Colorado Springs artist awarded unrestricted $50,000 fellowship grant to continue his work

COLORADO SPRINGS — February is Black History Month, and News 5 is celebrating by spotlighting people of color making a difference in the community.

Award-winning playwright, poet, and Director of Fine Arts Idris Goodwin is one of 60 fellows to receive an unrestricted $50,000 fellowship grant from the United States Artists. The winners this year were chosen for their bold artistic vision and impact on society.

These awards aim to promote the work of these visionary practitioners to a broader public while allowing them to decide how to best support their lives.

“It’s about a diversity of artists dealing with a diversity of challenges. So maybe it’s rent, maybe it’s buying that studio, maybe it’s going toward that massive project that you’ve been desperately trying to make money for,” said Goodwin.

An anonymous person nominated Goodwin for the grant which is a culmination of hard work and perseverance.


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New group of artists-in-residence are picked to live and work at this Utah national park

The four artists will be showcasing their work in June, July, September and October at Capitol Reef.

(Danny Chan La/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File) This undated photo shows Hickman Arch at Capitol Reef near Torrey, Utah. Capitol Reef National Park has announced its 2021 Artists in Residence program, which pays living expenses for artists to live, work and practice their crafts amid the park’s spectacular landscapes.

St. George • A painter, a printmaker, a photographer and a writer walk into a national park — for their artist residency, of course.

Capitol Reef National Park announced the 2021 Artists-in-Residence on Tuesday, marking the fifth year of the program, the Spectrum reported.

The four artists — David Hunter, Maureen Moll, Rick Young and Claire Giordano — will be showcasing their crafts in June,
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$5 thrift-store find is work of artist Raul Coronel: Today’s Collectibles

Our collectibles this month serve to illustrate the importance of artistic works that can be attributed to well-known and respected makers. Both Raul Coronel and René Rickabaugh meet those criteria. Our other pieces, while somewhat unusual, were made for a mass market and do not have the high quality or artistic merit that would make them desirable for today’s collectors.


This ceramic plaque is by Raul Angulo.Courtesy of the collector

Raul Coronel ceramic plaque

Q. I purchased this ceramic piece at an assisted living thrift store some time ago for $5. There are a few hairline cracks but hard to pinpoint. It measures 25 inches high and 32 inches wide. Can you give me an idea of its value?

N.B., Southeast Portland

A. Your plaque is by Raul Angulo Coronel. He was born in Mexicali, Mexico, in 1926 and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 14. He joined

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Gritty poses nude, finally gets recognized for being a work of art

“Paint me like one of your French jawns.”

Gritty— that mad, familiar Flyers mascot—stripped down to his own nitty-gritty on Wednesday in order to pose for an oil painting. The orange whatever-he-is used the above caption for one of his many tweets accompanying the occasion, promptly causing Twitter to explode in a way that would make even a Kardashian envious.

Despite the nudity, Gritty remained tasteful (as always) in both poise and looks. In the first Twitter video, one sees Gritty striding in, magnificent, before gloriously shedding his Joe Namath coat in order to saucily pose for the artist who, like the rest of us, was in awe.

And although the artist and Gritty remained in close proximity to each other during this session (jealous), worry not, Gritty fans—despite having no clothes on, Gritty remained cognizant of the proper COVID-19 safety protocols, keeping his protective visor on for the

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