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September at the Fine Arts Center

Enjoy a Saucy Look at Enlightenment at the Fine Arts Center

2003 Season Opening Gala

The Fine Arts Center kicks off the coming season with its Tenth Annual Season Opening Gala, “Renaissance & Restoration” on Saturday, September 13, 2003. This year’s Opening Gala grand honoree is El Pomar Foundation, and the black-tie event is again sponsored by Western National Bank.

On the tenth anniversary of this beloved event, the Fine Arts Center celebrates the rich past of this historic institution and the generosity of El Pomar Foundation throughout its 67-year history.  Gala committee chairs from each year will also be recognized and honored in thanks for their support and commitment to the Fine Arts Center.

The Gala begins at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Fine Arts Center’s grand lobby and El Pomar Corridor. The highlight of the evening begins at 7:30 p.m. when the theatre production “A Saucy Look at Enlightenment” (expertly presented in the FAC historic theater) will thrill audiences young and old with a comedic look at the Fine Arts Center’s “Renaissance.” This funny, sentimental, musical performance features our very own community leaders on-stage. Dinner is then served in lavishly decorated  “dining rooms” throughout the FAC galleries, and the evening will continue with the after-hours pleasures of live music and dancing, cigars and brandy on The Balcony.

Tickets to this “enlightening” affair are $150 per person, $200 for patron seating. Tables can be purchased for $1,500 or $2,000 for Patrons. Patron seating includes name recognition in the evening’s program, as well as VIP lounge access during the cocktail hour and complimentary cocktails and cigars during the after-hours dancing party.  A “Saucy Set,” which includes a commemorative 10th Anniversary Gala poster, a personal digital photo taken and provided that night, and a personal serenade by a saucy wench sent to the recipient of your choice during dinner, may be purchased for $150.

Dress is black tie or “Renaissance attire.”

To RSVP for the Gala, call Jennifer at 719-634-5581 x326.

The Chair for this year’s Gala is Sally Hybl. The Annual Season Opening Gala is designed to celebrate the arts and to showcase the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. This unique fundraising evening benefits the children and family programs at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Happy Hour at the Art Museum
First Thursdays Happy After Hours at the Fine Arts Center

Have a cocktail with friends, munch on tapas, and chill out to music, at the Fine Arts Center’s First Thursday Happy After Hours. The hip, unique environment at the Fine Arts Center museum is the best place to hang out every First Thursday. We keep the doors open for happy hour - until 7:30 p.m. - for great food, great company, great atmosphere, great music and the best-priced cocktails in town!


The next First Thursday Happy After Hours will be held on September 4th, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be an Oktoberfest theme, with music, beer and fare reminiscent of grand German Oktoberfest celebrations. The cost is $4 for FAC members and $8 for the public, including admission, food, and live music.

Love Art? Love to share what you know with others?
Becoming a Fine Arts Center Docent may be for you!

 If you love art, enjoy spending time at the Fine Arts Center, and are good at sharing what you’ve learned with others, then becoming a Fine Arts Center Docent may be for you!

The Fine Arts Center docents are a fun, creative, passionate group. They are highly trained in the Fine Arts Center’s collections, in guiding tours of all sizes and ages through the museum galleries, the Courtyard, and Sculpture Garden, and in assisting with an engaging variety of other Fine Arts Center activities. Docents embody the true concept of mentoring where individuals with lifetime experiences and professional training give of their time and expertise to teach future generations. Indeed, the word docent comes from the Latin word docere, to teach.

The new docent training class begins September 10, 2003 and continues Wednesdays through May 26, 2004.  To receive more information by phone, or if you are interested in an application, call Melinda Murphy, CSFAC Public Programs Manager, at 634-5581x318.

Ikebana, The Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement
Young at Art for 50+ September Program

On Wednesday, September 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Fine Arts Center’s Young at Art for 50+ program will feature a demonstration of Ikebana, the Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement, given by Fran Wittgartner, President of the local Ikebana Chapter #95. Come learn how living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms are turned into beautiful art forms through the use of color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines and overall form of design. This is more than just flower arranging.

