Monthly Exhibition/3rd Friday Reception

 

earthscapes

Earthscapes is a new collection of works by local artist Audrey Gray. Earthscape is not just the title of her exhibition but a true description of her work being that they are landscapes painted with the sands of the earth. Gray travels far and wide to find all the colors of earth to create her masterpieces. She also collaborated with her father, Frank Gray, to create some unique ceramic pieces.

Join us for an artist's reception on May 19th, 2017 in conjunction with the Military Appreciation show and silent auction.
 

honor and remember

May is Military Appreciation Month and we are showcasing a collection of military themed art, on loan from Linda Case, that spans the full range of United States history. Center focus is the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier", emphasizing our soldiers that are gone but not forgotten. A reception will be held May 19th, 2017 from 4-8pm and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served including a "Tea Party" in honor of Military Spouses.

Featured with the exhibition is a Silent Auction with proceeds benefiting the YMCA's Military Outreach Program. Bidding starts May 11 and will continue until May 19th. And a special guest speaker, Mark Schaefer Honor Flight Guardian to DC Memorials, will be in attendance at the May 19th artist reception.
 

Art Aloud 2017- 10th Anniversary

 
 
Art Aloud is an opportunity for writers, poets and artists to share their work, as well as collaborate, in appreciation of National Poetry Month. Artists create work based on a poem, story, lyrics, quotes, or anything to do with the written word, and vice versa for writers and authors. Both the artwork and written word are displayed together but not necessarily designed as one piece.

This is a multi venue art exhibit and Academy Art & Frame Company collaborates with multiple other galleries and locations in Colorado Springs to bring a truly dynamic exhibition of local artists and writers.
 
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.
 

Colorado Photography Learning group Members show

Winners, Judge and Mike 2016 CPLG Show
Join us for an exhibition of fine art photography by amateur and professional photographers, all members of Colorado Photography Learning Group, on display until March 31, 2017. A reception and announcement of awards will be given on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2017 from 4-8pm. Remember to wear green!!! Light refreshments will be served.The Colorado Photography Learning Group (CPLG) is a local Meet Up Group that provides an open, friendly learning environment for photographers, from beginners to experts, through classes, workshops, lectures and location shoots.
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. The group currently has 1,850 members and is well on its way to becoming the premier Colorado location for photography-related learning due to the quality and integrity of its organizers, instructors and members.
Membership is FREE, and members are offered discounts on various products that our sponsors offer. We occasionally have FREE giveaways at our events. Some of the classes hosted are fee-based, but we offer plenty of free workshops and photo shoots to our members and their guests.
Join us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cplg1/
 

Forgiveness

We have the opportunity to have a special Easter art show in conjunction with First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs. They are hosting the collection of art from the Calvin College-
Larry & Mary Gerbens Collection, images of the Prodigal Son.
The Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness.
We are displaying on the back wall in the gallery some of our artist works to share an Easter -
Celebration of Forgiveness. T
his show will hang throughout March and April and a 3rd Friday Reception will be held both months on March 17th & April 21st, from 4-8PM.
Thank you for the consideration of joining us in this 'Forgiveness' celebration this Easter Season.
 
 
Uniquely Aspen

Everyone loves the Aspens in Colorado and this exhibit showcases a fabulous display of photographic images all based around the theme of unique and different aspen shots. Come by and enjoy these beautiful images captured by artists from Peak Digital Imaging Society. The show hangs throughout the month of February.
Join us and members of PDIS for our 3rd Friday Reception, February 17, 2017 from 4-8pm. Light refreshments will be served.

PDIS was co-founded in 2000 by photographers Bill Young and Mark Kirkland and is one of the oldest digital art clubs. Although the majority of members are photographers, they welcome any and all digital media and love to hear about any new digital softwares and devices. The group meets 9 months out of the year, hosting speakers, having mini workshops, and has 3 juried competitions a year. The group has had speakers such as John Paul Caponigro, John Fielder, Dan Burkholder and Glenn Randall, to name only a few.

Join the Peak Digital Imaging Society Yahoo Group to get emails on upcoming meetings and events, and friend us on Facebook. PDIS meets the 4th Thursday each month except for August, November, and December at the Senior Center 1514 N. Hancock, Colorado Springs from 7-9 pm.

Photo by Chris Nelson
 
 
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.

Joining the 3-d color explosion reception january 20th, 2017

High School Student Ceiling Tiles
It's that time of year again!!! Presents, Santa Clause, the beginning of a new year and a new display of the High School Student Ceiling Tiles!

This exhibition is in its 9th year having been started by Kim Costello in 2008. High school students from different schools create these 4 foot by 4 foot tiles with the only limitations being that it has to be the full 4'x4' size and that it hangs from the ceiling. They're creativity has astounded us every year.

This is a judged exhibit and offers the students to be judged not just by their peers but also by the public. Come in anytime during normal business hours to vote on your favorite tile and also vote online on our Facebook page. Students with the most votes both in-store and online will receive gift certificates for framing or art.
A reception will be held in honor of the participating students on Friday, December 16th, 4-8 pm at Academy Art & Frame Company. This is our annual holiday pizza party and we hope you will come out in support of our future artists!
 
Peak Digital Imaging Society's
Black And White Exhibition

The Black and White Exhibit is a showing of black and white photography and digital art by members of Peak Digital Imaging Society (PDIS). The exhibit is in it's 4th year and has been on display at the London Commercial Group, Manitou Art Center, and Dream Catcher's. 2016 the exhibit will be on display at Academy Art & Frame Company throughout the months of November and December. An artist reception will be held on Friday, November 18th, from 4-8pm at AAFC 7560 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Join us dressed in Black and White for refreshments and friends.

