Category Archives: Art Lab Happenings
Founded on the brickwork laid by Colorado’s esteemed CAVA (Colorado Association of Visionary Artists), the Imaginative Arts Society kicked off during FoCo’s First Friday Gallery Walk this weekend and, introduced its artists in a freeform reception at the Art Lab:
Photos from the event below:
From the Designer: On Creating a World in Fiber
“There used to be an uncomfortable tension between art and craft. That pressure has since dissipated and been replaced with a new tension – that between art and design. Arguably art and design have different objectives, however I am interested in how they can be the same. Design is becoming less and less about simply displaying information in a visually stimulating way, and more about user experience, empathy and psychology. Being interested in both Fiber Art and Graphic Design, I want to explore how that user experience can be heightened by art, and how design can inspire and grow from roots founded in art.
Organized Tension is about exploring the differences and similarities between art and design. It is an exploration of how fiber can be a vehicle for self-expression and discovery while also doing a practical job such as keeping its owner warm or decorating its owner’s home. It is important that my work first asks what its user, owner or audience with require of it and primarily fills that functional need. Secondary to that I strive to fulfill the owner’s desire for beauty and aesthetic appeal, although in many cases beauty and functionality are one in the same. Third, each piece contains some idea, some personal thought or event that inspired its creation. My work is rarely successful unless these three work in tandem. ”
Art Lab Fort Collins won the 2016 Spirit of Downtown Award!
With this annual award, the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association recognizes organizations that strengthened Downtown Fort Collins by making significant contributions and a positive impact on the community.
Since 2008, Art Lab has enjoyed a rewarding relationship, living and creating with the downtown community. Our space has provided a home for incredible art of all kinds. By offering the space free of charge and not taking commission, we have been able to remove some of the financial barriers facing up and coming artists. Art Lab’s proudest success stories are artists who first shared their art with the public at Art Lab.
As we roll into 2017 we look forward to finding new ways to share art with the community. We are excited to launch our Pop Up Art Carts rally in Old Town Square this spring, bringing amazing artists and their work out to you.
Thank you for sharing your talents and passions with us Downtown Fort Collins!
Come show some love to 16 amazing local female artists. We will be hosting a free art show at the Artlab space in Fort Collins Co. This show will help support and network all of the participating artists & vendors who call Northern Colorado home. We hope to see you all there!! Local feeds local.
The show will start Friday night October 28th, doors open at 6pm until 11 and Saturday from noon till 11pm. Light refreshments will be served while you soak in all the beautiful arts and handmade crafts.
Jessica Christine Jackson
The Create Tomorrow Mission:
Create Tomorrow was built on the belief that everybody has creativity waiting to be expressed, but aspiring young artists have a disadvantage in showing it, due to the lack of facilities inhibiting this in our community. This organization will provide a safe place for young artists to learn about collaboration and participating in a business, while showing their art to the community, among other work made by artists in a similar situation. Create Tomorrow longs to be the facility that bridges the gap between creativity and society.
Artists 18 and under will be displaying their visual and literary artwork in the show. Some works will be for sale in the form of a silent auction! Come support the artists and the Make-A-Wish® Foundation!
The Youth Gallery will be open June 12-26, 2016 from 11 am to 5 pm.
To Learn More Visit: www.createtomorrowgallery.com
The reception will take place on Sunday, June 19th from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M at the Art Lab, Fort Collins. During the reception, we ask all artists to come. Parents and supporters are welcome throughout the time. We ask for donations of food and drinks to add to what we will have. There will be a Make-A-Wish® representative here, so anyone attending can talk to both the artists and the representative. Special donations will be accepted, as well as bids placed on the artwork. The pieces of art will not be given to the highest bidder until the closing show.
The closing celebration will be on Sunday, June 26th from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M at the Art Lab. We ask all bidders and artists to attend, as the highest bidders on each piece will be announced here. There will be snacks and drinks offered, but we also ask for attendees to bring light foods or drinks, if possible. A Make-A-Wish® representative will also attend, to talk with the guests. Special donations toward Make-A-Wish® and Create Tomorrow will be accepted and greatly appreciated!
We hope to see you at the shows, as well as in the daily gallery!
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK JUNE 3RD!
Fort Collins Downtown Art Walk is becoming a popular night out on the town for locals!
Please join us at the Art Lab June 3rd for the art opening of Khi’s Kreations from 6-9pm.
Khaira Waite is a local artist with many different subjects and styles. Her work consists of mostly paintings depicting nature and the beauty she finds in it. Working with a lot of landscapes, Khaira contrasts her natural settings with an overlay of psychedelic stylistic shapes and pattern.
***other local artists will be showcasing their hand crafted goods displaying jewelry, dreamcatchers, paintings and drawings.
Khi’s Kreations will run from June 3rd to June 10th
Group Exhibition Friday Night Only!
MAY 28th from 6-10pm
Come see an array of hand crafted glass pieces created by local artists
GREAT CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY for your children this summer!
“Creativity leads to innovation. Learning how to be innovative is the most important skill a child can develop for success in the future. Creating Together works to inspire success for today and tomorrow by helping children develop a love of learning through creative opportunities. Using creative activities to engage imagination, we empower children to be inspired–developing self-esteem and the innovative skills needed for success in school and beyond. ” –Julie Smith director of Creating Together
The Art Lab is glad to host “Creativity Camps” this summer with Art Educator Julie Smith.
Camps are age appropriate for 7-13 year olds.
Children will explore weekly themes in: Nature, Architecture, Science, Travel, Dreams, Movement, Comic Books, Music and Group Projects!
First Class Starts MAY 31st
Register now at CreatingTogetherFoCo.org
Director of Creativity, Julie Smith, has over twenty years of experience as an educator and artist. She is passionate about bringing creative opportunities to every child, as she firmly believes in the importance of individual expression in education.
Red and Blue work at Circuit-42.
Today, one of them gets the vacation of a lifetime.
A original, devised two-man show.
Featuring Nick Holland and Judd Farner.
Premiering an original cartoon, “Zoe,” by Wednesday Christian.
Friday, March 25th, 7pm & 9pm
Saturday, March 26th, 7pm & 9pm
FEATURING AN EXPERIMENTAL TICKETING PROCESS
“Give Us Your Two Cents”
In an attempt to remove the financial risk of seeing and attending original performances, The New Commedia is implementing the “Give Us Your Two Cents” program.
Instead of committing to purchasing a ticket before you see the show, we are offering audiences the opportunity to see the performance first and then purchase your ticket at a price you name
If you don’t enjoy the performance, all we ask is that you fill out out feedback card with your thoughts at NO CHARGE.
PLEASE RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/default-an-original-theatrical-production-tickets-21636178392
Name one person in the city who hasn’t seen these beautiful boxes. All around Fort Collins these amazing murals lighten up views and people. Fortunately, There is always more to do! That why The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program is looking for local artists/teams to paint murals on transformers cabinets at locations around For Collins this summer. This is one of our most visible programs for artists’ work!
Deadline to apply: February 19th
More Info: fcgov.com/cabinetmurals