­Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Danette Montoya

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.

See also: Meet the 2013 MasterMinds: GroundSwell Gallery

Westword:If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Danette Montoya: Judy Pfaff. She is one of my personal heroes who has helped create and has stayed true to form with one of the most difficult mediums to find success in: art installation. I admire her ability to transcend the decades and still have relevancy. To put it simply, viewing her work makes me want to go directly home and make art. I imagine her "collages in space" would be a joy to make, an experience with the unexpected and an exercise in mindfulness.

­Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Every morning when I open my computer, I check out Colossal. I begin my day being inspired by the artists, designers and thinkers showcased there.
 Currently, my favorite is artist Andrea Mastrovito, who does these incredible installations with repurposed books. I'm a collage and assemblage girl myself, and I love to see what people are reimagining with their materials at hand. Most of the artists Colossal shares are doing something extraordinary and visionary. It's a great way to start your morning, because these artists take it to the next level and remind you that the visual arts can truly transcend.

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3121 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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