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Welcome to the DeVelo Magazine JUNE 2011 Issue, you may proceed...

Fashion m Art m Music m Entertainment

June 2011 Issue # 5 $3.99

Jump ahead to our main fashion spread (pg. 38), featuring designs by our cover’s featured designer, Gino Velardi


Table of Contents

Sail Hither and Listen Molly Cottrell & her Self-titled, Debut Album By Bryndon Tarafa Openly Gay Rapper Aseiel Talks about his New Album By Marian Tuin Enter “The Foot” A Chat with one of Denver’s Up-And-Coming Rock Bands By Marian Tuin A Father Makes Time for Music How Louis Colaiannia Achieved Musical Success While Raising a Son By Corrine Sterling

Aspen Interview with a Model

“Kamp” Launches in Denver By Shannon Piserchio

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Community

Sports In The Den

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70 Susan Sanders Dillon Hats Go High-Fashion By Gene Sears

Erroll Perkins Secrets of a Makeup Artist By Shannon Piserchio

Where the Bear, the Coyote, and the Rock Meet Wade Johnson Captures The Spirit By Gene Sears

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The Business of Brett Lisle Baseball

For Dominick Ruminer, Speed isn’t Enough By Dylan Sanders

John Spriggs Professional Skier

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Have A Seat, In Row 14 Row 14, A Unique, Classy Wine-andDine Experience By Noah HaynesBrooks

EarthLinks By Kathleen Cronan and Julie Schwab


Letter from the Publisher After a two month break, DeVelo is back with a mission. We used this downtime to dig deep into the soul of DeVelo. Not only in how we present ourselves, but in how we execute and finish. We are certain you will be pleased with the outcome.

Photo by Shannon Piserchio Photography

We always knew what we wanted: dynamic photography, cutting edge fashion, irresistible content, and an irreplaceable role in the community. That hasn’t changed. But now we’re focused on refining each of those goals with the aim of creating the best Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine in Denver. In this issue, you will find artists close to my heart. On the front cover, you will see the work of Gino. He is a Denver native with immense talent and no formal training, making his designs uniquely Denver creations. His designs speak of and for the female body like no one’s I’ve seen before, and we are proud to feature him in the magazine Featured in our music section, you will see Molly Cottrell, an immensely talented neo-soul singer. In the community, DeVelo has been working with the non-profit organization EarthLinks. For those of you who don’t know EarthLinks, they are a prominent organization in Denver that among other projects, helps the poor and homeless learn job skills by teaching them to cultivate gardens and arrange flowers—helping our environment and Denver’s destitute at the same time. By the time this issue is published, DeVelo will have sponsored “An Evening to Grow: Cocktail Benefit” in which one hundred percent of the proceeds benefit EarthLinks. We are proud to support this big player in our community, and we hope you will too.

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DeVelo is back with a new outlook and increased staff. We proudly present this issue to you as a declaration of our return. We are DeVelo Magazine; welcome to a class of information.

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Tim Stark


IS DEVELO?

If you’ve never read DeVelo, allow us to introduce ourselves.

Photos by Shannon Piserchio Photography

DeVelo Magazine is the only high fashion magazine that showcases exclusively Denver talent. Our goal is to gather the Denver community together to praise and support the wealth of artists, actors, musicians, and models in the Denver area. We strive to produce the highest quality magazine Denver has seen, in terms of our look, our approach, our articles, and our talent. We believe that the Denver community has much to gain by working together in one voice. DeVelo Magazine intends to be the supporter of that voice, and we’d like to make you part of it. In addition to our print magazine, DeVelo also publishes online articles at develomagazine.com. Visit us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For advertising, visit develomagazine.com/advertising

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Sail Hither and Listen Molly Cottrell’s Honest Lyrics Echo over Oceans in her Self-titled, Debut Album

Her music is rhythmic and addictive, her lyrics are wise and insightful, and her singing voice? It could lure the surliest sea captain toetapping to shipwreck.

Molly Cottrell: I think that if I had lived in Seattle it would have, but Ellensburg, not at all. I just don’t fit in there. I mean it’s a lot of Country music and just not

By Bryndon Tarafa

and my brother the bigger picture. In the US, we lived in small towns, but I always felt like I was part of a bigger place because we traveled so much... No one in my family

For the interview, I met Molly at her home in the DU area. Bryndon Tarafa: Molly, it’s a pleasure to meet you finally. How are you? Molly Cottrell: I’m well. My voice is a little bit shot because I’ve had a cold and had to sing last night. But well still.

Molly Cottrell: It’s small. Central Washington University is in Ellensburg and that’s where my dad teaches. I don’t feel attached to it like a hometown. But it’s only a hundred miles from Seattle. I LOVE that city. I loved being so near to the coast. A city like Seattle has so much character. BT: Did the Seattle music scene influence you at all?

BT: What is your first memory of music or singing? Molly Cottrell: Well, I remember in third grade, when I was eight or nine, I asked my mom if I could take voice lessons. She said it might be a good thing for you and sent me into my very first voice lessons in elementary school and I remember my voice teacher put books on my stomach to teach me to breathe correctly. But I remember being younger than that and singing ABC’s around the house. Oh yeah! And at recess in third grade, five of my friends and I would go to the playground to make up dances. It was right when the Spice Girls came out. We were each one of the Spice Girls and every recess we would get into our little line and dance. I was the ring leader of that. I was a Spice Girls Nazi. I was like, “this is what we do!” It was fun.

You may have seen Molly Cottrell’s name posted in venues around Denver such as Moe’s Original Barbecue and Bowling and The HiDive. Despite her siren-like talent, she has, in the true soul style, enchanted mainly audiences in small bars. But that’s about to change.

