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Friday, August 12,2011

Boulder resident Robert Venosa, foremost master of visionary art, dies

By Marisa Aragón Ware
Boulder resident Robert Venosa, whose famous works of visionary art paintings inspired countless artists, died on Tuesday, Aug. 9. He was 75.
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Thursday, May 5,2011

Robert Venosa, the shaman

Boulder’s resident visionary artist sees art as the conduit to the universe

By Marisa Aragón Ware
Venosa began his career as a commercial artist, designing album covers for Columbia Records as an art director in the 1960s. During this time, he discovered the work of fantastic realist painters Mati Klarwein and Ernst Fuchs.
Thursday, April 7,2011

Boulder hosts national climbing championship

By Marisa Aragón Ware
Arowdy throng of spectators crowded into Boulder's Movement Climbing and Fitness on Saturday night to watch Sasha Digiulian and Magnus Midtbø win the 2011 Sport Climbing Series National Championship, the precursor to the International Federation of Sport Climbing Lead World Cup this fall.
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Thursday, March 17,2011

Finding beauty in everything

Andy Warhol’s keen portraits and prints offer insight into his artistic process

By Marisa Aragón Ware
With his portrayal of mass-produced products, mundane objects and celebrities from American popular culture, Warhol achieved massive success as a painter, sculptor and prolific filmmaker.
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Thursday, February 24,2011

Repurposing meanings

New BMoCA exhibits redefine trash to make art

By Marisa Aragón Ware
Imagine what flesh would look like if it were made from thin layers of wood, or how a wave in a choppy sea would appear if it were frozen into overarching planks. Picture an animate sense of movement emerging from this wooden mass and visualize shifting colors undulating across it.
Thursday, February 3,2011

Ballet with wings

Paper Bird teams up with Ballet Nouveau Colorado

By Marisa Aragón Ware
"When I read a description of their music that included every genre of American music you can think of, I had to hear it. I went and bought all of their music and just fell in love with it," Ammon says. "To seamlessly bring together all of those genres in a very genuine way like they do is just such a beautiful thing."
Thursday, January 6,2011

Tried and true troubadours

Local songwriters’ collective allows everyone a place on stage

By Marisa Aragón Ware
These days, the word 'troubadour' has become virtually synonymous with 'singer.' Yet if you take a look back to medieval days when the word emerged, you'll see that the original meaning was much less inclusive. In order to be classified as a troubadour, one couldn't merely sing other people's songs; you had to write your own.
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Thursday, December 30,2010

A million pictures worth countless words

Photographer Peggy Dyer’s portraits capture the spontaneity of strangers

By Marisa Aragón Ware
"I'd heard this song a thousand times, but when I heard him sing, 'I've seen a million faces and I rocked them all,' this magnificent idea just sort of downloaded into my brain," Dyer says. "I saw these giant collages up on the walls of the Getty and I could just hear my shoes clicking down the marble floors of the museum."
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Thursday, December 23,2010

Music on canvas

Live-painter Jason García makes art in the moment

By Marisa Aragón Ware
While these days it's a common sight to see an artist onstage with a band, back when Garcia started, the concept was virgin and unexplored. When he was first approached by a San Francisco band in 1998 to paint onstage, he had never heard of anyone doing such a thing.
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Thursday, December 9,2010

Performance soul in black and white

Lisa Siciliano’s rock photography on display at annual extravaganza

By Marisa Aragón Ware
"I always felt like this completely creative person that had no outlet," Siciliano says. "I had never even thought of taking photos before. It definitely wasn't my childhood dream; I had never taken a class. It just happened and it changed everything."