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Art exhibit offers something new, different

June 18, 2014

By Rick Cookson, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)



June 18--Commonwheel Artists Co-op will unveil its summer exhibit Friday during the monthly Art Walk in Manitou Springs.

"Alchemy," the title of the show, refers to the art pieces, which seek to transform something common into artistic treasure.

"Putting on these monthly exhibits is a lot of work," said Marica Hefti, chairman of the gallery show committee at Commonwheel. "It's really a group effort to get these shows up and running."

This month's art exhibit features Belinda Chambers, Jeremiah Houck, Jean Jennings, Ace McCasland, Caron O'Neil and Jerry Rhodes.

"Our art shows are known for showing people something new and different," Hefti said. "If people come, they're guaranteed to see something different, and that's very exciting."

Each artist showcases a specific style and type of art, from jewelry made out of trash to plates and wall pieces depicting religious ideologies and culture.

"It's amazing what you can find on the ground," O'Neil said. "People can expect to be amazed and see things in a different perspective."

O'Neil's work is based in ethnic jewelry, and her pieces are a combination of materials discovered at Goodwill stores and discarded bits of rusty metal found on the curb. "Not only does this bring me pleasure, but it's also recycling materials in a sense," O'Neil said.

A reception is scheduled for Friday with free food and drinks.

"Alchemy"

What: Exhibit at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Ca?n Ave., Manitou Springs When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through July 14

Reception: 5 p.m. Friday

Admission: Free

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