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Thursday, January 16,2014

Secrets in the paint

Tracing a Monet from a London bridge to the Colorado ghost town of Tolland

By Elizabeth Miller
Behind the broad strokes of a global shift in the art movement was a few key individuals — a shrewd gallery owner; a small, fiercely devoted Russian collector; a prince; a Colorado woman who would turn her husband’s fortune into a tourist destination that’s now a ghost town; a Denver school teacher; even the current director of the Denver Art Museum. And this is their story
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Prince-worthy findings at Smiling Toad

Craft beer with a K works out fine

By Elizabeth Miller
It was as though we had arrived in the living room of a welcoming friend — a friend who happens to have six craft-with-a-“c” beers on tap, a really beautiful blonde wood bar and well-padded bar stools.
Thursday, January 2,2014

Drawing the line

Two views of drawing at Denver museums show artists thinking it through, growing up and creating drawings that deserve consideration in their own right

By Elizabeth Miller
Drawings are generally seen as the preliminary sketches for later, more polished works, but two exhibitions in Denver, at the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, are making the case for viewing drawings as artworks in and of themselves.
Thursday, December 26,2013

Two teachers in Jamestown strive to keep their students together after schoolhouse closes

People of the Year

By Elizabeth Miller
The first day the Jamestown Elementary School teachers could get back to the two-room schoolhouse in Jamestown after the floods in September, there were still huge boulders alongside barely-there roads. The road to the schoolhouse was washed out entirely — in its place, a bare cliff.
Wednesday, December 18,2013

Pro Challenge starting line? We'll take it

Cycling race announces 2014 race has stage that begins in Boulder

By Elizabeth Miller
Colorado’s favorite bike race is coming back to Boulder in 2014. USA Pro Cycling Challenge officials have announced a final stage for the race with a starting line in Boulder.
Friday, December 13,2013

Vail opens China Bowl

Resort has half of terrain open early this year

By Elizabeth Miller
Whatever your plans for the weekend were, call them off. Vail announced Friday that China Bowl has been opened for the season.
Thursday, December 12,2013

Boulder author pens homage to skiing

By Elizabeth Miller
David Rothman’s book of essays about skiing has plenty of days when perfect conditions set in, when the rumored miracles were right, when the previously impassable chutes open up. But mostly, it’s about everything else that happens around those days — the hundreds of days a year that aren’t perfect, and the people that live them out.
Thursday, December 5,2013

Made for this

Epic Race is just one more way this Denver resident takes life to the limits

By Elizabeth Miller
Joe Jensen has a habit of taking a joke to its limits — that’s how he’s ended up running for president, making his first SCUBA dive ever in a shark tank, claiming entries in the Guinness Book of World Records for most rounds of disc golf played in 24 hours, running a marathon and climbing the highest peak in the lower 48 states.
Thursday, November 21,2013

An artist reframed: Painter Chuck Forsman finally exhibits his photography

Denver Art Museum hosts exhibit of photos from two collections

By Elizabeth Miller
Late one night, while driving through Utah, artist Chuck Forsman saw a dead cow on the road and stopped to photograph it. “I think I did it just kind of to wake me up,” Forsman says.
Thursday, November 14,2013

Endangered again

Fish and Wildlife Service proposal prompts debate from wolf advocates

By Elizabeth Miller
No one expects wolves to return to everywhere in the world they once roamed — they’ll hardly be able to find comfortable dens in the wilds of Central Park in New York City — but how much territory wolves can be expected to recover, and whether they’ll need the Endangered Species Act to protect them along the way, is up for debate.