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Holiday Celebration on Ridge at 38 – an expanded version of past years’ Holiday Lighting Ceremony – ushers in the season Sun., Dec. 2, 4:30-7:30 p.m., along West 38th Avenue between Upham and Reed streets. The official holiday tree lighting will take place on the Green at 38 (Wheat Ridge 5-8 School), 6:30 p.m., and will include free hot chocolate, cider, cookies and snacks. In years past, the ceremony took place at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. Up until the tree lighting, kids can meet Santa and his elves at the Wheat Ridge Cyclery Workshop, 7085 W. 38th Ave., and take home a free photo of the visit courtesy of Sarah Zollo Photography. Teller Street Gallery and Studio, 7190 W. 38th Ave., will offer holiday arts and crafts activities for the whole family. Up and down W. 38th Ave. will be horse-drawn hayrides and strolling carolers. Throughout the late afternoon and evening, participants can enjoy live holiday music and specials on goods, food and drinks at participating Ridge at 38 businesses, as well as shop for holiday gifts at a pop-up Artisans Market, and take part in judging the best holiday shopfront display. S’mores and shelter can be had at Right Coast Pizza, 7100 W. 38th Ave. The Jingle Mingle takes place immediately after the ceremony at Right Coast Pizza, with drink and food specials for revelers wearing a souvenir event glow necklace, and an award ceremony for the storefront decorating contest. At press, 13 businesses on West 38th

HOLIDAY LIGHTS are beginning to emerge along 38th Avenue. Wheat Ridge’s annual holiday tree lighting is scheduled for Sun., Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m., on the Green at 38 (Wheat Ridge 5-8 School), Holiday festivities are from 4:30-7:30 p.m., along West 38th Avenue between Upham and Reed streets. Photo: Cyndy Beal

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Passport to Wheat Ridge Rewards Local Holiday Shopping By Deb Livingstone


hoppers can earn a chance at prizes, support neighborhood merchants and fund city programs by participating in Wheat Ridge Business Association’s Shop Wheat Ridge and Win campaign, aimed at promoting the city’s businesses during the holiday shopping season. “Our Passport to Wheat Ridge program, now in it’s fourth year, rewards everyone – customers can win prizes, businesses can expect to see more customers through the door and the City of Wheat Ridge earns an increase in tax revenue,” said WRBA president Loretta DiTirro. “WRBA members are committed to making a difference in our local economy to benefit all.” Shoppers can download a Holiday Shop and Win form at or pick one up at designated locations. By spending a minimum of $5 at any Wheat Ridge business and asking the merchant to verify it on the passport, which contains squares for eight businesses. Once completed, participants drop the passport at a designated location (listed below) and are eligible for a drawing for prizes donated by WRBA members. There’s no limit on the number of entries, and winners need not be present at the drawing to win. The campaign runs through 5 p.m. on Dec. 30, with the prize drawing conducted at the WRBA breakfast meeting on Tues., Jan. 8, 2013. “This is my second year with Shop Wheat Ridge and Win and I’m certain shoppers will find some great new and existing places to shop in Wheat Ridge,” said Steve Art, Wheat Ridge Economic Development & Urban Renewal Manager. “I invite everyone to explore all four corners of this wonderful community and help support our great businesses. The dollars you spend locally in Wheat Ridge come back in sales tax to the city and allows us to provide quality services, Parks and Recreation programs, public safety, and a better Wheat Ridge. It does pay and is Smart to Shop Wheat Ridge everyday.” “Spending money close to home is good backyard economics,” said Mike Stites, District III city council member, WRBA member and continuing proponent of “Find it and buy it in Wheat Ridge”. “Think before you shop, and let your neighbors earn your

