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Coors Western Art show corrals best of the west

The Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale rounds up the best of the west in terms of paintings, sculpture and other fine arts in contemporary Western realism. The exhibit, free with a stock show ticket, includes paintings and sculptures from Western contemporary artists from across the nation. Learn more in my piece published by Art + Object:

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Plexiglass saddles by Maeve Eichelberger exemplify the edge of contemporary Western realism in the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, part of the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

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The golden age of yoga mats

We live in the golden age of yoga mats. When I began practicing asanas almost 28 years ago, sticky mats came in only a few colors: pea green, turquoise blue and violet. Today, yoga mats are available in every color of the rainbow, as well as wild patterns. Sticky mats are made from different materials, some of them much more eco-friendly than petrol-chemical-based mats of old. A yoga mat is a highly personal item, once a practitioner gets past using the communal mats provided by a studio. For Yoga Digest, I wrote this essay titled “My yoga mat, my bridge to myself” about yoga mats I haveknown:

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Beach warrior: no mat required

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An executive VP and attorney offers her tips from the top

Anne Lee Benedict has a little boy and a big job. A single parent, she’s executive vice president and chief legal officer of Summit Materials, a construction company. Consequently, she’s something of an efficiency expert, and she shared some of her success strategies in this article I wrote
for Denver Business Journal:
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“I try to take a more holistic view of the different areas of my life.”

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Coors exhibit corrals best contemporary western artists

For the past 27 years at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale has rounded up some of the best contemporary artists. Featuring paintings, prints, sculptures and more, the exhibition is free with stock show admission.

For Denver Business Journal, I interviewed Rose Franklin, curator of the show for the past 24 years, as well as two of my favorite Denver-based artists: painter Karen Roehl and printmaker/watercolorist Leon Loughridge.

Dive into the full article here:

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Details of horse paintings by Karen Roehl, a Denver-based artist in her sixth Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale.

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Details of horse paintings by Karen Roehl, a Denver-based artist in her sixth Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. Photos courtesy of Karen Roehl

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Oil painter Karen Roehl portrays horses using her process of layering strokes of realism rendered in neutrals over colorful abstract mark-making. Photo by Kathleen Levine, Denver Business Journal

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Ninja Nation CEO stretches physical and mental limits

Wayne Cavanaugh is Type A+. Driven and disciplined, the founder and CEO of Ninja Nation creates obstacle courses and knows how to overcome his own obstacles.

“Nobody is born good at anything,” he said. “You learn through repetitive hard work.”

Interviewing Cavanaugh for Denver Business Journal, I asked him, “What is your superpower?”

He responded, without missing a beat, “To authentically communicate and connect with people around me positive motivation to help kids and adults to find the hero version of themselves they never thought possible.”

For Cavanaugh, his company aligns with his life purpose.

“Ninja Nation is not just a business with a fun brand, but the culmination of my soul-searching to find a way to combine career and make a tremendously positive impact on the people around me.”

More details in my article published by Denver Business Journal:

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Wayne Cavanaugh cited his meditation practice using Coherence HeartRate+ and “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle as two of his favorite inspirational tools. 

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Zachary Zorn Designs: An emerging artist creates sculptural furnishings

Zachary Zorn’s designs mingle unexpected materials including reclaimed walnut trees, vintage airplane wings and piano parts. An emerging artist, Zorn brings an element of Zen to his simple yet captivating works, many of which are functional furnishings such as tables. My feature for the December-January issue of Colorado Expression magazine offers more details, along with photographs of the art and the artist.

Read the full story here:

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Denver Art Museum opens blockbuster Monet show

Being an arts writer has its advantages, for example, media previews of the hottest
exhibitions in town. Last week, I got a sneak peek of “Claude Monet: The Truth of
Nature” now open to the public until February.
“This is the most comprehensive Monet exhibit in the U.S. in the past 25 years, and
this is the only venue in the U.S.,” said Angelica Daneo, Denver Art Museum chief
curator and curator of European art before 1900. “This is going to be a big show
with 125 works from all over the world: private collections and public institutions.
It will encompass all three exhibition spaces and activate the whole Hamilton
The DAM co-organized the exhibition that will show only in Denver and at Museum
Barberini in Potsdam, Germany.
“This is not a canned show, not a show we bought,” said Daneo, who added that
DAM will make a fresh contribution to the already immense scholarship on Monet.
Daneo, who grew up in Italy near the border of France, also is fluent in French,
which allowed her to read Monet’s letters without the fog of translation.
“The layout and design of the show is divided into galleries and groupings looking
at places roughly chronologically, but by place,” said Daneo. “We try to use materials
from the time. We use lithographs and color as good ways to signal transitions, but
we also focus on the art and some breathing room around the paintings.”
For Daneo, the excitement of the exhibition lies in providing the opportunity for
visitors to appreciate more deeply one of the world’s most popular artists.
“Many have been given a Monet mug or poster. He’s an artist out there a lot visually.
He’s everywhere,” she said. “My wish is for people to enter the exhibit and look at
the art in person and form their own opinion. They may come to the same
conclusion that Monet is a great master and incredible innovator, a bridge from the
19th to the 20th century, and there is a reason he endures.”

Delve into the full article here:

#ByColleen Smith #MonetAtDAM #DenverArtMuseum #MuseumBarberini #ClaudeMonet #MonetWaterLilies #DenverBotanicGardens #FrenchImpressionists #Monet #Impressionism #DenverArt


Monet was a masterful gardener. His water lilies at Giverny are famous, but his letters also express concern for his roses and Japanese peonies.

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