Jun 22, 2007

Watch the Chihuly Chandelier time lapse

On May 30, the Dale Chihuly team began installing the Orange Hornet Chandelier, the third Chihuly chandelier in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center collection. Two full days later, 384 pieces, each resembling a hornet’s nest and ranging in length of 6 inches to 3 feet, were hung. The entire chandelier measures nine feet tall, weighs just over 1,200 pounds, and resides permanently on the first floor of your FAC.

Hoving pens Picasso article for L.A. Times

Thomas Hoving, a very special guest at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Extremely Grand Opening, Aug. 2-5, penned a story in the Los Angeles Times recently entitled, "Nothing Like This Picasso."

"PABLO PICASSO's great "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" is 100 years old this spring," writes Hoving. "Starting Wednesday, New York's Museum of Modern Art will show it after a painstaking cleaning, along with nine rarely seen pre-studies.

"I remember my first thought on seeing it for the first time. "Ugly!" The painting exploded in my eyes like some kind of pink, blue and beige bomb. I was shocked by its teeth-shattering primitiveness and downright brutality."

Read the whole story here. | Buy Thomas Hoving tickets here.

Jun 21, 2007

Local arts & culture online calendar launches

A brand new web site, PeakRadar.com, launched today. Thesite will serve as the Pikes Peak region's ultimate guide to art, culture and fun and will feature the region's most comprehensive calendar of events, arts organizations, venue and individual artist directories, classified listings and more!

KOAA: Study shows art community boosts local economy

A newly released study, Arts and Economic Prosperity III, shows that spending by nonprofit arts groups and their audiences make up nearly $94.7 million of the local economy in Colorado Springs. "Arts are an interesting phenomenon," FAC president and CEO Dr. Michael De Marsche tells KOAA. "They are often, in communities like Colorado Springs, hard to get started, but once you get started, and once they get going, it's hard to stop them." Watch the KOAA video here.

Gazette: A Jazz Affair

The Gazette's Jen Mulson profiled FAC employee Sylvester Smith about the Gottlieb exhibition at the FAC MODERN. "Sylvester “Smitty” Smith once walked miles from near downtown to The Broadmoor just to see Nat “King” Cole emerge from his car and walk into the hotel for a show. A security guard let the young Smith and his buddies hide quietly and observe. Smith called it the best day of his life." Read the complete article here.