"Art is meant to disturb, science reassures."  ---- Georges Bracque
Farewell to Rockey

In 2001, the Manitou Art Center (Business of Art Center) exhibited a fifty year retrospective of Rockey's work. Hundreds of people waited in a snow storm and 220 pieces of Rockey's work sold in a little over two hours. It was his first show in nine years, and was also his last.  

According to Bob Campbell, with the Colorado Springs Independent, "This show figures to be for the Pikes Peak region what the Armory Show of 1913 (the one with Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase ") was for the Big Apple: a generator of legend, lore, gossip and memories for years to come."   

Thank you, Charles Rockey for giving the MAC its story filled with magic, art, a snow storm, and so much more. 
Happy Independence Day!
The Manitou Art Center will be open from 8am to 5pm on Thursday, July 4. Here's to a safe and enjoyable holiday!
July's First Friday Artwalk 
Join us for June's First Friday Artwalk on June 7 from 5pm to 8pm. The Shuttle will be running so that you can take advantage of enjoying new art from Downtown Colorado Springs to Old Colorado City to Manitou Springs!
Community Cog Car Conversation
The City of Manitou Springs owns two Cog Cars. Join us on Wednesday, July 10 from 6-7:30pm in the MAC 513 building for a conversation about the best use, location, and
funding opportunity for these historic artifacts. No idea is too strange to consider. We will share the current suggestions and ideas, but welcome more. By August of this year, we will need to select the "winners" and begin the process of securing funding and a location.

Some ideas: Historic Monument, Community-built Sculpture, Coffee Shop, Museum, Bridge, Meeting Room, Theater, and so much more...

We live in a creative community. This is an opportunity to put that creativity to good use and transform our Cog Cars into something amazing for all of us.
 I N   T H E   G A L L E R I E S
1st Amendment Gallery: Current Show Runs Through July 31
Due to the overwhelming support and popularity of the 1st Amendment show, we are asking artists to submit 2 pieces at a maximum. We are overjoyed to have such a rich and large assortment of incredible work being presented in the 1st Amendment gallery. The sheer amount of material being presented is making it difficult to display the work properly. In order to give each piece space to breathe, we have to put a limit on the amount of work we can take in. This is a great testament to all of our members' hard work, passion, creativity and willingness to display with us!  The next intake for the 1st Amendment will be on July 31st as well.

"Round Em Up" Ceramic & Spring by Linda Ross "Just Hangin' Nakey" Embroidery & Acrylic by Hayden Waldron Rhinoceros (female)" Mixed Media by Craig Noble

Heleg by Larry Kledzik Runs through July 14
Heleg is the third in a series of interrelated art Installations the artist is exhibiting at the
MAC. The first in this series was titled "PIECE" (A Soft-Hard Look at Sexual Politics in the first part of the twenty first century) 2012. The  second in the series was "The Most Self 
Evident Country in the World" 2017. All three Installations were conceived and worked on  t ogether o ver a period of  a  decade or more and are exhibited in the order of their completions. In this third Installation, "HELEG", the artist explores the philosophical roots of certain subliminal social tendencies which seem to weave their way through the cultural fabric, submerging and re-emerging over time. The artist frameworks this within the context of an Art Historical reference, with a twist.

Robert Swaim - Retirement Ruminations - Opens July 5
Robert Swaim has been a resident of the Pikes Peak Region since 1963 (56 years). Robert is a retired architectural designer/consultant and master planner whose design  efforts span across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Locally, his designs include Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus, Holy Apostles Catholic Church, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Sierra High School, Dwire Hall at UCCS, design and planning consulting on Pikes Peak Center, amongst many others. Swaim's travel has been extensive and highly influential in his work.

For this exhibit - "Retirement Ruminations", - individual pieces are primarily based upon varied cultural and ethnic influences which I
 connect with in some respect.
The primary goal and hope for this exhibit is to connect with the viewer's
 individual experiences, awareness and feelings... and just as importantly - perception of beauty in our world.

