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Attendees mingle inside Front Range Barbeque during the Spring Art Show, which featured the works of 17 artists and a silent auction.
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Show exposes lesser-known artists, raises
$ for charity

       A fundraising art event at Front Range Barbeque raised $711 for the Pikes Peak United Way April 7.
       Scores of people milled through the Old Colorado City restaurant, checking out displays in a variety of media by 17 artists and participating in a silent auction with donated valuables.
       Front Range BBQ owner Brian Fortinberry has begun sponsoring such affairs in both the spring and fall. Originally using the title, “Locals Art Show,” he said he likes being able to bring exposure to lesser-known creative people in the area. The program for the April 7 event gave it the name, "Spring Art Show."
       A recent element has been supporting the Pikes Peak United Way. Fortinberry thanked one of the artists, Sara Vaas, who also works with the charitable agency and has taken on the role of the art event's coordinator.
       “It just shows how much people care about giving back to our community,” said Vaas, who first got involved organizing last fall's FRBBQ show. She added that she's looking forward to this fall's event, “with new ideas and new artists.”

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 4/9/14; Business: Events)

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