February 10, 2011
hopes its new home with Almosta Mercantile Inc. on
East Fourth Street will bring new possibilities to the
organization that helps up-and-coming artists make
a name for themselves.
After opening in May 2010 in a space a few doors
down from the Rialto Theater, Art Lab Loveland has
found a new home as plans for the Rialto Bridge
Project begin to take shape. The current Art Lab
location will become part of the expanded Rialto
complex, which will feature a new multiuse facility
adjacent to the theater.
On March 11, Art Lab will begin its temporary move
to the east part of Almosta’s building on East Fourth
Street during the Night on the Town celebration.
Almosta owner Amy White said she offered friend
and Art Lab founder Leah Johnson use of 1,000
square feet of space for six months until it finds a
more permanent home.
“It’s a win-win situation,” White said. “We’ve already
had people come in and ask about it. (The
upcoming move) has been very well-received.”
Almosta opened 15 years ago in the small space to
the east of its current store area. It eventually
expanded and now takes up both spaces.
In order to accommodate Art Lab, White’s
merchandise will just have to be consolidated, she
said, adding that she believes Art Lab’s move will be
good for many businesses in downtown Loveland.
“They’ll bring in people we don’t normally see and
vice versa,” White said.
Johnson said she and Loveland’s director of cultural
services, Susan Ison, developed Art Lab Loveland to
give local artists space to display their work, create
new art and gather with other community members.
Since its opening, Art Lab has displayed 37 artists
in nine months at its current location.
When Art Lab opens at 345 E. Fourth St., work by
two new artists will grace the studio’s walls and a
will welcome interested citizens to the new location.
“Art Lab is really a blank slate for artists to create a
space in which they can do whatever they like,”
The energy surrounding Art Lab and Almosta’s 15-
year presence in downtown Loveland will make the
move strong, she said.
“The idea is to activate and galvanize spaces in the
downtown core,” Johnson said. “This will encourage
the energy and vitality of downtown.”
Art Lab is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Johnson
said, so Almosta will extend its Friday hours as well.
Local painter and photographer Ali Almquist was
one of the first artists to have her work displayed in
Art Lab Loveland. Since then, she has become more
involved with the organization and even helps it
find new artists to feature and musicians to perform.
Almquist also is seeking artists to teach free classes
on weekends in Art Lab’s new location.
Participating in Art Lab activities has helped boost
her career, she said.
“For me, it’s helped get my name out there, and it’s a
free space to be creative,” Almquist said. “It’s a
community art space. It’s an amazing opportunity.”
November is going to be a great month at Art Lab– come check it out!
Melville Georgakopoulos was born in Boston in 1976 to parents from across the pond. His early travels overseas sparked an interest in old world traditions and especially in superstition. Stories he was told as a child by old Greek women still give him the heebie-jeebies and permeate his thoughts as he works through the wee hours. His works often convey feelings of wanderlust, curiosity, and solitude. Mainly a self-taught artist Melville Georgakopoulos continues to absorb as much as he can through experimentation with different media, and by traveling this world to meet it’s bizarre characters. His ultimate goal is to improve with each work and eventually have his own hall in the Louvre.
Thomas Studholme is a Colorado native – born in Boulder in 1969 and is currently a resident of Loveland. He was born with creative and artistic gifts and has committed his life to exploring and learning about how to express them in ways that are innovative, expressive and true to his thought process, heart and soul. Thomas graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art with an Associates of Applied Science – Graphic Design degree in 1994 and then graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997 with a degree in Art Education and has taught elementary art for over 12 years in the Thompson Valley School district.
Thomas illustrates with brush and ink, graphic ink pens and Zip-A-Tone. His subject matter is based on dreams/nightmares, unexplained phenomenon and the juxtaposition of elements of beauty and horror. He is also an established found art sculptor and painter in the community. He has shown in the Loveland Sculpture Invitational and has a mural on the building located between East 3rd and 4th Streets along Lincoln Avenue. Thomas can be contacted for commisssioned work and t-shirts at his email: email@example.com or his phone: 970-619-9456.
Morgan Sunhouse Hill earned an MFA in printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007, and a BFA in painting and printmaking at the State University of New York at Purchase in 2004. Prior to that, he studied figurative painting at the Boulder Academy of Fine Art in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. More of his work can be seen at sunhousehill.com. Morgan currently lives in Boulder, and is available for lessons in painting and press-less printmaking. He also accepts commissions for work. Contact him through his website:http://sunhousehill.com or phone: (917)597-6873.
Elizabeth S. Kelsey- Artist Statement
My goal when creating a piece of art is to be expressive to the extreme. I do not try to achieve realism or perfection but to evoke emotions through bold, or conflicting use of color which stands as a mirror of the human condition. I work primarily in the paint and photo medium, and prefer to work with people as subjects in a dramatic or abstracted manner. I am a senior art student at Colorado State University. My artistic influences include other painters, and also musicians. I often use songs as blueprints for pieces, creating visual narratives. Some influences include; Kirchner, Picasso, Willem De Kooning, Bjork and Tori Amos. My work has been exhibited in the Loveland Art Museum, Studio 121, and published in Collage, Vol 17. No. 1, Spring 2004.
Barry Quinton Lee will be at Art Lab Loveland June 11- July 9th.
I grew up in the Connecticut river valley but in the mid-seventies I found myself in the then quiet little city of Key West, Florida. It was there that I began to love the tropical imagery and bright colors of foliage and that aqua blue Gulf of Mexico. After six years of learning and becoming afixed in this motif I moved to Maui, Hawaii. There I was able to paint infinitely more intense scenes and be surrounded by a gaggle of other artists who I was able to learn and be inspired by. Even though I’ve lived in the mainland for more than a decade and love Colorado very much I am still most inspired by the tropics and the stimulating play of light and color. My main medium is oil and acrylics but I’ve been know to use watercolors and pastels when the subject requires it.