Downtown Colorado Springs announced a new program “that will add to the visual vibrancy and character of downtown’s urban streetscape,” according to a news release from the Downtown Partnership. INTERSECTION will feature original designs on 12 downtown traffic signal cabinets, located at intersections throughout downtown. “INTERSECTION is part of a larger initiative to improve the […]
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The Commonwheel Artists Co-op celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014 and, for almost all of that time, the gallery has been nestled on the corner of Cañon Avenue and Lafayette Road in downtown Manitou Springs. “It’s served us very well,” Juanita Canzoneri, the co-op’s current president, said of the location. Commonwheel was started in the […]
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David Tryba, FAIA, has been selected as the lead juror for the 2015-2016 Art on the Streets exhibit in Colorado Springs. Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, while turning the streets of downtown Colorado Springs into a yearlong outdoor sculpture gallery. The Founder of Tryba Architects, a firm with […]
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Colorado Springs was founded in 1871, 12 years after its western neighbor, Colorado City. The first buildings here were log cabins and thrown-together structures described in a contemporary account as “miserable shacks.” They soon were replaced by substantial creations in wood, brick and stone as cities arose on the once-pristine lands at the base of […]
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Shoppers familiar with downtown may come across some unfamiliar businesses this holiday season. Pop Up Shops, a program facilitated by the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Partnership, provides an opportunity for budding small business owners to test the water without daunting commitments. “It provides an option for potential new retailers to test the market,” said […]
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Prior to Brian and Rachelle LeMay’s purchase of All Things Catholic in the spring, Rachelle worked in the shop for the previous owner for several months. She and her family also frequented the retailer in its numerous locations throughout Chapel Hills Mall. “The store has moved five times in the seven years it’s been at […]
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When the City for Champions project first was announced more than a year ago, the proposed U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame was front and center. Headed by the formidable Dick Celeste, it seemed obvious the museum would have the largest impact of any of the four projects. Celeste envisioned an “iconic” structure that […]
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Thanks to a remarkable partnership between El Paso County and the Denver Public School System, nine 1930s murals are being installed in Centennial Hall. The murals depict familiar characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Boy Blue. They were executed by […]
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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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Since opening in June, The Mezzanine has proven a successful new concept for performing arts venues. Downtown power couple Kathy and Sam Guadagnoli joined with Colorado Springs Conservatory Executive Director Linda Weise to open the venue, a nonprofit designed to support the school and the local arts community. “Colorado Springs has so much to offer […]
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On the Westside of Colorado Springs exists a portal into the minds of others. The Chavez Gallery is a curious place filled with nostalgic glimpses into the combined psyche — memories, curiosities and ideals — of married couple Kris and Liese Chavez. Kris, primarily an enamel jewelry-maker, and Liese, a painter, opened the 500-square-foot gallery […]
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Do commercial buildings learn? If they want to avoid the wrecker’s ball, they’d better be like enduring businesses — carefully conceived, solidly built, well located and open to change. Just as businesses that fail to evolve fall by the wayside, so do aging buildings that can’t be profitably reimagined. Can you predict which buildings will […]
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