Winners will be announced July 20.

Up for awards are:

Outstanding Production of a Play: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia, Springs Ensemble Theatre, Max Ferguson, Director

Outstanding Direction of a Play: Geoffrey Kent, The Lying Kind, TheatreWorks

Outstanding Actor in a Play: John DiAntonio, The Liar, TheatreWorks and Steven Cole Hughes, The Lying Kind, TheatreWorks

Outstanding Actress in a Play: Amy Brooks, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia, Springs Ensemble Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Billie McBride, The Lying Kind, TheatreWorks

Outstanding Costume Design: Hugh Hanson, The Liar, TheatreWorks

click to enlarge KATHLEEN MCFADDEN
  • Kathleen McFadden
Meanwhile, local photographer and gallery owner Kathleen McFadden posted an update on her search for a new location. McFadden's Range Gallery was formerly located in Old Colorado City. In March, McFadden sent a candid email about her relocation:
In our last exciting installment of "Cutter Bill, Range Gallery Dog," the landlord had darkened the doorstep of the gallery demanding an increase in rent which left Kathleen to ponder aloud, "Should we pay the higher amount, or just move?"

She looked over at Cutter Bill, the smartest, friendliest, best gallery dog in the whole world and asked, "Cutter, you're a thinking dog, what do you think?"

She noticed he had rolled up his astroturf mat, pushed all his toys to the door and was looking up at her with an eager smile and a carefree wag of the tail.

Kathleen exclaimed, "You're right again! Wait for me, I'll pack and we'll move to greener pastures!"

Stay tuned to find out where the greener pastures lie in the next episode of, "Cutter Bill, Range Gallery Dog!"
As of today, McFadden is still searching for a location, but in the meantime, she's redesigned her website and started a blog. She writes:
When I closed my gallery in Old Colorado City, I thought I'd have another building within, oh, say 20 minutes. My "20 minutes" has turned into 3 months now. I've taken a serious look at 5 different locations, each with their own attributes and downsides.

I've decided to be Goldilocks about this, I want the location to be Juuuuust Right. So, I have a list of requirements: must be attractive, solid, big, well-built, visible and memorable. Sounds like I'm writing a personals ad for the perfect man, but the perfect building is what I'm in the market for right now.

In the meantime, I'm being creative. I've completely redesigned my website, added new images, retired some. And I'm a lean, mean developing machine, processing dozens of old black and white rolls of film. It's like Christmas.

Which means, when I do find a location for my gallery that's Goldilocks perfect, I will have all kinds of new work to show and new stories to write. Oh boy!

Colorado Springs, CO – Downtown Colorado Springs and Downtown Ventures are pleased to announce winners in the annual Art on the Streets sculpture exhibit.

The 2015-16 Juror’s Award and a $10,000 prize goes to Poly Poly, by Colorado Springs artist Sean O’Meallie. Poly Poly is a site-specific installation, where inflated parrots hover over a downtown alley. Local artist and former toy designer Sean O’Meallie, says, “I thought this space could use some inflated toy parrots. I’d like to see an eventual treatment of the entire alley that makes it safer, more inviting and easier to use, and enriches the lives of anyone who encounters it.” Poly Poly was chosen as the Juror’s Choice by the panel of jurors including David Tryba, founder of Tryba Architects, Denver; Blake Milteer, Museum Director and Chief Curator for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Andrew Tirado, Colorado Springs artist and winner of the 2014-15 Juror’s Choice Award; and Daisy McConnell, Director of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art.

McConnell describes why Poly Poly was the juror’s pick for the top award: “Sean O’Meallie’s ‘Poly Poly’ sculpture pushes the boundaries of what we think of when we consider public art. The artist has taken big risks by engaging an otherwise overlooked space – the gap between two buildings over an alley in the heart of downtown. I believe public art is at its best when it engages the architecture, environment and viewers in ways that expand our understanding of a public space and spark critical and lively dialogue. O’Meallie’s ‘Poly Poly’ does all of this and more – it addresses heavy issues such as environmentalism and international commerce, while simultaneously delighting with formal elements of color, line and form. ‘Poly Poly' playfully invites the viewer to engage and spend time with the work and delivers a one-two punch of “pop” delight mixed with conceptual content that connects to our modern life in surprising ways.”

The 2014-15 People’s Choice Award and a $1000 prize goes to Lacuna, by Colorado Springs artist Andrew Tridado. The giant arm and hand constructed from reclaimed wood was suspended high in the south tower of the Plaza of the Rockies for the duration of the 2014-15 exhibit. Lacuna was moved to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, where it is on display through January 3, 2016. Votes for the People’s Choice award were collected at the US Bank downtown location, as well as online. Voting for the People’s Choice award for this year’s exhibit is open through May 2016.

Awards were presented at a public launch party Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Historic City Auditorium. The 2015-16 exhibit, featuring 13 new works of art will be on exhibited throughout Downtown Colorado Springs though May 2016.

Art on the Streets is a program of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, through Downtown Ventures, Inc. The program is supported by private contributions, including founding sponsor U.S. Bank, with additional support from H.Chase Stone Trust, Nor’wood, Murphy Constructors, CALM Foundation and Culebra Properties. Through the 17 years of the program, Art on the Streets has exhibited more than 200 works of art downtown, with more than 25 works purchased for permanent display downtown. All of the artwork in the exhibit is for sale, and purchase inquiries are welcome. Additional information can be found at

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