New program aims to connect artists, patrons


By Tyra Sutak For the Camera

Posted:   01/04/2013 05:27:34 PM MST

Colorado is full of artists working with every type of media you can imagine.

There are artists who create jewelry out of polished gems and twisted metal, and there are those who transform blank canvases into images that eloquently capture Colorado’s pristine natural beauty. Poets, musicians, photographers, videographers, metalsmiths, painters, sculptors and carpenters also live and thrive in Colorado’s vibrant art scene.

The hurdle they sometimes face, though, is connecting with enthusiastic patrons.

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Denver Botanic Gardens hope they have created a plan that will ease that difficulty in 2013.

Simply put, the goal is to connect local artists with local art buyers.


The two groups have developed CSArt Colorado, closely following the successful Community Supported Agricultural farm share programs that connect local growers with local consumers and, in doing so, have garnered much attention in the local agricultural and restaurant scenes in recent years.

Community Supported Art Colorado, the program’s full name, also is modeled after a concept initially developed by the St. Paul, Minn.-based organization Springboard for the Arts.

Under CSArt Colorado, 18 artists who create a variety of media will be accepted to participate in this year’s inaugural program. Over the course of 2013, those 18 artists will each create 59 works of art that eventually will end up in the hands of shareholders who have purchased a $400 share of the program.

One hundred shares, divided into two groups (The Enthusiast I and The Enthusiast II) are available for purchase. Each shareholder will end up with nine pieces of art after they select three at each of three distribution events, which are planned for spring, summer and fall. Each artist selected to participate in the program will receive a $1,000 honorarium, as well as a share and, thus, three pieces of art. All told, the 18 artists will have created 1,062 works.

“The artwork will be on display at the distribution events,” said Jordan Robbins, BMoCA’s director of advancement. “One of the distribution events will be at BMoCA, one at the Denver Botanic Gardens and we’re kind of exploring doing the third one at a restaurant — probably a farm-to-table-focus restaurant.”

Each artist’s work will be exhibited at only one of the distribution events.

Artists who are interested in participating in the program should contact BMoCA or visit the CSArt Colorado website ( to complete an application. All submissions are due by Jan. 13.

Valerie Amend, digital communications manager at BMoCA, is looking forward to the impact that CSArt will have on the local art scene.

“The program supports artists by offering them a chance to create work,” she said, “but we’re also really trying to connect them with collectors and just really add to the developing art scene in Colorado.”

To learn more about purchasing a share or completing an artist application, visit

Downtown a nice venue for great outdoors

By Tyra Sutak For the Camera

Posted:   11/03/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT

This head-turning photo by Rob Palmer is among the works you ll see at Nature’s Edge Gallery. (Courtesy photo)

If you goWhat: Nature’s Edge Gallery

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, through mid-January

Where: Swiss Chalet, 1642 Pearl St.

Cost: Free


Sue Palmer:

Rob Palmer:

Fi Rust:

A new art gallery has made its way into downtown Boulder and will be featuring award-winning images by three Boulder-based artists who specialize in capturing unique images of scenic natural landscapes, entertaining local wildlife and the overall spirit of the great outdoors.

Located in the Swiss Chalet in downtown Boulder’s east end, Nature’s Edge Gallery is the collaborative effort of wildlife photographers Rob Palmer and Fi Rust and fine artist Sue Palmer.

“We were trying to come up with a name that would actually fit most of our artwork, and that’s how we came up with the name Nature’s Edge — because it’s kind of like photography on the edge of nature,” said Rob Palmer, an award-winning wildlife photographer whose work has been featured in several publications, including National Wildlife Magazine, Nature’s Best Magazine and Audubon Magazine.

As a falconer, and former biology teacher, Rob Palmer’s connection to birds of prey runs deep and is very apparent in his work. He has produced captivating shots of bald eagles scuffling in midair, burrowing owl chicks yamming it up for the camera and falcons majestically gliding below a beautiful blue Colorado backdrop.

Born out of demand from a loyal following gained by all three artists through a series of periodic art shows, the Nature’s Edge Gallery will include artwork by each artist through

Fine artist Sue Palmer’s print “Snowy Volcano with Sun” is on display at Nature’s Edge Gallery. (Courtesy photo)

mid-January.Featured alongside Palmer’s birds of prey and other various photos of Colorado wildlife are photos by Fi Rust, who eloquently captures life in the Rocky Mountains for wildlife inhabitants, and Colorado landscapes and other paintings by Sue Palmer.

“It’s standout stuff that isn’t your normal, run-of-the-mill wildlife photography,” Rob Palmer said.

June art walks preview: Longmont sculptor to offer clay demonstration


Muse Gallery in Longmont puts on interactive events on Second Fridays

By Tyra Sutak For the Camera

Posted:   05/27/2012 09:10:40 AM MDT

Updated:   05/27/2012 09:11:55 AM MDT




Longmont Council for the Arts Executive Director Joanne Kirves stands next to sculptures by Duane Farquhar. ( Matthew Jonas )

Art walks in JuneFriday, June 1


First Friday

Pearl Street, Downtown Boulder

6-8 p.m.

