Some of the amazing creative individuals & small businesses that call GRACe "home".
Jennie Lou Art
The Oranje Studio
Ashleigh Weatherill Interior Design
Best of Houzz-Design 2014, 2015, & 2016
Named to Mountain Living's 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015"Top Mountain Interior Designer"
Fiber & mixed media artist Susan Dillon combines fabric, fibers, stitch and found objects into 2d & 3d pieces, as well as wearable art, examining the connection and interaction between emotion and the physical world. It is the tactile nature of fiber that first drew Susan to the medium, and it allows her the “hands on” exploration she needs to create her pieces. Most pieces start with a simple detail or even a phrase, then through manipulation of the materials, Susan allows the piece to evolve on its own. Often the final piece is a surprise, even to Susan.
Susan’s work his been displayed and is collected nationally & internationally, and she has her studio at GRACe in Denver.
You can visit Susan in her studio on First Fridays or by appointment.
Steve Sells Studio
Morgan Rachel Levy
Morgan is a freelance photographer currently living in Denver, Colorado. Originally from Philadelphia, she lived and worked in New York and San Francisco for many years.
Morgan often wishes she was photographing in Iceland where much of her personal work is based. When she’s not doing that, she’s busy desperately trying to catch up on her issues of The New Yorker.
In recent years her editorial work has been featured in US and international publications. Her fine art work has been included in numerous exhibitions including a solo show at the Gulf & Western Gallery, group exhibitions at the New York Photo Festival, the Invisible Dog Art Center, Winkleman Gallery, Milk Studio Gallery, the Lower East Side Girls Gallery and Texas Woman’s University. Her work was selected for AI-AP 31 and Review CENTER Santa Fe. She was awarded the 2015 Lucie Foundation Emerging Photographer Scholarship.
Denver based designer and metal smith, Maggie Kyle, started Oxbow Designs in 2014. Maggie has a background in Geology and Art, and Oxbow Design’s aims to meld both passions. What’s In a name? ... Oxbow Designs is named after the natural process in a which river meanders from the mainstream and forms an Oxbow lake. To us, this signifies the power to forge your own path and create your own entity.
Our initial collection is a series of gold bar necklaces, stamped with important reminders such as, “be kind”, “gratitude” and “set no path” to wear with you wherever you end up. Amazed at how many people connected with us for different reasons, it reinforces the importance that every piece be handmade- ensuring it is completely unique, as is the story of the person it’s made for.
Since 2014 Oxbow has moved states, moved studios, moved chickens into said studio, but continues to grow on its original foundations: reflect the beauty in simplicity, draw inspiration from the elements, create space for evolution, make every piece by hand, and be kind always.
Writing poems, painting, drawing and creating sculpture has been a passion of mine for years. Creating art for me, has always been an organic and free flowing process. Sculpture allows me that freedom. In that, I find I am at my most peaceful state.
My work explores connection, reconnection and the ways that
experiences alter the material of our lives. My grandfather was a
master tailor who immigrated in the early 20 th from his home in
southern Italy to New York City. He met and married my
grandmother, a seamstress, and set up a home filled with
scissors, thread, fabric and sewing machines. Thus, I owe my existence to stitching and I have thread in my DNA.
My interest in working with fiber is driven by this history and by an acknowledgement that fiber is a most intimate and accessible material. Thousands of times each day, we touch and are touched by plant and animal fibers: bedsheets and pillowcases, hand towels, socks, underwear, sweaters, baskets, jeans, curtains, magazines, seat cushions, envelopes- the list is endless. Each wearing, touch and rub leaves a trace and the material is altered in some subtle way.
I use a variety of textile processes to explore these traces and to remake discards, remnants and recycled items into something new. I consider my work a form of reincarnation; nothing is wasted, nothing disappears.
These works are an invitation to renew awareness of the fiber of our lives-- the colors, textures, connections, loose ends, what is unravelled, what needs mending-- and to consider how experiences form and re-form life into a whole cloth.
Studied painting in the studio of Charles Seide (Cooper Union faculty) in the sixties
BFA University of Chicago 1972
MFA Brandeis University 1978
Studied painting in the studio of Martin Lubner (UCLA faculty) in the eighties
Award-winning art director & production designer
Hollywood, CA 1975-2000
Colorado Film School faculty since 2008
Globeville Riverfront Art Center member since 2016