The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center opened its doors for free to the hundreds of members of the public Saturday to celebrate its 100-year legacy of southern Colorado art and a future of growth.”The art scene is really important in Colorado Springs,” said resident Dana Ahrens, noting the museum’s famed Southwestern art collection. “Yes, Denver has all their museums, but there is a real sense of quality here that we should support.”Saturday’s kickoff to a year of special events commemorating the anniversary featured guided tours of featured exhibits, a one-act play first performed at the museum in 1919, and hands-on demonstrations with weavers, painters and photographers.The first of the two tours drew more than 30 people to the featured exhibition “O Beautiful! Shifting Landscapes of the Pikes Peak Region,” which displayed the various representations of the grandeur of the area from 1919 when the Fine Arts Center opened its doors (then the Broadmoor Art Academy) through now.Aherns said the exhibit was an example of what the Fine Arts Center does best: “Their art allows visitors to appreciate the different ways that the country grew,” both from the perspective of the appearance of the physical landscape and the styles of art… Read full this story
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