Photos: Fifteen Beautiful Colorado Paintings on Postcards

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In many ways, postcards are becoming something of a lost art -- but even rarer are postcards of places like Colorado that feature paintings rather than photos. We found a slew of examples on ArtFire -- if you're unfamiliar with the site, think of it is an even artsier Etsy -- and they're absolutely eye-popping. Check out our fifteen favorites below, and be sure to click on the links if you'd like to add one or more of them to your Colorado pride collection.

See also: Our Ten Favorite Colorado Pride Items on Etsy, Summer 2014 Edition

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Photos: Twenty Posters and Prints That Make Colorado Look Amazing

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We're constantly amazed at how inspirational Colorado can be. And here's proof: twenty eye-popping posters and prints that capture and celebrate the beauty of the state you're in -- we hope. Check out the collection below, and be sure to click on the caption-links; many of them are available for sale.

See also: Photos: Ten Best "Colorado" Movie Posters

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"Take the iPads Off the Tortoises:" Petition Stokes Controversy Over Museum Exhibit

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"Moving Ghost Town Tortoises," a new exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum, hasn't even launched yet. It's slated to debut on Saturday amid the unveiling of a new building at the facility. But it's making national and international headlines thanks to a petition claiming animal abuse as a result of the presentation's most unique aspect: iPads strapped to the backs of three African tortoises. Photos, details and more below.

See also: Photos: More of Denver's Best Street Art as Chosen by a Graffiti-Scene Veteran

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Update: Boulder city manager says "no" to "Yes!" art project

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Update: Last month, we reported about the kerfuffle over a planned art project: a giant red "Yes!" slated for installation at Boulder's main library branch that inspired numerous locals to say "no."

Now, the nays officially have it. At last night's Boulder City Council meeting, city manager Jane Brautigan announced that she would not sign the contract for the display in part because of the public outcry. (Another factor: The artists are from Miami, not Colorado.) A new policy to choose public art for the library is reportedly in the works. Continue for our previous coverage.

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Photos: Boulder residents saying "no" to "Yes!" library art project?

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Earlier this week, the City of Boulder announced the selection of a public-art project for the Boulder Public Library main branch: "Yes!," by artists R&R Studios based in Miami. But some of those who've seen renderings of the piece, featuring giant red letters and an exclamation point (we've got more images below) aren't responding in a positive manner.

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Marijuana: Puff, Pass and Paint offers a 420-friendly art experience

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Like most artists, Denver painter Heidi Keyes, seen here, was looking to expand her artistic endeavors.

Then, a friend told her to create a Colorado-style version of the popular Sip and Paint/Canvas and Cocktails events already happening: "Why not some kind of 420-friendly painting class?"

And with that, Puff, Pass and Paint was born, gaining steam and clients faster than Keyes could ever have imagined.

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Sheridan Boulevard is on the frontline of graffiti -- and two city systems for handling it

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There's street art and then there's graffiti. One can be beautiful, creative and inspiring; the other can be destructive, ugly and a huge nuisance. But the dividing line is difficult to determine. For proof of that, just head to the front of the graffiti war: Sheridan Boulevard, where you can see how two different cities are fighting this problem. Sheridan borders with both cities from Colfax south to Yale. And if you take a drive along this strip, you'll quickly recognize that graffiti and tagging are an issue here. Look a little closer, though, and you'll notice that the east side of the street is more marked up.

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Photos: More of Denver's best street art as chosen by a graffiti-scene veteran

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Earlier this month, we featured twenty images from a video entitled "Denver's Best Street Art" and asked if they deserved the title. A twenty-year veteran of the local street-art scene answered no and provided images that he feels better represent the area's best writers -- so many, in fact, that we broke the collection into two sections.

Today, we present the sequel -- and the art is just as astonishing as in part one.

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Photos: Denver's best street art as chosen by a graffiti-scene veteran, part one
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Earlier this month, we shared twenty images from a video entitled "Denver's Best Street Art" and asked the question, "Do the images deserve this title?" Shortly thereafter, we were contacted by a twenty-year veteran of the Denver street art scene who answered "no" -- and then came up with images that he feels offer a better representation of "some of the best writers in Denver."

He's absolutely right about that, as you'll see in part one of his top twenty picks below.

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"Denver's Best Graffiti Street Art:" The top twenty

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It's been a year since we gathered the twenty most memorable Denver graffiti and street art photos on Istagram. And a lot of paint has been used since then, as is clear from an eye-popping video boldly entitled "Denver's Best Graffiti Street Art."

Do the images deserve this title? We grabbed twenty from the clip to help you decide for yourself.

Check out the complete collection below, followed by the video in its entirety.

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