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Denver Museum of Art

Denver Museum of Art/ Art Museum

Denver Museum of Art

http://www.denverartmuseum.org/ * 720-865-5000 * Denver Art Museum * 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy * Denver, CO 80204
A day of art all around for me as me and friends wandered into the Denver Art Museum on their ‘free day’ which is the first Saturday of the month. Being my first visit to Denver’s impressive Art Museum, I enjoyed my visit and will definitely be back. Hosted in Denver’s Civic Center, this Art Museum is reknown for its collections that expanse well over 68,000 works of art and has quite a notable collection of American Indian Art. Originally founded in 1893 at the Denver Artist’s Club, it took on the name of the “Denver Art Association” in 1916 and moved into its first galleries in 1918 where it became known as its current namesake. Taking over the current building in 1971 that was designed by Gio Ponti and local architect James Sudler as a 24-sided, 7 story architectural art piece in of itself. In 2006, the Duncan Pavillion grew to a 5,700 square feet second story additon to the original Morgan Wing clad in titanium and glass. The museum hosts nine curatorial departments: (1) Modern and Contemporary, (2) Native Arts, (3) Architecture, Design and Graphics, (4) Asian Art, (5) New World Art, (6) Painting and Sculpture, (7) Photography, (8)Western Art, and (9) Textile Arts. The Museum has and does display the arts of India, China, Japan, Southwest Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Southeast Asia, religious art, traditional folk crafts, modern and contemporary collections of 20th-century artists including the Herbert Bayer collection, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Robert Motherwell, Damien Hirst, Philip Guston, Dan Flavin, John DeAndrea, Gottfried Helnwein, Yue Minjun, Native American arts (spanning several hundred tribes) with Northwest Coastal woodcarvings, Naskapi painted leather garments, Winnebago twined weaving, Plains Indian beadwork, Navajo weaving, Pueblo pottery, California basketry; Oceanic arts spanning all the major islands with wood carvings, painted bark cloth from Somoa, Tonga, and Hawaii; Melanesian collections from Papua New Guinea & New Ireland; drawings, paintings; African Arts with sculptures, textiles, jewelry, paintings, printmaking, drawings, Yoruba works; New World Arts; Latin American arts including ceramics, stone, gold, jade, furnishings, silver from Spanish Colonial periods; Pre-Columbian arts from Mesoamerica, lower Central America, and South America; Mayan art from Mexico, guatemala, and Belize; European and American paintings and photographic works; Coptic and pre-Columbia textiles; Western American Art; the Harmsen Collection; and many more …. The Museum cannot be completely covered in a day – so make your visit to span the weekend. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Denver Museum of Art/ Art Museum (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=838). Wandering around Denver, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken Saturday, August 5, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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DMCA: Denver Museum of Contemporary Art

Denver Museum of Contemporary Art (DMCA: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31829)

Denver Museum of Contemporary Art
1485 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80202
https://mcadenver.org/

I experienced my first visit to the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art on its infamous “penny admission day for Colorado residents” on August 5, 2017. The architectural style of the museum portrays contemporary art in its own style and facade, with a hidden entrance down what appears to be a dead-end graffiti styled corridor out front. The rooftop has a great garden with modern-style and wonderful views of the city. The bubble chill zone on fake grass pads is also a nice touch. Its a great space for exhibiting art. While this particular selection of exhibits was not very fascinating the museum itself had lots of great pleasure. I also was very impressed with the Jenny Morgan exhibit and how it was presented. The other two, not so much. As I’m not a great fan of contemporary art, I did enjoy my visit. ~ Leaf McGowan Rating: 4 star out of 5

The MCA or DCMA was founded in 1996 as a home for contemporary art in the city. For its first seven years, it took over an old renovated fish market in the Sakura Square downtown Denver, being founded by Sue Cannon. By 2003 the Board of Trustees donated land to build a permanent building. October 2007 they opened their current, new 27,000 square foot environmentally sustainable building in lower downtown Denver created by architect David Adjaye. It was styled with hidden skylights and natural lighting with large windows looking out to Denver’s streets. The building possessed five galleries as well as a shop, library, education spaces, and a rooftop cafe.

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Denver Museum of Contemporary Art (DMCA: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31829). New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken Saturday, 5 August 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017: Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Jenny Morgan Exhibit (DMCA)

Jenny Morgan Exhibit (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31835)

Jenny Morgan Exhibit
2017 at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado.

The Summer 2017 exhibit of Jenny Morgan’s works and paintings at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art were fantastic. This exhibition in my opinion was the top exhibit of all displayed at the Museum this season. Her work was embracing and drew me into the paintings. Her sense of style was ethereal and enchanting. There was a spiritual essence to her work. The exhibit was characteristic of good art. I was impressed. I’m not usually a fan of contemporary art, but this one instance I was intrigued. ~ Leaf McGowan Rating 5 stars out of 5

Jenny Morgan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1982 and spent a good portion of her life living and working in New York City. She received her Master of Fina Arts at the New York of Visual Arts in 2008. She embraces the figure as her most compelling subject matter as it feels natural within the ebb and flow of her style of portraits. She prides herself in finding different ways and methods in approaching her subject and realism. She plays around with the paint on the canvas just to stay interested and engaged in the work. She focuses her work on people she knows personally as she depicts them on canvas.

Jenny Morgan Exhibit (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31835); Denver Museum of Contemporary Art (DMCA: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31829). New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken Saturday, 5 August 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017: Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Benson Sculpture Garden (Loveland, Co)

Benson Sculpture Garden

Benson Sculpture Garden
1125 W 29th St., Loveland, Colorado, USA 80538
http://www.sculptureinthepark.org/garden

Located along the shores of Lake Loveland, near Highway 34 is a beautiful tranquil sculpture garden that is free and a public park for all to enjoy. A popular tourist destination to stop at on the way to the Rocky Mountains and other activities in the area located in the heart of Loveland.