BT: You’re not a native to the Denver area. Tell me about your hometown, Ellensburg, Washington?

elephant.” (laughs) So, other than that, it was pretty much a singer.

who I am, but I feel like I wasn’t influenced by that because I lived in so many different places. But my parents definitely had an influence, they have a huge CD collection and they would be playing Al Green and Simon and Garfunkel. BT: Tell me more about your family Molly Cottrell: We’re an adventurous family. My dad’s a professor, and for his work, my dad used to take students abroad. And when he went abroad my whole family went. We lived in Africa, China, Scandinavia. It showed me

does music though. BT: So, how did you get into music? Molly Cottrell: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a singer. I remember my mom used to ask my brother and I once a year what we wanted to be when we grew up. She used to give us a pen and a piece of paper and tell us to write down what we wanted to be. She said, “you can be anything you want. Anything in the world.” And I said, “Anything?...well, okay…an elephant.” And she said, “no, you can’t be an

BT: The real learning happens at recess. I mean, who knows, maybe you wouldn’t have become a singer if it wasn’t for the stuff you did at recess. Molly Cottrell: Haha. Yeah, when you find someone at that age who is willing to do that with you, you realize how much you love it. BT: Besides the Spice Girls, who are your current musical influences? Molly Cottrell: My favorite

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vocalist of all time is Otis Redding. I love Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. And for more modern artists, Joss Stone and Adele. Amy Winehouse is fantastic. But really what gets me is soul music and Motown. Funk and black music from the 60’s just melts me. BT: What is different between you and your influences? How do you add to the neo-soul equation?

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Molly Cottrell: I think because of the time I live in, I have a modern take on soul music. A lot of my music has gospel influenced background music and backup vocals, which adds to the retro feel of the song. But I think my lyrics stand out a lot in my music. They’re very personal. I feel very vulnerable performing them. It’s like, “hey, you can read my diary. Here it is.” I’m very honest in my lyrics. A lot of artists see lyrics as a sidenote or a complement to their music. But, for me, it’s the whole point. Also, because I feel it’s important to be honest and sincere. That matches exactly with the whole premise of soul. Because soul is real and raw. It is what it is. It’s simple, but full of emotion and humanity.

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I’m honest and truly making a statement. BT: For example, in your single “Not What I Need” the line is, “but I didn’t know you well.” Where does that come from? Molly Cottrell: When you meet someone, it’s hard not to project your expectations onto them. It’s very easy to get twisted and then later you realize, “oh, I thought you were like this, but that’s because I expected you to be like that, and you’re really not like that.” Like you’ve seen something of someone and you think that’s who they are. That’s not them, that’s who I thought they would be. It’s the confusion of really knowing somebody or thinking that you know somebody. BT: Are we getting more of your insightful lyrics in rest of the album?

Molly Cottrell: I believe so, yes. A lot of songs on this album deal with personal relationships but others are more reflective like, for example, “Undecided Blue”. I started reading Great Expectations and there was a beautiful line that said, “he had eyes of such a very undecided blue that they seemed to much as… have somehow got mixed with their BT: As much as with own whites.” That phrase grabbed music? BT: How do you feel about me. I wrote a song around it, based on the contradictions that everyyour first album? Molly Cottrell: Music—I body has of themselves; how you Molly Cottrell: I’m very happy can feel strongly one way, but at the could never not do it. with it. I didn’t settle at all. The exact same time feel the other way BT: But you could not be musicians were very talented and about it. You can love something, with another person? they listened to what I wanted. I but at the same time feel like it’s didn’t know a lot of the industry holding you back. Molly Cottrell: Yeah, it’s lingo to convey what I wanted, like—human relationships BT: Where does that come from but that’s why I had an excellent with people—they’re not. in your life? producer helping me out. He Even though I care about a knew the lingo and when I didn’t certain person, they’re not as know the word for something he Molly Cottrell: I have no quesingrained in me as my passion. tion in my mind that music is my explained it in laymen’s terms. passion. But at the same time, BT: Let’s say you couldn’t there’s part of me that’s like…you BT: I like that your lyrics study music. What else question the most sincere things in seem to gather around a would you study? theme or idea. They’re not your life and you don’t know why just pretty words in rhythm you question it. If I had talent in Molly Cottrell: I’ve asked any other area, I would still want with the music. myself that many times. I to do music, but then I ask myself, would be the most unproducMolly Cottrell: Yeah, what I get why? Why are you doing this to tive member of society or yourself ? It’s so hard. Or, you can out of music is putting myself the most useless one. I would into it. I love playing music that’s be in a relationship with someone probably do…what the hell fun to dance to, but I don’t get and love them, but at the same time would I do? My parents used nearly as much out of it as when not want to be around them as to tell me that I should be a

lawyer because I argue every point they make. It’s very annoying about me, actually. Even if someone makes a point I agree with, I find myself pointing out the other side. And I tell myself ‘Stop, ‘stop.’ But I can’t. Everyone hates lawyers, but, oh well, everyone hates musicians too. BT: Where do you see yourself in ten years? Molly Cottrell: Ten years? Uh, I’ll definitely have a Grammy. (laughs) Well, if nobody dreams it no one can do it! You can find Molly’s music at http://mollycottrell.bandcamp.com/ or at her website http://mollycottrell.webstarts.com


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Shock Value Openly Gay Rapper Asiel Talks about his New Video and Album

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Multi-talented Dancer/Model/ Rapper Asiel is spicing things up on Denver’s Hip Hop music scene. As an openly gay artist he is charting a course through rarely navigated waters with his unique brand of rap .

I caught up with the now established artist and we discussed everything from his soon to be released video for “East Side” to one of his most embarrassing moments. His easy going charm and grace sparkled in sharp contrast to the edgy lyrics, making him one of Denver’s most intriguing artists.

His love of music flourished alongside his passion for dance. He admitted, “I always created music when I was dancing, but You describe your sound as I never put my full energy into Hot Hip-Hop/Pop/Sexuality it. When dance slowed down, I and Spirituality. Why did you had the opportunity to become choose these words to define it? more of my Asiel self.”

