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Smokebrush moves to Manitou, bringing the Roll Art Festival and other programming along for the ride

Birth of Bindu

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She's a small woman in a large room. Legs crisscrossed, Kat Tudor sits on a yoga bolster. Her 12:30 class is over. Participants spill out as two workers bring in the last mirror to complete the north wall.

The Bindu is nearly done.

Over Tudor's shoulder, on the room's south wall, three orange circles are painted. The first is small, the second is a few feet larger, and the third is slightly larger than the second. Within each is a nucleus; on the larger two, black dots appear to be in orbit. The circles are tantric symbols representing the Sanskrit concept of Bindu, which means the point or seed from which the universe expands.

"Every place we've moved has created a real shift," says Tudor in a small, calm voice. "We've found ever more creative ways to make art happen, and I think that will happen here."

Tudor, the founder and creative director of the Smokebrush Foundation, says the nonprofit's move from the Trestle Building downtown to the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs has been both necessary and positive. Smokebrush is currently in a lawsuit against the city of Colorado Springs concerning carcinogens from a city demolition site contaminating its former location ("Chemical reactions," cover story, April 24), which closed July 31.

With the change in location comes a change in Smokebrush's operations. No longer will the nonprofit offer yoga, dance and martial arts classes, nor will it operate a store. Instead, a private company, SunWater Ventures, owned by Tudor and Smokebrush Executive Director Don Goede, will host the healing arts classes at Bindu, located toward the back of the 513 building. Students shouldn't notice a difference; in fact, all the Smokebrush instructors have moved to Bindu, which has already launched an extensive schedule of classes.

Meanwhile, the first special event Smokebrush will present at its new location is the ninth annual Roll Bike Art Festival. The show features 36 artists, merging the mechanical and visionary in the name of bike art. Eighty percent of this year's artists are new to the festival, event curator Amy Seltzer says. The theme of the festival is "Nine Million Bicycles," inspired by a single of the same name by U.K. singer Katie Melua.

While Smokebrush will continue to host the Story Project every second Friday of the month at Bindu, the nonprofit will also partner with the Ivywild School to host a Story Project matinee every last Sunday beginning in September.

Over the next year, Smokebrush will be designing and erecting a fountain in Manitou in honor of the town's renown for healing waters. Tudor says the fountain will tentatively be built in Memorial Park near the gazebo.

"I think Manitou is in a state of renaissance," she says, "and we're excited to be a part of it."

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