With the right music, these sights just sing.
The transition from summer to autumn heralds some big stylistic changes for me. I trade all the brashness of summer sounds for bittersweet acoustic guitars, pianos and vocal harmonies. Whereas summer is about brightness -- from big horn lines to danceable synths and rhythms -- autumn is more introspective and quiet.
This embracing of melancholy seems fitting to me, since autumn is often such a swift season in our state. It has barely arrived before branches are bare and we're shoveling snow. I have so many memories of Halloweens spoiled by the year's first snowstorm.
Of course, one of the most common complaints about the summer-to-fall transition is the cooling temperatures. It means winter is just around the corner, and you can't go outside in anything less than jeans, boots and a sweater. But these cooler temperatures and gray days are why the warmth and intimacy of an acoustic guitar is so welcome.
Records made by a small group of people in a room, notes you can actually hear being plucked always sound more like home. I can't imagine a better soundtrack to the season than Nick Drake or Fleet Foxes' staggeringly pretty approaches to folk music. They're like warm musical blankets.
It's easy to get gloomy this time of year, especially with the aforementioned weather and the desolate-looking scenery. Add in longer nights, and it's understandable why some people get seasonal affective disorder around autumn.
Many of us spend much time and money trying to avoid sadness, which, let's be honest, is an impossible task. Autumn shows us the incredible beauty and regenerative nature of sorrow. The right soundtrack does the same thing.
I have always loved sad songs more than any other -- I find solace in music that embraces life's somber moments. Put on songs like Bob Dylan's "If You See Her, Say Hello," or Zac Brown Band's "Cold Weather," and really snuggle into the sadness. There's a lot of beauty to be heard.
Music certainly won't cure you from any melancholy, but it's the best way I know to get through it -- and even, maybe, benefit from those feelings.
So, as you're putting away your summer clothes, my advice is to do the same for your summer music. Pull out what makes you feel warm and comfortable -- something that feels lived in and welcoming. It will have to last you through winter.
Clarke Reader's column on how music connects to our lives appears every other week. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he is more than ready for an autumn of sad songs. Check out his music blog at calmacil20.blogspot.com. And share your favorite autumn music at email@example.com.]]>
Residents had their first opportunity to see each work of art and the 2016 winners at the Expo's Opening Cocktail Reception on Sept. 24.
Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet was on hand to welcome more than 100 guests in attendance and to thank the staff, volunteers and the artists for their dedication to bringing art to the community.
"It makes a tremendous difference to the city of Lone Tree to have a vibrant arts center and arts community, and that would not be happening without the great work of the (Lone Tree) Arts Commission," Millet said. "The city is only 21 years old, so the fact that the arts were prioritized almost at the infancy of the city is a testament to this community and our priorities."
This year, the expo marked its fifth year at the Lone Tree Arts Center and featured 68 works by 45 artists from around the state. Judging was conducted in five categories: drawing, mixed media, painting, sculpture and watercolor.
This year's juror was Brian DeLevie, associate professor of design and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Colorado, Denver.
DeLevie was not able to attend the reception, but in his prepared remarks, read by Mary Hardin, vice chair of the arts council, he said that he was inspired by the Oscar Wilde quote, "A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."
DeLevie said his judgment of each work went beyond craftsmanship, technical skill and presentation. He felt that he needed to look deeper to whittle down the 269 works entered.
"I had to consider the more intangible," he wrote. "Those aspects that allow artistic work to transcend their materiality and literal nature, and speak to our emotionally empathetic and spiritual selves."
This year's Best of Show award went to David Kammerzell for his painting titled "Heartless Smokey Bill," and the Commissioners' Choice award winner went to Stacy Lewis for her painting, "Summer Sky."
He also thanked the artists not selected for their effort and bravery for submitting their work and encouraged them to hone their craft and believe in their art.
Each work presented at the expo is available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis through the end of the show on Nov. 13. Prices range from $195 to $7,500. Each work will remain on display through the end of the expo and purchases must be picked up at the arts center on Nov. 14.
