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Disappointment Drive 3

My date with the thirty-five-year-old artist never happened. After two days of texting he told me he was at an art fair in London selling his sculptures. Some of his texts used phrases not common here. Red flags one and two were raised. A Google search of his name resulted in nothing about an artist. Surely, a Denver artist selling sculpture in London would have a website. Red flag number three was raised. Next, he texted about his frustration with the United Kingdom banking system and his inability to cash an American money order. Red flag four was raised. Before he could ask for money I told him I was spending the weekend at Cindi’s house in Coal Creek Canyon which has no cell service (land lines only). I asked him to email me. He never emailed. Red flag number five was raised. He was to return to Denver on Sunday. I emailed and texted the artist but I’ve not received a reply. He’s probably stranded in London with an uncashed money order. I’m sure it was a scam.

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Peter’s Show

The Peter Illig exhibit at Walker Fine Art opens on Thursday, February 5th. I wonder if my favorite mom of three can get pass from parenthood to check out the show with me. Walker, located in the Golden Triangle, is one of the most respected galleries in town and has a history of excellent exhibits. Hopefully, the other galleries in the Golden Triangle will be open. It will be a fun event.

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He Didn’t Die

I never had a second date with Ricky Ricardo. He asked for a second date but fell ill and had to cancel. He said he would contact me when he recovered from his illness. I’ve seen him online so I know he didn’t die. He’s either no longer interested or found something better. Or perhaps the idea of dating a gringo scared him off.

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Getting Dumped At DSW

I was out running errands yesterday and decided to pop into DSW to see if I could pick up a new pair of gym shoes. It had been a while since I spent money on clothes or shoes since my focus has been on refurnishing the house. I had worked out, took a yoga class and washed the car. It was a beautiful sunny day. I was in a good mood. It was time for new shoes.

I quickly found a pair of gym shoes at a price I couldn’t pass up. I decided to check out the boot selection. I noticed a strikingly handsome man trying on a boot while talking on his cell as I entered the boot aisle. As I got closer I noticed the man was crying. I didn’t want to intrude but a pair of black Steve Madden wingtip casual boots caught my eye a few feet from the man. I couldn’t help myself so I stopped to examine the boots while eavesdropping on the man’s conversation. The man just got dumped for uncertain indiscretions. He was in tears pleading for a second chance. I pulled my size off the shelf and walked down the aisle away from the man to try on the boots. The boots were a great fit along with being thirty percent off. I headed to the cashier avoiding the handsome man still on his cell.

I left the store with my new shoes and headed home. Once home, I got a text from a guy I was meeting for dinner. It was to be a first date but he cancelled due to a cold. Is the universe punishing me for eavesdropping on the man’s conversation? I spent the night at home alone in front of the TV wearing my new boots in an effort the break them in. Lesson learned.

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Can You See The Penis?

I was so thankful to close the laptop yesterday afternoon. It marked the end of tough work week. I hit the gym for a leg and shoulder workout which helped put me in a good mood for the weekend. I threw together a simple dinner consisting of an egg white omelet with smoked ham and a protein shake. I showered, dressed and headed out the door for the Peter Yumi/Lyle West opening at Ironton Studios in RiNo.

Ironton Gallery is a wonderful expansive complex with a courtyard, sculptural outdoor fireplace, arbor strung with twinkle lights, gardens, numerous seating areas and a large tree like metal sculpture. The gallery is an L-shaped room with white walls and a very tall ceiling. It’s a great space for art. Ironton is off the beaten path in the more industrial part of RiNo.

I met Peter at Kara’s studio a few weeks ago. Peter is curating the upcoming show at Kara’s gallery which is opening next Friday night. I briefly talked with Peter outside by the fireplace which is where the 420 action was happening. We made plans to talk at Kara’s opening.

I wasn’t familiar with Lyle West’s work. I was really impressed by the complexity of his work. I put him on my list of artists to follow.

Both artist were showing mixed-media pieces. Peter’s pieces were inkjet collage prints with a muted color palate while Lyle’s were large torn paper pieces that looked a lot like very colorful graffiti. Up close Lyle’s pieces looked like a huge collage of vignettes but from a distance most turned into male nude studies. I didn’t realize they were figurative until I started noticing the penises. It was a great show. The works complement each other and look good in the space.

Standing by the fireplace under a dark sky dotted with stars was refreshing. It had been a warm day so the evening was cool but pleasant. I’m so lucky to live in a city with a thriving art community. It’s one of the best things about living in Denver.

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Is Old Now Cool?

Have you seen the new Céline add featuring eighty-year-old author Joan Didion? The French luxury fashion house chose Didion to be the face of their Spring 2015 campaign. Imagine that! Is old now cool?

Didion, who has been a literary icon for years, has been called the original cool girl. She has a cult following and is one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Oddly, most of her female fans can’t afford to shop at high-end Céline.

As a fifty-seven-year-old gay man I often feel that my expiration date has passed. Perhaps the tide is turning and society will start raising the value of people of a certain age. Or perhaps, it’s just a passing fad.

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Art News

The Denver Botanic Gardens had a blockbuster Chihuly show this summer which broke attendance records. Debra Butterfield has been selected as the artist for next summer’s sculpture show. Debra is known for her horse sculptures made from found objects. While this show will probably not set new attendance records it will be a crowd pleaser and will certainly draw the art community. Cindi knew Debra when they both lived in Bozeman, Montana. We’re planning on having an art date along with Joel, Cindi’s man, to see the show.

In other art news, the Arvada Center will open an exhibit this month that will showcase the evolution of the Pop movement. Works by regional artists will be shown alongside works by the originators for the Pop movement. The show will include Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Edward Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol. The regional artists include Phil Bender, Kym Bloom, Colin Livingston, Tony Ortega and Louis Recchia, among others. This show has the potential to be one of the local landmark art events of year.

Also this month, Rule Gallery will have a popup exhibition at Pirate showcasing the work of the founding members of Spark Gallery, the oldest coop gallery in Denver. I know this is confusing. Rule Gallery honoring the original Spark members at Pirate Gallery.

Finally, Month of Photography will return in March to the galleries. It may be winter but there’s a lot to get out and see.

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