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These artists stand out among region’s best

These artists stand out among region’s best

Who are the best visual artists in the Pikes Peak region? That’s an impossible question, given that there are at any time thousands of artists creating work at the foot of Pikes Peak. So let’s sharpen the focus and establish some objective criteria. • Sustained quality of work. Successful artists nurture and expand their talent,… Continue Reading These artists stand out among region’s best

UCCS arts center plans emerging

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UCCS arts center plans emerging

Plans are taking shape for the $58 million UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Center, with roughly a quarter of the funding already raised, design scheduled to be done in early 2014 and the project on track to begin construction in 2015, according to university officials. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said that nearly $15 million —… Continue Reading UCCS arts center plans emerging

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The Downtown Partnership is attempting to spice up the city’s urban experience by providing live, street-corner entertainment this summer. Dancers, actors, painters and musicians are expected to be among the sanctioned entertainment, called the Sidewalk Stage program. The Partnership is now accepting applications for performers who will work the street corners on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, July… Continue Reading Downtown Partnership seeking street performers

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Mural art of yesteryear long lost from city

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Mural art of yesteryear long lost from city

In 1935, the Gazette proudly noted that Colorado Springs artist Frank Mechau had been commissioned to paint two murals for the downtown post office. Two years later they were installed, and there they remained until removed, probably in 1962 when the building was remodeled. No contemporary newspaper accounts document the removal of the murals. It… Continue Reading Mural art of yesteryear long lost from city

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Arts could boost downtown development

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Arts could boost downtown development

Fresh out of college in 1973, Maryo Gard Ewell worked with New Haven, Conn. city leaders to try to create an arts district in a sullen and deserted part of the city that fell victim to 1960s urban renewal policies that replaced historic buildings with parking lots. She was a bit ahead of her time,… Continue Reading Arts could boost downtown development

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Downtowners to discuss arts, culture

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In keeping with national trends, Colorado Springs could utilize its arts, culture and creative class to build a stronger sense of community and — along with it — a stronger economy downtown. Downtown, arts and area leaders will discuss creative place-making and using arts and culture to develop a stronger downtown economy in a special… Continue Reading Downtowners to discuss arts, culture

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Wong fires up ceramic art business in Manitou

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On the back patio of Penrose House, a small crowd gathers around Mark Wong, as he fires a ceramic vessel in a portable kiln. It’s a dark — but not stormy — night, and Wong’s firing is part of a celebration of the arts organized by Christina McGrath, who heads the Cultural Office of the… Continue Reading Wong fires up ceramic art business in Manitou

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New gallery opens across from Cottonwood

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Mardosz Fine Art Gallery will host a grand opening celebration on Sept. 14. The event marks the beginning of the new gallery that artist Chuck Mardosz and his wife Diana Love created on the southeastern edge of downtown. The two started looking for a spot where Mardosz could open his own gallery and sell his… Continue Reading New gallery opens across from Cottonwood

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The nonprofit arts industry accounts for $72 million in annual economic impact across the Pikes Peak region, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The study was conducted by Americans for the Arts, based in Washington, D.C., in tandem with identical studies in 182 other regions… Continue Reading Local arts and culture produce $72 million annually

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Two Colorado Springs arts leaders will be part of a national panel this month addressing the role of the arts in serving veterans’ needs. Susan Edmondson, executive director of Bee Vradenburg Foundation, and Kim Nguyen, creative program manager at AspenPointe Enterprises, will join two other arts leaders for the session, titled, “Boots to Brushes: The… Continue Reading Springs arts leaders to address how art serves veterans

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