2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

Ricky Allman – “I’ll Capitulate if you Succumb” – Marine Contemporary

I was privileged to be acknowledged in Marine Contemporary‘s catalog for Ricky Allman’s recent exhibition. The show–(with a terrific title)–“I’ll Capitulate if you Succumb,” was Allman’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and ran from June 30-August 11, 2012. The 40-page catalog features an essay by Claressinka Anderson with special thanks to Leanne Goebel for…

Trine Bumiller Profile from Art Ltd. Magazine, March/April 2012

Big Bang 2012 Oil on panels, attached 36″x 54″ Photo: courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago Trine Bumiller’s background in printmaking is evident in her paintings: wood panels combined together like building blocks to create a composite form of square and rectangular shapes. On each panel, a different organic, flat, geometric element suggests nature or botany. The…

Fort Collins to Make a Rocky Mountain Regional Arts Incubator from adobeairstream.com

Fort Collins, Colorado, tasked with creating a Rocky Mountain Regional Arts Incubator, won a $100,000 “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The collaborators on this public-private “creative placemaking” initiative include the city of Fort Collins’s Cultural Services Department, Colorado State University and Beet Street, a cultural programmer behind Fort Collins’s creative industry. When developed, AIR (Arts Incubator of the Rockies), plans to serve 10 states.

Clyfford Still Museum to Open with Fanfare, and Controversy from adobeairstream.com

I wrote this piece last month for adobeairstream.com. The museum opens this week. On September 22, I took a hard-hat tour of the Brad Cloepfil-designed Clyfford Still museum in Denver. The 28,000-square foot, two-story structure— a rooted concrete cube—sits behind its more outlandish neighbor, the Denver Art Museum. By way of  transition,  a pastoral park…

The Aspen Zone: Veryl Goodnight’s Inspiration from Arts Perspective

Goodnight and her husband, Roger Brooks, live between the brow of Mesa Verde and the La Plata mountain range, near Helmet Peak. Within a 30-minute drive, Goodnight can explore groves of aspen trees, the headwaters of the La Plata River, the barren alpine tundra above timberline, or the red rock canyons to the south. Herds of elk and deer are abundant, joined by the occasional bear, mountain lion or coyote.

Regan Rosburg: The Understory exhibition essay for David B. Smith Gallery

Regan Rosburg is inspired by the humble network of life that proliferates on the forest floor, in the shade, beneath the canopy of trees that sore above, blocking out the precious sunlight. The artist collects objects and insects from the deciduous forest of Northeastern Tennessee where she lives on a small farm with her fiancé. Regan left her native Colorado for Tennessee a little more than a year ago. Sheʼs inspired by her surroundings and the sound of her rooster talking to his hens. These recent works created for “Understory” reflect how those changes in her life are influencing her creative work.

WPA-Style Posters Reflect Mesa Verde Style from Arts Perspective Magazine

It was Doug Leen who created the Square Tower image for Mesa Verde National Park in 2006, a poster done in the WPA style, but an original Leen design. Leen visited Square Tower, which has been closed to guests since about 1940. Square Tower is the tallest Ancient Puebloan structure and what the park wanted to emulate on their poster.