There’s a lot to look forward to at the Fine Arts Center this fall, not the least of which is the Floyd Tunson Retrospective Son of Pop, which opens on October 27. But we also want to implore you to see, if you haven’t already, the spectacular current batch of exhibitions, a startling [...]

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A tip of the hat to UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art Curator Daisy McConnell for the lovely and thought-provoking new Bright Young Things exhibition that opened this past friday at GOCA 121 downtown. It’s rare for a major arts institution in Colorado Springs to feature an exhibiton of artists with local ties under [...]

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 This Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Fine Arts Center will unveil the long-awaited mural by Eric Bransby, the last living descendant of the Broadmoor Academy/Fine Arts Center school masters including Thomas Hart Benton, Boardman Robinson and Jean Charlot. Working in a style that originated with the social realists of the new deal, but with [...]

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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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If you aren’t a competitive figure skater, you probably aren’t aware that Colorado Springs is home to U.S. Figure Skating, The World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame, and an illustrious figure skating history filled with legends, triumphs and a few tragedies. This weekend will mark another historic moment with the [...]

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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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We haven’t been up to Denver yet, but we can’t wait to see Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs (on view now at the Denver Art Museum through January 1, 2012).

No one has captured the loneliness and beauty of post-WWII Colorado Springs quite like Robert Adams. [...]

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Uniquely Colorado

On August 8, 2011 By

In our latest installment of Western Skies, we set out across Colorado to explore our backyard with the hope of discovering that which defines the unique identity of our state. If you missed yesterday’s broadcast of Western Skies, or if you haven’t had a chance to view the slide shows that accompany 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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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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(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 the late 19th Century, the residents of Colorado Springs celebrated the fertility of their thriving new city by festooning themselves and all manner of their conveyances with flowers. The Flower Parade marched the streets of downtown Colorado Springs from 1893 to 1912, when it was transformed into a more “Cowboys and Indians” type [...]

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We recently took a field trip to the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum in downtown Colorado Springs where we had occasion to speak with curator Doug Mudd about the museum’s current exhibit, A House Divided, Money of the Civil War. The exhibit explores the roles the monetary systems of the North and the [...]

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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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Wendy Red Star & Harrell Fletcher Interview

Today is the last day of the “Exchange Economies” exhibit at the Colorado College I.D.E.A. Space, and we highly recommend you swing by to have a look between 12:30 and 7 p.m. today, particularly to see the amazing Harrell Fletcher and Wendy Red Star installation [...]

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Stratton's Streetcars

On November 23, 2010 By

In this slide show of images from the Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Photography Archive with text by Marshall Sprague from his history of the region, “Newport in the Rockies” (read by Craig Richardson), we hope you’ll catch a glimpse of Colorado Springs’ former public transportation glory as it was funded by millionaire gold king Winfield Scott Stratton.

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Better Mousetraps?

On November 16, 2010 By

It’s that time of year: when even the mice get cold and come inside. However you decide to deal with them (or not) the quest to build a better mousetrap has led inventors down some strange, sadistic and sometimes even beautiful design roads. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum happens to have a fantastic collection of historical and contemporary traps. CSPM Executive Director Matt Mayberry picked out some of his favorites to share with us in a virtual exhibition he calls “A Bad Day for Mickey.”

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Van Briggle Building Up Close

On September 15, 2010 By

This Saturday, The Colorado College Women’s Education Society, or W.E.S., will give their annual tours of the historic Van Briggle Pottery building at the corner of Uintah Street and Glen Avenue every hour between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The building, which was originally designed to be a kind of high-art tourist trap for train passengers by Ducth architect Nicolaas van den Arend, is a spectacular example of Flemish farmouse/Arts and Crafts styles with a wide array of Van Briggle tiles and pottery incorporated into the structure as a means of advertising his signature ceramic wares for sale.

Take a sneak preview of some of the building’s beautiful details.

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Last summer, one of our readers sent us a series of photos of what remains of the old Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, aka The Honeymoon Lodge (it’s not open the public and we certainly discourage anyone from trespassing ), one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent projects along his beloved Cheyenne Mountain Highway. Here are those photos along with some historic photos and information we were able to unearth.

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Though its future lies in the cross-hairs of the economy, Rock Ledge Ranch at the foot of the Garden of the Gods continues to preserve “living” treasures of our local and national history and culture. This video gives a glimpse of our important past at Rock Ledge Ranch.

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An Entomologist's Xanadu

On July 19, 2010 By

You’ve driven past it dozens of times, if not hundreds: the giant Hercules Beetle on Hwy 115 just south of Colorado Springs next to the sign for the May Natural History Museum of the Tropics. And you, like me, probably thought it was a hokey roadside attraction. And so you drove past year after year after year until one day you decide to see what it’s all about for a little staycaytion and….

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