COLORADO GIVES DAY, now in its third year, benefits many local community programs across Colorado, including the Wheat Ridge High School Instrumental Orchestra. Colorado Gives Day takes place Tuesday, Dec. 4, accepting donations through its website, listing more than 1,000 Colorado non-profits and charities. The WRHS Instrumental Music Winter Concert and Silent Auction are slated for Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the WRHS Auditorium. business.” Passport pick-up and drop-off locations are: First Bank locations at 4350 Wadsworth Blvd. and 3190 Youngfield St; Lollipops Doll Shoppe, 8009 W. 44th Ave.; Seyfer Automotive, 4501 Harlan St.; Swiss Flower & Gift Cottage, 9840 W. 44th Ave.; Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave; and Teller Street Gallery, 7190 W. 38th Ave. Formed in 2002, Wheat Ridge Business Association (formerly Enterprise Wheat Ridge) is dedicated to promoting economic vitality and the sustainability of Wheat Ridge businesses. More than 150 members – including businesses, city and state officials, individuals and organizations – comprise the nonprofit organization. It works closely with the City of Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge 2020, the Wheat Ridge Business District, Jefferson County Business Resource Center, The West Chamber and Applewood Business Association to help members build their businesses and develop beneficial relationships. Visit for more information.

A Time to Give Now and Year-’round By Cyndy Beal


s 2012 draws to a close, it’s a time of celebration of season and beliefs. It’s the time to become involved in the community, through support and the giving of time and resources in Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and in Colorado overall. There are many ways to give; the following are just a few. Colorado Gives Day Dec. 4 In its third year, this online resource, www., lists more than 1,000 Colorado

non-profits and charities for donations, as well as year-’round fundraising pages. During the 24-hour period starting at midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 4, all credit card fees for the non-profits are waived. The Community First Foundation manages the Giving First website. The minimum donation amount is $10. To find a local charity, the site allows searches by nonprofit name, keyword, city, zip code or cause. Each non-profit provides information about its organization and often a link to the nonprofit’s site. “It raises awareness for all Colorado non-profits,” said Denise Wadell, First Bank, Wheat Ridge Branch president. This year First Bank is donating $500,000 to local causes. New this year, First Bank is sponsoring 10 $1,000 prizes when people correctly answer trivia questions on Facebook from Nov. 26 to 30. Each winner gets to pick a non-profit to receive the prize money. Last year on Colorado Gives Day, $12.4 million was raised for Colorado non-profits. An example of some local causes on Giving First include Family Tree Inc., Jefferson County Library Foundation and Wheat Ridge High School, Instrumental, Music Boosters. Beth Eden Baptist School Serve-a-Thon Starting the week of Dec. 10, this private school of around 190 students, grades K-12, is having its first Annual Community Helping Hands Serve-a-Thon. The serve-a-thon has a dual purpose of doing good works and raising funds for the school. Students and staff will be busy with community service, including visiting and caroling at senior communities, volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House, Jeffco Continued on page 7

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Avenue between Pierce and Kendall streets. They reconvened later to share observations, opinions and recommendations. Heyd said areas between High Court and Upham Street, primarily on the south side, got high marks for the good quality of the sidewalks, presence of trees along the street and quality of retail frontage. On the other end of the spectrum, areas containing “opportunities for improvement,” were identified between High Court and Pierce, where sidewalks were not linear or continuous, and often interrupted by parking lots. “If you look at the long-term roadway profiles in 38th Avenue plan, you see continuous, clear sidewalks, separated from roadway by some vegetation,” says Heyd. “The report and recommendations are simply for consideration and edification for members of planning & zoning, council and the community,” explains Heyd. He went on to say, “These are not hard and fast must-dos, of any sort.” LWWR presented an early draft of the report with suggestions and recommendations to the Wheat Ridge Planning & Zoning Commission on Nov. 1, and is scheduled to do the same for City Council in early December. Final drafts of the report will be distributed to the city’s public works, economic development and community development departments, says Heyd, “so all departments are aware of what we observed out there.” The final draft of the report, when complete, will be posted on movement. on the LiveWell Wheat Ridge page. The walking audit was part of LWWR’s larger “Complete Streets” effort to make Wheat Ridge safe and accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transportation of all ages and abilities.

