January Artist Mario Sauceda

Mario Sauceda

Artist Mario Sauceda

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Born into a multi-racial family in 1960, and raised in Southwest Denver, Mario Sauceda’s creative force was manifested at an early age. Even as young as three or four, he exhibited a determination and an ability to concentrate that established a precedent for his later explorations into both art and architecture. His mother was an art teacher in Denver Public Schools, and his father was a civil rights attorney. His home environment gave him both the necessary freedom to experiment, and provided a variety of early learning experiences that supported his creativity. In Junior High School, he won two 1st place awards from the Women in Construction Architectural Design Competition for Youth in America, and two honorable mentions. In High School, Mario won the Denver Public School’s Multi-Media Portfolio award, which is the highest honor for achievement in art in the district, and exhibited at the Denver Art Museum in 1978. During an independent study in college, he spent time at his family ranch in New Mexico, and entered a juried art show at Stables Gallery in Taos, and became part of the Taos 20, a traveling show that included such well-known artists as R. C. Gorman and Fritz Shoulder. In 1984, he won a commission to do 10 painting for the Solar Energy Research Institute (later to become the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in Golden, Colorado. Between 1980 and 1995, Mario pursued a broad, far-reaching career as an artist, showing his work in over 50 galleries around the country, and selling his work to collectors around the world.

After a licensing conflict soured him on dealing with galleries and agents, Mario turned to other interests, pursuing a career in the healing arts and martial arts. After a 15 year hiatus, during which he produced only 12 paintings, he returned to painting in 2011 with a new vision. Switching from acrylic to oils, he has been creating close to 100 paintings a year for the past 5 years. Mario’s present works are an exploration of a variety of subjects, moving from plein air landscapes to abstracts.

Artist’s Statement: “I depend more on the stroke of the brush than I do on the accuracy of the line. My works move from impressionist and expressionist to visionary.

Music tonight will be provided by the Jai Gobind Band! 7-10pm

Born out of a love for music and singing and a vision of healing, the Jai Gobind Band came together to share this magic. We are a group of Kundalini yoga teachers, yogis and medicine tribe members, who have been inspired to transport your heart into a world of passion, love and connectedness through Kirtan and chanting.

We play traditional mantras and sacred songs from around the world and bring a beautiful creative, fun and devotion filled feel to our music. Jai means victory, Gobind means the sustainer aspect of God and one who helps everyone. We firmly believe music and mantra can heal the world. Come share with us in this victorious musical revolution!

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Jillyn Archuleta Art Opening

Jillyn Archuleta is the artist of the month of December.  Join us for her grand opening on December 7th. A percentage of all sales will go to Colorado Water Trust. The music for the opening is Rekha Ohal Trio.

by Jillyn Archuleta

“Art is not just a talent of personal expression, but a spiritual journey of the heart.” Jillyn Archuleta

Jillyn is a contemporary artist whose love for the sensual elements of color and light fuels the poetic balance of her intuitive abstracts and detailed portraits.

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Project HARTwork

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Project HARTwork is an international network of artists and supporters working together to end human trafficking. We host a variety of events designed to start conversations about human trafficking issues locally, nationally, and globally. Through our events, exhibits and sale of art we provide opportunities to learn and talk about human trafficking while appreciating and supporting local talent and artists from around the world.

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Silas Adelanke Adeoye – Lagos,Nigeria

“My goal is to present paintings that will promote love and freedom, condemning man’s injustice to man. I live close to Nigeria – Benin Boarder, I see how children are being smuggled into the country for cheap labor every day.” Trafficked Nigerian women and children are recruited from rural areas within the country’s borders − women and girls for involuntary domestic servitude and sexual exploitation, and boys for forced labor in street vending, domestic servitude, mining, and begging.

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Duc and Nhung – Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the top source countries for human trafficking victims in Asia and in Europe, Duc and Nhung are helping to change that. The couple owns a gallery in Hanoi where they display their vibrant work. “My art work is about life in Vietnam, landscapes, people where the people try very hard to live and save the life after so many wars,” says Nhung, “with my art, I hope to eliminate the sorrow in the world caused by human trafficking.”

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Ba Djibril Ngawa – Nouakchott, Mauritania

In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to officially abolish slavery. It took another 26 years for its government to pass a law enforcing abolition. At Project HARTwork, we believe that art is the antithesis of slavery. “My art is freedom of creation, expression and an invitation to a permanent and endless journey of learning depicting, discovering the invisible and trying to understand the unknown, the mystic.”

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Local Artists

Yuni Groff – Specializes in landscapes from around the world, with a focus on our amazing state of Colorado. She also enjoy capturing people, animals, and architecture.
Yuni Groff
Gary Haney – Gary uses bright colors and a variety of materials to accent his work, including dirt and drywall mudding. Gary’s spontaneity provides a wide range of styles and subject matter.
Gary Haney