Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A Campus Refurbished...




Many Springs ago, I attended a Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Rocky Mountain Chapter workshop for Illustrators. It was an educational day,  but what really stuck with me was where it was held.. at the Rocky Mountain College of Art, in Lakewood, Colorado.  I snapped a bunch of photos and have never put them up, but now here they are...


Celebrating a half a century, RMCAD  moved to this gorgeous campus in 2002.



Sculptures and outside installation  adorn the center, green  "rectangle" as they should at an art school.



and the students, make their own statement, as they should at Art School...


But the studios, housed in mostly red brick buildings, hint at a time gone by...



50 years farther back, at the turn of the century, the campus did have another purpose, it was a Tuberculosis Asylum, built by generous Jewish Ladies Auxiliaries back East, as the plaque below the water tower attest too...






The Tri Boro Dining Hall was erected by the New York Ladies Auxiliary, Long Island Division, Florence Hoberman Auxiliary of Brooklyn.



The New York Ladies Auxiliary Pavilion...





J.C.R.S stands for the Jewish Consumptive Relief Society and the organization cared for many affirmed who were sent to Colorado, to benefit from the dry air. 

Our Illustrator Workshop took place in the Mary Harris Auditorium, built much later in 1941, when the campus had changed focus as a medical research facility....

 Screaming "Art Deco" in its Architectural Style, it was sometimes hard to focus on the speakers in the glowing auditorium ...





Or at our  hands on workshop,  in one of the classrooms where no surface was safe from adornment....




Oh, how hard it was not add my own creativity, my ballpoint pen just laying there, but alas, not my art school and not my time....

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Drive Down from Telluride...


Starting up on Dallas Divide, northeast o Telluride, these are not all the same day, but more so snapshots of the route we take so often coming home from Denver or after a day out for a drive. What do they have in common? That the light, the sky or the wildlife was so amazing, it made me stop and take notice.


Coming down into the valley, before Telluride...


Almost to the new round about that is still so darn confusing...


A huge elk herd on the valley floor, coming into town...


click HERE for the full YouTube video

In Telluride, that silver line in the box canyon....


Turns into this, closer up....


And after passing by more critters....


Is this, Bridal Veil Falls, complete with a very old house and hydro-electric power.


Coming back through Telluride, cause for all but the most insane, there are only two ways out of the valley and going west, over Lizard Head, sometimes the clouds get stuck in the Dolores Canyon...


And the light tilts in the old town of Rico...


Where below, Mama and babies can be spotted....


Down canyon and up on the mesa tops, the clouds sometimes sink lower than Mesa Verde....


Sometimes you have to be patient going home...


But once there, our old barn never disappoints, whatever the season, the La Platas in the distance and the setting sun in front of it...


Neither do the wild orchids and sweet peas that faithfully come up every year, whether I remember them or not.