Update: Roundup: First Fridays, Derby Dames artwork and more



Mardosz Fine Art will open to the public this Friday, June 15 with a reception starting at 3 p.m.

——- ORIGINAL POST, Wednesday, May 16, 3:59 P.M. ——-

Some news, events and the word on the street:

First Fridays could return to downtown, according to sources. Rallied by Gallery 113, which will start its own First Friday openings June 1, there's hope to pull together a cohesive multiple-business/gallery event like those happening pretty much everywhere else (see Old Colorado City, Monument, Manitou Springs, Pueblo and Woodland Park). Check back for further news.

Elsewhere downtown, a project called SCAMP (Summer Community Art and Mural Program) is underway. A collaboration between Concrete Couch and the City of Colorado Springs, participants in this summer-long undertaking will build benches, paint murals and host a circus camp and performance.

Concrete Couch

To start, SCAMP is working on an art bench in front of CityRock the week of May 21. Like the other projects, volunteers will meet mornings over the course of four days to build it.

Visit concretecouch.org for more information and to sign up.

As reported by the Colorado Springs Business Journal in March, Mardosz Fine Art is a new gallery opening near Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Run by husband-and-wife team Chuck and Diana Mardosz, the gallery will grow out of an old auto repair garage at 109 S. Corona St., and perhaps signal the beginnings of an arts district in the area.

Mardosz Fine Art, in the auto shop stage.
  • mardoszfineart.com
  • Mardosz Fine Art, in the auto shop stage.

According to a recent e-mail, Diana says they hope to open by the end of May and host a grand opening in June.

In less local news, Laleh Mehran, a Denver artist who showed at GOCA 121's Ways of Knowing exhibit late last year, has an exhibition at the Denver Art Museum's Fuse Box opening May 30. For Ways, Mehran and fellow artist Chris Coleman built a device that drew soft Islamic-esque designs in black sand using a motor, track and pendulum with a long, sharp tip. The piece, however, was programmed to change its speed when it sensed motion. As the track moved faster, the pendulum swung harder, and distorted its design pattern.

At the Fuse Box, Mehran's site-specific show Men of God, Men of Nature combines both installation and performance, and focuses on the "complex, often disavowed intersections between politics, religion, and science." Read more on Mehran's website here.

A detail of Men of God, Men of Nature
  • Laleh Mehran
  • A detail of "Men of God, Men of Nature."

Finally, this Saturday, the Pikes Peak Derby Dames will hold a silent art-auction fundraiser during their doubleheader bout. Items are all made by the Dames themselves, from handcrafted jewelry to photography and painting. The art will be on display for bids beginning at 5 p.m., with the winning bids announced during halftime of the second bout. Visit pikespeakderbydames.com for more info.

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