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.
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.