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Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 4 p.m. 636-1901. Featuring sculptured silk paintings by Marilyn Kirkman through Aug. 31. Artist demonstration Sun., Aug. 17 at 1 p.m.

Bear Creek Fine Art Gallery at the Bear Creek Veterinary Care Clinic, 960 Pico Point, 685-1177. Featuring works by oil painters Kathryn A. McMahon and Kazuko Stern through November; proceeds donated to Old Friends charity.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring H20: Essential for Life through Aug. 10 and Previously Owned Overcoats through Aug. 16.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $2-$5. Free to members and free to all on Saturdays. Open Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Daily docent tours at 10:30 a.m. Featuring ReconFIGURED: Persons and Personas of the Permanent Collection; Red White Blue and God Bless You: A Portrait of Northern New Mexico, Photographs by Alex Harris, International Watermedia XIII and Something New: Contemporary Regional Artists.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring It's Only Fun and Games, toys for all ages through Aug.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring Misappropriations: Minds at Play, Hands at Work by Sean O'Meallie and Louis Cicotello.

Cottonwood Art Academy, 102 W. Cucharras St., 520-1899. Featuring A One Woman Show by Terri Sanchez. Opening reception is Fri., August 15, 6 - 9 p.m.

Dale Street Caf and Gallery, 115 E. Dale, 578-9898. Open Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Featuring fine art photography by Patricia and Michael Kimak, oils by Richard Hoge. Photogravure and Intaglio by Nikos Pulos through Aug 11.

FastFrame Gallery, 5154 Centennial Blvd., 277-0161. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring 35 pieces of watercolor art. The Light is the Thing, a juried show with 2- and 3-dimensional media through Aug. 15.

Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Neo-Geo Revisited, An Invitational Exhibition through August 29.

Gallery of the Southwest, 205 S. Main Street, Pueblo, 719/542-3917. Featuring Presents: Paintings by Joni Giarrantano and Jerry "Bucky" Dowdy.

The Human Touch Galleries, 8 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1241. Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring Angels with Attitudes, sterling silver angel pins and pennants by Susan Helmich.

La Baguette, 4440 N Chestnut, 599-0686. Featuring Portals Revisited the black and white photos of Nancy Moore.

L.I.W. Cargo, 713 Manitou Ave., 685-0452. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Roger Carlson, mixed-media artist specializing in western landscapes.

Organic Earth Caf, 1124 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0986 Featuring art by Peter Teekamp and others. Open Mon. Thurs. 9 a.m. -midnight and Fri. Sun. 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 527-6000. Hours: Mon-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Featuring Envisioning Images of Peace.

Phototroph Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 111, under the Colorado Avenue bridge, 442-6995. Open Sat., noon to 5 p.m.; Weekdays by appointment. Featuring New Landscapes photographic explorations by Susan Moldenhauer through Aug. 23.

Poor Richards Restaurant, 324 N. Tejon, 632-7721. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring fine art landscape photography of Casey Chinn.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring The Quiet Landscape by Pat Dagnon, Fab Four Visit the King, the work of four top Pueblo painters. Human Being by Andrea Modica, Bonnie Waugh's early mixed-media pieces, Steel City: Contemporary American in Metal, I-25: Forty Artists from the Corridor, Gene Kloss: The Early Years. Friday Concerts, sculpture garden, Aug. 8: Wallace Cotton & the Royals.

Sencha, 331 N. Nevada, 632-8287. Open Mon. Fri, 11 a.m. 3 p.m., Tue. Thurs., 5 10 p.m. and Fri. Sat., 5 11 p.m. Featuring photography by Megan Retka and metal sculptures by Michael Gores.

Smokebrush Foundation & Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., STE. 102, 444-1012. Featuring Smoke Signals, recent works by artists associated with the foundation since 1992.

Textures Gallery, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., 475-2104. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Artist Trunk Show featuring Janine Sheehy's jewelry and home dcor. Thurs., Aug. 14, 4 - 8 p.m.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475,

www.trilakesarts.com . Featuring Wet & Dry, juried pastels and signature/associate watercolors.

art announcements Regional Youth Ballet auditions, Fusion Pointe Center, 2228 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Curriculum will include technique, pointe, pas de deux, contemporary dance, African diaspora and more. Auditions Sat. Sun, Aug. 16 17, 1 5 p.m. Faculty performance open to public on Sun., Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Call 632-7511 for more.

Auditions for Dante's Inferno, University Hall at UCCS (former Compassion International Building), 3955 Cragwood Drive , Fri., Aug. 22, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 23 1 - 3 p.m. Parts available for men and women; many demon and scary roles available. Rehearsals in September, performances in October. For more, call 719-262-3232.

Life Drawing, Business of Arts Center, 515 Manitou Ave. $8. Drawing with a live model, 2nd Thurs. of month, 7 10 p.m. For more, call 685-1861.

First Thursday Happy Hour, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. $4 - $8. Thurs., Aug. 7, 6 p.m.

Pueblo comedians needed. If you are not a hack and have 30 - 60 minutes of solid material, please send your promo pack or tapes with resume to Papi Sorrelis, P.O. Box 8635, Pueblo CO, 81008.

Call for entries, photography show, Pueblo Art Guild, Mineral Palace Park, Pueblo. Entry fees $1 6 per entry. Entry dates Sept. 13-14. For more, call 543-2455.

Navajo Rug Auction, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. Fri., Aug. 8, 7 p.m. (preview 5 7 p.m.) and Sat., Aug. 9, 10 a.m. (preview 9 10 a.m.).

Old Colorado City Gallery Walk, Colorado Ave. from 24th to 27th streets. Free. Eleven participating galleries have refreshments, discounts, artist demonstrations. Every 2nd and 4th Thurs. through Sept., 4 at 8 p.m.

Call for entries, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum's Capture the Courthouse, Architectural Detail as Art. Submit 2-dimensional artwork depicting the architectural details of the Pioneers Museum building. Jury dates Oct. 10 - 11. Call 385-5990.

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