Art Scene

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Sandy Hoban


Sandy Hoban has always been a keen observer of life. Born and raised a Jersey girl, she lived a colorful childhood which she documented in countless journals. Somewhere between the journals of her youth and her current essays, writing became a necessary elixir for a positive life. As a longtime educator, writer, mother, wife and DU grad student, Sandy continues to use personal narratives as a means to reflect, connect, laugh and inspire others.


Susie Drucker

This is the story of a young midwestern girl who longed to be an artist. At 10 years old, she asked her parents if she could enroll in an oil painting class. They purchased her the perfect paint kit and honored her wishes. Little did they know she would be bit by the...

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Andi Burnum

"Andi possesses a humbleness that does not match her ingenious skill level." Andi Burnum is an up-and-coming artist who creates stunning pieces using a unique medium: torn paper. Photos of her work do not do it justice... at all. I had the opportunity to walk within...

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Carol Newsom

As a parent and former teacher, I have read aloud my fair share of children’s books. Little did I know, many of these books of lessons and delight were illustrated by local Idaho Springs artist Carol Newsom. Since 1970, Carol’s whimsical drawings have graced the pages...

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Jules Elders

I’ve always been fascinated with large murals in urban areas where the concrete landscape bursts to life with vibrant artwork. There are several murals in our mountain community that bring me happiness every time I pass, and I was determined to find out who was adding...

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Terry Gardner

Terry Gardner For almost two decades, Coloradans have been attempting to adjust to the growing population. With more people comes more need for development; with more development comes more purchasing and use of land and natural resources. All of which begins to...

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Ben Stielow

Did you know there is a Man of Steel living within our mountain corridor? He might not be more powerful than a locomotive or faster than a speeding bullet, but he does create impressive fine metal art on steel in a single bound. Conifer metal artist Ben ‘Jamin’...

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Robyn Thayer

Before I ever met local artist Robyn Thayer, I was captivated by her cover photo in the magazine In Her Studio—Spaces and Stories of Creative Women. She was comfortably perched on a refurbished antique armchair and snuggling a chicken. Slightly muted in the background...

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Cyncie Winter

“All that Cyncie has accomplished in life she calls her dharma—one’s calling in life or soulful purpose.”When people ask Cyncie Winter how long she has been painting, she says with a genuine smile, “Since kindergarten.” Which is a fact and also indicative of the depth...

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Jean Johnson

"Her choice to develop a career prior to the demands of raising a family proved to be a wise idea." The kindness in her voice was undeniable the moment Jean Johnson answered the phone. I was particularly excited to interview Jean, now 99 years old, because her...

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Patti Gill

“I was astonished at the amount of forethought, effort and detail that goes into a single piece of glasswork.”After having interviewed many artists, I’m noticing a common theme—true success arrives when your “work” becomes something you enjoy doing. Often, attaining...

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Lynda Tygart

"Modernizing the Bromoil technique has allowed Lynda to explore photography through a different lens."Lynda Tygart’s mother knew she had a budding artist in her home when her 6-year-old daughter won 1st place in the McMinnville, Tennessee citywide coloring contest. It...

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Beverly Endsley

"...she captures the heart and soul of every creature that graces her canvas."Did you know rabbits can learn their names? Yup, their ears will perk up if you call them regularly. During an interview with local artist Beverly (Bev) Endsley, I’m told a story about the...

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