Biz buzz:
‘Elk’ on Westside promotes tourism

       Wondering about the painted, fiberglass elk that recently appeared in front of the Holden House, 1102 W. Pikes Peak Ave.? It's part of a year-long tourism-marketing campaign by Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak.
       The sculpture is scheduled to stand in front of the Westside bed-and-breakfast, owned by Welling and Sallie Clark, through the end of February, according to Lisa Amend of Experience Colorado Springs.
       Named Vic (an acronym for visitor information center), the 150-pound form is one of 15 in the region that were made from an original mold by a Nebraska sculptor. The other 14 were used last year to promote tourism in Teller County, give information about area elk herds and raise money for Teller's schools. Experience Colorado Springs bought Vic from Teller County and plans to move him to at least five more locations (sites still being determined) during 2008, Amend said.
       “The whole purpose is to generate interest,” she commented, “and hopefully in Sallie's bed-and-breakfast too.”
      
       Cynthia (Cyndi) Clark has been hired as assistant vice president and manager of the Bank at Broadmoor - Westside, 3216 West Colorado Avenue. Clark, who grew up in Colorado Springs, “has extensive banking, managerial and customer service experience and believes in volunteer service to the community,” a bank press release states.
       The Westside location opened last June.
      
       Laura Reilly will unveil “Night and Day,” a collection of new original oil paintings, in an exhibit that will feature opening activities Saturday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10 from noon to 4 p.m.
       The paintings are mostly cityscapes, including some familiar local scenes.
       The Reilly gallery is at 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #3.
      
       Mary Zalmarek. Author of “The Art of the Spark,” will sign her book during a scheduled appearance at Nice 'N Naughty, 2504 W. Colorado Ave., Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m.
      
       Bret Wright, who grew up on in Pleasant Valley and now lives in Monument, has written a detective book, titled “Nasty” (also the street nickname for his main character, Ignatius Jepson). The Coronado High graduate is competing in the semifinals of the second annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, in the Thriller, Mystery, and Suspense category, in which the prize includes a publishing contract for the work.
       According to Amazon.com, there were initially almost 5,000 entries in six categories; the semifinals have narrowed that down to 836 (including 202 in Wright's category).
       Wright would appreciate people going online, reading an excerpt from his book and giving it a review sometime before March 2 - the reason being that “the semi- finals rely heavily on customer reviews to further the competitors along to the next phase of the contest,” he said.
       An excerpt of “Nasty” can be read online at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011G9XPU.

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