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Entries sought for sculptural displays in 1st-time Art on the Avenue in OCC

Old Colorado City jeweler Bonnie Flynn helped lead the effort for Art on the Avenue.
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Jan. 2, 2019
       Call to entry applications became available to artists Jan. 2 for the inaugural Art on the Avenue, which is to feature sculptures in public view in Old Colorado City.
       Applicants must be Colorado residents. The cost is $20 per submittal. The deadline is Feb. 28.
       Up to four artists will be selected, according to the posting on the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group website (shopoldcoloradocity.com).
       The OCCA plan is to have the sculptures in place by late May at four locations that are still being determined, then leave them up for about a year.
       The selected artists will each receive a $100 honorarium, the website states, with a later chance to receive a juried prize of up to $400.
       Each piece will be installed on top of a “buried concrete cylinder which will stand 24 inches above ground,” the entry form says. “Each will be installed with a steel plate [1 square foot in size] for ease of welding artwork to base.”
       The entries can't be any larger than three feet wide by four feet high and need to be made of durable materials. Artists are advised on the website to “consider
Jennifer DeDominici (facing the riders) was a guide on one of the ArtWalk shuttle buses in 2018.
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Colorado weather, which can include extreme sun, strong winds, freezing/moisture, and fluctuations between hot and cold.”
       Advocacy by the Old Colorado City Art Association (the group that organizes its ArtWalks) helped bring about the new event, which is being funded by the OCCA “with additional support from generous individual donors,” the website states.
       Based on a similar, several-year event downtown, Art on the Avenue builds on the 14-year First Friday ArtWalk, which features Old Colorado City galleries and art-related businesses. Also, in 2018, City Council recognized the “Creative Corridor” along Colorado/Manitou Avenue connecting the downtown, Old Town and Manitou.
       Bonnie Flynn, part of the family-owned By Design Gems store in OCC, helped lead the effort to bring the new event to reality. “It is due to the collaboration of our Old Colorado City organizations, the Creative Corridor community and generous sponsors all partnering together that we bring the first annual Art on the Avenue to our beloved historic city,” she said. “Old Colorado City has grown to over a dozen art galleries, represented by hundreds of artists and now with Art on the Avenue the artistic beauty of Colorado artists will be displayed outdoors on our avenue. I am extremely excited to be a part of this inaugural event.”

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