NoBo Nite Out

Broadway from Lee Hill Road to Pine Street, Boulder 6-9 p.m.

First Friday Art Walk

Downtown Louisville

5-8 p.m.

1st Friday Art Walks Old Town Niwot

5-8 p.m.

Friday, June 8

Second Fridays

Downtown, Longmont

6-9 p.m.

Friday, June 15

Downtown Lafayette

4-9 p.m.

Muse Gallery, located in the heart of downtown Longmont, has been a gathering place for the community to view artwork created by local artists for the past 11 years. Muse provides a venue for local artists to showcase their work, making art more accessible to the public through free, family-friendly events that occur on a monthly basis.

This upcoming Second Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m., Muse Gallery will be hosting local ceramic and sculpture artist Duane Farquhar as he describes and demonstrates techniques used to create his unique and lighthearted artwork. During the interactive event, the public will have the opportunity to follow along as he creates a new sculpture using clay.

Farquhar is a former IT specialist turned artist who draws on his sense of humor to turn ordinary materials into fun works of art. After leaving his career in computers, Farquhar enrolled in art courses at Front Range Community College where he recently graduated with a degree in fine arts. He is mostly known for his clay work but also creates sculptures made of metal. For the most part, Farquhar takes a surrealist approach to his artwork by distorting and exaggerating physical features in his pieces and using a combination of different metal objects to recreate human characteristics.

Farquhar is currently one of the local resident artists with artwork featured in the main gallery at Muse Gallery through June 30. Featured artwork in the main gallery changes every two months and admission to the gallery is free.

Joanne Kirves, Executive Director of the Longmont Council for the Arts, the nonprofit that runs the gallery, is thrilled with the community support that local artists and art programs have been receiving.

“There’s a solid core of artists that live and work in Longmont,” says Kirves, “there’s a good sense of collaboration and a certain synergy going on in downtown right now.

Along with providing space for artists to showcase their work, the LCA also supplies administrative support, educational classes in grant writing, fundraising assistance, and marketing, promotional and community outreach support.

The Longmont Council for the Arts is also behind the monthly art events that occur downtown on the second Friday of every month. Second Friday events include gallery openings and receptions, performance art shows along Main Street and artists talks and demonstrations.

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Boulder’s Annette Coleman among May art walk attractions


By Tyra Sutak For the Camera

Posted:   04/27/2012 11:00:00 AM MDT




Multimedia artist Annette Coleman works on a collage piece in her Boulder home. ( PAUL AIKEN )

Art walks in MayFriday, May 4


First Friday

Pearl Street, Downtown Boulder

6-8 p.m.

NoBo Nite Out

Broadway from Lee Hill Road to Pine Street

6-9 p.m.

First Friday Art Walk

Downtown Louisville

5-8 p.m.

1st Friday Art Walks

Old Town Niwot

5-8 p.m.

Friday, May 11

Second Fridays

Downtown Longmont

6-9 p.m.

Friday, May 18

Art Night Out

Downtown Lafayette

4-9 p.m.

Boulder painter Annette Coleman tries to capture the subconscious on canvas using unique techniques. Born and raised in Colorado, Coleman now works out of her North Boulder studio, creating “layered” works of art filled with retro images, delicate patterns and pastel colors that represent “the images that occupy the dreamstate, the fragments that we remember and the symbols that evoke the message of a dream.” Using an interesting combination of science and creativity, Coleman has honed a technique involving the use of heat-sensitive film on a heated canvas to create a coloring effect that adds a certain movement to her collages.

“I dream in heightened color, drenched and saturated, and I’m at a loss as to how to recreate it for the viewer. I try to show the changing brush of my mind with my heat sensitive canvases,” she says.

Coleman has recently begun experimenting using a liquid crystal-based film that responds to heat by changing color which produces a multi-hued visual effect making “the invisible visible” — a statement that inspires much of her artwork.

When Coleman isn’t busy producing her own material, she stays busy promoting other local artists and art events in Boulder using her Twitter account along with the weekly radio show she hosts on which guest artists are invited to help answer questions and cover discussions going on in the local art community. Coleman is an avid participant of the budding art scene in North Boulder as a frequent instructor for the “PaintAbout” mini-workshops held during NoBo Nite Out on the first Friday of every month. From 6-9 p.m. on May 4, Coleman will be teaching hands-on collage workshop at her studio located at 1245 Norwood Avenue, #42 in North Boulder.

“I encourage each student to express their creative talent in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I ask students to bring images that they have collected, including old family photographs and magazine clippings,” Coleman says. All other materials needed — including additional magazine clippings, paint, glue and a base board — will be provided by Coleman.

A $25 workshop fee is due at the time of the class. Reservations are requested in advance and can be made by contacting Annette Coleman directly at 303.941.8887.

PaintAbout workshops are taught by a variety of North Boulder artists on the first Friday of every month. A complete listing of upcoming workshops can be found at

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