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Meet the Artist ~ See the Coffin Race Photos ~ Buy the Shirt

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Portrait by Neil Talbott

Cottonwood’s last Friday Open House on 10/28 is one of your last chances to see Neil Talbott’s show “Portraits of Manitou” ~ Photographs from the Emma Crawford Coffin Races”. Ending on 10/31,  Neil’s display of captivating and affectionate photographs of Coffin Races past shows the playful side of Manitou’s annual tribute to all things Emma.

Stop by Neil’s studio #105 at 427 E. Colorado during the raucous and colorful celebration from 5pm to 8:30 pm . It’s two floors of musicians, belly dancers, incredible art and free food.

Can’t make it? Pick up one of Neil’s photos or Day of the Dead illustrations on a teeshirt at Cafe Press and hold your own celebration.

“Portraits of Manitou” ~ Photo Show of Emma Crawford Coffin Races Opens 10/5

October 6, 2011 2 comments

Manitou Springs Emma Crawford Coffin Race portraits come alive in Cottonwood Center for the Arts Studio #105 in “Portraits of Manitou”. Photographer and artist Neil Talbott shows the fascinating and quirky world of Manitou Springs Colorado with his Manitou Portraits during the month of October.

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Opening October 4th and continuing to November 4th, stop in and prepare yourself for 2011 Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Cottonwood’s 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration.

“Portraits of Manitou” is open in Studio #105 at 427 E. Colorado in downtown Colorado Springs from 12pm to 5pm Thursday through Friday and Saturday 11am to 2pm. The show can also be seen by appointment by contacting Neil at Tel:(719) 532-0499, by email, or at his  Website:www.neiltalbott.com.

Mural Project at Cottonwood Comes Alive

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Neil Talbott takes the first measurements

After nearly a year in the planning and permitting process, Cottonwood Center for the Arts has finally started work on an artsy 25 foot by 78 foot mural.

Cottonwood Mural End of Day One

Cono Pitinga and Neil safeguard the job site while Sandy Murphy makes yet another paint run for 6 more gallons of paint

The amount of paint needed for the mural seemed to increase exponentially as the day wore on but we still hadn’t lost our one piece of chalk or Cono, our supervisor, by the time the thunder rolled in.

Ruthie Lowen and Neil Talbott, man the scissor lift while Mickey and Patrick work in red paint on the left

Neil and Mickey lay out the first 15 foot paper cartoon in the alley behind Cottonwood before taping it up on the prepared brick wall

Day Four with the first word up and the final design layout taking shape

Painting continues through Tuesday so it you have an inner artist that would like to come out to play or you’d like to contribute a gallon of paint, come join us! Call Darlene at (719) 520-1899 to find out when we’re working.

Limited Edition Giclees Now Available from Neil Talbott

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment


Chili Wreath by Neil Talbott

Waiting in FrameWorks to be picked up for Friday, August 26th’s Opening Reception of “Dog Dayz of Summer” is Neil Talbott’s just framed watercolor. The hot and spicy work is a pen and ink study finished with a watercolor washes in red, green and yellow.

Now available as a signed, limited edition giclee, Christine of Frameworks has created several unique framing options for Neil’s chili ristra wreath along with her signature ability to custom design a frame that works perfectly for your decor.

“Dog Dayz of Summer”, Cottonwood’s Free steamy summer art show, opens at their Last Friday Open House at 427 E. Colorado. From 5pm to 8pm, artists will open their studios and galleries for a look at what’s new on the easel. The Springs Cupcake Truck will be out front and the upstairs galleries will host some of Colorado Spring’s cutest rescue dogs for you take home along with an artwork or two.

Information about Neil and more of his artwork can  can be seen and purchased at his studio #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Can’t make it to this week’s Open House? Email Neil or reach him by telephone at (719) 523-0499.

FrameWorks at studio 133 at Cottonwoood is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm or by calling (719) 636-2427 for an always available after hours appointment for custom designed frames, glass repairs, frame repairs and gift services.

 

Colorado Cowgirl ~ Portrait in Progress Comes to Life in Color

July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Photograph of Neil Talbott’s Cowgirl Portrait in Progress

Working against a July 22nd show deadline, local illustrator Neil Talbott highlights his pen and ink portrait of “Colorado Woman”with light watercolor washes.

The final version, artfully framed by Cristine Colvin of Frameworks, Cottonwood Center for the Arts’ own in house framer, is being hung at this month’s show in the Herbertson Gallery for “Hats, Boots & Chaps”.

More of Neil’s commissions and portraits can be seen in his studio,#105, at Cottonwood’s Last Friday Open House on July 29th from 5pm to 8pm. The show, full of some of Colorado Springs finest artists’ homage to the 71st Pikes Peak Rodeo season will hang through August 17th.

Neil can also be contacted by email at nmctal@msn.com or at (719) 532-0499.

The Indian At the Broadmoor ~ A Ghost Lives in the Shadows

July 10, 2011 Leave a comment

The Indian at the Broadmoor
Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs
Photography by Neil Talbott

Neil’s ability to capture quirky but compelling images is exemplified by his image of “The Indian at the Broadmoor.” Photographing the afternoon shadows on a stacked rock wall at the 5-Star Colorado Springs Broadmoor Hotel, he brings to life the ghost of a Native American chief.

Existing only until the light changes, the transitory nature of the portrait can be read as a metaphor for the spirit of the long gone Ute and Cheyenne people who were displaced from the base of the Cheyenne Mountain when the Broadmoor Hotel was built in the early 20th Century.

Starting out as a small hotel and casino, the hotel grew as it attracted a wealthy clientele drawn to the beauty of Pikes Peak, as well as to the mountain air which was said to aid in the recovery of tuberculosis patients.

More of Neil’s unique Broadmoor Hotel images can be found here.

Neil Talbott’s unique regional photographs can be seen and purchased at his studio #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Can’t make it in person? Email Neil or reach him by telephone at (719) 523-0499.

V is For Vendetta ~ Manitou Springs Style

July 10, 2011 Leave a comment

V is for Vendetta
Manitou Springs, CO
Photography by Neil Talbott

Manitou Springs, Colorado, is like nowhere else. Award-winning restaurants, historic hotels, small restored Victorian bed & breakfasts, classic 50’s motels, cabins & cottages by Fountain Creek and secluded wooded campgrounds bring thousands of tourists to the small town at the base of Pikes Peak.

Named after dozen mineral springs situated throughout the area, many of which have drinking spigots for the public, the city has been in existence since the Colorado Territory became a state in 1876.

With the Manitou Springs Art Council a driving force, Manitou Springs is home to dozens of artists and art galleries and as eccentric and charming a group of residents as you’ll ever meet.

Neil snapped this shot one hot afternoon just before the caped crusader stepped into  Pikes Peak Chocolate and Ice Creams. Even a masked man, it seems, has a yen for a Josh and John ice cream cone now and then.

More of Neil’s unique take on Manitou Springs are available in his studio, #105, at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado in downtown Colorado Springs or on Facebook at Talbott Artworks. He can also be reached by email  or by phone at (719) 532-0499