100 Colorado Creatives: Samuel Schimek
#36: Samuel Schimek
Preston Murray Schimek family portrait: Denver Picard, Samuel and Dr. Beverly Crusher, 2013.
Artist, designer and entrepreneur Samuel Schimek bridges the gap between art and business in his Denver Pavilions shop, I Heart Denver, which serves as a working incubator and showcase for dozens of Colorado artists and independent companies. In the process, he's perfected the art of local branding by presenting work by an ever-growing stable of creative ambassadors in the store, where visitors to Colorado can find tangible, positive, well-designed, functional mementos of our state to take home with them.
Even his I Heart Denver shop dog, Denver Picard, gets into the act: The adorable corgi recently received a Go the Extra Mile award from Visit Denver for charming tourists and making downtown a friendlier place.
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More recently, Schimek has taken the reins for Artstir 2014, a Memorial Day weekend arts festival to be hosted at the Pavilions for its second year, and is gearing up for the holiday season at I Heart Denver by adding even more local merchandise. We asked him to to take a few minutes away from the seasonal frontlines to answer our 100CC questionnaire. Here's what he had to say:
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Vance Kirkland, who was the founding director of the Art School at the University of Denver. His decades-long career as a fine artist covered Designed Realism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and the well-known Dot Series work. I can't imagine how exciting it would be to work with him at a time when Denver's creative scene in contemporary culture was just being developed. Before him, there was no higher education program for the arts in Denver, and his avant-garde work is so significant that it survives today at the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, one of Denver's best museums.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
George Takei is a cool guy and a crazy phenomenon. His fame in the social media world is bizarre and hilarious. His reinvention into contemporary sci-fi television (such as a character on Heroes and appearances on The Neighbors) just makes me super-happy. As a Trekkie, I think he used his Star Trek fame the best out of all the original series actors while always being himself, not just "Sulu."
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