Large Butterflies 2019

45” Height, 62” Wingspan (4 for live auction, 1 for the Raffle)

BF#? Butterscotch “Exotic butterflies"

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Raffle Butterfly:

Butterscotch

Artist: Al B Johnson

Inspiration: Exotic butterflies

Why Flight: I have been doing this for many years and I like to see the schools get some extra money. While raising three daughters as a single parent, Al B. taught karate, raced motorcycles, worked as an engineer, and ran a horse farm. All along, he made art, but never dared to support himself with it. That changed in the past few years. Today Al B. is an artist and a teacher of abstract expressionism at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. He also identifies himself as a student, and always will. He thinks it’s essential to constantly expand your abilities and master new technique. Having spent years studying the abstract expressionists, he is influenced by their styles and approaches He is influenced, of course, by his own experiences. Out of that mash up comes work that he calls “techno-tribal expressionism.” You can find examples of his work at his Cottonwood studio, and at other galleries and shows around the Colorado Springs area.

BF#? African Beauties “A unique take on the traditional beauty of butterflies"

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African Beauties

Artist: Alison Fechner

Inspiration: I love butterflies and I love elephants. I wanted to create a unique take on the traditional beauty of butterflies, so why not merge one beautiful animal with another? Equally beautiful, yet each so unique- similar to our beautiful city of Colorado Springs.

Why Flight: As an artist and an engineering student, I saw this opportunity as one of my first steps to giving back to our community while demonstrating the ability to bring art and creativity to the world. I hope to do that as an engineer some day; bring the beauty of art to a very technical and mathematical degree.

As a full time student, I am majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace engineering. I am enrolled at Pikes Peak Community College and will be attending the University of Colorado Colorado Springs the upcoming Fall semester. Alongside studying engineering full time, I am employed part time at the Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Art Gallery. As a hobbyist artist I enjoy painting landscapes, animals, and abstract ideas for friends and family. I have sold paintings locally, and I have done charitable pieces for UGG boots and Vans shoes. I intend to incorporate my creative and artistic personality once in the field of engineering to bridge the gap of technical skills and artistic talents.

BF#? White & Black “Exotic butterflies"

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White & Black

Artist: Al B Johnson

Inspiration: Exotic butterflies

Why Flight: I have been doing this for many years and I like to see the schools get some extra money. While raising three daughters as a single parent, Al B. taught karate, raced motorcycles, worked as an engineer, and ran a horse farm. All along, he made art, but never dared to support himself with it. That changed in the past few years. Today Al B. is an artist and a teacher of abstract expressionism at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. He also identifies himself as a student, and always will. He thinks it’s essential to constantly expand your abilities and master new technique. Having spent years studying the abstract expressionists, he is influenced by their styles and approaches He is influenced, of course, by his own experiences. Out of that mash up comes work that he calls “techno-tribal expressionism.” You can find examples of his work at his Cottonwood studio, and at other galleries and shows around the Colorado Springs area.

BF#? Evoke “What we learn through schooling and how art evolves from the past to the present…. Or does it?"

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Evoke

Artist: Jantzen Peake

Inspiration: My inspiration for this piece is the upbringing I had as an artist, what we learn through schooling and how art evolves from the past to the present…. Or does it?

Why Flight: I have been involved in Flight for several years now so that youth in D-11 schools arts and sciences can have the necessary tools to advance them into the future. I hope to raise awareness as to how important the arts are in developing culture.

Jantzen Lennon Peake wants to inspire communities through his vision in the arts. He wants to help in raising awareness and funding to ensure the youth receive the benefits of essential arts programs. Jantzen also wants to be part of a strong community that supports programs that keep the arts and sciences in D-11 schools and influence other communities to do the same. Art needs to be valued and supported in the community cause it’s the cultural backbone.

Jantzen was born and reared in Hermosa Beach CA and began drawing and painting at the early age of 5. Jantzen received his BA in Studio Arts with an emphasis on illustration and animation from California State University Long Beach in 2010. Shortly after receiving his degree he began teaching K-12 after school art programs, and freelancing on the side with his company Peake Graphics.

BF#? Everyone Rusts “Everyone sees it as bad but it is still beautiful."

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Everyone Rusts

Artist: Justine Woodard

Inspiration: Rusting metal was my inspiration. Everyone sees it as bad but it is still beautiful. Everyone has imperfections… everyone is beautiful still.

Why Flight: I want to share my thoughts on imperfection and how it is still lovely.

Justine is a 22-year-old student at Pikes Peak Community College studying studio arts. As a recovering drug addict, Justine believes that sometimes the ugliest parts of life make us the most beautiful. Justine enjoys painting, hiking, and playing with her cat.