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In May, an application for placement In speaking with Chair of the Parks of the Baugh House, 11361 W. 44th Ave., Commission Guy Nahmiach, we believe we on the National Register of Historic Places have found a compromise regarding a ban on was presented to the Colorado Historic outdoor smoking in the parks, playgrounds Preservation Review Board. I am happy and the Greenbelt. Rather than implementing to announce that the application passed a new law that would be enforced by the unanimously and the Baugh police department and result in House is now listed in the a criminal penalty amongst its National Register of Historic violation, we feel a more prudent Places and the Colorado State path would be the creation of a Register of Historic Properties. new park rule to address smoking Th e official designation took in city parks. place last August, and recognized The Parks Commission the property’s contribution to has recommended a new park Colorado’s heritage. rule that would ban outdoor The National Register smoking in parks. City Council is the federal government’s would need to ratify the new Jerry DiTullio official list of districts, sites, rule via resolution for it to take buildings, structures, and objects effect. The rule would not be enforced in signifi cant in American history, architecture, the courts via a citation, fines or jail since it archaeology, engineering and culture. These is a rule and not a law in the code book. In listings contribute to an understanding of essence, it accomplishes what I had previously the historical and cultural foundation of the recommended: the use of “No Smoking” nation. Other City of Wheat Ridge properties signs in the parks. listed on the register include the Sod House While I think banning smoking outdoors at the Historic Park and the Richardsis a slippery slope for more draconian laws Hart Estate. More information about these on businesses and other public places, I am properties can be found on the City’s website willing to support this new park rule. I will at encourage Council to ratify it and I would vote for it on a 4-4 tie of Council. The Parks Board and Commission Department would erect “No Smoking” signs in the parks once approved by Council. Deadline I am willing to compromise and to demonstrate that I am a reasonable person. Are you interested in serving your As I stated previously, the other extreme community? The City of Wheat Ridge has outdoor smoking bans proposed by Breathe various boards and commissions that allow Easy Wheat Ridge will not have my support, residents to get involved in issues facing especially their recommendation of “banning” our community. Applicants must live in smoking establishments. the district for which they are applying and applications must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2013, to the City Clerk’s office at 7500 The Lost Art of Being a W. 29th Ave. Applications and a full list of good Neighbor openings are available at the City Clerk’s office or online at, Did you know there is an actual day each under the Government tab, Boards and year devoted to reminding people to be good Commissions. neighbors? It seems so simple, but with the all the demands of daily life, sometimes being a good neighbor can fall off the to-do list. With winter weather in full effect I think it is good timing to provide some tips on how to be a good neighbor: Lend a Hand. Many people in our community could use a little help here and there. Taking a few minutes to help your neighbor will build goodwill and encourage others to do the same. Get to know your neighbors. Do this BEFORE there is a disagreement and it can help resolve disputes easily. Be seen, but not heard. Not everyone keeps the same schedule, so keep noise to a minimum. Maintain your home. This will keep your home safe as well as attractive. Keep your eyes open. Alert authorities if you notice unusual behavior. Volunteer in your community. Everyone that lives in Wheat Ridge has the ability to make it a better place. Please keep these tips in mind and we can

