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February Artists Rochelle Johnson, Juliette Hemingway, Christine Fontenot

February Artists

Join us February 1 for the art opening for 3 of Denver’s best upcoming artists: Rochelle Johnson, Juliette Hemingway, Christine Fontenot.

 

Rochelle Johnson

Artist Statement

To me, art is about gathering data and recording expressed moments that capture the essence of a scene. While I am primarily a figurative artist, I am increasingly interested in the play of abstract geometric forms that begin a painting. I use shape, value and color to expose the emotion and energy of my subject matter.

I grew up in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the heart of Denver and would continually watch how people interacted with one another, in good ways and bad. My paintings are stories of urban people; their struggles and joys, their emotions and their humanity. My work can be as simple as a portrait that captures the spirit of the sitter, or a street scene where a homeless person gathers their thoughts before their next move.

The art happens when the subject unites with form and color to convey feeling in a way that transcends representationalism—where a painting gives a real sense of person and place.

 

Contemporary Expressions Statement

The Contemporary Expressions series grew from an exploration of color: what it says about our feelings and what it signifies about ourselves. This work has its roots in my representational paintings of urban life. As both an artist and a woman of color, I’ve longed to see the beauty that was all around me represented in art, but found that cultural beauty norms are still the norm in painting, too. I chose blue to be a new skin color for all races to see if what was left wasn’t the representation of black people or brown people or white people ect., but just people.

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http://rochellejohnsonstudio.com/

Juliette Hemingway

Art, Autism & Music

Juliette’s work is indicative of a path that has been traveled to wellness and healing. There is not only the theme of music, but also the blue people who are ever present in her work. The blue people represent the acknowledgment of Autism as part of her life. Javari, her only child, is autistic and it has had an enormous impact on their lives. So therefore, it is the same in her art.

When Javari was a toddler, he didn’t talk much. And when he did it was a series of incoherent words. But even as a toddler Javari would draw. He would meticulously create his pieces with such focus and determination. As he grew older it became a way of communication for them. It was very organic how the process unfolded and apparent that this was the way to see into his world.

There was no a game plan. It wasn’t as purposed as one would think. It was a natural path for them to take and since he was very adamant about his love of drawing Juliette insisted it was incorporated in his academic plan. They started using it as a way to get him to speak, to be more social and interact with classmates. Fortunate for them they found the key to unlock his world early on.

The purpose of Juliette’s art wasn’t always apparent. For a long time she didn’t speak on the reason for her blue people. Only recently did she start speaking about it publicly and is grateful for the support she has received. Juliette’s hope that it allows others to find their voice as well. You are not alone.

Art, Autism & Music Juliette's work is indicative of a path that has been traveled to wellness and healing. There is not only the theme of music, but also the blue people who are ever present in her work. The blue people represent the acknowledgment of Autism as part of her life. Javari, her only child, is autistic and it has had an enormous impact on their lives. So therefore, it is the same in her art. When Javari was a toddler, he didn’t talk much. And when he did it was a series of incoherent words. But even as a toddler Javari would draw. He would meticulously create his pieces with such focus and determination. As he grew older it became a way of communication for them. It was very organic how the process unfolded and apparent that this was the way to see into his world. There was no a game plan. It wasn’t as purposed as one would think. It was a natural path for them to take and since he was very adamant about his love of drawing Juliette insisted it was incorporated in his academic plan. They started using it as a way to get him to speak, to be more social and interact with classmates. Fortunate for them they found the key to unlock his world early on. The purpose of Juliette's art wasn't always apparent. For a long time she didn't speak on the reason for her blue people. Only recently did she start speaking about it publicly and is grateful for the support she has received. Juliette's hope that it allows others to find their voice as well. You are not alone.

https://hemingwaystudios.com/

Christine Fontenot

Christine Fontenot is a representational oil painter who explores light an color relationships across the genres of portraiture, figure, floral, and still-life. She endeavors to create works that are both accessible and worthy representations of the honest beauty she finds in her subjects.

A native of Colorful Colorado, her artistic gift was discovered and encouraged by her parents at an early age. From private study with local artist Sally Bartalot throughout her childhood, to joining the Art Students League in 2004, she has a thirst for artistic knowledge and a lifelong love of art.

Referring to her art education as ‘self-managed,’ she feels blessed to be able to learn from and study with wonderfully talented artists such as Mitch Caster, Mark Daily, Ron Hicks, and Jane Jones. Committed to lifelong learning, her most recent studies include sculpting workshops with Yenni Tewahade, and painting workshops with Clayton Beck, Michael Godfrey and Daniel Sprick. Her work has been well received in local group and solo exhibitions. Her paintings are in collections throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

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Music by Exum-Hancock Collaboration

which is a trio of friends who are skilled musicians  independently, but when they come together, create a musical experience that is simply elegant.

Stephanie Hancock (vocalist), Mike Chipman (piano) and Tony Exum Jr (Saxophonist)

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We believe Live Jazz should be as accessible as possible. As always there is no cover charge. 

5% of all art sales are donated to the charity of choice of the artists.  These artists have chosen Denver Urban Gardens.

https://dug.org/

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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Project Hartwork team

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
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