Colorado Black Arts Festival Day 1

African Americans have made some crucial contributions to art and culture. The Colorado Black Arts Festival is proof. Live African drum and bass, blues, gospel, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, soul and world beat music fills the air. Multiple mediums, from fiber to photography, are displayed by notable and up and coming African American artists. Might want to have an appetite when you come, it’ll be tough to walk past the food court without stopping.

Burner Bazaar Day 2

We hope you’re as excited about this bazaar as we are because you know that you have cool creative community with whom to do all your shopping! Stock up on your festival gear from your friends and family!

– Handmade Costume, Fashion, Gift & Art Bazaar –

Your favorite bazaar to stick-it-to-the-man returns to keep us supporting our friends and outta-the-box stores!

Come to buy, come to sell, or come to socialize! But, most of all, come support the efforts of your local community! We have bunches of amazingly talented community members who are coming out to show off their creations. Please come out and support your burner family in their efforts to fundraise for the summer festival season and maybe pick yourself up something awesome in the process! Come to shop or come to socialize, but please make sure you stop by!

Family and freak friendly! Come one, come all!

Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event!

A lot of really beautiful members of our community work their butts off to come out to show off the amazing things that they create. Come by and show your hard working friends that you believe in a community of support and caring. We know it’s hard to get moving on the weekends but it is SO worth it to come by, we promise!!

It’s FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome. It’s a great opportunity for us to come together, get to know each other, and support our friends and artists by checking out their wares. Even if you don’t think that you could possibly need anything, please know that we would love you to come by anyway, even if it is just to share a warm, fuzzy moment with us.

The Fusion Factory
3563 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

FREE! All Ages! Family Friendly!

Check out this incredible list of things that have come to the Burner Bazaar! This bazaar is going to be stuffed full of awesome! No where else can you find so many of your fellow community members offering up so many wonderful offerings!

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Costumes ¸¸.•*¨*• pocket belts ¸¸.•*¨*• jewelry ¸¸.•*¨*• hair accessories ¸¸.•*¨*• hand made candles ¸¸.•*¨*• leatherwork ¸¸.•*¨*• clothing made from recycled/vintage materials ¸¸.•*¨*• Flow Toys ¸¸.•*¨*• kimchi and kombucha ¸¸.•*¨*• handmade vegan artisan chocolates¸¸.•*¨*• farm to table products¸¸.•*¨*• Glow-under-blacklight clothing¸¸.•*¨*•clothing with AMAZING 3D Sacred Geometry prints ¸¸.•*¨*•festival and Burner clothing ¸¸.•*¨*•killer hand crotched hoodies ¸¸.•*¨*• floggers¸¸.•*¨*•big muppet fur coats and vests and other awesome fur items ¸¸.•*¨*• crystals and minerals ¸¸.•*¨*• Reiki and massage¸¸.•*¨*• art ¸¸.•*¨*•bikes¸¸.•*¨*• ¸¸.•*¨*• Toys and kids items ¸¸.•*¨*•and SO much more!
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Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event.

Burner Bazaar

We hope you’re as excited about this bazaar as we are because you know that you have cool creative community with whom to do all your shopping! Stock up on your festival gear from your friends and family!

– Handmade Costume, Fashion, Gift & Art Bazaar –

Your favorite bazaar to stick-it-to-the-man returns to keep us supporting our friends and outta-the-box stores!

Come to buy, come to sell, or come to socialize! But, most of all, come support the efforts of your local community! We have bunches of amazingly talented community members who are coming out to show off their creations. Please come out and support your burner family in their efforts to fundraise for the summer festival season and maybe pick yourself up something awesome in the process! Come to shop or come to socialize, but please make sure you stop by!

Family and freak friendly! Come one, come all!

Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event!

A lot of really beautiful members of our community work their butts off to come out to show off the amazing things that they create. Come by and show your hard working friends that you believe in a community of support and caring. We know it’s hard to get moving on the weekends but it is SO worth it to come by, we promise!!

It’s FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome. It’s a great opportunity for us to come together, get to know each other, and support our friends and artists by checking out their wares. Even if you don’t think that you could possibly need anything, please know that we would love you to come by anyway, even if it is just to share a warm, fuzzy moment with us.

The Fusion Factory
3563 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

FREE! All Ages! Family Friendly!

Check out this incredible list of things that have come to the Burner Bazaar! This bazaar is going to be stuffed full of awesome! No where else can you find so many of your fellow community members offering up so many wonderful offerings!

