May 31, 2011

Call for volunteers: Jason Hackenwerth at the Green Mountain Falls Green Box Festival

Looking for something different to do this summer?

The FAC is assisting the Green Box Arts Festival with the recruitment and organization of volunteers to work with Artist Jason Hackenwerth at the Green Box Arts festival during the week of June 27.

Orientation is at Bemis School of Art
June 18 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

What is Green Box Arts festival?
The Green Box Arts Festival was officially launched in 2009 to provide artists and visitors with an opportunity to nurture the creative process and explore new artistic directions in the natural beauty of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. The foundation for the festival was laid in 2006 with the sponsorship by Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee of a dance residency program by New York’s Keigwin + Company, under the leadership of company founder Larry Keigwin.

Keigwin + Company have returned to Green Mountain Falls every year since. Their summer residency provides a unique opportunity to create work that is performed around the country in their regular performing season. As the residency program progressed from year to year, an interest in diversifying and expanding activities quickly grew in the community. This interest culminated in the formation of the Green Box Arts Festival. The festival seeks to celebrate the best of today’s innovative creators. Partnerships with the Pikes Peak Library District, Town of Green Mountain Falls and Church in the Wildwood make the full range of activities possible.

The Kirkpatrick family history with the Pikes Peak area dates back to the 1900s. Members of the family have been in continuous residence there since that time. Throughout, they have been active supporters of the community and the development of its cultural environment.

Who is Jason Hackenwerth?
Like the pop artists of the late 20th century, artist Jason Hackenwerth transforms common materials and imagery into something new. Hackenwerth’s material of choice are balloons.

Jason Hackenwerth received his MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003 and Bachelor of Fine Art in printmaking from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. 1997. His guerrilla art performances and ephemeral sculptures made with latex balloons have been exhibited around the world including the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Press includes, Art In America, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, London Metro, CNN and others. Currently Hackenwerth lives and works in New York City.

Looking for volunteers with free time during the week of June 27, 2011:

  • Adult/18 or older
  • Interested in art or a working artist
  • There will be standing and walking – possible small hike.
  • Must have good dexterity
  • No moderate to severe latex allergies
  • Dependable and hardworking
  • Self motivated/take charge/take direction
  • Available all day or 4 hour shifts

Please provide the following information to Tara Sevanne Thomas

Name (first, Last): _____________________________Nickname: ______________________
Address (street, city, state, zip): ___________________________________
Phone: Cell __________________ Home: ___________________
Email address: ________________________________________________

Please write “Green Box” in the subject line. You will be contacted with additional information.

Colorado Farm and Art Market in the FAC's Sculpture Garden all summer long

June 15 - Oct. 12 | 3-7 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Colorado Farm and Art Market features Colorado vendors selling only locally grown or produced items. Join us each Wednesday in the FAC’s outdoor sculpture garden at Dale and Cascade for a selection of farmers and ranchers from the Front Range and the Arkansas River Valley bringing items including grass-fed beef, pastured pork and lamb, free range chickens, better than organic eggs, chemical free vegetables and fruits, and local honey.

The market also has a stunning showcase of local artisans and craftspeople and feature gifts and goodies including handmade lotions and soaps and jewelry, paintings and pottery, handmade cards and clothing.

Gourmet food producers regularly bring tamales, burgers and brats, fresh baked breads and pastries, kettle corn, chips, dips and spreads, and much more.

Come to the market on Wednesdays for food, fun, art, and entertainment for the whole family, and a wonderful sense of community that you can’t find at any grocery store!

SNAP/EBT and debit cards are welcome.

May 24, 2011

Win a Saturday Matinee family four pack of tickets to "1776"

Did you know that next season we'll be offering Saturday family matinees every week? Read about all of our new subscription options here.

To celebrate the weekly Saturday matinees, we're giving away a family four pack to the discounted Saturday matinee this of  1776 this week.

Entering is simple. On this FAC blog post, tell us who is your favorite character from 1776 and why. We'll enter you in a random drawing and announce the winner on Friday at 2:00 p.m.

You must be at least 18 years old to enter the ticket giveaway. Please make sure you include your name and how to contact you in case you win - an email address or phone number would be great. Good luck!

May 23, 2011

Prix Fixe Menu for "1776" Pre-Theatre Dining

This Prix Fixe Menu for theatre dining runs through June 5, 2011. Prices depend on the type of Entrée selected (see below). Reservations required. Please call 719.477.4377.

Amuse Bouche
 Fried Chicken Chicharrón with Sweet Slaw

 Roma Tomato Mozarella with Basil Pesto, Micro Greens and Balsamic Syrup

Demitasse of Corn Broth

Choice of Entrée
1. Mixed Game Cassoulet - $33
Grilled Russian Wild Boar and Bison Sausages with Smoked Ham Hock in White Bean Stew served with Braised Kale

2. Wild Caught Salmon en Papillote - $36
Served on a bed of Artichoke and Spinach topped with Olive / Tomato Medley served with Tri-Color Crispy Potatoes and Tarragon Orange Beurre Blanc Sauce

3. Mushroom Ravioli - $24
with Almond and Roasted Pepper Infused Alfredo Sauce and Garnish of Crispy Sage Leaf

Choice of Dessert
Choose from the Daily Dessert Specials

FAC joins Blue Star Museums for a second year!