For more information about the Lone Tree Art Expo, visit http://cityoflonetree.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=745982&pageId=1906809
Best of ShowDavid Kammerzell --; Heartless Smokey Bill (Painting)
Commissioners' ChoiceStacy Lewis --; Summer Sky (Paining)
DrawingFirst Place: Marcie Cohen --; Winter Colors
Mixed MediaFirst Place: Aicha Jacob --; Key EleganceSecond Place: Susan Kacik --; Tranquility
PaintingFirst Place: David Kammerzell --; Heartless Smokey BillSecond Place: Stephen Austin --; Fissure #2
SculptureFirst Place: Fred Lunger --; Great Blue Heron (Vase)Second Place: Archie Suniga --; Missing You Always
WatercolorFirst Place: Craig L. Davis --; Humble Bumble BeesSecond Place: Judy Cochrane --; Monet's Tulip Bed]]>
Brite is also able to feed himself and breathe unassisted, the Sept. 23 news release stated.
"Never would we have imagined that just three weeks after the shooting Dan would be doing so well," the release read. "We are truly grateful."
Brite was wounded in a Sept. 2 shootout with suspect Randall Rodick. Brite and other officers responded to a call to Rodick's residence near Parker after his wife reported he was "suicidal," and Rodick immediately opened fire on the officers, according to authorities. Rodick was killed by one of the responding officers.
Brite sustained a chest wound and was treated on scene by an officer with emergency medical training. He was taken to Parker Adventist within approximately four minutes of being wounded and was resuscitated at the hospital. He has been listed in critical condition since the day of the shooting.
The news release cautioned that Brite still faces a "long road to recovery," and it went on to thank the community for the continued support toward Brite, his family and the department.]]>
« Kaylee Rogers, volleyball, senior, Arapahoe: She had 15 kills and a 57.7 percent hitting percentage in a 3-0 win over Overland on Sept 23.
« Maggie Swank, softball, sophomore, Englewood: Swank had two standout performances for the Pirates in a win over Jefferson on Sept. 19 and a triumph over Alameda on Sept. 20. She went 5-for-9 with eight RBIs in those two games.
« Kyle Pearson, golf, senior, Highlands Ranch: Pearson won medalist honors at the Class 5A Central Region tournament with a 4-under-par 68 on Sept. 20 at the City Park Golf Course.
« Jake Archuleta, football, senior, Douglas County: The Huskies claimed their first victory of the season on Sept. 9 against Northglenn thanks to the defense. Archuleta had 13 tackles in the 7-3 victory.
Colorado Community Media selects five athletes from high schools in the south metro area each week as "Standout Performers." Preference is given to athletes making their debut on the list. To nominate an athlete, contact Jim Benton at firstname.lastname@example.org]]>
What is your favorite pre-competition meal?
My favorite pre-competition meal is a breakfast burrito. My parents used to make them for me when I was younger because I really didn't like eggs, so they found a way to mask them. It's become sort of a superstition for me, even for games starting in the afternoon.
Who is your favorite professional or collegiate athlete (past or present)?
My favorite professional athlete is Michael Jordan because of how persistent and hardworking he is. I strive to have the work ethic that he has and push myself that hard.
What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school is chemistry because it just really clicked for me. Whether it was the teacher that I had or the material that I really understood, I am basing my future on it so it's something that I really enjoyed.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book series is the "Divergent" series. I like reading about dystopian societies and comparing them to how our society is today. I think they are very interesting and it's cool to see what the authors come up with to make each dystopia different.
What are your plans for after high school graduation?
After high school, I will be attending Louisiana Tech University to play softball. I will major in biochemical engineering.
"Keeping Score With..." is a Q&A with high school athletes in the south metro area. Email Colorado Community Media sports writer Jim Benton at jbenton @coloradocommunitymedia.com if you or someone you know would like to participate.
Sharing Colorado's beautiful scenery with guests was one of Sarah and Allen Griffith's top priorities when looking for a wedding venue.
"Allen and I both share a love for the outdoors and natural landscapes, so it was really important to us to have that be a part of our wedding," said Sarah Griffith, a Colorado native and former Centennial resident. "We chose Cherokee Ranch and Castle because it was so close to downtown Denver, so our guests could enjoy both the urban charm of the city as well as share Colorado's incredible scenery with us for our wedding."
