By Amber Cassady
Manitou Springs, Colo.- Marika’s Coffee House, situated in the heart of eclectic Manitou Springs, is a hub for cultural, social and culinary activity. Paintings and photography cover the walls that extend far back into the shop that is quite larger than the impression that its quaint storefront gives off. Walk past the craft display at the front, the coffee bar, and the two rooms after and you will find the cozy, aesthetically pleasing room in which Souls Church, pastored by Christopher Nason, comes together weekly.
Hosting art shows and meeting in the creative environment of Marika’s Coffee House draw the artsy crowd in Manitou toward Souls Church. Fliers advertising conversations about art and spirituality hook the interest of artists, enthusiasts and the otherwise curious and urge them to explore Souls Church’s Thursday night gatherings. On July 20 and 21, Souls Church will be holding their third annual Redemptive Reflections Art Show. Artists will submit pieces that represent the redemption theme in forms of painting, photography, spoken word, music and writing.