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Eric Fetsch and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Team Up for the Affordable Housing Cause

Eric Fetsch uses watercolors to paint a door for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's "Opening Doors for 30 Years" fundraising event.
Eric Fetsch uses watercolors to paint a door for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity's "Opening Doors for 30 Years" fundraising event.
Eric Fetsch allowed me to visit him in his home studio September 30, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colo. I had the honor to see his work up close and personal as well as listen to his passion for watercolors and community. Eric helps to unearth people’s talents in his workshops and encourages them to pursue their painting. “I try and find out what people enjoy and excel at during my workshops,” said Eric Fetsch, artist and owner of Eric Fetsch Art. “I provide them with the tools to figure out how to make that click. The fun part about workshops is you never know who is going to take off.” Eric prefers painting on canvas and teaches his technique to students that attend his workshops. Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity has offered him a new challenge recently. Eric is using a hard wood door to paint a watercolor scene for Pikes Peak Habitat’s fundraising event “Opening Doors for 30 Years.” “The good thing about watercolor painting is that there are dozens and dozens of methods,” said Eric Fetsch, artists and owner of Eric Fetsch Art. “Painting a big watercolor painting used to be a massive undertaking and hard to do, but I’ve taught myself a technique that I learned from trial and error. I apply Gesso as a base coat, and off I go.”
Eric Fetsch paints Aspen tree trunks on a door that will be donated to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity for their live auction fundraising event.
Eric Fetsch paints Aspen trees on a door that will be donated to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity for their live auction fundraising event.
The painting Eric is working on for the fundraising event achieves both his passions for watercolor and community. The watercolor will be auctioned off during Pikes Peak Habitat’s live auction fundraising event. All of the proceeds will go to families in need of affordable housing in the community. “My wife and I have always been involved with community projects,” said Eric Fetsch, artist and owner of Eric Fetsch Art. “I used to be on the Partners in Housing board. We worked with them for about 8 years. As an affordable housing concept it’s the real answer.” Partners in Housing is a transitional housing program in Colorado Springs that helps keep mothers and children in a safe place while they get back on their feet. Greccio Housing and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity are two organizations that offer permanent housing in the community and are the next stages for these families. “The end goal is to have everyone in the community living in safe, decent, affordable homes,” said Eric Fetsch, artist and owner Eric Fetsch Art. “People are active and working in this community to make a difference. If you want to show up and participate in what we are trying to do, just show up. Everyone is welcome to get involved and make a difference in the affordable housing cause.” About Eric Fetsch Art Eric Fetsch is a member of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. He supports a variety of projects and non-profit organizations through donations of his artwork. His artwork depicts scenes of landscapes and wildlife. Eric teaches Watercolor Workshops for artists of all ages and skills. To learn more about Eric Fetsch Art go to http://ericfetsch.com About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization was founded in El Paso County in 1986. Pikes Peak Habitat’s mission is, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” The organization builds affordable permanent housing for low-income families in the region with the generous support of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. To learn more about Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity go to http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org

Local Artist Creates Original Piece for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity’s Fundraising Event

Laura Reilly stands in her studio, Laura Reilly Fine Art Gallery and Studio, in historic Old Colorado City, Colo. Photo by Amber Martin
Laura Reilly stands in her studio, Laura Reilly Fine Art Gallery and Studio, in historic Old Colorado City, Colo. Photo by Amber Martin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amber Martin Public Relations Graduate Student, Full Sail University ALMartin2@fullsail.edu Stunning paintings of the Colorado landscape hang from the walls around me as I watch Laura Reilly paint another picturesque scene on a cabinet door at her studio in historic Old Colorado City Sept. 21, 2016. “Colorado is one of the inspirations for my artwork,” said Laura Reilly, Artist and owner of Laura Reilly Fine Art Gallery and Studio. “It’s such a beautiful place. I’ve lived in Colorado Springs for 35 years. I’m not a native, but I feel like a native in my heart.”
Laura Reilly paints poppy flowers on a cabinet door using small brush strokes to, "give a lively feeling to the painting," in her studio located in historic Old Colorado City, Colo. Photo by Amber Martin
Laura Reilly paints poppy flowers on a cabinet door using small brush strokes to, "give a lively feeling to the painting," in her studio located in historic Old Colorado City, Colo. Photo by Amber Martin
The cabinet door that Laura is painting will be donated to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity’s “Opening Doors for 30 Years” event. The event is in celebration of Pikes Peak Habitat’s 30th anniversary and will feature a special guest speaker and live auction. “Laura Reilly is a prominent artist in our community,” said Laura Williams-Parrish, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Development Associate. “Her ability to impressionistically capture the light and colors of the scenery is quite remarkable. Her paintings are simply beautiful.” The fundraising event allows Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity to call attention to the need for affordable permanent housing in El Paso County as well as highlight local artist’s work. The majority of renters in the region pay more than 30 percent of their income towards housing. Increases in home prices and rising rents have made it difficult for low to middle income working families in the region to make ends meets. “The reason I decided to paint this cabinet door for the event is that I appreciate Habitat for Humanity’s mission,” said Laura Reilly. “I think affordable housing is an issue for the whole community, the solution is multifaceted. I see the growth in homelessness and housing issues. It breaks my heart when I hear about families not having a roof over their head.” To learn more about Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and get involved with the affordable housing cause visit http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org or call Isaac Ring, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Manager, at 719.475.7800 ext. 102. About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization was founded in El Paso County in 1986. Pikes Peak Habitat’s mission is, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” The organization builds affordable permanent housing for low-income families in the region with the generous support of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.