Admission is $7 for FAC members and $10 for the public and may be paid at the door, but RSVP’s are required. Call Barbara at 634-5581 x301. Please note these are new prices for 2003-04.

Young at Art programs are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants learn about the many facets of art in a fun, social atmosphere. Each month has a different theme, centered around the offerings at the Fine Arts Center and in keeping with the interests of community members aged 50+. It’s a great way to meet people with common interests, and share experiences learning about the arts.

Local Artist Slide Slam
Thursday, September 18, 2003

The Fine Arts Center will host a Local Artist “Slide Slam” giving art enthusiasts the opportunity to appreciate two local artists and their work. The presentations given this month will be that of the flamboyant local talent of artist Tom McElroy and the renowned regional artisan Rodney Wood.  Each artist will give an in depth presentation of his work which may include slides, video or actual pieces. This is the perfect chance to spend time with the artists and hear them speak personally about their own work.

The event will be held in the Music Room at 6 pm. Admission is $4 for FAC members and $7 for non-members. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be offered. For more information call Melinda Murphy, at 634-5581 x318.

Travel to Hong Kong
See a Unique World Horizons Travel Film at the Fine Arts Center

The World Horizons Travel Film Series brings the wonderful world of travel right to you!  Travel only as far as the Fine Arts Center’s theater to see captivating films that take you away to far-off lands, narrated in person by the filmmaker. Tickets are $6 for FAC members and $7 for non-members.  Shows begin at 2 p.m. Call the box office to reserve tickets at 634-5583.

“Hong Kong” (September 7 & 8, 2003)
Raphael & Jocelyn Green

Experience this engaging, cosmopolitan city, with all of its diverse traditions and influences. This new travelogue on Hong Kong shows some of the dramatic changes that have taken place in the last decade. But the magic mixture of the Orient and the West is still very strong in Hong Kong. View the breathtaking approach to the city from the air as planes land at Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon, still used for commercial purposes. But for tourists, this dramatic landing has been replaced with an almost effortless “glide” into the brand new airport on Lantau Island. New highways, tunnels, and the world’s longest bridge now transport people from the new airport to downtown Kowloon and Central on Hong Kong Island in a matter of minutes. See one of the most exciting views of Hong Kong, from the 1800-foot Victoria Peak. Explore malls like the Jade Market and the Bird Market. And experience many other cultural stops all over this former British Colony, such as the Bun Festival on Cheung Chau Island, backstage at the ancient Cantonese Opera, and the world’s largest sitting bronze Buddha on Lantau Island.

Hispanic Heritage Month
The Fine Arts Center Museum Shop

September and October are considered National Hispanic Heritage months.  The Fine Arts Center Museum Shop recognizes this period by continuing to provide a great selection of books about Hispanic Arts as well as some of the artwork itself.  There are santos, retablos, crosses, angels, and jewelry.  We represent Peter Ortega, Lawrence Baca, Catherine Robles-Shaw, Leo Salazar, Marie Romero-Cash, Ralph Sena, Luis Barela, and Chimayo.  There are also Mexican cookbooks to help with your approaching holiday celebrations.

Stop by to see all the great items! The FAC Museum Shop is located at 30 W. Dale Street. There is no museum admission required to visit the shop. There is always free, convenient parking. Shop hours are Tuesday – Saturday  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1p.m to 5 p.m.

Bemis School of Art Fall Classes Begin 

Bemis School of Art classes for Fall begin September 15, 2003.  Public registration begins September 2. Just some of the class topics are Secrets of Magic, Pottery Potpourri, Exploring Oil Pastels, Art of the Quilt, Nature Studio, Puppet Making, Cartooning and Animation, and Papermaking Plus, as well as a full drama class schedule.  Other popular favorite classes and workshops featured this fall include:  painting, clay hand building, wheel throwing, drawing, calligraphy, mosaics, and photography.  Call 475-2444 for class prices and times or to receive a complete class schedule.

The Bemis School of Art is a year-round facility at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, dedicated to education in the arts for all ages. New semesters begin each January, June and September, and classes are taught by professional artists and art instructors. 

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