The garden is a unique showcase of local sculpture art that has been displayed here since 1985. It is also the location for the annual “Sculpture in the Park” festival held by the Loveland High Plains Art Council. There are over 154 sculptures in the park on permanent display created by world renown artisans encompassing over 10 acres with foot paths, sidewalks, benches, restrooms, and picnic areas.

It has been cited as being one of the “200 most important modern and contemporary art sites around the world”. It is open year round with no admission fee except during the festival. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 6/1/17.

Benson Sculpture Garden ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31361); Exploring Loveland, Colorado (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31035). New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken June 2, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Denver Museum of Natural History

Free day at the Denver Museum of Natural History (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28273); New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken November 5, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Free day at the Denver Museum of Natural History

– Denver Museum of Natural History and Science –
Denver, Colorado

One of Denver’s star attractions, the Museum of Nature and Science is a hallmark of the area, and an informal science education center for the Rocky Mountains. It hosts a variety of exhibits, programs, and activities for visitors to embark and learn from about the history of the Earth, the world, and most specifically Colorado. The building is roughly 716,000 square feet housing more than a million objects in its collections covering anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, geology, art, and the universe. It is also a repository for an incredible archives and library. The museum is independent and a non-profit with over 350 full time and part time staff, over 1800 volunteers, and a board of trustees with 25 member. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. There are six main areas in the museum – (1) The Exhibitions, (2) IMAX films, (3) lectures, (4) classes, and (5) programs based around anthropology, geology, health science, paleontology, space science, and zoology. They receive well over 300,000 students and teachers every year just in school groups alone.

The museum spread from the Edwin Carter Log Cabin Naturalist Museum in 1875 that was the private fauna collection of Colorado species gathered together by Edwin Carter from Breckenridge Colorado. In 1892 a group of Denver citizens declared interest in his collection to be moved to the capital for all to enjoy, and Carter sold it to them for $10,000. They added another collection of butterflies and moths as well a some crystallized gold. This combined collection became the Colorado Museum of Natural History and was incorporated in 1900. The Museum finally opened in 1908. By 1918 it opened another wing. In 1927 one of its teams discovered two stone projectile points embedded in extinct species of Bison in Folsom, New Mexico putting the museum in the spotlight.

There are several permanent areas of the museum, these are:

  • Discovery Zone – a hands on educational center for kids allowing them to build, learn about water, make crafts, and excavate dinosaur bones.
  • Egyptian Mummies – an exhibit with two mummies and their associated artifacts, depicting life in Ancient Egypt and an introduction to their belief systems.
  • Expedition Health – teaches museum patrons about the human body and the science of taste.
  • Gems and Minerals – welcomes visitors into a cavern of gems and minerals, both local and globally.
  • Native American Indian Cultures – an exhibit exploring the original inhabitants of North America.
  • Prehistoric Journey – a journey into paleontology with fossil collections and skeletons of great magnitude.
  • Space Odyssey – a collection and exhibit about space, exploration, and the universe.
  • Wildlife Exhibits – animal dioranams showing scenes of life of various animals on the planet, focused on Colorado as well as globally.

The museum also houses a large 50,000 plus object collection of anthropological, archaeological, and ethnological artifacts from North America. They also house over 800 items from an ethnological art collection, archival photographs, and documents. The Earth Sciences Collection contains six main groups of fauna, flora, and mineral components such as vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, invertebrate paleontology, minerals, meteorites, and micromount. The Health Sciences Collection has rare an unique human anatomy specimens as well as pieces of medical importance. The Space Sciences Lab houses the museums Scientific Instruments Collection.
the Department of Space Sciences maintains a large digital collection of images and multimedia assets for space. The Zoology Collection houses over 900,000 specimens of species and creatures from around the globe. The
Bailey Library and Archives focuses on anthropology, archaeology, earth sciences, health sciences, space sciences, zoology, the Rocky Mountain West, and museum studies with over 53,000 publications, 2,500 rare books, and 9,000 volumes of scientific periodicals. Various temporary exhibits come in for a wide variation of subjects and collections. The Phipps IMAX Theater was built in 1940 originally used for concerts, films, and lectures. Then it was re-opened in 1983 as an IMAX Theater primarily.

The museum actually has various secrets as there are hidden paintings located throughout the museum such as Kent Pendleton, one of the diorama painters, placed eight elves hidden in his art for visitors to find, as well as some Star Wars related pictures by the IMAX lobby. Rated 5 stars out of 5

Free day at the Denver Museum of Natural History (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28273); New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf  and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken November 5, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit   http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography
Free day at the Denver Museum of Natural History (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=28273); New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken November 5, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Jackalope Pottery (Santa Fe, NM)

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Jackalope Pottery
* 2820 Cerrillos Rd * Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507 * Phone:+1 505-471-8539 *

