PUEBLO ARTS ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES FIRST ARTISAN'S SERIES: CHOCOLATE, BASIL & COLLECTIONS
PUEBLO, Colo.—June 4, 2014—The Pueblo Arts Alliance announces its first Artisan’s Series—Chocolate, Basil & Collections—a guided tour of the Radeaux private home collection paired with culinary concoctions of chocolate and basil created by Mary Oreskovich, in Mesa Junction, June 29, 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets to the event are $30 per person, $50 for a couple and must be purchased in advance. Ticket locations are: the John Deaux Art Gallery or Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center, both located at 221 S. Union Ave., or buy them online at PuebloArts.org. Ticket specials are available for Pueblo Arts Alliance members.
“An experienced art collector generously sharing his collection and knowledge, paired with the unique food stylings by a pastry chef specializing in chocolate, is a great way to start the series,” said Susan Fries, executive director, Pueblo Arts Alliance. “Chocolate, Basil & Collections juxtaposes art forms with sensory activities to spark imaginations and ignite ingenuity—and this event will do just that.”
Fries added that the Artisan’s Series began with a recent community membership launch, the focus of which was to provide a closer connection between the community and the vibrant arts culture in the Creative Corridor. “Our goal is to create an exploratory experience that leaves the participants with the confidence to begin or expand their own collections,” said Fries. Artist and Collector Radeaux is owner of the John Deaux Art Gallery and Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center; classically trained Pastry Chef Oreskovich, owner of Hopscotch Bakery, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
On the plate: Oreskovich has devised a unique menu that includes a flight of five tastings that highlight the flavors of locally grown basil and the decadence of chocolate. “By incorporating other local products with the two main flavors, we will treat the participants to a balanced selection of savory and sweet bites,” said Oreskovich.
In the frame: Radeaux describes his collection as eclectic, and entirely original art. The collection includes photographs, prints, paintings, sculptures and more. “I, and my wife Barbara, have been collecting for more than 40 years,” said Radeaux. “I started collecting art when I opened my first bank account with my first paycheck after college. The bank was giving away prints of a local artist. Since then, our first purchases were at the "Own Your Own Art Show" and the PBS art auction in the early ‘70s. We bought those pieces because we liked them, and the price was right. Those pieces were paintings on ceramic by Carl Jensen and Tom Latka, both local artists still producing today.”
Speaking of local, Oreskovich was raised in the Steel City of Pueblo and returned with a vision. “I wanted a shop of my own that not only offered hand-crafted food, but also gracious service and a warm, fun atmosphere,” she said. Hopscotch Bakery was launched in 2005. And not wanting to divulge the entire menu for the afternoon, she did note that chili, goat cheese and a sorbet are in the mix.
A Colorado native as well, Radeaux paints the fauna of the state. “The life-sized images of birds and other animals are not merely idealized illustrations, but explore the patterning and geometrics found in nature,” he said. Radeaux has provided illustrations for a variety of publications. He painted the covers and created all the illustrations for the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas. He is an avid birder and lends his skills in seasonal bird surveys.
Radeaux’s goal with the Artisan’s Series is to help people understand how to begin a private collection. (Radeaux’s Six Tips for New Art Collectors is attached, and can also be found at PuebloArts.org.) Describing his process, he said, “We go to art shows and galleries locally and in our travels. Lately, I have been going to some estate sales looking for certain local artists. We have art from all over the world, but the bulk of it is local. My collecting philosophy is: if I admire (like) the work of a particular artist and the price is within reach, I buy it. I do not buy art as an investment. Some of the purchases I consider an investment in the artist’s career. The most grassroots way to support the arts locally is to buy something from a local artist.”
“Local is great,” added Fries. “We are fortunate that our Colorado natives—Radeaux and Mary—make Pueblo their home, and are meshing their unique talents for the Artisan’s Series.” Community memberships, which were the inspiration for the Artisan’s Series, are still available. Community members can choose the level and benefits that best suits their interests, ranging from student/senior at $20 to Creative Cohort at $100. Upper tier membership levels—Art Accomplice at $75 and Creative Cohorts at $100—enjoy complementary tickets to the Artisan’s Series. Anyone can sign up online at PuebloArts.org.
Upcoming Artisan’s Series include:
July 27-Beer and Ballet allows community members to hop aboard a Riverwalk Boat and enjoy a selection of Pueblo’s emerging brewery offerings while experiencing an outdoor performance from Premier Ballet.
September 28-Mojitos and Murals offers a free ride on the VanGO Art Shuttle to tour the Creative Corridor murals with an art interpreter while sipping mojitos made with Pueblo’s Forecastle Rum.
For more information on the Arts Alliance, visit PuebloArts.org, or follow at www.facebook.com/PuebloArts. For updates on the Pueblo Creative Corridor, call 855-543-2430 or follow at www.facebook.com/PuebloCreativeCorridor.
About Hopscotch Bakery
The Hopscotch Bakery is known for melding traditional methods of the past with funky, light-hearted, contemporary twists. What they serve is made fresh daily in their tiny, sweet-smelling, laughter-filled kitchen. Visit hopscotchbakery.com for more information.
About John Deaux Art Gallery and Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center
Noted in ArtScape Magazine as one of “Colorado’s top art spaces,” the John Deaux Art Gallery is located on the upper floor of the historic Turf Exchange building, an 1881 casino, dance hall and brothel. The sky lit, loft gallery showcases a large selection of original art by many of the region’s leading artists. Visit johndeauxartgallery.com for more information.
About Pueblo Arts Alliance
The Pueblo Arts Alliance mission is to promote the production, enjoyment and collaboration of the arts for the purposes of economic development and an enriched quality of life in Pueblo. The Arts Alliance, as administrator of the Creative Corridor, a state-certified Creative District, is supported by Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation.