Monthly Archives: July 2015

Denver Digerati Digital Animation Show

At the Commons on Champa, Denver’s public campus for entrepreneurship, Ivar Zeile, the curator introduces commissioned new work for Denver Digerati.   The Commons on Champa

Man talking digital

Denver curator, Ivar Zeile intro to new work for Digerati Denver at The Commons on Champa.


Digital Animation Show

Two women watching the June Denver Digerati showcasing some of the world’s most innovative and creative digital animation.


man digital animation

Denver Digital Animation Show being watched by artist
Milton Buddy Melvin Croissant III.


Red Shoes

Don’t Touch or Climb on the Art!

In this case, artist Melissa Furness, wearing classic red shoes, stands on a separate, touchable section her new work at the opening of Vis-a’-Vis at McNichols.  This is a fine show of installation pieces created by 4 artists who participated in the 2015 Biennial Ambassadors Program. More about the show

red shoes artist

Melissa Furness, artist, standing on a new painting in the Vis-s-Vis show.


Hal Gould Camera Obscura Opening and Closing

Hal Gould opened the Camera Obscura Gallery at 13th and Bannock in downtown Denver in 1980 at age 60.    For 31 years there was a continuous stream of remarkably high-quality photography shows, including the work of Eliot Porter, James Balog, Paul Harbaugh, Sebastiao Salgado, and Annie Liebovitz.  And, here he’s with my colleague, Nora Feller.


photographers gallery opening

Nora Feller and Hal Gould happy at Nora’s opening at Camera Obscura Gallery.

Hal was famous in the international world of fine art photography.  On a trip to NYC and a day at the AIPAD Conference, who did I run into?  Hal.

I exhibited once in his gallery.  He retired and closed the Camera Obscura on April 30, 2011. He enjoyed life and good wine with friends.

party punch bowl

Hal’s Punch Bowl at closing party for Camera Obscura Gallery on April 30, 2011.

Hal died in June and on July 7th, we celebrated the 95 year life of Hal Gould.    R.I.P. Hal.


Evening of Life for Steve

How to celebrate the life of Steve Koloskus, “the show man”?

His truck decorated with votive battery powered candles becomes the stage and music setting for the party which started up after the New Orleans style “parade” arrived back at the South Pearl Street office and garden property.  The banner carried in the “parade” with portrait of Steve in the truck window is placed on the stage and to overlook the dancing.


vintage pickup night

Steve’s “early version of an F150” pickup truck decorated with candles serves as the stage setting for speakers and music.


dancing evening

Family and friends square dancing late into the evening in honor of Steve Koloskus life at his property on S. Pearl Street


R.I.P. Steve Koloskus

Creative Director Send Off #3  

In May Denver Creative Director and ad agency owner, Steve Koloskus, lost the battle vs lymphoma and on the evening of June 27th, his son, Jack, Steve’s brothers plus lots of family, friends and colleagues got together to celebrate Steve.

summer evening event

Family and friends ready to start the dancing celebrating the life of Steve Koloskus.


square dancing event

Famly and friends square dancing to “Send Off” Steve Koloskus.


“He sure didn’t waste any time in his life and created many lasting memories and work,” to quote Prisca Learmann.

Creative Director Send Off 2

Jazz musicians played and lead a New Orleans style memorial parade for many blocks along the length of South Pearl Street in Denver.  With a mix of family, friends and colleagues following after the hand-carried banner, a cinnamon roll truck from Duffy Roll and a custom low rider escorted the parade as the following became a block in length.

musicians, parade, memorial

Jazz musicians lead the banner and parade of followers on S. Pearl Street.

Steve’s Pearl Street Garden

Steve Koloskus’ South Pearl Street Pumpkin Patch Community Garden is a growing place. But then the Pumpkin Patch became a place for healing and inspiration for him.


Pumpkin garden man

2014 Portrait of Steve Koloskus and Dana Miller at the Pumpkin Patch.

On the right side in the background notice the style of wooden signage Steve’s firm created for Dana Miller.

Steve helped businesses get better.


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Pumpkin Patch garden tools in their place on the fence.


old pickup truck

Steve’s “early version of F150” pickup truck sits outside the community garden on S. Pearl St.


Creative Director Send Off

Every moment here on blogs we share our latest projects and inspiration.  Why can’t we honor the life and times of a favorite Denver “Show man”, creative director and owner of the Ad Agency, Extra Strength?  He helped businesses get better.  

memorial parade, banner, guys

Son, Jack Koloskus, and friends carry the banner leading the New Orleans style parade up Soutth Pearl Street from Steve’s building and site of memorial.

This is a portrait of a proper send off of a beloved “Ad Guy”.

Split Croatia Photo Journal

The challenge:  how to spend the coming “dark of Winter” out of the European Union for at least 90 days and not be far from Italy?


Days and Dusks

Our first apartment view from the historic Varos neighborhood of Split, Croatia.

Unesco site, Croatia

St. Domnius Cathedral and bell tower.  ©DianeHuntress 2013

“My sister spends 2 hours getting ready for a 30 minute date for coffee on the Riva!” said a young man working in a Palace shop.

Kavana, promenade, Split

Sunshine on the Riva means coffee on sidewalk cafes’  ©DianeHuntress 2013

There is a great coffee culture in Split, Croatia.  No instructions for preferences required to place my order.  Italian and even better, really.  From inside or on the outdoor steps to the Luxor Kavana, you can take in the view the imperial square of Diocletian’s Palace with your espresso.

coffee, cup, Split, Croatia
Lovely cappuccino served with mini cookies at Luxor Kavana, Split, Croatia.  ©DianeHuntress 2013

David who is doing the shopping and cooking, considers what to make for dinner at the famous Split fish market.

Split, fish, large

David in the authentic Split Peskarija-Ribarnica fish market considering dinner.

A good walk above our Varos apartment was this view point of Split and the historic old town which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sunset, Split, historic

Sun setting on the old town of Split, Croatia on the Adriatic.

A surprise gift of homemade cakes from Mime’ who regularly cared for our apartment as on site landlord.  And, they were as delicious as they look.

Homemade, Croatian, Cakes

A plate of cakes made by Mime’ our apartment landlord.

The Winter sun sets on the Adriatic and popular Bacvice Beach which is a short walk outside the Split old town.  No Photoshop required to capture this dusk landscape…just be there.

Bacvice, Split, Croatia

Sunset Split, Croatia on Bacvice Beach with Dinaric Alps in background.

I was inspired to publish my taste of living in Split #1. Happy to say I have also worked with the Times If you didn’t read the Times 36 Hours Travel article on Sunday, here is a link to the article. 36 Hours Split, Croatia