Posts Tagged ‘Cottonwood Center for the Arts’

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

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.


Local Illustrator Neil Talbott Inks Aztec Image for Day of the Dead

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Neil Talbott’s Work-in-Progress for “Dias de los Muertos”

Neil Talbott’s pen and ink illustrations are precise, crisp and clean as seen in his work-in-progress for Cottonwood Center for the Arts upcoming “Dia de los Muertos” Show.

Beginning his work lightly in pencil established the layout and basic shapes and let him erase and refine his composition before he started inking. Working on top of the penciled lines, Neil added or eliminated details as the illustration progressed. In this work, he has kept the gothic graphic flavor of his design by keeping his lines bold but fluid and avoiding details such as traditional techniques like stippling or cross-hatching.

Spare watercolor washes are added later with the occasional splash of color highlighting an interesting area or two.

The all-media juried show, “Dias de los Muertos”, opening on October 28th, explores native Mexican culture for Day of the Dead.

Full information about submitting artwork, deadlines and show dates are available here. More information, including a prospectus, can be found by calling Cottonwood Center for the Arts at (719)520-1899.

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 in person? Email Neil or reach him by telephone at (719) 523-0499.

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 or at (719) 532-0499.

Forest Garden Nymph Watercolor Sells During International Watermedia Open House

June 26, 2011 4 comments

Cottonwood Center for the Arts June “Last Friday” Open House drew a huge crowd for the International Watermedia 2011 Show.

After viewing the show, visitors stopped by  Neil Talbott’s Open Studio to see his newest pen and ink illustrations and watercolors portraits.

His radiant small watercolor “Nymph in the Garden” was purchased early in the evening.

Girl in Prayer
Watercolor by Neil Talbott

Whether Neil is painting people, beloved pets or local landmarks, the gentle, expressive portraits that hang on the walls of his studio, #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, seem to radiate an inner glow.

The Cat’s Perch
By Neil Talbott

Using his meticulous pen and ink illustration skills to accurately capture images and scenes, Neil then uses watercolor washes to accent the delicacy and charm of his portraits. His talent at creating timeless realistic pet portraits for his clients makes them treasured artworks.

Neil Talbott’s watercolors and his commission works in progress 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.