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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Made in Colorado Spotlight: Margot Elena

When you think of Colorado goods, fine fragrances and luxury body products are probably the last things that come to mind. After all, those things tend to go against the state’s rough and tumble cowboy persona. That of course, never stopped indie darling,  Margot Elena from pursuing her dream of establishing a line of bath and body treasures.

I think that, out in Colorado, we have literally our own headspace around us and we can tell a really unique story, and I think that that has been one of the reasons that we have always been one of the innovators instead of one of the followers,” –Margot Elena  Source: 303 Magazine

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Margot Elena in her Englewood    Photograph by Rebecca Stumpf    Office Source:5280 Magazine

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The Beautiful Artwork of La Lotería

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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

The Ghost Signs of Denver

I spend a lot of time driving down Colfax Avenue. I love looking at all the different neon signs, murals, and architecture that reside on it.  One of my favorite murals is an art nouveau inspired piece. I’ve always wanted to know the artist behind it, so I decided to do a little Google search. To my surprise, I found that the mural was done over an American Beauty Pasta ghost sign that had been defaced.

American Beauty Mural/Ghost Ad

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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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