Return to the Mile High City
This week I had the opportunity to experience some cooler, dryer weather in Colorado. I was happy to return to Art Maker’s Denver, a multi day, multi instructor retreat in the heart of downtown Denver. Helen Rice proved that her event is just going to keep getting bigger and better, this year we were back at the newly renovated McNichol’s Civic Center building with just about double the attendance of last year. Each day we started with optional yoga classes, enjoyed a catered lunch, and afternoon social happy hour with beer and wine from local suppliers. The common area was outfitted with couches, easy chairs, shag carpets, and an incredible art installation by local artist Ruth Fiege.
Ruth’s piece was interactive for all the students to add their touch to. We were all asked to add our own artwork to a tag and attach it to the already beautifully hand painted installation. Once you added your tag, you were given a raffle number for any one of many many creative door prizes. The ART tag shown here was added by Ryan, the event’s photographer.
A Personal Touch
Art Makers Denver provided every student with a goodie bag from local sponsors. I was happy that my collage art was chosen to decorate inside the lettering of the “Listen to Your Art” sticker. This year there was a notebook cover art contest, ultimately the books, along with an issue of Uppercase magazine, a custom apron, some postcards and prints, and some snacks, were all provided to every student via the goodie bag.
Get into the Groove
It didn’t’ take long for my students to get into the groove of color and light, value and texture, pattern and paper. We hit the ground running on Day One for a single day of hand painting paper class.
Days Two and Three I offered a 2-Day class of collage application. Students brought some of their own papers from home, and made some papers that morning. This was a condensed class, but everyone got the hang of it really quickly.
New Ideas for Next Year
If you are interested in taking part in this amazing multi day, multi instructor event next year, I’ll be offering THREE One-Day classes so that you may dabble with me and with any of the other instructors that come from far and wide to present their talents at Art Makers Denver in 2017.
Stay tuned for something new and different from your favorite collage artist.
(More) Local Color
One day before the festivities, I flew in from Orlando to the Denver airport, about 3.5 hours direct on Frontier Airlines. Upon my arrival I immediately received a notification that I had sold a hand-printed and signed copy of my new book. Luckily, I had them on hand, along with manilla envelopes and a roll of packing tape.
In a former life, I was a Girl Scout.
I was in luck to find that the Denver airport has a full service US Post Office on the upper level. Each book weighs a pound, so it was one pound less in my rolling luggage that I would soon be dragging onto the train in impractical shoes.
Denver’s public transit is awesome! For a $9 train ticket, I was able to travel from the airport all the way into downtown’s newly renovated Union Station. From there I grabbed an Uber to my residential Air BnB accommodations.
Along the drive, my Uber driver informed me that Cyndi Lauper was in town playing at the Paramount Theatre this week. Well heck, it was my lucky day!! I love Cyndi and have followed her career since the 80’s. I call the box office and reserved a ticket for the show. Thank you Uber!
It’s hard to talk about local color and not include a visit to the John Fluevog store in Larimer Square historic district. I am a shoe horse, not to be confused with a horse shoe, and not willing to admit how many pairs of these works of art I own. Living in Orlando, I do not have access to a physical store, so online is where I do my shopping. A trip to Denver is never complete for me without being to smell the leather, touch and feel the smoothness, and view the shoes in full splendor. Despite being in Fluevog Love, I managed to just enjoy the moment and leave without making a purchase. This year I am working on exercising retail self control.
Exploring in and around Golden, Colorado
Next stop, Golden, CO to be the houseguest of the talented and generous Art Biz Coach Alyson Stanfield. Alyson has been a friend and inspiration to me for several years. I have recommended Alyson’s book I’d Rather Be in The Studio to students in my collage workshop for years. When anyone asks me about marketing for artists, I tell them Alyson wrote the book on it.
Stay tuned for my adventures with the Art Biz Coach…
And in the mean time, reserve your spot for AMD in 2017!
for being a part of
My Art Journey,