Cripple Creek Art Alliance Summer Show Kicks Off With Saturday Reception And Continues Through July 11 | Pikes Peak Courier



CRIPPLE CREEK • A strong group of artists, the Cripple Creek Art Alliance is hosting the second show of the season at the city’s Heritage Center. Beginning with a reception for the artists on June 26, the show will continue until July 11.

For the 10 featured artists, the shows respond to a pent-up desire to get out among people and enjoy the energy inspired by viewers’ response.

Their subjects range from landscapes, architecture, nature and wildlife, portrayed in a variety of media.

Kris Ackerman makes baskets with pine needles and turquoise while Vera Egbert makes jewelry using an eclectic mix of patterns.

Julie Cutting focuses her oils on scenes she finds while hiking or camping – Garden of the Gods, for example, or a bouquet of peonies.

Debbie Abbott never lets moments go by, as she recently captured a Monarch butterfly resting on a flower for a lucky artistic strike. Additionally, she recently painted a donkey from the herd that wanders around Cripple Creek.

Rita Cirillo uses her oils to paint Native Americans caught in moments of reflection. His subjects range from the Wild West to landscapes and scenes that tease the imagination.

Jon Zimmer’s artistic versatility includes watercolor, acrylic, oil, pencil, and pottery. For this show, he framed some of his oils with weathered cedar, remains of his garden fence.

Tim Penland, who works with crayons and acrylics, focuses on the beauty of horses, captured in pencil, while stirring up a sense of history with trains as the subject.

Ken Keegan, a former Courier designer, highlights Victor’s Victorian architecture as well as Colorado nature scenes.

The other artists of the alliance are Sofia Balas, Judy Cheyney and Michelle Rozell.

Reception is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 26. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, June 27 to July 11, at Cripple Creek Heritage Center.


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