Red Threads, a recurring local exhibition, is inspired by an old Chinese proverb: “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread can stretch or tangle, but it can never break.
That’s what artist Catherine Giglio had in mind when she created Red Threads nearly a decade ago. The collaborative art exhibit, which doubles as a fundraising event, supports local artists and a local non-profit organization. The Springs-based Never Alone Foundation helps bridge the financial gap for families looking to adopt from overseas.
This year, Red Threads – Intertwined is supporting a second nonprofit, Converge, which “uses[s] books and poetry to connect our city to wonder and pleasure. A portion of all proceeds will go to these two organizations.
This month’s Red Threads exhibition is the sixth and fourth at the Kreuser Gallery. Artwork available for purchase includes photography, textile art, mixed media and oil painting, and several artists are featured: Lelia Davis, Lori DiPasquale, Catherine Giglio, Jenny Kruckeberg, Wendy Reis and Jeanne Steiner.
Abby Kreuser, who manages the day-to-day operations of her gallery, was also invited to exhibit artwork – and she did. “It’s hard for me to exhibit in my own space,” Kreuser admits, “because I feel like it should be for other people.”
Last year, she started buying bouquets from Christy Metz, a local florist and creative director of Sweetwater (a flower market in Colorado’s Old Town). Every month, Kreuser took pictures of these flowers, and soon she had put together a portfolio.
Then, says Kreuser, her experience as a curator kicked in. “I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to have this many of this size and this many of this size…how can I hang it?’ says Kreuser. “I can sort of organize my stuff on the wall while I’m doing it.” Her photographs are printed on watercolor paper and varnished with acrylics, giving them the illusion of painting.
The gallery generally organizes at least one fundraising event per year. The most recent, with Concrete Couch, was in January.
Kreuser comes from an avant-garde family. “My mom worked for nonprofits growing up and I saw the impact they had on our community,” Kreuser says. Her mother, Pat Ellis, was the executive director of Silver Key (and also worked for Cheyenne Village and the Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, now known as TESSA.)
“Joining the arts and nonprofits,” Kreuser says, “is just something I feel like I have to do — it’s a way to give back.
Need a little free theater in your life? The Pikes Peak Community College Theater Department is putting on a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. You can see the tragicomedy April 14-24 (various times) at Pikes Peak Community College, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/PPCC-TheSeagull.
art out loud
Celebrate National Poetry Month with “Art Aloud,” an open-mic event featuring musicians, artists and poets. Come watch… or come share! There are two shows left in this four-part series: Friday, April 15, 4-7 p.m., at Academy Art and Frame Company, 7560 N. Academy Blvd., and Saturday, April 16, 4-6 p.m., at Sand’s Library. Creek, 1821 S. Academy Blvd. For more information, see facebook.com/Art1elevenGallery.
Read: The Children’s Act
Journalist Anna Fiorino reads Ian McEwan’s The Children Act, the story of a judge presiding over a case in which a 17-year-old boy (and his parents) refuses a blood transfusion that could save his life. ” Hurry up. Should the secular court nullify a sincerely held faith? »
Watch: Until the Wheels Drop
Graphic designer Zk Bradley suggests Until the Wheels Drop. “It’s a documentary about the life of Tony Hawk, his rise to fame and his contributions to the skateboarding community,” says Zk. Available on HBO Max.
Listen: Right in the schools
Journalist Stephen Hirst listens to Right in the Schoolies, “[a] podcast in which a current British teacher talks to people from all walks of life (journalists, professional rugby players, actors, etc.) about his school days. Expect amusing stories, heartfelt reflections and eclectic guests. Available on most streaming platforms.
Play: Mario Kart 8
The Indy team played the new tracks for Mario Kart 8. “Mario Kart is always a good time (even if it ruins friendships, hahaha),” says art director Dustin Glatz. Available for Nintendo Switch.