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Pet Therapy Beautifully Brightens Lives Of LMC’s Patients

“Pet therapy is a way for dogs to interact with patients and help them to relieve tensions and forget their pains,” says Roxann Ritchie, a volunteer with Lutheran Medical Center’s pet therapy program.  “There might be a person who’s never smiled and hadn’t been talking, but then the dog comes in, and the patient starts

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For Mona Taherynia, Painting Is Like Poetry In Colors

“As a little girl, I was always drawing. I had a love for crayons,” says Mona Taherynia, an artist who was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States when she was in her 30s.  Taherynia’s Iranian culture informs her paintings, “in terms of form and color,” yet her paintings also bear

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From Banker To Cop To Teacher To Artist

A winding road took colored pencil artist Diana Williams through the banking world to doing something “military-based,” then to being a teacher of art history, before eventually discovering her own talent for art. Williams says that through the years she has dabbled in painting with acrylics, but that her current and steady interest in art

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Dustin Brucher: From Electrician To Furniture Maker

“I’m a materialist,” says Wheat Ridge furniture maker Dustin Brucher. “When I’m creating, I give an eye to what might be commercially viable and what might be specified by a commissioned client. But if I’m making something just for me, I’m going to make it the way I think looks fantastic, that captures the right

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Education

Bill Gold Teaches In A Real-World Community

“I don’t teach fake anything,” says Bill Gold, social studies teacher at Everitt Middle School. While at Everitt, he’s taught all eighth-graders U. S. history almost every year. This year, Gold is teaching three eighth-grade classes with 30 students each and, due to declining enrollment in the Everitt school neighborhood, two sixth-grade classes.  Books stuffed

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Arts

Photography For Jon Levy Is Both Art And Craft

“I wake up every morning an hour before sunrise, to be outside 15 minutes before sunrise with the Sony,” says photographer Jon Levy. The “Sony” he’s referring to is the Alpha 1, Sony’s flagship camera.  “I mainly go to the local parks – Belmar, the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Main Reservoir in Lakewood. I find each

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Everything’s An Opportunity For Lori Ann Levy-Holm

“All painting is an abstraction,” says Wheat Ridge artist Lori Ann Levy-Holm, who teaches for the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  “My interest is not necessarily driven by subject matter but driven by the abstraction of light, color, shape, form and storytelling. I love animals, I love people, I

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New 40W Arts HQ: A Little Grit, A Little Glitter

“Colfax Avenue has always been critical to our mission,” says Liz Black, executive director of 40 West Arts District. The move from their old location at 1560 Teller St. to the new building at 6501 West Colfax “is going to be really critical to the next five-to-ten years for the district, and even beyond that.”

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Art Workshops Provide Motivation For Shirley Nakamoto

Every artist can tell you what inspired them to begin drawing or painting, and Wheat Ridge Art League (WRAL) member Shirley Nakamoto is no exception.  “When I was little, I liked to draw from Walt Disney comic books,” she says. “I remember drawing Bambi and Dumbo, the Seven Dwarfs, and Lady from ‘Lady and the

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Judy Miranda Puts Life Into Her Images

“Whenever I walk into my studio, wherever it might be, I bring all of my past into it,” said Wheat Ridge Art League member Judy Miranda. With photographs and paintings beautifying most of her wall space, that statement comes to life when touring her home.  During a recent visit to Miranda’s home studio, this writer

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Arts

Early Love Of Crayons Began Art Career For Sandra Davis

“I think trying to be perfect often stops people from learning what they could do,” says Wheat Ridge pencil artist Sandra Davis. “I think everybody can learn to draw, but if people don’t think they can draw, they won’t put in the effort to learn how. When you start drawing, it’s important to love the

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Arts

How A Curious Mind Opened A Path To Art

“My specialty is creating,” says Wheat Ridge artist Gregory Block. “I paint everything – figures, landscapes, portraits, still life – because inspiration comes in so many different forms.” Block’s most recent inspiration takes form in the collection of his paintings of doughnuts, now showing through Aug. 21 at Gallery 1261 in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood.

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Doug Dawson stands next to his pastel painting of his wife, Sue, in their Wheat Ridge home.
Arts

Doug Dawson Paints Order From Disorder

“Creating a piece of artwork is a matter of starting with disorder and organizing it as you go,” says Wheat Ridge artist Doug Dawson of a concept presented to him years ago by an art history professor. “I’ve held on to that idea ever since.” “The disorder may be a blank canvas or piece of

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