Like Rodney Dangerfield, Colorado Springs architects get no respect. It must be galling to be shut out, to see the most nationally significant regional architectural commission since the Air Force Academy go to an out-of-town firm. Earlier this week, we learned that the U.S. Olympic Museum organizers had chosen Colorado Springs-based contractor GE Johnson Construction […]
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Serious artists have always found it difficult to make a living by marketing their work. Most find it necessary to have a real job, be it teaching, bartending, house painting or anything that helps make ends meet. And artists may not be naturally entrepreneurial, preferring to focus on their work rather than commerce. That’s why […]
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Sam Gappmayer, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, resigned Tuesday, effective Nov. 22. During five years of leading the organization, Gappmayer produced some of its most popular theater, most provocative exhibits and most engaging classes, according to a FAC news release. Also, with the help of the FAC staff, he created […]
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What’s the most dangerous painting in America? There are plenty of candidates, including Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary and Andrés Serrano’s Piss Christ. Both have come under attack from conservatives, citing the artists’ deliberately blasphemous depictions of sacred subjects. Yet unless you know what materials the artists used, neither image is blasphemous. They’re strangely […]
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Most likely, you would have trouble remembering what you were doing on April 30, which was not exactly a newsworthy Tuesday. That is, unless you were among the 300 or so people who ventured to Berger Hall at UCCS that evening for the Colorado Springs debut of an event called Ignite, co-sponsored by UCCS, the […]
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In 1935, the Gazette proudly noted that Colorado Springs artist Frank Mechau had been commissioned to paint two murals for the downtown post office. Two years later they were installed, and there they remained until removed, probably in 1962 when the building was remodeled. No contemporary newspaper accounts document the removal of the murals. It […]
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The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center tapped David Dahlin, 55, as its new CEO and executive director earlier this year. Three months into the job, the father of two spent time with CSBJ to discuss his transition from working at Compassion International for 19 years to the nonprofit world of arts and business. How did […]
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  Drawing, painting and creating beauty have always been second nature for Anthony T. Archuleta. There was never a time he didn’t realize his passion for art. Born in the San Luis Valley town of Del Norte and raised in Colorado Springs, Archuleta, now 57, earned a degree in computer science with a minor in […]
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Colorado Springs continues to feel the resurgence of vinyl as music listeners begin to shift their focus back from CDs to LPs. What once was a niche for only the most serious record collectors has turned into a fad fueled not by members of Generation X, but by their children. The three local record vendors […]
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It is the first day of the summer camps for children at the Millibo Art Theatre, and Executive Clown and Director Jim Jackson asks the instructor, “How’s it going?” “Really messy!” “Great!” said Jackson with his ever-present smile. In their course titled Messy Fun Camp, children aged 7 to 9 file outside behind the instructor, […]
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As stolid and unimaginative as our little city sometimes seems, it has had its share of dreamers and schemers, folks who weren’t afraid to reach for the brass ring. Some of their dreams came true — but many others didn’t. Colorado Springs didn’t host the Winter Olympics in 1956 or 1960. No railroad tunnel was […]
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Camelot is about to begin, so reserve your seat at the Round Table. A Knight at the Fine Arts Center, a Gala for the Ages is a unique and exciting event that supports culture and commerce in Colorado Springs. The action will include swordplay, herald trumpet calls, jesters, a gourmet feast, fire eaters and more […]
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