Feb 28, 2013

Wine Fest Feature: Chefs John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom

Yasmin Lozada-Hissom and John Broening, the power couple behind Spuntino in Denver (image source).

This tag-team husband and wife couple rock the Denver food scene. Running the kitchen, from stove to oven, at Spuntino and Duo -- cool Italian restaurants in the hip Denver neighborhood of the Highlands -- is John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom (Broening stepped down from Duo in Feb 2013, but Lozada-Hissom still works as pastry chef there).

One of Lozada-Hissom's delectable desserts at Spuntino,
the Lemon Marshmallow Meringue Copetta with pink
peppercorn crunch and fresh berries (image source).
2013 Wine Festival Guest Chef Broening had an international upbringing as the son of an Associated Press writer, living in France, the former Soviet Union, and Portugal. Broening is known as an "erudite chef" (Westword, Aug 2009) and is a self-proclaimed cerebral introvert.  Broening did not start cooking until 1988, and went to culinary school in New York City in 1990.

"Escoffier preferred his wife's cooking to his own, and I feel the same way. When I first met my wife, I was a French chef who finished everything with butter, tortured vegetables into small, even shapes..."
—Broening, interview with Westword magazine

Lozada-Hissom grew up in Arequipa, Peru. She completed medical school, but decided to attend Le Cordon Bleu because that was where her passion lay. Lozada-Hissom was a 2012 James Beard semi-finalist in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category. Like Broening, she has lived internationally, in France and Italy, but unlike Broening, she had an interest in cooking and pastries since she was little.

“I’m true to myself in every single dessert. I want them to have their own character...While the other kids were playing with God knows what, I was making dirt cakes with layers and flowers..."
—Lozada-Hissom, interview with Denver Woman

The culinary creations of Broening and Lozada-Hissom will be paired with selected wines at our March 9 event, so grab some tickets and taste what these two can do!

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Wine Festival of Colorado Springs
March 7 - 9

The Artful Duo of French Pairing

Saturday, March 9, 12:30p | Fine Arts Center | 30 W. Dale Street
$85 per guest | Invite friends!
Buy Tickets Online Here!
Back by popular demand! Two acclaimed chefs will interpret the union of French food & wine, preparing a luncheon one won’t soon forget! Our guest chefs are John Broening, executive chef at Denver's Spuntino; and Soa Davies, last year’s Wine Festival star and French haute cuisine expert from New York.

For a complete listing of events, please click here and go to Tickets + Events. 

March 2013 Workshops at Bemis

Some classes have already filled up, so get your registration in for these March workshops at Bemis! Couldn't get registered for one? Become a member and enjoy Bemis early registration and discounts, among other FAC benefits. We'll feature our Spring Break classes soon. Classes listed for adults unless otherwise noted. 

Sat., 3/2 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$61 (Members $46)
Create an art journal using crazy and creative things such as bubble wrap, found objects and more. This class is open from ages 8 to adult, perfect for an entire family! Supply list. ($10 materials fee)

A89 Mosaic Materials
Wed. - Fri., 3/6-3/8 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$95 (Members $80)
Learn basic mosaic techniques to create finished works of art using standard materials such as glass, chila, ceramic tile and found objects.  Supplies list. Ages 16-Adult. 

Sat., 3/9 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$98 (Members $83)
Couldn't get into Elizabeth's class during Resilience? She's offering a different spin on her food preservation class with an emphasis on pickling techniques, complete with recipes to take home and a tasting. Ages 11-Adult. ($5 food fee)

Sat., 3/9 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$83 (Members $68)
Specially priced for two participants, this class will take you through the FAC galleries featuring Families to garner inspiration for your memory book and family tree. Ages 8-17 with one parent. ($10 materials fee) 

Sat., 3/9 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$91 (Members $76)
Use a live model to work on correct proportions and buildup to a finished drawing. Supply list. (Model fee payable first day)

Sat., 3/23 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$128 (Members $113)
After class, you'll leave with two to three pieces of finished fine silver jewelry. ($55 materials fee)

Sat., 3/30 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$93 (Members $78)
Work with acrylic paints to tap into your Expressionistic self (think Milton Avery, George Biddle, Rico Lebrun -- all artists you can see in the FAC Permanent Collection!). Expressionism is a free and uninhibited way of painting, allowing you to bypass the limitations of objectivity and paint in a totally subjective manner. Ages 16-Adult. Supply list.

