For local printmaker Jean Gumpper, whose preferred subject matter is water, an artist residency in Death Valley last April presented some very literal challenges. But as she discovered during her time there, water and the life it provides are abundant even in the hottest desert when you’re paying attention.

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While music can be a city’s soundtrack, the posters and ephemera that emerge from a scene give it the texture. For Pueblo’s Lastleaf Custom Print & Design, started by Mathias “Mo” Valdez, that texture might be best described as Soviet-Southwest, or Agit-Folk. Not all-that-surprisingly, half of LastLeaf’s crack design team includes The Haunted […]

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Portrait of Herbert Bayer (1900-1985). The caption on the back of the photograph reads: “Herbert Bayer, Aspen/ Painter ca. 1948.” Bayer was a German-American artist best known for his work in graphic and industrial design. He was a co-founder of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies.

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All works in this slide show are from the Collection of Millie Yawn unless otherwise noted.

When local artist and teacher Louis Cicotello died last year we were woefully unfamiliar with his life and work, but felt like we got to know him to some small degree both through the many people in […]

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The artist Christo must receive temporary use permits from both Fremont and Chaffee Counties in order for his Over the River Project to move forward. The Fremont County Commissioners will be holding public meetings this week to determine the fate of the large-scale installation over the Arkansas River. KRCC’s Molly Sinnott has this preview.

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When we first ran this video in November of 2010 it looked as though Roberto Agnolini, longtime propietor of Bryan & Scott Jewelers in downtown Colorado Springs, was about to shutter his venerable high-end design shop for good. But then he realized it would be more expensive to close the store than to keep […]

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As promised, here is the slide show that reveals the buildings to which the historical architectural embellishments we featured in Monday’s post belong. The images of the embellishments from Monday’s slide show are followed by historic and/or contemporary images of the whole buildings with fascinating little tidbits of information from the Historic Preservation […]

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It’s possible that you’ve lived in Colorado Springs your entire life, spent many days and evenings walking around downtown and never really noticed—really noticed—much, if any, of the amazing architectural embellishments in this slide show. Click through the images and see if you recognize any of the features on these treasured historic buildings in […]

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If you find yourself up Denver way anytime in the next few weeks, be sure to check out West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 at MCA Denver. Though it does have the faintest waft of stale patchouli and latter-day baby boomer hagiography about it (what doesn’t […]

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Here we present the second installment of our visit with local sculptor and UCCS Art Professor Matt Barton at his jaw dropping home/art studio/compound tucked away in the forest south of Cheyenne Canyon off Highway 115. If you haven’t seen Barton’s super-natural (hyper-natural?) multi-media installations/club houses/forts/Peter Pan parties, you should definitely have a look […]

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Over the past six months, we’ve had the great pleasure of paying several visits to local sculptor and UCCS Art Professor Matt Barton at his jaw dropping home/art studio/compound tucked away in the forest south of Cheyenne Canyon off Highway 115. If you haven’t seen Barton’s super-natural (hyper-natural?) multi-media installations/club houses/forts/Peter Pan parties, you […]

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A former collections manager at the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs has pled guilty in federal court to stealing rare coins worth nearly one million dollars…and, Vestas Wind Systems is planning to lay off several thousand workers worldwide. While Colorado is largely spared from these cuts, more could come.

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If you haven’t seen the amazing Kuna Mola: Maintaining Tradition Amid Change exhibit now on display at Coburn Gallery in the Worner Center on the Colorado College campus, we highly recommend you check it out before it closes on January 27. In this slide show, independent curator and textile collector Joyce Cheney gives […]

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Serious Toys

On December 19, 2011 By

If you haven’t yet seen the excellent Low Tech/High Art show of toy camera photographs curated by Carol Dass at the Business of Art Center, we highly recommend you get there before December 31 before it closes. To whet your appetite, Dass narrates this slide show of images with an explication of […]

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Colorado officials say the owner of a uranium mill near Canon City is terminating its license, putting it on a path to closure…and, communities have little more than a month to apply for what’s being called a Creative District Designation.

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Ghost Town Troubadour

On November 21, 2011 By

It’s hard to believe Mike Clark started playing guitar at 27 as he tells Vicky Gregor in this recording of last Friday’s live on-air interview with Vicky Gregor. Since he took up music, Clark has formed his own band, The Jack Trades, joined forces with The Haunted Windchimes, and created the newly released […]

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Almost every city has something like it: a continuous strip of asphalt and concrete lined with old hotels, used car dealers, tinsel streamers, bars that open at 8 a.m., pawn shops and hand-painted signs. In Colorado Springs it’s Platte Avenue. It used to be an extension of Highway 24, the main road into town […]

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Of Art and War

On November 14, 2011 By

Ghost Army
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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 […]

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Craig Richardson interviewed Colorado Springs-based filmmaker Cyd Chartier Cohn this past week about her documentary on Colorado College professor Fred Sondermann’s journey back to Germany in 1969:

In 1969, when Fred Sondermann was presented with the opportunity to return to his native Germany, thirty years after he and his parents narrowly escaped to the […]

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The artist Christo is coming to Colorado with one of his signature high-profile art projects. He’s planning to drape fabric panels over the Arkansas River in South-Central Colorado. The project has just cleared a major hurdle. As Marci Krivonen reports from Aspen Public Radio, the Bureau of Land Management has given its […]

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We were excited to hear that the gorgeous stained glass windows at Grace-St. Stephens Episcopal Church in downtown Colorado Springs, which we’ve featured here on The Big Something in the slide show above, are now the subject of a new coffee table book by parishoners Spot Holmes, Chrys Hutka, Phyllis Kester,Marianna McJimsey, and […]

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KRCC Interview with Heather Browne of Fuel/Friends Blog.
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Like so many wonderful things in the Pikes Peak Region, Heather Browne is something of a well-kept secret. The mild-mannered Coordinator of Off-Campus Study at Colorado College by the day, Browne is an intrepid […]

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Longtime friends of KRCC, The Haunted Windchimes, have been invited to perform with Keillor and company this Saturday when A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts the program live from the World Arena in Colorado Springs (listen to our interview with Garrison Keillor, HERE). We had the distinct pleasure of […]

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · Emma Donoghue tackles a tough topic with light and humor in The Lotterys Plus One, her new kids’ book about a boisterous blended family learning to accommodate a difficult grandfather with dementia.
 

March 26, 2017 | NPR · Bruce Feiler speaks about his new book, “The First Love Story,” and how the story of Adam and Eve is still important to relationships between men and women today.
 

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