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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.


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.


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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Odd, Quirky & Curious Art at the Creek

The 2014 Cherry Creek Arts Festival was part Old Curiosity Shop wonder and slick new organic shapes and colors.  The miles of booths brought to mind memorabilia of another time and place.  I noticed the trend for recycled-objects-art was waning and there were few fine art photography booths. This show was unusual but lovely with its odd, nostalgic, narrative tone. Contemporary art mixed elegantly with classic, vintage themes, style and colors.

The art work below is exactly why I came away with ‘nostalgia’ in my conscientiousness. See for yourself.

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I was enchanted with the sepia intonations in many of the works, and the use of multi-mixed mediums to create a work of art. The brown & black, pen & ink drawn and colored over a collection of old music sheets was typical and original.  I was transported to the pages of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and the bewitching art of early children’s book illustrations, prints and re-touched photography. The feeling I took away from the festival was, let me say, a circus poster.  Colorful exquisite details in the art,  elegantly reminiscent of an eye-popping, vintage color poster that brought a sense of excitement to the moment. I felt like the circus was coming.




List of artists:

Beverly Hayden, Chattanooga, TN; Valerie Bunnell, Northampton, MA; Bradford J. Salamon; Claudia Roulier, Denver, CO; Richard Ryan, Bourbonnais, IL; Brianna Martray, Denver, CO; Cali Hobgood, Urbana, IL.


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What’s Old is New Again…in posh Cherry Creek (Art Festival)

The buzz is on for the words reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle, repurpose, revamp, and reinvent into art. You’ve seen it in emails making the rounds, art made out of flip-flops, soda bottle furniture, chandeliers made from candle holders, cans and glass bottles. There’s fashionable jewelry made from Coke cans, bottle tops, Barbie doll appendages, even underwear and shelters, as in bus stops. Who remembers the first belts made out of old tires and bottle caps? They’re still around after what, 20 years?

Upcycling is the latest trend described as taking items that have been discarded into landfills, rescued and given a new use, an upgrade to another purpose from its original purpose. It’s called being the best we can be by reinventing and creating art that is characteristically interesting, quirky,colorful, semi-disturbing – setting the pace for a new artistic statement, heading into a new era of art.


If any of those words are true, and I believe they are because the Cherry Arts Festival was a carnival of old, made new again. I would venture to speculate that a vintage theme ran through 50% of the booths I visited.



In order from top: Mike Turney – Assemblage www.miketurney.wordpress.com

Photographic works by Micheal Paul Cole. www.michealpaulcole.com

Ceramic plate – I apologize. I cannot find the artist’s name. If you know please send message on this post.

Jewelry – Fat Cat Studio. www.fatcatjewelrystudio.com

Check out these two websites that are the true essence of Upcycling.



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Denver County Fair Info – Dates – Booth – Fun


 poster art by Mark Penner-Howell

Denver County Fair           August 10-11-12          National Western Complex

Denver Modernism Show      August 24-25-26     National Western Complex     

Dear Friends, Artists and Art Fans,

It was great meeting some of you at the Art Students League Summer Art Market on Sunday! I’m running TWO big shows this summer that offer fun and unique opportunities for artists!

Both shows are INDOORS and allow you to rent a booth for the weekend and/or enter work into the open call gallery! 


The second annual Denver County Fair offers a quirky new take on the traditional county fair. Last year, we drew 25,000 attendees, and got LOADS of national press – including TWO articles in the New York Times!

Denver County Fair is owned and operated by Tracy Weil and me – two movers and shakers in Denver’s art scene. We’ve got some big-name blue ribbon judges, and once again, Mark Penner-Howell is managing the Art Pavilion! Kym Bloom, owner/manager of Kanon Collective on Santa Fe Drive, is our new Art Competition manager!

Changes this year:  New Registration System means faster check-in and shorter lines! Also, the Art Pavilion is right next to our newest, most-talked about area – The Geek Pavilion! We’re the only county fair in the world that has one of those!  🙂

Info:  www.denvercountyfair.org

August 10 – 12 at National Western Complex

Why?  If you love Denver, love its artists, and believe Denver is becoming the new creative capital … you need to be here! The Art Pavilon team and the Fair management team are very respected in the local art community. We want to show EVERYONE how GREAT Denver’s Art Scene is! Plus you can win ribbons and cash prizes in over a dozen art competition categories! Each Blue Ribbon comes with a $50 cash prize – and we have lots of art categories!

New:  $1 of every competition entry fee goes to the Art Pavilion’s Charity Non-Profit Partner: VSA/Access Gallery. 


How to Participate:

Rent a Booth in the Art Pavilion!   10 x 10 Booth: $350. Show and sell your work to our huge audience!

Spaces are limited in this pavilion, and we expect a sell-out, so don’t delay!


Enter pieces into our Open Gallery and compete for Blue Ribbons and cash prizes!  Fee: $5 or 5 entries for $20.

Space permitting, all qualifiying entries will be accepted!

More info on the Denver County Fair Art Pavilion – including competition categories  is here! 

Timeline for Blue Ribbon Art Competitions:

July 26 – Deadline for online entry into the Art Pavilion Gallery

Aug 8 – Drop of work at the National Western for Juried Show, 3 – 7 pm

Aug 8  – Walk-in Entries ( as space permits )  National Western, 3 – 7 pm

Aug 10 – 12 – Denver County Fair ( www.denvercountyfair.org )

Aug 10 – Art Pavilion ribbons and cash prizes awarded, 7pm

Aug 12 – Art Pick-up  ( 6-8 pm)


The Denver Modernism Show has become an annual favorite, and one of the only indoor art festivals in town. Every year we draw more out-of-town buyers and this year, the Palm Springs contingency is bigger than ever!  Artist SHAG ( Josh Agle) returns for 2012, as a special guest, guaranteeing that the number of art enthusiasts and collectors from around the country will increase!

Info:  www.denvermodernism.com 

August 24 – 26 at National Western Complex


Denver Modernism Show Gallery juror: David B. Smith.

In addition to bringing SHAG to the show for us again this year, David B. Smith is one of Denver’s leading gallery owners, committed to presenting intelligent and culturally relevant exhibitions featuring work from some of today’s most dynamic artists with growing international reputations. Locally, David brings a unique element to the Denver Art Scene. Through participation in leading art fairs and extensive media coverage, David has cultivated a strong regional, national and international collector audience. The New York Times hailed the gallery as offering “an exciting contrast of cutting edge works.” In addition to its curatorial program, David B. Smith maintains an active publishing division, whi ch produces limited edition artist prints and monographs. And not only that – He’s just a super nice guy!  Visit the David B. Smith Gallery in Lodo, at 1543 Wazee Street.

How to Participate:

Rent a booth at the Denver Modernism Show! 10 x 10 booth: $250.


Enter pieces into the juried Denver Modernism Gallery Fee: $10 per piece.

More info for artists at the Denver Modernism Show is here!

Timeline for Denver Modernism Gallery Juried Show:

Aug. 14 – Deadline for submissions, midnight.

Aug. 18 – Notify artists of acceptance status

Aug. 23 –  Accepted artists deliver work to National Western Complex Expo Hall, 2-6 pm.

Aug. 24 – Opening Night. Accepted Artist plus one guest admitted to Preview Party, 6-10pm.

Aug. 26 – Closing Date: Artists must pick up work at National Western Complex Expo Hall, 4-7pm.

I hope to see you at one – or both – of these fun events!





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