In last month's story
about the Pueblo arts scene, Gregory Howell
of the Shoe Factory
and Kadoya Gallery
talked to us about his upcoming plans for the artwork of Marilyn June Barkhoefer
, a Pueblo resident until her passing last August.
Barkhoefer was a woman of many talents, painting being one of them, and upon her death, she had thousands of canvases in her home and no family or connections to hand them over to. Her estate was gifted to Posada
, a Pueblo housing nonprofit; its director, Anne Stattelman,
then gave the artwork over to Howell.
"She has this whole life journey that’s captured not only through photographs but also all of her artwork," Howell says. The works charted her life in the Hollywood Hills, Alaska and other locations before Pueblo, and the subjects range from animals (Howell says she was quite skilled with painting horses) to self-portraits, city- and landscapes and much more.
Howell was set on showing Barkhoefer's work, and when we spoke earlier in the year, was planning a benefit show in which sales of the works went toward animal rescue organizations, per Barkhoefer's longtime animal activism. (See this letter
to the Pueblo Chieftain.
) And the results you'll be able to see when Spay & Neuter
opens June 5 at the Historic Federal Building
, 421 N. Main St., Pueblo. For the first few days, it will be held on the first floor of the building, with a special exhibit — featuring works Barkhoefer put in a folio marked "Save Forever" — held behind the post office boxes that line the walls.
From June 9 on, it will live in the 5th & Main Espresso Bar
, also in the Federal Building. Visit the Shoe Factory's Facebook page
for a detailed list of opening receptions, several of which will allow dogs.
The month-long show will raise money for VIVA
(Barkhoefer's foundation), the no-kill shelter PAWS for Life
, and Triple Acres Horse Rescue