Sep 20, 2007

PPAC Awards

Watch Springs Culture Cast's coverage of the 2007 Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards for Excellence in the Arts, held September 9th at the Fine Arts Center. The FAC was honored in several categories.

Sep 14, 2007

RMN: Eclectic exhibit benefits from center's expansion

Rocky Mountain News art and architecture columnist Mary Voelz Chandler reviewed "The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion" in today's paper.

"In short, the addition that opened in August, designed by David Owen Tryba Architects, offers beautiful spaces to view art, whether the more traditional Western pieces in "Colorado Sublime," or the numerous glass sculptures (and bright orange chandelier) the center acquired from artist Dale Chihuly, or the adventurous and provocative pieces from Weisman. It helps that the detailing is pristine, and the flow simple and direct."

"In "Eclectic," organized with a fair amount of wit by the late collector's wife, Billie Milam Weisman, the overall effect is, fittingly, a little bit of everything."

Read the complete review here.

'Manifest' opens at the UCCS Gallery

Curator Christopher Lynn makes his Springs' debut with "Manifest: Colonial Tendencies of the West" with an Opening Reception on Sept. 14. The exhibition features works by artists from around the globe. Each artist in Manifest takes the benign and aggressive aspects of Western colonization and makes manifest the resulting mixtures of culture, politics, and commerce.

Lavender Film Festival opens tonight!

The 8th Annual Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival will open tonight at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's SaGaJi's Theatre with a reception and the feature film, "Out at the Wedding," which won this year's NewFest (New York City Gay and Lesbian Film Festival) Audience Award. Saturday night's feature, "Itty Bitty Titty Committee," was the Opening Film at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the Closing Film at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival this year. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the FAC Box Office at 719.634.5583.

Sep 12, 2007

An International Celebration of the Arts

Our neighbors, the Money Museum, are kicking off a new exhibition on Sept. 21 and the FAC will host the opening reception and lecture. “The Medal is the Message: Global Ideas in Handheld Sculpture” is an exhibition of 1,400 pieces of medallic art and hand-held sculpture from around the world held in conjunction with the Art Medal World Congress, a gathering of over 100 international artists. Czech artist Otakar Dusek will present "Reflections: Artistic Freedom in the Czech Republic" at 5:45 p.m. A catered reception and open bar in the Deco Lounge follows with entertainment by the Colorado Springs Conservatory.

Brighton Beach Preview

Performing Arts director Alan Osburn sat down to talk about the FAC Theatre Company's season opening production, Brighton Beach Memoirs, which he is directing. The play by Neil Simon opens October 12 in the Fine Arts Center's SaGaJi Theatre.
Listen here (9:34)

Sep 11, 2007

'Into the Woods,' 'Katrina' earn PPAC awards

The Pikes Peak Arts Council honored the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company's production of 'Into the Woods' and the FAC MODERN exhibition, 'Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis,' on Sunday night at the SaGaJi Theatre, during its 7th Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts ceremony.

'Into the Woods' earned two awards, including Sally Hybl for "Best Actress" for her portrayal of Cinderella and director Alan Osburn for "Traditional Production." The FAC's Roy Ballard also won for "Behind the Scenes: Set Design" for his work on '1940's Radio Hour' and 'The Last Night of Ballyhoo.'

"For someone who was raised on the FAC stage, to be recognized by the arts community in such a meaningful way is an incredible honor," said Sally. "Truly, being a part of 'Into the Woods' was an honor in itself, and the award is really a testimony to all of those involved in this amazing production."

The 2007-2008 FAC Theatre Season opens on Oct. 12 with a production of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”

“Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis” earned an award in the Visual Arts category of "Out of Town." The exhibition was the first in the nation dedicated to the works of internationally respected artists responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, debuting at the FAC MODERN in March.

The current exhibition, “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray,” closes on Sept. 30 and is followed by “Faces in the Crowd: Portraiture from the FAC Permanent Collection” on Oct. 12.