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The Art of Bernard Arnest

May 3 - June 4, 2019

427 E Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO


Cottonwood Center for the Arts is honored to present a retrospective collection of locally and nationally acclaimed artist, Bernard Arnest for the month of May.

Arnest began his formal training at the Fine Arts Center School under Boardman Robinson and Henry Varnum Poor. Once he finished his education Arnest began an impressive 40 year art career. Arnest exhibited at the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, the Denver Art Museum, and Colorado College. He was formally represented by Kraushaar Galleries in New York from 1947 until his death in 1986.

Arnest's success as an artist came from his understanding of not only the process, but the innate emotional experience of creating art. The subjects he was drawn to - landscapes, portraits, and city-scapes, were faithfully depicted while still maintaining the freedom and emotional honesty of painterly interpretation. Ultimately, Arnest was a storyteller, taking reality and objective subject matter and translating it into a valuable experience for both himself and viewers.

Please join us as we celebrate the life and artwork of Bernard Arnest and experience the stories only he knew how to tell.

The First Friday Shuttle Bus stops at Cottonwood. Grab your friends and check out the Art Walks in Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs – all from the convenience of a free shuttle. Find all the details at