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Lisa Cush’s work is on display at the Manitou Art Center through Jan. 28.

Special Event

Pottery by the Price: Each January, Commonwheel Artists Co-op members and guest artists from the Pikes Peak region clear their studio inventory and sell beautiful pottery seconds and other art items at discounted prices. All items will be priced as marked rather than by weight. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Jan. 30. 102 Cañon Ave. Information: Commonwheel website or 685-1008.

Art Classes

Create a Mini Manitou Diorama: This is a community project made with many hands using recycled materials. This project will be group effort with everyone in the class, creating their own sections of Manitou that will culminate into one, large, urban structure resembling a sky-scraping tower. Ages 8 and older (younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult). All supplies included. $25. 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. Information: Manitou Art Center website or 685-1861.

FAB LAB: Make things, fix things and build things. Come and create cool projects. Learn how to use tools, expand your skills and expand your world. Kids younger than 13 should be with a parent. Participants can come to a single class or attend a series. Class sizes are limited to eight. 3:05-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Manitou Art Center, between 513 and 515 Manitou Ave. Information: Concrete Couch website.

Makerspace Certification Classes: The Manitou Art Center offers certification classes for a variety of equipment in its makerspace. Most are free to MAC members and library card holders. Times and dates vary. 515 Manitou Ave. Information: Manitou Art Center website.

Teaching Opportunity: The Pikes Peak Arts Council is seeking experienced artists to teach classes for the ArtBoss program. Artists will be compensated for their time for each class that they teach (typically $150 per class). Classes are usually taught from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on third or fourth Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, at the Manitou Art Center. Apply here.

Calls for Artists

“Carnivale — Celebrating 30 Years”: The annual Carnivale parade and related events began 30 years ago as the brainchild of several Commonwheel Artists Co-op members. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Commonwheel is hosting a juried show. Artwork and other items in the Carnivale spirit are being sought. Applications accepted through Jan. 25 and are available on the Commonwheel website.

16th Annual Teen Art Contest: Submissions are open for the 16th Annual Teen Art Contest. This year’s theme is memory. Create a piece inspired by the theme that shares your thoughts on memory or expresses what memory means to you and enter it to win a prize. Ages 12-19. Submissions due Tuesday, Feb. 21. Information: the Pikes Peak Library District website or 531-6333.

First Amendment Gallery Intake: Intake will be Saturday, Jan. 28, and Tuesday, Jan. 31. Feel free to drop your work off any time during those days. Any size, any medium, maximum of two pieces. Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. Information: the Manitou Art Center website or 685-1861.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

“Stickman + Mermaid”: Artist Lisa Cush presents an installation of paintings that will draw in the viewer as a witness to the beauty of the female form and give a voice to women and their inherent power. “Stickman + Mermaid” is filled with images and ideas for you to write in your own imaginative stories. Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. Information: Manitou Art Center website or 685-1861.

“Manitou Bottles and Bottling Plants”: In the early 1900s, Manitou Springs was the capital of bottled mineral water. Learn about the mystery of the town’s “effervescent and healthful mineral spring waters” and see the world-famous Ute Chief Gusher Bottle and other colorful bottles that helped put Manitou Springs on the world map. Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Museum, 517 Manitou Ave. Information: Manitou Springs Heritage Center website or 685-1454.

“Van Briggle — The Manitou Connection”: See one of the largest exhibits of Van Briggle pottery in the Pikes Peak region. Learn more about Artus and Anna Van Briggle’s creation of this iconic pottery works and the connection of its later ownership and operations to historic Manitou Springs. Check website for hours. 517 Manitou Ave. Information: Manitou Springs Heritage Center website or 685-1454.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Exhibit (virtual): The photography of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Robert Jackson. The Manitou resident, a photojournalist with the Colorado Springs Gazette from 1980-1999, has captured the excitement of the Pike Peak International Hill Climb for more than 40 years. See the dangerous turns, the wheels turning and the dust flying in this exciting collection. Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave. Information: Manitou Springs Heritage Center website or 685-1454.

For the time being, go to the Colorado Springs Independent events page to submit a calendar listing. Click on the green rectangle on the right side and fill out the form.

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