Asiel: My favorite subjects are sexual and spiritual, but I also know that people don’t want to hear that yet. Everybody can relate to sex. That’s what humans are: we’re sexual beings. Everyone can relate to it so I rap about it to a good beat and it gets people’s attention. Hopefully, the spiritual followers will catch it too. I don’t see a separation between sexuality, hip-hop and spirituality. Who are your musical influences and inspirations?

Asiel: I hardly listen to the radio, so not any of today’s artists. But, as far as Hip hop and Rap artists, Tu Pac, Biggie Smalls, and Lil’ Kim. There are great artists out now but I’m not influenced by them. I want to be the first Asiel versus the next whoever. Tell me about your songwriting process. Do you create the beat or the lyric first? Asiel: It depends. Sometimes, I write words and then I’ll find the beat to match it. Other times, I’ll find a beat that sparks my


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Asiel: The positive feedback from the demo. I thought I would get more negative response because of the shock value but most of it is positive, and most people are excited to see the video. They want to see my other work.

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I’m planning on sharing with the be out soon. world. Tell me about the “East Side” What are some of the chalDo you have any plans to video. lenges and rewards you have record and release an EP or Asiel: You’re going to love it or discovered on the Denver album? hate it. It’s controversial. It’s an music scene? Asiel: The tracks I have are just a all-male cast, and it’s like Fight Asiel: In Denver, the local demo. But we’re planning a tour Club meets Lady Gaga and Mimusic scene is supportive. It’s in Colorado. My goal is to tour chael Jackson. There’s a story line a good space to create music off the demo and meet new pro- too. It’s more like a mini-movie and along with that I feel like ducers. I want to create a fresh than a music video. there’s really not an artist like sound from the ground up and myself as far as the visual and then I will definitely put out a full So, similar to what Lady Gaga has done with some of her the whole package I’m trying album—hopefully, by 2012. I’m videos? to put out there. Denver is a also in the process of finishing good place for me to start what up a music video that is going to

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A Chat with one of Denver’s Up-And-Coming Experimental Rock Bands By Marian Tuin With a lyrical and intuitive maturity beyond their young career, Denver trio, The Foot, has raised the standard in the Denver music scene for more than two years. In that short time, Jeff McCollister, Noah Shomberg, and Phil Barrett have opened for The Flobots, and they have released a full length album entitled Primary Colors, a live EP, performed at CMJ in New York. But that only scratches the surface of where they want to go. “We are like-minded in that we’re willing to work hard and we’re our hardest critics, but at the same time, we expect nothing less than success,” Jeff the lead singer said. With that kind of determination and work ethic, the trio has dedicated itself to perfecting the craft. “We all live together; we do everything together…” Phil began before being interrupted by the witty Jeff. “And by everything,” Jeff said. “He means everything.” The band laughed. It’s clear this is going to be a fun interview. “Living together has helped us get in the same head space with writing, allowing us to progress quicker. Bands that don’t live together don’t have the same dynamic,” Noah said. Coming from diverse music backgrounds, it isn’t a surprise that The Foot makes music that is best defined as genre-crossing. “It’s difficult to classify our own genre because our music is different.” Noah agreed, “We’re still relatively new. We’re not in the box with our first album. You can hear that Jeff ’s got a classical voice or that I play jazz, but that only comes through in our vibe.”

It’s fair to say their songwriting process is as eclectic as their sound. “We’re constantly in a state of creating. There’s no formula, but we know we have a potential song when we hear it,” Noah said. Jeff is credited for writing three songs on Primary Colors but admits, “It’s different on every song. For instance, on one of the songs, Corner of Sunset, Noah came to me with lyrics. The lyrics came from a conversation the band had about finding yourself in that quarter-life crisis.” The trio has found that balance while reconciling life as individuals and band members. “I think we’re flexible enough to devote time to this project, but we still have the freedom to tour, play shows, rehearse, write, and record,” Phil explained. When you combine their earnest music with their engaging personalities, it’s easy to see they’re on their way to success. “The Denver music scene is super accepting,” Noah said modestly. “Granted, we’re a young band compared to bigger bands out there, but we’ve still had the opportunity to play unbelievable venues like The Gothic, The Bluebird, and Larimer Lounge. We’ve played with some buzz-worthy bands in Denver.” Of those venues, their favorite is the Larimer Lounge. Phil said, “They’ve always been nice to us and it’s a small venue with a 250 person capacity. It’s old school, and they care about the music. They have a diverse schedule all the time.” True to form, Jeff is quick to point out, “they also have attractive bartenders. Hopefully, they’ll read this interview and want our phone numbers.” Phil said. “If they read this, they can send emails and pictures to findthefoot@gmail. com.”


A Father Makes Time for Music How Louis Colaiannia Achieved Musical Success While Raising a Son By Corrine Sterling Most single dads don’t have time for music careers. But Louis Colaiannia, one might say, has discovered the art of career and lifestyle managing. Not only did he singlehandedly raise his son, Louis III, he managed to find success in two separate music genres. As a Jazz Musician his music is popular in Italy. His single, “City Scapes” will bring him to Rome to play on an Italian language television program. As a New Age musician, Louis’ single “A Moment Between Eternities” graces the ears of millions of fans in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. But the fans of each of these genres wouldn’t know he was the same person. Louis grew up in Denver. At the age of 5, Louis began piano lessons. Once, Louis’ teacher gave him a difficult Rachmaninoff piece to play. She said, when he learned to play it well, he would hear rain in the background. Louis didn’t believe it, but he practiced hard anyway, and then one day he heard the rain. “That was when I understood you can paint with music,” Louis said. To salute his teacher, Louis wrote “The Way of the Rain.”

