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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Nearly 100 years ago, the Broadmoor Art Academy was founded. It later became the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, cornerstone of the arts culture and education in the Pikes Peak region. Sam Gappmayer was hired as CEO of the Fine Arts Center in 2008 and inherited the charge to maintain the organization’s esteemed reputation, something […]
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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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  After 40 years in business, the Dulcimer Shop in Manitou Springs has closed, and the Ford family is doing what they can to keep the adjoining woodworking shop falling into the hands of the Internal Revenue Service. A profile on the popular crowdfunding website IndieGoGo.com surfaced Feb. 26 notifying the community that if its […]
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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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A little more than 100 years ago, a bison named Black Diamond served as a model for the Buffalo nickel. Now the American Numismatic Association Money Museum will celebrate 100 years of the Buffalo nickel with a free open house from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  April 27. Black Diamond was a model for sculptor […]
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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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