This is the 10th year for Art Aloud and the venues include AAFC, Hooked on Books, Sand Creek Library Branch, and Dream Catchers. Each venue will have a reception with a live poetry reading given by the artists and anyone who would like to share their work or favorite poet. Music is absolutely aloud to be shared!
The receptions for each location are as follows:
Blank Canvas Cafe at Dream Catchers, 103 S Wahsatch Ave #106, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
First Friday, April 7, 5-8 pm
Hooked on Books, 12 East Bijou, Colorado Springs, 80903
2nd Friday, April 14, 5-7 pm
Academy Art & Frame Company
3rd Friday, April 21, 4-8 pm
Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80916
4th Friday, April 28, 4-6 pm
Please join us at any and all of the receptions to help us celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of Art Aloud!
The Forgiveness show is also still on display throughout the month of April.
3D Color Explosion
Paintings by Joe Beavers
Joe Beavers grew up as an army brat born in Fukuoka, Japan and lived in many different states and Europe. While studying art at Kansas University he married his high school sweet heart, Carolyn Smith. Joe began his career in the auto business and his tenure has inspired many of his artwork he has created.
Many of Joe's artwork comes from the memories he has built with his family of 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and his loving dogs. Joe currently lives in Colorado and time and time again he has captured the true beauty of the nature and trees within his artwork.
Joe's creativity and art come to life in his home studio, where he uses various colors, materials, and lighting to provide an experience around each piece of art.
Joe's work will be on display from Jan. 1-31, 2017. You can meet the artist at our 3rd Friday Artists Reception on January 20th from 4-8 pm. Light snacks and drinks will be available. One unique aspect to Joe's work is that much of it is black light reflective, so for the reception we will have the front gallery lights off.
October is Arts
Month in the Pikes Peak Region and in coordination with the many events, Academy Art & Frame Company (AAFC)
is hosting their 4th fundraising art exhibition. This year’s
fundraiser will benefit local non-profit Imagination
Celebration, whose mission is to "connect people of all ages to the
brain-stimulating, life-enriching power of creativity." AAFC
and contributing artists will each donate 10% of their profits to Imagination Celebration. The theme of
the exhibit is “Imagination! All That’s
October!” and will hang from October 4th-28th, 2016
at 7560 N. Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80920. AAFC and Imagination
Celebration would like to invite the community to join the artists for a
reception on October 21, 2016 from 4-8pm. Refreshments will be available.
In 2013, artist Lindsay Nadeau-Laxton
came to Kim Costello asking to have a fundraising art show in October that year
in honor of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), a disorder that affects the
nervous system and of which Laxton has suffered for many years. In that moment,
it was decided that October would be a fundraising month at AAFC and that each exhibit would
contribute to a local not for profit organization. In 2014, a solo exhibit from
Michael de Palma benefited TESSA, an
organization working with those affected by domestic and sexual violence; and
in 2015, a solo exhibit from Bill Young benefited Mental Health America of the Pikes Peak Region with an emphasis on
Suicide Prevention and Awareness.
“This year, we wanted to do something a
little more light-hearted and encouraging, “says AAFC curator Cas Foste. “I love seeing the Dio de los Muertos art exhibits around town every fall and we
wanted to do a fundraiser that could incorporate this fun idea and others. But
with such a fun exhibit we needed an organization with the same atmosphere of
fun surrounding it. So, we contacted Deborah Thorton at Imagination
How Do You See God? 2016 Book Signing ReceptionHow Do You See God?
is an exhibition that asks artists to share their thoughts and beliefs through unique works of art. It is open to all faiths and beliefs, as well as all media, all ages, and 2D or 3D works. Each year, all of the art that is included in the exhibit is photographed and used to create a book. Academy Art & Frame Company would like to invite the community to share in this expression of thoughts and ideas during the second reception on August 19, 2016 from 4-8pm
at 7560 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
2016 marks the 6th year of the exhibit and our 5th book. This year the exhibition showcases 61 local artist- 128 beautiful images- making this book our largest yet. The book is priced at $64.49 and can be pre-ordered to reserve a copy. Only a limited number of books will be on hand at the reception. This second reception is a book signing and many of the artists will be on location to sign your copy of the book. We hope to see you Friday August 19th and hope you enjoy this year's copy and exhibit of How Do You See God?