After touring the historic castle in Sedalia, the couple --; who met after "swiping right" on Tinder --; knew it was the place for them.
"It was the first and only venue we looked at," Griffith said. "We loved it so much we booked on the spot."
Sarah and Allen said "I do" at the Castle July 30 and, because of Allen's position with the United States Army, moved to New York two weeks after the wedding.
Like many brides and grooms, their day was a "complete blur and went by way too fast," Sarah said. "But the weather was perfect, our guests were so incredible and fun, and the venue was a complete fairy tale."
Another rustic venue with a view can be found atop Lookout Mountain in Golden.
Atop the mountain sits Boettcher Mansion, which hosts about 300 events a year including weddings. Built in 1917 as a summer home and seasonal hunting lodge for Charles Boettcher, the former Lorraine Lodge was donated to Jefferson County in the 1970s for public use and enjoyment. The mansion is operated by Jefferson County Open Space.
The history and the view are what special events coordinator Megan Kreutzer said draws couples to the mansion.
"We have a mountain view without the mountain drive," Kreutzer said, adding that the character in the historic building allows for minimal decorations.
But some Colorado couples are choosing to make their wedding even more nature-centric and adventure focused.
Westminster-based wedding photographer Rayna McGinnis specializes in photographing weddings for active couples.
"It's mostly people who are more experience-focused and want to be out in nature," McGinnis said. "They are not necessarily athletic, but like being in the great outdoors."
McGinnis has photographed couples on their wedding days on mountain bikes, mountain climbing, hiking and enjoying a glass of wine in nature.
"The trend is more couples doing what they want versus what the traditional wedding was 30 or 40 years ago," she said. "I feel like it's just couples taking a piece of who they are and putting that into their wedding."
The weddings McGinnis photographs tend to be shorter and with a smaller guest list.
While she's not sure if active weddings have their own culture, like adventure sports do, McGinnis said she does see couples leaning toward more intimate nuptials.
"My couples tend to want to see each other," she said. "It's a small intimate thing, where they want to remember their wedding day and who they spent their day with."]]>
The phrase refers to a kind of painting done in the outside world with natural or man-made objects the painter sees.
It's also the kind of painting Lakewood artist Deborah McAllister finds particularly inspiring.
"If you're painting off of a photo, you have to remember cameras sometimes affect the color of the image," she said. "You can see objects' colors better when you're outside."
McAllister is one of 27 artists from throughout the country participating in PLAN Jeffco's first ever In Plein Sight painting event, which will be held at Jeffco Open Space parks from Oct. 4 through 9. PLAN Jeffco is a nonprofit open space advocate group.
"We are thrilled to launch In Plein Sight this fall," said Margot Zallen, PLAN Jeffco president, in a statement. "We look forward to celebrating the beauty of our conserved open spaces through the palettes of the plein-air artists that will be joining us in October."
Artists will be painting from dawn to dusk at one of five Jeffco Open Space locations each day, including South Valley Park in in Littleton on Oct. 4 and Crown Hill in on Oct. 6. A gallery exhibit of all the works will be displayed at the Golden Community Center Oct. 8 and Oct. 9.
Originally from Wisconsin, McAllister has been making art her whole life. She graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art.
"I've been in Colorado for 18 years, and it's very inspiring to be here," she said. "I love painting outside, so it's perfect for me here."
A board member of Plein-air Artists Colorado, McAllister has participated in events celebrating Summit County's Continental Divide Land Trust, and exhibits her work at Artists on Santa Fe Gallery in Denver and Rijks Family Gallery in Crested Butte. She helps to arrange Plein-air Artists Colorado's Tuesday "paint-up" events that get artists out and painting en plein-air.
"It's very important to me to support groups that protect open space, so the In Plein Sight event is perfect for me," she said. "The event will be a great opportunity for people to watch us artists work, and they can talk with us and ask questions."
Some of McAllister's favorite painting spots around town include Bear Creek Open Space and Prospect Park. She also said she likes landscapes that have water and a good view of the mountains.
"It's a challenge, because the light is always changing," she said. "Sometimes you have to deal with the weather, or it's really hot or cold or there are bugs. But that's part of it. You experience it with all your senses."]]>