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Costumes ¸¸.•*¨*• pocket belts ¸¸.•*¨*• jewelry ¸¸.•*¨*• hair accessories ¸¸.•*¨*• hand made candles ¸¸.•*¨*• leatherwork ¸¸.•*¨*• clothing made from recycled/vintage materials ¸¸.•*¨*• Flow Toys ¸¸.•*¨*• kimchi and kombucha ¸¸.•*¨*• handmade vegan artisan chocolates¸¸.•*¨*• farm to table products¸¸.•*¨*• Glow-under-blacklight clothing¸¸.•*¨*•clothing with AMAZING 3D Sacred Geometry prints ¸¸.•*¨*•festival and Burner clothing ¸¸.•*¨*•killer hand crotched hoodies ¸¸.•*¨*• floggers¸¸.•*¨*•big muppet fur coats and vests and other awesome fur items ¸¸.•*¨*• crystals and minerals ¸¸.•*¨*• Reiki and massage¸¸.•*¨*• art ¸¸.•*¨*•bikes¸¸.•*¨*• ¸¸.•*¨*• Toys and kids items ¸¸.•*¨*•and SO much more!
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Whatever unusual treasures you’re after, you can rest assured you will find something to fascinate you at this event.

Synesthesia is Back – at St Mark’s Coffeehouse

The art of Synesthesia is back! For those of you who missed it the first time, Synesthesia is a series of paintings of celebrity musicians by artist Adri Norris. Each piece will have you grooving to the music in your head as you recall songs by some of your favorite artists.
 
The artist will be in the house, and all paintings are for sale. If the thought of shelling out a wad of cash for an original makes you nervous, she will be selling prints and posters as well. What is not in stock can be pre-ordered on site.

Earth Day Celebration at Alfalfa’s

Come celebrate Alfalfa’s Market’s 6th B’earthday party from 11am-4pm on Saturday, April 22nd! 6 years of sustainability, 6 years of local vendors, 6 years of Boulder community. We’ll have free cake, B.Y.O.T. (Bring Your Own Tee) printmaking with FLATIRON PRESS benefiting the Colorado Tree Coalition, a bike giveaway from Republic Cycles, KGNU Djing live, sustainable local artists, tons of free samples from amazing LOCAL vendors, and much, much more! This is one party you do not want to miss!

Afro Triangle will be there, bringing you original art, prints, stickers and posters.

First Friday Open House

Join us on First Friday for Helikon Gallery and Studio’s open house. The artist studios will be open to the public, so you can see where the magic happens.

Here’s a sampling of what you will find.

Open House at Movement Ritual

Save the date! Come Move!
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Tuesday April 4th 2017
6:30pm – 8:30pm
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Movement Ritual is hosting an open house, join us for an evening of Movement, Art & Fun!

Get your ticket to secure a spot in the free movement class!
More details soon!
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Afro Triangle will be on site with new artwork.

 

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Vote for me – Small Business Grant

Hi everyone,

I’ve been taking a break from blogging for a while. I am far more visual than I am wordy, so at times, I just focus on the images. There are some new ones I want to share with you, but first, I have something to tell you about. I recently applied for a small business grant.

FedEx is offering to award $25,000 to the small business with the most votes. With that kind of money, I could create some great new products for you guys. I have some ideas for my Women Behaving Badly series that would help women and girls everywhere learn more about their place in history. So many women have contributed to the building of this country and our way of life. We should know who they are.

To that end, I want to print posters, informative postcards, collectible card decks (like baseball cards with stats and all), basically beautiful educational tools. Ideally, some would be for sale while others will be distributed to school aged kids. I want to inspire our young people, especially our young girls to enter high power, high paying fields like STEM, politics, business… fields in which the feminine touch is in short supply.

I am asking for your help. Please vote for me so that I can make my plans a reality.

 

 

UPDATE: The ballots have been cast and unfortunately, I have not been chosen this time around. Thank you to everyone who took time to vote (and help me troubleshoot my buttons). I will let you all know about any future opportunities that arise.

 

Women Behaving Badly at First Baptist Church of Denver

Women Behaving Badly is moving to the First Baptist Church of Denver! This series by Denver artist Adri Norris celebrates women who were leaders, activists, and innovators in a variety of fields. From  worker’s rights to Bluetooth technology, Title 9 to the Nobel Peace Prize, these women and their work profoundly shaped our modern world. This series strives to tell their stories of bravery, determination, and relentless rule breaking. After all, well behaved women seldom make history.
The collection will be hung in the hallway and on display every day from 7:30am to 6pm. This showing also includes two opportunities to meet the artist: Wednesday March 15th at 6:30pm and Sunday March 19th at 12pm. Whether you’ve been following the series from day one or are encountering the work for the first time, you don’t want to miss this!

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Battling Unconscious Biases with Art

I may have mentioned this before but I love listening to podcasts. My list seems to grow every month as more, interesting series come to my attention. I stared listening to Radio Lab a few years ago and it was like my gateway drug. Podcasts allow me to insert information into my brain while I am working and inspire me to apply new concepts to my art.

It was through podcasts that I learned of some of the women I painted or my Women Behaving Badly series. I heard their stories, learned of their deeds and asked myself, why have I never heard of these women before? So, I set myself to the task of using my art to teach others. I felt as though I had finally found my purpose.

