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The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake is a place to find exhibits by local and internationally known artists, concerts by the likes of Judy Collins, Colin Hay and Paula Cole, lectures, dances, art classes and fundraisers.

Built in 1898, the historic building could probably tell some interesting stories if only walls could talk. It was originally the Thomas A. Hanks Livery Stable and Transfer Service, the first livery stable. Through the years the building was used for other businesses. In 1957 it became an Angora rabbit wool processing plant, owned by Charles Orr. The Denver Rio Grande Railroad used the south end of the building to repair train cars. At one point Trailways bus company used it as a bus stop. In 1969 the building was purchased by Fred Walker, who used it to pursue his hobby of restoring Kaiser and Frazer cars.

In the summer of 1998, local artists got together to create an arts center in the building. In 1999 the organization was granted nonprofit status with the mission to nurture emerging artists, demonstrate cultural creativity, and promote the fine arts and humanities in the Tri-Lakes area and beyond.

For the past two decades, the center has hosted exhibits, concerts, benefits, children's events, lectures, theater, demonstrations, receptions, classes, workshops and community events. In 2017, seven resident artists are featured at the center including: Laura Maddox, Ronny Walker, Gregory Hoff, Debi Story Maddox, Maria Rae Miles, Rikki Stiltner, and Randy Elliot Hull.

The center is at 304 S. Colorado 105. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Details: 719-481-0475, trilakesarts.org.

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