Documenting History

This one’s a bit belated, but back in March I was asked to help document the Feed & Grain building machinery for a piece in the opening of the Meantime Gallery and now that I’ve had a little time wandering around in that beautiful, cavernous factory I’m convinced that I have to go back and do a series of images featuring the building as a backdrop. That place is inspiring with a capital “I”.

Will Work for Food… If it’s from Next Door

Jennie Edwards, one of the owners of Next Door restaurant, dropped me a line looking for some new food and bar photos and I of course jumped at the chance. I highly enjoyed shooting their VIP grand opening night back in February and have been itching to get back over there for more photos.

Not only is the food absolutely DTF [to. die. for!] the building is gorgeous, the decor is awesome [the neat metalwork is all done by local artist Matt Kaufman], and the entire staff is super friendly and patient with me while I unsuccessfully try not to block their paths to their tables while I shoot.

I’m headed back this Friday to capture one of their typical packed-house evenings. Come on over and say hi, then belly up to the bar and grab yourself a local brew or a potent Black Walnut Martini to help shake off the long week. I may have to join you when I’m finished!

If this bar doesn’t make you want a tasty beverage then I don’t know what will

Art Exhibit: Install.

My goodness, I love my art-centric town! I had the pleasure to shoot yet another superb art exhibit, Install,  held at Loveland’s Feed&Grain building this past weekend. Install was a contemporary installation exhibit. Here are some of the highlights:

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In yet another amazing display of local (and some not so local) talent, the glass.fiber.stone gallery, curated by Megan Tracy at the historic Feed & Grain building, seemed to be a huge success.

I wasn’t able to attend the opening night, but I was lucky enough to get a sneak-peak at all the beautiful pieces the evening before. My personal favorite was a $22,000 hanging glass piece in the shape of a grape vine cluster.

If only I had $22k laying around…

Restaurant: Next Door

The Rialto Bridge grand opening is near, and this week a companion restaurant has opened their doors. Owned by Jim & Jennie Edwards, the Next Door restaurant is like no other. When you step inside you’re met with amazing metal and hardwood decor created by local artist Matt Kaufman. The atmosphere is low-lit and gorgeous and the front of the restaurant has massive glass windows to let in light by day and the street-scene by night.

I very much enjoyed being a part of Next Door’s VIP opening Wednesday night, and was lucky enough to get to taste a few of the different tapas they have to offer. My fave is, so far, the bacon wrapped dates. You will have to try them!

Click the image below to check out the Next Door gallery.

Cheers!

Strike a Pose

On February 25th Suede held it’s first runway fashion show and it was a hit! I wasn’t the official photographer for the evening but Cass and Roland were kind enough to allow me to tag along and shoot it anyway.

The whole evening was fierce and fantastic. There were beautiful models, body-painted ladies, great music by DJ Chris Diablo and more people attending than I thought Suede could handle. I’m grateful to have been able to try my hand at runway photography. I learned a few things from the hands-on experience, and got some great advice from a fellow photographer that I will tuck away in my bag ‘o tricks.

Click the below image to view the gallery.

LOVE+LIGHT Loveland 2012: Opening Night

Last weekend I had the honor of being one of the photographers to have work displayed in the photography gallery of the Love + Light Loveland Art Exhibition. I even sold two prints of one of my images! (Yes, okay, one of the two was purchased by my darling mom, but it’s still exciting for me)

I also had the pleasure of capturing the fun of opening night, and meeting many of the creative individuals who made it all possible. The event was awe inspiring. People were lined up out the door and into the street all night, fire dancers, student performers, incredible art installations… truly a resounding success.

That evening my little Lovelander heart was warmed to the core; seeing our community turning up, despite the bitter cold of the night, to support our local artists. I feel much gratitude for being able to grow up here in such a supportive community.

Click on the below image for a few more of my favorite shots from the evening.

Fire Poi dancers impress the crowd, lighting up the night at the first annual Love+Light Loveland Art Exhibition