Colorado Expression - magazine - July-August 2022

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features 48 Montgomery Creek Ranch

Photo: Tara Arrowood

by Shana Gilbert A look at the beauty and boldness of Chris Towt’s and Ellie Phipps’ passion project

Vista 54 Buena by Hillary Locke Mujica

Photo: Hillary Locke Mujica

A guide to making the most of this historic mountain town


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Photo Courtesy of Ilona Beauty



In This Issue


By Lisa Buscietta & Pamela Cress Photos from the latest fundraisers and galas around town



By Lisa Buscietta Highlights of the season



Photo Courtesy of Water Grill

By Danielle Yuthas Craft brews, culinary delights, music, art exhibits and fetes, oh my!


Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Frontier Days

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Safe Harbor Lab Rescue by Hillary Locke Mujica Jacky Eckard is devoted to helping pets in need


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Grow Local

by Joanne Davidson Cultivating gardens and feeding souls

26 Madefor by Georgia Alexia Benjou Changing the way we think, for good


Denver Children’s Foundation by Hillary Locke Mujica With a new name, its mission is poised for success

Art Scene

Bell 38 Susan by Jen Reeder

En plein air artist captures wildlife for us to enjoy

Sip & Savor

Grill 42 Water by Rebecca Gart

How a family business has cast a wide net to capture the hearts of Denverites

Cream Month 46 Ice by Hillary Locke Mujica

A look at must-lick cones around town for National Ice Cream Month



Fish Tales by Claudia Carbone The fishy waters of Telluride

62 GETAWAYS Cheyenne Frontier

Days by Irene Thomas Heading north for a new scene

Body & Soul

Years of Ilona 60 50by Georgia Alexia Benjou The story of one woman’s mission to bring old-world beauty to the Mile High City

COVER Photo: Kimerlee Curyl Chris Towt and Ellie Phipps out for a ride on their mustangs in the Sonoma hills.


Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program. This exhibition is presented with generous support from the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4.

IMAGE: Paul S. Taylor, Dorothea Lange in Texas on the Plains, Texas (detail), c. 1935. Photo negative; 2.25 in x 2.25 in. © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland. Gift of Paul S. Taylor

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Jewish Family Service Executive Luncheon

Jewish Family Service celebrated its annual executive luncheon featuring award-winning comedian and actor Amy Schumer on April 4. The event was also part of the 150th anniversary celebration of JFS. 2

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11 10 1 Jordan Feiner, Megan Conn, Anne Chapman, Kelsey Morse 2 Liza Coughlin, Allison Stassen, Erin Powell 3 Faye and Steve Demby and Sunny and Norm Brownstein 4 Laura Leach, Jane E. Rosenbaum, Ari Rosenbaum 5 Event co-chairs David and Jordan Feiner, with Joyce Foster and Debbie Foster 6 Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald, Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, Noa Kobrin-Brody 7 Co-chairs Jordan and David Feiner, right, with his folks Michael and Debbie Feiner 8 Event co-chair Niah and board chair, Aaron Hyatt 9 Essie Perlmutter and Vicki Dansky 10 Derek Conn, Megan Conn, CJ Chapman 11 Sarah Auchterlonie, Regina Jackson, Amanda Sawyer

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Spring Brass Ring Luncheon & Fashion Show



Lourdes Chavez returned for the second year as the featured fashion designer for the 44th Spring Brass Ring Luncheon & Fashion Show on April 12. This annual event benefits The Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation.


Photographer: Pamela Cress


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Women with Hattitude Luncheon Held at the Seawell Grand Ballroom on April 26, the Women with Hattitude Luncheon benefited The Women’s Voices Fund at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Photographer: Pamela Cress










1 Event chair Jennifer Dechtman, trustee chairman Martin Semple and Jo Semple 2 Carla Garcia, Evelyn Cartagena-Meyer, Jada Fields, Connie Hewitson 3 Melissa Jones, Dena Pastorini, Bobbi Rankin 4 Vocalist Sheryl McCallum, DCPA president and CEO Janice Sinden 5 Erika Schneeberder, Tierney Aldrich, Nicole Crapenhoft, Molly Grasso 6 Denise Snyder, event chair Jennifer Dechtman, Evan Dechtman 7 Debbie Mueller-Hruza, Meghan Lamb, Peggy Brannick, Diana Andersen 8 Steve Edmonds and Daniel Kopinsky 9 Bianka Emerson, Selena Dunham 10 Erica Easter, Tara Easter,



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From the Publisher

COLORADO SUMMER Summer is one of the best times of the year, especially in our great state. The days are long and there always seems to be something fun to do. Whether it’s a concert or just a patio get together with friends, I always wish it lasted longer!

A WiesnerMedia Publication Group Publisher ELIZABETH HAMILTON Managing Editor HILLARY LOCKE MUJICA Operations Director LISA BUSCIETTA Design/Production HANNAH ROGERS Photography PAMELA CRESS, JENSEN SUTTA Digital/Social Media MISTI MILLS Events and Partnership Coordinator JOSIE CISNEROS Production Manager DAWN PAUL Contributing Writers CLAUDIA CARBONE, GEORGIA ALEXIA BENJOU, SUZANNE BROWN, JOANNE DAVIDSON, REBECCA GART, SHANA GILBERT, JEN REEDER, IRENE THOMAS, DANIELLE YUTHAS Sales Inquiries and Submissions Printed in Denver, Colorado

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This issue has so many amazing people, places and events we can’t wait to share with you. As you know by now, I have a deep love of horses and I share that passion with the couple behind our cover story on Montgomery Creek Ranch and Dunstan Wines. Although the ranch and winery are in California, they have deep Colorado roots and an epic story that I can’t wait for you to read. Although most native Coloradans love the Rockies, Buena Vista has not always been top of my mind for a getaway. Unless you’re an avid fisherman, kayaker or wanted to whitewater raft, this historic town has stayed a hidden gem for decades—but that is quickly changing. The newly developed South Main district with The Surf Hotel at the helm is just one of the many reasons to head up US 285 for scenic views, delicious dishes, hot springs, live music and weekend adventures. There’s no shortage of fun here in July and August—even the pets in Colorado get in on the action. Artist Susan Bell celebrates tame and not-so-tame wildlife with her paintbrush in our Art Scene section. And if you’re one of the many dog owners in Colorado, you’ll have puppy eyes for Safe Harbor Lab Rescue’s Jacky Eckard, featured in our Public Persona Profile. It wouldn’t be summer without fresh seafood and, believe it or not, Denver can now delight in the flavors of the sea at Water Grill. You’ll drool over the décor as well as the menu. Oh, and with National Ice Cream Month upon us, take a tour around town of some of the scoops we’re loving.

Although I can’t make summer last any longer, I hope this issue inspires you to soak up the sun and the fun all season long. I invite you to pull up a seat and savor this incredible issue … and, of course, don’t forget the wine!


Also, I want to introduce you to our new managing editor, Hillary Locke Mujica. As a sixth-generation Denver native, she is well versed in the best of Colorado Living and we are thrilled to have her on our team!



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Central City Opera

Central City Opera’s annual Theatre of Dreams Gala was held on April 29 benefiting the summer festival and year-round programs. The evening was a celebration of the Opera’s 90th anniversary season with honorees Pamela and Louis Bansbach. Photographer: Pamela Cress 1





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1 Chris Curwen, event chair Heather Kemper Miller and Mike Miller 2 Board VP Susan Rawley, board co-chair Ann McGonagle, Halie Behr, CCO president and CEO Pamela Pantos 3 Lauren Lovejoy and board co-chair Roopesh Aggarwal 4 Sally and Richard Russo 5 Ron Mosness and Klaralee Charlton 6 Evan Schwartz, Monroe and Kelly Henninger, Brooke and Chas Maloy 7 Honorees Pamela and Louis Bansbach 8 Bill and Cindy Miranda 9 Richard Dehncke and Kim Morss 10 Lillian Cogdal and her brother Dillon Cogdal 11 Sheila and Walt Dietrich



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ALL FOR A Warren Village


Listen to My Story was the theme for the seventh annual Warren Village gala on April 30. Warren Village is a Denver-based non-profit organization focused on helping low-income, single-parent families make the journey from poverty and homelessness to selfsufficiency. 1