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When his dad died over 16 years ago, the loss injured him deeply. Naturally, he sat down at the piano. The first three notes that came to him were d-a-d. He played the three notes repeatedly, feverishly. Out of the almost unconscious repetition came the piece, “Tears for Dad.” But the theme of fatherhood surfaces in more than Louis’ music. Raising his son as a single father, Louis was frequently asked to choose between two careers: a career as a father and his career as a musician. Once, he was asked to sign a contract for 300 concert dates per year, but turned down the contract because of the impact it would have on his son. “That was an easy choice to make,” Louis said. “There was no other choice to be made. Music had to wait.” “My son was terrific,” Louis said. “He loved to be part of the band. He was five years old with a blanket, but he was happy to be with his dad.” Despite the hardship, Louis continued to write music and produce albums, which has led to his enduring success today. 24

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Louis Colaiannia tops the charts Again, this time #5 esmerizing, beyond complex, Louis’ music shows the wisdom of many fulfilling lifetimes.

Each composition is like an intricate piece of fine jewelry, every facet having been studied and perfected, totally without flaw. Watching Louis play feels almost like an intrusion as he melds into the role of piano payer extraordinaire, the intimacy held back by only his fingers….if you listen with your eyes shut he is mighty and yet venerable. The rhythm causes the listener to take special care so as to not miss a single detailed note, keeping you smiling, anxious with anticipation, joyous each time the melody changes.

listen and view the video on youtube. We promise a unique and fulfilling experience as Louis, a native of Denver, Colorado s’ shows his view of Denver. The week of April 20th 2011 Louis Colaiannia – Hit the Charts again. The Top 100 Airplay Chart places his CD, A Moment Between Eternities as #5 in the New Age/Ambient Category. Congratulations Louis! For a sampling of this extraordinary release go to http:// www.amazon.com/A-Moment-BetweenEternities, or LouisMusic.com.

We, as listeners, can enjoy his latest single, City Scapes, on itunes, you can also

Arvada High School hosted the event, with special care and commitment from many,

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many devoted music enthusiasts including the members of the Louis Colaiannia and Company, the Orchestra Instructor, Jolayne Gutzait, for Arvada K-8, North Arvada Middle School and Arvada High Schools’ Regular and Advanced Orchestra groups. The students’, staff, and audience were truly entertained by each other, and the special person that brought the first Global Youth Music Program to fruition. During this event he boasted a favorite new composition, Grandpa’s Toy Box. Each member of the Company was showcased between an up tempo, snappy melody. Louis undeniably had the most fun playing in the ‘The Toy Box’, sharing the talents of the band with the audience. Many, many music and orchestra students from the Arvada area were the first to be mentored and directed by the Global Music Program. The Company and the student have played several pieces of Louis’ work. A well known videographer, Dave Higgins, took video of all of the students while they played. Each performer was taped as an individual unique memento for their families and friends. Proceeds from the video sales will benefit future programs, help pay for future music programs, instruction, instruments, and most importantly, to help close the gap that impending music program budget cuts will leave. Louis Colaiannia is a father, pianist, composer, entertainer, philanthropist, dentist, business man, all around athlete, basketball scholar, martial arts student, bowling enthusiast, and soon to be Grandfather, but NOT a piano man.

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Louis’ music comes from a place he cannot describe, a special place that has allowed him to write and compose so many different types of music throughout the years. It seems as though his life history is shown to us in fleeting glimpses of classical, jazz, pop, new age and contemporary music. We asked Louis if his style could be categorized and he thought not. We asked him if he could sum up his genre in one word, would it be “Louis?” He smiled, gazed away for a moment and said, “Yes, I like that”. He described further that each era of his music presented itself, from that special place, as a direct representation of his life’s choices, circumstance and mindset.

His passion for youth leadership was clear during a recent production that DeVelo Talent and Magazine had the pleasure of attending. The show was produced and presented by Louis’ and his son, Louis III’s own non-profit group, Global Youth Music Project. The non-profit agency’s goals include creating; first, a regional group of young talented musicians that will be given the opportunity to play with professional musicians, then forming groups from several regions of the United States, offering tough competition, searching for the best young artists in the country. Meanwhile following suit internationally, allow for world wide concerts of young people from many nations to play simultaneously via the internet. A true universal language brought together, uniting the best of the best together, in harmony. To learn more about this great cause and to donate or volunteer, go to http://www. globalyouthmusicproject.org.

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What’s your favorite thing about modeling?

Walking the runway. The minute I step on the runway the adrenaline rush and the energy hits me like a sack of bricks. Walking to the beat of the music, I feel like I am literally on top of the world.

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I love Guess models. They are my idols. I love the way they look, the clothes they wear, and how they work the clothing. Also, my friend’s mom is my idol because she has taught me perseverance and pushes me to the limit. What are your hobbies? I like to go downtown every day after school. Whether it is walking around, people-watching or sitting in a coffee

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choose, it would be fruit—any type. I love melons because they are sweet and good for you, which makes me feel healthy.

If you could be any If you could eat popular artist, who one food for the rest would you be? of your life, what If I could be somewould it be? one famous I would be Lady Gaga, not Haha. If I had to

because she is famous the wild and I want to do that someday. or the fact that she makes music, but Are you a morning because I admire her or night person? creativeness and her over-the-top style. I am both. I like If you could have the night because it lunch with anyone is more social and you spend time with who would it be? friends, but I also like Christopher McCand- the morning because less from Into The Wild it is a fresh start to a because he went into new day.


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By Shannon Piserchio Meggie Hodge is young, feisty and boundlessly energetic. She’s also an incredibly talented designer with whip-smart business sense. After transplanting from Los Angeles in January, 24-year-old Meggie Hodge is making it clear that she’s on a mission to help define fashion in the Mile-High City.