The Fac is proud to be part of the second annual Blue Star Museums program. Last year, we were one of about 600 museums. This year we are thrilled to see the numbers swell to over 1300 participating institutions. 

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history 
museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums.  Other participating Colorado museums include the  Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Pueblo’s El Pueblo History Museum, Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

What is Blue Star Museums?
Blue Star Museums is a program that offers free admission to museums for all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2011

What museums are participating?
More than 1,300 (and counting) museums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are participating in Blue Star Museums.  These include children's museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, and nature centers. 

Who is eligible for free museum admission through Blue Star Museums?
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, including those stamped URW and DB. These include active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members. Please see the chart of the acceptable IDs (PDF).

How do you define an immediate family member?
Spouse or child of active duty military or active duty military family member. 

What if my spouse is deployed?  Can my family and I still participate?
Yes, spouses of deployed military are eligible for Blue Star Museums.  Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.

How many military personnel and/or family members are allowed in for free per visit?
The military ID holder plus up to five immediate family members – spouse or child of ID holder. 

What if my child is under the age of 10 and doesn't yet have a military ID?
Children under the age of 10 without military ID are welcome to attend with their parents who either hold a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID Card.

Does the Blue Star Museums program include admission for veterans and retirees? For unmarried partners? For parents with a child currently serving on active duty, or for those who have lost a child on active duty?
Admission for these individuals is not included in the scope of this program, unless they are the bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, including those stamped URW and DB. Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to families with a parent or spouse serving during this time of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, especially focusing on the approximately 1 million children who have had at least one parent deployed. This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.

Will I receive free entry to special, fee-based exhibits?
Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program.  For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly.

Is there a limit on the number of Blue Star Museums I can visit this summer?
No, there is no limit on the number of participating museums that eligible parties can visit.

If a museum already offers free admission, can it still participate in Blue Star Museums?
Museums with free admission are also welcome to join the Blue Star Museums list on the NEA website.

How can museums join the Blue Star Museums program? 
Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.

Who are the national partners on Blue Star Museums?
Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families -- an organization which raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life -- and more than 1,300 museums. To learn more about Blue Star Families, please visit

May 19, 2011

Carpentry and art: Packing up "Emilio Lobato: Mi Linda Soledad" for travel

Actor, stand-up comedian
and carpenter James Amos
If you ask me, the best part about working at the Fine Arts Center is learning about art with talented people from a huge variety of disciplines. Today, I met actor and carpenter James Amos as he was fitting pieces from our traveling exhibition, Emilio Lobato: Mi Linda Soledad (My Beautiful Solitude) into newly built crates.

In 1776, Amos plays proud Scotsman and Delaware delegate, Col. Thomas McKean. Despite keeping a busy schedule of theatre performances and stand-up comedy, Amos is also a freelance carpenter. He helped build set designer Chris Sheley's colonial American set for 1776, in addition to the gorgeous Art Deco set designed by Tom Ward for The Women.

In the gallery, I see that the crates themselves are a work of art--customized to house this specific show with a foam-cushioned slot for each specific work. The paintings and prints are grouped by size and crate capacity.

Says Amos of designing the shipping boxes, "it was definitely a graph paper-intensive project. Compared to the planning, the hammering and nailing was the easy part."

Here's a quick Flickr slideshow of  the show getting packed into Amos's custom-built crates before traveling on. And here's my favorite interior shot of a partially packed shipping crate which will house some of Lobato's mid-sized work.

Hand-built crates awaiting the final Emilio Lobato works before shipment 

The exhibition was developed and curated by Tariana Navas-Nieves. Grant funding from WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) and NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) made it possible for the show to travel to other western museums. Lobato's mid-career retrospective moves next to Arizona from its critically acclaimed debut here at the FAC.

Here's the complete exhibition travel schedule.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center | Colorado Springs, CO
March 5 – May 15, 2011

Sedona Arts Center | Sedona, AZ
June 3 – 29, 2011
September 29 – December 9, 2011

October 5 – December 12, 2012

-Becca Sickbert, New Media Manager

May 15, 2011

Time Lapse Set Installation for "1776"

1776 is performing now through June 5! Come see the finished set and enjoy a trip back in time to colonial America.

May 11, 2011

Happy 117th Martha Graham!

Google's new animated doodle features legendary dancer and thinker Martha Graham. The animation was created by Ryan Woodward in honor what would have been Martha Graham's 117th birthday. Graham revolutionized the world of contemporary dance with her uniquely American aesthetic.

Here's the final graphic featuring some of Graham's most iconic work.

The initial doodle is Martha Graham performing "Lamentation," a solo work that she also performed here on the SaGaJi Theatre in 1936.

