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Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs - Pkwy., 262-3567. The gallerys Arctic-white walls and - exhibition spaces are hung with intricately designed, - beautifully made quilts, exploding in swirling, riotous - color. A visitor can only marvel at the extraordinary - craftsmanship and artistic imagination that animates - every work on display in On the Wall. Runs through - March 17.
  • Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567. The gallerys Arctic-white walls and exhibition spaces are hung with intricately designed, beautifully made quilts, exploding in swirling, riotous color. A visitor can only marvel at the extraordinary craftsmanship and artistic imagination that animates every work on display in On the Wall. Runs through March 17.

American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring The Money of the World Today with coins and paper money from each of 192 countries on six continents.

*Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Exhibiting Recent Works, where there'll be a sundry of prints, photography, paintings, drawings and mixed media with no particular theme. Runs through Jan. 29.

*Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861 ext. 13. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The BAC's Hagnauer Gallery consistently has held some of the most interesting and creative art shows in the region. The most recent is Embellished, a collection of antique, vintage and contemporary beadwork from around the world. Of special interest are beaded garments, jewelry and dcor from private collections, as well as 35 pieces on loan from The Bead Museum in Glendale, Ariz. Runs through March 4.

Coburn Gallery at Colorado College, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Open Tues.-Sat. from 12:30-7:30 p.m. Featuring Open Cloisters: Public Arts as Collaboration, which serves as a unique visual record of the making of a public arts project outside CC's Packard Hall. Runs through Feb. 11.

Cucuru Gallery, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring artwork by local artists.

Fratelli Ristorante Italiano, 124 N. Nevada Ave., 575-9571. Open Mon.-Sat., 5-9:30 p.m. Featuring Italy from the Heart -- Black and White Photographs by Award Winning Photographer Lee Manning and Watercolors by Karen Strondridge, Terilyn Zaharis and Katherine Hart.

*Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567. The gallery's Arctic-white walls and exhibition spaces are hung with intricately designed, beautifully made quilts, exploding in swirling, riotous color. A visitor can only marvel at the extraordinary craftsmanship and artistic imagination that animates every work on display in On the Wall. Runs through March 17.

The Mediterranean Caf, 118 E. Kiowa St., 633-0115. Featuring abstract and expressionistic paintings by Maria Smith. Runs through Jan. 28.

OpticalReverb Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 210-9799. Featuring Gardenuous through Feb. 1. "We were toying with themes for celebrating the birth of 2006," says curator Jason Zacharias, "and a nude show seemed like an interesting route to welcoming a new year." The result is Gardenuous, a show featuring more than 20 Colorado artists in media varying from sculpture and charcoal to oils and photography.

OpticalReverb Gallery at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 210-9799. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Featuring Badass Batik by Jonathan Evans and Beth McCoy. Runs through Jan. 31.

OpticalReverb Gallery at The V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 210-9799. Featuring Cold Comfort, by Jina Pierce, curator of Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center. From her artist's statement: "I crave dark humor like I crave sugar and salt -- in literature, music and art." Pierce maintains that sense of humor in this show. Runs through Feb. 4.

Pikes Peak Library District, call 531-6333 for more. Featuring Whimsical Doodle's Whimsical Worlds created by local Colorado illustrator Jan C.J. Jones. The works mix geometric design with the abstract, and with titles like "The Rastafarian Flute-Harpist Arrived Late," they practically beg viewers to create their own quimsical storylines. The exhibit is on display at the Monument Branch, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive. Runs through Jan. 31.

Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. - Exhibiting Recent Works, where therell be a sundry of - prints, photography, paintings, drawings and mixed - media with no particular theme. Runs through Jan. 29.
  • Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Exhibiting Recent Works, where therell be a sundry of prints, photography, paintings, drawings and mixed media with no particular theme. Runs through Jan. 29.

PPCC's Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 540-7428. Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Featuring PPCC Fall Art Students Exhibit through Feb. 15.

Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring the works of Audrey Bell, Lauren Olson, Courtney Alyn Eichengreen, Dani Merriman and Shannan Sorensen, to benefit the Colorado Springs Conservatory, through Jan. 27.

Poor Richard's Restaurant, 324 N. Tejon St. Featuring Alterni-T: Then and Now, an exhibit featuring 30 years of award-winning political t-shirt designs. Runs through Jan. 31. Call 205-9080 for more.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Tideland: Dan Raffin and Monica Escalante through Jan. 28. Making Our Beds: Contemporary Interiors of Pam Aloisa through Feb. 4. Abstract expressionist art by Jacek Nowacki through Feb. 4. Home Suite: Home through Feb. 4. Streamlining: A Metaphor for Progress from Jan. 21-May 13. Industrial Strength from Jan. 28-April 22. Boris Artzybasheff from Feb. 10-May 6. Integration of Stone and Metal from Feb. 4-April 29. Rick Dula from Feb. 10-May 6. Choice Remains: A Collection of Steel Mill Memorabilia from Feb. 10-May 6. The Buell Children's Museum features a hands-on exhibit, Eureka! Dreams, Design, Dimension and Invention, offering chances to experiment with gravity, energy, astronomy and magic, through May 27.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012. Featuring FutureSelf Celebration Art Show. The fifth annual event highlights art, poetry and performances by students who participated in this year's FutureSelf workshops. You might stumble upon a budding Matisse! Runs through Jan. 28.

Victor Monarch Art Gallery, 301 Victor Ave., Victor, 689-3052. Free. Grand opening featuring art by Noel Wallace, Lance Butcher, Jessica Hilfers and Autumn Rae.

Watch This Space, 802 N. Weber St., 634-5429. Featuring "SCRUTINIZE," an art salon/slide slam/lecture/dialogue on Feb. 7, March 14, 7 p.m., $5. "ARTHOUSE," the art of video and film beyond the multiplex, on Feb. 14, March 28, 7 p.m., $5. "ARTLAB," experimental video installation and performing arts, on Feb. 21, March 28, 7 p.m., $5. "We're trying a new approach with this format," says artistic director Tom McElroy. "Our goal is to bring a level of awareness and participation to the local arts community in a non-threatening, not-so-stuffy manner. We want to transcend the standard, pedantic academic discussion."

art events & openings Bemis School of Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Featuring classes for adults and children in a variety of media. Registration begins for non-members on Jan. 17.

Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Rd., Fine Arts Building. Featuring a student art show on Thurs., Feb. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. Call 475-6110 for more.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon Street, 385-5990. Featuring Pike's World: Exploration and Empire in the Greater Southwest, the first of three exhibits commemorating the Bicentennial. Runs through Oct. 14. Free guided tour on Sat., Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Nicaraguan Pottery from through Feb. 6. Featuring Girl Stuff from Feb. 10-March 13. Opens Fri., Feb. 10, 5-8 p.m.

Paragon Royal Ballroom, Fillmore Crossing, 3125 Sinton Rd. Free. Featuring Nature Photography. Opens on Fri., Jan. 27, 5-10 p.m. Call 237-0578 for more.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Now registering for art classes for children and adults in painting, dance, music, language, photography and more. New classes beginning through April 10.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 125 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Artifact Spotlight, with dynamite blasters, transits, lithographs and more. Runs Jan. 26-April 30. Opens Thurs., Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m.

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