The opening night in August, 2019, of the "Farewell to Bees" show at Art 111 Gallery and Art Supplies had 460 attendees! Up to that point, this was a record for the gallery. The pieces in the show were wonderfully diverse, as you can see in the slideshow, below.
This show featured the 2019 Peak Arts Prize winner for Individual Artist, Thom Phelps’ sculpture, “A Farewell to Bees” and many other artists from the Pikes Peak region as well as members of The Unsteady Hand, an artist collective. The participating artists explored the ubiquitous and unnerving imagery of bee die-off and had the freedom to delve into causes, importance, hoax or not, impact on civilization, culprits, other pollinators, or how the bee has been historically depicted.
Two weeks later, on August 16th, we hosted an artist talk at the gallery, with theme discussion and acknowledgement where we handed out prizes for People's Choice and Best In Show. (Video is 24 minutes.) Guests were welcome to participate in the dialogue. See the video, below, for the whole show.
The Peak Arts Prize is a program of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, funded by The Fund for the Arts, a fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.