Materials and methods include pen and ink, color markers, prismacolor pencils, rubbed pastel & graphite, tempera, reworked and enhanced digitization, and in some cases, collage.

Gary King - Do you believe in Majick? Opens July 5
I went to three years of high school in Madrid Spain and spent a lot of time listening to Spanish Guitar and going to Art museums and galleries y tapas con cervesa. Got back to Madison, Wisconsin and had another great art teacher who introduced me to contemporary American and Native American Art, oh, and Frank Lloyd Wright too.   

Started at UCCS with the Wynns and some great conversations at Giuseppe's when it was downtown by the Cotton Club. Transferred up to Boulder [BFA '69] where I conversed at Brillig Works and my home, The Sink. Went to the Summer of Love in San Francisco 1967 and hung out with a lot of wild hippie artists and musicians, people into equality, peace, love, with a Love of Natural.   

Began making my own kinda art, on my old hippie jeans, with found on road objects and . . . Did graduate work at University of Wisconsin [MA, MFA] in Madison, worked with the American Indian Movement in North Central Wisconsin, had some great shows, learned how to take my old hippie jeans and cotton rags to make my own Hand Made Paper. 

Had some one man shows in Fine Arts Centers Around the U.S. and showed in some
Galleries from Coast to Coast, but my favorites were Return in Taos, Elaine Horwitch Santa Fe, Joanne Lyon Gallery in Aspen.    

Never gave importance to process and worked in many ways, to art, with clay, paper, furniture, canvas, wood, constructions, bird houses, bronze,  and trees. It's all me, the way I am.    
The last 11 years I've been very retrospective and dealing with gettin' old health issues, but took the summer of 2017 to remember the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love where "my" art started off. Still doing some art stuff and working in my wild, natural yard.         
Still believe in Majick.  ----Gary     


Indigenous to Originality: Featuring Sharon Carvell & Deborah Callan Opens August 2
A Mother's embrace, a Daughter's acceptance.  Carvell: With a generation of  stories  written on canvas and brought to life in silk and acrylic, Carvell freezes time for a ll to  notice. A brush, a pen, a creative thought,  always a natural extension of this creative 
force.  A treasure for all to embrace, the art and expression. "It's too much fun!" -Sharon  Carvell.
Callan: With a background of music, dance and design, Callan began weaving as a little girl, starting in textiles, finding limitations in dimension and detail. Having always had an appreciation of artifacts and restoration,  Callan's current medium was embraced. A gourd, round like the earth, natural. A small seed bead with needled thread, a prayer, time and patience, Callan begins. "As a weaver and artist, I now have my dimension, my detail, my Earth Tapestries." ---DOE 

Free Indigenous Music Class at the MAC
Join us on Friday, July 5 from 9:30-11:30am when Everardo Reyes will teach a free class on Indigenous Music. Course description: Many Latinx people come from Indigenous/Native American ancestral roots. From Mexico to Argentina, Latinx people have a rich connection to their native culture. Since the arrival of Columbus in the Carribean in 1492, Latinx Indigenous people have struggled to keep their roots during cultural genocide and assimilation. However, Latinx Indigenous people have used art and music to sustain and even reclaim culture. Join this one day workshop to explore the rich Indigenous culture of Mexico through the music of Son Jarocho. Learn how music has helped keep Mexican Indigenous cultures and US Native American cultures connected, and witness how music helps sustain Indigenous culture in social and political struggles today. Bring your instruments, all levels welcomed!
Have You Visited Yet? Donation-Based Produce Stand!
Fresh food is medicine is joy is community is life! The Manitou Art Center is hosting a pay-what-you-can produce stand in a fridge at their cafe at 515 Manitou Ave stocked with seasonal produce from Flying Pig Farm.