Also pictured are "Satyric Festival Song" and "Appalachian Spring" among other signature Graham moves like her classic "contraction" from a 1947 piece called "Daughters of the Night." For a complete breakdown of each piece represented by the doodle, see the Martha Graham Center's post here.

May 10, 2011

[Video] "1776" Sneak Peek!

You're in for a treat. Really. But don't take it from us, get a taste of our upcoming season finale, 1776 for yourself!

Our ‘Founding Fathers’ are played by Cory Moosman (John Adams), Marco Robinson (Thomas Jefferson) and Colin Alexander (Ben Franklin). Moosman was last seen as Max Bialystock in the Fine Arts Center’s successful production of The Producers. Robinson was awarded the Gold Award for Best Actor in The Gazette’s “Best of the Springs” in 2010; he has performed in the FAC’s Sweeney Todd and Crazy For You. Alexander is making his FAC debut after years as an Equity Actor in London. He recently played Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts.

The cast also features Jeremy Joynt (John Hancock) and Max Ferguson (Edward Rutledge), who starred in the FAC’s An Ideal Husband; Kevin Rorke (John Dickinson), Ken Robinson (Richard Henry Lee), Jen Lennon (Abigail Adams) and Halee Towne (Martha Jefferson). Read more about the cast and crew here.>>

Splash! PPCC's Spring Student Art Show

We had to share this cool event happening this Friday. In addition to this event at PPCC, check out these Second Friday solo show art openings at the Modbo and SPQR.

SPLASH: Student Arts Festival & Exhibition
Friday, May 13 | 5-7:30 p.m.
PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery

  • Celebrate PPCC's student artists and performers
  • Create Artwork of Your Own
  • Dance with the Dancers
  • Respond to the Musicians\

May 3, 2011

Costuming for "1776"

For the 2010-2011 season finale production, the FAC is proud to present 1776 by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards. Below are a few of Janson Fangio's costume design renderings. For the production, Diana Ben-Kiki is providing hair and make-up design. Read more about the cast and crew here.

This video comes from the FAC's Costume Shop and features Leslie Aldridge, along with the dedicated and talented stitching team of Matthew Satterfield, Jen Andrews, Jean Lorenzen. Our lovely model is actress Jen Lennon (Abigail Adams).

Thomas Jefferson
Dr. Josiah Bartlett

James Wilson
John Adams

May 2, 2011

May 25 ArtBar

Here's the ArtBite video from April's event! 

Wed. May 25 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | In Deco Lounge

$5.00 for FAC members | $15.00 for non-members.
All admissions include one glass of wine or one mixed drink.

FEATURING:  Jazz from the Ken Miller Trio
  • A free drink ticket with each admission
  • A tasty 10-minute ArtBite as FAC CEO Sam Gappmayer takes our guests behind the scenes to see FAC's collection storage area
  • Tapas and appetizers available for purchase from Amuzé
  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Pikes Peak Library Foundation with Dee Fowler, Executive Officer 

Emilio Lobato Lecture Live Tweeted

Emilio Lobato 2011. Photo by Kirk Speer
Emilio Lobato lectured at the FAC Sun. May 1, 2011. The artist received a warm welcome with an introduction by curator Tariana Navas-Nieves. He discussed his influences, artistic interests, and the effect that growing up in Colorado's San Luis Valley had on his aesthetic sensibilities.

If you missed the lecture, here's the FAC's twitter stream covering the presentation.

Fine Arts Center COS
Why minimalism? Growing up with the minimalism of desert spaces and shapes. Is that a car on the horizon? Animal?

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Not proprietary about his work "if someone buys a painting and they want to hang it facing the wall, then ok if that's what speaks to them"

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on why he doesn't collage pages of music. "I've seen sheet music used in gimmicky ways."

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"The weaving tradition and wool are in my DNA...used graphic tape to created the woven effect." Oil paint layers create patina

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Symbolism of numbers: interesting because you don't always know what people are counting, what they're ordering.

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piece called "Overall" which in spanish also means "overcoat." Ironically on display at a library.

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uses black often in his work. His mother wouldn't allow her children to wear black. It was the color of mourning.

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Watching weavers; they construct work one thin strand at a time, same way we weave meaning into our lives.

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"I love my work illuminated by candlelight...very different quality than when lit by the sun."

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began collaging book pages right side up when he noticed people contorting themselves to read his work.

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often collages print fragments. "When you tear a page out of a book, you basically ruin its continuity."

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fascinated by humans as a visual species: dictionaries are great but the illustrations carry more weight.

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We live in hard boxes but are always attracted to nature. Pursuing organic lines is related.

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on universal language: there are gestures, facial expressions that in context are universal.

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on Western light exposure in the autumn: makes him want to sit at a jeweler's bench and sculpt silver.

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on early work: kinetic and energetic. Jokingly calls his style "Baroque Minimalism."

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's roots in Colorado's San Luis valley gave him a sense of expansiveness coupled with textural details.

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defines Solitude as both a physical and spiritual state.