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Steve Weed's "Ashes to Art" Project


The Ashes to Art Auction was a tremendous success and a wholehearted display of community support. Thank you, Colorado Springs, for the large turnout and competitive bids on the twenty-two pieces of artwork donated by Steve Weed from his striking Ashes to Art collection!

Winning bids for the twenty Waldo Canyon Fire pieces totaled over $37,000. 100% of these proceeds will be used for the Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial in Mountain Shadows Park to be unveiled in 2014.

Winning bids for the two Black Forest Fire pieces totaled almost $3,000. 100% of these proceeds will go to Black Forest Together for their restoration efforts already underway.

Steve Weed's Mountain Shadows home was not destroyed in the Waldo Canyon Fire, but when he returned to the blackened, destroyed landscape, he was filled with a sense of despair for his neighborhood.

Using the ashes and artifacts that Steve found in Mountain Shadows, he began to create pieces of artwork in dedication to the fire. The creations were intended to help his neighbors who lost everything, and were an act of emotional therapy, as well as a demonstration of gratitude to first-responders. Above all, Steve sought to capture, in his own style, the vivid and diverse images from those terrible days at the end of June 2012.


Touring Exhibit

Steve Weed will be exhibiting "Ashes to Art" around the city prior to auctioning the pieces. The column on the right side of this webpage provides complete list of when and where the work will be displayed.

Auction Fundraiser

The 22 pieces comprising "Ashes to Art" will be auctioned October 1, 2013. Proceeds from the auction of 20 pieces will be donated to Colorado Springs Together for the permanent Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial, and the funds raised from the auction of the two pieces of art depicting impressions of the Black Forest Fire will go to Black Forest Together.

"Ashes to Art" Slideshow

Please browse through the slideshow below to view pieces from Steve Weed's Ashes to Art project. The works incorporate actual charcoal and ashes left by the fire.

Auction Fundraiser


Guests invited to arrive at 6:15 p.m. on October 1, 2013


Garden of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Road

  • Evening will be emceed by Dianne Derby, KKTV news anchor
  • Kick-Off event for a week of remembrance and celebration marking the one year fire anniversary
  • Business attire
  • As well as for a personal collection, please consider bidding to donate a piece as a gift to a local fire station
  • 100% of proceeds from the Mountain Shadows pieces will benefit Colorado Springs Together's rebuilding efforts in Mountain Shadows.

Acknowlegement to First Responders

  • Each first responder who wants one will receive a print from the artist at a separate media event.
  • This event will occur prior to the auction as awareness build up to the auction event. 

Series Display Season

The series will be on display at the following locations:

Hayden Hays Galleries at the Broadmoor

  • In the traditional gallery (north side)
  • Invitation-only Artist’s Reception: Friday, April 26; 4pm – 8pm; full series shown
  • Public display: April 27 – 28; full series shown

Colorado Expressions Gallery

  • 122 East Kiowa
  • Public display: May 1 – 17
  • Extensive partial or full series shown

Pioneers Museum

  • 215 S. Tejon
  • Public display: May 21 – June 9
  • One piece, The Monster, will be shown along with project explanation.

Chapel Hills Mall

  • Public display: 1pm – 6pm daily through the end of September
  • Upper level between Dillard's and the central court
  • The full series
  • As they are completed, pieces will be added for Black Forest using charcoal and ashes provided by a Black Forest resident who lost their home. Two donated Black Forest pieces will benefit the recovery in Black Forest while the rest of the collection will be used to raise funds for the Mountain Shadows Memorial.

Garden of the Gods Club

  • 6:15 p.m.
  • October 1, 2013
  • 3320 Mesa Road