Share in the bounty of the growing season and give back what you can to support the bird, bee, goat, human, insect, and microbial farmers of Flying Pig Farm. Should the sun continue to shine and garden continue to thrive, the stand will run until October 15. It will be open whenever the MAC is open (M-F 8am-8pm Sat 8am-5pm and Sun 10am-5pm)! Its as simple as 1.Grabbing a bag  2.Taking the fruit, veggies, flowers, and herbs you choose, and, 3.Donating what you can! 

Additionally, if you would like to contribute some of your excess produce or know a gardener in town who might, please get in touch via email at  flyingpigmanitou@gmail.com  or by phone with Ruthie (920) 809-2708. Follow Flying Pig Farm on Facebook for weekly updates of produce that will be stocked!

MAC Cafe News 
Look for upcoming information about a new and exciting enterprise in the MAC Cafe!

New Store/Studio by Local Artist K8E Orr in 513
We are excited to announce that Katie Orr, a local artist, jewelry designer and educator, will be opening a new store and studio in the front space next to the Hagnauer Gallery in building 513, in July! Look for Katie's original and unique jewelry and art, as well as opportunities to participate in make and take classes. More information to come!
Moonlight Market

J oin us during First Fridays at the MAC for the Moonlight Market! Local artists, vendors, makers and musicians!

During the July 11th Community Market, a Bloodmobile bus will be at the market from 3-6pm. 

Buy Local, Gift Local!
Wherever you see this logo, you are buying locally-made items that are created, crafted, designed, prepared, or brewed in the Pikes Peak region or by a resident thereof. It is often one-of-a-kind or made in small batches.

The Pikes Peak region includes Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs, and communities along Ute Pass.

Bring a Piece of the MAC Home
Our 30th anniversary commemorative posters, designed by local artist Agnes Navaratne, are still available at the MAC! They are $100, with all proceeds benefitting the MAC. We are in the process of setting up online purchase options, but you can still swing by the MAC and purchase a poster onsite.
Life Drawing Every Wednesday
Live figure drawing every Wednesday from 6 to 9 pm in the E11 Creative Workshop. Bring your own paper, materials, and adult beverage. These sessions are unguided. Some weeks feature multiple short poses, others weeks long poses. $7, no need to RSVP.  Contact
spizzer@comcast.net with questions.

All classes are posted on our Meetup. MACshop members receive a discount on all classes and access to our equipment after being properly trained.

Boss Laser Cutting & Engraving 101
Cutting and engraving is going to be easier for you when you know how to use the  Manitou Art Center's Boss Laser!  Learn how to use the Boss Laser by local MAC resident Jordan Kerr.

Teacher: Jordan Kerr
Dates: July 10 & July 24
Time: 6:30pm to 8pm
$15 MAC members
$25 Non-members
Some Illustrator knowledge is helpful to understand how to convert images on to wood, leather and paper. 

Get Oriented
Orientation for new members is held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 pm in the DesignLab (orange door by Concrete Couch).

Are you interested in teaching a class at the MAC? Whether it be gardening, scrapbooking/collage, painting, or some other fabulous idea? Contact dustin@manitouartcenter.org to discuss and schedule!
The MAC is Looking for a Computer Donation
The MACShop is looking to supercharge its design computer. Our main design computer has been working hard over the last year and is starting to show its age a bit. If you can help us replace or upgrade our workhorse, we would be most appreciative! We are looking for a Windows based machine with at least an i7 processor. We run many graphics intensive programs on this computer, so a relatively modern machine is necessary. If you have a machine you would consider donating, please contact Dustin: dustin@manitouartcenter.org. Please email first and do not bring equipment in sight unseen--we want to make sure that your generous donation is something we can use, and not something we would have to take to the electronics recyclers.

Textiles West is happy to offer MAC Members extended benefits in TWIL! Come by for a tour of the space and find out the details of the following offerings:
  • Free use of equipment after you have been certified on the equipment of your choice.
  • Register for a block of time during our Open Studio hours for free.
  • 10% off all classes being offered at Textiles West
Want to volunteer?  Sign up on our  Volunteer Page  at  www.textileswest.org 

For more information or to register for classes, please visit our website at textileswest.org. 
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