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April - December, 5pm - 8pm
Old Colorado City
Michael Garman Building
2418 W. Colorado Avenue
Entrance faces Colbrunn Court

The Artists

Chris Alvarez
  Studio J


Jana Bussanich

Jana L. Bussanich works in fine art photography, watercolor and charcoal figure. She began painting with watercolor in 2008 and studying life drawing and the human figure in 2010. In 2012, her work expanded into fine art photography. These have become an essential part of Jana's self-discovery as an artist, and have taught her what it means to express meaningfully upon paper in any subject or medium.
Jana believes that being an artist is best learned through biography, as well as in community with other artists. She values the Apprentice / Master model of education, and considers herself as both; always the Apprentice, yet also the Master of that which she currently possesses and in learning to work at the edge of her ability.Continually seeking new information about her work and what she needs for ongoing personal growth and development, Jana esteems the colleagues and mentors who speak into her creative process. She is encouraged and inspired by those such as nationally known artist and painter Chris Alvarez of Colorado Springs; colleague Karen Burnett Hamer, Artistic Director and Playwright, for whom Jana produces live theatre in Colorado Springs; and the writings of American painter, Robert Henri through his book, The Art Spirit.
Jana is glad for the opportunity to share her work and take up the conversation with a wider community about the question of life and death, and everything in between.
Jana makes her home in Colorado Springs, CO

Jo Gaston I'm intrigued by the bold shapes and rich colors of saddles, harnesses and other tack. Also, I love the intricate shapes and glowing colors of vegetables and flowers, with earth tones and vibrant colors that dramatize form and texture. I've been an art educator for over 20 years, with a bachelor's degree in art from Missouri State University and a master's degree from The Colorado College. HoldingitTogether©

Laurel Justice
  Studio I

Inspired by her home state - the Lowcountry of South Carolina - and the beauty of the Southwest, Laurel Seibels Justice paints abstracts and landscapes using soft pastels. She enjoys painting from life and from photos captured in the field and painted at her private studio. Laurel works from the empirical and extracts that which is most intriguing. Open to those moments in nature that take her breath away, she creates a sense of belonging to a larger story through her work. These abstract and landscape paintings are an open door to a sacred reality. Her art reveals a transcendent experience using colors and shapes that evoke a sense of geographical memory.
Through a series of sketches Laurel identifies and arranges the important lines and shapes essential to the painting until something pleasing starts to emerge. Line, shape, and palette are the scaffolding that allows her unique style to emerge, as she builds each painting with layers of paint from luscious soft pastels that "glide on the paper like butter" says, Justice.
Laurel is passionate about the arts in Colorado Springs and loves connecting artists with audiences. In recent years, she has served on a variety of boards and juries around the Pikes Peak Region. Acting as Public Art Commissioner of the Pikes Peak Region, being a member of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and serving as an advisor to Memorial Hospital on arts and healing reveal Laurel's commitment to supporting and promoting the arts. She holds a BA in Art from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA and an MA in Counseling from Webster University. Currently, she studies with Gwen Fox and Chris Alvarez at the Alvarez Art School in Old Colorado City. Her studio is located in Old Colorado City at the Second Floor Studios, Studio I.

Julie Kirkland
  Studio L
Online gallery

Julie's paintings celebrate the simple beauty of people, places and things in our lives. While she paints a little of everything, light is the true focus of her work. She's attracted to the strong contrasts that light and shadow create. The light (or lack of it) seems essential to her in telling a story with otherwise ordinary subjects. Julie hopes that her paintings speak of hope, affirmation, and promise, and create a sense of well being as they hang in your home. Cosmopolitan©

Joanne Lavender
  Studio O

Joanne is an oil painter in the style of the American Impressionists. She studied graphic art in California and worked in graphic design in San Francisco for a number of years before returning to Colorado. For the next decade she focused on drawing, giving her a strong foundation in that media before plunging into oil painting. She has shown throughout Colorado and her work is in collections nationally and internationally.
Joanne lives in Colorado Springs and works at the Second Floor Studios in Old Colorado City. For more information please contact her at:

Arlayne McKee

Daily Paintworks
Arlayne was thirty-something when she began painting. "I was not a child artist whose talent surfaced at an early age. My gift was buried deep and it took some hard knocks to jar it loose. Now I paint colorful flowers and landscapes and abstracts with much joy and gratitude."
Arlayne is a native of Georgia who transplanted to Colorado in 1984. She attended Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) and took nearly every art class in their catalog. She has studied with Colorado artists Kathryn Bowden, Thomas J. Owen, Lorraine Danzo and many, many inspiring and gifted instructors at PPCC. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Gary and two spoiled-rotten cats, Ludlow and Maypop.

