Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New name and home for Filthy Wilma's

When a sizeable space on Manitou Avenue opened up, the artist/owners of Filthy Wilma’s in Manitou Springs jumped on it; they had been looking to leave their space at 10 Ruxton Ave. for a new location with more room and a better flow of traffic.The only catch: their new landlady hated the name Filthy Wilma’s.

“She thought it was morally corrupt,” said Tina Riesterer, who along with her husband, Ken, is among a group of artists that own the art gallery. “She would just not let that name be on her building.”So when the new gallery opens May 1, it will have a new name: the Green Horse Gallery. A grand reopening celebration on June 2 will include a funeral march from the old location to the new to mark the passing of Filthy Wilma’s.