Local artists (ages 18 and older or high school seniors), were invited to graphic or illustrated designs that reflect the themes “Keep It Clean We’re All Downstream” or “Only Rain Down the Drain.” Seven winning designs were chosen to paint their art on storm drains in downtown Colorado Springs.
With a focus on design and clean lines, I've always gravitated towards digital art, but a few years ago I became an accidental mural artist on the side. I never thought I would be hanging off of the side of a 100 year old building painting a ladybug but its certainly been an entertaining surprise. I love bringing the elements of minimal design and illustration to the tangible art world. The idea of painting on public works sounds much more enjoyable than on a canvas so I am thrilled to be a part of this moment for our city.
Kami McFall was born and raised in Nebraska. Throughout her life, Kami has always been fascinated by nature and sustainable practices. In 2001, she enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Topographic Analyst and has toured Iraq and Kuwait. She has witnessed waste practices in foreign countries and throughout the United States. After her honorable discharge, she moved to Oahu, Hawai’i in 2007 to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at the Hawaii Pacific University. During that time she volunteered with multiple beach cleanups and saw first-hand the impact that waste had on the ocean environment and wildlife. She has always loved Colorado and relocated to Colorado Springs in 2010 to finish her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. While earning her degree, she also worked 4 years as a Zero Waste Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability and learned even more about sustainable practices.
Kami has always been very creative and is a self-taught artist who explores environmentalism and politics through different materials and mediums. She experiments with found objects, collages, photography and creating upcycled artwork and projects. Kami’s eclectic styles of art has been shown here locally in various art galleries and art shows to include: The Modbo, The Bridge Gallery, The Fifth Element, Tap Traders and Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort where her work “Sweet Stuff” won People’s Choice Award. Her passion for demonstrating her love for a clean and healthy environment for all creatures can be seen in her work. Dubbed “Recycling Queen” and “Zero-waster” she enjoys practicing and teaching sustainable values through her art and in any way she can.
In the late 90’s, Mario started designing logos for local businesses. You can see his handiwork on work vans, business cards and websites. He has been commissioned by private collectors for artwork in various mediums to include: acrylic on canvas, charcoal drawings, pen and ink and spray paint. Mario has designed t-shirts to sell, and for Manitou High School sports teams. Recently he has expanded his body of work to include signage and murals which can be found inside and outside businesses in the Colorado Springs area. His largest can be found on the side of Platte Furniture (in the Knob Hill area of Colorado Springs) and features and octopus whose tentacles spell out the word “Artist”.
Mario’s forte has always been integrating multiple perspectives and hidden images into his personal body of work. He wants to engage the viewer to look beyond the initial image to find either a secret message or meaning. He can be contacted at: mario.CO.firstname.lastname@example.org and Facebook/Instagram: Dyadic Artist
From 2002-2010, 2-Watts Creative Center, a hands-on art studio envisioned by Corky and her husband, Steven Watt, was a popular destination in Monument, Colorado. The couple taught art classes and created custom art pieces. “The Essence of Life” is Corky’s vision, but Steve and other family members often help complete larger art pieces (like this one) under the “2-Watts Creative” brand.
My paintings have won awards, been sold internationally and even been kicked out of a show! I won 3rd place at ArtPrize 2016, the largest art show in the world. In Colorado Springs my work is for sale at The Squash Blossom Gallery, Boulder Street Gallery and 45 Degree Gallery; online at Fine Art America and my website laurelbahe.com.
I painted the large (6-foot wingspan) butterfly sculpture for the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs Flight Lite 2018 raffle to be held September 7, 2018. Yes! I will sell you a ticket for $10. I am also painting a utility box for the City Of Longmont, CO to be completed October 15, 2018.
Our goal is to educate the public that pollutants that go into storm drains flow untreated into our creeks. We’re looking for art that paints a picture of how important it is to keep our creeks clean.
The City gets 7 beautiful storm drains. Each winning design will be awarded a $300 stipend.
- City of Colorado Springs Water Resources Engineering Division
- Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
- Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO)
- Downtown Partnership
- Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR)
Donors and Sponsors
- Guiry’s Color Source
- Nunn Construction
- Status Symbol Auto Body
- Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
- Craig Carroll
- HighSight Aerial Photography – Chas Saulsbury
- Paul Mitchell the School
- Precision Interior Trim, Inc.
- The Home Depot #1504