One of Santa Fe’s star shopping attractions, Jackalope Pottery is a complex of artisan booths and shops based around Southwestern Art and multi-cultured treasures. Created by a self-made entrepreneur named Darby McQuade from Richwood, West Virginia, who was inspired to weave this maze when he moved to Santa Fe in 1976. He began by selling out of the back of his truck near the historic Santa Fe Plaza selling pottery and merchandise we brought back from Mexico. Once funds rolled in, he set out to create the village that is now called “Jackalope” where visitors could experience shopping as entertainment with the treasures they could discover. Now it is one of Santa Fe’s premiere home and garden shopping centers and a five star attraction to the area visited by over 900,000 tourists every year. He has expanded his collections from Mexico to include unique items from India, Thailand, Bali, Africa, China, and Egypt as well. Focused on folk art, ornaments, pottery, handmade furniture, rugs, and hand-blown glass … the garden as well as the indoor shop is a bountiful array of gifts and curiousities. There is wildlife in the trees, hosts a prairie dog village, an animal barn, a plant nursery, a furniture store, a Mercado and a cafe. THere are now more than 1 store in Santa Fe, with additional outlets in North Hollywood California. Personally I found it a bit over-rated as the “Pier 1 on steroids” with items a bit over-priced and generic. Nonetheless, I had a good experience and even bought some trinkets. Rating: 3 stars out of 5, visited 11/22/13.

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Ian Welling & Paddy Charles Reception – Trace Gallery (Denver, CO)

Ian Welling and Paddy Charles closing reception
Ian Welling and Paddy Charles closing reception (Denver, CO)

Trace Gallery is pleased to present:
Ian Welling and Paddy Charles closing reception

http://pathwaysart.com/trace-gallery

Friday, April 6th, 2012

7pm-11pm.

Please join us for one last look of these amazing artists work.

* Trace Gallery * 3700 Franklin * Denver, CO 80205 *

This is Ian Wellings first show in Denver since he returned from San Francisco. Ian Welling is a surrealist artist who draws and creates strictly from the imagination. Largely inspired by altered states of consciousness and the realms of the unreal, he attempts to capture the supernatural elements of the human imagination. While his older works draw from the psychedelic experience, his new work features strong apocalyptic thematic elements.
Ian has shown at galleries in Denver, Chicago, Miami and California.

Influenced by the early surrealists and Dadaists, as well as modern visionary masters and the writings of William S. Burroughs and William Blake, Ian is committed to continue churning out artwork that borders on the absolutely bizarre and esoteric.

Paddys art intersects a number of disciplines: pen and ink; the still-life; sumi-e; and screen printing, process (or cmyk) printing and the print industry (in which he has worked and been greatly influenced). The candy-colored, tattoo-outlined still-lifes emerging from this dynamic are curious arrangements of things you recognize and other things too, presented against austere, unprinted backgrounds to emphasize their icongraphy and abstraction. His work is an exploration of this style.

Born in 1978 and raised as a musician in a Chicago suburb, Paddy earned a BA in philosophy from Loyola University, Chicago before eventually moving to Vermont (2008) where he began making art. He is self-taught.

Trace Gallery is a multimedia art space located at the intersection of post-industrial and urban paradigms in Denver. Trace is curated by Saige of Pathways Art, a long-running group show that showcases a variety of artists who share a passion for finding new ways of understanding and expressing our collective vision. Trace continues this tradition, with more focus on individual artists. In addition to monthly gallery openings, Trace hosts workshops, classes, music, and community events.

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Sculptures of Michael Legrand @ the CMAG

Michael Le Grand
* http://www.artwhatson.com.au/cmag/sculpture * Canberra Gallery of Art
* http://www.museumsandgalleries.act.gov.au/cmag/ * Cnr. London Circuit and Civic Square, * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

Wandering around the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery I had the chance to view the sleek artwork of Michael Le Grand which is on exhibition at the CMAG from March through June of 2011. Michael Le Grand is one of the leading Australian and Canberra artists, demonstrating his range of art from the 1970’s to 2010. He takes metal and sculpts it into formalist abstract sculpture making monumental and imposing indoor and outdoor work. In 1974 Michael graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, and by 1978 from the St. Martin’s School of Art in London, being awarded the Australian National University Creative Arts Fellowship. By 1997 he was recipient of the Australia Council Traavel Grant and the Capital Arts Patron’s Fellowship and actARTS Creative Arts Fellowships, co-winner of the Inaugural Sydney Water Sculpture Prize. He has travelled the world doing residency and symposiums in the USA, Canada, Germany, and Japan. He has retired in 2007 as the Head of Sculpture at the Australian National University School of Art. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 4/23/11.

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The Nolan Collection @ CMAG

Nolan Collection
Canberra Gallery of Art
* http://www.museumsandgalleries.act.gov.au/cmag/ * http://www.museumsandgalleries.act.gov.au/nolan/index.html * Cnr. London Circuit and Civic Square, * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

Wandering into the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery i was able to enjoy 15 of the fine collections of Australia’s notable artist, Sidney Nolan. This was donated by Australia’s citizens and include some of the first works of the Burke and Wills paintings. Sidney Nolan is most famous for his iconic “Ned Kelly” paintings all demonstrating Australian history, landscape, and European modern art. Sidney’s art weaves together biography and autobiography with a narrative about Ned Kelly and his gang, shooting of constables at Stringybark Creek, the chase, police spy Aaron Sherrit, siege of the Glenrowan hotel, and Ned’s hanging. Sidney’s style was based on direct vision and intuitive execution. Sir Sidney Robert Nolan lived from April 22, 1917 until November 28, 1992 and was one of Australia’s most famous painters and printmakers. He was born in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton as the eldest of 4 and was a student at the Brighton Road State School on into the Brighton Technical School, Prahran Technical College, and night classes at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. In 1938 he married Elizabeth, and the 1940’s he joined the Angry Penguins. In 1951 he was travelling around Europe settling in London focusing on painting themes based on festivals in Europe and Greek Mythology while in Greece. He was a World War II deserter, after which he lived at the fine arts patrons Reeds home where he began painting the iconic “Ned Kelly” series and hooked up with Sunday Reed although he was at the time married to Cynthia. By 1978 he married Mary Boyd. Besides the Ned Kelly series, Sidney painted numerous interpretations of legendary and historical figures such as the explorers Burke and Wills, as well as Eliza Fraser, Australian nationalism, the Australian outback, and Australian life. He was also known for his theatrical set designs and books of illustrations. He experimented with numerous styles and applications of paint, often devising his own methodology, and focused on the figurative potential of painting. By 1981 he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for service to art and received the Order of Merit in 1983. His Trust was established in 1985 to support artists and musician as well as exhibition space for his works and others at the Rodd in Herefordshire, England. He was made Companion of the Order of Australia by 1988, and elected honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 4/23/11.

