Colorado Springs artist creates secret garden in new exhibit | Arts & Entertainment

What lurks below a thriving garden might be even more beautiful.

Liz McCombs has spent months building a secret garden in her studio. What has emerged are ceramic and mixed-media humanlike sculptures all caught in the mysterious process of metamorphosis. Greenery sprouts up out of curled-up human figures; rootlike vegetables have grown heads sporting full lips and round eyes; and femalelike figures are given tangled roots for legs while lush gardens push up out of their skulls.


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Her pieces start with kiln-fired ceramic to which she adds recycled materials, such as wood, bark and pieces of glass.

“A key element of the show was transformation from one thing to something else,” says the longtime Colorado Springs artist. “In the garden you have birth, death, one thing nourishing something else, all things that make life life. I incorporate those ideas into each of the pieces. Each one has a unique story. They all fall under the overreaching idea of transition.”

“Secret Garden” is open now at Bridge Gallery. You can see the show from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through October. McCombs also will be working in the gallery throughout the month. Also on display will be a series of Halloween-inspired pieces, some influenced by the Day of the Dead Mexican holiday.

McCombs, an avid gardener, has always been fascinated by the cycle of life under the surface, and in this case, the garden. A simple seed is planted, watered and nourished with loving care and attention. How will that seed grow? What will it become? The possibilities are endless.

“It’s like the acorn turning into an oak tree,” she says. “I like the revealed and concealed idea. There are secrets inside all things and if given the right nutrients and space and time to grow, anything can happen.”

And how might that apply to human life? Very much the same. To grow, one must allow for new paths and new ideas to take root, which means others must die to make room. There’s a natural letting go that we can either nurture or resist.

As you might guess, McCombs is in favor of weeding out the old to make room for the new. It’s a theme that winds through her life. She eschews the idea of planning out what your life should look like, and instead allowing for the magic of the unknown to flow through.

“Unfortunately, when you have an idea in your mind of what you should be or what your life should be, you don’t leave any room for the possibility of anything greater than that dream,” she says. “If you think ‘If I have this then I’ll be happy’ is so limiting. We never know what’s out there and could be greater than anything you imagined.”

McCombs was a maker practically right out of the womb, she says. Recently, her mother found old pieces of her art labeled “Liz, age 4.” And even in

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Evolution by Design: Virtual Art & Interior Design Show with Artist Bari Jenks

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Evolution by Design: Virtual Art & Interior Design Show with Artist Bari Jenks


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Local interior designer Angela Lee of Evolution by Design, who is now representing artist Bari Jenks. To kick off their partnership, Lee is hosting a virtual art and interior design show where she will showcase Jenk’s work and how she incorporates art into interior design.


To access the show, viewers can tune into Evolution by Design’s Instagram Live from 6:30-7:30 pm. The virtual show will include a Q&A with Jenks about her work and passion for art as well as showcase multiple vignettes designed by Lee that display the art in various ways.


Viewers will have the opportunity to get a first look at Jenks’ artwork that will be available to purchase online or at Evolution by Design’s boutique furniture store and showroom, as well as take away a few interior design tips, such as how to design a space around an original art piece, how to use art to personalize a room, how to successfully combine an original piece with stock images, and more.

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Fantastic Four #25 adds two additional interior artists alongside new series artist R.B. Silva

Fantastic Four #25 has added a pair of artists to its creative roster, with Paco Medina and Will Robson coming aboard for the issue to supplement previously announced interior artist RB Silva, as announced in Marvel’s weekly retailer mailer.



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Both Medina and Robson have drawn portions of the current Fantastic Four volume previously.

The issue – which clocks in at a whopping 56 pages, perhaps explaining the expanded art team – is billed as a gamechanger for the team, coming just weeks after the recent conclusion of Marvel’s Empyre, which put the FF at the heart of a cosmic conflict between the Kree/Skrull empire and the Cotati.

“A new era for the Fantastic Four!” reads Marvel’s solicitation for Fantastic Four #25.

“Do not miss it! This issue has it all: New Artist! New villains! New uniforms! And a new, major, permanent status quo change for Marvel’s First Family!”

“Who is the Helmsman? Is he here to save our reality or destroy it? Why is Victorious in New York—and what will that mean for the Human Torch?” it continues. “All this and an appearance by Doctor Doom! One of the most important characters in the entire cosmos…returns from the dead! And a major turning point in the history of the Fantastic Four!”

It sounds like those 56 pages will pack in a ton of story – perhaps even evolving the Fantastic Four in a previously unseen way. However, it’s unclear exactly what’s in store for Marvel’s first family. The solicitation for the subsequent Fantastic Four #26 doubles down on the mystery, stating that “beings from countless realities” are arriving in Manhattan through a massive portal, while the solicitation for December’s #27 gets really ominous, stating that the core Marvel Universe’s dimension is “destined for destruction.”

Fantastic Four #25 is due out October 21.

For more of what’s in store at Marvel Comics, check out the publisher’s just-released December 2020 solicitations right here.

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