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1 Scott and Katie Goodwin, Holly and board chair Joel Rosenstein, Marilyn Van Derbur Atler 2 Laura Swann, Suzette Shelley, Deanna Locke, Milena McEnroe 3 Keo Frazier and Bimbim Babalola 4 Steve and Sandy Harvath, with Gina Murphy and Yvette Pentland 5 Mark and Erin Brown (honoree), and Heather and Kyle Trompeter 6 Chris McNicholas, president and CEO Ethan Hemming, Mike Walters (board) and Joe McNeal 7 Past chair Katie and Scott Goodwin 8 Gail and Ken Bolser (board member) 9 Gina and Tim Swales (board member), Craig Brown, Ed Scholz 10 David Kenney with Raju and Lisa Patel

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Opera Colorado Gala

The 2022 Opera Colorado Gala was held May 20 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and celebrated the company’s return to in-person events and performances. It also marked the ramping up of preparations for Opera Colorado’s 40th season, which opens on Sept. 10. Photographer: Steve Peterson



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donated a piece for the gala’s live auction, and Greg Carpenter, Opera Colorado’s general and artistic director. 4 Raul and board member Vivian Murciano 5 Ty and Madison Tomlinson 6 Dr. Alan Cooper, a member of the Opera Colorado board, and Karen Fukutaki 7 Lynnette Morrison, Cathy Clifton, Louise Rouse, Flip Rouse 8 Kevin and Stephanie Tung, with Dr. Dennis and Alyssa Law

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Social Calendar


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Social Calendar


Calendar Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens. © Scott Dressel-Martin




Roundup River Ranch

A Grateful Harvest This annual event supports Roundup River Ranch’s mission to provide children with serious illnesses and their families free, life-changing camp programs. The evening features cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and dinner from renowned local chef Riley Romanin. Time: 5 p.m. Location: 8333 Colorado River Road, Gypsum Tickets:

Children’s Diabetes Foundation

Run for the Ring The 8th annual Run for the Ring 5K run/walk and fun run will bring together Barbara Davis Center patients, supporters and running enthusiasts to run for the brass ring: a cure. All proceeds from this event support the programs of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Time: Registration begins at 7 a.m., run


Guests enjoying the annual Fete des Fleurs at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

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starts at 8 a.m. Kids Fun run starts at 10 a.m. Location: Barbara Davis Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus, 1775 Aurora Court, #A140, Aurora Information: Contact Andrea Bowerman at or 303-628-5105.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Fete des Fleurs In its 38th year, this annual fundraising gala will feature a traveling cocktail reception and guests will then choose one of six dining locations within the gardens, each with its own unique atmosphere. The fete contributes nearly $350,000 annually to Denver Botanic Gardens’ core programs. Time: 5:30 to 11 p.m. Location: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver Tickets:

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Social Calendar

September We Don’t Waste

Fill a Plate for Hunger You are invited to Fill a Plate for Hunger, We Don’t Waste’s premier fundraiser. The evening will feature food provided by celebrated local chefs, live entertainment, and a live and silent auction. Your support helps We Don’t Waste’s efforts in reducing food insecurity and food waste around Denver. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: ReelWorks Denver, 1399 35th St., Denver Tickets:


Denver Zoo

Flock Party A fun-filled evening dedicated to providing the 3,000 animals at Denver Zoo with world-class care. The evening features festive food and drink, live entertainment and exclusive animal experiences. You are invited to join in on the soiree of the year and shake a tailfeather for a good cause!


Location: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver Tickets:

Zarlengo Foundation

Evening of Comedy Zarlengo Foundation presents its 10th annual evening of comedy featuring Ken Jeong & Joel McHale. This event is produced by Comedy Works and presented live at Bellco Theatre. The Zarlengo Foundation supports schools and programs for learning-disabled children in and around the Denver community. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Bellco Theatre, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver Tickets: Photo: InSync Photography + Design


Attendees enjoying the annual Flock Party at the Denver Zoo.

Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Ages: 21+ We Don’t Waste holds a silent auction at its Fill a Plate for Hunger fundrasier.


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Cause Worthy

Grow Local Colorado Cultivating community, one veggie at a time By Joanne Davidson

Photos courtesy of Grow Local Colorado

Volunteers help put young plants in the ground at gardens across Denver.

Thirteen years ago, 20 individuals concerned with climate change, food equity and building community got together and agreed that planting a garden was a good way to address all three.


plant, maintain and harvest 17 gardens throughout the metro area.

Not a garden filled with pretty flowers, though. One that produced organic, pesticide-free vegetables to share with those whose life circumstances—be it lack of funds or ability to get to a store selling fresh produce—prevented them from maintaining a healthy diet.

Located in backyards—like the one belonging to 89-year-old Ralph, whose love of gardening is heightened by the joy of giving back, and public spaces like Civic Center Park, the Governor’s Mansion and South High School—the gardens in 2021 produced 9,637 pounds of organic produce, 100% of which was distributed to food banks, community pantries, shelters and communities in need.

From that one garden, Grow Local Colorado and its cadre of volunteers now

Additionally, in partnership with Metro Caring, GLC gleaned 9,700 pounds of

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apples, pears and plums from trees in 93 locations that had produced an overabundance of fruit. The experience of “being outside, in a garden, with people has such a healing aspect,” maintains GLC co-director Barbara Masoner. Whenever volunteers gather to tend or harvest, “everything is quiet at first,” Masoner adds. “Then the chitter-chat starts. You hear people telling their stories, sharing their experiences, and that can be just as important as being able to provide nutritious food to someone who needs it. It brings out the best in everyone.”

Being part of GLC, she says, “allows people to see what a difference they can make in their own little space.” Co-director Linda Kiker arrived at GLC in 2015 following careers as a respiratory therapist and personal chef. “I was a private chef for 20 years, but never grew food,” she recalls, adding that with GLC, “Every day is like a master class. It has given me the opportunity to reconnect with people and lead a fuller life.” “If our garden is at a shelter, say, we ask the (staff ) what their clients want,” Masoner points out. “That’s so we don’t impose our tastes or values; we let the recipients choose.” The result is gratifying. A garden at The Gathering Place at Federal Boulevard and I-70, for example, is planted with cucumbers, tomatoes and other veggies that can be eaten straight from the garden. The supervisor at a church-run day shelter for men experiencing homelessness or living with HIV loves to cook and consults with Kiker on recipes that incorporate the crops in meals that the clients can take

with them to enjoy later. The yields from other gardens go to organizations like Slow Food Denver, Metro Caring and We Don’t Waste, and to help stock the Denver Community Fridges where anyone who is hungry can help themselves. “Grow Local Colorado is a valuable organization,” says Arlan Preblud, the founder and executive director of We Don’t Waste. “With an abundance of food being grown by committed members of our community, they are contributing to the reduction of food insecurity and should be applauded.” As for GLC’s future, Masoner says it is “Always unfolding, always evolving. Linda and I run it from our homes in a minimalistic way. We’re not tied to specific goals because setting specific goals prevents you from expanding and exploring.”

Joanne Davidson’s backyard garden yields enough tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini, radishes and kale for her to share with two friends who are no longer able to garden.

The Details In addition to gardens located at private homes, two shelters and several care facilities, Grow Local Colorado has gardens at Civic Center Park, Observatory Park, Harvard Gulch Park, the Colorado Governor’s Mansion, Christ the King Lutheran Church, First Universalist Church, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Community Ministry, Corey Elementary School and South High School. Volunteers also are needed to transport produce to food pantries or pick up snacks for those doing the gardening.

Young learners get their hands dirty as they learn about growing food.

Cause Worthy


Mental health changes for good

By Georgia Alexia Benjou

“If you could work on anything—money was no object and it was purely about passion and something you felt deeply driven about— what would it be?” That’s the question TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie posed to his friend Pat Dossett several years ago while they were on a surfing trip. And when Dossett answered that he was interested in the concept of human potential and performance—something, he says, that comes from his former life as a member of a Navy Seal team and seeing ordinary people do extraordinary things—it started the duo down a path of developing a universal wellness platform. The result was Madefor, a program with the goal of improving mental and physical well-being by increasing mindfulness and building positive, lasting habits. It now seems prescient, but Madefor went live in March 2020 just as COVID-19 lockdowns were beginning to take effect across the U.S. and many adults and teens began facing various pandemic-related issues like depression, anxiety, digital burnout and isolation. According to the American Psychologi-

cal Association, as people looked for support, the number of mental health apps available skyrocketed. Though apps can be helpful, the big drawback is they keep people connected to their digital devices. And that’s what makes Madefor different. The 10-month program presents 10 challenges—one a month—to participants, each one lasting 21 days. The challenges are designed to be tech-free and achievable. Though some may seem deceptively simple, like Hydration or Rest, the point is to do each one with intention so that a positive change is registered by your brain. The concept is based on the brain plasticity work of neuroscientist and Stanford professor Andrew Huberman. It’s the idea that your brain can adapt to new behaviors either through an intense experience like a car accident or small steps done with intention over time. To round out the program, Dossett and Mycoskie enlisted a team of professionals ranging from psychiatrists and psychologists to wellness and human-performance experts.

