The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., 719/634-5583, www.csfineartscenter.org , Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $6.75–7) is a wonderful little museum that has an impressive permanent collection (from John Singer Sargent to Fritz Scholder and many more familiar names) and intriguing temporary exhibits.
In the Lane Family Gallery the handblown glass creations of artist Dale Chihuly are shown alongside Native American artworks—blankets and baskets—that influenced his work. Also look for Chihuly chandeliers elsewhere in the center.
The art deco building with Southwestern flair was designed in 1936 by Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem. On the west end of the building are Café 36 (719/477-4377, Tues.–Sun. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., reservations recommended) and the Deco Lounge (Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.). The outdoor patio is a terrific place for a special lunch with a view of Pikes Peak .
Tours are given every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.; no reservations are needed.