Press ReleaseHow Do You See God? Exhibition and Book Express the Diversity of Beliefs in the Pikes Peak
RegionHow Do You See God?
is an exhibition that
asks artists to share their thoughts and beliefs through unique works of art.
It is open to all faiths and beliefs, as well as all media, all ages, and 2D or
3D works. Each year, all of the art that is included in the exhibit is
photographed and used to create a book. Academy Art &
Frame Company (AAFC) would like to invite the community to share in this
expression of thoughts and ideas during the two receptions that will be held
July 15, 2016 and August 19, 2016 from 4-8pm at 7560 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado
Springs, CO 80920. The opening reception in July is a traditional reception
with snacks, drinks and a chance to mingle with the artists. August's reception
is the book signing reception, also with snacks, drinks, and mingling.
How Do You See God?
was started in 2011 by
Kim Costello, managing partner of AAFC, and continues to be one of the largest
exhibitions held at the gallery. The exhibition is held every July and August,
and as a coincidence the first reception always lands on or around Costello's
isn't a coincidence,” laughs Costello. “I wanted to create an exhibition for my
birthday that would always be near and dear to my heart. I have been amazed
over the years at the community's response to this exhibit.”
year, the exhibition showcased the work of 50 artists with most submitting 3
images and has grown to 60 artists for 2016. “Thank goodness we have a very large gallery!” says curator Cas Foste.
“It typically takes about a week just to hang the show, but that's only half
the work for this exhibit!” Before hanging the show, Foste photographs all the
artwork (except for the photographs), and in the course of the next few weeks
compiles and edits the images, then designs the book.
marks the 6th year of the exhibition and the 5th edition
of the book. “The 5th book is a mile marker! Not sure what I'm going
to do to make this book stand out from the others,” says Foste.
book will be available for purchase in store by the second reception in August,
but availability will be limited. To secure your copy in time for the book
signing, pre-purchase is recommended. The book usually cost right around the
$50 range but depends on the number of entries. A final cost should be
available by the end of July.
& Frame Company is a locally owned art gallery and custom frame shop
dedicated to showing the eclectic creativity of local/regional artists and
designing meaningful and beautiful framing options for their customers'
memories. AAFC is proud to showcase over 200 artists on consignment including
student work with the High School Ceiling Tile Competition and the AAA (All
Ages Art) Miniature Collection. They are also the largest frame shop in southern
Colorado with four custom framers and over 8,000 frame samples to choose from.
“If you can imagine it, we can create it.”
hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm, closed
Sunday. For more information go to www.academyframesco.com or call 719-265-6694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on Facebook to see our happenings and to enter
online only drawings. Or, if you're in the neighborhood, just drop on in!
Art, Food, and Fun! The June
Springs, CO., June 18, 2016- Academy Art & Frame Company invites the
community to join them for their 3rd annual parking lot party, this year's June Extravaganza. The monthly artist reception will feature artist and illustrator
Linda McGowan in her exhibit “The Power of Line.” The show will hang June 1-30th.
In addition, the June Extravaganza
will have local artists' booths; face painting, food from Smokin' J's BBQ food
truck and much more. The festivities and reception start at 11 am and will
conclude at 4pm Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at Academy Art & Frame
Company 7560 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
The June Extravaganza is for everybody! It
has grown beyond just an artist reception with a party in the parking lot and
special discounts. This year it will host 12 artist booths with local art on
display, face painting by KatyBird Face Painting and returning for their second
year the bubble fairy, Silver Mist, and her friends from Columbine and Company,
Inc., Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Smokin' J's BBQ truck. As a special thank you
to our patron's and customers, Kim Costello, managing partner of AAFC, is
giving away 50 meal vouchers for Smokin' J's BBQ to the first 50 customers.
the front doors of the gallery is the silent auction; be sure to bid on one of
the beautiful pieces donated by the artists renting the booths. After your
hearty walk through the parking lot and meeting our monthly artist Linda
McGowan, be sure to continue your stroll through the rest of the gallery where
you will see work by over 200 local artists with the High School Ceiling Tiles
above. And on display for a ONE DAY EXPO is the artwork of AAFC's Student
Artists. See the emerging talent of neighbors and friends and talk to the
teachers and students about techniques and experiences, and then find out how
to become a student.
