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Wheat Ridge Musician Releases New Album

Kevin DeForrest is the most interesting man you’ve never heard of. He reluctantly admits that he’d like to change that. “My brother asked me once ‘why do you write songs, anyway?’ I said ‘I just want to write better and better songs all the time, right?’ And he said ‘bulls*** — I think you want

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Edgewater Magician Carries On Casa Bonita Tradition

Family interest in magic led Gerald Robinson to achieve professional goals Like most Colorado natives, a young Gerald Robinson and his family enjoyed meals, cliff divers and magic shows at Casa Bonita. Now, the adult Robinson is part of the tradition at the recently reopened Lakewood restaurant. Robinson, 24, of Edgewater, now works as a

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Art Groups Work Together To Promote Local Artists And Programs

The Wheat Ridge arts community is growing rapidly, and this growth can largely be credited to its interconnectivity and diversity.  “This is really just a group of artists that support one another,” said Sandra Davis, a local Wheat Ridge artist, member of the Wheat Ridge Art League, and board member of the Wheat Ridge Cultural

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Actor-Director Selena Naumoff on Theatre and Religion

“Acting is about trying on a different hat. Life is like that, too,” says Selena Naumoff, a founding member of the Wheat Ridge Theatre Company. “The idea is to challenge yourself to do something you’ve never done.”  With degrees in theatre and religion, Naumoff brings an unique set of skills to the theatre, where in

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Exploring The World Of Tattoo Artist Erik V

Gleaming plaques frame Erik V’s head as he leans over his client, eyes sharply focused on the needle.  Best Tattoo of Show, 2005. Best Back Tattoo, 2016. Best Overall Male, 2022.   But these accolades are not on Erik’s mind when he’s at work. For Erik, the art of tattooing lies not just in creating a

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Theresa Joyce Infuses Her Paintings With Excitement

“My paintings are about Colorado,” says Theresa Joyce, Denver-area artist. “Nearly every one of them is a painting of where I’ve been, where I hang out, or where I ski.  The first thing Joyce does before starting a painting is to ask herself why she wants to paint that particular scene. “I try to remember

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Wheat Ridge Native Welds Emotion Into Robots

Methodical. Intentional. Thoughtful.  It’s both how Chris Mora speaks and how he welds. He’d much sooner lapse into minutes-long silence than say something he doesn’t mean. And he’ll sure as hell never commit a weld that is messy, rushed or anything short of beautiful.  Mora is a metalworker and artist. He makes robots, primarily, along

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Western Singer Patty Clayton Is Making Music A Full-time Career

“The very first song I ever performed was Gene Autry’s version of ‘Buttons and Bows,’ in third or fourth grade,” says Edgewater’s Western award-winning singer and songwriter Patty Clayton. “I wrote my first song in 1976 – can’t remember the name of the song, but it was about riding a horse on a beach, trying

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Digital Artist Chase Seyfer Plans Her Own Video Game

“Don’t back away from the wall We together break the wall… Your legs hesitated but again Start, don’t stop Don’t be afraid Don’t lose your faith, run no more.” –Lyrics from the song “Break the Wall,” by Korean band Dreamcatcher Digital artist Chase Seyfer was inspired by this song to write a multilayered story that

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Digital Vs Film

Since what seems like the beginning of time – or in the photography world, from 1816 to our current year – the way we capture moments is constantly changing. The first camera was invented back then, and it was known as the Niépce Heliograph. This big machine was very hard to operate, and it took

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At 92, Cam Williams Enjoys A Rich Artistic Life

“I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember, since about four or five,” says 92-years-young Wheat Ridge artist Cam Williams. “I recall I sat on my grandpa’s lap and asked him how to draw a woman’s shoe – why I asked that, I don’t know.” She recalled how, in first and second grade, kids would

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Liz Burns Finds ‘Uber-Presentness’ In Painting Abstract Art

“My passion for painting stems from the immense benefits it brings to my mental well-being,” says Wheat Ridge painter Liz Burns. “It lets me remain fully present in the moment and immerse myself in a state of pure joy.” A Wheat Ridge resident since 2011, Burns lives with her husband Nathan, son Miller, 11, and

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Wheat Ridge – A North Star For Artcentric To Sail To

“As soon as you turn east onto 38th Avenue from the business and craziness of Wadsworth, you enter this small town feel of a city doing things that brings a community together,” said Russell Wilbar, owner of Artcentric, a new art gallery and picture fame shop. “To have a community-centered art business here seemed like

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Jason McCullough’s Landscapes Speak To Our Connection With The Land

“Painting from landscape is another way to express the experience of humanity the only way I can: as a six-foot male walking on land. That is my perspective,” says Wheat Ridge painter Jason McCullough. He captures the people and spaces that inhabit his experience. Working in oil paints and various drawing mediums, the self-represented fine

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The Future Of Art On The Farm

For the past two years Art on the Farm has been a monthly event on a local urban farm, promoted and supported by the Neighborhood Gazette, the City of Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge Creates and the Art League. It is an outdoor place for artists to come and paint, sculpt and share their art with

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Attorney-Turned-Actor Plays The Wheat Ridge Stage

The orderly and professional atmosphere of a courtroom is the opposite of the make-believe and sometimes off-the-wall approach on stage. But those two worlds intersected for a retired attorney who found a second career as an actor, thanks partly to the Wheat Ridge Theater Company. Jim Hayes began practicing law in California in 1975. His

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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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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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‘Art Is Where My Passion Is’ – Pastelist Ken Lutes

“Making art is something intrinsic in human nature,” says pastelist Ken Lutes. “Cave drawings tell us that people have always made art. It’s essential to our spiritual makeup to have a way to express how we feel about life.”  Lutes says his style is “Impressionistic, leaning toward realism. I look at concrete events affecting my

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Art In The Barn Moves Wheat Ridge Closer To Being A Hub For Artists

Art in the Barn was really an extension of the many events and programs meant to highlight artists and increase awareness of art. The Barn event was actually a “gala”-styled evening with only 100 tickets being sold and artists having to qualify their art in order to participate in the silent auction. Set in a

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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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