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Art clubs, classes and centers

Cottonwood Center for the Arts - FILE PHOTO
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So you've been out and about, but now you want to contribute to the scene even more. There are plenty of art clubs, classes and organizations to join.

Perhaps you're quite the artist yourself. If so, there are many active local clubs, like the Glass Artists of the Pikes Peak Region (gappr.org), the Pikes Peak Plein Air Painters (pikespeakpleinairpainters.com) and the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society (pcisys.net/~ppwsart).

For the budding artist who wants some tutelage, there are classes. Schools such as the Bemis School of Art (csfineartscenter.org/education.asp) or the Cottonwood Center for the Arts (cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com) offer courses in certain media, for beginners through advanced. For broader instruction based on your age, background or income bracket, seek out the Air Force Academy Arts and Crafts Center (333-4579), the Classical Institute (tcad20.org/solo/ci_07), the Colorado Springs Senior Center (springsgov.com), the Sheppard Art Institute (282-2706) and School District 11 Community Education (d11.org/communityed).

Many artists head their own classes. For instance, Kathryn McMahon (488-2506) and Deb Komitor (290-5541) teach painting, and Geoff Lasko, who's opened a new double-press studio (577-4750), teaches printmaking.

Some establishments go beyond art classes, by offering studios for rent, gallery spaces and opportunities to volunteer. The Business of Art Center (thebac.org) in Manitou Springs has a long, beloved history among Manitoids and allows artists to use its printing presses, numerous kilns and other equipment. Beyond its practical business classes, the center serves up professional shows in its two main galleries, along with a gift shop and Venue 515, which hosts dance parties, film screenings and comedy improv shows.

Community and traveling exhibits appear in the Main Gallery of the Fremont Center for the Arts (fremontarts.org), along with forums and discussions relating to the controversial Over the River project proposed by mega-art couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The center affiliates with other organizations for numerous summer festivals relating to jazz and art, wine and art, beer and art ...

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (trilakesarts.org) delivers the same basic menu as the other centers, but pushes into the music scene with a regular concert schedule and jam series. Its guests range from acoustic musicians and vocal ensembles to rock and country groups. Adult workshops and classes covering topics such as wheel-throwing, sculpture and watercolor painting are well-priced and offered on an ongoing basis.

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