Once to the
back of the gallery you will see the angled side walls where the Featured AAFC
Artists are displayed. These walls are a
special tribute to the consignment artists that truly go above and beyond to
support AAFC. May's featured AAFC Artist was watercolorist Steve Castle and his
work will display through June. June's Featured AAFC Artist is Gregory Kelley
who is highly skilled in digital painting. His subject matter is broad but
Kelley does specialize in imagery of the Air Force Academy. Kelley's work will
hang through July.
this walking it is quite certain you will work up an appetite, so head back to
the parking lot to Smokin' J's BBQ truck and enjoy a delicious, hot barbeque
sandwich. So get here early and grab your voucher on your way through the
gallery. (Don't worry; there will be enough food for everyone.)
And last but
not least…like free stuff and discounts? Enter the drawings for your chance to
win free art and look through the remnant materials that will be greatly
reduced in price.
SILENT AUCTION- THE ARTISTS AND THEIR DONATIONS
There is a Silent Auction, going on now till the end of the Extravaganza on Saturday, June 18th at 4 pm. The artists participating in the Artist Fair kindly donated items to raise money to offset the expenses of Academy Art & Frame Company for hosting the event. It is tremendous to be able to have many artists joining us who are well established in the art scene here in Colorado Springs, as well as introducing to you new talent in the area. We are very thankful for the generosity of each of our artists.
“249TATTOO” - Bobby Silvestri is an Ink & Marker artist as well as being a very fine tattooist. He has donated #13 “A Tattoo Design & Tattoo Done in a 2 Hour Session”, a $200 value.
“ASPEN LEAF PHOTOGRAPHY” - Hal Lohmeyer specializes in Newborn, Baby, Family and High School Senior Portraits within the studio or on location. Also offering Product, Fine Art, and Real Estate Photo Services. He has donated #14 “Complete Portrait Session” for a family, individual or children with a printing package, a $125 Value.
CLAUDIA BLACKSTONE makes baby blankets in professional team colors, along with other baby items. She has donated #7 a “Rockies Baby Blanket”, a $25 value.
“COLORADO PHOTOGRAPHY LEARNING GROUP” - The CPLG provides an open, friendly learning environment for photographers, from beginners to experts, through classes, workshops, lectures and location shoots. Their mission is to create positive experiences and enhances people's lives through photography. CPLG was started by Colorado Springs photographer, Mike Pach, in August of 2010 and has grown to include chapters in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Pueblo with currently 1850 members. CPLG consists of and is led by members of all experience levels, from working professionals to beginners, and includes a tremendous amount of talented individuals who are willing to share their knowledge. Membership is free!” CPLG has donated four Sessions of #4 “3 Peak's Photography's Weekend Classes” a value of $150.
CHRIS ENGELHARDT a young family man, who is able to create artistic pieces out of metal and horseshoes that also can be very functional. You must stop by the gallery to see his metal rose, and yes, it does have the aroma of roses. He has donated #12 “Horseshoe Wine Holder”, valued at $75.
ELANE GRAVES who lives north of Colorado Springs, has been a member of many photography groups and actually is a coordinator of photo-shoot outings for one of them. As an emerging artist, she continues to learn and explore new techniques and styles to bring her vision of nature to life. She has donated a very patriotic piece, just in time for July 4th, #5 “For Love of Country” photo, $40 value.
LISA KASTELIC is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and is very passionate about preserving memories with photography. She specializes in portraits for families, children, babies, maternity and pets but if you have a special request please don't hesitate to contact her for more info. A military spouse, Lisa has done her photography in many different locations. She is a member of the “Colorado Photography Learning Group” and has entered local art exhibitions with the group. One of her joys is taking portrait photography. She has donated #3 “One Photo Shoot” Photography, valued at $150.
KATYBIRD FACE PAINTING, Katy Cusik does face painting for children, adult, and community events such as churches, businesses, fund raisers or private parties. She is a talented photographer participating in many shows and exhibitions. She has donated one of her photographic pieces, #11 “Celtic Cross”, valued at $125.
