Artopia 2014: The artistic lights were bright on Broadway

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Brandon Marshall
Broadway became the center of Denver's art world Saturday night as Westword's Artopia 2014 took over five venues in the heart of town. Artists ranging from Westword cover boy Andrew Novick to zombie portrait artist Stan Yan were on hand to show their work at City Hall and Vinyl, while musical acts and performers from Falcon Punch to Cora Vette entertained the crowds there and at Salty Dog, Bar Standard, and the Living Room.

Check out pictures from this year's bash below. You can find more in our slide shows: Artopia 2014 at City Hall, Artopia 2014 at Vinyl, and Scenes from Artopia 2014.

See also: #Artopia14 in Instagram photos

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Come to #Artopia14 this Saturday

Categories: Artopia, Contests

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Aaron Thackeray
Every year, Westword gathers our favorite painters, sculptors, performers, musicians and more from around Denver for Artopia, a celebration of all that's good in Denver's art world. This year, the celebration is taking over five venues along Broadway.

See also: Artopia 2013

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Get your Artopia 2013 poster, and enter to win VIP Westword Music Showcase tickets

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Westword's eighteenth annual Artopia combined art, food, music and live performances at Vinyl, City Hall, Bar Standard, The Living Room and The Salty Dog on February 23, 2013. And to celebrate the event turning voting age, we asked Denver artists John Vogl to create a limited edition poster (above) commemorating the occasion. If you missed your chance to snag one in-person at Artopia, we've still got a few of the posters left for sale. Continue reading for details on how to get your hands on one.

See also:
- Photos: Artopia 2013 through Instagram
- Slide show: Artopia 2013
- A unicorn bumping and grinding -- I never thought I'd see that. Thanks, Artopia 2013!


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Meet the 2013 MasterMinds: Evan and Adam Nix

Photos by Ryan Brackin
On Saturday, Westword celebrated its ninth class of MasterMinds -- artistic adventurers who are changing the landscape of Denver. Here's our last winner:

The Nix brothers got their start as filmmakers in high school in 1999, when Evan, the older brother, got a VHS camcorder for Christmas. They were living in Las Vegas then, but in 2006 they moved to Denver, where their father had attended the University of Denver and the family had vacationed. "It's the kind of place we were always looking at, always wanted to move back to," says Evan. "We've been making films here for the last six years."

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- Meet the 2013 Westword MasterMinds
- Nix Bros. celebrate Denver in hilarious hipster parody
- Dive into T.J. Miller's "Denver" video!


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Meet the 2013 MasterMinds: Kitty Mae Millinery

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On Saturday, Westword celebrated its ninth class of MasterMinds -- artistic adventurers who are changing the landscape of Denver. Here's our fourth winner:

I'm not a hat person, but the first time I saw Susan Dillon's handmade toppers, I had to throw my hat into the ring. Under the moniker of Kitty Mae Millinery, she makes hats that aren't just something to cover your head: Each piece is a sculptural work of art, and in the process of creating them, Dillon has revived a fine-craft tradition that's nearly disappeared -- swept in the dumper by modern times. Amazingly, she is self-taught as a milliner, and her passion for keeping the art alive is deep. She recently even entered a one-of-a-kind hat in an international contest to design a special chapeau for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. The results are so stunning that few browsers can walk into her Kitty Mae storefront at 3559 Larimer Street without wanting to start trying things on; her fanciful creations are pretty much irresistible that way.

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- Meet the 2013 Westword MasterMinds
- Best of Denver 2012: Best Handmade Hats
- Dress up your head at Kitty Mae Millinery. It just might stick.


