Better of Teller 2021: Hidden Gems – Arts, Leisure & Recreation | Pikes Peak Courier


Reserve our gallery

400 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park. 719-401-2301,

There are many wondrous moments in the Reserve Our Gallery in Woodland Park. Opened by Gayle Gross in spring 2021, the gallery is an artistic adventure with local artists as tour guides.

The journey can be through the Garden of the Gods, along rivers, lakes and forests, with each painting glorifying the beauty of Colorado. Gross designed the gallery with eye-catching groups. In one corner she has paired murals by Amy Spring with similar forest scenes by Denise Nelson.

In addition to paintings, the gallery shows ceramics, jewelry and mixed media works. In a very short time, Gross has turned her gallery into a community meeting place. “People say they feel good here, relaxed and peaceful with the art and music,” she said.

– Pat Hill

Fall in love again (with art)

Cripple Creek Art Alliance Events at Cripple Creek Heritage Center, 9283 S. Colorado 67, Cripple Creek, 719-689-3315,

As we are moving into a new normal after a multi-year pandemic, the Cripple Creek Art Alliance has one piece of advice: try art again – in person. The group is made up of artists in the Pikes Peak area but focuses on artwork in the Cripple Creek area, especially at many events at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. The work includes drawing, watercolor, acrylic jewelry, ceramics, and photography. The Alliance held their first Memorial Day Art Show to announce that personal art is back. It previously hosted art exhibitions on Facebook and even hosted online art sales.

– Chhun sun.