Jerry Jaramillo's Sunnyside Mural, "Primavera," Is Gone But Not Forgotten

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Jerry Jaramillo's "Primavera," before it was removed from the corner of 41st Avenue and Tejon Street.
Colorado artist Jerry Jaramillo was devastated when he found out that his mural, "Primavera," had been sandblasted and removed from a brick wall at the corner of 41st Avenue and Tejon Street in Sunnyside, where it had been for more than thirty years. "It felt like I lost a child or something," he says. "I was single and didn't have any kids at the time I painted it; every time I did a mural, it seemed like my child. So it felt like a loss to me, because it was one of my favorite murals I had done in Denver."

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The Mayday Experiment: Alone Again, Naturally

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Yesterday my friend Philip Spangler crammed all the belongings he came with plus one of Lawrence Argent's iconic blue bear statuettes into his Dodge Neon and hit the road to his new home in Chicago. Along with him rode my intern, Nico Larsen who is off to check out the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and choose her path.

I knew this day would come, just like I knew many other days would come, but it is still overwhelming. Because now, it's time for me to figure it out myself.

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The Mayday Experiment: Of Trailers and Hardware

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My friend Philip Spangler has been here almost three months and is staying one more week, sleeping on a futon in my living room and working on the house every day. By the end of the week the goal is to have a fully-clad, Tyvek-wrapped box with a loft and stairs - and I'll have to do the rest on my own without him, a scary proposition! This summer's rain -- something I told my Ohio born-and-bred friend was a rarity here in the high desert -- has impacted us again and again, making our progress forward halting and slow. However, bad decisions have held us back, too: most notably our choice of a trailer.

Stupidly, I figured I would just find a trailer on Craigslist or go to the trailer store -- that's a thing, right? Even though I had made cursory explorations through Craigslist's reams of purple links (and found many trailers that in hindsight I should have bought), I somehow had the idea in my head that this part was easy, and I'd just wait until Phil was here and grab a trailer. Big mistake.


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The Mayday Experiment: A Tiny House Inspires Big Conversations

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I love how this house, not yet a house but a structure, activates the neighborhood.

I have lived in Five Points for many, many years, and had my studio in its current location, a former chop-shop, for seven of them. In that time I've witnessed drive-bys, escapees from the juvie facility across the road and, most terrifying of all, rapidly encroaching gentrification. When I went away to grad school I sublet my studio for two years, with all of my belongings crammed into a closet; when I returned, my beloved neighbors, the grandmothers and gang-bangers, had given way to yoga-pants-wearing white ladies pushing baby carriages and hipsters walking very fancy dogs. I knew the writing was on the wall.

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Ink Monstr Celebrates Sticker Art With Sticky Situation at Cluster Saturday

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Photo courtesy of Ink Monstr
Stickers are not just for stationary. Ink Monstr, a graphic design and print shop, will be taking over Cluster Studios for Sticky Situation, a one-night-only elite art show and competition on Saturday, October 18. And you can help choose the artist who moves on to the national contest.

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Judy Chicago Talks About Feminism, Art and Life at 75

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Surveying Judy Chicago opens Friday night at RedLine Gallery.

By the 1980s, feminist art pioneer Judy Chicago had secured a seat at the table of art history with her landmark installation, The Dinner Party. The triangular table, 48 feet on each side, was decorated with place-settings for 39 women from myth and history and celebrated another 999.

The project loomed over Chicago's career for over thirty years, shadowing many of her other creative achievements. The upcoming show at RedLine, Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970-2014 aims to shed light into some of the forgotten corners of the prolific artist's career.

In advance of Friday's opening, Westword spoke with Chicago about her life as an artist, her 75th birthday, the state of art education and the legacies of feminist art in the United States.

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The Mayday Experiment: Tiny House, Big Plan

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There is nothing like a rainbow over a Colorado mountain valley. I had to pull over - not, mind you, for the rainbow, but for my new friend, a drifter named Apache who had first drained a Gatorade bottle full of whiskey and then attempted to drain his bladder into said Gatorade bottle, to my increasing alarm. My truck, Bertha, may not be new and she may not be pretty, but up until this point she had only smelled of diesel and Axe Body Spray, and despite an absence of fondness for either smell, they were both infinitely preferable to urine. I'd met Apache while renting a box truck in Grand Lake in order to move what had turned out to be a gigantic stack of 2 x 4's that I had won in an auction. I was moving this mountain of lumber with two kind sexagenarians who had stepped up to my Facebook plea. So far, however, this expedition had gone terribly wrong, with a late start, too much rain and my own poor spatial skills misjudging a grainy .jpg. With only an hour left to load more wood than my F250 could hold, I had offered Apache a ride down to Denver and some cash in exchange for his help. Facing a two-hour bus wait he obliged -- not knowing what he was getting himself into. But then, did I know what I was getting myself into? Do I still? How did I even get here?

Tilting at windmills.

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Colorado Modern Master Bill Vielehr Passes Away

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Bill Vielehr.
Bill Vielehr, a Colorado modern master, died suddenly on Saturday, October 11. Vielehr was born in Chicago in 1945 but grew up in Boulder, and he launched his art career here in Colorado. He studied fine art at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where he earned a BFA in 1969, taking on some special graduate studies in sculpture that same year, also at CSU. He began to exhibit his work in the early 1970s -- not just in Colorado but across the country.

Vielehr, who at the time of his death was represented by Walker Fine Art in Denver, gained national recognition over the decades for his signature monumental abstract sculptures and his bas-relief sculptures, all of which were done in cast metals -- mostly aluminum or bronze, but in some cases he used both types in the same piece.

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I-70 Talk Is Getting Ugly, But New Murals Beautify the Neighborhood

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Giovanni Sanchez working on a mural on the north side of I-70.
Interstate 70 roars through Globeville, and with an October 31 deadline for public comment, discussion over its expansion is roaring as well. Houses on either side may be torn down as part of the project, and murals under the viaduct at 46th Avenue and Lincoln -- paid for by the city and painted this summer -- might go as well, worries Giovanni Sanchez, a nineteen-year-old artist who's enamored with his neighborhood, its culture and its struggles.

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Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's Laments Explores the Use of Oil in Art

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Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, from the series "A Fine Mess."
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, whose art often deals with environmental themes, has been on a mission to purge herself of oil-based materials. But boycotting oil is next to impossible. Next May, Murphy plans to leave her massive Five Points studio behind and embark on a cross-country journey in a tiny home (see Could Tiny Homes Solve a Big Problem in Denver?," our May 22 cover story). The Westword MasterMind will be chronicling her travels on this blog.

Before she embarks on that journey, she has planned "one last hurrah" in the world of large-scale installation. Her new show Lament, opening Saturday, October 11 at the Leon gallery, mourns the use of oil in a wide variety of media: paints, photographic chemicals, digital technologies and sculpture. But instead of abandoning oil, she's making work with it. Westword recently spoke with Murphy to learn more about her tiny-house plans and her new show.

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