With the help of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) and the Public Art Commission, the City of Colorado Springs has launched its newest partnership with the Arts Community. Local artists will now have exhibit space in the lobby of the City Administration Building. Art will rotate periodically throughout 2013. “We are continuing to find new ways to partner with the Arts Community,” says Nick Kittle, Administrative Services and Innovation Manager. “We’re looking forward to showcasing some of the area’s finest local talent and creating a more vibrant entry to the City Administration Building.”
The first artist on display is Ricardo Villa. Ricardo is a multiple award-winning nature photographer. Growing up within 15 minutes of some of the best scenery in the nation, he mostly took the beauty for granted. That changed when Ricardo took some of the best pictures of the Garden of the Gods soon after he retired from King Soopers. Now, he’s often in the quiet beauty of the mountains. When not taking pictures, Ricardo wants to remind the rest of us that live in the shadow of Pikes Peak of what a beautiful place this is, and encourage people to get outdoors and reconnect with nature.