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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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Are you a painter, print maker, dancer, singer, band, sitar player, poet, actor, creative soul or group that needs a place to show off your stuff? The Art Lab Fort Collins is the venue for you. Tell us what you want to do and let’s make it happen.

Email us  your idea for the space — Check the calendar for open dates. First come, first serve.

The Fort Collins Improv group is for people who are interested in learning more about Improv – come join us! We get together to be spontaneous! Every level is welcome; we love to have fun and to laugh together. Everybody participates and everybody has fun – no one feels left out or embarrassed!

We go through a wide variety of games, scenarios, and skits to build up our expertise in spontaneous, improvisational thinking, acting, singing, talking, speaking, falling, laughing, and juggling geese.

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E-phem-er-al: fleeting, transient, momentary, brief. There is nothing that remains the same. Seasons pass and beauty enchants us for a moment, and then it fades. There is a time to tear and a time to sew, but all is trivial; chasing after the wind. Why then is eternity set so deeply within the hearts of mankind? Will we ever be satisfied? Is there something more? There must be.

CSU student, Holly Sargent explores the contrast of ephemerality and eternity through her colorful paintings, whimsical pots, lacy weavings, and sculptural fabric installations.  Come and see!

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 29th 3pm-6pm
Open Monday through Thursday 5pm-9pm
Closes after 9pm on Thursday, December 3rd

Sticky: Improv Comedy and Movement

Erik has been performing and teaching Improv Comedy and Movement for Actors for 30 years. He is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and LSU.  He was the Movement Teacher at NOCCA from 2000-2004 where he taught Mime, Body Awareness, Yoga, Tumbling, Stage Combat, Mask, and Improv Movement. From 2004 –2006 he taught Acting and Movement as an adjunct at CSU.  Mr. McAllister  has done 34 local and regional TV Commercials. numerous “Indie” Films, and TV Pilots. He received The Louisiana State Arts Fellowship for his Mime and Movement work in 1989. He was performing with the Improv Troupe “God’s Ben Drinking” at The 2nd Annual Improv Olympics in Hollywood California when they won the award for “Best Out of town Troupe” in 2004. His Improv Class at Art Lab will focus on both short form and long form improv comedy with the goal of a show every few months. The Movement Classes will focus on masks, mime, shadow theater (yes he actually built a shadow stage), and giant inflatable costumes–think Mummenschanz. Again he wants to do shows a few times a year. Feel free to call 970-231-1961 or e-mail Erik at with any questions. 

Classes are Wednesdays 6-9pm and Sundays 2-5pm


Join us November 20th for another amazing art exhibit featuring many members of CAVA – Colorado Alliance of Visionary Artists!
Showcasing work from painters, musicians, glass artists, jewelry artists and more! FREE event.

Doors open at 7:00

Featured artists:

Teresa Gostanza
Chelsea Bishop
Melissa Ewert
Werner Schreiber
Lea Louscher
Drake Arnold
Daniel Donovan
Matthew Fredricey
Zach Noel
Lisa Nevot
India Lotus
Tony Roman
Andrew Thompson
Dan Schler
Laura McGowan
Zach Anderson
Faith Johnson
Stephen Hernlund

Jfish glass
SpaceVoodoo Creations
and more!

Music by:
Stephen Morton
Tony Two Cats

  • Upcoming Events

    • November 28, 2015 12:00 pmHolly Sargent — Fibers Capstone Show
    • November 29, 2015 8:00 pmIMPROV JAM: SUNDAY NIGHTS AT ART LAB
    • December 2, 2015 6:00 pmImprov Comedy & Movement — Erik McAllister
    • December 3, 2015 9:00 amRehearsals/Workshops — Erik McAllister
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