By Tyra Sutak For the Cameradailycamera.com
Posted: 02/22/2013 09:49:49 AM MST
February 22, 2013 4:59 PM GMTUpdated: 02/22/2013 09:58:54 AM MST
If you goWhat: “Discovery,” presented by Boulder RAW Artists
When: 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
Where: Absinthe House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Etc.: This is an over-21 event. Happy-hour food and beverage pricing will be offered 6-7 p.m.
Artists run wild in the city of Boulder, whether they’re sculpting fascinating pieces out of metal as commissioned centerpieces for city parks, hanging one-of-a-kind fine-art prints and stunning photographs on the walls of art galleries and local coffee shops or putting on myriad art-centric events to celebrate and share the talent housed within the city.
To that end, the Boulder chapter of the RAW Natural Born Artists Organization is throwing one heck of a big art show Sunday at the Absinthe House in downtown Boulder to promote and elevate the careers of 30 promising underground artists working in the area.
This will be anything but a typical gallery show.
“There’s going to be performance, there’s going to be art, there’s going to be food, there’s going to be massage, there’s going to be a fashion show — there are a lot of different things going on,” said Giulia Pecone, RAW’s Boulder Showcase director.
Started in Los Angeles, RAW has become a strong voice for underground artists looking to build their portfolios and make connections with potential supporters and buyers of their work. In the four years since the organization’s inception, RAW has expanded in the United States and now has a presence in more than 50 cities, including Boulder and Denver.
“There are a lot of really good artists out there who deserve recognition,” Pecone said, “and RAW is trying to bring that opportunity to people that
This work, from Ryan Forbeck’s “Seven Deadly Sins” collection, is part of the artist’s debut at a RAW event. (Courtesy photo)
have really worked hard to get where they are.”
Pecone and her team work diligently year-round to produce exciting promotional events for emerging local artists. Held quarterly throughout the year, each Boulder RAW art show showcases about 30 artists whose submissions have been chosen by RAW.
Unlike the serious and calm atmosphere found at most art shows, a RAW event is high energy and includes everything from live DJs, to fashion design, to film, to performance art, to photographers and mixed-media artists interacting with the patrons. Live artists will take their scheduled turn in the spotlight throughout Sunday’s show, while photographs and work by fine artists will be displayed all evening.
“A lot of artists and a lot of great people that live in Boulder do artwork, and we really want to represent them in a way that is showing them off in a professional way but also a fun way,” Pecone said. “There’s never a dull moment when it comes to a RAW event.”