Local Artist Creates Original Piece for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity’s Fundraising Event

Laura Reilly stands in her studio, Laura Reilly Fine Art Gallery and Studio, in historic Old Colorado City, Colo. Photo by Amber Martin
Laura Reilly stands in her studio, Laura Reilly Fine Art Gallery and Studio, in historic Old Colorado City, Colo. Photo by Amber Martin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amber Martin Public Relations Graduate Student, Full Sail University ALMartin2@fullsail.edu Stunning paintings of the Colorado landscape hang from the walls around me as I watch Laura Reilly paint another picturesque scene on a cabinet door at her studio in historic Old Colorado City Sept. 21, 2016. “Colorado is one of the inspirations for my artwork,” said Laura Reilly, Artist and owner of Laura Reilly Fine Art Gallery and Studio. “It’s such a beautiful place. I’ve lived in Colorado Springs for 35 years. I’m not a native, but I feel like a native in my heart.”
Laura Reilly paints poppy flowers on a cabinet door using small brush strokes to, "give a lively feeling to the painting," in her studio located in historic Old Colorado City, Colo. Photo by Amber Martin
Laura Reilly paints poppy flowers on a cabinet door using small brush strokes to, "give a lively feeling to the painting," in her studio located in historic Old Colorado City, Colo. Photo by Amber Martin
The cabinet door that Laura is painting will be donated to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity’s “Opening Doors for 30 Years” event. The event is in celebration of Pikes Peak Habitat’s 30th anniversary and will feature a special guest speaker and live auction. “Laura Reilly is a prominent artist in our community,” said Laura Williams-Parrish, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Development Associate. “Her ability to impressionistically capture the light and colors of the scenery is quite remarkable. Her paintings are simply beautiful.” The fundraising event allows Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity to call attention to the need for affordable permanent housing in El Paso County as well as highlight local artist’s work. The majority of renters in the region pay more than 30 percent of their income towards housing. Increases in home prices and rising rents have made it difficult for low to middle income working families in the region to make ends meets. “The reason I decided to paint this cabinet door for the event is that I appreciate Habitat for Humanity’s mission,” said Laura Reilly. “I think affordable housing is an issue for the whole community, the solution is multifaceted. I see the growth in homelessness and housing issues. It breaks my heart when I hear about families not having a roof over their head.” To learn more about Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and get involved with the affordable housing cause visit http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org or call Isaac Ring, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Manager, at 719.475.7800 ext. 102. About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization was founded in El Paso County in 1986. Pikes Peak Habitat’s mission is, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” The organization builds affordable permanent housing for low-income families in the region with the generous support of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.

Mayor Suthers’ Makes Affordable Housing a Priority for Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Wraps-Up National Women Build Week

Volunteers from the Junior League of Colorado Springs dig a drainage ditch around a Habitat home foundation during Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week May 7, 2016, Fountain, Colorado.
Volunteers from the Junior League of Colorado Springs dig a drainage ditch with shovels and pickaxes with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity May 7, 2016, wrapping up National Women Build Week. National Women build Week is an annual weeklong event that invites women to dedicate at least one day to build strength and independence through home building. “With no experience in construction at all, I felt completely comfortable. They walk you through everything step by step,” said Stephanie Curnow, Junior League of Colorado Springs member and National Women Build Week volunteer. “Overall it was really great.” Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity had 126 individuals who signed up to volunteer for National Women Build Week. Eighty of the volunteers were women. Volunteer shifts are a total of three and a half hours and include a morning shift from 8:30am to 12:00pm or an afternoon shift from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. “We had a lot of things going on this week including trim-work, painting, windows, foundation-work and front yard work,” said Joe Allman, Construction Supervisor. “We were also able to complete both siding and insulation projects.”
Volunteers from the Junior League of Colorado Springs lift a wheel barrow of dirt during Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week on May 7, 2016, Fountain, Colorado.
Volunteers from the Junior League of Colorado Springs lift a wheel barrow of dirt during Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week on May 7, 2016, Fountain, Colorado.
This week volunteers worked on several Habitat homes, to include the Gallegos family home. The Gallegos home is expected to be complete this August. The Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week program began in 2008 and has completed three homes in the region. “Volunteering with habitat is an extremely fulfilling experience,” said Nailah Ellis Timberlake, Junior League of Colorado Springs member and National Women Build Week volunteer. “The work that Habitat does is important and if you have the time I think you should come out and support.”