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Paddy wanted to treat his nine-year-old niece to a vacation. He invited her to come to Denver for a whole host of activities. He had to figure out how to get her to Denver from Reno. As you can guess, this created a lot of drama. I’m not going to list all the possibilities that were discussed. Trust me when I say there were many options on the table. The final decision was a road trip. Paddy’s sister is afraid to drive. Paddy’s brother-in-law couldn’t take off work. Paddy’s father was enlisted as driver. Of course that means Paddy’s stepmother will be along for the ride too. And they’re bringing a parakeet!

Seriously, who takes a road trip with a parakeet during the dog days of summer? I asked Paddy why his family will be traveling with a bird. Paddy couldn’t clearly articulate why his family will be bringing a parakeet. He got testy with me so I dropped it. Could it be a service bird? This is drama just waiting to happen.

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The Kids Are Fighting

Mack had Friday night off from his retail job which allowed him to join the art tour. Perry texted in the early afternoon wanting to tag along. She had a hip replacement ten days prior and wanted to get out of the house. Perry thought she had recovered sufficiently to navigate the night with her walker. Paddy called mid-afternoon to join the art tour. When Paddy found out Perry was included he decided to meet the group at the first gallery instead of rendezvousing at my house. Paddy didn’t want to be stuck in the car with Perry as they have never settled their disagreement over swapping professional services. I texted Perry to let her know Paddy was joining us. An hour later Perry cancelled. Mack and I headed out on the tour. Paddy never showed up.

Most of the usual suspects were out in the galleries. Nothing really turned my crank. The best part of the night was an impromptu gathering at Mary Mackey’s studio. The tour ended with slices of pizza and drinks at a joint on South Broadway. Mack offered to buy my slices but I declined. I thought it was kind gesture but he’s still trying to financially recover from his stint of unemployment. Mack and I had a good time without the kids. The kids need to grow up and resolve their issues.

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A Summer Party

I was invited to a casual summer party on Saturday night hosted by an artist and his wife, the communications director for a local restaurant association. Cindi went along as my plus one. The guests included numerous artists, a gallery owner, a local art critic and his husband, a publisher and his wife, and a manager of planned giving for a local university. The food was beautiful in its simplicity while being perfectly seasoned and delicious. The conversations were lively and entertaining. I felt like I was in one of those glossy photo spreads in fancy food magazines where the guests are dressed well in a stylish outdoor setting. It was a great way to spend a summer evening.

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View from the rear door of the Pattern Shop Gallery. Two new construction projects can be seen on the other side of the train tracks that run along the rear of the property. The light rail from Union Station in downtown to the airport also runs behind the gallery.

Interesting shot of the building next to the Pattern Shop:

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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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