Oct 31, 2011

Free Family Adventure Day: Harvest Fest!

Make your own work of art with leaves stenciling at Bemis!
FALL into art!
Sat. Nov. 12, 2011 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free admission
Bemis School of Art
818 Pelham Place

Kids of all ages love fall. From sipping hot apple cider to playing in piles of leaves, there are countless ways to enjoy the change of seasons. But what about art? Bring the kids in your life to Bemis School of Art and join the FAC and My719moms.com for a day of fall fun including a photobooth, face painting, plus art and baked goods for purchase.

Create your own autumnal works of art during this day of discovery; all ages welcome. Art activities are guided by Bemis Instructors and include:
  • Painting Watercolor Landscapes 
  • Stenciling Pastel Leaves (pictured above)
  • Hand-building Clay Trees 
Plus, don't miss the free, docent-led tour of the FAC galleries at 12:30 p.m.
Hope to see you at Bemis School of Art on Nov. 12!

Oct 27, 2011

11th Annual Bemis Faculty Holiday Art Sale

If you're looking for artful gifts, please join us for the 11th Annual Bemis Faculty Holiday Art Sale! Pottery, Jewelry, Paintings, Hand-made Cards, Mosaics, Objet d’Art and more will be available from Bemis art instructors.

Friday, Dec 2 | 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 3 |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 4 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Raffle for Scholarships
A raffle of instructor’s work will be held during the sale.

Raku for Scholarships
Saturday, Dec 3 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Glaze and Raku fire a piece of hand-made pottery to raise funds for Bemis scholarships! Choose an unfinished pot ($5 - $15), glaze it yourself and take home that day. (Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.)

All forms of payment welcome.
Bemis School of Art
818 Pelham Place
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Happy Birthday, Walt Kuhn!

"Trio", Walt Kuhn, Oil on canvas, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Collection
Today we celebrate Walt Kuhn (October 27, 1877 – July 13, 1949) and what would have been his 134th birthday with this spotlight on his 1937 painting, “Trio.”  “Trio” is an example of this innovative American modernist’s inclination toward obscure and vaudeville subject matter. Kuhn is best known for his seminal role in the 1913 Armory Show, which brought European avant-garde art to many Americans. In this particular piece, he used the characters’ guise as a means of personal expression. The three acrobats were executed from live models, two of whom were professional acrobats known as the Roma Brothers. The characters in “Trio” are dissociated from their conventional cheerfulness, stereotypical of the roles they play in circus acts. “Trio” is emblematic of his latter work on portraits of circus characters, which was personally inspired by the development of his personal obsession with circus performances. This work predates his mental breakdown which was prefaced by his near-daily attendance of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Kuhn’s death remains shrouded in mystery with accounts of attempted suicide; he eventually suffered from a perforated ulcer which caused an immediate death. Despite the difficulty of his last years, Kuhn was a prolific artist who influenced many different artistic mediums, from painting to printmaking, sculpting to cartooning. “Trio” is on view now on the first floor.

Oct 26, 2011

Day of the Dead gifts at LUMA

LUMA at the FAC always carries seasonal items that harmonize with what's on view from the Permanent Collection. The shop's Dia de los Muertos display is a reflection of the FAC's depth of Mexican art and artifacts. So. If you need skulls, crosses, cards, or other ofrenda decorations, please stop by LUMA!

Oct 25, 2011

Sandzén and Snow ... Bring It On!

It is impossible to copy nature because one is compelled to select, rearrange and organize."
- Birger Sandzén

You know who loved snow? Sandzén. In the exhibition catalog, Stan Cuba writes that the artist "later recounted to his daughter in Kansas that he 'painted one snow picture after the other [in
Sweden]. I even stood in snow drifts painting it.'"

Here's a little inspiration from Sandzén in Colorado, a watercolor painting from 1929 that's now on view at the FAC.

Based on the artist’s many hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, "Castle in the Snow" focuses on a rock formation set on a hillside in the late spring snow surrounded by predominantly violet-colored rocks and mountains. Sandzén often painted the same scene with variations, so the exhibition features both this watercolor and an oil painting created with a similar color palette and title.

Student David Yust recalled a conversation with Sandzén about how the artist would paint outdoors in Sweden:
He talked about being out in the snow with a portable easel, painting on site. I was impressed with that and wondered how the tubes of paint stayed useable (in the cold).
Would you paint in the snow? Send us pictures if you do!

"Castle in the Snow, Colorado"
Watercolor on paper
22 x 28 inches
Greenough Trust Collection, Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, Kansas

Oct 12, 2011

2011 Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
Nov. 4-6, 2011

Tickets $35-140
Armstrong Theatre

Cornerstone Arts Center / Screening Room
Fine Arts Center

The FAC is pleased to welcome back The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival for another year of great film and conversation! Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival is the longest continuous-running women's film festival in North America. It showcases documentary, feature, short and animated films that are thought-provoking and enriching, and that encourage global awareness and personal growth. The RMWFF honors films and filmmakers that present the world as women experience it and that inspire curiosity, educate, entertain, and stimulate conversation.

Here are the films slated for screening at the Fine Arts Center Saturday | Nov. 5. For the complete lineup and tickets, please visit the RMWFF website

5 minutes
"Bottle" is the story of an unlikely friendship between a clump of sand and a pile of snow—a far more engaging concept than it may sound and the type of story that can only be told through animation.

62 minutes
Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress,...

15 minutes
"Minka" is a short documentary about a remarkable Japanese farmhouse and the memories it contains. In 1967, an American journalist and a Japanese student rescued the ancient house from the snow country of Japan, and...

10 minutes
Sometime love lasts a lifetime as an old woman who waits for her late husband to return knows while her neighbor waits only for death to come and take her away. When their fates connect, they are both miraculously freed.

84 minutes
One Revolution opens as dawn breaks atop Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Briefly, glimpses of the mountain frame Chris Waddell as he transfers to his specially designed handcycle. The air is tense as...

57 minutes
This documentary features people in their 90s and 100s who are living extraordinary and passionate lives. Filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz has interviewed some of the most incredible people you can imagine - people who aren't...

80 minutes
The documentary "Precious Knowledge" interweaves the stories of students in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School. While 48 percent of Mexican American students currently drop out of high...