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888 Market Street Gallery opens

“Art,” said Gerhard Richter, “is the highest form of hope.”

There is a legitimate reason I’ve been remiss about posting lately. Since May, 2014, I have been working on an online market place for you.

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888MarketStreet.com will sell fine art & specialty items and, serve as the gallery/market site for Denver Art Matters.

The idea was not original. My email is packed every day with notices from online stores and sites touting everything from pickles to pet portraits. I visit sites selling jewelry for thousands of dollars. It’s evident people are shopping for fine art online. With 2015, only hours away, I think it’s going to be the year for e-commerce. It’s hot regardless of the product.

Flitting around on weekly art ventures, especially in the last couple of years, I noticed an abundance of art studios/galleries and local artisan shops cropping up on streets (in neighborhoods, downtown, art districts) over night.

I thought to myself I’ve never seen more entrepreneurs creating more unique sauces, breads, gluten-free brownies, bread, pasta, candied bacon, craft beer, whiskey, gourmet chocolate, edible sculptures, jewelry, clothes and relishes.  Definitely. I saw something happening with local creatives.

The idea of an online market/gallery simmered as I browsed the internet. I knew it wasn’t just Colorado getting creative. On the sites I was invited to visit, I noticed most every state had a new abundance of creative people and products. This was confirmed on a trip across the Southeast in 2013. I was impressed at the vast and varied amount of quality art and products I saw in every city, town, beach stop and gas station.

Back in Denver a fellow art acquaintance and I were having coffee when he asked kindly what I planned to do with Denver Art Matters (meaning, are you ever going to try to make any money). I answered with little pause, “I think I’ll start a website to sell the art and products I love.” 

888MarketStreet.com launched on December 5, 2014.

If you haven’t visited, please take a look.  888MarketStreet.com

It is a work in progress. I am still tweaking the site and continue to add more art daily. I realize with a site such as this, I’ll be tweaking and adding art regardless of where I sit with my laptop – Denver or Paris (planning ahead). 

The artists on 888 Market Street are my friends. They include sculptor, Jay Eighmy; photographer, John Ambrosino; painter, Jacquetta Green; ceramist, Michaele Green; silk screen artist, Hannah Schechter; fashion designer, Mona Lucero; photographer, Wilson Goodrich; jeweler, William Gray; jewelry designer, Maria Pelissier; glass artist, Steve Fisher; sculptor & jewelry designer, Charles Sherman; entrepreneur Bill Abernathy; art consultant Candice Pulliam; author, Rob Foster. Several artists are in my mailbox waiting to join the gallery and I’ll introduce them as their art is posted. I’m grateful to my artist friends who agreed to be a part of this site. They helped me tremendously as I pulled this together over the past eight months.

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888 Market Street has a secondary art market category, titled d’Art Market. I think will interest you. It is a unique way for collectors to shop for art not necessarily on gallery walls anymore. Similar to a museum’s deaccessioning process, all collectors eventually must make room for new pieces, while simultaneously allowing for a change in taste. d’Art Market gives all collectors an avenue to buy & sell art on 888 Market Street.

The Vintage category is a source for oddities and hundreds of cowboy boots in every color and size. We plan to include additional categories such as food and custom-made jewelry and fashions as we learn more about our customers.

Potpourri is just that, a little bit of this and that. All you pot heads will love Bill Abernathy’s carrying case, the Big Kahuna, for keeping your ‘meds’ fresh and safe. It even comes with a lock & key.

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I want to thank everyone who helped me with the beginnings of 888 Market Street. Your encouragement and suggestions were greatly appreciated. With your patience and good taste, I finally settled on the name, the logo, the font, the template. I know you’re all happy I no longer email frantic requests asking your opinion on names and fonts. You’re the best. I never would have gotten to 888 Market Street without you. 

With love and hugs to Candice, Celeste, Jennifer, Jacquetta, Kay, Julie, Alice, Katherine, Tina, Carol, Helen, Mona, Chip, John, Wilson, Bill. And sweet gratitude to Matthew of Blue13Creative.com, who put it all together for 888MarketStreet.com.

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BEWARE OF PEARL GRAY WITH PINK SAYS the original Diana Vreeland

From the Daily Beast.com

Diana Vreeland’s Legendary Life: ‘The Eye Has to Travel’

by Sep 17, 2012 1:00 AM EDT

Diana Vreeland was imperious, eccentric, and unforgettable.

