Denver Art Matters
Fashion Celebrity Hosts, Tim Gunn & Mondo Guerra March 02 2015
What do you get when you cross a - fashionister in skinny pants, polka dot bow tie, thick curled pomaded, tri-color hair with - a skinny, hip, young & clever looking, green-haired fashionista girl wearing black from head to toe? Why of course, it's photographers at the 2015, fundraiser fashion show.
The En Vogue Goodwill Fashion show, welcomed Emmy award-winning Tim Gunn and Denver's own Mondo Guerra, to the cirque d'cool on Thursday night.
Of course it was snowing like a tasmanian devil outside. But that mattered little to the sold-out extravaganza, where fashionistas of all ages gathered at Union Station, come hell or ten foot snow.
Always a sell-out, this event benefits Goodwill's career development programs. Mondo Guerra, wearing a self-designed tight-fitting Matisse-inspired black & white suit, polished off his look with spit-shined patent leather shoes and no socks. He told the audience how he loves Goodwill thrift stores. When he was just falling in love with fashion & design he spent lots of time and, little money, in thrift stores. He'd take the clothes home, take them apart to study the design, the stitching and fabric. It paid off. He was winner on the debut season of Project Runway All Stars. Today he has a clothes line and an exclusive eyewear collection inspired by pop culture.
Tim Gunn, "Under the Gunn," a co-host and mentor of Lifetime's Project Runway, met Mondo during season eight and, as they say, the rest is history. Gunn said each year when he's en route to the west, he starts to think of Denver girls. He envisions them in jeans, boots, hats, big winter coats. But when he gets here, he is thrilled to see the fashion conscience females in this Western metropolitan city. He mentioned great taste in boots, sweaters, scarfs, jewelry and the creative mixing of stylish vintage and high fashion. Pat yourself on the back Denver Girlie Q's.
The select fashion designers were high school students under Mondo's directions. He suggested they create designs that were reminiscent of fleeting fashions which passed through these marbled walls of the hundred year old Union Station. They listened and went to work; elegantly mixing a Great Gatsby look with hip, sassy Western style that showed maturity and serious fashion-astute design talent.
The audience was pretty cool too.
Fashion in Denver. Pay attention. Next up, the Paper Fashion show next month.
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You're probably not a cowboy or cowgirl but that's ok. When January rolls around in the West, everyone wants to be one.
Coincidentally, the 109th National Western Stock Show opened January 10, 2015, with one of the best displays of Western art in the world. The Coors Western Art Exhibition & Sale premiered to rave reviews and enormous sales. That seems to be the case each year. And here's to tell you the historic stock show has much more than livestock and boots to experience and purchase.
Featured Coors 2015 artist is Teresa Elliott. She's in good company with: Tony Angell, Duke Beardsley, Allen Birnbach, Gordon Brown, Sophy Brown, George Bumann, Kenneth Bunn, G. Russell Case, Dan Chen, Len Chmiel, Neil Clifford, Don Coen, Mark Daily, Glenn Dean, John Demott, Caroline Douglas, Sharron Evans, Scott Fraser, Terry Gardner, Ulrich Gleiter, Brent Greenwood, David Griffin, David Grossmann, William Haskell, Rocky Hawkins, Quang Ho, Tony Hockstetler, T.D. Kelsey, Steve Kestrel, Amy Laugesen, T. Allen Lawson, Richard Loffler, Kim Lordier, Leon Loughridge, Michael Lynch, Jerry Markham, Walter Matia, William Matthews, Dean Mitchell, Jim Morgan, Julia Mulligan, Arlo Namingha, Dan Namingha, Joel Ostlind, Howard Post, Susan Raymond, Karen Roehl, Brad Rude, Jo LeMay Rutledge, Tim Shinabarger, Preston Singletary, Jill Soukup, Michael Stano, Don Stinson, Karmel Timmons, Susan Tirrell, Kent Ullberg, Barbara VanCleve, Skip Whitcomb, Laura Wilson, Seth Winegar, Dinah Worman, Melanie Yazzie, Dan Young.
Here's a sprinkling of the fabulous art to be seen at the stock show's Coors Western gallery.
High Noon, Teresa Elliott
Downtown at Abend Gallery, the gallery that miraculously stays on top of the West's best emerging artists and, the best selling like Dave Santillanes, Elsa Sroka, Lorenzo Chavez, Lindsey Bittner Graham, Bruce Gomez, Stephanie Hartshorn, Elizabeth Sandia, Clyde Steadman, opened their Western show featuring pop and tradition.
The stylistic paintings of David Kammerzell, Travis Walker and Stephanie Hartshorn are a stretch from the very traditional Dave Santillanes or Bruce Gomez classic western genre. A comprehensive taken from this show is temperament. The show has personality created by first class painter's narratives which follow a Western theme.
Old Traditions / New Frontiers, was no doubt designed to coincide with the stock show and, without gushing, it's a very good show. The West is 'in' in January. Christine Serr, gallery owner, just gets it. Traditions/Frontiers combines classic Western landscapes intermingled with campy, retro styles and subject matter reminiscent of Gene Autry and Pecos Bill illustrated story books. The interesting mix creates a full bodied show of classic landscapes topped with humor and color.
David Kammerzell A real cowboy. Model for Lindsey B Graham
Dave Santillanes Lindsey Bittner Graham Stpehanie Hartshorn Michelle Conrad Bruce Gomez
Denver galleries are numerous and the owners have great taste in art and artists. If you're thinking rodeo, think art too. An art trip to Denver is a trip in itself.
The Coors Exhibit is at the National Western Complex off I-70 & Brighton Avenue; from downtown, just north of Coors Field. Abend Gallery is at Colfax & York, east of the Capitol Building.