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Meggie Hodge: Well, before I It’s stunning to consider how young you are and what you’ve could graduate, I still needed to do accomplished already in your an internship so I went to Los Angeles and worked for Hot Air Brand – career; how did this all begin a men’s street wear design company for you? – and they actually ended up hiring Meggie Hodge: I was born and me. I was also able to do some side raised in Arkansas - my mom is an projects with a couple of outdoor interior designer and my great-aunt apparel companies and a surf wear company. I graduated in 2008 and, is a fashion designer. In fact, my in 2010, started my own company, great-aunt made all the wedding Fahrenkamp. dresses and prom dresses for the girls in our family. I grew up around fashion design and, ever Tell me a little bit about your since I can remember, I knew designs and how you decided on that’s what I wanted to do. the name “Fahrenkamp”. So, did you go to school for Meggie Hodge: Right now I’m design or did you just intrinsically know what you were doing focusing on women’s contemporary apparel – a slightly more structured because it’s in your blood? bohemian chic that can be worn with a great deal of flexibility. The Meggie Hodge: (Laughs) spring/summer collection has a Wouldn’t that be nice! No, I cohesive earth-tone color scheme definitely went to school. In fact, so that the pieces can be worn I only applied to one school, Texas Tech, because I knew it had one of together or easily paired with pieces that women already have in their the best four-year design programs wardrobe. in the country. I was very clear in knowing that I wanted a design And the name? degree and not an art degree. It was an incredible program, too, Meggie Hodge: Ah! Originally because while I was there I was I picked a name for my company able to go to Brazil to work for a design firm as well as study abroad and then found out that someone else was already using it. As I was in Italy in order to participate in a fashion intensive program there. mulling over other possibilities, I approached my grandfather during his Wow, that sounds amazing - did 90th birthday party and asked him that start to open doors for you then?

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for ideas – immediately he said, “Well, my grandmother’s maiden name was Sofia Fahrenkamp.” As soon as I heard Fahrenkamp, I knew that’s what I wanted to go with – I really loved the idea of paying homage to my grandfather and my great, great grandmother.

Who inspires you? Meggie Hodge: In life, my mom, Debbie, and my great aunt, Letaine; in fashion, Brazilian designer, Leno Villaventura, because he has a very cool style; French designer, JC de Castelbajac, because his designs are just crazy; and, of course, Marc Jacobs. How do you think Denver compares to other cities relative to fashion? Meggie Hodge: The fashion industry in Denver is really starting to grow and has the potential to

grow quickly. Part of the reason I decided to come to Denver is because it’s still a relatively untapped market and there’s a lot of opportunity here as a young designer.

What are a few of the new trends for spring and summer? Meggie Hodge: Denim is a constant, of course, but this season the skinny jean is making way for a vintage-style straight leg with obvious gold stitching. I also think we’ll be seeing a resurgence of the trouser pant and layers – lots of light layers in natural tones with pops of color in turquoise and avocado green. And, when it comes to jewelry, small and delicate pieces in gold or silver are starting to win out over the more chunky pieces we’ve seen in the past.

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Go Hats High-Fashion Accessories for Your Dome—Re-invented By Gene Sears

Topping off any ensemble is best left to the perfect hat. Celebrating that idea, fashion milliner Susan Sanders Dillon has a lid to rock your world, whether that world revolves around performance art, high fashion, or an upcoming wedding. “It’s all about attention, for me. I like attention. I admit this freely,” Sanders Dillon laughed, talking from her home last week. “I do everything but jump up and down and say, ‘Hey, look at me!”’ Perfectly complementing her exhibitionist zeal and panache, Sanders Dillon’s hats do indeed, demand attention. Sexy and evocative, these clever caps highlight the mystery of the women they adorn. Her business, Kitty Mae Millinery, took off in 2008, finding a niche and home within Wazee Union, an artist collective located on Wazee Street. Consisting of nearly 100 members spread throughout 30,000 square feet, Wazee Union is the largest art collective in the state.

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SSD: I took the name from Kitty Mae Cupcake—my stage name when I was performing burlesque shows. I needed a hat for a performance, and I didn’t want to glue feathers to a pre-made hat. So, I basically taught myself how to make hats and picked up a couple millenary techniques online. I made the hat, and I had so much fun that I never did the act. I just kept making hats.

SSD: The brides nowadays are very much into personalizing and individualizing their weddings. They like to make it about their individual style. That works well for a milliner who makes attentiongrabbing hats. DV: You bring some highly innovative ideas to the medium, while keeping a vintage flair. Where do you draw from? SSD: A lot of it comes from vintage costuming, Victorian and the ‘30’s and ‘40’s, back when women truly accessorized. Back when it was expected to look your best every time you walked out the door. DV: And the rest? SSD: I do designs based upon sculpture, others are based on forms in nature and sometimes I play with the materials until something happens. It’s all me, every stitch on every hat, it’s all me. DV: What is your production schedule like for a given month? SSD: If I don’t have special orders, I usually come up with at least four or five new designs a month. But I tend to work more in spurts where I will have a deadline, like a summer bridal collection. Within a month, I’ll come up with ten or twelve pieces, but then I won’t make anything new for a few weeks. DV: Ok, I’m hooked. How can I get one of your designs for a deserving lady?

SSD: You can either contact me through my website, www.kittymaemillinery.com, SSD: I started out designing hats for or find me on Facebook. I am hopother performers, burlesque per- ing very shortly to be carried in several formers, and drag queens. Then I bridal boutiques. Every second Saturday, branched into bridal and high fashion. I have Open Studio at Wazee Union. I let people try on hats or accessories and DV: How does bridal fit with your whatever they want. business? DV: The business followed?


