Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Amy Yetman

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Doug and Amy Yetman at northwest Denver's Horseshoe Market.
#54: Amy Yetman

Amy Yetman knows outdoor markets. Wandering through the big-city craft and flea markets of Boston and Chicago gave her a good idea of the kind of fair she'd like to see in Denver -- and she finally realized it was up to her to bring the concept here. "It was a little dream of mine," she told us right after launching the first Horseshoe Market in the fall of 2010. "But I was always waiting for someone else to do it."

We're glad she stopped waiting: That market was a hit, and she's never looked back. Smartly curated and buzzing with street food, one-of-a-kind wares and all kinds of people, the Horseshoe has become the step forward that others now follow. In advance of this weekend's market, we invited Yetman to answer the 100CC questionnaire; read on to learn what drives her to excel as a street-market entrepreneur.

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Photos: Knitters Yarn Storm Civic Center Park at Taste of Iceland's Saturday Event

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Taste of Iceland brought yarn-storming fanatic Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir all the way from trendy Reykjavík to Denver, to help local knitters and other fiber-graffitists beautify the trees in Civic Center Park with knitted blocks and squares and toadstools, all on a lovely Saturday afternoon. Photographer Danielle Lirette snapped these images of the event and more.

See also: When in Reykjavík -- or Denver: Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir on the Art of Yarn Storming


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Gallery Sketches: Four Shows and Art Events in Denver for September 26-28

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Peter Illig, "Crisis of Painting," oil/unstretched canvas.
This weekend, visit with an artist-in-residence as he paints, check out what's new at the Denver Art Museum, begin a three-show odyssey with a top-notch Colorado sculptor or just have some fun with a local working collective. Keep reading for the details.

See also: Taste of Iceland: Yarn Storming


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NOW! Is the Theme for July Biennial -- But Artists Can Apply for Grants Now!

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Denver Night at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas.
The Biennial of the Americas returns to Denver on July 14, 2015 -- months away, but still NOW! That's the theme for this third Biennial, which will feature festivals, exhibitions, events and dialogue over three themed days -- Generation NOW, Business NOW, and Community NOW -- culminating with Americas NOW!, a free festival in City Park on July 17. Additional activities will run until September 7, 2015.

See also: Best Reason for the Biennial of the Americas to Return -- Denver Night

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When in Reykjavík -- or Denver: Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir on the Art of Yarn Storming

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Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir decorating a pole with yarn.
Yarnbombing or yarn storming, as it's called in places like the UK and Iceland, is an international revolution; here in Denver, the Ladies Fancywork Society's work has brightened random street corners and local art museums alike. Now, Icelandic yarn stormer Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir, aka BarbaKnit, has come from Reykjavík to lead local participants in a yarn-storming action in Civic Center Park Saturday as part of the Taste of Iceland, a touring event bringing the frigid island's food, drink, music and culture to American cities.

In advance of the event, we asked Eiríksdóttir to explain why she just can't stop decorating things with yarn. Keep reading for the full Q & A.

See also: Gemma Bayly Brings Her Optimystic Arts to a New Community Collaborative Mural In Denver

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Three Plays and Performances in Denver for September 25-28

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Terry Shapiro
Artists of Colorado Ballet perform in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
This week, Shakespeare goes to the ballet and the classic tales of Edgar Allen Poe go for a hike in Boulder, while Aurora's Vintage Theatre brings back a poignant musical about married life. Continue reading for all the details.

See also: Running Amok: The Denver Center Theatre Company presents Lord of the Flies


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Gemma Bayly Brings Her Optimystic Arts to a New Community Collaborative Mural In Denver

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Gemma Bayly at work on her now-finished mural for Crema Coffee House at 2862 Larimer Street.
As Optimystic Arts, artist Gemma Bayly works with many mediums. But when it comes to her intricate, hand-drawn mandalas, she recites a prayer with each line she creates. "Any time I approach a piece, it's always with the intention of bringing a healing light that can rejuvenate and bring peace and joy and love. I know those are really big ideas, but these are mathematical, proportional, vibrational tools that I create, and I think they really work."

See also: Night & Day: Catch a Wavelength

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Sandra Fettingis

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Sandra Fettingis, "I Know You Know That I Know," Colorado Convention Center, 2014.
#55: Sandra Fettingis

Sandra Fettingis, one of RedLine's newest artist/residents, works in geometric patterns that powerfully repeat in sculptural installations, murals and even jewelry, with a result that's both decorative and smartly modern. Chicago-born, but now a Denverite whose latest forays include "I Know You Know That I Know," a site-specific public installation at the Colorado Convention Center and a local product partnership with the West Elm home-furnishing store in Cherry Creek, Fettingis also helped spearhead Project Hello, a networking incubator for local artists in all disciplines, in 2010. We asked Fettingis, whose work is equally at home in large-scale iterations and small-scale exhibitions, to share her take on being an artist in the 21st century by answering the 100CC questionnaire; read on to learn more.

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Gallery Sketches: Six Shows and Art Events in Denver for September 19-21

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Choose from 99 pieces of small art at Access Gallery's annual one-night art sale fundraiser.
You'll find a wide spectrum of new art big and very small this weekend, on gallery walls and as moving pictures on downtown streets. Here's a sampling of what you can see...

See also: By the Letter: Joel Swanson at David B. Smith Gallery


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Five Must-See Boulder Fringe Fest Performances

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Gemma Wilcox
The Boulder International Fringe Festival is one of many fringe fests around the world where cultural gatekeepers have opened the dam and flooded audiences with playwrights, filmmakers, dancers, artists and curators showing off their works without censorship. Nobody gets turned away. Anything goes.

The joy and trouble for audiences is that we have to figure out how to navigate so much creativity. The festival opens tonight with an All-You-Can-Artist buffet, at the Dairy Center, where presenters will show off snippets of their work to the crowd. But what if you miss opening night? What's a festival-goer to do?

See also: Davey B. Gravey's Little Movies on a Little Screen

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