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.
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SOLD!

Good morning all! I thought I’d share with you some pieces I no longer have because I sold them last night. If your favorite is not on this list, come see me at Mini Comic Con at the Sam Gary Branch Library. I will be there today from 10am to 4pm.

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The Dream Client

Many freelancers like to talk about their nightmare clients, those people who seem not to know exactly what they want but will happily tell you that you’re doing everything wrong. These folks have little respect for the time and effort you are exerting on their behalf. They ask for re-dos and redesigns of work you both approved but balk at the extra fees you charge for that extra time.

That’s one end of the spectrum. The other end is the Dream Client. The Dream Client knows exactly what she wants and communicates  it well. She is open to your input, but will not blindly follow or reject your suggestions. If, during the creation process, she sees something she doesn’t like, she lets you know and is specific about her needs. This client has great respect for your time and for your skill. She won’t haggle over the price of your work or drag her feet when it’s time to pay.

Best of all, Dream Clients come back for more.  Not only do they purchase from you again and again, they tell their friends and bring you more business. I am so grateful for all of the Dream Clients I have so far. I hope to find many more.

If you are interested in becoming one of my Dream Clients, I am taking orders for the Holidays. Be aware, if you or your loved one lives outside of the state of Colorado, allow for shipping and place your order before December 6th. If you are in the Denver Metro area, you have until the 12th to order.

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New Venue for WBB – The Blair Caldwell Library

Good afternoon all! I am happy to report that Women Behaving Badly has found a new home (for the time being). Just yesterday, I took all the pieces over to the Blair Caldwell Library and hung them up in the third floor gallery.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

This library is a fixture of the Five Points community. Not only does it have all the things one would expect to find in a library, it also has a conference room, a meeting room, a research section complete with original letters and documents, and a gallery. My work is on the third floor which houses the Western Legacies Museum and the Charles Cousins Gallery. (Hint: I’m in the gallery.) I have one new painting to showcase, so if you think you’ve already seen them, you haven’t.

Although my paintings are already hanging, I’m waiting until the 12th of November to do my opening. Mark your calendars and tell your friends!

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Career Panel with High Schoolers

Good Afternoon. I want to tell you real quick about a cool opportunity I have this afternoon. North High School’s after school program holds a weekly career panel in which they invite members of the community to talk to the kids about career paths they might not have considered before.

At 4 today, I get to go over there and talk to the students about what it’s like to be a professional artist. I am very excited about this, because there are a number of things I would have loved to know  when I was young enough to prepare myself. For example, I used to think I just had to be a good artist. In the past few years, I have learned a LOT about entrepreneurship. I WISH someone had told me about that when I was starting out.

I have had to learn about marketing, pricing my pieces, following up on leads, just to name a few things. Most of it has taken me out of my comfort zone and has been quite frustrating. I’m used to it now. Any student considering an art career, unless they are looking to break into a pre-existing industry, should know that being an artist means being an entrepreneur. It is hard work, but bit is also very rewarding.

I obviously have no photos of the event, so please enjoy my latest drawing for Inktober: Misty Knight.

Misty Knight
Misty Knight
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Women in Politics – Part 1

Good evening good people. Women Behaving Badly Presents: Women in Politics is happening this Friday. I have an impressive lineup of ladies to talk to you about what makes our government run. Please allow me to introduce one of them to you.

Angela Lawson is proud to have lived most of her life in Colorado. A daughter of an Air Force
veteran, Angela lived abroad, and in a handful of other cities before her parents agreed to call
Colorado their home in the 1970s. Angela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from
the University of California at Berkeley, and three Master’s degrees, two of which are from the
University of Colorado at Denver, in the fields of Public Administration as well as Social
Science; her third Master’s degree is in Public Policy from Georgetown University, in
Washington, D.C.

Throughout her career, Angela has worked in various industries from technology, finance, and
law – all of which have given her valuable private sector experience. But it was her passion in
serving the citizenry that moved her away from the private sector to a career in public service.
She has worked at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office for ten years and on November 3,
2015, she was elected as Aurora’s newest City Council Member At-Large.

Angela enjoys volunteering, attending performing arts and live music events, traveling and
reading political biographies.

I am so excited to have Angela speak on Friday evening’s panel. I look forward to hearing her perspective on the changes in Aurora’s demographics and the refugee community. My wife works closely with refugees in Aurora, so I’m invested. Click on the events link below for more information.

Upcoming Events

  1. Women in Politics


    September 30 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

  2. Women in the Arts


    October 5 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

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New Opportunities

What’s Up

I mentioned earlier this morning that I had a meeting that I didn’t want to jinx. Well, now I can tell you about it! I met with a gentleman named Jason Janz who works with an organization called Upstream Impact.  This organization helps impoverished people and ex-cons turn their lives around.  Jason saw my Women Behaving Badly paintings the day after I hung them and called me up.

What he wants to do is commission a series of paintings on both national and local leaders with the intention of inspiring the people in the program. This year, 100 men and women will be coming through their doors. Because many of these people are of the Black and Latino communities, Jason wants to show leaders who represent them. He wants these folks to see themselves in the great men and women portrayed in the paintings.

How You Can Help

We are now in the research phase. If you are a local Denverite, and know something of this city’s history, I would love it if you could help me out. Shoot me the names of some Black, Latino and Native American leaders who have impacted this community and I will research and submit them for consideration. We are doing 10 paintings in all, five local leaders and five national leaders.

Once we are past the research phase, there will be a fundraiser in which I will include posters of my current series as well as our final choices as perks. These look great on bedroom walls and classroom walls.

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Interactive Art Night

What were your Childhood Dreams? What wonderful adventures did you imagine yourself going on? What did you want to be when you grew up? Where did you want to go? Who did you want to meet?
The First Friday of December, I will be at Integrative Health Denver, a massage acupuncture and holistic healing center, doing a little audience participation work on the subject of Childhood Dreams. I plan on having two collage stations, one for two 18×24in. pieces and one for smaller 4x6in. pieces. Visitors will be able to rip and shred pieces of paper and glue them down onto these surfaces to create works of art. You can take the smaller pieces home with you or put in an order for a custom painting by yours truly (for a fee, of course). One of the larger pieces will be turned into a watercolor painting right before your eyes, so stick around and see how it turns out.
If you are one of those people who thinks they don’t have an artistic bone in their body, come out and surprise yourself. If you know that you are an artist and haven’t taken the time to get your creative juices flowing, definitely stop by and indulge your inner child. Whichever camp you find yourself in, it’s going to be a fun night.
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I’m in a Magazine!

972094_10151736280134453_831133773_nI was recently asked by my friend, Holly Hatch, to participate in a photo shoot and article for Out Front Magazine, a local gay and lesbian periodical here in Denver. The article was showcasing the different ways in which we express ourselves as a community and the diversity of those expressions. Of course I gave a nod to my site here, as well as to my capoeira group, Canto do Galo, as we are gearing up for this insane weekend. Crazy activities will be taking place, so come check it out.

Anyway, I feel very fortunate that I have two great communities that support me in my various endeavors, particularly my more creative ones. Holly and her girlfriend Jody have been especially supportive of me over the years, with Jody hiring me not once, but twice to work in her bar (previously called tHERe, now Blush) when I was experiencing hard financial times. That place is like a home away from home where I always feel welcome and am always among friends.

My capoeira community fuels my need for physical expression, exercise, cultural immersion, among other things. Those folks are my family away from family and are the base of most of my relationships here in Denver. I am so lucky to have them all in my life.

 

http://outfrontonline.com/focus/features-focus/expressions-meditations-on-who-we-are/