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Secrets of a Makeup Artist By Shannon Piserchio

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Photo by Shannon Piserchio Photography rroll Perkins is Denver’s own Maestro of Makeup and, while he’s done his fair share of famous faces, he’s not one to kiss and tell. Nine years ago, Perkins was approached by a customer at the bank he was working for – she wondered if he might be able to help her with her makeup. Finding that really enjoyed doing makeup, Perkins found his way, briefly, to Estee Lauder before NARS snapped him up; together, Perkins and NARS have been making beautiful faces ever since. Perkins was born in Colorado Springs and began playing classical piano when he was just five years old, “I would go to church with my parents and pretend like the top of the pew

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Inspired by the Geological Formations of Stones, Wade Johnson Captures The Spirit By Gene Sears A touch of the rock lifestyle can be claimed by plenty of artists. But few can claim that as literally as Denver tattoo artist—and former geologist—Wade Johnson. “Art is something I’ve always done. It has progressed between doodles throughout my life,” Johnson said. “I always said I was going to do art. Back East, I felt like a sell-out, and I needed to make a change.”

October, he was on staff as an apprentice at Tribe Tattoo in the center of Denver’s eclectic Santa Fe Art District. Since then, Johnson has inked over 300 tattoos, graduating to full-time tattoo artist within a year.

larger image of the actual bear or coyote or elk. It takes a lot of little things to make a bigger thing. Nothing is connected, but everything is connected at the same time.

Do the themes carry over from your pen art? Wade Johnson: I’ve done about eight pieces directly related to that art style. People say “I like this piece of it,” or a specific image. For instance, I recently did a stingray, and the client wanted a lotus, an Om, and Yin-Yangs, going on inside the stingray. I applied my style to it, and it worked.” To see Johnson’s work, visit: www.TribeTattoo.com

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Where do you draw inspiration from? Wade Johnson: When I studied as a geologist, I enjoyed looking at the story left by water in rocks. You can read the events of the Earth and the time What mediums do you passed. The lines specialize in? Sick of D.C. traffic jams, Johnrepresented millions of years of Wade Johnson: Art wise, I do son packed up his geology career pen work. Basically, it’s a lot of evidence. As I was saying, the and headed out in search of a small things make the small pictures that make up a better fit to his persona. larger picture. For example, the bigger one. Nature, love, images in the animal line that I happiness. That’s what I thrive After a stop in Maui to work on have done, it’s the animal’s spirit. on. an organic farm and Dubai to It’s the animal’s spirit and legend. visit friends, Johnson landed in It’s the history behind the animal Tell me about the tattoo end Denver in the Spring of 2008. of your art. according to the native people He set his sights firmly on an art of the Americas. Pictures of Wade Johnson: It’s amazing. I career and by rivers and streams make up the did a lot as an apprentice, and We caught up with him between clients for a few quick questions on the source of his talent, style, and success.

had many people willing to give me a shot. It’s exciting. You get better with every tattoo, but only if your goal is to make every tattoo better than the last one. You hone a skill that few people can do or can do well. It’s a big honor that people allow you to mark their skin for the rest of their lives.

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The Business of Brett Lisle Baseball

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rett Lisle, 18, is very well accomplished.

While not your ordinary high school senior, Lisle has taken the usual steps to get where he is today. Success has taken many forms for Brett; maintaining a 4.1 GPA, his first recruit came at the age of 14. As an accomplished young man, well respected and admired by his peers, he excels in many sports; baseball taking the lead

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Lisle began his baseball career at the age of 4 playing, T-ball; he continued on through coach pitch and onto kid pitch baseball for the next several years. At the age of nine, he played his first position as pitcher. His exceptional skill landed him a spot in the top team for the District, Colorado, and then on to the Regional Competition. Touring with his team to Missouri in 2003 was the end of the ordinary, and the start of something extraordinary! Noticeable to his coaches and family, baseball was more than just a hobby to Lisle, it was a natural talent. His mother 62

“keeps everybody grounded,” while his father helps manage Lisle by searching for innovative ways to bring exposure to his son. His father always maintains a positive demeanor and encouraging attitude. Lisle’s next inning was The Elite 24. After playing youth baseball, with years of pitching practice and coaching, he strived to reach his potential. Lisle advanced through the district, regional, and national competition once again. Reaching All Star status, the best of Colorado’s players, traveled to Florida where his team competed against the Austin Eagles, a definite win for Lisle. Soon after this game he was recruited by the Austin Eagles where he pitched for a highly competitive Texas team. This is when his first recruitment at the age of 14 occurred. Traveling to Austin and throughout the teams region; he enjoys every pitch, inning after inning, and game after game. While wearing the uniform number #51, to immolate his hero and idol Randy Johnson, who was known as the ‘Big Unit’-- Brett earned the knick name ‘Little Unit’. Both of his parents are tall, his mother – 5’11”, his father – 6’3”. Brett, a current high school senior, stands an astonishing 6’8” tall, weighing 200 pounds, he is hardly a “little unit“, and

certainly an ominous sight on the pitchers’ mound. High school baseball at Thunder Ridge, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado has helped Brett recognize that you do not balk at opportunities when they arise and that you make sacrifices in order to allow for opportunities. Never hinder or set your passion aside, in Lisle’s case… Baseball! Always keeping his priorities straight, Lisle still upholds a great social life. Brett has always found time to hang out with friends, going to see them compete in their own sporting events, hanging out at the shops nearby, snowboarding and playing golf. We spoke to some of Brett’s coach’s, each making similar statements about him. With an incredible wingspan, he is known as ‘The Bird’, but his height is not the most impressive trait to them. Thunder Ridge High School’s Athletic Director, Bob Nelson, sees Lisle as a top student, well rounded, and talented--both in baseball and basketball. His basketball coach Mr. Joe Ortiz, stated that, “Brett is an extremely hard worker and very dedicated athlete. Everyone knows that baseball is Brett’s true love, but when he plays basketball he is 100% committed. Mr. Lisle is one of very few athletes who could play two different sports in college. He had many schools inquire about him but were saddened by the


news of his commitment to Virginia.

defeat, leads by example, expecting himself and others to be the best that they can be,

Brett Lisle’s stats are as impressive as his size. His pitching strength increases considers himself fortunate and continually, pitching his last two blessed, allowing him to be able to pitches in last week’s game at 87 and 88 miles per hour. reach his full potential, directs others in a task toward a specific end, is a good communicator and is The 2010-2011 school years statistics currently stand at: “Driven to Succeed!”

