Centennial art collective churns out messages of hope

SoSu Artist Collective at SouthGlenn still reaches public during pandemic


Nearly a year of life in the pandemic hasn't seemed to make a local group of artists any less aspirational.

The South Suburban Artist Collective, whose studio sits in The Streets at SouthGlenn outdoor mall in Centennial, has kept pushing along to contribute to art in public and in people's personal lives.

One current effort sees the artists creating works for an initiative called Flags of Hope, a collaboration to decorate the Art District on Santa Fe in Denver with flags bearing messages about artists' hopes for society or other ideas about which they're passionate.

Janet Moore, a member of the art collective, created a flag bearing a quote from the book “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “The essential is invisible to the eyes.”

“I think right now, it's really important for everyone to think about what is really important and valuable to our lives,” Moore said.

Mar Knight-Hall, another member of the collective, which calls itself SoSu for short, worked on a flag intended to advocate for "more love and compassion for animals," Knight-Hall said.

“I think one of the things COVID has done is brought people closer to their pets,” Knight-Hall added.

The Santa Fe district was expected to be decorated from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, according to its website.

On the more private side, the SoSu collective helped people spread the Valentine's Day spirit again this year. In two previous years, the group held an in-person workshop to help people decorate clay hearts, but this year, patrons picked them up or received them by delivery. The boxes include ceramic hearts, paints and chocolates.

“It's just something fun and unique to do for Valentine's Day in a pandemic,” said Megan Kennedy, a Centennial resident who came to pick up her box on Feb. 4.

The art collective is also gearing up for its SoSu 20x20 Exhibit, which will be hung on the gallery wall in the back of the group's studio at SouthGlenn. The group plans to exhibit by appointment and virtually.

The 20x20 Exhibit runs from March 1 to May 31.  

“We plan to have quarterly rotations of exhibits in which a theme or an individual SoSu artist will be featured,” Moore said.

The SoSu art collective includes a small group of Centennial-area artists working out of the studio at SouthGlenn. The collective formed roughly six years ago and has held a yearly Holiday Pop-Up Art Market. The group moved in August 2019 into the space at 2154 E. Commons Ave. at SouthGlenn.

The collective isn't keeping regular hours, but Moore is reachable at 303-956-5193.


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