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

719-520-1899

FIRST FRIDAY

AUGUST FIRST FRIDAY
AUGUST 3, 2018 | 5 PM TO 8 PM


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A PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN | LEANNA TUFF

LeAnna Tuff has always loved the magical world of the performing arts. It has been a huge part of her life since she was a child, and it has remained so throughout her adult life—especially being married to an opera singer!

The works for this show have been inspired by that love and passion. Can a painting draw the viewer into the emotion of the moment? To sense the dancer’s exuberance, or the thrill a performer experiences when trying that costume on for the first time, or getting into make-up before the curtain goes up. Or being transported to other times and places as performers abandon themselves fully in a role or in an aria. Even putting on a favorite pair of shoes can be exciting. After all: “All the world’s a stage...”

For “A Peek Behind the Curtain," she departed from her traditional pursuit of a photo-realistic rendering of her subjects, and instead tried to express a more “painterly” style. This is something she has wanted to explore for some time. Much of a portrait artist’s output is commission-based, however these works are not, and that allowed her to be more creative, expressive, and even impressionistic with her subjects—whether in mixed media of acrylic and oil, or in pastel.

Please attend one of the companion concerts for “A Peek Behind the Curtain” on August 18 or 19, when LeAnna's husband, baritone Peter Tuff, and his fabulous performing artist friends share highlights from opera and musical theater in the NSR Gallery. Information and tickets are available at www.artistrystudioscos.com.

ART OF THE ART THERAPIST + JOURNAL

Art of the Art Therapist features the work of local professionals who use creative art-making, the creative process, psychological theory and knowledge of human experience when working with their clients. Featured artists include Susan Jacobsen, Barbara Wegener, Tamara Herl, Colleen Froehlich, Kim Griffis, and Joy Brewer. Works by Cottonwood artists continue the theme in a corresponding collection called "Journal." 

FIRST FRIDAY SHUTTLE BUS

The First Friday Shuttle Bus is back! Grab your friends and check out the Art Walks 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.

ALSO OPENING

MAKERS MARK | WORKS INSPIRED BY HARRIET POWERS

 

These events are made possible by support from Colorado Creative Industries.