My painting partner Shannon and I have been working hard on building our portfolio in an attempt to establish a business for our collaborative paintings. Last week we sold our first painting and secured our first commission, and over the weekend were able to realize another big dream of ours, to have an office or studio space to display and sell our paintings. Shannon's husband and his business partner have recently purchased an amazing office in downtown Pueblo for their publishing company and alternative newspaper. They guys were generous enough to allow us to display our paintings for sale in the storefront.
With a $0 budget we spent most of Saturday stringing lights and wracking our brains to come up with titles for all our paintings, both collaborations and individual works. I may be biased, but I think they bring quite a bit of life to the cool old building.
We are also working on establishing a local artist guild in Pueblo. There is another guild downtown but is quite exclusive and not at all open to work that doesn't fall neatly into the esteemed "fine art" category. Especially for a town its size, Pueblo has thriving art, music, and film communities but most of the art you find locally is very dark. We are hoping to bring a little color, joy and light to this city we have grown to love, not to mention connect with some of the incredibly talented artists and artists-to-be that also find their homes here.
If you ask any native Southern Coloradans, you'll probably find Pueblo doesn't have the best reputation. But having not lived here all our lives, we have a completely different perspective than many locals and are blown away by the potential of such a undervalued city.
Twenty minutes from the mountains, 350 days of sun per year, vibrant artist community, thriving local businesses, victorian architecture, charming neighborhoods, ethnic and social diversity, one of the least expensive cities in Colorado--what's not to love?
Next we will be working on our website and establishing a screening process for other artists who would have their work displayed in the office. Such an exciting time!