Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Alvin Gregorio and Petra Sertic

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Ken Hamel, denverarts.org.
Tobias Fike, "Age Spots." Launch Pad 003: Land, 2013.
#56: Alvin Gregorio and Petra Sertic

Petra Sertic is a curator with more than fifty exhibitions under her belt; Alvin Gregorio is an artist and CU professor whose own exhibitions have circled the globe. Together, they founded Launch Pad in 2012, a flexible forum bringing together artists and art-loving audiences together in public and private spaces. Last summer's Launch Pad 002 gathered more than forty artists together to create outdoor works -- installation to performance-based and everywhere in between -- on private property in the Boulder foothills; currently, they are putting the finishing touches on the mysterious Launch Pad 003: Secrets and Herbs, and looking forward to their fourth project in the coming year. We asked the world-wise pair what makes them tick; keep reading for their answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Dmitri Obergfell

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Dmitri Obergfell, "Statues Also Die" installation process, 2013.
#57: Dmitri Obergfell

A Colorado native, Dmitri Obergfell graduated from the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design under the watch of Clark Richert in 2010. He's since embarked on a career of international scale, making art that turns classicism on its head, sometimes quite literally, as in the case of a proposed outdoor sculpture of an upended statue that he hopes to complete next year at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. What does this newly anointed RedLine resident artist think about his place in the local art world? He discusses this and more in his answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Ginger White Brunetti

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Ginger White Brunetti takes the cake as deputy director of Denver Arts & Venues.
#58: Ginger White Brunetti

When you see a new mural beautifying urban greenway walls or walk into an exhibit at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, you do so under the watch of Ginger White Brunetti, who as deputy director of Denver Arts & Venues oversees city-owned cultural hot spots and Denver's public-art team, supports growth and entrepreneurship among local creatives, and develops ways to funnel public funds into making our city a more vital and beautiful place. What inspires the forward-looking public servant as she helps to sculpt the city's future through programs like Create Denver and the burgeoning IMAGINE 2020 cultural plan? We asked her to illuminate her hopes for Denver by answering the 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Yoshitomo Saito

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Photo courtesy of the artist.
Yoshitomo Saito at Rule Gallery.
#59: Yoshitomo Saito

Tokyo-born Yoshitomo Saito came to the States as a glass-blower in 1983, before moving on to work in bronze sculpture as a graduate student at the California College of the Arts. After leaving his mark in the Bay Area, where he is still a member of the artists stable at San Francisco's Haines Gallery, in 2006 he migrated to Colorado, where he casts beautiful, nature-inspired works in his foundry space at Ironton Studios. A world-class sculptor, Saito is not only a Denver treasure, but one with a sense of humor. Learn more from his 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andrew Hoffman

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Jeff Walters
Andrew Hoffman at work.
#60: Andrew Hoffman

Artist, art director, illustrator and teacher Andrew Hoffman crosses the line between graphic design and fine art with ease, creating ads and abstract paintings, and mentoring young artists along the way. How do things look to Hoffman, a new model of artist in a corporate world, as he hip-hops between disciplines? Check out his 100CC questionnaire for answers.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Josh Hartwell

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Josh Hartwell in BETC's Shipwrecked.
#61: Josh Hartwell

The talented Josh Hartwell works with some of the region's best and most creative independent theater companies -- Curious Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre and Buntport Theater, to name a few -- as both actor and director, but he's also an accomplished and award-winning playwright with a new play, Dylan Went Electric, about to premiere in September at Miners Alley Playhouse.

In addition to showcasing live local musicians in the show in keeping with the playwright's own devotion to the music world, Dylan will continue its contemporary groove by including an onstage bar that audience members can frequent during the intermission. How does such a busy man keep all his theatrical chickens in a row? Learn more from his answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Caleb Hahne

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#62: Caleb Hahne

Only 21 years old, artist Caleb Hahne is a classic draftsman who's not afraid to explore new digital media, while still embracing the same tools artists have been using for hundreds of years. A member of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design's 2014 class and one of the last residents at the belated ShowPen house in the Art District on Santa Fe, he's also the kind of kid who jumps headlong into things, including mural painting and showing work in lots of exhibits; Hahne's already gaining national attention, all while carving out a solid place in the Denver scene. How does the art world look from his youthful vantage point at the top of the world? Keep reading to find out.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Selah Saterstrom

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Michael Ensminger, for square product theater.
#63: Selah Saterstrom

Much-published author Selah Saterstrom grew up in the Deep South, which she writes about in such works of indie fiction as The Meat and Spirit Plan and The Pink Institution (both published by Coffee House Press). When she's not writing, she's busy teaching at and running the University of Denver's Ph.D. program in creative writing. The bones of Saterstrom's soon-to-be-published Katrina-inspired novel, SLAB, are creaking to life this month in a multimedia stage version presented by square product theatre. A born wordsmith, Saterstrom even manages to tell stories in her answers to the 100CC questionnaire. Read on.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Joseph Coniff

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Joseph Coniff studio, 2014.
#64: Joseph Coniff

Like many of Denver's notable emerging artists, Joey Coniff got off to a fast start after leaving the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and the mentorship of Clark Richert, climbing aboard with Rule Gallery right out of the chute. It's not hard to see why: His utilitarian and unironic works can appear starkly simple, but that's just an artifice for all the busy thinking and subtle jokes going on underneath the surface. As in his works, Coniff says a lot using few words, as evidenced by his 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Jeffrey Dante Campbell

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Jeff Campbell in Who Killed Jigaboo Jones.

#65: Jeffrey Dante Campbell

A longtime fixture on the local hip-hop scene as the rapper Apostle and founder of the youth-friendly Colorado Hip-Hop Coalition, Jeff Campbell's been around the block -- and ventured away from it -- over the past two decades, before coming back with a bang: Last fall, the artist and social-justice activist surprised Denver audiences with his multi-character, one-man satire, Who Killed Jigaboo Jones, which makes a strong case for the death of the same hip-hop culture he once embraced. Where does Campbell -- whose intentions remain proactive regardless of his weariness with the commercialization and depoliticization of hip-hop -- go from here? Read on to find out.

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