Each challenge comes with its own guidebook that outlines a step-by-step approach; alternatively, members can purchase a physical tool kit of materials including cards to track their progress and a reminder bracelet. Another key component of the program is daily journaling to help foster intentionality and awareness. It’s the big differentiator for Madefor from the world of wellness apps and has been proven effective through Huberman’s research. “The point is to bring attention to something you do every day, understand the effect it has and reinforce the positive benefits through reflection and journaling,” explains Dossett. Proving how popular Madefor has become in just 2½ years is its diverse membership, which spans all 50 states and 42 countries. Members range in age from 17 to 91, and the platform is free to active U.S. military, veterans and their dependents. Participants can connect with others in the Madefor community through online events, articles and weekly emails and share their experiences with the program or discuss how they navigated difficult challenges. And that, as Dossett points out, is what Madefor is ultimately about: finding a way to help people show up better for themselves and lift everyone else around them in the process. Recent events have left people feeling that much of life is beyond their control, and this program is built to give people the tools to get back on track and be their best. “Everyone is dealing with something—whether it’s terminal illness, divorce, loss of job, or their home has burned down,” says Dossett. “Despite the uniqueness of the challenges people are facing, the underlying work they’re doing with Madefor helps them navigate uncertainty better and grow through that process.” Photos courtesy of Madefor

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Photo: Scott Holter Photography

Denver Children’s Foundation Thirty years of supporting children and developing leaders

By Hillary Locke Mujica For three decades, the Denver Children’s Foundation (DCF), formerly Denver Active 20-30, has supported at-risk, disadvantaged children in our community. DCF members are a diverse collection of community leaders between the ages of 20 and 39 who have the passion, networking skills, leadership skills and creativity that not only promises to bring the fun to all their sought-after fundraisers but also makes a substantial difference in the lives of disadvantaged children in Colorado. Since 1987, this nonprofit has instilled the importance of giving back through philanthropic events and projects, and with the recent rebrand from Active 20-30 International to the independent DCF, it is poised to take it to the next level. “To date,

we’ve raised and distributed more than $14 million into our community, and with our new name that’s more representative of our overall mission, we are committed to elevate our events, our member development and our impact,” says Adam Cohen, DCF executive director. So, how does DCF help youth in need? “We’ve developed a strategic grant-giving strategy that’s aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty among children during their formative years,” Cohen shares. “Obviously, there are many charities doing amazing work in Denver, but we choose to partner with those that have the greatest impact on four areas of a child’s life: education, health and well-being, child advocacy, and personal enrichment.” The list of charities DCF helps

Photo: Sam Czvitkovits / Fortem Media

Inside Colorado’s Philanthropic Organizations

is impressively long, including Illuminate Colorado, Kids First Health Care, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, Denver Kids Inc. and SafeHouse Denver. With its signature event, the Denver Polo Classic presented by Schomp BMW—the nation’s largest charitable polo tournament—at the Polo Reserve this July 15-17, the DCF is aiming to raise even more funds while serving up world-class fun with highgoal polo players and thousands of guests throughout the weekend event. To get in on the action, purchase tickets to the black-tie gala, family day pack or Sunday championship at And while you’re at it, mark your calendars for the Denver Barn Party featuring singersongwriter Billy Currington on Sept. 17.

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Bits & Pieces

The Bayer Center Opens July 2, Aspen

Art lovers everywhere have a new reason to visit Aspen this summer. Opening in July 2022, The Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies (The Bayer Center) is a brand-new exhibition space and center for the study of art and culture located on the famed Aspen Institute campus. Named after Herbert Bayer (1900–1985)—an influential modern artist and designer who worked at the Bauhaus before relocating to Aspen in 1946— the center honors his interdisciplinary perspective by promoting exploration of art, design, and media through exhibitions, public programming, and educational initiatives. The inaugural exhibition, Herbert Bayer: An Introduction, showcases six decades of his work through over 150 paintings, drawings, gouaches, and watercolors, which are complemented by tapestry, sculpture, publications and much more.

Photos: Tony Prikryl, Herbert Bayer: An Introduction


Jazz Festival July 29-31, Evergreen

If you’re looking for boogie-woogie, blues, ragtime, Dixieland, swing and big band, head to Evergreen July 29-31. Evergreen Jazz Festival offers big talent in four small venues with food and beverages for sale in each. And what is music without dance? Dancing is an integral part of the weekend and is encouraged during every set. Each day begins with a dance lesson, and dance demonstrations are held between sets. An extra hour has been added to Friday night, which is Dance Night. If you are solo and looking to dance with someone new, ask for a red string of beads from the front desk to show you are available.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Photography

Opens July 3, Denver Art Museum Georgia O’Keeffe is best known as the first female painter to gain respect in the New York art scene in the 1920s for her paintings and sketches. This summer, her work will be on display in a new way at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibit of nearly 100 photographs that expresses her creative identity and artistic expression was curated by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

Photo: Todd Webb, Georgia O’Keeffe with Camera, 1959, ©Todd Webb Archive


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Brew Fest

July 23, Mile High Station

Brew Fest is back at Mile High Station offering unlimited pours of Colorado’s best. The daytime session is from 1 to 4 p.m. and the evening session is from 7 to 10 p.m. VIP tickets are also available for the evening session, which includes exclusive admission to a MouCo cheese sampling and beer pairing. Proceeds benefit Big Bones all-breed canine rescue in Windsor.



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Bill Days

July 29-31, Golden

Buffalo Bill Days pay homage to William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody and Golden’s roots in the Wild West. The event has been a Golden community favorite since the 1940s and still holds small-town charm today. Activities include an arts and crafts festival, the Best of the West parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, and a classic car show on Sunday. Proceeds benefit the community through efforts such as the Golden High School scholarship program, support of the Golden Civic Foundation, the Golden Backpack program and the Christian Action Guild.

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Crested Butte

Arts Festival Aug. 5-7, Crested Butte

In its 50th year, more than 100 worldclass fine artists across a variety of mediums will be represented at the Crested Butte Arts Festival. This community tradition supports the artists of Gunnison Valley. The event will include live entertainment, food and beverages, family-friendly interactive experiences and an art auction.

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Join us poolside for the party of the year! The evening will include live music with WildeFire, dinner, desserts, fine wines, local brews, and a signature cocktail provided by Tito's Vodka.

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Aug. 6, Olathe

Taste summer by enjoying all of the sweet corn you can eat from the center of Colorado corn country, Olathe. The 30th annual sweet corn festival will be held in downtown Olathe on Aug. 6. The parade will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. and local food vendors, artists, music, games and more will continue until 10 p.m.

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Vail Wine Classic

Aug. 11-13, Vail The Vail Wine Classic brings winemakers from around the world to Vail for an eventful destination weekend. A curated selection of domestic and international wines along with premium craft beers and seltzers are paired with small-bite fare and live music. A la carte events include dinners and educational seminars. Proceeds benefit the Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance, which builds and conserves non-motor trails in Eagle County. TI C KETS AT


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Food & Wine Aug. 18-20, Cherry Creek North

At the Cherry Creek North Food and Wine event, tastings, seminars and demos will be held each day, culminating in the Grand Tasting on Fillmore Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 20. Celebrate the flavor of Cherry Creek North and tailor the agenda to your unique palette.

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Denver Modernism Week Aug. 19-28, Denver

Architecture, design, culture and all things mid-century mod will be remembered fondly during Denver Modernism Week. Preserve the 1950s and 1960s through tours of the neighborhoods, the furniture, fashion and fun of the Mod Vintage Market, car shows, the vintage camper show, talks and walks. Don’t miss the Miss Modernism Pageant and Talent Show where one lucky participant takes the tiara and the title. Qualifications include retro style and charm; enthusiasm for mid-century style, architecture, design, fashion and lifestyle; audience-capturing talent; and your answers to the pageant questions.

