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This new house was originally going to be 12,000 sq. ft. It looks like the main house is more like 20,000 sq. ft. There’s also a guest house which is not pictured.

Developers have started on two other houses in the neighborhood but neither will be this big as they are on much smaller lots.

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JP has cancer.  He’s scheduled to see an oncologist on Monday.  Given the amount of pain he is in I suspect it’s in an advanced state.  He’s taking hydrocodone every 4 hours, round the clock.

I found out yesterday my dentist has glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.  He’s been given 6 months to live so he’s brought in a freshly minted dentist to take over his practice.

A neighbor was diagnosed with breast cancer last week.

The only good news I have is that Double A had a biopsy two weeks ago which came back benign.

I’ve had it with cancer, but I can’t seem to escape it.

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Not Feeling It

I attended the art auction on Saturday night by myself. JP bailed on the pediatric cancer fundraiser as he may have cancer. JP had a biopsy on Friday and has been on a steady diet of hydrocodone ever since.  Results are expected on Tuesday. This could be a dire diagnosis as his symptoms point to something very serious.  JP’s husband died from cancer a few years ago. The husband only lived three months after diagnosis. 

Many people from the local art community were at the fundraiser.  I placed the opening bid on a significant piece in the silent auction to get the action started on it.  I knew the piece would go for a lot more than what I bid.  I stayed at the auction for an hour. I had a few conversations with friends but just wasn’t feeling it.  I retrieved my car from the valet and headed home.  I binged Netflix until I headed to bed. 

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Giving Back Again

The fundraising circuit came roaring back to life after mask mandates were dropped.  I’m not sure the pandemic is over, but most people are behaving as if it is.  Tonight, there’s a fundraiser for a non-profit whose mission is to deliver nutritious meals to people living with severe illnesses. Friday night, a non-profit gallery with many community outreach events is hosting a fundraiser. Saturday night, JP and I are attending an art auction benefitting a pediatric cancer non-profit.  There are upcoming fundraising events for AIDS, MS and a LGBTQ mental health service organization.  Time to start giving back again.

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An Enjoyable Evening

It was a night where everything aligned to create a most enjoyable evening.  The galleries were packed with patrons who all seemed to be in a good mood. And the art, from a $200 sculpture to a $40,000 painting, was stellar.  Even though the sky was gray and overcast due to a recently arrived cold front, the temperature was still warm enough navigate in shirt sleeves.  As the evening wore on, the increasing winds blew tumbleweeds down the street. 

Friday evening started by meeting Bruce and his guy at Space Gallery to see new offerings from Noelle Phares and Philip Tarlow.  The offerings did not disappoint.  After Space, the guys dropped me off a few blocks north at D’art Gallery before they headed off to drinks and dinner.  D’art’s juried print show is one not to miss.  I walked down the street to Rule after leaving D’art.  Rule was hosting an opening for Martha Hughes, who normally shows at the Rule’s sister gallery in Marfa, Texas.  After Rule, I walked a few blocks back to my car parked across the street from Space.  I was happy to see the gallery packed with a lively crowd. 

I drove out west to see the offerings at the co-ops located near Casa Bonita, the Mexican restaurant made famous by the popular animated television series, South Park.  Core Gallery’s, Architecture of Form Show, is another one not to be missed.  The show is filled with works from local artists, many of whom are pillars of the regional art community.  Nicholas Kremske opened a show of new mixed-media work at the adjacent Next Gallery.  The works are simultaneously haunting and stunning. The Next show is another must see given it showcases the work of a rising star.

Here are a few of my favorites from my gallery tour:

Nicholas Kremske, Tethered, mixed media on board, 48 x 72, Next Gallery.
Noelle Phares, Plume, oil, oil pastel, acrylic and gouache on panel, 40 x 30, Space Gallery.
Martha Hughes, Untitled 1219, oil on canvas, 72 x 72, Rule Gallery.
Phillip Tarlow, Fly Anywhere, oil/collages on canvas, 32 x 42, Space Gallery.
One of the tumbleweeds.

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He’s A Great Guy

It was a pleasure meeting the new guy.  After the art opening, we had drinks followed by dinner at an upscale restaurant in Cherry Creek.  No tongue tacos on the menu.  The guy is highly educated and has a great sense of humor.  He’s two years younger than me.  He’s the type of guy I’d like to date.  He’s not interested in guys near his age as he prefers guys in their thirties.  I’ll see him again this Friday as we are hitting another gallery opening or two.

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Meeting The New Guy

I’m meeting Bruce and his new guy at a gallery opening tonight.  We’re having dinner after the opening but forgoing high-end fine dining.  Initially, Bruce wanted to cook dinner at his house but every time I’ve been to his house for dinner, we end up ordering in.  Dropping $150 on take out from a pricey restaurant, which is past its prime when it arrives, is not my idea of a good meal.  I suggested going to El Taco de México, which is a bare-bones stainless-steel counter joint with some booths known for traditional Mexico City-style plates.  The food is tasty, but the ambiance is similar to a 1970’s Dairy Queen in a small Midwestern town.  Most of the staff are only fluent in Spanish.  It will be interesting to see how the new guy, who is well-heeled, will react.  Perhaps it will be time to try a tongue taco.

Photo by Ellen von Unwerth.

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Now What?

Retirement day 1. Now, what do I do?

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Recent Favorites

The galleries have been packed in recent weeks.  A combination of stellar offerings and a perceived pandemic end have brought the art community out.  There’s a joy and optimism prevalent in the local art world.  Here are a few favorites I’ve seen over the last few weeks.

Jeff Wenzel, Cyra, mixed media on wood, 72 x 48, 2021, Bitfactory Gallery.
Gavin Benjamin, Old World Luxury 9, photography, fine art canvas and lacquer, 24 x 30, Walker Fine Art.
Walter Barton, The Marton and the Guardians, mixed media installation, Pirate Contemporary Art.
Don Quade, Yves, mixed media on wood, 48 x 48, Walker Fine Art.
Kate McGuinness, untitled, monotype mounted on wood, 8 x 8, 40 West Arts.

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Rich Man, Poor Man

Bruce stopped by yesterday morning on his way home from the chiropractor.  He broke up with his boyfriend of eight months on Sunday.  Coincidentally, the boyfriend told me weeks ago he was going to break up with Bruce.  I never shared this with Bruce as I didn’t want to be in the middle of their relationship issues.  It’s a good thing Mike talked Bruce out of buying a BMW to keep at the boyfriend’s Florida house.  Although, Bruce did buy an expensive painting which was shipped to Florida.  I guess it’s the price of a breakup.

Bruce showed me pictures of his new love interest who he has been chatting with for a while.  Nothing like having the next guy waiting in wings until you end your relationship.  The new guy is moving to Denver from New York to work at a start-up.  He’s listed his Tribeca loft for $10m but will keep his second home in the Hamptons.  The new guy is a clone of all the other men Bruce has dated – early sixties, tall, good looking and in-shape.  This new guy is closer in economic status to Bruce.

Last Friday, I met 72-year-old man at an art opening who is living on a $1,000 a month social security check.  He worked in bars and liquor stores his whole life.  He doesn’t have a 401k or a pension.  He never made enough money to have a decent nest egg.  He told me he goes to art openings because they are free entertainment, and he can take public transportation to get there.  He also likes the free alcoholic beverages and food which are often served.  He’s looking for a job to supplement his income but given his age his options are limited. I told him about other galleries accessible by public transportation he could add to his list. 

Clearly, Bruce and I are fishing in different ponds.

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