Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Jean Smith

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Jean Smith joining clay slabs.
#89: Jean Smith

Clay artist Jean Smith Is a familiar face in the co-op community, where she's been building and exhibiting works both joyful and challenging for many years. Her creations range from colorful wall pieces and fanciful shrines to major ceramic installations, often referencing plant forms, flowers and sea life; on the side, she also makes jewelry using old beads. We invited Smith to share her thoughts about the artist's life from her very experienced vantage point; read on for her 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Rebecca Peebles

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Rebecca Peebles in her apartment, March 2014.
#90: Rebecca Peebles

Rebecca Peebles is a creative Jill of all trades: Multimedia artist, designer, barista, quilter, curator, Westword MasterMind and artist cheerleader are just a few of the hats she wears. And along with GroundSwell Gallery partner Danette Montoya, Another Colorado Creative #91, she's now preparing to move on from their groundbreaking gallery to an unknown future as an artist on her own: GroundSwell's last show runs through May 6. We asked Peebles to answer the 100CC questionnaire as she stands on the precipice of a new chapter; read on for more about the leap.

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­Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Danette Montoya

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Danette Montoya, assemblage clock.
#91: Danette Montoya

Danette Montoya creates jewelry and found-object treasures for her business Tinkerbirds, making a living by way of her own imagination. That keeps her busy enough, but somewhere along the way she and fellow starving artist Rebecca Peebles decided to open a gallery. GroundSwell was different from the start, beginning with its location in the front room of an East Colfax Avenue pot shop. But its ideology is what made it great: The two partners -- who won a Westword MasterMind award in 2013 -- imagined it as an incubator where artists could try out ideas, collaborate or show work that cut just a little closer to the bone.

Now, Montoya and Peebles are about to turn the page on a new chapter. GroundSwell will close its doors after its next show, which debuts Saturday and ends May 6, and both women will be moving on to future personal projects. On the eve of the gallery's last opening, we asked Montoya and Peebles to give us a peek into their futures; Montoya's 100CC questionnaire touches on new horizons and more.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Lonza Dennis

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A World of Fashion, World Trade Center Denver.
#92: Lonza Dennis

If there's a fashion show in town, Denver fashion blogger Lonza Dennis is there, camera in hand, ready to cheerlead for local designers with her online First Class Fashionista "blogazine." Whether covering the beat or promoting her own charity fundraiser, Paint the Runway, the hard-working Dennis goes above and beyond for the design community, behind the scenes and beside the runway. And for her, branching out into fashion-world public relations is just the next step. How does Dennis find her groove? Find out in her 100CC questionnnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Becky Wareing-Steele

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Becky Wareing-Steele, "The Adventure of Henri & Evelyn -- Vegas Vacation."
#93: Becky Wareing-Steele

Becky Wareing-Steele lives in a world of miniatures, where tiny figures and creatures go about their lives inside tiny bottles and jars and whimsical lockets, and even among the jagged crystals of cracked-open geodes. Her crafting career started with a button-making machine and worked its way into diorama-building; now Wareing-Steele's growing family of miniatures, under the moniker of Becky's Buttons, have become sought-after collectibles at local craft shows and boutiques. How does the world look from outside of those tiny bubbles? Wareing-Steele shared her big picture in the following 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Stephanie Ohnmacht

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Fashion designer Stephanie Ohnmacht.
#94: Stephanie Ohnmacht
Stephanie Ohnmacht has been sewing since she was seven; as a youngster involved in 4-H, she raised sheep and used her prize money to buy fabric. By the time she was twelve, she was already a self-made businesswoman, who had moved on to winning ribbons for the clothes she made. In the present, Ohnmacht designs for her own Stephanie O. label, works behind the scenes helping to pull together Denver's new Fashion Design Center and even did a stint as a contender on Lifetime's Project Runway: Under the Gunn series. A bright star in the local fashion design community, Ohnmacht answered her 100CC questionnaire with the same precision she uses when stitching up a new line. Her replies follow.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Tyler Beard

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#95: Tyler Beard

The collage work of Kansas native Tyler Beard features textures, landscape and hard angles meeting in zen simplicity and sometimes flying off into sculptural planes. The results are interesting enough to have ended up in the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, MCA Denver and Aspen's Anderson Ranch, as well as Robischon Gallery, where Beard is a member of the stable. Clean and modern work indicates clean and modern thought: Read on for Tyler Beard's answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Peter Strange Yumi

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Peter Yumi in the studio.
#96: Peter Strange Yumi

Collage artist, musician and videographer Peter Yumi spends a lot of time in the studio, where he creates ever-changing works from scraps and borrowed images and swatches of paint. Lately, they've begun to spill out of the frame into three-dimensional forms. For Yumi, it's all about honest work: He's a one-man assembly line piecing together something graceful and well-designed from the nuts and bolts of a scrap pile.

We asked Yumi, an artist looking for a forum, to take the 100CC questionnaire, and his answers came out as one might expect: deliberate and straightforward, from the heart.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Evan Mann

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#97: Evan Mann

Artist Evan Mann's sculptural work seems to grow naturally, in an all-white world of amorphous and organic shapes. Even his drawings appear to have begun in one corner and spread across a surface like snowmelt or multiplying cells, growing an idea. When he throws these shapes into a video arena, they walk, move and breathe. We asked Mann, a RedLine resident and boss of his own fledgling video production company, to share his views by taking the 100CC questionnaire. Here's how his answers took shape.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Rian Kerrane

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Rian Kerrane, "House Home Iron Performance," casting iron to ignite wood and corn houses at the Third Western Cast Iron Art Conference, Hayes, Kansas.
#98: Rian Kerrane

Galway girl Rian Kerrane came to Colorado in 2002 to teach sculpture at the University of Colorado Denver, but her installations in mixed media and cast iron have an international reach, from the galleries of RedLine and Edge to others in her home country of Ireland. Perfectly comfortable in heavy leathers, helmet and a protective mask, Kerrane has also brought the iron-pour experience to the metro area through CU Denver -- the transformative spectacle of fire and molten metal yielding art. And Kerrane's finished work, stark with human symbology, is like a visceral glint made by the magic of metal-casting. Read on for her answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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