Remember to stay tuned for our Spring Break four-day offerings

Here's the online registration form  for all classes — or you can mail, fax, or drop off the form to Bemis. Browse the online or PDF catalog to check out other one-day workshops or longer classes, that include UCCS credit classes. 

Un Tour Des Terroirs: Vins d'Alsace

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Pour le première tour des terroirs, nous voyageons a l'Alsace, un region nord-est de la France ...

Oops! No, the FAC blog did not turn French, we just got a little too excited about the upcoming Wine Festival of Colorado Springs. This year's theme is Wines of France, and we're going on a virtual tour of the major wine producing regions of France. Scroll down to see a complete listing of events showcasing the tastes of French wine.

We're starting at Alsace, a region in the northeast of France, on the German border.
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The Strasbourg Cathedral is one of the key sites of the
city, which was in construction from 1015 - 1439. It's
the sixth tallest building in the world, and is the tallest
medieval building still-standing (image source).
Regional Capital:
Strasbourg is a historic city, serving as the official seat of the European Union. The city center is a UNESCO Heritage site, with origins dating back to the Neolithic period.

Cold winters, but it makes for great skiing on the Vosges range. The summer and autumn seasons are very nice, where temperatures can reach the high 80s, and the sun shines bright.

Because the Alsace is a mountainous region, it is one of the driest of all the French wine growing regions, with only about 20 inches of rainfall a year. The Vosges block rain from the west, allowing grapes to ripen on the vine during the long, dry growing season. Vineyards on the foothills also produce great yet different tasting wines, highlighting the importance of terroir and its effect on taste.

There are 51 Grand-Cru vineyards in Alsace. Grand-cru is a regional classification that refers to the vineyard itself and its high potential. It is a controlled term in France, but not in the US.
There are dedicated Alsace wine routes, sort of a pilgrimage for the wine lover which guide you along this longitudinally narrow region's most notable vineyards.

A map of the grand crus wineries (Allemagne is French for Germany) (image source).
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Famous tastes:
Alsace is most well-known for its white wines, and it produces more German-influenced whites such as Gewurztraminer (this is how the French say it), Muscat or Tokay-Pinot Gris, but these grapes also produce wonderful Rieslings. Regional blended whites are called Edelzwicker. Gewurztraminer (guh-VOORTS-truh-MEE-nur) is a typical Alsatian wine, and is sweeter than a typical Riesling, and is sometimes even used as a dessert wine. Gewuz means spice in German, and has fruity, spicy, and floral notes. 

The offered wine pairings for the March 9 seminar, The Artful Duo of French Pairing, will be in part supplied by Domaine Emile Beyer, a vineyard from the Alsatian village of Eguisheim. Domaine Emile Beyer has won Best European Gewurztraminer, Best Riesling in the World, Alsace Winemaker of the Year (2009) and the Decanter World Wine Award Asia (1st place out of 1200 entries).

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Wine Festival of Colorado Springs
March 7 - 9

The Right Wine, But Is It the Right Glass?

Thursday, March 7, 5:30p | Fine Arts Center | 30 W. Dale Street
$75 per guest | Invite friends!
Buy Tickets Online Here!
Seminar will feature famed glass-maker Riedel hosting a wine and glass experience. Riedel has 250 years of glass-making expertise, making the finest goblets, flutes and receptacles for wine. Participants will taste how dramatically different the same wine tastes from different glasses and how it tastes best from a glass specifically designed for the wine. Each attendee will receive four wine samples and a set of four Riedel Vinum XL wine glasses, a $138 value!

The Enduring Cachet of French Wine

Friday, March 8, 5:30p | The Broadmoor | 1 Lake Avenue
$35 per guest | Invite friends!
Buy Tickets Online Here!
Over the course of modern history, every wine producing country has compared itself to France. The standard bearer for the world’s wine industry, French wines are considered the benchmark in many styles. Our French wine ambassadors will offer a tasting and discussion of their wines, from Alsatian whites to Bordeaux, from Burgundy to Cote du Rhones, from Armagnac to Champagne.

