BAC reveals new community space with a fundraiser

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While the vandalism that damaged the Business of Art Center's Venue 515 was certainly a setback, more good seems to have come out of than bad.

For instance, in the clean-up process, they were able to reconfigure the layout of the offices upstairs, giving them an extra space that will become a reading room/lending library/community art gallery, says BAC executive editor Natalie Johnson.

The BAC had the books for the lending, but were given another boost from the Manitou Springs Education Foundation through a mini-grant.

The new space opens today (Thursday), and to christen it, students from Manitou Springs High School's print-making class will host a fundraiser for Sophie Valdez. That's the young daughter of LastLeaf Printing's Mathias Valdez who's been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

MSH teacher Holly Garlow, an accomplished local artist herself, brought her students to Valdez's studio for a field trip last spring, she says via e-mail. "[Valdez] inspired my students tremendously and they want to return the favor."

The benefit and reception starts at 6 p.m. and features prints that run the gamut from $5 to $50. All proceeds will go to the Valdez family. Expect live music by Chauncy Crandall and Briffaut as well.

Click here for more info on the event.

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