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Nexus, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, CO

nexus |ˈneksəs| noun (pl.same or nexuses)

a connection or series of connections linking two or more things: the nexus between industry and political power.

June 28 - August 27, 2016

Artist Statement

Architectural systems are not about the walls that are built but how the people flow through that space. HVAC pipes push air to where we need to be cool or warm, or take away toxic air that would make us uncomfortable. So when we think of systems that are bigger than what we can see, are we being given the air to breath, or are we saved from the discomfort of our own toxicity? 

This work is a visual representation of such systems. It could be applied to any aspect of our discourse in politics, social justice, spirituality or ourselves. It is meant to prompt questions of the larger system, not just about our own selves within that system.

When creating GRIDS, as found in the work in this exhibit, the ideas of our communities are so narrowly focused on the moment/day/space/idea at hand. Issues and ideas are being dropped with a simple click of the track pad or swipe of the screen. One tragedy is outshining another injustice. This is a daily occurrence.

The victims are our neighbors, but we find comfort in blaming them for not being like us… in this house… with these locks. Until we are truly affected by the system that breaks into our space, will we realize that we are all affected.

This is not meant to be a hopeless analysis of our society, but rather, to be aware of the walls that hold us in, and reach through the windows and doors that are passages past complacency and disengagement. Tell your story and listen to other’s stories. Feel a pain that you may not ever have to endure. Look into the eyes of those you are told to fear. Let love be the air you breathe and let toxic hate be taken away.

- Heidi A. Jeub, 2016


About Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts had its beginnings in the summer of 1998. Local artists gathered together and created an arts center for the Tri-Lakes area in one of its oldest buildings. With a generous gift from a donor and the stipulation that the Arts Center be self supporting, the Kaiser-Frazer building was transformed into the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. The Arts Center planned to be a non-profit entity so they would be eligible for funding through grants and charitable donations. Their purpose was to bring local artists together in a spirit of creativity and to collaborate and also to have a center for the community. TLCA was issued a 501(c) 3 designation in January 1999.

Previously the building was the site of the Thomas A. Hanks Livery Stable and Transfer Service in 1898, Palmer Lakes first livery stable. Later owned by Charles Orr, it was an Angora rabbit wool processing plant in 1957. The Denver Rio Grande Railroad repaired train cars in the south end of the facility. For many years, the Trailways bus stopped here in Palmer Lake. Fred Walker purchased a portion of the facility in 1969. His hobby was purchasing and restoring Kaiser and Frazer cars. The Kaiser/Frazer sign was bought from a shop in Pueblo in the mid-70’s.

Over the years, the Art Center has hosted many art exhibits featuring local and international names, concerts, preforming arts, lectures, dances, and fundraisers. Some events over the past years have been Palmer Lake arts and Community Event (PLACE), Tri-Lakes Children’s Art Exhibition, Sock Hop, Oktoberfest, Icicles & Mistletoe Gala, Taos Film Festival and lectures featuring photographer John Fielder and mountain climber Simon Yates. The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts has become a thriving venue for art exhibits, concerts, benefits, children’s events, lectures, theater, demonstrations, receptions, classes, workshops and events for the community.

The Mission of the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts is to nurture emerging artists, demonstrate cultural creativity, and promote the fine arts and humanities in the Tri- Lakes area and beyond.