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Member of the Month: Nancy Fortuin

Meet Our March Member of the Month: Nancy Fortuin

Why did you become a member of the Fine Arts Center?
I wanted to attend the Chihuly exhibits at the FAC and the Denver Botanical Gardens. I discovered it was a better deal to just become a member. So I joined for the Chihuly, but have stayed for the membership events. I love the members’ first Saturday tours because they help me appreciate the exhibits and the staff so much. I consider membership a tremendous bargain for the access to classes and tours. And besides, it just makes me feel good and more connected to the community when I’m able to support local organizations and arts.

When did your interest in the arts begin?
I’ve played an instrument since age 10 but never learned about other fine arts. Then I went to an art museum with a college friend who had taken art classes. She filled me in on the paintings and helped me achieve a new level of appreciation. In graduate school I went to a dance festival and was mesmerized by how expressive all styles of dance were. Living in Washington DC, I was spoiled by my access to the Smithsonian and National Gallery. Most recently I’ve learned about community based art through “Concrete Couch” and think it may be the best of all types of art!

What has been one of your favorite experiences at the Fine Arts Center?
I had never been to the FAC until I contributed to the Indy Give campaign. As a reward I received tickets to see a play at the FAC. I chose Of Mice and Men, which was beautifully done and touched me deeply. Many of the exhibits have had an impact on me as well. I went to see the light installation Continuance: Charles and Collin Parson (2015) the night the dance company Ormao performed. The gallery was darkened and the light moved with the dancers. I felt so at peace and utterly relaxed … it seemed transcendent; a feeling I will never forget.

What is your favorite work of art at the FAC?
I never tire of the tactile gallery. It makes me feel free as I take full advantage of touching the pieces. The warmth of the wood, the earthiness of the clay and the hardness of the metals all add additional layers to my enjoyment. I can more fully interact with the art by using additional senses. The first time I visited there, I felt restrained and guilt; like I was breaking the rules. But now I take friends and feel childlike joy as I appreciate the pieces from a more open perspective.

What else do you like to do for fun in Colorado Springs?
I love my community in Manitou Springs where I go hiking and try give back via various volunteer efforts (including being on the Steering Committee to help Manitou Springs be designated as a Creative Arts District). I also play in the New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs and am a season ticket holder to the COS Philharmonic. I’m a believer in all things local and as such have started a backyard garden including chickens and bees. I am never at a loss for fun and productive things to things to do here!