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The editor in her apartment, which she wanted to look like “a garden in hell.” ((c) Estate of Horst P. Horst-Art + Commerce / Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films)

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Diana Vreeland is single-handedly responsible for the pop-culture meme that great fashion editors are flamboyant and eccentric, possess the temperaments of tyrants, and are prone to mysterious pronouncements about pink being the navy blue of India. But more important than her easily caricatured personality, Vreeland’s creative gestures were so bold and sweeping that ever since she strode the halls of Vogue magazine for much of the 1960s, all other editors in chief have been compared to her.

Vreeland was the inspiration for actress Kay Thompson’s imperious fashion editor in the film Funny Face. Vreeland was terrorizing assistants long before Meryl Streep made Anne Hathaway cower in The Devil Wears Prada. Vreeland was fashion’s original bulldozing diva—but she wore Chanel.

Vreeland began her career as the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, where she first gained confidence and made a reputation as a working woman with an eye for style and a nose for what’s next. But it was at Vogue, as editor in chief, that the legendary “DV” was born.

While at Vogue, from 1962 to 1971, she transformed a magazine focused on society swans and long-necked mannequins into a global souk sprinkled with Hollywood glitter. She sent a caravan of editors, photographers, and models around the world, instructing them to bring back souvenirs, stories, and elaborate fantasies that took readers outside their quotidian lives.

Vreeland was a well-traveled woman—having been born in Paris and living in London and then New York. But she often spoke about the magic of countries from Russia to Mongolia as if she had seen them with her own eyes when, instead, she had really only seen them in her imagination.

But few places could compare to Vreeland’s vast imagination. In everything from the story of her life to a photo story in the magazine, Vreeland tended to exaggerate and gild the lily. Indeed, she sometimes simply made things up. Her ease with the well-placed lie was as much a secret to her success as it was a flaw.

Over the years, Vreeland has been an irresistible subject for writers and filmmakers. Indeed, her memoir, D.V., which was edited by George Plimpton, is, in some ways, her own personal tall tale. The play Full Gallop took audiences into Vreeland’s red-lacquer Manhattan apartment just after she was fired from Vogue and before she became a consultant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Full Gallop aimed to bring her spirit to life, if not tell the gimlet-eyed truth about the actual woman.

It may be that it takes the full complement of media to even get close to the story of a woman whose surface was so captivating—jet black hair, highly rouged cheeks, and a beak-like nose that plastic surgery never rendered characterless—but whose interior was so confounding. The Eye Has to Travel, a documentary by Lisa Immordino Vreeland scheduled for a limited release on Sept. 21, offers another set of clues to understanding a woman who pushed fashion into popular culture and used that culture to change the direction of fashion.

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Two style icons: Vreeland with model Marisa Berenson. (James Karales / Courtesy of Estate of James P. Karales-Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Immordino Vreeland never met her grandmother-in-law. Diana Vreeland died in 1989. So while Immordino had intimate access to the fashion icon’s sons and extended family, she had a useful distance from her subject that allowed her to see Vreeland in especially clear terms. The filmmaker also boasts a fashion background and a nuanced understanding of the industry’s mythmaking and social significance. Using television news clips and audiotapes from Vreeland’s lengthy conversations with Plimpton when she was working on D.V., the documentary allows Vreeland to speak for herself—but it also strives to keep her honest.

Hearing Vreeland’s voice with its vaguely continental accent and its alluring lyricism, it’s easy to understand how she could cajole others into bringing her fantasies to life. In her earnest enthusiasm, one hears the effusive rhythms of today’s fashion pop stars like André Leon Talley or Tyra Banks.

The most poignant aspects of the film are the personal meditations. Her sons, Thomas and Frederick, speak to the difficulty of having such a dynamic character as a mother. The discomforting hurt of her legendary status is evident on their adult faces. Vreeland’s blunt assessment of her looks is also startling. She considers herself terribly unattractive until she meets Thomas Reed Vreeland, her husband-to-be. He makes her feel beautiful, she says. That perilous state—having one’s physical confidence reliant on the admiration of another—affects her entire career. She is driven by a voyeur’s judgment of beauty. Personal satisfaction in her own beauty is a struggle—one as obvious as the slash of rouge on her cheeks.

Did insecurity spark more than a little unkind treatment of assistants and junior editors? How much of fashion is fueled by insecurity—for better or worse?

And, of course, there are her lies. There are tales of Charles Lindbergh flying overhead while she sat with her boys on holiday, descriptions of a never-seen Russia. Fact did not interfere with a story or a myth. And in contemporary times, such blatant untruthfulness would be looked upon with derision. A million tweets would send scolding commentary into the universe. But Vreeland understood that fashion had little to do with truth. She glosses blithely over topics such as diversity or feminism with a kind of wry and dismissive humor.

