Jun 17, 2011

Welcome, Youth Rep 2011!

We are thrilled to welcome another summer of Youth Repertory Theatre classes for youth in grades 5-12. Youth Rep, now in its twelfth year, is a five-week intensive training program for students interested in a career in performance and technical theatre. We offer the serious student comprehensive, hands-on training through a rigorous class schedule that combines studio classes; lectures and labs along with a structured rehearsal period and performance experiences. Why are you excited about Youth Rep? Tell us in the comments.

Jun 14, 2011

Prepare Your Palate and Palette for the Colorado Farm and Art Market!

Calling all local food palates and palettes! The Colorado Farm and Art Market made a successful debut June 15 at the FAC Sculpture Garden from 3-7 p.m. The Fine Arts Center is happy to host this weekly event throughout the summer and into the fall. The folks at Colorado Farm and Art Market tell us that they’ve lined up over 35 growers, artisans and foodies for the event.

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.

If you need to find the Sculpture Garden, please see the map below; we'll be at the corner of Dale St and Cache La Poudre.

To get us all ready for the artful offerings of local growers, producers, and artisans, here's a slideshow of captivating images provided by market organizers. We won't stop you if you get the itch to paint the plein air scene!

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Jun 9, 2011

Influence of Place: a Fine Art Benefit Show by Tracy Miller

Tracy Miller, Windswept, 30x30
June 11-12, 2011 | 12 - 5 p.m. 
Influence of Place: A Fine Art Benefit Show by Tracy Miller
Benefiting The Therapeutic Riding Center at Mark Reyner Stables
1270 Allegheny Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Luma at the FAC staffer Tracy Miller will be hosting a special show and sale of 30 new paintings at her studio, located at 1270 Allegheny Drive on June 11-12 from 12-5 p.m. Partial proceeds of all sales will benefit the Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center at Mark Reyner Stables, a local non-profit for children with physical challenges.

This show is a unique tribute to two beloved major influences in Miller's artistic life: her parents and horses. Her parents will be on hand Saturday to meet studio visitors.

Tracy's original paintings can best be described as "contemporary western  expressionism" using a bold palette of colors and strong negative space to  define the horses and western animals she knows so well. She has spent a lifetime observing and  learning to capture not only an animal's physical appearance, but their spirit  as well.

Miller describes her parents, Lou and Maureen as the original "Green Acres" couple, a reference to the 1960's TV show starring Eddie Arnold and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Her dad was raised on a farm, and was a real cowboy wrangler in his youth, and her mom was the sophisticated and cultured New York City girl. Together they instilled a love of the land, and a keen eye and appreciation of culture and art.

Maureen remembered, "as a young child Tracy was always interested in drawing, especially horses and other animals. We encouraged her to widen her artistic interest to other subjects. She did, and excelled, but always went back to her love of horses and other animals."

Tracy Miller, Flying Hooves, 30x30
Lou adds, "Tracy loved camping, and her imagination soared when we visited ancient sites and ruins. She was always happiest with a pencil in her hand and mud on her boots!"

Refreshments will be served. For directions and more information please contact Tracy Miller
at 536-9514, or www.tracymillerfineart.com

Jun 7, 2011

Win Buckwheat Zydeco and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band tickets: Find the FAC Street Team!

Starting this weekend, you'll have five weeks of fabulous summer to win free tickets, CDs, and other FAC concert-related schwag. Which concert you ask? Put this on your calendars: July 14 | Buckwheat Zydeco with special guest The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

The key is to track down the FAC Street Team with their giant red square t-shirts and enter our weekly prize drawing.

The FAC Street Team is the brainchild of our lovely Summer 2011 New Media Interns, who are all students or graduates of Colorado-based colleges and universities. They are also providing the (wo)manpower to make the street team happen.

So here's the deal: find them in their FAC red square/black t-shirts at area events starting this weekend and leading up to the Buckwheat Zydeco concert July 14, 2011. We'll give you Twitter and Facebook clues as to their whereabouts each time they're scheduled to make an appearance. At each event, they'll be handing out fliers and accepting entries into our random drawing giveaway.

Each appearance will give you another chance to win the GRAND PRIZE, two free tickets to the show, plus premium "Pick of the Park" seating and VIP parking with a pre-pass that gets you early entrance, plus a $25 gift certificate to our concert restaurant sponsor, Springs Orleans. The winner for the grand prize will be drawn and announced Sat. July 9.

Weekly winners will be announced each Wednesday in our enewsletter blast and on Facebook.

Other prizes include:

  • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's 2009 CD release "My Feet Can't Fail Me Now" 
  • Buckwheat Zydeco 2009 CD release "Lay Your Burden Down"
  • Bemis School of Art gift certificates

Jun 6, 2011

Live Tweet Feed from Monica Petty Aiello's lecture "Art, Science & the Cosmic Connection"

Monica Petty Aiello, Ionian Garden II (detail), 2008, Acrylic, ink, and fiber on panel, Courtesy of the artist

If you missed this engrossing kick-off of the summer lecture series, here's the FAC's twitter stream from Denver-based artist Monica Petty Aiello's presentation. The artist is known for her intriguing, mixed-media works on panel that fuse her love of craft and content. Monica has spent several years fostering relationships with the NASA community and often consults with noted planetary scientists in the development of her geologically-inspired works. Aiello's lecture took audience members on a tour of the galaxy through images of space. Aiello explored the connections between the vocabulary of art and planetary science.

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Jun 2, 2011

Free for All Summer Symphony: A Celebration of Charles Ansbacher and Bee Vradenburg

Sept. 9 | 7 p.m.
Monument Valley Park, just west of the FAC

Featuring the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs with the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, this free outdoor concert is supported by a grant from the Charles Ansbacher Foundation, along with additional funding from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.

In 2010, the Community in Unison concert, featuring the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and singers from the Gospel Music Workshop of America, was the first recipient of the $10,000 Art Creates Community grant from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation and the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.  

“This gale-force performance by both the choir and the orchestra … was profound and exhilarating … it brought together not-so-different communities for a powerful experience.”
-- The Gazette

The chamber music virtuosity combined with the explosive energy of a gospel choir packed the First United Methodist Church. Gazette Arts Writer Tracy Mobley-Martinez singled out the event as the 2011 “Best of the Springs” Best Concert, writing, “This concert did what it promised: it brought together not-so-different communities for a powerful experience.”

This free, non-ticketed outdoor concert will be held in honor of Charles Ansbacher, former music director of the Springs Symphony Orchestra, and Bee Vradenburg, the symphony’s former general manager. Together the pair organized several summer concerts, including the “Fabulous Fourth” orchestral concerts in Memorial Park. 

  • All Seating is Free!
  • Bring blankets or low chairs (shorter than 26 inches) to sit on and enjoy inspirational music under heavenly Colorado Skies
  • Delicious picnic box dinners and concessions (menu) on the lawn will be available from Blue Sage Catering at affordable prices. Click here to pre-order a box dinner
  • A Prix Fixe five-course fundraising dinner by the renowned AmuzĂ© at the FAC executive chef Bill Sherman with seating on the Fine Arts Center balcony is available at $60 ($15 tax-deductible donation) For reservation call 719.477.4377 ( menu details)

Fine Art Center Galleries will be open and free to the public in honor of the
civic legacy of Charles Ansbacher and Bee Vradenburg

Click Here to Read and HEAR about the historic Community in Unison Concert

 Your donations to help support this event are welcome (donate)
Additional Concert Sponsors
Inasmuch Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries
J. H. Edmondson Foundation
Pikes Peak Community Foundation-Fund for the Arts
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center