If you'll excuse the self-promotion — I'm a member of the board of directors at the Business of Art Center — there are some upcoming events worth sharing that involve the Manitou Springs nonprofit.
• Saturday, April 2, 5-6 p.m. happy hour, 6-8 p.m. “Drink and Draw” workshop sampler. $20 for four workshops on drawing with live models, stenciling, paper folding with painting and stamping, and lantern-making sculpture. Artists of all skill levels welcome.
• Friday, April 22, 5-8 p.m. Opening receptions for: “Passion Retold,” frescoed images by Kevin Thayer; “Becoming Animal,” new work by Pauline Foss; “A Retrospective,” work by painter Lance Green; and “Prints of Peace,” art by at-risk students.
• Friday, April 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. “Artful Antics for Adults,” a collaboration between the BAC and the Manitou Springs Arts Academy. For $30 pre-registration ($35 at the door), artists and wannabes can make art using physical spontaneity and humor, led by visual art and theater instructors.
In addition, the BAC will be a partner in “The Chair Project,” spearheaded by acclaimed sculptor Sean O’Meallie. Plans call for a line of 500 to 1,000 empty chairs extending from the BAC up the middle of a deserted Manitou Avenue on an early morning in October 2011. The three-hour-long installation will be documented through photography and video, which will be displayed at the BAC in 2012, and through posters and other memorabilia.
In other BAC-related news, the nonprofit recently more than doubled its board of directors. The new members are: Roland Etcheverry, a former IT executive and psychologist; Natalie Johnson, owner of Black Cat Books in Manitou Springs; John-Alex Mason, renowned musician and vocalist; Chuck Murphy, president of Murphy Constructors; Linda Ross, BAC ceramics artist; and Jim Woods, president of MckinleyWoods management consultants.