The Casa Bonita Art Show – It Lives Again!

Are you an art lover and a Casa Bonita fan? Look no further than the Casa Bonita Art Show! Starting Friday, February 17th through Sunday, March 5th at NEXT Gallery at 6501 W Colfax Ave in Lakewood Colorado and will showcase the works of all the talented and innovative local artists that wanted in on the Casa Bonita fun! 

I was drawn to the splendidly kitschy call for art and created the piece “It Lives Again” to commemorate Casa Bonita Restaurant rising from its almost perilous death & now expected revitalization & re-opening in May of 2023! Thanks Trey Parker and Matt Stone (Co-creators of South Park) for purchasing it to help it live again!

A fantastic show filled with so much bizarrely spectacular spectacles that you must experience yourself!

More to come about the “It lives again” soon, in the meantime, there’s a fun hidden message in the piece to keep your eye out for (wink), so you’ll absolutely want to check it out in person to see if you can spot it!

For now… come on down to the opening fiesta and snag the Artistic Appetizer of sorts to celebrate Casa Bonita!

Let your Crafty Freak fly!

NOOBA – Non-Objective Abstract Art – Pulmonochii, AXY, Behold – Lexi Richey

Leave your πŸ”objectiveπŸ”Ž perspective at the door πŸšͺ

NOOBAA 2022 3 Square Art Gallery

These three Non-Objective Abstract Art pieces by Lexi Richey (hey, that’s me!) will be hung at 3 Square Art Gallery in Fort Collins September 16th through October 3rd, 2022

AXY, Behold & Pulmonochii Art
by Lexi Richey

Still pinching 🀏 myself knowing that the art I create gets to hang in galleries. I’m still in denial. Seeing my name amongst the other artist chosen for this exhibit makes me smile from ear to ear!

Lexi Richey visits 3 Square Art Gallery

While dropping off the art pieces, I got a quick tour from Jim Benest of the space and it is so cool!! I mean, they had a T-rex They were also in the middle of some space upgrades and expansions that will really allow for so much more art to be displayed. They have some amazing studios available as well that are an artist dream! If I ever move to Fort Collins, I’m snagging one of those for sure.

– Pulmonochii – Lexi Richey-
– 3 Square Art Gallery –

If you are looking for a great date night and want to see some awesome local art by Colorado Artists, be sure to stop by 3 Square Art Gallery in Fort Collins!

– Behold – Lexi Richey-
– 3 Square Art Gallery –

These three pieces are made of wet felted wool. I created these art pieces as a way of playing with color and letting the wool speak for itself. Using some of thebleft over wool from other projects, I was able to give purpose to the wool that may have otherwise been thrown away.

– AXY – Lexi Richey-
– 3 Square Art Gallery –

I was in a bit of a rut with creating needle felted animals and small figures… I wanted to change up the pace a bit and rather then tightly knitting the wool with a needle I just let it roll between my hands. And out came AXY, Behold & Pulmonochii! I’ll be intrigued to hear what people think the art looks like or reminds them of. Especially curious to hear what Lisa Hatchadoorian, Executive Director, MOA Museum of Art Fort Collins has to say πŸ€” 😁

Cheese πŸ§€ Artsy Fartsy Look

Show: NOOBA-4th Annual International Juried Art Show Gallery: 3 Square Art Gallery
Title(s): Pulmonochii, AXY, Behold
Medium: Fibre Art – Wet Felted Wool
Size: 12″ X 15″
Artist: Lexi Richey
For purchase through 3 Square Art Gallery πŸ–Ό

Thank you Kumiko S. McKee & Craig McKee to all those that have helped put this show together! So excited to see all the other artist works as well!

Octavepus’s Garden: ArtiStandza

Augustana Arts | ArtiStandza Project | Location TBD

This public art initiative is to help create awareness, appreciation and advocacy to the arts in the community! It will be one of six music stands that will be auctioned off in August, and in the meantime will be hanging out around different locations in Denver Metro Area. The location of this stand is still TBD, but be sure to check out the Artistandza website and be sure to see them all in person!

The octopus was made of music sheets, newspaper, shop towels and masking tape. The tentacles were made out of wire and tinfoil. It was paper mached then painted in the teal and gold you see now. The music stand was also paper mached with donated music sheets (thanks Karen!) The little Garden additions on the stand are craft moss and penny tubes paper mached with sheet music. I also hid little gems in some of the “coral reef”. I also used some old egg carton pods to create the little upside down barnacles and painted them orange.

On the stand face, I also used donated music sheets to create a treasure map….a map of Musical Treasure Island to be exact. The edges were burned and the sheet music was painted with brown water paint to create an worn feel. The Islands were then painted with acrylic paint & micron pen. Some of the locations include…TorTuba, Bugle Bay and String Streams. A curious little starfish made of music sheets has made it way to the map as well.

By participating in the ArtiStandz Project, I was able to explore my own creative curiosities that were both buried and in plain sight. This is what I hope to evoke in others that view this piece! While painting each winding tentacle, I remembered getting lost in the ocean of music while playing in orchestras as young girl. How music and the arts where such an impactful & important part of my life. I picked up a violin and played, unlocking a wave of creativity and memories that were laying dormant. And that’s the the funny thing about getting lost in art…whether you’re the observer or the maker…it often leads you exactly to the treasure your looking for.

Thanks for checking this little Octopus out! Be sure to check out Augustana’s ArtiStandza page to place your bid if you are interested! More information coming soon!

Time to Spring Through

Core New Art Space | 6501 West Colfax Ave, Suite C Lakewood, CO

This pendulum clock was created for CORE New Art Space for the “Spring Break” Show. This was how I interpreted Spring Break. It is a time in the year when nature and ideas seem to be busting at the seems. Time seems to be both speeding up and slowing down at the same time. And the earth starts to show paths that may have been hidden under snow. The springs were extracted from old pens rom humoring neighbors I can only imagine that I peaked their curiosity with a “I need pen springs” post on Nextdoor.

You can see this piece in person at CORE New Art Space 6851 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80214 from May 13th to May 29th. It has not found a new home yet…so if you feel that this belongs in your home, please reach out to me!

This was my second art piece that got accepted into an art gallery, and so happy to have participated in the show! Funny little backstory on this piece is that it had a near catastrophe! It was on a pedestal in front of a window and one night that window was unfortunately broken. Somehow, this little clock survived!

I am excited to build off of this idea prompted by CORE Next Art Gallery and make clocks that reflect all the other Seasons! So keep your eyes peeled for that.

Time will tell what other clocks emerge!

Ignacio’s Lick

NEXT Gallery | 6501 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214

This little Crafty Curiosity was created for a few purposes. It serves as a reminder to taste all that life has to offer. Stick your tongue out and try a few things! It also was created as an art project for the Mi Casa es Su Casa: Casa Bonita Art Show hosted by NEXT Gallery. On display from February 18th, 2022 to March 20th, 2022 at NEXT Gallery. This item is current for sale, go check out the gallery for more info!

This was my very first piece that was accepted in an art show. And although the piece was small…it was certainly mighty to me! It gave me a taste of having my art on display for the community to enjoy. And gave me the desire to delve into more.

Mi Casa es Su Casa Press

5280 Online Magazine article

KDVR News Story Casa Bonita Art Show

CBS News spot – Casa Bonita Art Show

KDVR Casa Bonita Art Show segment

Video of Mi Casa es Su Casa Awards

Such a fantastic show to start off in! Can’t wait to participate next year!