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Public Persona

Jacky Eckard

Wagging the dog

By Hillary Locke Mujica

All photos courtesy Safe Harbor Lab Rescue

Left: Jacky Eckard with Rally Right: Adopted lab Cruiser with his human on a hike.


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e don’t deserve dogs. Their unconditional love, loyalty and companionship are more than we warrant. Lucky for us, these four-legged angels don’t give up easily, and lucky for them, Colorado’s entirely volunteer-run Safe Harbor Lab Rescue (SHLR) has been here to lend a hand to pets in need for the past 20 years. “Our mission is to rescue, provide a high level of compassionate care, and successfully rehome stray, abandoned or surrendered Labrador Retrievers, giving priority to those in Colorado and the surrounding states,” says Jacky Eckard, SHLR president, whose goal is to find loving homes and offer a good quality of life for every adoptable Lab. SHLR was co-founded by Leslie Brown and Lauren Immel to honor the memory of Brown’s first Lab, Tess. Part of their vision was to help senior Labs, Labs that may need hospice care and special-needs Labs—all of whom have little hope of placement while in shelters. Leslie had several special-needs Labs, including Owen, who was born hydrocephalic and given no more than a year to live. Owen lived to the ripe old age of 11! Chocolate, a blind dwarf Lab, and Gypsy, a deaf and blind Lab mix, were among those that followed Owen and began Safe Harbor’s legacy. Since 2002, SHLR has rescued over 4,400 Labradors, many of which needed serious medical attention. “Most of the Labs have been through a lot of change and uncertainty by the time they come to us,” shares Eckard, “so we try to be mindful of their emotional well-being as well as their physical well-being.” With the majority of the money raised going directly to medical care for the dogs and life-saving surgeries, partnering with places like VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado Canine Orthopedic, Eye Specialists for Animals and many others is priority for these pups. “It all adds up quickly, so we really have to focus on fundraising in order to give these animals a chance at a life they deserve,” Eckard notes. In fact, every dog gets a medical evalua-

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tion while staying with volunteer foster families, with the goal of getting adopted as soon as possible. In addition to medical care, the volunteers who transport and foster the dogs are the cornerstone to SHLR’s success. Eckard states that “we’ve been fortunate to offer several workshops for our volunteers with Philip Tedeschi of the University JULY/AUGUST 2022 c oloradoexpression . com


Public Persona of Denver’s Institute for Human Animal Connection. These have given us the insight and information we need to provide the right type of support for each rescued Lab.” Although there is no shortage of Labs in need of rescuing, Eckard says there’s been a large influx of requests from owners wishing to surrender their Lab whose circumstances have changed during or after the pandemic. The reasons vary: life changes, financial hardship, moves, a cute little puppy is now an unexpectedly rambunctious teenage Lab, conflicts with human or other dog family members … the list goes on. No matter the reason for surrendering a Lab, Eckard stresses the importance of having compassion on both ends of the leash. “Both humans and Labs need our care and support, and we strive to have a positive outcome for all.”

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Donate: The cost of caring for rescued Labs is the biggest expense for SHLR. Foster: If you have room in your home and heart, foster a rescued Lab. Other ways to volunteer: If you have a busy schedule but need a little “fur time” now and then, you may enjoy volunteering with SHLR’s Transport Team (aka “the Lab chauffeur service”) to pick up rescued Labs when they arrive or need a lift to the vet or their foster. Adoption application reference checkers can help from home. Finally, community events and the annual fundraiser LabFest are great ways to meet other Lab lovers and spread the word about Safe Harbor Lab Rescue.


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Art Scene

All photos courtesy of Susan Bell

Sally’s Horses

Animal Blue Jay, mixed media


Q&A with acclaimed Western artist Susan Bell By Jen Reeder


olorado artist Susan Bell has garnered numerous accolades over the years for her oil paintings and sculptures, which have been shown in museums and galleries across the West. When she paints livestock at Denver’s National Western Stock Show, crowds gather to admire her work. But perhaps her highest compliment came from Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s cat, who took one look at a life-size cat that portrait Bell created and hissed because the painting looked so real. The 62-year-old artist, who lives in Sedalia, took time away from creating art and helping children through equine-assisted therapy to chat with Colorado Expression magazine. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.


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Art Scene

A pet portrait Pointer


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I know you’re a Colorado native. Where did you grow up, and did it inspire you in any way to become an artist? I grew up in Denver. Where we lived, which was Harvey Park, it wasn’t much south of Hampden. Actually, my cousin and I had horses and they lived right off Hampden, between Sheridan and Wadsworth. We rode our horses all over. There was nothing there— there was no development. Greenwood Village was like a farm, as was Cherry Hills. Other than that, there wasn’t anything. From Denver west to Colorado Springs, you could always see herds of antelope. So I think growing up here definitely inspired me because you always had the mountains to the west to see, and they were so beautiful, and there was lots of wildlife. As the developments commenced, I’d be in the car,

driving with my dad, and I would get rid of it in my mind and just look at all the nature. So I developed a way to just not look at the things that were happening. When you are doing art, you choose what you want to put in for composition purposes and you get rid of what you don’t want. I think I developed an early ability to do that. What do you love about painting animals, and about animals in general? I’ve always loved animals. They’re beautiful, all of them, and they’re authentic. Then within the species, the individuals are so different and interesting. I’m most interested in how they interact with each other and other species and in their environment, and what they do.

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Art Scene You seem to have an affinity for painting en plein air. When you’re painting outside, do you have a favorite time of day when creativity or inspiration feels stronger in terms of the light? In the middle of the day, things tend to be flat and it’s not the most beautiful light. The most dramatic light is always early in the morning, and then later in the evening

because the shadows are pronounced, and the colors change a little bit. Also, winter is better than anything. Really? Not that it’s easy because it could be freezing, but really, it’s great. Think about how bright white snow is, and how dark and blue and purple the shadows are. It’s just dramatic. And then if the sun

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starts setting, it’s pink. Winter’s just really the best. You also have some beautiful work where you use buttons and beads in some of your pieces, which seems like they’d require an amount of precision to create. What’s that experience like? That happened because my mother passed away and ladies used to save

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Purple Twilight, oil

buttons. If a shirt turned into a rag, they’d cut the buttons off. So when she passed away, she left me with all these buttons, which I was not going to sew with. But they were really cool. I always thought Huichol art was really beautiful, so that inspired me. I paint in the morning, but then in the afternoon I sit down and listen to a book on tape, and that’s kind of a meditation just to place the buttons and the beads. I use combinations of glue and wax to keep them adhered. What is your work with children for equine-assisted therapy like? This one little boy came, and he was just so tied in a knot. Every part of him was tense and curled

in. By the time he did horse therapy for a summer, he was like a little noodle: totally relaxed. His mom said it’s changed everything with her family. Award-winning journalist Jen Reeder is former president of the Dog Writers Association of America. Visit her online at Susan Bell and Tordilla

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Black is Beautiful, oil on canvas

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THEM IN A steward of the ocean, Water Grill delights seafood lovers in our landlocked state by Rebecca Gart


lthough Colorado has long been associated with another variety of oyster (cough, cough), we actually have come a long way in the seafood category, especially considering our state is 1,000 miles from the nearest ocean. Enter Water Grill, a new concept just off the 16th Street Mall proving Denverites to be sophisticated, mollusk-loving diners who want more than steak and potatoes. There are six Water Grills (four in California, one in Las Vegas), yet the newly opened Denver outpost reports live-tank sales (crabs, lobsters and prawns) are up 40 percent over any other location, with raw bar sales up 30 percent. “It proves that Denver locals are searching for things they can’t normally get here in Colorado,” says general manager Travis Robinson. “Serving live product here is obviously challenging, so not a lot of restaurants are able to do it. But because we have our own distribution company, we can do it successfully.” Robinson is referring to King’s Seafood Distribution, a family-owned, 15,000-square-foot facility in Santa Ana, Calif., that has been in operation for more than 75 years. With a solid foundation in responsible sourcing and sustainability, co-founder and CEO Sam King opened his first Water Grill in 1989 in downtown Los Angeles, an ultra-fine-


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“My wife saw the restaurant for the first time in April and reluctantly said, ‘This is the best Water Grill so far.’” Sam King co-founder and CEO

Photos courtesy of Water Grill

Crab legs and Chilean dishes are a few of the delicious options dished up at Water Grill.

