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2013 BEST OF The Springs Awards

The Gazette’s 2013 BEST OF THE SPRINGS results are in, and we are thrilled to have won so many awards! Thank you to our fans and community for your support — we look forward to continuing to bring you world class exhibitions and theatrical performances the rest of this year, into 2014 and beyond!


Voter’s Choice for Best Gallery

While the Fine Arts Center isn’t technically a gallery, you’d be impressed by the avalanche of votes for the 76-year-old organization, which began as a museum and later encompassed the Bemis School of Art, the FAC Theatre, a cafe and shop. Voters mentioned Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop as a recent example of the center’s ambitions and vision. “I love to visit,” wrote one, “no matter the exhibition, because I enjoy the building itself.”

Voter’s Choice Bronze for Theatre Company

Editor’s Choice for Best View Of A Life’s Work
Voter’s Choice Silver for Museum Exhibit
“Although a prolific artist who’s well regarded in the region, Tunson rarely shows in the Springs. This 40-year retrospective by the FAC was something of a gift for fans and the uninitiated alike. The sprawling exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculptures offered a welcome window into his mania for craftsmanship, his challenging point of view and the picture his work creates of the evolving place of African Americans in a predominantly white world. Frankly, I was down-to-the-ground shaken by some of his imagery.”

Voter’s Choice for Best Musical
“A misfit teen with a hankering to dance. A popular dance TV show. And a city-splitting racial divide. Director Scott RC Levy’s 2012 production of the Tony-winning musical was well sung, beautifully staged and more fun than outta be legal!!

GYPSY won Silver the Voter’s Choice for Musical

Voter’s Choice for Best Play
“Based on the 1983 film of the same name, this delightful retelling expanded on the lives of beloved characters and captured the wonder and glee of Christmas for a little boy in the ‘40s.”

And special congratulations to Best Actress Birgitta De Pree who starred in our Colorado Premiere of Other Desert Cities; and to Amy Brooks, winner of Silver for Actress who starred in our Colorado Premiere of In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play.