Archive for May, 2019

Art and Friends

My friends drove back to Santa Fe on Sunday morning. I had great time with them. We toured almost every gallery and art venue in town. Stops were made at a dispensary on Thursday and Friday evening for “supplies”. We attended the grand opening of the new Space Annex gallery on Thursday night before having a leisurely dinner at Potager which is one of my favorite restaurants. The ladies toured the Denver Botanic Garden Friday morning while I worked. Friday afternoon was spent shopping in Cherry Creek. I picked the ladies up at the hotel on Friday evening for a tour of the Co-op galleries. Along the way we ventured over to the west side of town for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant as Santa Fe lacks certain types of ethnic food. On the way back to the hotel, we drove by the $50m Meow Wolf construction project, which got its start in Santa Fe. Saturday morning the ladies toured the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum. The women were awed by Clyfford Still’s large scale paintings and by the sublime architecture of the building. A friend joined us for lunch on Saturday who, coincidentally, follows two of the women on Instagram. After lunch we toured the high-end galleries in the Golden Triangle, Santa Fe drive and LoDo. The women were very impressed by the offerings and rosters of talent in the commercial galleries. After the galleries, we had drinks at the Cruise Room in the historic Oxford Hotel in LoDo just steps from Union Station. The women enjoyed our dinner at Potager on Thursday night so much they wanted to go back for second meal. We had another wonderful meal at Potager while we rehashed the art tours and venues. We saw a $50 painting on Friday night and a $150,000 painting on Saturday afternoon. Surprisingly, The women concluded the Denver art scene is more vibrant and inclusive than Santa Fe.

It was the best weekend I’ve had in a long time. I seldom get to spend the better part of three days touring art venues with friends. I look forward to their next trip to Denver.

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This weekend, I’ll be an art tour guide for three friends from Santa Fe who will be staying in town for few days. All are women. Two are successful artists and one is a wealth manager/artist. These women are a lot of fun. They love a good cocktail too. They’ll be staying in the Golden Triangle neighborhood at the ART, which is a swank boutique hotel with a multi-million dollar art collection. The women are arriving on Thursday and leaving on Sunday morning after brunch. I’m working on Friday so I’ve put together a self-guided itinerary for the women to pursue on their own during the day. The itinerary includes the Denver Art Museum, which is located next to the hotel, a walking tour of the Golden Triangle galleries and the Denver Botanic Garden’s York Street location. It will be a few days of galleries, lunches and dinners along with great company and interesting conversations.

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One Last Time

It’s snowing here. Hopefully, this will be the last snow of the season in the city.

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A Difficult Path

While on the Friday night art tour I ran into a friend who has been having marital issues. My friend told me she was going to ask her husband to move out of the house on Sunday. She thinks a trial separation may be a catalyst for change in the hope the marriage can be saved.

I knew the couple was in counseling but learning that a separation was on horizon made me sad. I was down the rest of the night. I really like this couple. I always enjoy our conversations in the galleries. Knowing about the pending separation brought back memories of the end of my relationship. Both break ups were on my mind all weekend.

On Sunday, a mutual friend let me know the wife went ahead with her plan. She’s worried, sad and a bit shocked. I hope to have a conversation with her later in the week. I want to be supportive, while at the same time I don’t want to alienate the husband. It’s a difficult path to navigate.

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I worked in my yard for six hours today. I could spend another week in the yard and still have things to do. Have you ever transplanted bamboo?

I decided to have a relaxing soak in the tub for a while before dinner. As soon as I get settled in my tranquility is interrupted by purring. I open my eyes to see this:
He walked around the tub for a few minutes and wandered off. Or so I thought. When I tried to get out of the tub I found this:
Seriously? There’s nothing like a trip to the ER after slipping on a granite floor with a wet foot. A few drops of bath water was the only motivation needed to get Ferdinand to move. Crisis averted.

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It was a quiet night on the local art scene. Only two galleries had openings. The hit of the night was Sue Simon’s presentation of new works at Spark Gallery. Sue’s paintings combine abstraction with science and mathematics. Her new works concentrate on numbers. Her paintings are delightful and well crafted. This exhibition did not disappoint. Here are a few of my favorites:

Some Numbers Drive You Crazy, acrylic on panel
Pi is an Infinitely Long Series of Numbers, acrylic on panel
Zero, acrylic on panel
Some Numbers Keep You Calm, acrylic on panel
Uncountable Infinity, acrylic on panel (just one panel of a six panel painting)

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Photo of the Day

Tatsuto Shibata, Buddha

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Emerging Talent

Mack and I did the art tour tonight. The last stop was Pirate Contemporary Art where we saw new works by emerging artist, Leah Fernandez. Leah collects old photographs which she uses as the basis for her paintings resulting in a retro feel. Her vibrant color palette is fresh and exciting. Here are a few of her paintings:

Geraldine, oil on canvas, 16 x 20.
Tempest in a Teacup, oil on canvas, 24 x 24.
The table, oil on canvas, 13 x 22.

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Last night, I attend the opening of Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America at the Denver Art Museum. I really enjoyed the exhibit and need to go back for a second look. You can read about the exhibit here. Here are a few pics from the exhibit:

Henry P. Glass, Swing-Line child’s wardrobe, 1952

Alexander Girard, Fruit Tree, printed linen, 1961

Alexander Girard, April, printed cotton, 1960

Alexander Girard, Cutout, printed coton, 1954

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