Words by Sarah Ray The cock crows. Woodsmoke hangs heavy in the already humid air. An orange hue glows on the horizon as the sun wakes to a land of greens and coppers. Young children scamper to the well, bearing their tiny jerry cans to fetch water for the morning tea. Their mothers are already […]
Q&A with Adam Leech: Hobo Nickel History & Artform Clad in a tie-dye Misfits T-shirt bearing the legend “Punks Not Dead,” Adam Leech doesn’t exactly fit the type for a historian or a practitioner of a centuries-old art form. He shows up to talk with COCO on a vintage scooter speckled with spray paint logos […]
Good conversation isn’t hard to come by—it’s people that can be tricky. When you are fortunate enough to find someone of like mind, regardless of the situation, words will come with ease and abundance. We must be intentional about finding these relationships, as they don’t come by often, yet are essential to our growth. As […]
While most of the world may have preconceived notions about who can claim the word “artist,” there are those who can see the endless possibilities art creates for anyone—including those society might easily overlook. Case in point: Discover Goodwill’s revolutionary program called Possibilities. It’s an experiential life-skills program that serves a wide array of participants […]
As a child, Raphael Sassi discovered drawing in Maryland and was immediately hooked. “Being an artist was the best thing that I could do,” he recalled. “I knew I loved making pictures.” After declaring this intention to his art teacher father, his father encouraged Raphael to build a strong portfolio featuring his varied interests of […]
Nudging its audience to lead more imaginative lives through sensory experiences, sparking dialogue and affecting positive change in communities through art – here lies the trifecta of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ Galleries of Contemporary Art. Commonly referred to as GOCA, the name populates two fully-realized, multi-media gallery spaces within the city: One on […]
At first glance, Pueblo can remind one of the Wild West. Its history is shaded a little bit rough, a little bit tough—but don’t be fooled by stereotypes and stories. As one walks along the red-stone Riverwalk framing the calm and peaceful Arkansas River in the downtown area, it’s clear that Pueblo’s culture is alive […]
Adrian Whipp of Lumiere Tintype based out of Austin, has journeyed through Colorado Springs twice now to capture portraits of fellow Colorado Springsians. The tintype process is a science but the outcome is worth the wait. Colorado Collective had the privilage of chatting with Adrian to learn more about tintype photography and his traveling companion. Final tintype images of COS community will be released in upcoming print issue.
What can I say other than I love this crew. Blank Tape Records have been bringing rock and roll to Southern Colorado since 2008 and they are invaluable to this community. I spent some time chatting with Inaiah Lujan, front man for Haunted Windchimes and co-founder of Blank Tape Records. Please don’t stop doing what you do so well!
This is a love story. I cannot think of a more fitting way to describe the lives of two individuals who happen to be the subjects of this piece: Arley-Rose Torsone and Morgan Calderini.
Local publishers Scott Boyer and Kayla Gronseth of Yellow Beak Press are, at the root, collectors of flash as artifacts which they hang in their home and are happy to share with the world through their publications.
Aaron Graves doesn’t create dresses – he creates interactions. He draws from classic fashion photography and traditional tailoring techniques gleaned from a host of skilled aunts and grandmothers.
Art and Salvage Gallery owner Jessica Vogel says people in Salida bring her windows to paint on all the time, often dropping them off overnight on the sidewalk in front of the gallery, where wood-framed panes of glass greet her when she arrives in the morning.
As far as a vision, I have a lot of ideas. But I’m trying to take them one at a time for now. (laughs) In general though, I’d love to see it build more as a space for people to come be. And come hang. And share a love of creative processes. Even if that means hanging out, working on different projects and sipping on coffee or maté, all while being surrounded by the presence of good art and good music.
On June 14, The Modbo is celebrating its fifth anniversary, which co-owner Lauren Andrus says is like 132 in downtown Colorado Springs art gallery years. She isn’t wrong, especially when you consider the fact that The Modbo is a for-profit gallery. Help Lauren and Brett Andrus celebrate their success!