Tammy Meeske
  Studio A

Tammy is a Colorado native who absolutely loves to paint. A favorite is to paint people. She spends much of her free time watching her teens practice their rodeo skills, riding and roping on their horses, and then using her watercolor talent to turn their achievements into paintings. She has taken a number of commissions, painting horse and rider, capturing the action and enthusiasm of the subject.
She has currently turned her attention to a collection of motorcycle reflections, masterfully using color, value and shape to develop the character and passion of her subjects.
Tammy is a member of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Colorado Watercolor Society Signature member and has been accepted into a number of National Watercolor Exhibitions. She has studied with some of the best know Colorado watercolorists, Lorraine Danzo, Susan Hinton, Larry Haught and Jo Gaston. In addition, she has taken workshops with Ted Nuttall, emphasizing her portrait skills, and most recently, with John Salminen in a brand new distinctive style, Urban Landscapes.

Carl Gene Riggs

"My paintings reflect how I feel about and see the things around me. The way I react to what I see. I like to explore the transitory nature of living things. My compositions are generally simple and uncluttered and there is usually something about a scene that draws me to do a painting, whether it is color or shapes or the subject."

Carl has a Master of Fine Arts and is an accomplished ceramist, sculptor, jeweler, and frame maker, as well as painter. His work is in the extensive BYU Art collection and several private collections. He has received many awards for his work.

Gene Sanchez I am an oil painter in the Impressionistic and Expressionistic styles. I enjoy painting all subject matter and especially enjoy landscapes. I paint daily and am available to show my work any time. I also participate in First Friday Artwalk openings (April-December, 5pm-8pm) that are held in our building located at 2418 W. Colorado Ave.
Come and enjoy Artwalk.

Karen Storm
  Studio E

"The moments in time I spent perched on a tall stool in my family's floral shop are deep in my soul. As a young girl, I was mesmerized by my father's fingers as they danced with fragrant flowers to static-filled music on the radio. I passed him roses, carnations, stephanotis and even gladiolus grown in my grandmother's backyard, as he sculpted magnificent arrangements to delight the bride-to-be and sooth the widow’s tears. My art is rooted in my father's greenhouse."

Growing up in rural Wisconsin, Karen developed a love of art and nature. Her love of art led her to a degree in art eduction. Her love of nature led her to the mountains and a 27 year career teaching art in Colorado. The pleasure of teaching art to children, and learning so much from their joyful expression, is apparent her work today.

Now following her passion of painting full-time, her work ranges from wildlife and landscapes to figurative paintings. Imagery for her work rises out of her travels and her daily life, often capturing intimate moments in nature. Having traveled to nearly every continent (Australia and Antarctica are still on the list), her most recent travels to South America provide a rich and varied source of inspiration. Painting with effervescent light and dynamic energy, her focus is on capturing the essence of her subject.

A graduate of University of Wisconsin - Madison, Karen creates, exhibits and teaches in the Pikes Peak region.

Jennifer Waddell

Artist Jennifer Waddell expects to work with her hands her whole life. After two years of intense Art Education with oil painter Chris Alvarez at the Alvarez Art School located in Old Colorado City, Jennifer's emerging work in oils is lively and engaging, drawing the viewer to join in the creative conversation that each painting evokes.
Before her work in oils, Jennifer began her early art studies in watercolor with painter Julie Kirkland of Colorado Springs in 2002 where she experienced immediate success winning awards at:
  • Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts - Honorable Mention 2007
  • Sunny Vista Annual Art Exhibit-Honorable Mention 2006
  • Colorado Springs Art Guild - Best of Show 2005
  • Colorado Springs Art Guild - Honorable Mention 2005
Growing up in a family of scientists and artists Jennifer is now in pursuit of her third vocation as a professional artist. She expects to work with her hands her whole life to create something. As a young woman, she enjoyed a successful career in music performing on piano, harpsichord, accordion, and vocals, She followed up with a 30 year career working as a Synthetic Organic Chemist for 3M. Going to work every day at 3M with one question on her mind "what can I invent today?" says Jennifer "is very much like painting". Dedicated and passionate about working with her hands, Jennifer looks forward to spending more time in her studio, continuing to explore new ways to express herself in oil painting.

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