RESIDENT CREATIVESSome of the amazing creative individuals & small businesses that call GRACe 'home'. Francine Campone 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. Susan DillonFiber & 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 by appointment. Greg GandyGreg Gandy is a studio painter and creative entrepreneur from Jackson, Mississippi currently living and working in the RiNo arts district of Denver, Colorado. With a focus on cultural cross-fertilization, Gandy has traveled the southeast connecting artists and communities to businesses and organizations through lectures, creative consultation, publications, festivals, art exhibitions, and film. In 2016,Southern Living Magazine recognized Greg Gandy as an Innovator Changing the South alongside Aziz Ansari, Dolly Parton, and Reese Witherspoon. In addition to his studio painting, Gandy is focused on developing cultural infrastructure on a national scale to foster long term growth and stability for creative professionals. Gandy’s work has been featured inVice, The Atlantic, Southern Living Magazine, a Lifetime movie, and numerous regional magazines, free presses, and newspapers. IccauhtziniCCAUHTZiN (ee-qwot-zeen)- Nahuatl for ‘revered younger brother.’ Inspired by cultura and tradiciones, iCCAUHTZiN is a lifestyle and apparel brand that allows one to adorn themselves with culturally rich displays of unique fashions, typically with the serape textile. Established in 2017, we are based out of Denver, Colorado and hope to be a great representation of the Xicano and Xicana communities who continue to seek acknowledgement for their presence in Denver, and all over the United States. We hope to truly honor those that have come before us, as well as the tejedoras (artisans who loom the textiles) who create such brilliant and beautifully crafted serape. ***All of our serape is ethically sourced, typically from Tlaxcala, Mexico.** Owner/ Creator/ Designer Alejandra is a mother and business student at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Board Member of Ceiba, USA, Licensed & Certified Massage Therapist, and Reiki Level 2 Practitioner. It wasn’t until launching Iccauhtzin in early 2017 that she was able to truly envelope herself into creating lifestyle and apparel items heavily influenced by many cultures and subcultures such as hip hop and pachuquismo. Her earlier designs have evident traces of her upbringing in Denver’s Historic Baker neighborhood, where oppositional Chicano culture was still alive and well . “One of the things I loved the most as a child were the Cinco de Mayo celebrations that took place on Santa Fe Drive before the arts district,” she says. “The colorful displays of my cultural identity continue to inspire me, and I hope it is evident in the things that I create.” Ann Morgan My paintings are drawn from my life and dreams, photos I take myself or find online — all run through a filter of Photoshop, AI, and code. My work is an interpretation of their digital selves and I like to think of my sketches as dehydrated paintings, not a blueprint. I like to see where paint leads me rather than force an image, and I want the paintings I create to excite and delight all who see them. Charlo G.W. My name is Charlo, and I am a Visual Designer and Artist originally from Monterrey, Mexico. My art is all about sharing joy through the discovery of symbols and words for good. As an immigrant, I’ve learned to appreciate and cherish all the opportunities life has given me, so I try to honor that in my art. I like hiding words because I think of them as little secrets hiding in plain sight waiting to be discovered. I believe great joy comes from exploring and discovering things in life, so I like to create that with my art. Kristina Davies Kristina’s paintings reflect her passion for abstract expressionism, both gestural and figurative. When she approaches a blank canvas, she often has a conceptual idea in her mind, but not a composition. She allows the creative process of gesture, paint and movement to guide her in a meditative flow. Color, shapes and figures begin to emerge. Often a narrative unfolds, or an idea she had been pondering comes through in a subtle but powerful way. There is no way to duplicate the process…each layer, each addition, each brush stroke, each deconstruction, each mark…they all work together to create something new; to represent a joy, an injustice, an idea, a truth, a passion. When she paints, it is a spiritual, rhythmic, and intuitive dance. A key component to Kristina’s artistic mission is socially engaged art, knowing the transformative power of expression through artistic experiences. Bringing the arts to a community, particularly youth, is an essential aspect of her work as an artist. She is passionate about making the arts accessible to ALL and creating positive social change in areas such as LGBTQ rights and racial justice. She believes in the healing power of the arts and its ability to bring communities together. Kristina paints at her studio in the RiNo Arts District at GRACe