Wins 5-2

Innings 46

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Walks 13

ERA 2.58

Getting taller and stronger each His coaches agree, they expect Bret to year, Brett will be able to increase be ‘Playing in the Minor League, and his velocity and consistency, gaining later in college, in the Major League. more and more control all the time. Playing in Highlands Ranch recently, And hopefully this will be the start of a the catcher described the site from his successful career in the Major League’. position, looking up at the pitchers Born at Porter Hospital, January 3, mound through a brand new sighter, was funny. “You could not see all of 1993, this Colorado native, calls home Brett!” the best place to be! Having traveled to dozens of locations while competing, Brett has been all over the mid-west, What an advantage: a left handed, 6’8” Texas (6x), California (4x), New pitcher! York (2x), Boston and Los Angles, Where does Brett expect to be in five having been his favorites so far, Mr. years? “Playing in the Minor League, Lisle’s vision of himself in ten years? hopefully in the Major League, during A professional baseball player…… and/or after college, and definitely Where? Why, Colorado of course! He Major League Baseball within ten hopes that he will earn a spot pitching years”. for the Colorado Rockies someday! He expects to win, never accepts

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Brett’s first baseball picture and “cover story,” perhaps a sign of what’s to come?

Pastime”…..always will be. The business of baseball has enormous requirements. Planning his next run at University of Virginia, Class of 2015, chosen by Brett for having the very best business program, with an emphasis in management and leadership as well as having the #1 baseball team in the Country. This will be his next big game, where Brett hopes to play it BIG while running the business of Brett Lisle Baseball. Stay tuned for more of the Business of Brett Lisle Baseball at BrettLisle.com

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Brett practicing at Coor’s field on his senior year of high school.

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For Dominick Ruminer, Speed isn’t Enough By Dylan Sanders Talking to Dominick Ruminer is like talking to a wise prophet. This 24 year-old native of Westminster, CO has made a living on his bike since the age of 14. As long as he can remember, Dominick loved riding his bike. Spending every hour after school riding around the neighborhood streets, Dominick started on the natural path of the rider and began amateur BMX racing. But something happened after his fourth year. He became bored. It didn’t take long for him to realize there’s more to BMX than winning a race. “I waited to be the last rider out of the gate. Instead of racing, I did tricks on the dirt jumps,” Dominick said. He soon discovered that BMX was more about expressing his individuality than winning a race. He loved riding in front of a crowd, but as the pressure grew on him to win, he began to fight the system.

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Around that time, he ran into Brian Gavagan, founder of Yellow Designs—a local pro BMX stunt show—in the back parking lot of a movie theatre. Dominick was showing off for a few local kids. “Meeting Brian—it was destiny,” Dominick said.

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Brian took Dominick under his wing and hired him to help with the bike show. Brian inspired him to drop into bigger bowls and try riskier tricks. When Dominick was ready, he became part of the Yellow Designs team. Now, almost a decade later, Dominick Ruminer is sponsored by Hoffman Bikes and Jump Energy Drinks. He still rides for Yellow Designs, Colorado’s only professional BMX team. With Yellow Designs, he reached heights he never

imagined: from riding in Istanbul, to performing in halftime shows at Broncos games. “Very few people get to follow their dreams,” says Ruminer. who believes he’s lucky to have a strong support system in his BMX buddies. “Because of riding, my friends are like my family. The basics in life, such as having confidence, talking to girls, have all improved from being a rider.” This is perhaps why Dominic seems wise. As for the future, Dominick said, “extreme sports are yesterday’s football and baseball. More

children are growing up wanting to be professionals on a BMX.” Ruminer believes the opportunities of professional BMX are endless, “but at the end of the day, BMX is about the rush.”

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John Spriggs Professional Skier AGE: 22 DeVelo Sports

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John Spriggs is a professional skier from Denver. He skis for Nordica Skis, owns Flowmotion Clothing, and has been featured in ski movies produced by Rage and Teton Gravity Research. What’s your craziest ski trip story? One summer, I was riding on a bus from Vancouver to Whistler. We were almost to Whistler when the bus started to smoke, and a few minutes later it burst into flames. The only door in the bus wasn’t working, so we jumped out of the windows. I watched all my stuff—including my passport and wallet—burn to the ground. What’s your favorite fast food restaurant?

Which item of clothing can you never leave home without? Gotta have my Flowmotion Hoodie, just to stay steezy!

“Belly” I love the soundtrack and the style of filming—and DMX is hilarious in it. What inspired you to partner with Flowmotion? I was riding for a few different clothing companies over the years and wanted to stop skiing/ promoting for free and do it for a company that I partly owned. I like it because I could see the company’s growth and knew my hard work was benefiting me and the company. I also like to design clothing that stands out in a good way. How did you learn to manage a business? I learned to manage a business from my experiences in the ski industry. I have seen companies go from nothing to huge names—and the other way around. You learn a lot by paying attention to the companies that sponsor you. You see how they do business, and you take from the good and learn from the bad.