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Canberra Museum and Art Gallery

Canberra Gallery of Art
* http://www.museumsandgalleries.act.gov.au/cmag/ * Cnr. London Circuit and Civic Square, * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

Right around the corner from the YHA Hostel, in the heart of the City Center, is the Canberra Museum and Gallery located on the London Circuit. It was first opened early 1998 containing a permanent collection called “Reflecting Canberra” since 2001. With a few galleries located on two floors in the building, ranging from paintings, photography, and sculpture, one can quickly learn the social history of Canberra by visiting the Museum. As of to date, it has had over 160 exhibitions and has remained free to enjoy. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. Visited 4/23/11.

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National Gallery of Art, Canberra, ACT, Australia

National Gallery of Art
* http://nga.gov.au/ * Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

One of Canberra’s largest attractions is the National Gallery where over 120,000 works of art is housed celebrating Australian and world art. It was established in 1967 by the government as a National Public Art Gallery after alot of the lobbying by the famous Australian painter Tom Roberts. Originally it was decided that the government should collect portraits of Australian governors-general, principle fathers of the Federation, and by parliamentary leaders which formed the Commonwealth Art Advisory board. It was persuasion of Robert Menzies, the Prime Minister, that established the gallery and incorporated by Prime Minister Harold Holt for building construction. They wanted the Gallery to be located in the Parliament Triangle but this was delayed because the final site of the new Parliament House was not yet determined. Colin Madigan of Edwards Madigan Torzillo and Partners won the competition for its design in 1968, and tentatively was set to be built on Capital Hill, with no design yet permitted until it was designated properly. Location was changed from Capital Hill and collaboration with James Johnson Sweeney (former Director of the Guggenheim and Houston Museum of Fine Arts) and Mollison began. Construction began in 1973 and officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II by 1982 at a price tag of $82 million in late 20th century Brutalist style with angular masses based on a triangle and raw concrete surfaces surrounded by a series of sculpture gardens planted with Australian native trees and plants and over 23,000 square meters of floor space. Three floors of galleries with the first floor the largest, hosting Indigenous Australian and International collections; bottom level with a series of large galleries of sculpture originally then the Asian art collection. The uppermost level for a series of smaller intimate galleries which now house the collection of Australian art. Extensions of the Gallery took place twice with a new entrance project in 2010.

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Lentil as Anything (Melbourne, Australia)


Lentil as Anything restaurant
, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. April 15, 2011.

Lentil as Anything
* www.lentilasanything.com/ * Abbotsford Convent * 9 am – 9 pm except mondays noon – 9 pm * (03) 9419 6444 * 1 St. Heliers Street,
Abbotsford, Victoria 3067 *

A most excellent dining experience after a day of sightseeing around the Melbourne area. The band of three of us headed off to one of a series of three “Pay as you Feel” vegetarian restaurants located in Melbourne, Australia. Now having only experienced this “Abbotsford” location located within an old nunnery, I’m inspired to go back to Australia to experience the rest that exist in St. Kilda and Footscray as well. The Abbotsford Convent is within a historical site that will seat upwards of 150 patrons. The concept of the restaurants are based on “trust” to “pay what you can” or “pay as you feel” what the food and dining experience was worth, a concept which impressed me so much I paid more than I would normally for such a meal. They also invite their patrons and fans to donate (which can be done on the web site) towards a philosophy that places human dignity above profit. When dining, all donations for the meal are made into an anonymous box which they feel preserves dignity while promoting trust and feelings of social inclusion. Many activities and artistic expression, fellowship, and communing take place at the “Lentil as Anything” restaurants including live music, world music, films, and art exhibits. All food is sourced from local organic farmers and producers that is prepared on site by volunteers and staff often served all you can eat buffet style. Food is vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free options/selections. They also offer catering services. They pride in being community based and driven. They are a unique not for profit community organisation. A most excellent organization and dining experience. A must not miss in Melbourne. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5. Visited 4/17/11, 4/18/11.

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Lake Light Sculptures, NSW

Lake Light Sculpture
* www.lakelightsculpture.com.au, Lake Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia *


This giant round metal artistic ball sculpture was a bit of intrigue for me and Marco as we drove by it while travelling from Cooma to Lake Jindabyne. “What in the world?” as it was fenced off and located in the middle of nowhere. It apparently is a storage yard for the art piece that is displayed annually at the “Lake Light Sculpture” Festival held along the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne in the foothills of New South Wale’s Snowy Mountains. This annual exhibition is held during Easter weekend and attracts thousands of spectators. It is a celebration of “light” as a distinctive, innovative element focused on in the event by dramatic evening illumination of the art works such as this one. All artists can participate in this event regardless if a novice, emerging, or expert utilizing any medium they would like and can win cash awards for best works in various categories. The event is held by the “Snowy River Arts, Inc”. Unfortunately we were just passing through the area and was not able to attend. Perhaps next year 😉