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Meet the 2013 MasterMinds: GroundSwell Gallery

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All photos by Biance Bourgeois.
On Saturday, Westword celebrated its ninth class of MasterMinds -- artistic adventurers who are changing the landscape of Denver. Here's our third winner:

Rebecca Peebles and Danette Montoya were two baristas with art degrees, living the artist's life, both seeking places to show their work and disappointed by the prospect of coffeehouse shows. But that was before they jumped together into a gallery of their own, just like that. MMJ dispenser GroundSwell was preparing to open a storefront at 3121 East Colfax Avenue, and Peebles and Montoya took a chance by asking if they could use a small space in the front of the shop as a gallery. "They literally just put it in our laps," Montoya remembers. "We didn't even know what was going to unfold, and it turned out to be something much bigger than what we were thinking of originally."

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- Meet the 2013 Westword MasterMinds
- Photos: "Food Face" at Groundswell, 5/12/12
- Artist Sara Guindon on her new show, Barkley Towers


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Meet the 2013 MasterMinds: Counterpath Press

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On Saturday, Westword celebrated its ninth class of MasterMinds -- artistic adventurers who are changing the landscape of Denver. Here's our second winner:

Long ago, poet Julie Carr and her partner, Tim Roberts, decided what they wanted to do, and it all fell together in Denver after that. "Way back when we first met and we were dreaming up our future lives, we decided we wanted to start a small press, which we did, and we also thought we'd like to start a bookstore," Carr recalls. "But there's a practical story behind it. Tim has a book-production company, and he needed some office space, so he sneakily, without telling me, found an office space that was also a storefront." Located near the Mercury Cafe, at 613 22nd Street, that storefront is now home to both their imprint, Counterpath Press, and Counterpath Books, with its few shelves of select titles from fellow independent literary presses. And a whole lot more.

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- Meet the 2013 Westword MasterMinds
- Poet Hoa Nguyen on Counterpath Press, tarot readings, and the poet as an oracle
- Counterpath's Tim Roberts on the importance of small press publishing


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Meet the 2013 MasterMinds: DJ Cavem

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Marci J
On Saturday, Westword celebrated its ninth class of MasterMinds -- artistic adventurers who are changing the landscape of Denver. Here's a look at our first winner:

Self-proclaimed "farmer/midwife/DJ/producer/emcee/touring musician" Ietef Vita was born Michael Walker in Five Points in 1986, part of a family of artists and activists with "a lot of people in my village," he explains, including Brother Jeff and the late storyteller Opalanga Pugh. But that wasn't enough to keep him out of trouble. "I grew up gang-banging and pretty much changed my life after my first trip to Africa," he recalls. "I was about fourteen years old. I began to understand the ideas about different kinds of work for myself."

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- Meet the 2013 Westword MasterMinds
- From tough times, DJ Cavem Moetavation built conscious lines
- Fresh Colorado hip-hop from DJ Cavem, H*Wood, Black P and A Tribe Called Mex


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Photos: Behind the scenes of Artopia 2013

Categories: Artopia, Photos

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All photos by Aaron Thackeray.
Westword's eighteenth Artopia celebration packed art, food, music and live performances into Vinyl, City Hall, Bar Standard, The Living Room and The Salty Dog on Saturday night. Photographer Aaron Thackeray brought back these scenes from the annual event. Continue reading for a few highlights, and visit our full slide show for more photos.

See also:
- Slide show: Artopia 2013
- Meet the 2013 Westword MasterMinds
- Scenes from Artopia 2012


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An Instagram tour of Artopia 2013

Categories: Artopia, Photos

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shantellmarieallen
Westword's annual Artopia event is a living, fire-breathing teenager. On Saturday, the SoCo celebration of Denver arts and culture rang in its eighteenth year with dozens of acts and artists at Vinyl, City Hall, Bar Standard, The Living Room and The Salty Dog, and we captured it all in a comprehensive photo recap. But for an alternative view of the action, let's turn to the attendees themselves: Keep reading for an Instagram tour of Artopia 2013, courtesy of the evening's photo-friendly arts enthusiasts.

See also:
- Slide show: Artopia 2013
- Meet the 2013 Westword MasterMinds
- Scenes from Artopia 2012


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