Oct 30, 2013

That's a Horse of a Different Color

Want to peek behind the wizard's curtain? Not all wizards are humbugs, as you'll discover when you take a look at the wizardry it takes to stage "The Wizard of Oz," one of the most elaborate musicals the FAC will have ever produced.

The show doesn't open until Dec. 5, but the planning started months ago, with acting auditions and art sketches and concept brainstorming.

For this particular post we want share part of the process of creating costumes that capture the energy and personality of a character.

Our wiz of a costume designer, Lex Liang, has sketched out the amazing costumes below.

"The costumes were absolutely grounded in our initial concept of staying true to the timeline of the novel's original publishing date of 1900.  Because we get to explore both Kansas and Oz, it gave us an opportunity to replicate a dusty, sepia toned look for Kansas in 1900, but also create a totally different look for Oz.  My approach was to ask myself what a simple farm girl from middle America in 1900 would see as spectacular and new, colorful and flashy, yet completely acceptable...just different.  I imagined Dorothy would have had this type of experience if she landed in the middle of Paris or London in the midst of the Art Nouveau or Beaux Arts movement--simply transporting her from the dusty dull world of Kansas in 1900 to the middle of a major metropolis would justify that sensibility.  So most of the Oz clothes are based on couture fashions from the turn of the century, infused with multi-cultural and multi-ethnic elements from around the world at the time.  

"What's difficult about designing a new production of an iconic classic is that people come expecting to see certain characters looking a certain way.  In "Oz," it's the blue gingham dress that has been seared into our minds by Adrian's classic film-version costume, along with the red shoes--something that was specifically changed from the book to capitalize on the new technicolor technology.  So I had to stay true to some of these images and make sure audience members quickly understood who was whom.  At the same time, the aesthetic has to be cohesive.  When it came to Glinda and the Wicked Witch, for instance, I played with different silhouettes and shapes, and took a lot of inspiration from French couture to establish their looks.  There's also a lot of flying involved, and as this is a dream of Dorothy's (or is it...?), I wanted to ground the flying in things that would register with her.  She talks about birds flying high over the rainbow, and so the witch costumes have a lot of bird influence--the Wicked Witch's headpiece is completely made of feathers, as is Glinda's gown.

Now, it's up to FAC costume shop manager Janson Fangio to actually make them before our opening on Dec. 5! 



Oct 28, 2013

Veronika String Quartet

David Sckolnik gushed about the Veronika String Quartet, which played Sunday at the FAC, in The Gazette, calling them "fresh and spontaneous," producing "an intelligent and witty musical conversation."

See the full review.

Oct 23, 2013

Attention Rare Art Sale!

Joellyn Duesberry, Chatfield Thaw (detail), (2012), Oil on linen, 40 x 120 inches, image courtesy the artist.
Art sales at the Fine Arts Center are about as rare as moose in Miami. But we’re planning a huge one, featuring nationally acclaimed landscape artist Joellyn Duesberry.

More than 500 original oils and monotypes will be up for sale, with prices starting at $200, and proceeds will benefit the FAC’s Taylor Museum. None of these works, from her early and mid-career, have ever been seen or sold and have come from her private inventory.

This sale has been made possible through both the generosity of the artist as well as Hayden Hayes Broadmoor Galleries.

Visitors also can view Chatfield Thaw, March 2012, oil on linen, 40 x 120,” which Duesberry has donated to the FAC.

This event will be held on Nov. 2-3 10a-5p

Oct 22, 2013

Amazing Photos of Pamela Joseph's Sideshow of the Absurd

Come and have your fortune told by The Baby Wheel of Fortune
Photographer Nehemiah Urban captured some stunning images from the FAC preview of Pamela Joseph's Sideshow of the Absurd on Oct. 11th. This preview displayed  a multitude of mixed media fantasy installations that explores the power of women and challenges many social assumptions.
Here is an inside look of The Torture Museum

The Extinct Animals is one of the many interactive mechanized works
 within the show 

The Strongwoman Catgirl Pussy Marshmallow is a recurring character that you will never forget. 

A collaborative effort between Pamela Joseph, Kurosh ValaNejad and Todd Furmanski, Body Scrub is an interactive virtual fun house that everyone can enjoy.

Oct 11, 2013

Word of mouth is making big noise for 'Noises Off'


Audiences are raving about "Noises Off."

Blogger Kelly McAllister recently posted a review of this new Fine Arts Center production, saying it's "hilarious, fast paced and makes you happy to be alive.

"This production also proves, yet again, that the most consistently excellent professional theater in Colorado is at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs."
See the rest of the review here

The play runs Thursdays through Sundays, through Oct. 20 at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs.

For tickets, click here or call 634-5583.

Oct 1, 2013

Take your camera skills to the next level at Bemis

Portrait Lighting Flash 202
Saturday Workshop
Nov. 2 and 9
You may not realize that one of the photography instructors at Bemis School of Art is an award-winning photographer and author of three photography lighting books (available wherever photography books are sold).  Allison Earnest teaches a variety of photographic classes, ranging from Digital SLR 10 and beginning small hot-shoe flash photography.  She will be offering a mini-lighting workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9.

Since the onset of digital photography, many people are picking up photography not only as a hobby, but a way to earn a little extra income by photographing portraits. One way you can stand out from others who take portraits is to learn the proven techniques presented in Allison’s books "Sculpting with Light®: Techniques for Portrait Photographers and Light Modifiers."

In the workshop, you will learn how to use your external flash(s) to light and sculpt portraits, posing for men and women using live models.  Additionally, you will learn how to control your flash exposure for predictable and consistent indoor and outdoor portraits or weddings for that matter.  A workshop you do not want to miss.  Sign up today as space is limited. Call 719-475-2444 or click here