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Australian National Museum

National Museum of Australia
* Lawson Crescent * Acton Peninsula, Canberra ACT 2601 * (02) 6208 5000 *

One of Australia’s most brilliant and diverse museums is the National Museum of Australia in Canberra within the heart of the Australian Capital Territory. It was established in 1980 by the National Museum of Australia Act to preserve and interpret Australian history, cultures, people, and events that made Australia what it is today. It was homeless until March 11, 2001 when it opened its doors in the national capital. Diverse collections and exhibits ranging from 50,000 Before Present upwards to the current day with focus on the Aborigine, the original inhabitants, their beliefs, culture, and myths. It covers European settlement of these shores from 1788 to modern day and focuses on the material culture that Australia creates both past and present. They possess the largest collection of Aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools found in Australia. Exhibits rotate around like all major museums and during my visit had a feature called “Not Just Ned” covering the Irish immigration to Australia. In addition to a massive artifact collection, they have a wide range of books, catalogues, and journals in their archives. Highly innovative and on track with technology, the Museum is notable for its advancement and design. They have an incredible outreach program with regional communities as well as a inclusion with the Aborigines. The Museum was designed by architect and design director Howard Raggatt themed with knotted ropes symbolizing the weaving together of Australian stories and tales. The entire building and grounds tells the story of creation, the Dreaming, and immigration of these shores. The building is at the center of the knot with trailing ropes or strips extending from the building, forming large loops that are walkways extending past the neighbouring AIATSIS building ending in a large curl aligning as the “Uluru Axis” representing the Australian natural landmark. This design incorporates Bed Maddock’s “Philosophy Tape”, Jackson Pollock’s “Blue Poles”, the Boolean String, A knot, Ariadne’s thread, and the Aboriginal Dreamtime story of he Rainbow Serpent creating the land. Within the Museum complex is an exact copy of the lightning flash zigzag that Libeskind created for the Berlin Museum by breaking a five pointed star of David. This initially brought allegations of plagiarism. Its exterior is covered with anodised aluminum panels that include worlds written in braille. These words include “mate”, “She’ll be right”, “sorry”, and “forgive us our genocide”. In 2006 the Museum was damaged by a hail storm that caused the ceiling to collapse, expose power cables, and flood the floor.

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Agia Sophia (Colorado Springs, Colorado)



Mediterranean Platter & Chai

Agia Sophia
* http://www.agiasophiacoffeeshop.com/ * 2902 W Colorado Avenue *
Colorado Springs, CO 80904 * (719) 632-3322 *

A great little coffee shop and reading library right off of Colorado Avenue in historical Old Colorado City of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Old world charm with a great cup of Joe and spiritual benedictine monks chanting in the background. It is truly a place to the heart of what coffee shops began .. a place to discuss business, religion, politics, and philosophy. They take that trait to heart and not only serve great caffeinated beverages, but pastries, desserts, and cafe-style lunch dishes. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Zombie Bodypainting by Leaf McGowan: 9/19/10

September 19, 2010:
Zombie Bodypainting and Photo Shoot at The Werks, Denver, Colorado

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Zombie Soldier
Bodypainting by Leaf McGowan: Hand painting, home-made clay based paints, Ben Nye, Acryllic, Mehron, and Wolfe. Liquid Latex, Stage Blood, Rice, and Special Effects. 9/19/10: Denver, CO.

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Chronicles: 9/19/10 – Painting A Zombie Army

Painting a Zombie Army:
The Werks


Sunday, 19 September 2010
* Denver, Colorado, United States of America *

After a evening of debauchery that led into the wee hours of the morning at Brethren Con, Sir Thomas Oisin Leaf slept in at Lady Allison’s parents royale home. Awakening and up by noon, he was soon off for a jolt of chai and wifi before preparing to assist with army of undead that was awakening at the Werks artist collective. He arrived a little late as many of the artists were already painting up zombies and some of the photographers were already in action with invasion shots. Sir Thomas bloodied up a soldier whom became recently turned to the undead. Sir David, the coordinator of the event, was busy creating gruesome guts and wounds all over the victims he was working on. The army of zombies were pretty intense as they attacked unsuspecting victims. Afterwards, Sir Thomas Leaf headed off in his vardo back south to Colorado Springs where he turned in early as he would be working in the archaeological lab processing remains of the dead all week. Such is a moment of time in the Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf.

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Three Wishes Faerie Festival (Bodmin, Cornwall, UK)

The Three Wishes Faerie Festival
* http://www.3wishesfaeryfest.co.uk/ * Colliford Lake, Bodmin Moor, Bodmin, Cornwall, England * June 18-21, 2010 *

One of Europe’s most infamous and exciting Faerie Festivals, Three Wishes does not disappoint in the Realms of Enchantment. It was my first (of hopefully many) Three Wishes Faerie Fests. A gathering place for the faery clans to meet with the mortal humans in heartland of the historic faerie tromping grounds of history … in Bodmin Moor, on the shores of Colliford Lake (where the Lady of the Lake presented King Arthur with Excalibur) right in the magical lands of Cornwall. Just taking an adventure in Cornwall is mystical enough … but adding a visit to Three Wishes definitely added to the charm of the exciting quest. A three day festival for kids, families, and adults with an assortment of fun. A whole different world than the infamous American Faerieworlds, you’ll find many of the same mystical folks and kindred wandering around. Set in the heart of Midsummer, a portal is opened into the realms of the fae where those curious can come out to play with the good neighbours and see the “little people” close-up. Why Three Wishes? According to the web site, Karen Kay – the founder and creator of this magical event, was out in her garden hanging out laundry to dry when she noticed a single dandelion seed head standing strong and tall amongst a recently cut lawn – and as she watched it, three of the little seed heads appearing like faeries flew up into the blue sky … and thence, Three Wishes was born. This annual three day festival in the heart of Cornwall has been growing by leaps and bounds sounding the horn for fae from all corners of the world to gather each year around the Summer Solstice. Concerts, artists, fashion shows, workshops, art exhibitions, forest walks, games, exploration areas, food, drink, festivities, friendship, kid parades, drumming, meditation, yoga, late night parties, wishing wells, clottie trees, and frolick abound. Sunday ended with a early morning greeting of the sun with a Druidic rite to welcome in the sun. What a mesmerizing time!