Grand Tasting and Wine Market Auction

Friday, March 8, 7p | The Broadmoor | 1 Lake Avenue
$65 FAC members; $85 non-members | Become a FAC Member and save $20 per ticket! | Invite friends!
Buy Tickets Online Here!
Colorado Spring’s favorite date night! This sell-out event will feature French wineries and over 300 other varieties of wine, as well as culinary delights from a wide assortment of the region’s finest restaurants and caterers, a silent wine market auction, music and dancing. 650 upscale food & wine connoisseurs attend this event.

French Wine, But What Cheese?

Saturday, March 9, 10:30a | Garden of the Gods Club | 3320 Mesa Road
$45 per guest | Invite friends!
Buy Tickets Online Here!
French wine & cheese — one of the simplest, yet most refined gourmet pleasures. Are there hard and fast rules? Only to pair them perfectly! Learn how the connoisseurs choose the French wine and then carefully match the French cheese to accompany it.

The Artful Duo of French Pairing

Saturday, March 9, 12:30p | Fine Arts Center | 30 W. Dale Street
$85 per guest | Invite friends!
Buy Tickets Online Here!
Back by popular demand! Two acclaimed chefs will interpret the union of French food & wine, preparing a luncheon one won’t soon forget! Our guest chefs are John Broening, executive chef of Denver's Spuntino; and Soa Davies, last year’s Wine Festival star and French haute cuisine expert from New York.

Gourmet Winemaker Dinner & Live Auction

Saturday, March 9 | Garden of the Gods Club | 3320 Mesa Road
Dinner at 6:30p; Live auction at 8:30p; Dress: Cocktail Attire
$125 per guest | Invite friends!
Buy Tickets Online Here!
This magical evening begins with a five-course, world-class gourmet dinner, each course paired with the elegant wines of our distinguished guests. Things get even more interesting when our auctioneer takes the stage to lead you through the bidding of rare and one-of-a-kind collectible wine and wine related lifestyle packages.
Truly a night to remember.

Feb 27, 2013

5 Facts about Wine Glass Company, Riedel

The 2013 Wine Festival of Colorado Springs is kicking off with an event right at the FAC, "The Right Wine, But Is It the Right Glass?" in conjunction with wine glass producer, Riedel. Riedel has a long history, producing stemware in Europe since 1756. The company has been in the same family for 11, going on 12 generations.

1) They don't brand their stemware, so you won't see any stamp, engraving of any kind on a genuine Riedel wine glass.

2) Riedel was the first to develop "grape-specific glassware," meaning the particular shape of each glass is designed to increase the taste of the wine's bouquet, texture, flavor and finish.

Here is a selection of Riedel glasses for red wine (image source).

3) These glasses are dishwasher safe!

No broken stems here! (image source)

4) Since 1674, they have used a special type of glass called "lead crystal," which is when lead oxide is added to the glass. Don't worry, this lead is not poisonous, as the lead's molecular composition in the glass has no chance of leaching into your system.

The lead oxide molecule that will definitely not leak
into your system, don't worry! But it certainly makes
for pretty stemware (image source).

5) Everything is hand blown by Austrian master glassmakers.

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Here's a short documentary on Riedel:

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Wine Festival of Colorado Springs
March 7 - 9

The Right Wine, But Is It the Right Glass?
Thurs., March 7, 5:30 p.m. | FAC
$75 — Invite your Friends on Facebook
Seminar will feature Riedel hosting a wine and glass experience. Participants will taste how dramatically different the same wine tastes from different glasses and how it tastes best from a glass specifically designed for the wine. Each attendee will receive four wine samples and a set of four Riedel Vinum XL wine glasses, a $138 value! Tickets.

For a complete listing of events, please click here and go to Tickets + Events. 

Feb 26, 2013

NEW Acquisition: Kenneth O. Goehring's "Marina II"

Kenneth O. Goehring, Marina II, oil on canvas, 1990.

This Abstract Expressionist painter goes by Ken Goehring toohe signed many of his paintings without the middle initial. A WWII veteran, Goehring lived an art-filled life even before serving in the army. He studied at the Meinzinger School of Applied Art in Detroit, then after the war, Goehring and his wife moved to Colorado Springs where he stayed until his death in 2007. Westword wrote an obituary commemorating Goehring's importance to the Colorado abstract scene.

In Colorado Springs, Goehring studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center from 1947-50. He painted under Jean Charlot and Emerson Woelffer  two great teachers in FAC history. Goehring admitted that he shared a greater sense of kinship between Woelffer and himself. Woelffer was also an abstract expressionist who widely used geometric shapes, much like Goehring's rectangles in the piece above, and bold color, like the splashes of red above.

