UPDATE: Big changes at Cottonwood



According to a Colorado Springs Business Journal article published today, Cottonwood has found its new executive director in Jon Khoury, a Colorado College alum who is returning to the Springs from the Northeast for the position. He begins in August.

Read the article here.


The new Cottonwood on Tejon

If you've walked Tejon Street recently, you might have noticed that Cottonwood on Tejon, an offshoot of the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, has moved to 214½ N. Tejon St. in the old LuLu location.

The team has spent the past week moving the store from its former location down the street, which had been gifted to Cottonwood by donors who wished to remain anonymous. Cottonwood stayed there 18 months, but now the space has been leased to a paying renter, forcing the satellite gallery to vacate. However, another anonymous donor stepped in and gifted the 214½ storefront to Cottonwood.

“It was never an understanding that we would find another place," says Cottonwood executive director Sandy Murphy. "We were just very lucky.”

Friday night brings the first part of a grand opening weekend. A reception will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and feature artist meet-and-greets, refreshments, live music, gifts and giveaways.

Murphy says the artists who volunteer and show in the shop have made some valuable sales during this rough economy. She remains hopeful for growth in the new location.

“The economy is changing slightly, so anything is possible. If it turns out to be a better retail location for us and we can grow our art sales through it, who knows? The new [executive director] might decide to make it a dedicated art space that is a Cottonwood space.”

About the new ED? Murphy has stepped down from that position for which she volunteered 18 months ago. Murphy was an interim ED following Kay Jeansonne's leave, then approved by the board as a permanent head of the organization.

“I really feel that Cottonwood has had immense growth in the last 18 months, and I feel like it’s time for someone else to grow it to the next level.”

Murphy officially stepped down April 20, but remains ED until the board finds a replacement. A metalsmith and jeweler, Murphy will keep her studio at Cottonwood, and teach classes there, but also plans to travel and give jewelry workshops on the road.

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