…and this year’s exhibit is better than ever. Trust me. IT’S THE BEST ONE YET!
It doesn’t matter if you have ventured down to the Fort Collins Museum of Art’s annual Masks fundraiser before or never at all. You need to make sure you head over to see it this year! Having attended the exhibit every year and participated for the past six, I can honestly say that the quality of masks have never been finer and more diverse, encompassing everything from the serene to the whimsical. If you didn’t know, the FCMOA’s Kaiser Permanente-Banner Health Masks exhibit benefits the museum itself. It’s their most widely attended exhibit of the year and the artists are members of the community, representing all walks of life. Some of the mask creators are professionals, but most belong to varied occupations, have an affinity for the arts and volunteer their time and talent to the museum. Masks created by regular people are gifts from the soul; they are completely original works that give you a glimpse into the creator themselves. Nearly 200 artists created and donated masks this year with an equal number on the waiting list to get the same chance. Interested for next year? You must apply, get selected and commit to submitting your creation by deadline. The entire month is a silent auction at the museum with all masks available for bidding starting at $45.
Everyone starts out with the same plain white mask and the rest is up to the artist. The possibilities are endless and imaginations surely run wild in our community! I’ve seen masks incorporated into toilets, working clocks and even glass platters. It’s also very cool to see people turn their mask into something that does not use it as a “face” such as this popular turtle mask and even a beetle!
Malini’s Top Three 2015 Mask Picks
3. Pam Turner – Chizuru with Short Sword
2. Matt Kaufman – Tinker
1. Lisa Cameron Russell – Philodendron Mask
My Kids’ Top Three 2015 Mask Picks
3. T.S. & Jeff Berger – The Grinch
2. Bob Coonts – The Awakening
1. Fred Wolke – Fred’s Farm
Head down to the museum at 201 South College Avenue (The old post office building with all the steps!) to see if you can fine these unique masks that my kids and I have singled out. The Masks exhibit is unbelievably family friendly and stimulating for kids of all ages. Once it closes, you have to wait 11 months for it to come back… the shape of the mask face changes each year, so the masks will be entirely different. Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite by filling out a People’s Choice ballot on your way out!!! It means so much to our town, our youth and the art museum when you support an institution such as this. Also, make sure you stop by Gallery 101 (the side room) for the student portion of the exhibit featuring the works of art from some creative local high schoolers, FRCC and CSU students
Want to dress up and go to a Gala? Some masks are selected for live auction at the Masks Gala. It’s a fancy affair that includes a champagne greeting, a silent auction, games just for fun, gourmet dinner and a rousing live auction to round out the evening. The 2015 Gala will be held at Hilton Fort Collins, 425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins on Saturday, April 25 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
Hours of operation: Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
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