Bits and Pieces, Opening reception, July 6, 5-8 p.m., Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon St., facebook.com/plazalobbygallery
rtist Joe Bishop began painting when he was a student at Pikes Peak Community College in 2005, discovering a passion that ended
up changing the way he interacts with the world. Due to a rare birth defect, Bishop is nonverbal and uses a wheelchair, but his paintings allow him a way to communicate on an entirely different level — and a deeper one. Using vibrant colors to depict everything from figures to landscapes to semi-surreal shapes, Bishop’s oil paintings convey the magnitude of his inner life, and the beautiful way in which he sees the world. A selection of his work will remain on display at Plaza of the Rockies all month, but be sure to attend the opening reception on First Friday to meet the artist himself.