Biz Buzz:
Artist ‘renders’ historic building

       On a commission from Doll Doctor owner Marilyn Baylen, long-time Westside artist Jack Ekstrom completed a painting last week of the historic brick building housing the business at 8 S. 25th St. and the neighboring Templeton house (now the home of Deb's Coffee House) at 2 S. 25th.

Marilyn Baylen poses in front of her shop with Jack Ekstrom's painting, which was created at almost the same angle as this photo.
Westside Pioneer photo

       At her request, the painting includes Baylen, her husband Ariel and grandson Levi, for whom the work is to become “a family heirloom,” Baylen said. “Jack was very willing to do that, and he did a good job. I said I wanted I color, and I got color.”
       Ekstrom said the work reminded him of his younger years, when he had a job drawing structural renderings for builders (those were the days before computer programs rendered such skills obsolete). As such, the painting for Baylen was his first “oil rendering,” he said.
       Ekstrom is known for numerous Westside art works, including the painting used by the Old Colorado City Library to help in fundraising for its reconstruction project that started in 2004 and the “Historic Old Colorado City” map in Dave Hughes' 1978 book by that name.
       “I love painting Old Colorado City,” Ekstrom said. “I'll have to do this more.”
       A group that sings for the Christmas Madrigal Banquet at the Glen Eyrie Castle plans to perform in Renaissance costumes on the streets of Old Colorado City the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 27.
       The carols by the Glen Eyrie Madrigal Singers will be free to the public, according to a press release from the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) commercial group.
       The Old Town GuestHouse has received a Four Diamond rating for the 12th straight year from AAA (“Triple A” - formerly the American Automobile Association).
       Built in 1997, the three-story, eight-guest-suite bed & breakfast is owned and operated by Shirley and Don Wick.
       The GuestHouse is one of three lodging facilities in the city this year to receive the Four Diamond rating (the others are the Antlers Hilton and the Cheyenne Mountain Resort). The Broadmoor Hotel received the city's only Five Diamond rating, according to the AAA website.
       The AAA bases its ratings on an on-site annual inspection.
       Ten merchants in Old Colorado City are partnering with Springs Rescue Mission and KILO 94.3 & KRXP 103.9 radio stations between Nov. 29 and Dec. 19 in what they call the “10 for 10 campaign.”
       Each business will use a one-hour live radio remote to let people know its location is available to collect food and clothing for Springs Rescue Mission during the holidays.
       The businesses (all members of the Old Colorado City Associates) are Pizzeria Rustica, Studio 27, The Mason Jar, Bite Me Snack Options, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Liberty Tax Service, Rick's Garden Center, Recess Children's Clothing, Eve's Revolution and Jake & Telly's.
       Started in 1996, the Springs Rescue Mission provides emergency food and other assistance to the local needy.

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