For Immediate Release
Kevin Johnson, 719.502.2022 or 719.650.8221 (cell)
Laura BenAmots, email@example.com or 719.459.9999
Mendings: Tikun Olam and exclusive performance of "Confined Spaces"
Colorado Springs, Colo. – March 1, 2011 – Pikes Peak Community College and the Downtown Studio Art Gallery in conjunction with the Catamount Institute for Environmental Studies present Mendings: Tikun Olam II. Mendings is the work of five artists from the front range of Colorado and Wyoming coming together to present visual responses to the dynamic relationship between humankind and the environment. The exhibit opens to the public with an opening reception on Friday, March 4, 2011, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the PPCC Downtown Studio Art Gallery.
Last year the PPCC Downtown Studio Art Gallery presented a multi-disciplinary international extravaganza exploring the dynamic relationship of Conflict & Harmony between humans and their environment. The exhibition was such a success that a decision was made to honor spring with further explorations of natural and manmade phenomena and ephemera culminating in expressions of sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, video and dance for this month’s Mendings: Tikun Olam exhibition. The exhibiting artists for Mendings include faculty from Colorado College (Heather Oelklaus), Colorado State University (Caroline Peters), Metropolitan State College of Denver (Dawn McFadden) and Wyoming's Casper College (Linda Ryan).
The opening reception will also reveal the sole performance of "Confined Spaces," a collaborative installation created by artist De Lane Bredvik & choreographer Ila Conoley, co-sponsored by Catamount Institute for Environmental Studies and the PPCC Dance Department.
Laura Ben-Amots, PPCC gallery director, exclaims with her usual exuberance, "It is such an extraordinary honor to bring together these artists from throughout Colorado and Wyoming. The project is very close to my heart as it is exciting to see powerful artists addressing the issues of honoring and repairing the planet."
The reception is free and open to the public. In addition to the one-night-only performance of "Confined Spaces," light refreshments will be served and a surprise musical guest will be performing.
The PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 West Pikes Peak Ave., is dedicated to innovation and excellence in the arts while building strong ties to the local community. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.
PPCC, in its 40th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and three military educations centers in El Paso county, and more than 150 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 20,000 students annually.
(All artists are available for telephone interviews. Contact Laura BenAmots at 719-459-9999 for more information.) ###