Hope in the Time of Corona (Denver)

Denver in the time of Corona (1)

It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. I don’t think anyone would have foreseen to see the world as it is today a month ago.  It was surreal to see the once vibrant streets of Broadway, now empty with boarded-up stores and restaurants. 

The artists of Denver are fighting back against the doom and the gloom by creating works of art on top of the plywood that now adorns the many buildings on Broadway.

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The Beautiful Artwork of La Lotería

La Loteria-Denverite Express
Photo Credit: Lat Lon

Recently, Google featured the classic card game “La Lotería” as their second-ever multiplayer GoogleDoodle.  Lotería is a game of a chance, composed of players marking images of sirens, scorpions, drunkards, etc. to create a sequence. It’s basically, a sexier version of bingo.

For some, lotería is a basic Spanish-language learning tool, but for many, the game is a treasured family tradition that is often played around the holidays. The real draw of the game isn’t its gambling aspects, but the beautiful artwork that has become synonymous with Mexican culture. The beautiful artwork is so beloved that it is not uncommon to see tattoos, home goods, wrapping paper, books or even weddings paying tribute to the game. Continue reading

Remembering Columbine (20 Years Later)

Columbine Remembered

I distinctly remember four news events before the age of ten.

  • The murder of JonBenét Ramsey
  • The death of Princess Diana
  • The Columbine High School massacre
  • And 9/11

Two of these events happened less than an hour away from my home in Thornton, Colorado. This Saturday will mark the 20 year anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and since that time mass shootings have become more and more frequent, even commonplace.

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Artist Spotlight: Lawrence Argent, The Man Who Gave Denver its Giant Blue Bear

Colorado just lost one of its most influential art icons, Lawrence Argent; the man who is most notably known for creating the giant blue bear that peers inside the Colorado Convention Center. The blue bear oddly enough is the second iconic giant blue statue in Denver.  What can I say? We really like giant blue animals in Colorado.

Lawrence Argent was not native to Colorado but was in fact born overseas in Essex, England. He spent most of his childhood years in Australia and came to America after he finished his education. He came to Colorado in 1993 when he landed a teaching job at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Denver.  Since that time he has called Colorado home and has made numerous contributions to its art culture.

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“I See What You Mean”2005 with the Blue Trees Installation 2017 @Denver Convention Center

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