SHE CALLS IT THE "PERFECT ACCIDENT." As a fine art student focusing on sculpture at Colorado State University (CSU) in 1990, Sandy Graves completely misunderstood her professor’s assignment. He said to create a “hollow form” to demonstrate the lost wax process for producing bronze sculpture. He...

MOST OF OUR EXPERIENCES WITH WILDLIFE ARE FLEETING. A swish of movement in willowy tundra grass reveals a glimpse of a leopard’s tail. Turning a corner on a Sunday walk leads to the sight of a stately bird standing serene and still across a pond....

RAISED IN A SMALL TOWN IN SOUTHERN COLORADO, Susan Roberts grew up around horses. Spending time at her grandparents’ nearby cattle ranch, she also attended rodeos with her father, competed in kid-friendly rodeo events, and showed quarter horses for 4-H. Later in life, her love...

THE SETTING WAS NOTHING SHORT OF EPIC. With 270 acres of private land in a Rocky Mountain valley, backing up to pristine Bureau of Land Management wilderness, and no neighbors in sight, the Colorado estate offered a true Western idyll, complete with sweeping vistas of...

TRAILBLAZER. ICONOCLAST. OUTLAW. So Antoine Predock has been hailed throughout his illustrious 52-year career. A charismatic risk-taker whose work joins the precise mind of an architect with the soul of a poet, Predock, 83, has, indeed, blazed trails of uncommon genius across the landscape of...

FOR KEVIN POURIER,  creating art is about beauty, tradition, spirit, and, most importantly, it’s about making an impactful statement. “People say they don’t think Native art should be political, but I think it should be more political,” Pourier says. “Art is pretty, but I think...

THE JAPANESE TERM SHINRIN-YOKU, which translates to “forest bathing,” refers to the practice of connecting with and taking in nature to improve one’s mental and physical well-being. This idea is not new, of course, and has been studied by scientists across the globe who discovered that...

CHRISTOPHER BURKETT'S COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS achieve a dignity all but vanished in this digital age. His prints convey the natural world through a sense of craftsmanship and technical mastery that, like the inspiration for their creation, can only be called spiritual. “For me, the highest function...

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHYER CURTIS SPEER knows something about transformation. In the years since his still lifes have gained the approbation of collectors and critics, Speer has undergone a revolutionary metamorphosis, from abuse survivor to accomplished artist, and today can lay claim to a rewarding present...

[caption id="attachment_18409" align="alignright" width="376"] Talasnik at work on The Hive, which expresses both architecture and sculpture.[/caption] LAST SEASON, THE TIPPET RISE ART CENTER finished its year with an extravaganza encompassing spectacle, performance, and fire. Sculptor Stephen Talasnik, creator of permanent land art installations at the Fishtail,...

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