ARTISTS AND ARTISANS

32nd Avenue Books Toys & Gifts proudly supports Colorado Artists and Artisans

Nell Scholer

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Living at the base of the Rockies is beautiful, magical and inspirational. Colorado Candles are created as an expression of those qualities and to share that mountain spirit in the simple luxury of an elegant candle.

My love of nature was formed growing up in the playground of the majestic Colorado Rockies and I joyfully create these candles in honor of this rugged, natural beauty

Nell Schoeler, Founder/Owner  Colorado Candles 

Susan and Daniel Luna

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Susan Luna

As a young girl, Susan Luna grew-up around artists and athletes: Her parents and five older brothers were a very gifted family. Father Dan as a talented tennis player, and mother Jessica, was an established Colorado artist, who created a home environment that celebrated the joy of creativity on both the court and the canvas.

Susan has uniquely captured these positive influences in her life by integrating brother Daniel’s artwork in her line of athleisure wear - Lunapparel.

“ As a Latina, I want to wear clothes that bring me joy, and make a bold artistic statement!”
 

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Susan is delighted to announce that, in March, 2024, History Colorado accessioned this four piece Lunapperal ensemble into their permanent collection! This acquisition is a new addition to the museum's collection of  Luna Family Material, which honors their artistic legacy and includes soft sculptures - Images of Women by her mother Jessica Luna and paintings by brothers Daniel and Bob Luna.

Daniel Luna

When asked what he wanted people t know about him, Denver artist Dan Luna responded with a remembered quote from George Carlin, to the effect that it wasn’t a performance, but a sharing of his journey. Dan Luna has spent a lifetime of magical creativity on his journey in art.

This journey began under the influence of his mother, who was herself an artist. His mom painted flower pots and small pieces of wood to create genuine works of art that would bring beauty at a reasonable price. Dan also had a strict but talented high school art teacher who taught him lettering, still life drawing with a pencil, and the use of models and a water color wheel.

Dan laments a breakdown of society that he attributes to a failure to enjoy the beauty of reality and to cherish our nature as human beings. He perceives cowardice and laziness as the causes that turn us away from the wonder of the mind and a sense of community.

He sees his art as a way to stop the madness and bring our attention to those values that help us to a state of appreciation and respect. Dan’s iconic style, with its bold colors and use of outline, is intended to show the relationship between people and to create templates describing the memories of things cared for.

Steven Brehm

 

Gia Noll

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I Enjoy creating my ideas and coexisting with poetry to produce surprising experiences! I lear by doing eclectic exploration sand see them as a great source of meditation. Born in Peru, Gia is a local artist in Evergreen.

Medium: acrylic, oil, ink, mixed media, photography. Gia's latest works have appeared in Cyclamens & Swords, (un)Stetted: A community of art exhibition, Denver Art Museum: Denver's Very Own Los Fridistas, Evergreen Center for the Arts, Evergreen Open Door Studios, Windsor Museum: Black and White Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery: Abrazo Exhibition.

Jeanne Trueax

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Colorado artist Jeanne Trueax has had a lifelong involvement with art, beginning with sketches made in childhood. When asked for details about those childhood experiences, Jeanne responded with a recollection of being reprimanded by an elementary school math teacher for having embellished arithmetic problems using decorative borders.

Her art education encompassed classes in high school followed by studies at Colorado Women’s College. After college, Jeanne had the experience of working scrimshaw for a jewelry company. Night classes at Metropolitan State University allowed her to emerge as a graphic artist who would perform commercial work for an advertising agency and other firms. Working freelance, Jeanne gradually evolved into the fine artist she is today.

Just as each piece of art is different, her inspiration and creative experience varies. She described the recent encountering of an old tree at Hovenweep, and the excitement that comes with rendering that impression. During the Covid pandemic, Jeanne deployed a very black pencil to create dark images brought to mind by classic horror movies.

Art’s greatest reward is an intimate connection between inspiration and production, and this is what compels Jeanne to begin a work, and what propels her to continue the creative practice. Jeanne’s artistic talents are represented in an accomplished and precise style, and she plans to joyfully fulfill her discovered inspirations for the rest of her life.

 

Steve Brehm

February 26, 2024