Goehring's influential contributions to the abstract Colorado art scene is part of his his legacy, so check it out in the first-floor galleries today!

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Tues. - Sun | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Feb 22, 2013

Quotes on Families

Quotes on Families Starting this weekend, the FAC explores that enduring, yet evolving, role of families. Below are a few quotes on family, some sweet (some not so sweet), to get you thinking about Families, this year's multi-disciplinary program.
Ashleigh Brilliant, creator of pot-shots (pithy one-lined comic strips), artist and writer
"If you don't believe in ghosts, you've never been to a family reunion."

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Desmond Tutu, former archbishop of South Africa, social rights activist
"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."

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Okay, Bart and Homer didn't say this, but their "creator" Matt Groening did.
"Families are about love overcoming emotional torture."

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Marsha Norman, Pulitzer-prize winning playwright
"Family is just accident.... They don't mean to get on your nerves. They don't even mean to be your family, they just are."

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Elbert Hubbard, 19th century American writer
"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the greatest American authors of the Jazz Age and of the 20th century
"Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go by any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material."

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M.F.K. Fisher, preeminent American food writer, who believed eating was another "art of life"
"Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters."

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Mario Puzo, Italian-American author and screenwriter, author of The Godfather which Francis Ford Coppola adapted to the feature films
"The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other."

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Peggy O'Mara founded Mothering, the magazine, and is the author of four books on parenting
"Be careful how you speak to your children, one day it will become their inner voice."

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Victor Borge, man of many virtues -- from classical piano, comedy, and conducting
"I wish to thank my parents for making it all possible...and I wish to thank my children for making it necessary."

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Anna Karenina in Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, the disgraced wife of a Russian count laments her fate in one of the many memorable quotes of this novel
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

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Lao Tsu's Tao Te Ching, a Chinese classic text espousing traditional customs that came to influence Confucianism, Chinese Buddhism, Daoism, and others
"In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present."

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Members-Only Preview for Families exhibitions
Friday, Feb. 22 | 5-7p

Mother: Photographs by Carol S. Dass
Feb. 23 - May 19

A Family Affair: Selections from the Progressive Art Collection
Feb. 23 - May 19
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Feb 21, 2013

Weather Alert: Closures and Delays

Due to recent snow conditions, our Bemis School of Art and Café 36 will be closed Thursday, Feb. 22, and the FAC will open at 12 noon (a two-hour delay). 

If you or your kids would like to fill this snow-day with some color and creativity, stop by for a stroll through the FAC art galleries!

Stay safe, and enjoy the snow!

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Feb 20, 2013

"Wrap Art" — Backstrap Looms of Guatemala

The third exhibition of our Raiding the Crates permanent collection series features a Central American art form: Guatemalan Textiles. There are many unique aspects to this art form, and one is the way it is made. The backstrap loom dates back to ancient civilizations, and is used widely by Mayan cultures.

The backstrap loom is the most widely used loom by Guatemalan weavers, and has always been closely associated with females and birth, children. (image source)

Looms work on the basis premise of weaving the
warp and weft. Weft is the yarn going parallel to the weaver,
and warp is the perpendicular yarn (image source).

The backstrap loom is much smaller and more portable than conventional
upright looms. You can weave pretty much anywhere, it just depends
on where you decide to stick your loom in the ground. The loom may look like
a pile of sticks, but wait until the weaver sets up the warp yarns. Those sticks are
essential parts of the loom, and also represent 13 female deities, called Ixoc Ahaua.
Each component of the loom has its own name. These names correspond to various
body parts, again emphasizing the connection between looms and birth, children.

Image from Martin Prechtel and Robert S. Carlson, "Weaving and Cosmos Amongst
the Tzutukil Maya of Guatemala," RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, 15, Spring 1988, pp. 125.

The backstrap loom has been used by Mayan weavers for at least 2,000 years! Traditional stories liken the human body to a woven fabric.
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Traditional communities use hand-made yarn, like hand-spun cotton, which is more fragile than conventionally produced yarn, so it goes through a special strengthening process so that they will not snap during the weaving process. They also primarily use natural dyes.
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Below is video of traditional Guatemalan weaving using a backstrap loom.

Jan. 19 – May 26