Photos: CPAC's Fashion/Culture Gala Fashion Show at the McNichols Building

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All photos by Scott Lentz
On Thursday night, fashionistas took over the McNichols Building for a benefit fashion show gala reflecting the Colorado Photographic Arts Center's continuing exhibit Fashion/Culture. Photographer Scott Lenz brought back these images and more from the high-class evening.

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Reimagine Your Downtown Will Fill the Streets With Art and Activities This Weekend

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Chalk art will reimagine this downtown alley.
Downtown will be hopping this weekend -- and not just because thousands of beer lovers here for the Great American Beer Festival will spill out into the streets. There will also be free performances, art and other activities for all ages as Reimagine Your Downtown transforms the area, turning parks into dance studios, parking lots into works of art and alleyways into gathering places.

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A Desire to Be Creative Brought Elizoebeth Jensen -- and Her Jewelry -- to Denver

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Elizoebeth Jensen's first move to a creative life was leaving California for Colorado in 2005. Seven years later, she gave up her California consulting job and became a full-time designer and mother. Jensen is now the creative mind and designer responsible for beautiful, delicate pieces of jewelry. She recently took a few minutes to talk about what inspires her designs for Elizoebeth Jensen Jewelry.

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Tricia Hoke on The Cotery and Bringing Out Your Inner Designer

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Design by Kristin Hatgi
For those of us who lack the drive to be a designer, there's now a website for that. But The Cotery was really created to make it easier for talented designers to do their work without having to get bogged down in the production and distribution side of the business -- and in the process, the site also highlights the amazing talents of Denver. Tricia Hoke and Charlotte (Char) Genevier are the creative minds behind the Cotery; Hoke recently took time out from her busy schedule to talk with us about how how to bring out your inner designer with the Cotery.

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Front Range Flag Company celebrates Colorado's spirit of adventure

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Front Range Flag Co. creates custom flags to celebrate Colorado adventures.
Jackie Barry's love for flags as celebratory beacons originated in Philadelphia, but it's the Colorado outdoors that inspires Front Range Flag Company. Barry and her business partner, Ryan Casey, launched the custom flag company early this summer to commemorate adventurous achievements big and small -- from going a short hike to climbing a Fourteener.

The two met in college in Philadelphia, where Barry developed her interest in fabrics and flags. She built miniature sailboats at the Independence Seaport Museum and even did her senior thesis on flags.

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Artist House Tour: John Haley forges badass metal work in his Lakewood studio

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John Haley III
John Haley's metal shop studio in Lakewood, CO

Editor's note: Indie Design Blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes, taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver and beyond.

John Haley III is one interesting cat. His art-nouveau-inspired metalwork can be found in artsy homes all around the world. It can also be purchased at johnhaleyiii.blogspot.com or at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival this weekend. You can see what we're talking about on the next few pages as we show his work displayed artfully throughout his midcentury-modern home in Lakewood. Read more to find out what inspires this fascinating metalworker.

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Sheila Hydle will help you fuse with your inner artist at Glassateria

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
Sheila Hydle embarked on her new venture after the death of her father. "I wanted to use my inheritance to start something I'm passionate about," she explains. "I decided to do something different. Glass-cutting was the first thing that I felt passionate about. If my dad was here, I would still be in corporate America and unhappy."

But instead, she opened Glassateria, a studio that allows customers to become artists by working on their own glass-fusion project. "I love helping people feel creative and providing a place for them to let go of logic," Hydle says. "You can manipulate glass, but you can't control it."

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"Reflections" celebrates a woman's inner beauty at the Fashion Design Center tomorrow

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
"Reflections": A Celebration of Beauty" should be a beauty of an event at the Fashion Design Center Denver on Friday, June 20. Developer Lisa Curwen connected with Lisa Eberlein to organize a fashion show inspired by the poem "Mirror, Mirror"; Eberlien also produced a special film that will premiere there. And Lisa Ramfjord Elstun, founder of the Fashion Design Center and a 2014 MasterMind, joined the project to create high-fashion designs using locally dyed silks. Together, the three Lisas will host a celebration for women of all ages, shapes and colors, one that shows where a woman's inner beauty really comes from.

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Tony Labat's Elevation: Denver activates at Emmanuel tonight with art, DJs and drag

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
San Francisco artist Tony Labat has built a site-specific sculpture for Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria Campus, and from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight you can watch his sculpture turn into a platform for community interaction when it is activated with performances by DJs and drag queens. This piece is part of Labat's series Elevations: Platforms, Stages, and CatwalksElevation: Denver and Labat.

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40 West Arts is capturing West Colfax's history through commercial architecture

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Courtesy of 40 West Arts.
8000 West Colfax, formerly the home of the Lakewood Theater, was built in 1950.
If you take a closer look, underneath layers of paint and decades of additions, there are gorgeous mid-century modern commercial structures along Colfax Avenue that have a story to tell. A sordid past is part of what makes the country's longest main street fascinating to some, but for Bill Marino and the non-profit 40 West Arts whose board he chairs, there's a desire to let onlookers know there is more to the avenue's colorful life than seediness.

Through a $50,000 state historical grant secured by 40 West Arts and the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District, Marino and his crew of volunteers are hard at work on a historic resources survey. Cataloging more than 500 structures along West Colfax from Sheridan Boulevard to Simms Street, the organization's building a complete picture by taking a photographic inventory as well as speaking with people who live and work in the Lakewood corridor. Marino talked with Westword about what information is being collected with the grant and how he hopes the public will soon be able to enjoy the once-buried history of this section of the fabled Colfax Avenue.

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