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OpenStage Presents: H20

Friday & Saturdays in May 
 May 12th, 13th 
 19th, 20th
 26th, 27th

 8P All days 

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Lunar Blue Arts & Music Showcase

June 17th, 2017 

Gallery Open: 2 P.M.  
Music 4P.M. – 1 A.M. 

Bring a canned food donation to enter.  

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Wild Roots Studio

Spring/Summer Art Camps for Kids 
 Spring: June 12-16 
 Summer: July 24-28 
 Children ages 5-10 

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Accumulations by John Thompson

Friday June 2nd-June 10th  
   Reception Friday 5:30-10P

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Figure Drawing Summer Workshop

June 5 – 8 | 9am – 12 pm | Art Lab

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Free Fort Collins Yoga

Free Fort Collins Yoga
 Instructor: Dani Gigliotti 
 Mondays 7:30 – 8:30PM 


IMPROV JAM – Fort Collins
 Starts at 6:30 pm 
 May 16th, 31st 
 June 13th, 29th 

Pop Up Art Carts

Every Sunday in the summer!
 1st and 3rd Thursdays
*Alternate dates also available

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Hello Cartists New and Seasoned! 

The process for getting signed up for PUAC summer 2017 has changed a bit.  
1) You still need to do the regular application so we can get you in our system. 
2) Use our SignUp Genius to select your dates you’d like to be out on the Square! 

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We get quite a few questions here at the ArtLab about how a small, independent local artists can “get their stuff out there”. As a free-for-the-public-use space, the Art Lab on Linden Street is a great place to incubate your art project before sending as a submission to local galleries. The advantage of the space is it is a totally blank canvas, allowing all our artists to do what they want with the multipurpose room! We have a PA system for your music, moveable lighting, can do hanging installations, and movable tables, blocks and chairs so you can set up how you like! Continue reading

You’ve seen those empty store fronts as you’ve wandered the streets of Old Town Fort Collins. They look like buildings that need some energy to make them happy again. That’s what Art Lab Fort Collins is all about. We’re temporarily filling those wonderful buildings with art, innovation, music, smiling faces until a new tenant comes along. When a new tenant decides to move in, we just move on to the next empty space.

Watch the empty store fronts for something new in Old Town.

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H2O: OpenStage Theatre Etcetera

Only one weekend remains of OpenStage Theatre’s ‘Brilliant’ Production of H20! Shows Fri & Sat 8P. 

Review from the Art Lab: 

Openstage’s H20′ is, like its name, a necessarily refreshing drink of realness in this summer’s theatre expositions in Northern Colorado. Not to give away the ending, this one-act play highlights an integral issue of our modern world in an alternatingly witty, endearing and tragic look into life, love, and what it means to BE. There were moments when the intimacy of the setting, and the characters very real interactions with the audience had you wanting to reach out to them; offer a hug, some moral support–others left the audience completely in tears.

There were bursts of pure human recognition, joy, the ineffable quality of Teal Jandrain (Deborah)’s  stupendous portrayal of a character seemingly without doubt, followed by the sage, but dark reality that lies within all of us so beautifully portrayed by  Kiernan Angley (Jake)’s character. Both actors in this gripping drama masterfully take you on a rollercoaster of love, betrayal, and internal questioning that had me walking the long way round Old Town before my next engagement, wondering at my own past and the quality of how much fear, loyalty, and my personal beliefs affect my own life.

This work is not to be separated into genres or from the closeness of the audience that becomes such a necessary part of the story itself. It stands alone as an amalgamation of the best facets of small-setting theatre, unapologetically real, touching, and deep. Staging was light, and the music was poignant, keeping the focus on its two person cast. This is an excellent piece for students, playwrights and actors themselves looking for something different, and really anyone who wants to learn something cuttingly deep about their own beliefs in fate and the power of love and friendship. It was brilliant. It left me speechless. ‘

                                                        –Mari Bonhomme, Art Lab Coordinator (2017)

About H20: 

In the next installment of their Etcetera Season, OpenStage Theatre presents H2O, a glimpse into America’s culture war written by Jane Martin. Performances will run every Friday and Saturday starting at 8pm from May 12 through May 27.

This one act play follows Jake, a young actor who stumbled into stardom as a mute superhero in a blockbuster Hollywood trilogy. Disillusioned with sleazy celebrity culture, Jake accepts the lead role in a Broadway production of Hamlet. Despite his noticeably lacking stage experience, Jake the celebrity superhero is tasked with casting his lead counterpart: Ophelia.

He decides his Hamlet needs Deborah, an evangelical Christian actress whom he meets praying in a hospital. Deborah’s conservative views and dedication to divine service juxtaposed with Jake’s casual foul mouth and self loathing unwind the tenuous relationship between the sacred and the profane in American culture.

Like Hamlet, Jake struggles to be or not to be and, like Ophelia, Deborah is determined to save him.

H2O is Chris Lanphear’s directorial debut. He has been a part of OpenStage Theatre since 2001, working as the Assistant Director for Superior Donuts and the Production Manager and Videographer for Rent.

OpenStage’s Etcetera Season presents “raw, real, honest, and intimate cutting-edge theatre in non-traditional spaces.” Their small, intimate settings draw audience members into the story, creating a powerful, unforgettable experience.

H20 will run every Friday and Saturday from May 12 through May 27 inside Art Lab. You can purchase tickets at


  • Upcoming Events

    • May 26, 2017 8:00 pmh20 by Jane Martin - OpenStage Theatre etcetera Performance
    • May 27, 2017 8:00 pmh20 by Jane Martin - OpenStage Theatre etcetera Performance
    • May 28, 2017 11:00 amPop Up Art Carts
    • May 29, 20177:30 Free Fort Collins Yoga
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