Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts has lofty art ambitions

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Melanie Moccia
Whether it's food, beer, pot or art, Denver is all about showcasing what the Mile High City has to offer. And residents of the Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts, at 18th and Wazee streets, take the mission of supporting local artists seriously. They've not only decorated the upper hallways with local art, but created a gallery space on the main floor.

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Melanie Moccia
Evan Anderman in front of his photographs.
Photographer Evan Anderman is currently featured in that gallery; Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts held a reception for his show earlier this month. Primarily a nature and landscape photographer, Anderman had a previous career as a geological engineer -- and it shows in his work. He takes photos from a plane, creating an aerial view.

"I love looking at land, and how water shapes the land," explains Anderman. "But more recently, I have been looking at how we use the land -- land use in eastern Colorado."

Anderman's work has been shown at many places in Denver, including the Denver Art Museum and Denver International Airport; he also has his own gallery, Evan Anderman Photography, at 209 Kalamath Street. (To see more of his work, visit his Facebook page, Evan Anderman Photography.)

Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts resident Tom Whitten, who is also an art consultant, is the curator of the project; other residents pitched in with donations to make it happen. "I didn't want it to be typical apartment-building art," Whitten says. "So we wanted to make it proper art, a little edgy, and make it a good talking point between residents."

Some of the featured artists that residents are now talking about: Susan Wick, a painter and ceramicist; photographers Paul Sisson and Jessica Paulk; graphic artist Jennifer Collins; and acrylics painter Tim McKay.

Metropolitan State University of Denver graduate Jason Lee Gimbel is represented by his life-sized drawings; Bob Gamage's colorful pieces are inspired by dreams. Taiko Chandler creates monotypes portraying the tension between nature and artifice; Chin Wang, an instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, mixes pictures of flowers with photography; and Jennifer Falck Linssen uses ancient Japanese paper traditions to create patterns throughout nature.




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