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427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
United States




may 3, 2019 | 5 PM TO 8 PM

nsr gallery | bernard arnest: a retrospective collection

Cottonwood Center for the Arts is honored to present an installation of locally and nationally acclaimed artist, Bernard Arnest for the month of May.

Arnest began his formal training at the Fine Arts Center School under Boardman Robinson and Henry Varnum Poor. Once he finished his education Arnest began an impressive 40 year art career. Arnest exhibited at the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, the Denver Art Museum, and Colorado College. He was formally represented by Kraushaar Galleries in New York from 1947 until his death in 1986.

Arnest's success as an artist came from his understanding of not only the process, but the innate emotional experience of creating art. The subjects he was drawn to - landscapes, portraits, and city-scapes, were faithfully depicted while still maintaining the freedom and emotional honesty of painterly interpretation. Ultimately, Arnest was a storyteller, taking reality and objective subject matter and translating it into a valuable experience for both himself and viewers.

Please join us as we celebrate the life and artwork of Bernard Arnest and experience the stories only he knew how to tell.

spittler gallery | Ellen L. and Vincent P. O'Brien: a retrospective

spittler gallery | the Trinidad potters

A collaborative collection of fine ceramics and pottery created by The Trinidad Potters.

reception gallery | tracey kuonen

Tracy Kuonen is a studio painter that lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is best known for her colorful oil paintings composed of multilayered brushstrokes that both intermingle and disperse while rhythmically dancing across the surface. Her process is an intuitive one:

“I depend on the painting to tell me how it wants to move forward. Every added or subtracted mark informs the painting and in turn, the painting informs me where it wants to go. Emotions, random thoughts, and philosophic ramblings that I carry into the studio are the materials from which my paintings are created. They are poetic renderings of all mysterious, beloved, and defective in life. There is no preconceived imagery, only the improvisational layering of paint, a process from which anything is possible.”

hanson gallery | españia in 3/4 tempo: new works by Nancy stage robinson

Colorado Springs artist Nancy Stage Robinson celebrates 85 years of laughter, dancing, music and art with a new collection of expressive and colorful paintings.

Johnson gallery | the art of lisa villanueva

Lisa Villanueva is the Founder and Director of EthnicCity and Lategro. She is an Urban Eclectic Artist and her creations range from symbolic to fanciful, using a spectrum of mediums ranging across painting, mix media, collage, fabric, leather, clothing and accessories.

6 Point Perspective | A Glimpse at Six Daring Female Artists

Six of Colorado Springs' bold female artists come together for a collective exhibition. Each has a distinct point of view, style and process. This is an exciting chance to see into the worlds of some fantastic artists and to discuss their work with them. The six artists: Laura "Gates" Brown, Nichole Fetterhoff, Tara Kelley-Cruz, Felicia Kelly, Tracy Kuonen and Annie Peiper. Come to the opening reception, held on the evening of April 5. This show will be displayed for the months of April and May in the Long Hall Gallery, on the second floor of Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

COTTONWOOD’S 2nd floor

Cottonwood Upstairs has a constant rotation of work created and displayed by our resident artists. Paintings large and small in every medium, textile art, found object sculptures, fine woodworking, handcrafted paper, and jewelry are some examples of the diverse art that can be found throughout Cottonwood’s 2nd Floor.

The First Friday Shuttle Bus is a great way to explore First Friday in downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs – all from the convenience of a free shuttle. Find all the details at PeakRadar.com/FirstFriday.