Photo Feature: Fresh & Tasty event gives participants Great Expectations for the future

GOCA Fresh & Tasty event
Attendees sipped specially-brewed beers from Cerberus Brewing Company, sampled accompanying bites and engaged with works from emerging Front Range artists at GOCA’s inaugural Fresh & Tasty fundraiser.

Featuring fresh art and tasty food – as well as fresh food and tasty art – the inaugural Feb. 13 Fresh & Tasty fundraiser at GOCA Downtown brought foodies and art enthusiasts together to celebrate both.

Attendees treated their taste buds to three brand-new beers created especially for the evening by Cerberus Brewing Company – including a hoppy Saison, a Stygian porter and a cherry cheesecake Berliner Weisse with notes of vanilla, graham cracker and cherry cordial. Each beer paired with small bites of warm duck confit salad, Colorado lamb raggu and gorgonzola cheesecake.

Attendees also treated their eyeballs to twelve pieces of artwork featured in the Great Expectations: 2020 exhibition curated by Daisy McGowan, director of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art.

GOCA Great Expectations
“Ember,” a large-scale sculptural work by Erica Green built out of natural fibers and thread, greets visitors to GOCA Downtown’s Great Expectations: 2020 exhibition.

The Great Expectations exhibition includes 11 emerging artists living and working along the Front Range of Colorado. It features new works in a wide variety of media including drawing, ceramics, installation art, painting, fiber art and new media.

One “mixed-reality” installation piece by Sean Winters and Kevin Sweet invites viewers to don a virtual reality headset that transforms the gallery into a video game-style projection. Another, “The Deborahs Project,” allows the public to leave a personal token in exchange for a red silk scarf belonging to Deborah Schoen, the artist, in order to temporarily take on life in her shoes.

Proceeds from Fresh & Tasty will support GOCA’s future exhibitions and events. As a program of UCCS, GOCA is responsible for raising 100 percent of the funds needed to bring art and artists to the Pikes Peak region.

GOCA Downtown is open to the public on the first Friday of the month from 5-8 p.m., the first Saturdays of the month from 1-6 p.m. and by appointment.

Those interested in viewing the Great Expectations exhibit can also attend a Mar. 6 artist talk with three of the featured artists, including Bradley Benedetti, Matte Refic and Marsha Mack. For more information, visit the event listing.

GOCA Fresh & Tasty
Daisy McGowan, director of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, welcomes attendees to the inaugural Fresh & Tasty event.
GOCA Fresh & Tasty
An attendee holds up a hoppy Saison brewed especially for the Fresh & Tasty event by Cerberus Brewing Company.
GOCA Great Expectations
A viewer meditates on paintings by Pikes Peak Community College alumnus Cymon Padilla. Padilla’s two exhibition pieces mash up classical European figurative work with cartoonish callbacks to Disney, Saturday morning cartoons, pop art and vintage advertisements.
"The Deborahs Project"
“The Deborahs Project” by UCCS alumna Deborah Schoen invites the public to leave a personal token in exchange for a red silk scarf, allowing the wearer to temporarily take on life in the artist’s shoes.
"The Deborahs Project"
“The Deborahs Project” is one of 12 pieces featured in GOCA’s Great Expectations: 2020 exhibit. Pictured, a log where individuals record the item of significance they left behind in exchange for one of the artist’s red silk scarves.
GOCA Fresh & Tasty cheesecake
The menu at GOCA’s inaugural Fresh & Tasty event featured a gorgonzola cheesecake paired with Cerberus Brewing Company’s cherry cheesecake Berliner Weisse beer.
GOCA Great Expectations exhibition
Elements of Sean Winters and Kevin Sweet’s installation piece at GOCA’s Great Expectations: 2020 exhibition.
GOCA Great Expectations exhibition
A Fresh & Tasty attendee tries on the virtual reality headset that is part of Sean Winters and Kevin Sweet’s installation piece. Piping in audio and overlaying the viewer’s vision with a video game-style blueprint, the piece transforms reality into an entirely different experience.

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