“It’s such a pleasure to be able to service this market. People in Denver are eating everything!”

Photo: Tara Arrowood

Sam King co-founder and CEO

The Water Grill’s warm yet swanky dining room.

dining establishment with white tablecloths and servers in tuxedos. “But by the early 2000s, the King family realized the era of stuffy fine dining was over,” explains Robinson. “Sure, guests want Michelin-star service and food, but they also want a place to enjoy oysters on the way to a baseball game.” The new generation of Water Grill restaurants offers a more approachable environment where people can come gussied up for dinner or sit at the raw bar in T-shirt and flip flops. This is one of the reasons they company chose the location in the heart of LoDo. “When we started looking to expand in Denver before Coors Field was built, it didn’t feel right yet,” remembers King. But he came back a few years ago and was blown away by the booming construction downtown. When King saw the new build at Market Station within blocks of Coors Field, Union Station, Empower Field and the Convention Center, he immediately realized the space had a foot-traffic


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pattern with great potential. As for the 9,400-square-foot restaurant, it is massive, with low-key nautical decor and 237 cushy dining room seats in an elevated, swanky setting. Costa Mesa-based Hatch Design Group didn’t want the space to feel “cookie-cutter,” says Robinson, so they added details unique to the Colorado location, such as reclaimed wood, a stone hearth fireplace and cowhide booths using materials from local Angus. “Our biggest fear is being called a chain restaurant. So when we go into a new market, we strive to be different than our other locations,” he adds. Also unique to Denver are certain local items on the menu, such as Mystic Mountain Mushrooms, striped bass, bison short ribs and Colorado draft beers. “We want to source local products as much as possible,” says Robinson, who is currently in negotiations with Golden-based Grateful Bread for their rolls and breads, and is looking

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Water Grill’s extensive menu offers guests locally inspired dishes, along with a raw bar and dishes inspired by the sea.

to source peaches from Palisade. His favorite dishes on the extensive menu include the Live King Crab, Farmed Peruvian Bay Scallops, Charcoal-Grilled Australia Spiny Lobster, Chilean Sea Bass, Alaskan Black Cod, and the Clams Chorizo. “Oh, and the key lime pie has such a great reputation,” he says. The stunning 36-seat market-style raw bar offers a more casual space, with up to 24 varieties of oysters offered at any given time and two to three shuckers doggedly keeping up with demand. Along with a glistening copper bar top, 10 beer taps and flat-screen TVs, the garage door-style windows open all summer to absorb the energy from the city and embrace the open-air atmosphere. King says the raw bar is akin to the European brassieres that showcase grand seafood counters with colossal iced shellfish platters. “We want to celebrate seafood,” he says.

Yet, the lingering question remains: Can our Water Grill actually get fresher oysters than its sister restaurants in California? Robinson says yes, then explains: “Depending on the day of the week and time of day, driving from our Santa Ana distribution center to Water Grill San Diego will take eight hours door to door (this includes stops and deliveries at the other restaurants),” he says. “Compare that to a two-hour flight to Denver, plus driving time, and you receive your seafood in half the time. It’s a crazy concept.” So can we finally put the Rocky Mountain Oyster jokes aside, please? It’s clear we can do a lot better.

Rebecca Gart is a freelance writer living in Denver with her husband and teenage son. An avid home chef, she is the former food editor for Delicious Living and has written for Cooking Light and Natural Health. Her favorite oyster is the kumamoto.

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1691 Market St., Denver 303-727-5711 Open at 4 p.m. daily, with lunch service starting mid-summer. Water Grill receives live seafood shipments every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Three private dining rooms will be added to the space this summer.

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You Scream,

I SCREAM by Hillary Locke Mujica


n case you needed another reason to scoop up deliciously creamy goodness, July is National Ice-Cream Month … you’re welcome! We all have our go-to flavors, but I challenge you to try some new twists and swirls this summer. Check out some of our favorite standouts and let us know about other notable novelties.

Photos by Courtney Cook on Unsplash


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Little Man Ice Cream Factory

Highpoint Creamery

Little Man Ice Cream has built up its stable to include several locations: the original giant milk can in LoHi; Dang soft-serve in Park Hill; Sweet Cooie’s in Congress Park; the Constellation in Stapleton; and the Old Town Churn in Fort Collins. All the ice-cold magic happens at Little Man’s factory in Sloan’s Lake, complete with a whimsical tasting room. Favorite flavors: Salted Caramel, Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Baked Alaska Pops.

Ice cream can be sweet, it can be savory, but it must also always be delicious, according to Highpoint Creamery. After years in the culinary world and developing flavors for the foundation of their menu, this outpost offers sophisticated chef-driven flavors at their Berkely, Central Market and Hilltop locations. Favorite flavors: Basil with Blackberry Swirl, Coconut Crème Brulee and Cornbread with Strawberry Jam.

Liks Since 1976, this family-owned creamery in the heart of Denver’s Capitol Hill district has served up millions of scoops of yum. The hand-crafted ice creams, sorbets and vegan flavors have generations of followers who gather around the corner shop or head up the hills to Liks’ second location in Conifer. Favorite flavors: Banana Foster, Root Beer Floats and Spumoni.

Sweet Cow From Boulder to Stanley Market to Pearl Street, Sweet Cow is all about ice cream-covered smiles. Using locally sourced ingredients, the hand-crafted flavors take milk, cream and sugar to the next level. Favorite flavors: The Big Lebowski, Ozo Coffee and Boston Cream Pie.

Sweet Action Wind-churned, locally sourced and hand-crafted, Sweet Action is not your average ice cream shop. With production running on wind energy and a team that’s supported by fair living wages and benefits, local ingredients (think Rocky Mountain berries and dairy from Longmont cows) and hand-crafted creations, Sweet Action has set the bar for artisanal ice cream. Favorite flavors: Stranahan’s Whiskey Brickle, Vegan Caramel Carrot Cake and Thai Iced Tea.

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream Since 1986, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream has been scooping up beloved family recipes in the former Dolly Madison Ice Cream Shop (it was a drugstore with a soda fountain before that). In fact, 240 gallons of ice cream are churned out each day, to countless smiles and cheers of delight from kids of all ages. Favorite flavors: Lemon Custard, Peppermint and Cappuccino Crunch.

Nuggs The brothers behind Brothers BBQ have proven they know a thing or two about serving up good eats, so it’s no wonder Nuggs ice cream is no different. This Park Hill institution is one part nostalgia, one part hipster haven—but the flavors are 100 percent delicious! Favorite flavors: Caroline’s Birthday Cake, Mountain Squeeze Key Lime and the Love Potion.

Glacier Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato This local family business offers handmade, small-batch, traditional, seasonal and totally unique flavors. With a nod to old-school neighborhood ice cream shops, Glacier prides itself on being part of the community where people can gather, laugh and delight in their creamy creations. Favorite flavors: Salted Caramel Oreo, Funky Donkey and Strawberry Gelato.

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A match made in horse heaven

By Shana Marie Gilbert


grew up in the 1970s in Greenwood Village on a magical dead-end road. It was a simpler time, when we rode our horses down the Highline Canal or up University Boulevard to Orchard for a summer ice cream. I knew every neighbor, played in every yard. But one neighbor managed to inspire me forever. Ann Allott was a true horsewoman, an adventurer who taught me to love life on a horse. She was also the district attorney, ran an immigration law firm, and hailed from a prominent political family as the daughter-in-law of Gordon Allott, who served in the U.S. Senate for 18 years. On the weekends, though, Allott was ready to ride. She would bring me along, and some Saturdays we’d trailer our horses south on University until the road turned to dirt, somewhere around County Line Road, where there was a gate with a


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Afternoon light catches the manes of once-wild horses at Montgomery Creek Ranch in California.

lock ... but we had the key. That key unlocked not just the gate but also all of my best days when we ran wild and free.

ranch. The wide-open range where I had played was to become a planned community: Highlands Ranch, paved and tamed.

22,400-acre ranch in “the big house,” known today as the Highlands Ranch Mansion, a place of history and pride in the sprawling suburbs.

“Watch out for the holes,” Allott would yell at full gallop.

