• 7560 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO

We would LOVE to invite you to our annual Pizza Party and 3rd Friday Artists’ Reception on Friday, December 15th, 2023,  4-7 pm, to present the students’ tiles at Academy Art & Frame Company. Included in the event is the book release of THE IMPROMPTU, a book of beautiful poetry written by our own local artist and author, Ray Whitaker. Ray will have his 4th book for sale at the reception and will do short readings from it at 4, 5 and 6 p.m.



The display of ceiling tiles is in its 16th year having been started by Kim Costello in 2008. High school students from different schools create 4 foot by 4 foot tiles with the only limitations being that it has to be the full 4’x4′ size and that it hangs from the ceiling. The students’ creativity has astounded us every year.

This is a judged exhibit and offers the students an opportunity to be judged not just by their peers but also by the public. Come in anytime during normal business hours to vote on your favorite tile and also vote online on our Facebook page .

Students with the most votes both in-store and online will receive gift certificates for framing or art. Voting starts at the reception and continues until February 14th, 2024.


Joni Ware’s breathtaking display “The Beauty of the Earth” is still on display throughout December. Joni will be in attendance for the 3rd Friday Artist Reception on December 15, 4-7 pm.

“I am struck by beauty wherever I go…”