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A Happening

Friday night was one of those nights which started out to be low-key but quickly developed into a happening.

I met Mrs. L. at Spark Gallery in the Santa Fe Arts District for a triple header. Mark Brasuell. Leo Franco and Craig Robb were presenting their new works. All three knocked it out of the park. Mark’s large scale abstracts on French paper incorporated a fresh and inviting color palate. I liked every one of his pieces. Leo showed a new collection of sculptures consisting of plexiglass, wood and metal. Robb also showed wood and metal sculptures which included various small objects. All three bodies of work complimented each other.

Our next stop was Access Gallery across the street. Access is a nonprofit gallery which helps young people with disabilities experience and benefit from the arts. A group of deaf teenagers presented their artwork. Each artist used ASL to describe their works while an interpreter voiced their words for the hearing. Each presentation was follow by a Q&A session. It was a most remarkable event to experience. One young woman came out as transgendered. Can you imagine her journey as a deaf transgendered young woman who is also a minority? Access, which was founded in 1978, is a true asset to our community.

After Access, we jumped in the car and headed to the 40 West Arts District in Lakewood, a Denver suburb. Our first stop was Core Gallery, followed by Kanon and Next Gallery. I ran into Virginia T Coleman, a sculptor and welder who produces large and small scale works metal works. I made arrangements for Virginia to repair one her sculptures I have in my yard which was damaged by the bomb cyclone last year. She going to drop by with her portable welder in the next few weeks.

The final stop of the night was Pirate Contemporary Art to see new works by Louis Recchia and Peter Yumi. The gallery was packed. Both artist are extremely talented and prolific with large followings. This show did not disappoint. Here’s a review I found on Instagram:

Big opening at Pirate Contemporary Art last night. Louis Recchia and Peter Yumi, two prolific artists, brought some serious color to the space. Louis’s work is a mishmash of iconic popular culture that through his stylized caricatures recontextualize all forms of art. A comment on the cultural realties society manifests based on accumulated abstract and romantic fictions. If art is a reflection of a society and alters our perception of the world, when we look at it as a whole does it make any sense or is it one big beautiful circus? Concurrently Peter Yumi’s work asks a similar question. He has created a romantic fictional place called Fruitland. This south of the border equatorial picture postcard world in many ways pokes fun at our misperception of what a tourist or outsider considers paradise. What would it be like to live in a colorful happy loving world where the goddess factor was cherished and everyone worked harmoniously within a benevolent system of equality for all. Peter’s colorful photo altered abstract paintings appear nostalgic and say something about innocence lost and something that as a society we need to regain if we want to survive and prosper. These two shows bring out the best in people and you could feel the exuberance, good will and love on opening night.

After Pirate I accepted an invitation to a late dinner at nearby Thai restaurant. Ivy, the hostess from that fun summer party, invited Mrs. L. and I to join her for dinner. Ivy filled us in on her life recovery from being left by boyfriend just after the party. She’s doing well as is Mrs. L. This past week, Mrs. L. landed a new high-paying job at a prestigious local architecture firm. Mrs. L. can now divorce her husband and refinance her marital home which will allow her to pay off her soon to be ex-husband.

It was a fun filled evening. And I even made if home before ten.

Mark Brasuell, Rosa Vogel, pastel on French paper

Leo Franco, Relief #4

Craig Robb, Relative to One

Louis Recchia, The Storm, oil on canvas, 40 x 36

Peter Yumi untitled works

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Recent Art Activities

As promised, here’s a summary of my art related activities from last weekend.

Kelly’s husband is the grandson of Werner Drewes. They enlisted the William Havu Gallery to sell a small portion of the artworks from the Drewes estate. Friday night’s opening presented a selection of works for sale. All were stellar in my opinion but priced out of my reach. Several works sold that night.

Earlier in the evening I attended openings at Rule and D’art, before meeting Mrs. L. at Havu. After the openings, a group, which included Kelly, her husband and Mrs. L., had a late dinner in the Golden Triangle. It was a most delicious meal with stimulation conversation.

On Saturday, I attended an invitation only art show at a private residence in the Ken Caryl suburb behind the Red Rock Hogback. It was a very nice affair in a swank neighborhood with stunning views. I managed to escape without making a purchase.

On Sunday, I met a friend at the DAM for a quick tour.

Tomorrow evening I’m meeting up with Mrs. L, to tour the art openings. There seems to be never ending art activities in this town.

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The Last Day of Summer

It’s been a long hot summer here. How about a steamy photo from Ellen Von Unwerth to close out summer?

I’ve been busy with art activities most of the weekend. More to come in a future post.

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Friday Night Art

Heidi Jung and Andrew Robert-Gray presented new offerings at Michael Warren Contemporary last night to a packed house. It was great to see the large turnout for these artists. Here are a few selections from the exhibit.

Heidi Jung, Leche, sumi ink and charcoal on mylar mounted on panel, 20 x 16 x 2.

Heidi Jung, Lillies, sumi ink and charcoal on mylar mounted on panel, 30 x 20 x 2.

Andrew Roberts-Gray, Hydrogen, mixed media on sandblasted mirrored acrylic on panel, 74 x 60 x 2.

Andrew Roberts-Gray, Recon, mixed media on sandblasted acrylic, 4 x 18 x 1 1/4.

My final stop of the night was Pirate Contemporary Art to check out Bug’s latest installation, Iliad.

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Off With Her Head

Kelly sent me a text with a photo of her daughter’s first modeling campaign which was shot months ago.

They cropped out most of her head as the focus of the add is the handbag. At least her hair looks pretty.

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A New Neighborhood Trend

My neighbors to the north finished a gut to the studs renovation on their house in late fall 2017. The renovation left the lawn and most of the landscape destroyed. The couple re-landscaped the yard in the spring of 2018. I was pleased with the new landscape. This year, the couple hired a new landscaping company to rip out the previous firm’s work and plant a new design. Only a few medium-sized evergreens were kept. The wife of the couple told me her husband didn’t like the previous design so it had to go. Even though I liked the first design, I like the new one even better.

This summer, four other neighbors have completely scrapped off their yards (both front and back) to make way for new landscaping. Walkways were replaced, new landscape lighting was installed, water features were added along with new lawns and heavily planted gardens. All of these projects were done by professional landscape companies. Not one was a DYI project. It seems odd that re-landscaping is suddenly the new trend in the neighborhood. I can’t ever remember a time when this many new landscape project took place in such a short time. Is this happening in your neighborhood too?

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Art With A Friend

This weekend marked the start of the fall art season here. There was a plethora of venues to check out last night.

I met up with Mrs. L at Mai Wyn’s gallery. She’s now unemployed but has been interviewing with one of the most prestigious architectural firms in Denver. Mrs. L hopes to land an offer next week. Her divorce and mortgage refinance have been put on hold. I had a great time with Mrs. L. I let her guide the conversation as we toured a galleries and took in the experience of First Friday in the Santa Fe Arts District. I wanted to listen and support her and not ask questions about a very emotional and sensitive time in her life. Along the way, other stops were made at Space Gallery, Space Annex, Urban Mud (a new ceramic arts guild and gallery), Spark, D’art, Michael Warren Contemporary, Rule and Sync galleries. The last stop of the night was the opening at Walker Fine Art in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Walker has another beautiful and cohesive show which did not disappoint.

It was a fun night but it was impossible to make it to all the offerings. I missed openings at Pirate Contemporary Art, Gildar, Mirus and the Crush event in RiNo.

Here’s my favorite piece of the night:

Jeff Wenzel, Jondo, mixed media on panel, 60 x 32.5, Space Annex.

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