The Phipps family arrived in Colorado in 1901, making significant contributions to the state. Lawrence Cowle Phipps came to Colorado after a storied career with Carnegie Steel and served as a U.S. senator representing Colorado for 12 years. Lawrence Phipps Jr., his son, had a granddaughter named Ellie, born and raised in California. However, due to her father’s health issues, Ellie moved to Colorado to live on their

Years later, Ellie would return to her grandfather’s fox hunt and meet Chris Towt. A graduate of Cherry Creek High School, Chris was a true Colorado horseman who loved the vast wilderness and life on horseback. He was Ann Allott’s nephew and a keen foxhunter. On a serendipitous autumn hunt in 2005, he met his future bride, Ellie Phipps. Both hailing from former Colorado political families, with a true love of wide-open

She also took me foxhunting at the Arapahoe Hunt Club, a sport rooted in profound tradition and honor. As the youngest, my job was to untack the horses for the old guys. One of those “old guys” was Lawrence Phipps III, the owner of our playground. But alas, one day had to be our last there—Phipps was selling the

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spaces, the thrill of the chase, and adventure beckoning just ahead, it was a match made in horse heaven.

protecting America’s wild horses.

Chris and Ellie now live in California, owning and running the Durell Vineyard in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Their signature chardonnay and pinot noir are aptly named Dunstan Wines after the once-favored English saint who is said to have made a deal with the devil never to enter a place with a horseshoe hanging over the door—their lucky logo.

When Ellie learned of the atrocities occurring to the free horses across the West, she followed her heritage with a call to action. Initially, She worked with a group of horse activists to save a wild herd of 172 horses in Nevada that had been rounded up and sent to auction. With nowhere for them to go, Ellie and Chris purchased Montgomery Creek Ranch, located 2½ hours north of Sonoma wine country, to serve as their home.

Her love of animals and a deep dedication to the wilds of the American West led Ellie to her passion for

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 states that mustangs are the “living symbols of the Chris Towt and Ellie Phipps

historic and pioneer spirit of the West” and “enrich the lives of the American people” while also declaring their protection from capture, harassment or death under the care of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). But times have changed— the wild mustang is in danger again. Chris, an avid pilot, flew me over this untainted 2,000-acre horse paradise to see the herd of 216 beautiful wild horses and rescue burros. Chris called each horse by name and explained why they seek refuge from the public land round-ups that regularly plague 13 states across the U.S. “We have a saying,” Chris shares, “The best life insurance for a horse is training.” Their 501c3 works to train and adopt 20 horses a year to forever families. Public lands are leased for many reasons—sheep, cattle, mineral rights— and with all the competing interests, horses are seen as pests. According to Ellie’s feature documentary, American Mustang, there are 50 times more cattle on the open range, but the horses suffer the blame of overgrazing.

Photo: Kimerlee Curyl

“There is a solution to better protect and manage wild horses, but it will take a commitment from all sides to get the job done,” Chris explains. In Colorado, there are currently fewer than 2,000 mustangs remaining, Dunstan Wines

Montgomery Creek Ranch Photo: Kimerlee Curyl

A new vintage of Dunstan Chardonnay being sampled at the winery.


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Photo: Kimerlee Curyl

Montgomery Creek Ranch also has nine burros from Black Mountain, Ariz.

Photo: Tara Arrowood

Montgomery Creek Ranch is home to over 200 wild horses, most rescued from slaughter.

spread across four wild horse herd management areas (HMA) totaling approximately 400,000 acres. While that number may seem manageable, the BLM has deemed the appropriate number to be less than half, at 812 horses. The BLM faces a complicated issue, and its solution is horse round-ups—where the horses are separated from their family bands and struggle to survive relocation. Though expensive, traumatizing and inhumane, round-ups appear more convenient than potentially better solutions like the PZP fertility control vaccine. Thus, old methods plague our national treasure. “We can do better,” Chris asserts. “Darting mares with PZP is one option that should be tried in more HMAs. Ellie and I are both certified darters—it’s a thrill to dart a mare knowing fewer foals will be born while maintaining the herd dynamics in the wild.” Ellie is the president of the board of the American Wild Horse Campaign, the nation’s leading wild horse protection organization. With over 700,000 supporters, it is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse and burros in viable, free-roaming herds for generations as part

of our national heritage. Unfortunately, this year alone, over 145 horses from the Sand Wash Basin roundup have died of an equine influenza virus. Something must change—and fast—because this Fall 2022, 750 wild horses are scheduled for removal from the PiceanceEast Douglas HMA by helicopter roundup. Ellie says that both she and American Wild Horse Campaign are committed “to working with Colorado-based animal welfare organizations, the governor, and the BLM to implement alternative solutions to keep more Colorado wild horses wild on public lands in the state.” As Ellie and Chris continue in their work to preserve the wild horse legacy, their desire is rooted in the zeitgeist of a bygone era, a former generation who knew the Wild West intimately and tried their best to preserve it. Somewhere between romance and reality, Colorado holds power to protect our living heritage, a small herd of wild mustangs. May they remain wild and free! Shana Marie Gilbert is a Denver-based writer, documentarian, and local literature teacher who draws her inspiration from a life-long love of all things Colorado and nostalgia. JULY/AUGUST 2022 c oloradoexpression . com




A Visit to Buena Vista

By Hillary Locke Mujica

A stunning view of the heart of the Rockies.


uena Vista has long been a destination for fresh air, running rapids and the general pursuit of outdoor adventure. Situated between the Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River at about 8,000 feet in elevation, this understated historic town celebrates Colorado culture in all its glory—and with 264 days of sunshine each year, this “beautiful view” is a slice of heaven right here in the Centennial State. From kayaking to hiking, fly-fishing to rock climbing, snowshoeing to mountain biking, each season yields a fresh crop of trails and terrain to explore, plus inspired shopping, dining and spas.


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Here’s your guide to making the most out of BV this summer.


Relax like a local at one of two nearby natural geothermic hot springs, open all year. Historically noted for their medicinal and therapeutic value, the odorless springs were used for centuries by the Ute Indians as a spiritual gathering place. Today, people come from all over the world to rejuvenate and restore themselves in the curative waters that bubble out of the ground at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Mount Princeton Hot Springs and Cottonwood Hot Springs offer spa and massage

services in addition to their hot springs pools. These peaceful spaces help to balance mind, body and spirit with therapeutic soaks with views to match.

Hit the Trails and the Waves

There are countless off-road trails to explore outside of Buena Vista with your dirt bike or ATV. The Fourmile Recreation Area is open pretty much all year, plus the many dirt roads traversing the Continental Divide are a summertime treat with 57 miles of scenic byways. And you have to check out the unique riverside trail system at the end of Main Street on

the Arkansas River. These trails not only cross the river and access other seemingly endless trails but also link the river park to the South Main neighborhood. Plus, the in-town pump track and numerous rocks with built-in climbing options will entertain the kids for hours. The Collegiate Peak Wilderness, fourteener summit trailheads, Colorado Trail, Sawatch Range and Continental Divide are all at your fingertips, so there’s no shortage of outdoor fun. Rafting is big business in this “whitewater capital,” and Browns

Canyon (recently declared a national monument) offers an array of rafting tours. River Runners is one of the oldest rafting companies in BV and will ensure you have a memorable day on the river—from casual family floats to more epic adventures on the Narrows.

Home Away from Home

The late 1800s historic Railroad and Main building sits on the corner of Main Street in the heart of downtown Buena Vista. It underwent a massive renovation and has been thoughtfully curated and reimagined with luxurious details and custom finishes throughout to preserve the

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Overlooking the waves of the Whitewater Park on the Arkansas River, plus views of surrounding trails and mountain peaks, it’s a spectacular place to be. In addition to their modern approach to classic architecture and design, the accommodations sport spa-worthy showers, clawfoot tubs and cozy beds. Additionally, the Ivy Ballroom and The Lawn both host sought-after events, concerts and festivals. There’s nothing quite like listening to Keller Williams in an intimate setting or grooving out at Reggae on The Lawn. The Surf Hotel

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The newly developed South Main neighborhood fits so well with the landscape and the culture, you’d think it’s always been a part of BV with its stone facades and ironwork, stucco townhomes, colorfully painted front porches and river-stone streets. At the heart of this district are the impressive Surf Hotel, Surf Chateau and South Main Residences. Inspired by the understated elegance of European hospitality and the spectacular natural beauty of the Rockies, the unique perspective and location offers guests a sense of luxury that’s welcoming for all.