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Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum
http://www.denverartmuseum.org/ * 720-865-5000 * Denver Art Museum * 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy * Denver, CO 80204
A day of art all around for me as me and friends wandered into the Denver Art Museum on their ‘free day’ which is the first Saturday of the month. Being my first visit to Denver’s impressive Art Museum, I enjoyed my visit and will definitely be back. Hosted in Denver’s Civic Center, this Art Museum is reknown for its collections that expanse well over 68,000 works of art and has quite a notable collection of American Indian Art. Originally founded in 1893 at the Denver Artist’s Club, it took on the name of the “Denver Art Association” in 1916 and moved into its first galleries in 1918 where it became known as its current namesake. Taking over the current building in 1971 that was designed by Gio Ponti and local architect James Sudler as a 24-sided, 7 story architectural art piece in of itself. In 2006, the Duncan Pavillion grew to a 5,700 square feet second story additon to the original Morgan Wing clad in titanium and glass. The museum hosts nine curatorial departments: (1) Modern and Contemporary, (2) Native Arts, (3) Architecture, Design and Graphics, (4) Asian Art, (5) New World Art, (6) Painting and Sculpture, (7) Photography, (8)Western Art, and (9) Textile Arts. The Museum has and does display the arts of India, China, Japan, Southwest Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Southeast Asia, religious art, traditional folk crafts, modern and contemporary collections of 20th-century artists including the Herbert Bayer collection, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Robert Motherwell, Damien Hirst, Philip Guston, Dan Flavin, John DeAndrea, Gottfried Helnwein, Yue Minjun, Native American arts (spanning several hundred tribes) with Northwest Coastal woodcarvings, Naskapi painted leather garments, Winnebago twined weaving, Plains Indian beadwork, Navajo weaving, Pueblo pottery, California basketry; Oceanic arts spanning all the major islands with wood carvings, painted bark cloth from Somoa, Tonga, and Hawaii; Melanesian collections from Papua New Guinea & New Ireland; drawings, paintings; African Arts with sculptures, textiles, jewelry, paintings, printmaking, drawings, Yoruba works; New World Arts; Latin American arts including ceramics, stone, gold, jade, furnishings, silver from Spanish Colonial periods; Pre-Columbian arts from Mesoamerica, lower Central America, and South America; Mayan art from Mexico, guatemala, and Belize; European and American paintings and photographic works; Coptic and pre-Columbia textiles; Western American Art; the Harmsen Collection; and many more …. The Museum cannot be completely covered in a day – so make your visit to span the weekend. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Market (1/30/10 – Eugene, Oregon)


Faerieworlds Winter 2010 Market

Faerieworlds Winter Celebration Market 2010
* January 30th, 2010 * Lane Center * Faerieworlds Winter 2010 * Eugene, Oregon *
Out of the two days of the Faerie Market, I was only able to do Saturday as I had a flight out of Portland on Sunday. Alot of the wonderful Faerie vendors one have come to know from Faerieworlds Summer were there, with I imagine a few new ones. Great art, clothes, jewelry, crafts, and gifts. I’ll be honest though, I’m not a fan of faerie arts being indoors … and while its understandable for winter (rain outside even on this date) and it was aimed for large attendance, having it at the fairgrounds exhibit hall / auditorium was just too “boxy” and hard to absorb the energy. Good bands and performances, but very few danced. There was a great kids activity center, and workshops amass, but unless you were focused on a shopping spree, it didn’t hold entertainment very long. Very little in the food and drink department too … they certainly should have had more food vendors and entertainment mixed around the marketplace. Its evolving I understand … so I look forward to its next evolution cycle. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.


Kids Activity Center

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Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2010: The Good Faeries Masquerade Ball


Good Faeries Masquerade Ball

Good Faeries Masquerade Ball
* January 29th, 2010 * McDonald Theater * Faerieworlds Winter 2010 * Eugene, Oregon *
Blossomed forth from the infamously successful Summer Faerie Festival extravaganza … Faerieworlds … comes a rather new evolution of their festival – The Winter Celebration. Hosted indoors similar to a “Con” rather than a “Festival” … partakers of the merriment gathered together to celebrate Imbolc and the season of Winter with concerts at the McDonald Theater and a marketplace with workshops, activities, and performances at the Lane Events Center in radical Eugene, Oregon. The first night of the event was the “Good Faeries Masquerade Ball” held exclusively in the McDonald Theater. A spectacular event put on by members of the band “Woodland” and the arts phenomena known as Imaginosis combining together to create “Faerieworlds”. The weekend of art, music, and imagination came together beautifully as a select group of faerie artisans had tables in the lobby, a full-service bar downstairs and upstairs in the balcony, and a place to get the concert artists souvenirs and music. Everyone’s costumes were fantastic and appropriately creative to toss one into feeling like one is in the world of the fae. Doors opened at 7:30 pm, and Adam Hurst opened the stage with a great performance at 8:30. Following Adam was the ethereal melodic rhythmns of the Pagan folk band “Woodland” enchanting the audience in faerie bliss from 9-10:30. At 10:45, Vancouver’s (BC) hottest Celtic-India fusion band “Delhi 2 Dublin” took to the stage mixing Celtic and Dub flavors fusing tabla, celtic fiddle, dhol, punjabi vocals, and electric sitar and electronic beats. Dancing was fantastic. The audience was captivated until a little after midnight when the Ball ended. Great evening of enjoyment. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


