Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Transformer Mural Project

The City of Fort Collins is almost completely free of overhead wires. This is one of the qualities that makes the city a wonderful place to live. The disadvantage of buried power lines is that a Transformer cabinet has to be situated every few blocks. These cabinets are a prime space for taggers to leave their mark. To dissuade this, the City Arts in Public Places Program has sponsored a Transformer Mural Project where artists are asked to submit a proposal to paint a cabinet. The results are often whimsical and always a colorful way to deter graffiti and brighten up the streets of Fort Collins.

I am pleased to say I have been chosen to paint a mural this year! My mural will be a colorful radiation of lines based on the waterbodies surrounding Fort Collins. I will post pictures of the process. Thanks Fort Collins!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ECO CREATIONS at the Muse Gallery

My work has been accepted in the ECO CREATIONS Recycled Art Exhibition at Muse Gallery in Longmont, CO. This show will be open form March 12-April 30th, 2010. An opening reception will be held on March 12th. This piece, "Blister" has been chosen as part of the exhibit, Juried by Bruce Campbell.

Monday, February 22, 2010 Features "Choking Hazard"

The blog section of has featured my artwork, "Choking Hazard" as their first Artist Profile. I am so honored. They are also accepting entries for their first online show, "THE COLOR RED. More info about and the show below.......

" a curated gallery featuring emerging and established artists. An excellent resource for art aficionados, interior designers, or anyone who wants to see the very best artwork on the internet."

Our show "The Color Red" is our first exhibition. Artists please submit your work to take part in this fantastic event. There is no charge to submit!"


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


The Inspired Art Project takes poems written by Denver's youth and asks local artists to create original works inspired by their words. All submitted and accepted pieces will be featured in the Inspired Art Show auction on April 29th, 2010 at the Space Gallery with proceeds going to support America SCORES Denver and Think 360 Arts. This project offers a new way to show the power and impact of the words of Denver students, and brings to life their creativity and imagination. I have chosen this poem "How it is to be a Floor" by Billy C. as my inspiration for this really cool project.

How It Is To Be A Floor

I’m the floor of a house. Every time someone steps on me I laugh. But the people can’t hear me. Whenever they step on my belly I laugh hard. Sometimes when they step on my eye I get some dirt in it. But I love when they step on my back. When people step on my mouth I want to swallow them but I don’t.

By Billy C.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

Here are some photos from the Elderhaus Valentine making party. We had a grand time with doilies, stickers and the like. Enjoy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Olympic Art

A while back, a couple of friends called me up after a few beers and asked me what I thought was the best moment in sports history. Now, they knew sports is not my gig, but still they asked. So, my answer was the opening ceremonies at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. They were not pleased with my answer. But, really, the Olympics are a time when art and sport converge. It is a chance for the host city to celebrate their athletes as well as their artisans. It is also a time to honor the native people who lived before us. I love it, for all of its cheese and glamor. So, tonight, enjoy the opening ceremonies and let the games begin!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Community Arts Talk

Today at 12:00 I will speak at a luncheon at the American Baptist Church in Fort Collins, CO. The topic of my talk will be Intergenerational Arts programming. I will speak about my work with Arts for the Aging, The Jewish Community Center of Baltimore and Elderhaus. I love speaking about Community Art, it helps the public to recognize the profession and appreciate the need for more art in EVERYONE's lives.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

THINK HUMANITY Exhibit at Everyday Joe's

Some of my work will be featured as part of the THINK HUMANITY exhibit at Everyday Joe's Coffeehouse in Fort Collins. The work on display has African vibes and goes well with photos on display of the people THINK HUMANITY helps. 50% of sales will go to this great organization.

Monday, February 8, 2010

"Thoreau's Legacy" at The Union of Concerned Scientists

Earlier this year, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Penguin Classics published “Thoreau’s Legacy,” a book of essays on global warming in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”. As a follow-on, UCS issued a call for entries for an exhibit of original artwork “Thoreau’s Legacy: Humans and Our Habitat,” to be shown in the public spaces of its Washington, D.C., office.

I am pleased to say, my work, "Abort" has been accepted into this show and will soon be making its way to the snowy streets of DC. The work reflects on the essay “Clamming” by Katherine McLaughlin In her writing she speaks of a community hit hard by the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil spill. The ecosystem in Prince William Sound is still reeling from the aftermath of such a disaster. Her essay is about the clams and how they can never again be fully trusted as a safe food. Abort is a piece created using hundred of colorful shoelaces. These shoelaces were then covered with black paint to signify a loss such as the Oil spill that occurred in Prince William Sound.

This show will be on display for an entire year starting at the end of February.

Friday, February 5, 2010

First Friday Tonight

Stop by the studio at Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art suite 203 (by the bathrooms) and check out some of my new work. FCMOCA will be opening their new exhibit "The Mind and All It Creates." With a 6-9pm Gallery Talk by artist Todd Siler. Many of the Galleries and shops in Old Town will be open and have assorted goodies. Looks like it will be a warmish night. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Portraits at Elderhaus

I have been teaching portraits during my Art Class at Elderhaus. The concept of portrait can be a very scary thing, especially if you aren't super confident with your drawing skills. The folks at Elderhaus seem to be rolling with it. They lack the inhibition you might find in other adults. The results were varied and some were absolutely magnificent!