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Sculptors proscratinating? No entries yet for OCC's first-time Art on the Avenue

Jan. 29, 2019
       Maybe it's because this is the first year.
       Or the weather's been cold.
       Or because artists are notorious for putting things off… or possibly they don't realize prize money's involved.
       In any case, a Jan. 2 call to artists - the first step in selecting sculptures for Old Colorado City's inaugural Art on the Avenue - has not yet prompted any entries,
With several galleries and support from its businesses in general, Old Colorado City has increasingly become recognized as a focal point for artists. This photo was shot in the 2500 block of Colorado Avenue during the Old Colorado City Associates' Christmas Stroll in 2017.
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Bonnie Flynn reported in late January.
       Flynn, the co-owner of an Old Town jewelry store, has been the chief spokesperson for the event.
       As planned, it will exhibit original works at up to four locations within the historic shopping district.
       Modeled after a similar downtown event, Art on the Avenue is being organized through the Old Colorado City Art Association, with funding from the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group and individual donors.
       Flynn said that marketing efforts are ongoing through local media, galleries, art support entities and others. But nothing so far.
       She had expected some interest by now, she said, and she's not sure how the matter will be handled if the situation continues. But she's hopeful that although artists haven't replied yet, some will do so once the deadline gets closer.
       In any case, the submittal deadline of Feb. 28 cannot be postponed, Flynn pointed out. It's in a schedule that also specifies time frames for submitted works to be juried by art specialists, pedestals to be built in city-approved public spots and the chosen sculptures to be mounted on the pedestals. Culminating the endeavor will be an “exhibit opening” June 1, according to the OCCA's website, shopoldcoloradocity.com.
       The website adds that the selected artists will each receive a $100 honorarium, with a chance to receive juried prizes of $400 for first place, $300 for second, $200 for third and $100 for fourth.
       Each piece is to remain on its pedestal for about a year. All are then to be replaced in May 2020 by those picked in the same fashion for the second annual Art on the Avenue.
       The cost to submit an entry is $20. Submittal forms can be found at shopoldcoloradocity.com.

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