Good Faeries Masquerade Ball

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Punks & Monks Art Show – January 8-28th, 2010 – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Punks & Monks @ the Rubbish Art Gallery
* January 8th – 28th, 2010 * Rubbish Art Gallery * 17B Bijou Street * Colorado Springs, Colorado * www.rubbishgallery.com
Opening night began on January 8th at the Rubbish Art Gallery, in the alley across from the 15C Bar at 17B Bijou from 6 pm until 10 pm hosting the inspirational and spiritual artwork of Luke Sheffer who merges together the cultural juxtaposition of the spiritual with the punk musical. Taking the alternative singers, actors, and singers of his time, merged into a Christo-spiritual montage of the divine, Luke brings some remarkable glimpses of those who bring thought and action to words, images, and motion. The evening started out with some appetizers and the display of art, champagne and beer, wrapping up with a punk band called “The Pachisi Champion & the Nicotine Fits” with DJ Tanner and Juicebox spinning the night away. Good times and good conversations, brilliant visuals, and a fun time. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 17, Part B (4/11) – “Trolls et Legendes” Festival – Market, Woodland, Faeries


Chapter 17: Part B

Saturday, 11 April 2009
Mons, Belgium

“Closer to the key, I can feel it …” Sir Thomas Leaf pondered. “It is the day for the revelations to be revealed.” Difficulties making conversation or getting around without knowing French was pretty prevelant for the duo, and it frustrated Princess Brea. Sir Thomas Leaf made poor half-ass attempts at utilizing his 6 years of schooling in French to get around, but failed horribly. The dialects were quite different than the French he had learned in school. Some intriguing films drew Leaf into the theater – but not being Faerie or “fantasy” at all, but rather, macabre sick-n-twisted flicks in French. That was entertaining but not what he had expected. The vendors and crafts-beings were amazing and lured the already-broke Leaf into purchasing some art for his collection at home. Fantastical creatures, wizards, faeries, monsters, trolls, orcs, centaurs, and lizard people crept, crawled, hymned, hawed, and enchanted those around them as they weaved around the crowds. Crepes, festival food, and Belgium beer greeted many in the dining hall. A stunning Irish Faerie captivated the curiousity of Sir Thomas Leaf – alluring him to the British “Fae” magazine booth. (He’s always wanted to check out this magazine, but had not seen it in physical form, as well as the American “Faeries” magazine as well, which future investment shall be made into when the time is right. The Fae magazine he had always wanted to get and delve into, and a charming Faerie Moe to promote the already sold zine, he excitingly purchased the full set of 6 issues. As he became friends with the mesmerizing Irish charm, he returned later to the booth to meet a familiar kindred spirit – a captivating British Faerie named Zoe, who recognized him from being an online friend. Instant deep connections were created as Sir Thomas Leaf realized these kindred spirits were faerie family, and were soon to be the ones to reveal the sacred key of which this quest was set out to discover. From the mystical lands of Britain and Ireland, the mythos is near realization. A bounce around, Sir Thomas Leaf was also pleased that his beloved Faerie band “Woodland” from Oregon, that he had come to love from seeing them at “Faerieworlds” was doing an un-expected un-plugged jam session performance so that he was blessed with the ability to see them on this trip, making the day ever more so magical as he was prior disappointed he’d be missing them since the adventurers had to leave that night after Qnthal. Alas, Woodland was scheduled for a sunday performance. But he did not have to miss their charm. Magic in the song, inspiration from the tunes. The European quest coming to fruition. [to be continued …]


Photo by Zoe Nicholls

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Trolls et Legendes: Day 2 – The Fair


Trolls et Legendes vendors
photo by Zoe Nicholls

Trolls et Legendes Festival 2009 – Day 2 – the Market
Lotto Mons Expo * Avenue Thomas Edison – 7000 Mons – Belgium * http://www.trolls-et-legendes.be/2009/index-en.htm
Wandering around the vendor side of the the Festival, I was amazed by the incredible and amazing array of artwork presented. Paintings, books, crafts, homemade goodies, costumes, elven ears, masks, jewelry, leather works, figurines, statues, archery, games, and comics. Pretty fantastic fair. I think Trolls et Legendes did a fabulous job with their vendor market. There was also a gaming and role-playing game section, which since it’s not all my thing, didn’t wander through that area much – but it seemed well done as well. Costumed fantastical creatures, wizards, warriors, orcs, elves, and faeries wandered around the market with song, dance, smirks, quirks, and playfulness. My favorites was the didgeridoo playing creature on a leash, the centaur, the Troll or Orc, the elven bard, and some of the faeries in the mix. Top job with the theatrical! After not being impressed with the first night, the fact that programmes were not easily available, and some dynamics of the festival that were poorly organized – this part of the festival brought hope and fulfillment for me during the day. I was quite pleased. The food services, still not the top of my list with their silly little token plastic coins you had to use to purchase those items with were ridiculous, but I thought the crepes were good. Some of the artists and writers were amazing. I found meeting them and being enlightened by their art was very worthwhile. The S.C.A.-like camp in the back, outdoors was very intriguing, but not very welcoming. It had its own charm. However, I’m guessing I’m not much of a fan of Faerie or fantasy festivals to take place in convention centers. The writers and illustrators were also signing books and displaying their literature/art with a full list found at http://www.trolls-et-legendes.be/2009/litterature-en.htm. Market: Rating 4 stars out of 5.


