PUEBLO, Colo.— There’s a whole lot of shifting going on in the galleries at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. From the traditional (the return of a permanent collection exhibit) to the very new (artists creating work in real time), each space has been designated to represent a broader spectrum of the creative process.
“This summer, visitors to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center will notice some changes,” said Executive Director Dr. Dan Lere. “The exhibits in our five galleries will reflect a diversity that is part of a new trend at the Arts Center. We intend to present art in many forms to a wider audience.”
The summer exhibition could very well be titled Once Upon A Time, as it encompasses past, present and future in its eclectic offerings. With a nod to the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, the White Gallery will transform into the more mystic side of fairy tales. Representational work of twenty long-time artist friends will be followed by the work of twenty new artist friends in the foyer galleries, while the King Gallery hosts a rotating portion of the Arts Center’s permanent collection of art.
The epicenter of activity is happening in The Third Place at the Hoag Studio (formerly the Hoag Gallery), with monthly “artist takeovers” that give visitors the chance to interact with artists in the process of creating. A collaborative effort among the Arts Center and area artists, The Third Place injects kinetic energy and exploration into the museum experience by providing temporary studio space to working artists.
A free public opening reception is on Saturday, June 9 from 4-6 pm. Following the reception, the exhibition may be viewed during regular gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special thanks to the Mahlon Thatcher White Foundation for sponsoring the Arts Center’s summer exhibitions.
Fairy Tale Origins: The Art of Interpretation
White Gallery | May 26-August 25
Fairy tales have spanned several centuries of global storytelling for both children and adults. Fictional characters such as fairies, goblins, witches, trolls and talking animals, provide the basis of legendary narratives of once-upon-a-time rather than historical events. Fairy tales told stories of combat, adventure, society and romance, later evolving to feature moral lessons as deceitful villains face punishment for their crimes and romantic heroes are rewarded by living happily ever after. Young and old readers alike are curious about the magic of fairy tales that offer temporary escapes from difficult circumstances and provide hope for a happy ending. Fairy Tale Origins: The Art of Interpretation features artist interpretations of fairy tale themes and environments through a variety of mediums.
Artists De Lane Bredvik, Kate Jarrett, Alyssa Michelle Chambo, Last Leaf Printing and Paul Zelinsky serve up enchanting interpretations of fairy tales. Artists guide audiences into a darker realm of mysterious creatures, magical agents, heroes and villains, all set against a surreal forest back drop complete with complimentary forest sounds.
Under Western Skies: the Arts Center’s Permanent Collections
The collections at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center represent some of the finest artists in the region, past and present. Under Western Skies features two-dimensional and three-dimensional work from all four of the Arts Center’s permanent collections: The Francis King Collection of Western Art, the Gene Kloss Collection, the Regional and Contemporary Collection, and the Ruth Gast Santos and Southwest Collection. “The return of a permanent gallery dedicated to these collections provides an opportunity to view these rarely seen works that are of great importance to the history of western art,” said Assistant Curator
Christel Dussart. New items will rotate through the gallery twice a year in order to display a variety of work from the collections.
40 Years—40 Friends
Foyer Galleries | 20 Long-time Friends: May 14 through June 30 | 20 New Friends: July 7-October 20
In celebration of 40 years of championing the arts, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center applauds the success of local artists, many of whom have grown along side the Arts Center and shown their work in the galleries over the years. Many of these artists’ work are included in the Arts Center’s permanent collection. John Suhay, John Wark, Ed Sajbel, Sara Ware Howsam, Gene Kloss, John Mendoza, Dorothy Mendoza, John Wilbar, Orlin Helgoe, Sean O’Meallie, Joe Kronwitter, Richard Hansen, Vicky Hansen and Buffalo Kaplinski are among the twenty treasured friends whose work is on display through June 30.
The Arts Center is equally buoyed by the promise of new talent that represents the future of visual arts in Southern Colorado. Showing in the Arts Center galleries for the first time, 20 new friends include Annie & David Enke, Brian Palomar, Jeff Clawson and Malissa Pacheco on display from July 7-October 20.
The Third Place in the Hoag Studio
Every month a new artist will “take over” the Hoag Studio to work on their pieces while sharing the experiences with the public.
“While most of us spend much of our lives at home (our ‘first’ place) and our workplace, (our ‘second’ place) we derive much of the enjoyment and fun in our lives at ‘third places,’ such as coffee shops, parks, libraries, and art galleries”, said Lere. “We invite you to make the Hoag Studio one of your “third places.”
The Third Place offers a new way to experience art. Rather than viewing art on a wall, visitors are invited to make themselves comfortable in the studio, socialize, visit with the artist, and watch the creative process live. It’s also a way to find out what’s happening in the local art scene. Some of the featured artists have established names and reputations, while others are emerging, contemporary artists; all are based within the region.
In addition to working throughout the month at various times during the day, the artists will be in studio from 5-10 pm on the first and third Fridays of every month, along with guest musicians. There’s no charge to stop by and become part of the experience. First Friday Art Walks provide the perfect opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about Pueblo’s great art talent, while third Fridays provide an opportunity to see the progress they’ve made!
The Yarn Bomb Brigade of Pueblo takes over The Third Place in June (“turning knitting and crocheting into an artistic revolution”) followed by painter Ann Yaeger in July.
About the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center
The cultural hub of Southern Colorado for 40 years, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center gives visitors the tools to think and act creatively through a three building complex including seven galleries offering the best in historic and contemporary art by artists of local, regional and national renown. In addition theArts Center offers the Buell Children’s Museum, recognized as the second-best for art by Child magazine,
a 500-seat theater featuring a variety of performing arts programs, both local and national, and two gift shops. Over 100 fine arts, dance and leisure classes are available every quarter providing something unique to everyone from children to adults of all skill levels.
Admission to the Arts Center is $4 for adults and $3 for children and military. Admission includes the Buell Children’s Museum. Members of the Arts Centerreceive free admission. Galleries and Buell Children’s Museum are open Tuesday-Saturday 11a.m.-4p.m.; closed Mondays. Box office open Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-5p.m. and Saturday, 9a.m.-4p.m.For more information, please call 719-295-7200; stop by the Arts Center located at 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., just off of I-25, exit 98b, or visit online at www.sangredecristoarts.org.