Sometime in the late 1930s/early-1940s, Colorado Springs artist Archie Musick (whose amazing hand-built home in Garden of the Gods we profiled HERE) created a mind-boggling 75-page hand-made Christmas card booklet for his friend Laura Bunnell filled not just with words or images, but with painstakingly rendered, hand-pulled stone lithographs. Local art collector Blake [...]

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This month we’re going to spend the hour looking back at some of the topics we covered this year. There was a lot of overlap, stories that could have appeared in multiple episodes, and themes that kept popping up from topic to topic. Here are some of the conversations that took place this year [...]

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25 Local Etsy Wonderments

On November 22, 2011 By

As the holiday shopping season fast approacheth, we took a look at what the local Etsy sellers had to offer (simply click on the “Shop Local” button on the lower-left-hand side of the page and type in your zip code) and came away bedazzled by the sheer magnitude of the hidden online community [...]

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Local artist Sean O’Meallie stopped by to discuss his brain baby, The Manitou Chair Project. The installation itself which consisted of lining chairs down the center of Manitou Ave. for a half a mile was completed on October 9th. O’Meallie shares dozens of images from the day of the installation and talks about what’s [...]

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Swedish-born painter Birger Sandzén called Colorado’s scenery a paradise for painters. You can see this paradise reflected in his works in the Sandzén in Colorado exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center through January 8th, 2012. The Above video is an excerpt from a Sandzén documentary produced by Joshua Hassel which airs [...]

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(All images in this slide show by John Suhay and courtesy of Jina Brenneman. Please keep in mind these are scans of photographs, and thus not exact reproductions.)

If you’ve never heard of John Suhay, you’re not alone. But his photography has captured the hearts of those who know him well, and [...]

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We’ve been spending a lot of time in Pueblo recently in preparation for September’s episode of Western Skies and couldn’t help but notice the plethora of hand-painted signage that gives a great deal of their character to the city’s streets. Here in this slide show are just a few examples.

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One of the most beautiful towns in Southern Colorado is undoutedly San Luis. Though it’s situated at 8,000 feet in high desert, the acequias (traditional water canals, which we’ll feature in our August episode of Western Skies) keep it a lush green in summer, which provides stark contrast to the arid hills above. Those [...]

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It’s hard to overstate how much I love the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe. The permanent collection is arranged to feel like a giant, non-stop international festival of cultures and spirits, and it’s hard not to imagine how amazing Night at the Museum 3 might be if set there. Few [...]

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Let’s embrace the goodness of summertime bemusements with this slide show of the Manitou Penny Arcade’s unofficial museum of stencil art set to an audio collage of sounds from the games.

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Artist and Colorado College graduate Margaret Kilgallen died tragically at age 33 in 2001, just as her career was taking off and only three weeks after the birth of of her daughter Asha with artist Barry McGee, aka Twist.

Kilgallen got her BFA in 1989 at CC where she studied letterpress with [...]

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The late and much beloved Gerry Riggs, former director of the gallery of contemporary art at UCCS is remembered by Daisy McConnell, Atomic Elroy and Holly Parker on the eve of a kick-off event for an exhibition fund in his name. You can find details of the exhibition fund and the kick-off event at [...]

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On this date in 1936, John Gaw Meem’s new Fine Arts Center building opened amid pomp heretofore unseen west of the Mighty Mississip. Bringing with it the promise of the West as a new cultural frontier with a week-long opening gala celebration complete with avant-garde exhibits and performances, featuring the groundbreaking works of [...]

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If the list-making, common-man-loving Walt Whitman had been an artist in the 21st Century, it’s quite possible he would be Streeter Wright. We looked back at Wright’s gas rig drawings from late in 2009 on Tuesday. Now he has a new body of work (presented as his senior show at Colorado College) [...]

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Even when he was a young boy, Jonboy Meyers knew he wanted to draw comics and had a talent for it. The son of a Military Policeman, he grew up in Colorado Springs reading war comics and drawing constantly. Eventually, he discovered Captain America and superheroes and thought his destiny was sealed.

But [...]

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Artist Streeter Wright has been paying his way through Colorado College for the past five years by working as a roughneck on the gas rigs in Western Colorado. The schedule is grueling: 14 days of 12 hour shifts followed by 14 days off. While he’s working, Wright takes pictures of the people, tools and [...]

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We recently met with Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch at the exhibit of his work, Bloodlines: Paintings by Hermann Nitsch, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. In addition to painting, Nitsch’s artistic practice includes a sort of theatre of reality which bears a passing resemblance to the mystery plays of Europe in the [...]

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We recently visited Eric Bransby’s studio and spoke with the artist about his newest mural project commemorating the Fine Arts Center’s 75th anniversary. Bransby also discusses his history at the Broadmoor Academy and Fine Arts Center School in the 1940′s. In addition to the video below, we’ve put together a slide show to allow you [...]

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Artist and Colorado College alumnus, Emilio Lobato, returns to his artistic roots in a career retrospective at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In this video we speak with curator Tariana Navas-Nieves and the artist himself about the exhibit.

Emilio Lobato: Mi Linda Soledad is on exhibit through May 15, 2011 at the Colorado [...]

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(Note: Murray Ross’ voice is the first you’ll hear, followed by Sean O’Meallie’s.)

In this audio slide show, artist Sean O’Meallie and THEATREWORKS Artistic Director Murray Ross remember their friend Louis Cicotello who died Sunday March 6th, 2011 in a rappelling accident in No Man’s Canyon, Utah.

A public memorial service will be [...]

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Local artist and teacher Louis Cicotello died this past Friday in an accident while hiking in Utah’s No Man’s Land with his younger brother, David. He was 70 years old. More information on the accident HERE.

We’ll have more on Louis’ life and art later this week.

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For artist Harrell Fletcher, community itself it art. Though an object—a public sculpture, another artist’s paintings, documentay photographs from another museum, a rug—are sometimes at the heart of his based art projects, the work itself is always about human relationships and processes of community understanding. This Sunday at I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Colorado College [...]

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New Mexorado

On March 9, 2011 By

Had the pleasure of attending the New Mexorado show at the Harwood Museum in Taos this weekend. (Full disclosure: my wife, Marina Eckler, has work in the exhibition, which isn’t included here.) Envisioned by Art Curatorial Manager Jina Brenneman, former curator at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, and juried by [...]

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