The Manitou Springs Heritage Middle and Museum and The Rockey Artwork Museum will host the exhibit “Portraits of Manitou by Artist C. H. Rockey” beginning Friday. The set up will give viewers a take a look at Manitou Springs via the eyes and paintbrush of Charles H. Rockey, remembered fondly after his loss of life in 2019 because the godfather of the Manitou Springs artwork scene.
The Heritage Middle has a set of previous pictures of iconic Manitou Springs buildings courting way back to the Eighteen Eighties, and lots of of those buildings are nonetheless standing. A staple within the Manitou Springs group, Rockey illustrated and painted many of those hallmarks.
“That’ll be one of many distinctive options of this specific exhibit — every little thing might be form of inside Manitou Springs of buildings and particular places which Rockey painted,” mentioned David Ball, fellow artist and longtime acquaintance of Rockey.
To Ball, there is no such thing as a one portray that encapsulates Rockey’s expertise, affect, or eye for magnificence. However the exhibit will group collectively the works in response to their topic, and a type of groupings would be the city clock, which Rockey drew or painted from just a few totally different angles at totally different occasions over his profession.
Ball, a volunteer on the Rockey Artwork Museum, moved to Manitou Springs 25 years in the past and met Rockey throughout his time on the Manitou Arts Middle the place he labored on a brochure for Rockey’s 2001 artwork present.
“Rockey didn’t have that many reveals,” Ball mentioned.
“And when he did, he constructed up plenty of demand for his work. That was his final present that had works on the market in it, so this present would be the final present since 2001 in an area aside from his personal museum.”
The exhibit might be open via November.
“He was at all times a really distinctive character,” Ball mentioned.
“He did wrestle all through his life, however he was at all times a mild spirit and really approachable. He at all times wished to share and train.”