Echoing a familiar cry for overlooked talent in Colorado Springs, curator Don Goede envisions the GAS (Goede Art Space) gallery as an alternative to the humdrum.
Last fall, Goede provided a peek at the developing space through Odium Theologicum, a personal collection of 9/11 artifacts and inspired artwork. This week, 5 Women, a collaborative show featuring the works of -- you guessed it -- five local and national female artists premiers the new face of GAS.
"I want to represent the progressive artists in our town," says Goede, "and bring focus to the underground, the lowbrow and outsider art in an accessible way."
5 Women answers Goede's call. The participants represent a multitude of different styles, forms and backgrounds. The collective work should stand as visual testament to Goede's assertion that Colorado Springs harbors many gems waiting to be discovered.
The work of Diane Cluck, an internationally acclaimed New York musician, offers the first fifth of the show's eye candy. Relative newcomer to the Springs Marina Eckler is second in the lineup of talented ladies.
Springs native Lindsay Hand lends portraiture reflective of travels and world cultures via mixed media, acrylic and oil blending, and Carlita Trujillo, another Colorado-based artist, shares her oil and installation works.
Michael Scott Parker, recently blown into the Springs on the headwind of good fortune, completes the crafty quintet. Parker just signed a record deal, and, like her four sisters in display, visual art is only one of her many talents.
"I want to show subversive artists expressing themselves emotionally and spiritually rather than just reproducing Native Americans on the tourist strip," says Goede. "These women bring something very important to this city."
-- Matthew Schniper
GAS, 1405 S. Eighth St.
Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 Opening receptions: Friday and Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
Gallery hours: 12-10 p.m.
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