Listening to Hidden Brian today, I heard an episode which added to my motivation. The topic of the episode was unconscious bias as it relates to women, particularly women in leadership roles. Women who have the “masculine” traits necessary to be seen as good leaders are often considered overbearing and unlikable. When women display the expected “feminine” traits of being caring and compassionate, they are assumed to be weak and incompetent. The podcast calls this the “double bind”. It is a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.

The end of the podcast suggests that if we are to get women out of this double bind situation, we need to change society’s perception of women. I have chosen to showcase women in history as my way of changing that perception. I highlight women leaders, inventors and healers of nations. Not only do they inspire me, our society needs to see them as contributors to who we are. We need to let go of our unconscious biases and see value in the feminine.

Check out this episode of Hidden Brain to learn more. And go to my Women Behaving Badly blog to learn more about the series.

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Creator Spotlight: Urban Arkanum

Despite how we are portrayed in movies, we artists do not exist inside a vacuum. Often, we are surrounded by other creative individuals whose work inspires and encourages us to be our greater selves. We discuss concepts, techniques, and tools. We critique each other’s work. Artists have the ability to look at styles completely different from our own and have those styles inform how we approach our newest project.

I have long been a lover of comic books. I see them as the perfect marriage of the written word and the image. A beginner in the art of sequential storytelling myself, I am intrigued by those who are able to blend story and art so seamlessly. I have recently joined a group of such individuals who create comics and graphic novels. Their tales range from sci-fi to slice of life, fantastical to personal.

And then there’s Urban Arkanum. When the owner and founder Anubis Heru-Cole and I met, he was pushing his clothing line: ancient Egyptian symbols emblazoned in gold and silver on t-shirts and hoodies. As we got to know one another, he shared with me his plans to write a graphic novel. It would be an Afrocentric fantasy story about kings and gods. Of course, I was intrigued. This is not the kind of story I usually come across in my perusal of bookstores and comic shops.

The world is falling apart. A massive horde of genetically engineered creatures systematically stalk and terrorize the people of the planet.  Their only aim seemingly, to hunt and kill every last hue-man. Fortunately the powerful Kingdom of Avaris has the military might to thwart this evil menace.  But there is more at stake, environmental weather anomalies have begun to surface and cause substantial damage to the planet.  A young prince and three unlikely heroes must join together to find an ancient artifact that can bring balance back to their world. In the midst of conflict and danger lurking around every turn, will they find the artifact in time?

Don’t miss the action packed Sci-fi/Fantasy Acid of the Godz, created by Anubis Heru and Theo Wilson. Comic book Illustrated by Ryan Best.

I am happy to report that not only is the project underway, it is gorgeous! Check out the pages below and follow Acid of the Godz on Facebook and Instagram.

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Teaching at Girls Inc.

New Year

Happy new year everybody! I know, it’s already been a month since the year started. I just been so busy working on projects, I’m only now finding time to gather my thoughts. I would love to show you what I’ve been working on but I want to make sure I respect the privacy of my clients.

Teaching at Girls Inc.

What I can share with you is something I’ve been waiting months to do. I have moved my Women Behaving Badly paintings to Girls Inc. of Denver, where they will hang until March 3rd. When I started this series I wanted to inspire young girls with the deeds of the women who have helped to shape our society. I wish I’d had these women as role models when I was young. Now the students of Girls Inc. can see these paintings every day and read about the lives of these amazing women.

Classes

In addition to showing my work in their halls, I’m also teaching three classes a week at Girls Inc. These classes are combination of history lesson and art lesson. I begin by walking through the halls with the girls, looking at the paintings and telling each woman story as I know it. Then we had back to the classroom to review and I find out which woman inspires each girl and why. I ask if there’s anyone else they find inspirational and take note of their responses.

The younger girls are given handouts of women they can research for their own paintings. The older girls get to do independent study of woman of their choosing . I asked him to tell me a story. By day 3, we take a break from academics to do art class. The first day is all about collage where I teach about technique as well as ways to think about color, shape and subject matter. The next day we do some acrylic painting with the same ideas in mind. These will be the key elements of their final project.

The last two classes are where we put it all together. Each girl is given an 18″ x 24″ wooden board to work on and is given the task of telling the story of the woman she is selected through image, word and color. I want them to work on wood so that they see it as a final piece, not just another throwaway school project. I wanted to feel special.

The Final Product

Over the course of eight weeks, I will have worked with second grade through fifth grade. The third-grade class is already finished and the fifth-graders are halfway through. At the end, we will hold an exhibition showing off the girls work to family and friends.

I am loving this opportunity to work with young girls and to hear from them what traits they admire most in the women they’re learning about. I love their openness, their enthusiasm and their spirit of exploration. I can’t wait to see what the next five weeks will bring.

Third grade collages
Third grade collages