Studios in Globeville. She is a volunteer member of The Gathering Place and is an ArtCorp Mentor with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Kristina’s works are in private collections throughout the Denver area. She has exhibited in Santa Fe and Denver. Covert Metals Covert Metals is a one-person metal working studio located in Denver, Colorado with roots reaching from New York to Texas. Each piece is hand crafted using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Covert Metals emphasizes unique one of a kind design that melds contemporary styling with hand forged detailing. Edgar DumasThe Humble Monkeys StudioI like to feel the paint- to experience its consistency, the brushstrokes, the texture and their effects on the vivid colors I use. My subject matter is both personal and true to the way I live my life- both familiar and intimate. Leslie JorgensenLeslie paints her experiences skiing, hiking and biking in the Rocky Mountains. See more at www.lesliejorgensen.com JonjiJonathan GarbettHello, I am Jonji, an artist and graphic designer living in Denver, CO. I love clouds, coffee, and gradients. Most of my work is digital, but I have been painting more frequently. I graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s in Graphic Design. Shortly after, I moved to Denver and got a studio at GRACe. This was my first step to supporting myself with my passion and I will never look back! The Studio on Paradox LaneThe Studio on Paradox Lane features the fine art and other creative adventures of Erika LZ Delzell. A contemporary artist working in Denver, she predominately works in oil paint on found objects to combine contemplative practice and social activism with and a deep seated love of color and paint to create timeless visual explorations of the human experience. The results are delicately intuitive works showcasing the power of often forgotten glimpses of reality as they were meant to be seen. Erika holds a BFA in painting, and studio arts photography & ceramics from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Please e-mail with commission requests or to schedule a studio visit. Heidi WestHeidi West is a fourth generation native to Colorado. Her small-scale abstracted landscapes in oil, dominated by rich texture and vivid color, are drawn from memories and the emotional and visual impressions imprinted upon her as a result of her geographic heritage. Heidi is interested in the interplay between the external environment and an the internal emotional experience and seeks to use the sense of movement through space as a mirror for the way we might move through an inner emotional landscape over time. Angela Craven ArtAngela Craven is an abstract expressionist painter focused on exploring and conveying the deep emotional landscapes and complexities of human communication that drive our individual paths. Her art is about reflection, strength, and connection. She explores these concepts by recording her own experiences and by working with clients to capture and express significant periods in their lives, particularly those that lead to transformation. Most recently, she’s been working with people who are experiencing grief. The resulting paintings are inspired from conversations with them, which are focused on listening and understanding. Her paintings act as reminders to connect with the inner strength found in these moments and to celebrate the meaningful people and experiences in our lives. Angela holds a BFA in painting from Colorado State University and studied painting in Siena, Italy. Visit her studio at GRACe on First Fridays or by appointment. Tim DeshongWriting 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. Katie FunkMy name is Katie Funk and I am a printmaker, illustrator and a high school art teacher based in Denver. Being a teacher, I am always looking to learn new ways of making art so I tend to dabble in multiple media, techniques and styles. My inspirations come from everywhere; my students, the outdoors, goats, my dogs, and living with mental illness. My art tends to be in two polar opposite categories; childlike and lighthearted or realistic and emotional. Despite the categories, I enjoy working with line, symmetry and bright colors. Jeff HowardStudied 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 Sarah NixSarah Nix is a visual artist and poet living in Denver. She received a BFA in 2006 from Herron School of Art and Design. She is Special Projects Assistant at the Denver Art Museum. Sarah has recently exhibited work at Edge Gallery and Core New Art Space in Denver, as well as the Lone Tree Art Center in Lone Tree, CO. Her poems have appeared in CALYX Journal, Rust + Moth, Blue Lyra Review, DIALOGIST, and others. Steve Sells Studio Sarah Nix is a visual artist and poet living in Denver. She received a BFA in 2006 from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis. She has recently exhibited work at Core New Art Space and the Lone Tree Art Center. Her poetry has appeared in CALYX Journal, Rust + Moth, DIALOGIST, and others.