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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 17, Part A (4/11) – Legos, “Trolls et Legendes” festival … Day 2: The Fair, Artists

Part A


figures by Brian & Wendy Froud

Saturday, 11 April 2009
Mons, Belgium

Today is the revelation of the key. Such as sacred day indeed. The adventurers awoke at the hostel, packed up their gear, and headed down for a decent breakfast. It was quite obvious many other Trolls-et-Legendes Festival-goers were there, as one could tell from their dress. Checking out and off to the rental carriage for a shuttle over to the Lotto Mons Expo center. With time to spare as the duo arrived early, getting a close parking space, they wandered over to the Grand Place Mall, awaiting stores to open, as they gazed upon the Lego exhibits. Pretty cool stuff. They wandered into a French version of a Target for Belgium chocolates, french comics, books, and souvenirs. Then over to the festival center to await in line for the doors to open to “Trolls et Legendes”. The festival end was much more exciting, with vendors galore, art, crafts, costumes, books, and writers … faeries, monsters, elves, and orcs, wandering about in curious twitches and stances. Meeting Brian and Wendy Froud again (originally met at Faerieworlds) – with much admiration of their artwork. Galleries showcased some incredible faerie art.

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Trolls et Legendes Festival 2009 – Day 2 – Art Galleries

Trolls et Legendes Festival 2009 – Day 2 – Art Galleries
Lotto Mons Expo * Avenue Thomas Edison – 7000 Mons – Belgium * http://www.trolls-et-legendes.be/2009/index-en.htm
Day two of the infamous Trolls et Legendes festival at the Mons Expo center … opening up to some incredible art galleries by world reknown faerie artists like Brian and Wendy Froud as well as lesser known local artists. The artwork was phenomenal and awe inspiring creations that made me want to rush home to paint. The visionaries who created these masterpieces were extroadinary as was well defined in their artwork. Magical. Exotic. Fantastical. Some of the incorporation of natural objects with painting or photography was innovative. Presented was a gallery of choice pieces from Wendy and Brian Froud, Sabine Adlade, Laura David, Epie, Martine Fassier, Valrie Frances, Vronik Gendarme, Sandrine Gestin, Lady Ghostington, Joot, Ccile Lensen, Laurence Peguy, and others. Galleries: Rating 5 stars out of 5.
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Brian Froud & Wendy Froud

Brian and Wendy Froud
Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09
www.worldoffroud.com
Brian Froud is one of the world’s most reknown faerie artists. Teamed together with his wife, this duo brings a window into the faerie world and its many “good neighbours” through art, writing, film, and figure. Brian Froud was born in Winchester in 1947 and came to blossom with his art and specialty of faeries, goblins, and kindred – painting the spirit and soul of what he sees. He graduated with Honours from Maidstone College of Art in 1971 with a degree in Graphic Design. Working in London first with magazine covers, zines, and children books – he soon fruitioned into his own artist. He’s most famously known for “Faeries”, “Goblins”, “The World of Faeries”, “Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairies”, “The Runes of Elfland”, “The Faeries Oracle”, “Good Faeries / Bad Faeries”, and “Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells”. Utilizing acryllic paint, colored pencils, watercolors, poster paint, and other artistic mediums for his fantastical images. He’s also known for his creative work and imagery in film with “Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal”. It was on the set of “The Dark Crystal” that Brian met his soon-to-be bride Wendy Midener. Brian’s wife Wendy, a puppet designer, is inspired by the same realm as she creates puppets, sculptures, and figurines – some of which have been used by “The Muppet Show” and “Star Wars”. She’s the responsible artist behind “Yoda” and the “Gelflings”. Their son Toby Froud was the baby who starred in the film “Labyrinth” of which whom Brian served as conceptual designer on. Brian and Wendy Froud are by far, amongst my most favorite artists. A big Thank you to the Froud’s for their incredible imagery, inspiration, and portal to the land of the fae. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5.

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Sandrine Gestin

Sandrine Gestin
Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09
http://www.sandrinegestin.com/
Another inspiring artist who presented at the Festival was Sandrine Gestin who has been displaying her fantasy art for the last three Trolls & Lgendes. Her inspiration comes from the legends of Brittany, as well as epic and fantasy stories. Her artwork is characterized with the feminine and androgynous beings from the world of Fae, with magic and charisma charming the viewer with her visual poetry. Excellent art. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Valerie Frances


Valrie Frances

Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09

www.lefantastique.net/valerie-frances/

At Trolls and Legendes, inspirational artist Valerie Frances presented her artwork and sketches of many of the heroes and legends of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Valerie was born in 1975. She got a degree in biology and science. Writing articles about great whales and sharks mixed with her fondness for Anglo-Saxon fantasy literature led her down a path of writing her own dark texts including an essay on sea monsters. She wrote a book on Eragon as well as several short stories in various fanzines and children’s books. She’s branching out into drawing, painting, and clay sculpture as well as animation. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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Veronik Gendarme


Vronik Gendarme

Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09

An amazing painter whose inspiration comes from plants and minerals, Vronik Gendarme has been painting since 1991. A self-taught Belgian artist from Saint-Vincent (Gaume). Her art has seen many exhibitions in France and Belgium, leading her to winning numerous awards such as the “festival d’art de Neufchteau”, Thionville, Talange, and Hagondange. She paints many landscapes, creatures, and images from the world of fantasy with nature. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.

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