Ghost Army

Wartime subterfuge is as old as the Trojan Horse. But during World War II, the Army created a top-secret troop of artists called the Ghost Army to use fake arsenals, sound effects and other sleights of hand to trick the Germans. One of the artists in the troop, George Vander Sluis, [...]

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Southern Colorado is no stranger to the armed forces. With a collection of military installations, it’s not uncommon to see uniformed men and women around Colorado Springs and beyond. This month, we take a look at some of the issues concerning the military, from the very worst, to perhaps, some of the very best.

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Mountainside Pterodactyl

An innovative collaboration at Mountainside Elementary on base at Fort Carson is helping bring disparate parts of the Colorado Springs community together to make art.

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Ghost Army

Wartime subterfuge is as old as the Trojan Horse. But during World War II, the Army created a top-secret troop of artists called the Ghost Army to use fake arsenals, sound effects and other sleights of hand to trick the Germans. One of the artists in the troop, George Vander Sluis, [...]

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Murray Ross shares with us his tale of transformation made possible by the simple act of listening to KRCC. Oh and hark! You can join KRCC just by clicking this here “JOIN KRCC” button. It’s just that simple!

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Just goes to show, you can be a curmudgeon and still be a full-fledged, genuine member of the KRCC family. If you’ve already become a member, take it upon yourself to coerce your friends and family to join the station, after all, we’re all in this together.

Thank you!

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The Yates Family Tattoo Legacy

On February 15, 2011 By

Our intern, Ruby Kimberly, produced this fantastic slide show about the Yates Family and their enormous influence on tattoo culture in Colorado Springs.

Anyone who lives in Colorado Springs has probably noticed the seemingly disproportionate number of tattoo shops scattered throughout the city. So when I heard a statistic that Colorado Springs has [...]

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(This slide show contains images from the time of the opening on the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and images of art and articles from The Fine Art Center School’s heyday in the 1930s and 40s under Boardman Robinson. Thanks to Blake Wilson for the Life magazines and all those noted in the [...]

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(Slide show contains images of the first Broadmoor Academy catalog from 1921 and images by artists who taught at the Broadmoor Art Academy. Catalog and images courtesy of Blake Wilson and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center).

When you think of great southwestern arts colonies, you probably think of Taos and Santa Fe, [...]

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In this installment of The Theatre-ist, The Theatre-ist delves into the THEATREWORKS production of Boeing Boeing, a French farce set in 1960′s Paris. (Full disclosure: Theatreworks underwrites with KRCC)

Boeing Boeing runs through Feb 13th. For more information, you can visit THEATREWORKS’ website HERE.

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Roy Linton Now, Part II

On January 25, 2011 By

DISCLAIMER: The artwork featured in this slide show contains some nudity and may be considered offensive to some people.

In the years since Roy Linton, his father and his friend Roy Funnell created the posters featured in yesterday’s Big Something, Roy Linton became a world-class auto body painter and turned his personal creative [...]

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Poster Boys Found, Part I

On January 24, 2011 By

Way back in July of 2009 we first brought you these posters by Roy Linton . After some effort, and then some more effort, we were able to locate Roy and record his memories of “Hobbit Hole Posters,” a collaboration, it turns out, between three Roys: Roy Linton Sr., his son Roy Linton [...]

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For as impersonal as Facebook and the monotemplate it creates for all your contacts can seem, artist Sarah Milteer found the social networking site to be a goldmine of photographs for her intimate portraits of her friends in the arts community. In this slide show she talks about the project and why she’s drawn [...]

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The debate about whether graffiti is art or vice-versa is a bit tedious, if you don’t mind us saying so. There are certainly instances where some young wastrel’s poorly scrawled tag amounts to little more than a dog lifting his leg on a hydrant. That said, the hideous paint-roller cover-up jobs (usually in brown [...]

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Bettina Swigger Exit Interview

It’s always hard to keep ‘em down on the farm, and, sadly, the Pikes Peak Region will lose another great friend to the arts this week as Bettina Swigger, the first Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, departs to become the Executive Director [...]

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In 1983, local artist Clarence Shivers was commissioned by the Miller Brewing Company to illustrate its annual calendar celebrating the accomplishments of civil rights luminaries. We asked his wife Peggy to talk to us about the portraits. In the slide show above, Peggy takes a look back at the time in the 1980s [...]

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R.I.P. Street Art in COS?

On January 10, 2011 By

Back before Obama was elected with no small amount of help from street aritsts like Shepherd Fairey—creator of the now-iconic red, white and blue Obama HOPE posters —, and Ron English—creator of the Abraham Obama campaign, which made a stop locally—, Colorado Springs had something of a thriving, if not small, [...]

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One of the most consistently overlooked aspects of Colorado Springs culture is its rich art history. During the first half of the 20th Century, Colorado Springs was second to none among arts colonies west of the Mississippi. Blake Milteer, Curator of 19th -21st Century Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center offers insight [...]

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Remembering Fred Schumm

On December 27, 2010 By

Last week, we learned of the recent passing of Fred Schumm, whom we had the great good fortune of interviewing earlier this year, at his home in Cherry Hills, NJ . Schumm, a Springs native, conceived of and built marvelously artful and one-of-a-kind playground sculptures for the parks in Colorado Springs.

Following World War [...]

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(“Working on Sculpture” by Myron Wood, July 1958. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-5838.)

Man with hand tools working on large bird destined for playground equipment.

Click HERE to browse the Pikes Peak Library District’s online photograph archive.

Click HERE for instructions on how to join [...]

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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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Stained Glass at Grace

On December 22, 2010 By

(We highly recommend viewing this slide show in full-screen—click the arrows in the lower right-hand corner)

‘Tis the season to gawk once again at the gorgeous stained glass windows ofGrace St.-Stephens Episcopal Church.

Note that the first two images are of a pair of stained glass windows that look a bit like [...]

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In Memoriam, 2010

On December 21, 2010 By

As the year comes to a close, we remember some of the many luminous individuals no longer with us who made our community a better place to live.

Dr. Ted Eastburn, former City Council member, open Space advocate, and affordable healthcare advocate:

Click HERE to read Kathryn Eastburn’s rememberance.

Bo [...]

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