“There’s a lot of talent in this city and not a lot of spaces to retain that talent,” says Brian Tryon, an instructor at Community Prep, an alternative high school. The Garfield Art Gallery, founded by Tryon in March, is a way to accommodate our growing art community.
The space exhibited artwork by Glory Badges Tattoo founder Maria Fetterhoff; paintings by Kevin Shinelikar Persaud; and more recently, urban landscapes by Jon Francis. In June, the gallery presents The Up and Comers, works by students from Community Prep and Fountain-Fort Carson High School. All artwork is for sale and 25% of proceeds will go to Community Prep’s art program.
The exhibit is dominated by photography (Tryon teaches photography), but also includes sketches and paintings, some tackling complex social issues. At the opening reception on June 3, there will be a special screening of Sweeping Chimneys. Makaiah Solanki and Luca Pollara are the students behind what Tryon calls “a visually stunning short film.”
Tryon describes the traditional school system as a broken system – one in which all students are expected to learn the same way, at the same pace, often in overcrowded classrooms. Community Prep offers new ways to succeed, he says. And while art tends to take a back seat at most schools, it’s something he continues to prioritize.
“The degree is great, says Tryon, but there is a lot of creativity in our students and I want to challenge them and [encourage] their creativity. Help them become part of something that is tangible, that they can make a career out of, that they can make a hobby out of, that they can just learn different aspects of.
Many Tryon students are very anxious people. The ability to express themselves through art, and then share that work with the community, helps them approach it in a healthy way. Here, art is not just a medium for conversation and connection, but a medium for healing and growing.
We can’t just reduce The Up and Comers to a “student art exhibit,” says Tryon. They are local artists who, like everyone else, deserve to be seen and heard. Our young people have a lot to say and a lot to offer, he said. “Young vision and young art and young creativity…that’s where it’s at.”
Ivywild Movie Night: Grease
“Tell me about it, man. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. (And free popcorn for everyone in costume!) Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. Ivywild School Auditorium1604 S. Cascade Ave.
Street Art Treasure Hunt
The Art on the Streets 2022 exhibit is finally here, and the Downtown Partnership is hosting a passport guided scavenger hunt. It’s completely free (suggested donation of $10), but pre-registration is required (for these prizes and giveaways, of course). Downtown on Friday June 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. centre-villecs.com/event/aots-hunt. You can’t do it? Join the downtown walking tour the next day, June 4, from 10-11 a.m. It begins at the Wild Goose Meeting House and guides you through the city’s newest public art exhibit. Arrive early to enjoy a free coffee drink, which is included in the price of admission ($10).
Sheep shearing day
At the time, El Paso County had the largest sheep population in Colorado (which produced, believe it or not, over 500,000 pounds of fleece). This weekend, Rock Ledge Ranch organizes its annual demonstrations of sheep shearing and sheepdog handling. Get your tickets ($3 to $8) at the door. Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Road.
Enjoy the day outdoors
After two years of cancellations, Enjoy the day outdoors is officially back. The City of Colorado Springs Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance bring you a (free) full day of cool outdoor activities: kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing , archery and more. Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prospect Lake in Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.