MICHAEL MALTA was a monthly exhibition artist in January 2016 that was held at Academy Art & Frame Company. He has entered many exhibitions and shows within the Colorado Springs art community. Michael says, “Creating art is a passion that I have grown up with and I continue to strive for excellence in my work. I'm inspired by the great artists of the past and try to live up to the quality they have established.” Please come into the gallery to see his oil still life and his charcoal portrait. Michael has donated a Fine Art Print on Velvet Paper of his latest work, #8 “Passion”, valued at $75.
SHERRI MOORE is a self-taught, award-winning watercolor artist. If you ask her what her passion is she'll say without any hesitation, "Painting!" Sherri paints just about every genre and has experience with many mediums, such as oil, acrylic and china painting. She is teaching "Introduction to Watercolor Painting" at Academy Art & Frame Company. Sherri loves teaching her passion to others who are interested in the intriguing medium of watercolor. One of the the things you'll hear her say when teaching a watercolor class is, "Get the paper wet! Trust me you're not going to drown." Her donation to the Silent Auction is #10 “One 4 Hour Watercolor Class”, valued at $50.
PATSY MUIR RAY is an award-winning artist, that is teaching “Pastel Art” Classes and One Day Workshops at Academy Art & Frame Company. With the exception of a community art class, that is the extent of her art education, yet not the end of her growth as a pastel artist. Few people are blessed with the natural ability to accurately perceive and then so beautifully draw and paint that perception. Patsy is one of those rare individuals. These gifts are what enables her to paint the most critically important subject- the human face. “My appreciation for the unique and the beautiful is rivaled only by my passion for painting the unique and beautiful. And I want my appreciation to be memorialized with the passion I have for an interpretation that not only accurately reflects the subject, but is also rich and vibrant in both composition and color.” Patsy hasdonated her pastel painting, #1 “God's Rock Concert” valued at $490.
TERESA ROBINSON has been a jewelry artisan for almost a decade, from deciding to take a class at an art store to learn to make jewelry to now designing her own pieces. Teresa entered the gallery with her jewelry and immediately captured the attention of all the ladies working there with the beauty of her art. You will see Academy Art & Frame Company ladies wearing her fine pieces. She has donated #6 “Psychedelic Swirl” Round Pendant Necklace, valued at $22.
LANA SMITH is not only a very talented photographer but also shares her artistic talent through music. When you ask her what makes her different from the average piano instructor, her reply is “ I am not a part time teacher. I have devoted my life to music and teaching piano. As a full time piano teacher, I have a Master's degree in music, with 25 years of full time teaching experience. I teach a unique combination of American and European methods. I love teaching children; however, the piano will help develop brain connections at any age. My students range in age from the gifted home schooled students as young as 5 to inspired adults. One of my brightest students started playing piano at the age of 77.” She is offering from “Lana's Music Studio”- #2 “Two Piano Lessons”, valued at $60.
JONI WARE says “I grew up in Hollywood, California. Most of my formal art training took place at Hollywood High School where I studied under a great painter by the name of Mary Jo Koosmann. Following high school, I married Jim, moved to Colorado and raised and home schooled six children. Now with my youngest in college, I am painting again. My favorite things to paint are landscapes, animals, and people in a realistic style. Joni has donated “Bessie The Cow”, $150 value.
Monthly Exhibition Artist
Linda McGowan Artist Statement:If I were to put into one word, that which best explains my art, it would be expression. But then, I have to admit my art is abstracted—a step beyond realism into a realm of fantasy, color and line.
But, in it all, each piece calls attention to its creation. The person (the model) behind my art is a functional part of my passion and used to express my soul in a way that I find hard to explain. My art is a visual idiom of me; a piece of the gestalt of an exploring psyche—a continuous journey of the soul—my soul, my life, my action. Nothing else matters but my expression.
“Good grief, Charlie Brown! Be yourself. No one can say you're doing it wrong.” ~ Snoopy
Artists and Businesses presenting in conjunction with Academy Art & Frame Company:
Aspen Leaf Photography
Teri Atkins Brown ***(AAFC Art Teacher)
Colorado Photography Learning Group
Columbine & Company, Inc.
KatyBird Face Painting
Gregory Kelley (Featured AAFC Artist)
Linda McGowan (Monthly Exhibition Artist)
Sherri Moore (***AAFC Art Teacher)
Patsy Muir Ray (***AAFC Art Teacher)
Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus
Smokin' J's BBQ
***Showing with the students of AAFC Art Classes in a ONE DAY EXPO