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Living in Colorado one gets used to wild temperature changes. It was 83 on Wednesday until a front moved in dropping the temperature 63 degrees. It snowed yesterday. It was 18 when I got up this morning. Now it’s sunny and almost 50. Another roller coaster of weather changes.

It’s been a challenging work week. I referred a case of employee fraud to legal for investigation. It could lead to a termination. Many of the people I dealt with this week were difficult. I’m amazed how rude people can be even when they need you to do them a favor. Go ahead and contact my boss. He’s knows I check the facts and follow policy. He always has my back. Which, in corporate America, is a good thing.

My dishwasher is on the fritz. It will only run for a few seconds before stopping. I guess I’ll have to wash the dishes by hand unless I can convince Morgan to come over and wash them. He wants some Ambien so I could trade pills for dishwashing. A most excellent quid pro quo. I plan on buying a Bosch this weekend. I know they’re pricey but they are quiet. My current one is about 12 years old. I spent a couple of hundred on repairs a few years ago. I don’t think it’s wise to spend more money on repairs. I’ll splurge on a new one.

I’m headed to the gym soon. Then I’ll have a quick dinner, a shower, a shave and then off in search of art.

Have a great one.

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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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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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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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Best Of Friday

I hit the galleries last night. I saw the good and the not so good. I ran into Mrs. L late in the evening. She looked stunning. She was touring the galleries with the woman who hosted that fun summer party. The hostess and I talked briefly about her boyfriend moving out of the house after the party. The edges are still raw as she teared up at one point. I gave her a big hug and let her know she is stronger than she may feel at this point.

Here are two of my favorite paintings I saw last night. The first by Caleb Hahne is at the powerhouse Rule Gallery, while the other, by emerging artist, Abby Gregg, is from Pirate Contemporay Art, one of the most cutting edge galleries in town.

Caleb Hahne, Rest, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 36 x 48.

Abby Gregg, Fluid Luster, acrylic and oil on canvas crapped panel.

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The Good & The Bad

The CEO signed off on my contract and compensation package yesterday. I’ll have employment for the next year. That’s the good.

A friend was let go from her job yesterday. She’s been interviewing with another firm for a higher paying position so she was a bit relieved. The relief was followed by panic. She’s in the process of divorcing her husband, along with refinancing the marital home so she can pay off her husband. She will have to pay her husband monthly support payments for the next ten years. That’s the bad.

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