The Art Lab gets a Facelift
City of Fort Collins’ Arts Space gets a ‘Facelift’
Remodel of one of the city’s beloved arts’ spaces underway.
SUMMER 2017 — Kicked off with an art sale on August 22nd, which raised $600 for the Art Lab Fort Collins, conveniently located at 239 Linden St. where art pieces, and supplies from the private collection of local artist and philanthropist Arthur Schumaker, were sold at discounted prices to students and townspeople alike. The event, titled: ‘Facelift’ and coordinated by Mari Bonhomme and Kenny Iwasa, ran from 4-10 P.M. supporting music acts including FoCoMX and Scene Magazine’s recognized ‘Band to Watch’ the Symbols, FoCoMx9’s The Kity Project, and fusion/jam band Aloysious. Fundraising efforts will continue through the months of August and September.
A gracious donation of materials, labor, community support and bathroom fixtures is being donated by Dohn Construction, Inc. valued at around $2000 completes the project, with trendy stained concrete floors being installed in early September, just in time for the start of Fall classes. These classes which include yoga, turntablism, after-school kids’ activities, and art workshops are a center of the burgeoning arts and music scene in Downtown Fort Collins’ Creative District, and an incubator for many of the city’s most recognized artists over the years.
About the supplier: Dohn Construction, Inc. is a commercial construction management firm based in Fort Collins, CO. Founded in 1992, Dohn Construction has served as a valuable resource to its clients and partners in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. Dohn recently completed the highly anticipated Uncommon Apartments in Old Town, a high end solution for Fort Collins’ student and young professional housing shortage. A carpenter on the Uncommon project, and lead contractor on the Art Lab remodel comments: ‘‘Doug and Connie care so much about this company and the local community. We’re very excited about this opportunity to give back to such an important space for artists in our city’’. For more information about Dohn’s other projects, visit www.dohnconstruction.com or call Jamie Hammond at 970.495.1855.
What exactly is the Art Lab? Art Lab Fort Collins is a hands-on, interactive, experimental cooperative art space operated by local innovators, artists, performers and volunteers. The cooperative nature of Art Lab Fort Collins gives creative and cultural-industry individuals a platform to showcase their work. We understand the importance of creatives belonging to a network of peers who promote and support their creativity. Art Lab includes creatives and innovators who have never before shown their work in a gallery or performance setting and participants with established creative careers. Usage “fees” depend on when and how long artists need the space. Because we are a cooperative space, there are plenty of ways to offset the usage fees by doing things like volunteering and performing in the space. Art Lab Fort Collins is more concerned with community than commerce.
The goal of the Art Lab is to have visual artists, performing artists and creative souls of all sorts share the space as much as possible. First Fridays are the most popular days (and book up the fastest), but the space is available everyday from 9am to 11pm.
Dohn Construction to graciously fund/ execute interior remodeling efforts.
Local artist Arthur Schumaker donated his entire private collection to fund Art Sale for ‘Facelift’ event.
Local carpenter James Greene heads up the biggest part of the project, the floor remodel, currently scheduled for the second week in September.
Local Event Coordinator Mari Bonhomme (the Summer 2017 Art Lab Coordinator), Production/Event manager Kenny Iwasa and Artist and Promotions Coordinator Sage Helperman are putting together a 2 part art/performance showcase entitled ‘Facelift’ (Parts I & II) 100% of proceeds to benefit the remodel project
The Art Lab serves as an open space for artists, musicians, classes, and sponsors Pop Up Art Carts in Old Town Square each weekend
About the philanthropist: Arthur Schumaker was born in Rockford, Ill, USA and spent some of my early life in a brilliantly colored tropical island environment and spiritual energy, which is reflected, in my work. I have been painting with acrylic for over 20 years and I am still finding new ways to use color. Have worked with several galleries since 2007. Arthur states ‘In 2017 I am developing new work that will have a Colorado western theme’. Arthur also designs and retails silk scarves, which are available for order on his website http://aschumaker.com/
Want to Get Involved in the Fundraiser or Book the Calendar? Check us out on social media @artlabfc, or the web at www.artlabfortcollins.org
Media Contact: Mari Bonhomme
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