Why did you become a member of the Fine Arts Center?
We rejoined after focusing on temporary obligations to fire recovery projects in Mountain Shadows (where we lived through the fire), because for us, supporting the arts is a no-brainer, as we are artists ourselves. The FAC is one of the best facilities in this state and region for providing art opportunities and education to the public, as well as support for all the elements of the arts on an ongoing basis.
When did your interest in the arts begin?
Steve: I knew I wanted to be a fine artist from age 13. I had an amazing teacher and mentor who encouraged my artistic development from junior high all the way through high school – even to this day. Laurie: I was born into a family of artists (actors, writers, musicians, dancers, painters) culinary wizards, teachers and farmers, and grew up writing, acting, singing, playing music and designing everything from clothing to cakes to graphics. So I have had interest in arts since birth. My children have grown to become professional artists/designers, writers, chefs, make-up stylists and dancers as well, who are more well-rounded people because of their arts educations and participation.
What has been one of your favorite plays, classes or exhibits at the Fine Arts Center and why?
Steve: The Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition for sure but also Kenny Loggins. Both gave me a chance to get to know the artists more as people. Laurie: It’s a toss-up between Kenny Loggins and the Youth Documentary Camp program, which gives voice to young filmmakers. This program is just SOOO impressive with what it does for kids in our city to tell their story and the stories of others who live here. Also, I love the FAC’s Bemis School of Art Family Adventure days.
What is your favorite work of art at the FAC?
Too many to call a favorite. We love the John Singer Sargent (Elsie Palmer, 1889-90) but also the Eric Bransby pieces. We love that you show local and regional art as well as internationally renowned pieces. And that the FAC worked with artist Karen Khoury to install not just a local artist’s work in conjunction with the O’Keeffe exhibit, but that you were inclusive of someone connected to another arts facility. Good form, FAC!
What else do you like to do for fun in Colorado Springs?
Steve: I just paint, LOL. Laurie: Really, we love anything outside. I bike ride, garden, shop at farmers markets, hike, we love photography (Steve’s a great photographer too), visiting the high country and attending festivals and events in support of local businesses and friends. Oh, and currently, we’re enjoying fixing up the new old Victorian home and studio we purchased just a block or so from downtown. We recently learned it was once the long-time home of “the pie lady” – a local loved baker, and that makes us smile.