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historic architectural integrity. The renovation even uncovered details from the past at the well-appointed boutique hotel, The Inn at Railroad + Main. With modern amenities and mountain-chic vibes, the 13-room inn is quintessentially BV. The Inn at Railroad + Main

Kayakers on the Arkansas River.

A view of South Main Buena Vista.

tunities for people to get out and play in some pretty amazing parts of the Colorado Rockies.

always blooming with uncommon curiosities you didn’t know you had to have.

The charming home and décor store called The Mercantile will have you dreaming of decorating and entertaining. With a mix of local and regional artisan housewares, artwork and much more, this gem of a shop is a must stop.

Since 2008, Rock Run Gallery has been a South Main institution, reflecting the surrounding valley and culture through the lenses of more than 40 regional and local artists. Peruse the original serigraphs of rainbow trout, watercolor landscapes, sculpted vessels made from aspen trees, handmade tables with painted tiles, animal skulls embellished with natural elements and mosaic glass, and so much more.

If you’re a “craft addict,” then Rock Paper Scissors is your kind of place. Filled with paper goods, jewelry, ceramics, plants and local art, it’s

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Rock Paper Scissors on Main Street, one of the many great local shops.

For funky finds, check out Sundance & Friends, which features handmade products from over 50 artists. Metal fire pits and sculptures, sheepskin slippers, handmade pottery and jewelry with local gems and precious metals, and hand-carved ukuleles and guitars—it’s like walking into a life-size treasure chest.

Sips, Snacks & Savory Bites With its Scottish-style direct-fire, 140-gallon copper pot still—made by an artisan from Arkansas who answers to “The Colonel”— Deerhammer Distillery has created a

unique whiskey steeped in history yet brewed with a pioneering perspective. Located in the heart of BV, the grain-to-glass distillery features a tasting room that includes a facility tour and a guide-selected tasting of five whiskies. For a casual meal, Eddyline Brewing offers wood-fired pizza that pairs perfectly with its River Runner Pale Ale. Another favorite casual spot with surprisingly gourmet dishes is Simple Eatery. Located inside The Trailhead shop, this local bakery serves the most mouth-watering

Buena Vista’s first natives were the Ute Indians, but in 1725 Anglo explorers came through the area. Around 1860, the first gold was found in Denver, drawing settlers to the Arkansas River Valley thanks to the area’s plentiful water, which made the land suitable for agriculture. Travelers, speculators and miners traveling up the Arkansas Valley toward Leadville made Buena Vista a popular stagecoach stop, and a railroad depot followed in the 1890s.

sandwiches, soups and salads that you will dream about. From freshly baked artisan breads and beignets to crisp salads, specialty cocktails and grass-fed Colorado beef, Wesley & Rose Lobby Bar offers a rotating selection of seasonal handcrafted cuisine. Favorites include the burrata with grilled pears, sage and citrus clove liquor; Colorado lamb pops; and Basque burnt cheesecake topped off with the signature Wizard Trick cocktail. With a private dining room and an adjoining patio, this flexible, elegant space and chef-centric menu is not to be missed. Other noteworthy jaunts include Midland Stop for all your coffee, breakfast burrito and gelato needs; House Rock Kitchen for healthy bowls and plates and a lively patio scene; Old World-style pizzas and wines from Crave; and the historic Quincys Tavern for prime rib and filet mignon.

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Tight Lines A “Girl’s” Guide to Fly-Fishing in Telluride By Claudia Carbone


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never understood why fly-fishing is considered a man’s sport. There is nothing manly about it. Yet, only 36 percent of all anglers are female. The one advantage men might have is in deep-water wading, where their relative strength helps them withstand a powerful current. But other than that, the sport does not require muscle. World champion fly-caster Joan Wulff weighs about 100 pounds and stands 5-foot-4. It’s all about finesse, timing, knowledge and passion. For me, every care melts away as the sun-dappled waters mesmerize my senses and calm my being. It is a serene, relaxing and focused activity. When I get a strike and reel the little creature to shore, it’s exciting but not the highlight. “Catching a fish is just the means to the end,” says Troy Youngfleish from Telluride Outside, a retail shop and guide service in Telluride. Both his mother and sister are anglers, and he can teach you the basics in half-day or full-day fishing trips. The shop partners with Madeline Hotel for guided trips for guests. We reviewed the five essential disciplines in fly-fishing: casting, tying knots, studying bugs, reading the water and fish behavior.


The goal is a perfect snap of the line in a dozen or so types of casts, all designed to lay the dry fly with a feather-like touch on top of the water ... without hooking the bushes. Or to lower the line for sub-surface fishing on the stream bottom with nymphs ... without snagging the rocks.

Tying knots

Tying knots should come easy to anyone who has ever sewn a button or mended a seam. This is where I think women have an edge. It requires deftly twisting, looping, threading and pulling to tie the tippet, a piece of line as thin as a strand of hair, to the leader, which is not much thicker.

Matching the hatch

The most scientific part lies in entomology—recognizing Photos courtesy of Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection

A guide from Telluride Outside teaches new skills to a young angler on the South Fork of the San Miguel River.

Gurley Lake is one of the private waters that Telluride Outside can access for trophy trout.


FISH IN TELLURIDE San Miguel River The scenic San Miguel River flows through town, offering 47 miles of fishing with peak dry fly-fishing from early July through mid-September. During fall months, the river is low and easier to wade.

Dolores River Dolores River is 20 minutes or so from Telluride. The Upper Dolores at 9,000 feet is best in early June through September. Full-day trips are offered on Lower Dolores, where insect hatches are copious beginning in April.

Uncompahgre River Uncompahgre River, less than an hour from Telluride, is dam-controlled, so the flow is consistent all year. It’s great for winter fishing.

Gunnison River Gunnison River through the Black Canyon, two hours from town, is ideal for one-day float trips and overnights.

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“Telluride is the most beautiful place on Earth, with no crowds on the rivers and a ton of public water,” Youngfleish says.

insects and knowing which ones the fish are feeding on that day and matching them with what’s in the fly box. You can scoop up stream rocks to see what nymphs are attached or look for insects tangled in nearby cobwebs. If that sounds squeamish, going into the nearest fishing shop and asking, “What are the fish eating?” works, too.

Reading the water

When you can’t see the fish, knowing

where they like to hang out is key to catching them. Reading water patterns comes with experience. Spend some time with a guide and you’ll quickly learn.

Fish behavior

This requires a sort of stalking tactic, similar to hunting animals. Fish are alert and guarded, so the notion of being smarter than the fish is a strategy fishers spend a lifetime perfecting.

The Details

Telluride Outside 121 W. Colorado Ave. Telluride, 81435 970-728-3895

Cast a line for prized trout in the San Miguel and Dolores rivers.

Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection 568 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride, 81435 855-923-7640

Families can go fly fishing in the San Miguel River with a riverside gourmet picnic from Madeline Hotel.


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Colorado’s Iconic Places The timing of two split-second events—the fish taking the hook and the fisher setting it—calls for much experience and a trained eye. When that first happened for me, it was like giving birth: a tug here, a rest there, cajoling the squirming little life to join me on shore. Finally, I delicately but firmly scooped it up into my hands and gazed on its body, a miracle of nature. Succumbing, it seemed to know it was utterly at the mercy of my grasp. And then, deftly freeing the hook from its mouth like cutting the umbilical cord, I laid it back in the water for its long journey upstream. Denver native Claudia Carbone is an award-winning journalist, author and longtime contributor to Colorado Expression. She also writes for the London Sunday Telegraph,,, MTNTown Magazine, The Denver Post and other publications. Visit her travel blog Sleepin Around on GoWorldTravel.

Telluride really is an angler’s paradise, with some of the finest trout streams in the Rocky Mountains and plenty of lakes, ponds and alpine creeks.




