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Scenes From Friday Night

The interview went well. I have an evening interview at the client’s office on Wednesday.

I snapped a few pictures on the gallery tour tonight.

Mural on 10th Avenue at Santa Fe.

The alley behind Mary Mackey Fine Art on Santa Fe.

Detail of a photograph at Spark Gallery on Santa Fe.

Door handle from the Liberace Collection.

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The Pattern Shop Gallery hosted a salon on Saturday afternoon for Jessica. Since Paddy and JP missed the opening, we arrived early so they could preview the works. Jessica explained her creative process and inspirations for her collages. All of her works are based on events in her life. She gave an overview of each collage except for the one influenced by the death of her son. It was too painful for her discuss. Hearing her struggles as a transgendered woman of color was truly inspiring. Jessica has faced more difficult times in her life than most people. Her story made me realize how being a white male in the United States grants me privileges unavailable to others.

Collectors have been viewing her works. There’s a buzz in the local art world about her show. It’s Jessica’s time in the spotlight. It’s a time she has been waiting years to experience. It’s well deserved.

Detail of one of the collages. Note the ankle monitor on her leg.

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Paddy, JP and I hit a few galleries tonight. The third friday of the month is collectors’ night allowing for a small intimate crowd as opposed to the choas of First Friday.

Two new cranes have popped up on the western edge of the Golden Triangle. Yet another luxury apartment building is beign erected.

Interesting mix of architecture in the Santa Fe Arts District.

Tongiht, Niza Knoll Gallery opened Fired 2017, a juried ceramics show. There are some great pieces in this show. My favorite was Macy Dorf’s Gateway priced at $5,000.

Paddy drove past the iconic El Chapultepec in LoDo on the way home. This Denver institution has been around since 1933. It was one of Jack Kerouac’s favorite haunts in the 1950’s. It’s a bar serving Mexican food along with being home to Denver’s best Jazz and R&B artists. Count Basie, Wynton Marsalis, Artie Shaw and many other famous musicians have played at the “Pec” over the years.

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Playing With Filters

I was bored last night so I amused myself by applying various filters to some of my photos. I like this one the best:

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A few weeks ago, I attend the re-opening of Edge Gallery in the Prism Workspaces located on the western edge of the La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood, just southwest of downtown. Prism is a new artist habitat about fifteen blocks west of the Santa Fe Arts District. The former light industrial building houses Edge Gallery along with artist studios and workspaces. The western edge of La Alma-Lincoln Park is populated with mostly single-story warehouses and manufacturing buildings and is separated from the eastern residential areas by the numerous railroad tracks that run through Denver. Railroad tracks on the east and I-25 on the west. In some places one can walk directly onto I-25 and onto the railroad tracks. It’s a part of town where most people would not want to live. But that’s what RiNo was before the artists moved in and started renovating buildings. The area became hip and trendy. Soon the developers moved in and started redeveloping the area. A block in RiNo can now easily be sold for $10m.

One artist habitat does not make an arts district. If more artists move in and more buildings are converted to art studios, workspaces and galleries, the area could become the next arts district. If that happens, the developers are sure to come hunting for cheap land.

A studio with a view.

Close to downtown

An abundance of scrap metal for sculptors.

Easy access to rail transportation.

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A Mostly Abstract Night

It’s great to walk into a gallery with walls full of beautiful paintings. It’s even better to see a good number of the work have sold. This happened last night at Shawn Huckins’ opening at Goodwin Fine Art. Shawn’s landscape and figurative works have text messages splashed across them. The result is fresh and inventive. One painting sold for $21,000. A number of other paintings also sold. Clearly this young man is being collected early in his career.

Michael Warren Contemporary was another stop on the art tour. New works by Dallas based artist, Tom Hoitsma, are on exhibit. These large format (most are 84 x 73) abstract paintings are striking. Tom uses acrylic and latex paints in the same painting which gives the painting depth and an interesting patina. Also on exhibit are small monochromatic abstracts by Mark Rediske. This is an exhibit working giving a look.

MWC, Tom Hoitsma, Nightscape and Orange Cross, both are 84 x 74, acryic and latex on canvas, $8,500 each

MWC, Tom Hoitsma, Late Winter and Landscape #17, both are 84 x 74, acryic and latex on canvas, $8,500 each

The tour also stopped at Core, Spark and Next. Next has a double bill with Richard Anderson and Betsy Rudolph. Richard is showing a small installation, three paintings and a number of small collages. The collages were my favorites. Betsy is showing small abstract paintings with a great color palette. I loved a number her works.

Next, Betsy Rudpolph, about 12 x 12, acrylic on panel, $110 each

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