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Walking into Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar for the first time, it’s impossible not to feel special. This classy downtown restaurant eschews the conventional rules of Denver fine-dining, offering a highly tasteful, elegant experience without alienating those who might like a good ol’ burger ‘n fries with their top-shelf wine. “It’s intentional,” General Manager Justin Russell said, “that our burger is the first item on the menu.” For a brand new restaurant in the heart of downtown, highlighting a seemingly pedestrian item might seem like a bold move, but it gets to the core of what makes Row 14 a unique and memorable place. The burger, after all, isn’t your run-of-the-mill greasy spoon fare: The meat is ground on-site and comes exclusively from local farms, ensuring that this will be the freshest, tastiest burger you’ve ever eaten. The idea, as Russell puts it, is to create a place where “Uncle Joe can have a cheeseburger and a beer or Grandma can have a chardonnay and a salmon.” Whether you spring for the burger and fries, the housemade Pork Ragu Lasagna, the Crispy Duck Leg Confit, or any of the menu’s other creative concoctions, the food is uniformly delicious. With an eclectic selection drawn from Chef Arik Markus’ time in New York City and San Francisco, many of the dishes – like the Crispy Pork Belly served with braised beluga lentils and soft boiled farm egg – represent a “global spin on American Bistro classics.” It’s bacon and eggs, but with the kind of creative, delicious twist that makes it truly unforgettable; the kind of thing you’ll be raving to your friends about for days.

It’s this kind of attention to detail that governs every aspect of the restaurant, from cuisine, to wine, to aesthetics. In terms of the latter, Row 14 is a sight to behold. The décor is sleek and tasteful, what Russell calls “modern meets raw material”. From the fancy tiling of the floor, to the double row of bar-tops, to the subtle mood lighting, each aspect of Row 14’s appearance complements the others to create an atmosphere that will invite long conversations and continual refills of the restaurant’s extensive and impressive wine selection. Impressive, may be an understatement. The wine selection is an essential aspect of what makes Row 14 one-of-a-kind. Russell is a Master Sommelier–one of less than two hundred in the world bestowed with such a distinction–and has used his impressive knowledge of wine to hand-select a list that would make any wine aficionado’s head spin. Each wine has been specifically chosen to be paired with a menu item, meaning that no matter what you order, there will be a drink to specially complement your meal, all the way from appetizer to dessert. Speaking of which, no matter how engrossed you may be in your meal, don’t forget to leave room for butterscotch pudding or lemon meringue tart with graham cracker crust. These little morsels may change the way you think and feel about dessert. From the local, farm-grown veggies and meats, to the warm and inviting atmosphere and luxuriant wine list, everything about Row 14 is fresh and original. This place is classic Denver: pushing the bounds of the elegant dining experience to new and exciting levels, while still offering a good ol’ burger n’ fries for Uncle Joe.

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Tangible smiles light up the faces of guests left and right as attractively plated and even more attractive-tasting dishes are delivered to their tables by the extremely personable wait staff. That’s another thing about Row 14: the kind of impersonal server-customer experience you might find at other downtown fine-dining establishments has

no place here. The wait staff and the managers take great pride in familiarizing themselves with their clientele in order to personalize the experience. Don’t be surprised if, on your second visit, you’re greeted by name or shown to your favorite table.

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EarthLinks By Kathleen Cronan and Julie Schwab

EarthLinks is privileged to be able to contribute to the first Community Column of DeVelo Magazine. We look forward to the opportunity for our whole community to share information in this magazine for years to come. Community.

DeVelo Community

The word means different things to different people. To some, community simply defines the town they live in. To others, it may identify a group they belong to. At EarthLinks we think the word has a much deeper meaning. To us and our participants, community conjures a sense of togetherness. It identifies a feeling that is hard to explain, but nevertheless is very real. It identifies a place of refuge, support and encouragement - a place where one’s humanity can be recovered and reaffirmed. Our name and program remind us that our “place” is our home here on Earth. Our mission at EarthLinks is reflected in our name – people who 74

are homeless connect to Earth’s community of life and nurture its beauty, bounty and sustenance. Because our participants are involved in the designing, the planting, the caring and the harvest, our garden is a place where they are rooted to something greater—connection to the cycles of life in the garden and in their own experience. At EarthLinks, we create a place where hearts and Earth flourish together. We work to heal Earth as we work to heal ourselves. Many of us suffer from mental illness and addictions. Our lives are fragile and fragmented. We’ve found that the interface with nature and the creative process is calming and healing. So we work together to form an accepting community, one that supports us all on whatever road we travel. Here’s what we do. Through our workshop program, homeless and low-income participants are paid by the hour and earn a modest stipend for their work in our gardens and creative workshops. They grow


Our participants maintain several bee hives in the Denver metro area, which provide habitat for pollinators who are at risk. Our all-organic garden is maintained with castings from our worm bins and compost bins, which are tended all year long. We work to reuse and re-purpose materials in creating many of our products, and actively seek to reduce our “footprint� on our planet. EarthLinks participants help create our line of sustainable products such as bee boxes, bat boxes, rain barrels, worm composting bins, soaps, jewelry made from gourds, flower bowls, cards and bookmarks. The products are unique, made with love and with items grown in our gardens. (You can see the products by visiting our website at www.earthlinks-colorado.org.)

flowers and food, and create crafts, art, and various products. Our staff and volunteers walk alongside our participants, working together on basic life skills, accountability, employment training and goal setting. We work with other non-profits to provide the best services possible given the strains on all programs during these economic times. One example is our most recent floral design workshop which was made possible through a collaboration with The Empowerment Program. The ten graduates from this work-training program obtained paid internships at various florists and for some, this will lead to employment. We often collaborate with other organizations in obtaining services for our participants and in providing information and help to those organizations in return.

Of course, the product sales alone do not provide enough income to support our programs. For that, we rely on partnerships with organizations such as DeVelo Magazine, additional support from businesses and foundations, and individual donations. Over the past 15 years, we have formed community with the homeless, the at-risk and the poor. We believe in the healing powers of nature, providing a sense of community and empowering life changes. We are proud of our efforts in composting and providing habitat for other creatures who are in need of housing. We are committed to doing our part to heal Earth and one another. Our role in the community is to provide community. And with all of us working together, we can succeed.

DeVelo Magazine 19


EarthLinks 2828 Larimer Street Denver, CO 80205 Phone: 303-389-0085 EarthLinks-Colorado.org

DeVelo Magazine June 2011 Edition  

DeVelo Magazine- Denver, Colorado

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