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Ilona facial at the Cherry Creek location (1977)

Ilona Beauty original location on Colorado Boulevard (1971)

SKINCARE BEAUTY 50 Years of Ilona Beauty


B Founder Ilona (1990)


ased right in Denver is a pioneer in U.S. skincare for the past 50 years. Ilona, who goes professionally by her name only, launched a beauty empire with her Ilona of Hungary brand in 1971. Today, it’s simply known as ILONA Beauty. In the pre-internet age, word-of-mouth and press coverage told of the effectiveness of Ilona’s skincare techniques and products and made her in demand by everyone from celebrities to socialites. Ilona was one of the first experts to say good skincare was a necessity and establish individualized at-home routines for clients. Born in the Hungarian village of Rábakecöl, Ilona was a graduate of

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the prestigious Budapest University in Aesthetics and eventually pursued further studies in skincare in England and the United States. As a young woman of 20, she took part in the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 and ultimately had to leave Communist Hungary for her own safety. Although she arrived in New Jersey speaking no English and with no money, she eventually took a job as a waitress to improve her language skills (a job, by the way, she still glowingly talks about). Ilona’s interactions with American women led to the realization that many neither knew how to take care of their skin nor what products to use. Plus, there was little readily

Living a Life of Balance teaching the client the proper care of their skin,” she explains. “I was always very keen on educating the client, to teach them what is happening in the skin and how the skin functions.” Her methods were considered so effective that she became especially well-known for her ability to take problem skin and make it healthy and glowing.

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available expertise to turn to at the time. That was when Ilona realized how she could put her knowledge and methods to use. Together with George Meszaros, her business partner whom she later married, they launched Ilona of Hungary. From the beginning, Ilona preached the gospel of good skincare to her clients. She focused on getting the basics right and providing clients with knowledge. “I believe in the meticulous cleaning of the pores and

Fast-forward a few years to the mid-1970s, by which time Ilona and George moved from New Jersey to Denver (George had chronic pain issues, which the dry Colorado air improved). They opened their first premiere Skincare Institute on Colorado Boulevard with one makeup room and two treatment rooms, and eventually moved to Cherry Creek North. As word spread of Ilona’s talents, women from as far away as Chicago and Texas flew to Denver for facials. Ultimately, Ilona opened institutes in Houston, New York City, Chicago, Palm Springs, Dallas, and Costa Mesa (Calif.), where she personally trained each esthetician in her own techniques. Today, the Cherry Creek North location is ILONA headquarters, as the brand has evolved from its original

focus on treatments and services to formulating the most advanced skincare products for at-home use. As Ilona and her son and company CEO Robert Makari point out, the brand is constantly developing new products with labs all over the country, as well as overseas. “Our Restruct Facial Remapping Cream is a great example,” explains Makari. “I believe we are the only company in the U.S. importing proteoglycan from Japan. This powerful anti-aging compound is responsible for elasticity, resilience and maintaining skin’s structural integrity.” To celebrate its 50th anniversary, ILONA has updated one of its namesake’s classic salon treatments, the Budapest Cocktail. Back in the day, Ilona’s signature custom blend of royal jelly, propolis, hyaluronic acid, various herbs, calendula, ginseng and imported mineral water from Hungary was applied at the end of every treatment session. The cocktail has been reformulated as a serum-packed, conduction foil sheet mask, showing, once again, how Ilona is bringing her Hungarian skincare secrets straight into her clients’ homes. Georgia Alexia Banjou is a regular contributor to Colorado Expression. ILONA Beauty

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Go North to Southern Wyoming (and be wowed!) By Irene Middleman Thomas


iving most of my life in Colorado’s Front Range, I was a bit arrogant. Why go elsewhere to hike, ski or snowshoe when we live here in paradise? And why go north to Wyoming? Was there anything there? I imagined it as a rather barren state full of desolate prairie and little else (other than Yellowstone). I was SO wrong, I realized when I finally visited southern Wyoming some three years ago. I feel a bit disloyal as a Coloradan, but the truth is, this region offers blissful recreational joys, and with way less traffic getting to them and no parking issues.

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city (less than 70,000 pop.) with outdoor fun just moments away. Self-proclaiming “Wyoming starts here,” Cheyenne is the gateway to the spectacular 2.9 million-acre Medicine Bow National Forest. A mix of the Laramie, Snowy and Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, alpine lakes and craggy glacier-formed peaks (6,000-12,000 feet) resemble parts of the Alps, while others reminded me of vistas in the Andes. Many might opt to visit during Chey-

enne Frontier Days, the iconic summertime festival, July 22-31. Founded in 1897, known affectionately as “The Daddy of 'em All,” Frontier Days is the world’s largest rodeo and Western celebration, attracting 200,000+. During the daily rodeo action, top professionals vie for more than $1 million in cash and prizes, but for non-rodeo enthusiasts there is plenty to entice visitors. One of my highlights last year was spending a pleasant afternoon perusing

top-notch Western art in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. Others might enjoy trick riding, an airshow, a wild-horse race, the carnival midway, bull-riding, parades, a display of antique carriages and autos or the old “frontier town.” I found the exhibit and auction of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program fascinating. Authentic dances and music are showcased in the Native American Indian Village. Entertainment headliners this year include Ja-

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Getaways son Aldean, Dierks Bentley with Chancey Williams, Kid Rock with Night Ranger, Sam Hunt with Russell Dickerson, Parker McCollum, Brett Kisell and Ian Munsick, Brooks & Dunn with Elvie Shane, Koe Wetzel and Jelly Roll & Nelly. Strolling downtown Cheyenne after one of the festive Frontier Days’ parades, I found charming restored Victorian homes and tidy streets with intriguing shops. The entrancing Cheyenne Botanical Gardens, within walking distance from the Frontier Days complex, is always free of charge, with 9 acres of different landscapes and a Baroque-style orangerie. En route to my next stop, Laramie, 45 minutes west of Cheyenne, I can’t say enough about the lush Vedauwoo Recreation Area’s spectacular rock formations and huge, iconic pronghorn herds. Rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing (worm, lure and fly), canoeing and paddle boarding all bring enthusiasts and tourists to revel in the never-congested trails. Laramie is an anomaly in Wyoming. A rare pocket of diversity, the Gem City of the Plains is home to the beautiful campus of the University of Wyoming as well as a delightful historic downtown replete with cute independent bistros, brewpubs and uber-cool coffeeshops. Laramie self-describes as “offbeat.” Don’t

be surprised to spot rainbow flags, No Hate Allowed signs and PRIDE posters. Even during the pandemic’s dark days, we journeyed up to Laramie to get take-out at Sweet Melissa, a beloved vegetarian go-to (even for meat lovers) for 20 years, recently one of five Laramie restaurants featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I struggle every time I go to order from the wildly creative menu. Afterwards, downtown Laramie’s Sugar Mouse is truly adorable. This cupcake shop is like a life-size postcard, with gorgeous, fanciful creations in a setting worthy of a British tea parlor. Shops are unique, too: Cowgirl Yarn is fascinating, even for non-knitters, with its array of yarns and wools from all over the world, while The Chocolate Cellar’s collection of exquisite antique candy tins, (some 500+) is fascinating. Plan for at least an hour at Bent & Rusty to see the rather overwhelming treasure trove of Western memorabilia, artisan goods and a wild assortment of items. A special time to explore Laramie might be Jubilee Days ( July 2-10), an Old West-style festival including wacky bed races, PRCA rodeos, a carnival, parade, live music and a brewfest.

Cheyenne Botanical Gardens

The Chocolate Cellar

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Laramie has a romantic appeal for Western lore enthusiasts, as it has served as the set for many Hollywood movies and TV programs. It also hosts a large array of museums. Visitors can gaze upon one of only five full brontosaurus skeletons in the world at the University’s Geological Museum, along with many other prehistoric creatures. Laramie’s top tourist attraction is the Wyoming Territorial Prison, built in 1872, where over 1,000 infamous types such as Butch Cassidy spent time. And don’t miss the classic Buckhorn Bar & Parlor, operating since 1890 with staggering numbers of animal heads peering down from the walls. Ask the bartender about the bullet hole in the mirror! The Laramie Mural Project, founded in 2011, is a glorious array of large-scale murals on downtown walls and alleyways made by local artists. Walking tour brochures are available at the newly remodeled Laramie Visitor Center at 800 South 3rd St. Yes, it’s windy in Wyoming. Prepare to be “blown away” in more ways than one! Irene Middleman Thomas is a Colorado-based writer who was most certainly “blown away” from her preconceived notions about Wyoming when she first visited several years ago. Now, she heads to southern Wyoming several times a year for the excellent hiking, snowshoeing, festivals, hot spring soaks, wildlife viewing and, yes, the restaurants!

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