Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Valerie Santerli

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Xi Zhang, "Dream Dust Milkshake," a portrait of Valerie Santerli and Ryan Elmendorf from the Dream Dusts series, 2010, Plus Gallery.
#75: Valerie Santerli

After dynamic gallerist Robin Rule passed away late last year, longtime assistant Valerie Santerli picked up the pieces to carry on Rule Gallery's business, handle artworks from the estate and continue providing representation for a hand-picked and loyal stable of high-profile artists. And although that's what absorbs most of Santerli's energies right now, she's still a many-colored bird, inspired by the collaborative DIY spirit of Burning Man culture and an accomplished photographer in her own right. As she works to rebuild Rule in a new space in a studio within Hinterland Art Space, we asked her to share her struggles, dreams and passions by answering the 100CC questionnaire.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Laleh Mehran

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Valerie Santerli at a reception for artist Clark Richert at Rule Gallery's former location on Walnut Street.
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Valerie Santerli: The answer to this changes on a daily basis for me. Today, I would pick FriendsWithYou because I could personally use some joyous free time with art, and if it involves brightly rainbow-colored animation and inflatable sculpture full of good-natured sounds, so be it. Running a gallery can be long and exhaustive, and being around something for the pure exaltation of it would be welcome -- anything that gets me out of my own head for a bit. While we're at it, let's add a collaboration with Swoon, too. I love her quote "Through action, you can move the perception." I share a lot of the same sentiments she does about art accessibility, self-reliance and reuse/repurposing of materials. Doing anything with her would be rewarding and enlightening, and I admire those who are willing to take risks for what they believe in.

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

I would love to sit in a room and have a discussion with Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gertrude Stein, Claire Elise Boucher (from Grimes), Donald Judd, Buckminster Fuller and Hunter S. Thompson. What's more stimulating than a room full of brilliant revolutionaries?

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