See the FAC Re-Opening picture gallery
The gorgeous new galleries at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center stole the show at the Extremely Grand Opening Masterpiece Gala at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
All the glitz and glamour, bling and black tie couldn’t compare to the grandeur of the glass hallway and new galleries in the two-story, 48,000-square-foot addition designed by Colorado Springs architect David Owen Tryba.
The 14th annual season opening gala attracted almost 700 patrons, excited to see the Aug. 3 unveiling of the new addition, which kept the façade and “good bones” of the John Gaw Meem masterpiece original building.
During an Honoree Presentation ceremony for campaign co-chairs Buck Blessing and Katherine Loo, Gov. Bill Ritter lauded them for spearheading the $28.4 million fundraising effort. An historic collection of 19th and early 20th century paintings inspired by the Rocky Mountain landscape collected by Loo and her late husband, Dusty, are displayed in the new Blessing Family Gallery. The Modern America exhibit was displayed in the Loo Family Gallery.
Guests strolling through the galleries were treated to other hallmark exhibitions, including selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, “The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion” and the center’s spectacular collection of Dale Chihuly glass, with significant works of Native American art in the Lane Family Gallery.
Other fundraising superstars on the Renaissance Campaign Council included Carl Donner, Susie Burghart, Mary Flemke, Don Hare, Tim Hoiles, Sally Hybl, Summer Kircher, Carol Kleiner, Margot Lane, Nancy Lewis, Jan McCauley, Bob Mollo, George Peacore, Annette Seagraves, Alan Steiner, Thayer Tutt, Bruce Warren, Denny Weber and Dave Whitaker.
The three-day celebration began Aug. 2 with a talk by Thomas Hoving, former director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the “inventor” of the blockbuster exhibition, in the newly renovated SaGaJi Theatre. The passionate connoisseur of the arts congratulated FAC President and CEO Dr. Michael De Marsche and the Fine Arts Center for a monumental “rebirth” which “sets the stage for an infinite future for the arts in the region.”
Museum-goers were also treated to a “conversations” with filmmaker and director John Waters, and legendary Broadway actor Joel Gray as part of the opening weekend celebration.
Among those strolling through the galleries, enjoying the elegant dinner at gourmet dining stations in the El Pomar Corridor and Café 36 and dancing to Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors in the tented courtyard were Margot Lane, Mary and Ed Osborne, Buck and Janelle Blessing, Roberto Agnolini, Nancy Meem Wirth, Nancy Borden, Warren and Elizabeth Youngquist, Jon Stepleton and Tamra Renzelman, Buzz and Christy Brown Walsh, Alan Manley, Robert Armandariz, Rich Schell, Greg Wragge, Alan and Barbara Steiner, James Loo, Patty and Allen Brown, Judy and Buz Sellers, Linda and Berry Craddock, Jerry Dickman, Kathleen Collins, Nancy Koontz, Robin Hardie and Ron Bollenberghe, Zoya Miller, Mike Collins and Janet Conover.
See the FAC Re-Opening picture gallery