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click to enlarge Anonymity of Uniform by Jill M. Spear showing at the - Chromatic Edge Potpourri 2004 exhibit through Oct. 3.
  • Anonymity of Uniform by Jill M. Spear showing at the Chromatic Edge Potpourri 2004 exhibit through Oct. 3.

It's another rich week for art fans. In addition to openings for two new shows at the Fine Arts Center (see 4 Saturday, page 22), there's an art and crafts festival in Manitou Springs and a showcase of paintings and bas-relief at the Pikes Peak Center.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend with a festival in Manitou's Memorial Park. The opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. feature a parade for kids, a flag ceremony and a welcome by Mayor Marcy Morrison. The park will be packed with 110 booths of fine art and crafts, to include pottery, blown glass, oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, dolls and toys, jewelry and photography. There's a wine tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, American roots music throughout, and a dining tent and food court.

Chromatic Edge, founded by Springs artist Mary Ann Bransby, is a group of watercolor artists whose work emphasizes traditional technique as well as experimental ventures, often mixing with other disciplines. Ms. Bransby studied under famed American muralist Thomas Hart Benton at the Kansas City Art Institute, and her husband Eric Bransby studied with Boardman Robinson during the early years of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Included in the show will be several piece of bas-relief, work that departs the two-dimensional picture plane with the image slightly raised. The opening reception on Sept. 9 is free and open to the public.

-- Kathryn Eastburn


Chromatic Edge presents Potpourri 2004 Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.

Meet the artists opening reception Thursday, Sept. 9, 5-8 p.m.

Viewing is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 2.

Through Oct. 3

capsule Commonwheel Artists Co-op 30th annual Labor Day Weekend Art & Craft Festival

Manitou Springs Memorial Park, 500 Manitou Ave. (east end of Manitou Springs)

Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4, 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call 637-8049 for more


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