PDIS was co-founded in 2000 by photographers Bill Young and Mark Kirkland and is one of the oldest digital art clubs. Although the majority of members are photographers, they welcome any and all digital media and love to hear about any new digital softwares and devices. The group meets 9 months out of the year, hosting speakers, having mini workshops, and has 3 juried competitions a year. The group has had speakers such as John Paul Caponigro, John Fielder, Dan Burkholder and Glenn Randall, to name only a few.

Current president Cas Foste and chairman Bill Young were just recently interviewed by Judith McKay on Voices and Views, a radio show on KCMJ. Learn even more about PDIS by listening to the show on demand at http://kcmj.org/ondemand/. Or join the Peak Digital Imaging Society Yahoo Group to get emails on upcoming meetings and events, and friend us on Facebook. PDIS meets the 4th Thursday each month except for August, November, and December at the Senior Center 1514 N. Hancock, Colorado Springs from 7-9 pm.
 
Exhibit - Frames in Springs, CO
 

OCTOBER 2016
IMAGINATION! ALL THAT'S OCTOBER!

FUNDRAISING ART SHOW FOR IMAGINATION CELEBRATION


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 Celebration.”
 
 
September 2016
A Duo Show
5th Annual Judged Miniature Show and
Colorado In All Its Glory


2016 marks the 5th year of our Miniature Show and as usual we have on display some amazing work! This is our one guaranteed judged show of the year and all entry fees are used for the reception, awards and judge. Our judge this year is our very own curator, Cas Foste. We look forward to sharing the small scale works of our talented artists and hope you will join us on September 16th, from 4-8pm for the artists' reception and the distribution of awards. A special note, we hand make our ribbons with love and creativity. The show will be on display through September 29/30.

Because the Miniature Show takes up such a small portion of the exhibition space, we often have a solo show on display as well. Colorado In All Its Glory is photographic work by Lois Jacobson. Inspired by Colorado and the Creator, the artist hopes to grab your heart with her capture of nature and the inscription added to many of the images. Jacobson lives in Colorado Springs but travels often as one of the photographers for Life Touch Photography. Please come by and see her beautiful work of Colorado. The show hangs through Sept. 29/30 and Jacobson will have her reception on September 16th, 4-8pm along with the Miniature Show.

Images to the right are the work of McKenzee Kuhlman (top) and Lois Jacobson (bottom).
 
Mouse and Pumpkin - Arts in Springs, CO
Wonders - Arts & Frames in Springs, CO
 
Gospel - Book Signing in Springs, CO
How Do You See God? 2016 Book Signing Reception

How 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?
God is Loving by Jessie - Book in Springs, CO
July/August 2016
Press Release

How Do You See God? Exhibition and Book Express the Diversity of Beliefs in the Pikes Peak Region

How 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 birthday.

“It 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.”

Last 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.

2016 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.

The 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.

Academy Art & 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.”

Gallery/shop 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 academyframes@gmail.com. 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 Art - Art in Springs, CO
June 2016
Press Release

Art, Food, and Fun! The June Extravaganza!

Colorado 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.

Just inside 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.

After all 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.

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- 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.

Abstracted Expression

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:


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Aspen Leaf Photography
Claudia Blackstone
Teri Atkins Brown ***(AAFC Art Teacher)
Colorado Photography Learning Group
Columbine & Company, Inc.
Christopher Engelhardt
Elane Graves
Lisa Kastelic
KatyBird Face Painting
Gregory Kelley (Featured AAFC Artist)
Men's Wearhouse
Michael Malta
Linda McGowan (Monthly Exhibition Artist)
Sherri Moore (***AAFC Art Teacher)
Patsy Muir Ray (***AAFC Art Teacher)
Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus
Smokin' J's BBQ
Teresa Robinson
Lana Smith
Joni Ware

***Showing with the students of AAFC Art Classes in a ONE DAY EXPO

Sunrise Form The Summit - Photography in Springs, CO
Press Release
May 2016

“Sunrise form the Summit” features photographic work for 2nd Open House

Colorado Springs, CO.- Academy Art & Frame Co. (AAFC) is pleased to announce their May Artist Reception “Sunrise from the Summit”. This collection of photographs by nationally acclaimed photographer and author Glenn Randall will be displayed in conjunction with their second Open House. The exhibit will hang throughout the month of May, the 2nd-31st, with the Open House Artist Reception on May 20th, 2016 4-8pm.

This unique event invites everyone in the area to come see some amazing art as well as take a tour of the custom frame shop where “all the magic happens”. A special invite goes out to all the builders, realtors, and interior designers of the Pikes Peak Region.

“We intend for our Open Houses to be “meet and greet” networking events for all those whom call this beautiful region home. Each Open House is geared towards a specific demographic and May's is specifically for those that help make Colorado your home- from design and construction to the décor of your home,” says AAFC managing partner Kim Costello.

Artist Glenn Randall will be in attendance at the May 20th reception to share the stories behind “Sunrise from the Summit”. In the course of 7 years, Randall scaled 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains in the dead of night to capture the glorious sunrise from their summits. Randall resides in Boulder, Colorado and has been published in Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic Adventure, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, etc. He has also published 11 books. He will have a number of his books available, including Sunrise from the Summit: First Light on Colorado's Fourteeners, which features all 92 images from his monumental project.

Academy Art & Frame Co. 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 our customers memories. AAFC is proud to showcase over 200 local artists on consignment including student work with the High School Ceiling Tile Competition and the AAA (All Ages Art) Miniature Collection. They are the largest frame shop in southern Colorado with four framers and over 8,000 frame samples to choose from. “If you can imagine it, we can create it.”

Gallery/shop hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm. For more information visit www.academyframesco.com, call 719-265-6694 or emailacademyframes@gmail.com.