As a piece of filmmaking, The Eye Has to Travel is not especially dazzling. But Immordino Vreeland has the patience to, at times, simply let Vreeland speak. Often she is witty. Sometimes she is heartbreaking. And occasionally she is baffling. And in her fibs, exaggerations, and outright lies, she reveals something of the complicated truth about fashion.

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Robin Givhan is a special correspondent for style and culture for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. In 1995 she became the fashion editor of The Washington Post, where she covered the news, trends, and business of the international fashion industry. She contributed to Runway Madness, No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade and the Rights of Garment Workers and Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers. She is the author, along with the Washington Post photo staff, of Michelle: Her First Year as First Lady. In 2006 she won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism for her fashion coverage. She lives and works in Washington, D.C.

For inquiries, please contact The Daily Beast at editorial@thedailybeast.com.

 Delightfully entertaining documentary full of wisecracks, insights, gossip, exotic fashion shots, models, designers, and factions from the irrepressible Ms. Vreeland. It’s showing at the Esquire now. Treat yourself to this completely original look at an unsurpassed original fashion editor.  Jan

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Strut Your Stuff

 

And, it’s FREE.

For the first time ever, Cherry Creek North is kicking off Fashion Week in a big way! On the evening of September 6th, style lovers will whet their appetites of the latest fall fashions at in-store events throughout Cherry Creek North, followed by a runway fashion show on Fillmore Plaza featuring Cherry Creek North boutiques.

Cherry Creek North stores are pulling out all the stops in preparation for this big night in fashion by planning fabulous in-store events from 6 – 8pm. Guests can expect everything from trunk shows to mini fashion shows to complimentary services, giveaways, and more. Nearly 40 stores are participating and event details can be found at CherryCreekNorth.com.

Immediately following the in-store events, there will be a spectacular runway fashion show at 9pm on Fillmore Plaza. The show will feature 11 boutiques, which will give the audience a taste of the diverse collection of fashion offerings available in Cherry Creek North. The boutiques featured in this year’s show will be: Alicia the Boutique, Eccentricity, Felice Bridal, Garbarini, Lawrence Covell, Mariel, SOL… Store of Lingerie, and Marks Lloyd Furs. Jewelry is being provided by Oster Jewelers, and there will also be a surprise children’s component provided by Little Me’s and Little Feet. Each of these stores will walk the 88 foot runway showcasing their fall and winter looks that can be found in stores this September!

This event benefits Goodwill Industries of Denver’s programs that outfit individuals for success. As you’re walking through Cherry Creek North between now and September 6th, you may notice some life-size blue, “Success Silhouettes” that represent the tremendous stories of six individuals that have been greatly impacted by the phenomenal work that Goodwill has done in our community. We are proud to partner with them on this event and help drive awareness of their programs.

Our official partners are: 303 Magazine, FirstBank, Little Black Dress Vodka, Little Black Dress Wine, Great Divide, Piatti, and Cuppy Cakes of Cherry Creek. Guest should be sure to strut their stuff on the 303 Magazine red carpet for a photo opportunity on Fillmore Plaza from 6pm – 9pm.

The entire event is free and open to anyone; however there will be a limited number of reserved VIP tickets for sale for the fashion show. VIP tickets include (depending on level purchased): Reserved runway seat, access to the VIP party before the show (complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres), free parking, and a goodie bag. Additional details for Cherry Creek North’s celebration of fashion are being finalized and will be announced as September 6th approaches!

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OLBRISH Handbags from Germany

Probably not good timing with the Ralph Lauren hubbub brewing, but I ran into these purses at BOUQUETS in Lodo – odd store to find them in – yet to my surprise my first visual reaction was ‘art’. They are beautifully made of fine grain leather (BMW seats) and steel frames. It was the shape, style and design that caught my eye. Bet they’ll last a hundred years.

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Yves Saint Laurent leaves on July 8, 2012

Yoohoo, all fashionistas…The 40 Year Retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent’s exquisite works are still in Denver, don’t miss it. You have until July 8th.

Yes, it’s definitely kudos for Denver and its selection as one of the premier stops on this 3-city exhibition that has traveled to Madrid, Paris and Denver.  Rarely does one get to see the up-close and personal handiwork that Yves Saint Laurent incorporated into his classic and renaissance-esque fashions. You will swill over the tuxedo wall. He designed the first formal suit for women. How did we survive before Yves, I ask? Most admirers of his couture designs have viewed them only in Neimans, Saks, books or vintage magazine fashion shoots.  It really is a must see for any one who can get to Denver. My advice ride, drive, fly, however you can get here. Honestly,  no excuse for Denverites. It is a rare glimpse of fine art from the creative mind of a skillful thoughtful artist seen through his timeless designs. This is a body of work that has put Denver on the map and it is an honor for all Colorado.

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