Michael Maddox has been the interim director of the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake since Nov. 15. He's now thrown his hat in for the permanent position — a decision is expected by the end of May — and isn't shy about his hopes for the future of TLCA.
“In one year, I expect the TLCA to be recognized as the major arts and concert destination between Colorado Springs and Denver," he says. "Within five years, I fully expect the TLCA to have doubled in size in terms of exhibit space, studios and classrooms. That will also translate into major exhibitions and concerts featuring nationally recognized artists. Within 10 years, I fully expect the TLCA to be second only to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center as an acclaimed, fine arts institution.”
Maddox, who's promoted and organized concerts in the U.S. and overseas for 38 years, also foresees his current home setting off a ripple effect.
“The TLCA, as it continues to expand its outreach and draw greater numbers to its events, will greatly benefit all of the local businesses," he says. "Soon, that impact will also be realized for the Monument and Larkspur communities."
But for now, the news from arts center is that two shows are coming up in May.
One is tentatively called Abstract Jungle, a modern art exhibit curated by Marianne Gunter, owner of the late, lamented Gallery Two-Ten in downtown Colorado Springs. The other exhibit will be a futuristic sculpture show by Gary Weston, called Night Gallery. Both shows are scheduled to open from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 13.