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Steampunk heats up Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center

June 19, 2014

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

June 19--With "Steampunk: History of the Future," through Sept. 6; "Steel City Steampunk" and "The Invention of Steampunk," through Sept. 13; and "Wild Wild West," though Sept. 27; Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, galleries and Children's Museum open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays- Saturdays, adult tickets $4, kids/military $3; 1-719-295-7200,

This summer, the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center has gone punk -- steampunk, that is -- with its new exhibit, "Steampunk @ the Sangre."

"Steampunk" refers to a subgenre of science fiction that displays steam-powered machinery in a Victorian style with a futuristic design. The exhibit includes several aspects of steampunk -- fashion, artifacts, art, history and the culture.

"Steampunk is an awe-inspiring marriage of Western style/Victorian era dress and techno gadgetry, creating objects and images that challenge our associative powers," Jim Risherson, executive director of the Sangre de Cristo, said via e-mail.

The exhibit includes works from about 35 artists who showcase the various facets of steampunk. Four sections make up the exhibit: "Wild Wild West," with art pieces influenced by the Old West; "Steampunk: History of the Future," work from prominent steampunk artists; "Steel City Steampunk," work inspired by steampunk literature; and "The Invention of Steampunk," the birth, life and evolution of steampunk.

The artwork isn't the only attraction though. There are also fun activities such as tea dueling, in which two opponents must dip a biscuit in a cup of tea and eat it without dripping any tea or losing any crumbs. Or attend the Steampunk Pub Quiz and Brews to test your knowledge of the genre while drinking local beer.

"I really hope it appeals to a wide audience," Elizabeth Szabo, curator of visual arts at the Sangre de Cristo, said of the exhibit. "We have a lot of people who come here to see Western art landscape and I'm hoping those people come and realize this type of art can be beautiful as well, educational and attract a younger crowd."

Szabo also hopes children will be attracted to the "Full Steam Ahead" exhibit in the Buell Children's Museum. Kids can take part in a multitude of arts and crafts, such as crocheting a squid and experimenting with gears and kinetic energy.

"Little kids are going to love this," Szabo said.

Rick Cookson, The Gazette,

Other events

The Nick Moss Band -- 8 p.m. Friday, Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 E. U.S. 24, Woodland Park, $18, $38 includes reserved seat and dinner; 576-5945,


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