Biz buzz:
Famous sculptor displays in OCC

       Rusty Phelps, a nationally recognized sculptor and painter of Western themes, has begun displaying his works exclusively at the Thunder Mountain Trading Company in Old Colorado City.

A Rusty Phelps bronze, “The Untamed,” is in the foreground, with other sculptures and paintings of his in the background inside Thunder Mountain.
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       Owner Jim Heikes explained that the Black Forest resident made the decision on his own, saying he liked the Western style of the shop/gallery at 2508 W. Colorado Ave. Phelps is expected to be on hand at Thunder Mountain during the First Friday Old Colorado City Art Walk Friday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., Heikes said.
       The business is one of about 15 galleries participating in the monthly Art Walk, which traditionally celebrates Old Colorado City's art activity and includes openings, artist receptions, demonstrations and/or live music. The galleries are between 24th and 27th streets, on and off Colorado Avenue.
       Also during the Art Walk, the Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave., will display works by two area artists who recently joined the gallery - Marlene Kort and Laura Reilly.
       Art Walk participants are urged to bring non-perishable boxed or canned food as the “price of admission” to be donated to the Westside CARES food bank.
       A fourth-generation Coloradan, Phelps lives on land that his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1878. A recognizeable local work is his Range Riders statue in downtown Colorado Springs. He has also given a sculpture to a U.S. President (Gerald Ford, for the 1976 national bicentennial).
       Pat White, owner of Crafty Cow Leather-works in Old Colorado City, has been selected top governor in the Mountain West Region (Colorado to Hawaii) of Sertoma International. The national organization has the motto “SERvice TO MAnkind.”
       For more information, call 495-2779.
       Dr. Wes Metzler, president/CEO of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region since 1993, has announced his intention to retire in 2010. According to society spokesperson Ann Davenport, the nonprofit agency's Board of Directors has initiated a search for his replacement.
       The Humane Society provides animal shelter and animal control services to Colorado Springs.
       Davenport said that Metzler-led Humane Society achievements include:
       Leading the capital campaign to create the current Humane Society facility in 2000 at 610 Abbott Lane (off South Eighth Street, near Wal-Mart).
       Expanding in recent years to provide services in Pueblo, Douglas County and the city of Centennial.
       Adding a surgery center this year to allow veterinary treatment and spay-neuter surgeries.
       “It has been a real honor serving the people and pets of this community, and I have enjoyed my time at the Humane Society more than I can say,” Metzler said.

During Territory Days, Joy Hearten-Johnson of Desert Sage demonstrated a belly dance in which a sword was balanced on her head.
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       Desert Sage Life Essentials, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., is adding a new look to its offerings - a belly-dancing class.
       For more information, call 460-5337.

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