Video: Meet Westword MasterMind Eric Dallimore

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From sculpture to photography to printmaking, Leon Gallery co-owner Eric Dallimore doesn't limit himself to one medium. "That may be a good thing or a bad thing, but it's just the way I create art," he told Westword in an interview earlier this year. That wide-ranging skill certainly impressed us, enough so that we named Dallimore one of our 2014 MasterMinds.

Bailey Geoghan paid a visit to Dallimore in his 17th Avenue space, where he talked about bringing music into Leon and fighting the urge to give up the fine art ghost.

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­Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Danette Montoya

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Danette Montoya, assemblage clock.
#91: Danette Montoya

Danette Montoya creates jewelry and found-object treasures for her business Tinkerbirds, making a living by way of her own imagination. That keeps her busy enough, but somewhere along the way she and fellow starving artist Rebecca Peebles decided to open a gallery. GroundSwell was different from the start, beginning with its location in the front room of an East Colfax Avenue pot shop. But its ideology is what made it great: The two partners -- who won a Westword MasterMind award in 2013 -- imagined it as an incubator where artists could try out ideas, collaborate or show work that cut just a little closer to the bone.

Now, Montoya and Peebles are about to turn the page on a new chapter. GroundSwell will close its doors after its next show, which debuts Saturday and ends May 6, and both women will be moving on to future personal projects. On the eve of the gallery's last opening, we asked Montoya and Peebles to give us a peek into their futures; Montoya's 100CC questionnaire touches on new horizons and more.

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Meet the 2014 MasterMinds: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun, fashion/design

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Westword has always covered the local arts scene. But ten years ago, we recognized that if the arts were really going to grow in those town, they could use some some fertilizer in the form of cold, hard cash. And so we created the MasterMind Awards, which every year gives no-strings-attached grants to five local artists and arts organizations; the 2014 class of MasterMinds will be introduced at Artopia tonight. This year's MasterMind Award for fashion: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun.

A sublime couture designer who works privately with individual clients, Elstun goes much further. She's also a teacher, mentor and consultant to others in the design business who's more than ready to help Denver's fashion community move forward, and she helps propel the industry as a behind-the-scenes force with Fashion Group International and the Denver Design Incubator.

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Meet the 2014 MasterMinds: Adam Stone, performance arts

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Westword has always covered the local arts scene. But ten years ago, we recognized that if the arts were really going to grow in those town, they could use some some fertilizer in the form of cold, hard cash. And so we created the MasterMind Awards, which every year gives no-strings-attached grants to five local artists and arts organizations; the 2014 class of MasterMinds, our tenth, will be introduced at Artopia tonight. This year's MasterMind Award for performance arts: Adam Stone.

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Meet the 2014 MasterMinds: Eric Dallimore of Leon Gallery, visual arts

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Westword has always covered the local arts scene. But ten years ago, we recognized that if the arts were really going to grow in those town, they could use some some fertilizer in the form of cold, hard cash. And so we created the MasterMind Awards, which every year gives no-strings-attached grants to five local artists and arts organizations; the 2014 class of MasterMinds, our tenth, will be introduced at Artopia tonight. This year's MasterMind Award for fine arts: Eric Dallimore of Leon Gallery.

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Meet the 2014 MasterMinds: Karen Lausa of Words Beyond Bars, literary arts

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Westword has always covered the local arts scene. But ten years ago, we recognized that if the arts were really going to grow in those town, they could use some some fertilizer in the form of cold, hard cash. And so we created the MasterMind Awards, which every year gives no-strings-attached grants to five local artists and arts organizations; the 2014 class of MasterMinds will be introduced at Artopia tonight. This year's MasterMind Award for literary arts: Karen Lausa and Words Beyond Bars.

A year ago, Alan Prendergast's "The Lifers' Book Club" took a look at Words Beyond Bars, a remarkable program developed by ex-librarian Karen Lausa that took the book-discussion-group concept to high-security inmates at the Limon prison. The program was such a success that it's expanding to other facilities. Keep reading for more from Lausa.

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Meet the 2014 MasterMinds: Kim Shively, multimedia

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Westword has always covered the local arts scene. But ten years ago, we recognized that if the arts were really going to grow in those town, they could use some some fertilizer in the form of cold, hard cash. And so we created the MasterMind Awards, which every year gives no-strings-attached grants to five local artists and arts organizations; the 2014 class will be introduced tonight at Artopia.This year's MasterMind Award for multimedia: Kim Shively.

A video artist and technician who'll take on any subject matter, from Wesley Willis to Lucha Libre wrestling and enver's own Warlock Pinchers, Shively is her own production studio, both behind the camera and behind the scenes as K.A.S.H. Unlimited. Keep reading to find out more of what makes her a MasterMind.

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Denver Open Media's Independent Voices celebration looks like a hot time tonight

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Tonight the Open Media Foundation will celebrate seven years of independent voices on Denver Open Media -- which not only runs Denver's public-access channels on Comcast, but also provides training and services for non-profits and kids. From the hundreds of nonprofits and thousands of people it works with every year, OMF has selected three individuals and two organizations to honor at a fundraising dinner that kicks off the celebration. And after that just-about-sold-out event, everyone can join the party at the studios on Kalamath Street.

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Meet the 2013 MasterMinds: Evan and Adam Nix

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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 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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- Nix Bros. celebrate Denver in hilarious hipster parody
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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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