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'Brilliant' to shine at GOCA downtown with light, color

By: Celine Wright celine.wright@gazette.com
June 12, 2014 Updated: June 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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photo - Capoeira dancers perform at a previous "Brilliant' celebration.
Capoeira dancers perform at a previous "Brilliant' celebration. 

7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, GOCA 121 and Nosh patio, 121 S. Tejon St., $45, $40 GOCA members, $25 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students with ID, $80 VIP; 255-3504, galleryuccs.org

Brilliance is something eye-catching, something inspiring and something unforgettable.

Come Saturday, all of that and more is promised at "Brilliant," the annual fundraiser for the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The evening showcases the sparkle and talent of local and regional artists.

"'Brilliant' is really about light and color and genius and trying to highlight the genius within our own community," says Daisy McConnell, GOCA director.

This is the first time the gala will be held downtown in GOCA121, and it will also spill over into the restaurant Nosh.

Being downtown will better allow the motion-based arts platform Denver Digerati to present a mix of digital art and animation, from regional and national artists, on screens throughout the space.

Ormao Dance Company will perform, using mannequins created by local artist Wendy Mike, and b-boy group Soul Mechanics and DJ Prominent round off the night.

"Cycling through, you'll see a lot of art and maybe you'll want to sit down and really sink in or maybe you'll walk right past, but however you engage, we'll have up to 75 artists represented," says McConnell.

"Brilliant" is GOCA's biggest event of the year. Last year the gala raised $9,500 - a third of GOCA's annual programming budget.

"Each year's event is a culmination of what we do year-round, both in the gallery spaces and the community," says McConnell.

Nosh will cater, providing small bites and an alcoholic "Slushie," befitting the theme of the party.

"They are game to play in terms of getting creative with the food," McConnell says.

Celine Wright, The Gazette. celine.wright@gazette.com

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