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Edgewater City News “The star of the American Thanksgiving table is the turkey. Asked to write a composition on “What I’m grateful for on “Thanksgiving is a day when we pause thanksgiving,” little Timothy wrote, “I’m together to give thanks for the things we have. thankful that I’m not a turkey.” Benjamin Veterans Day is a day when we pause to give Franklin nominated the turkey to be the thanks to the people who fought for the things we national bird, instead of the eagle. Although have.” denied this honor, the turkey has gone on – Southern Hospitality and Tradition to a more intimate relationship with the American people recently had two very delightful dinner. events as mayor. First, I was “Thanksgiving is a ritual invited to speak to the third to pause and acknowledge our graders at Edgewater Elementary blessings. A state of gratitude is about my job as mayor. They were known to create good feelings and such a delight – they wanted to health; it causes us to look away know if I lived in a house, like the from what we ‘don’t have’ and White House or the Governor’s toward ‘what we do have.’ Mansion. So I thought I should “This month I invite all of us ask for next year’s budget to Bonnie McNulty to consider a state of continuous include a Mayor’s Residence. I had thankfulness. Regardless of what we lose, them develop a brief mock ordinance: Should what we resist, what we want and don’t have, the City Allow Pets? We talked about how let’s intentionally refocus our attention on many and what kind. The boys were really that for which we are grateful!” fascinated with the length of snakes and what – Deb Sandella would happen as they grew. After spending several minutes discussing poo control, the I feel we are truly blessed to live in kids did decide that too many dogs would be Edgewater and have such a wonderful a lot of work. community in which to raise our families, The second invitation came from walk our dogs, help our neighbors, and just be. Lumberg Elementary to participate in the Happy Thanksgiving! Veterans Day event. It was attended by several Please join me for Coffee and veterans who were honored for their service Conversation at the Edgewater Coffee Shop to our country. Two parents who served in on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 the armed forces carried the flag, and then a.m. raised the colors to the Star Spangled Banner, If this time doesn’t fit your schedule I will which was sung by the students. Edgewater be happy to set up another time for you. Police Chief Heller told a story about how Thanks to all of you who have responded we sometimes forget what the day really to past articles and who have joined me for represents. The children were very well coffee. I appreciate your comments and behaved and respectful. I am so proud, and suggestions. thankful, to be a part of their community. A dear friend, Deb Sandella, sent me the Edgewater Mayor Bonnie McNulty can be following story and wish for Thanksgiving. I reached at 303-233-6216 or bjmcnulty2@comwish to share it with you (she is a much better writer than I!) By BoNNie MCNULTy


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A Home for the Holidays By JeNNiFeR STRiCKLAND ‘Tis the season for holiday-themed parties, shopping marathons and decadent goodies. Amongst all of the hustle and bustle, it can also be a time to reflect upon the year’s blessings, including family. These days, loved ones extend beyond just the two-legged kind. Pets are also considered family. At Foothills Animal Shelter, nearly 8,000 orphaned animals are cared for each and every year. These animals are safe and sound in a wonderful facility with devoted staff and volunteers watching over them. However, if they could talk, they would still have one wish this season – a home for the holidays. If you happen to be searching for a companion, or know of someone who is, adoption could be the answer. Dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and critters (such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and more) all find their way to Foothills Animal Shelter. The reasons that led these pets to the shelter’s door are countless. Sometimes the pet was lost and never claimed by an owner. Other times an

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What’s Happening Wheat Ridge Says No To Runoff elections Wheat Ridge voters decided they did not want a repeat of last year’s $37,000 runoff election for Wheat Ridge City Clerk, and chose to amend their city’s charter to allow all elected city positions be filled by the candidate with the most votes (as opposed to majority). More than 85 percent of voters (12,226 v 2,014) approved the change, according to unofficial returns available at press. Wheat Ridge will not see the result of the change unless three or more candidates run for Mayor, City Clerk or City Treasurer positions, and then only if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote.

voters Choose Wheat Ridge For Fire Protection, Service Begins Jan. 1 Edgewater citizens voted to include their city in the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District by a nearly two-to-one margin in the Nov. 6 general election. Edgewater not only voted to be included in the fire district, but also to modify their city’s charter, which currently requires the city to maintain its own fire department. While the language of the amendment allows the city council to establish a fire department and choose to operate it directly or through agreement with another government agency, the intent is to allow Edgewater to use the District for fire protection. At press, unofficial results for Ballot Issue 5A, for inclusion in the District, showed 1,207 votes for inclusion (64.17 percent) and 674 opposed (35.83 percent); Edgewater Ballot Question No. 2A, to amend the city charter, passed with 1,283 votes (66.13 percent), with 657 (33.87 percent) opposing the change. The changing of the guard begins Jan. 1, 2013, when Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District will start using the existing Edgewater fire station (2508 Gray St., as well as the second floor of the adjacent building at 5845 W. 25th Ave.) to provide fire protection service. According to an agreement between the City of Edgewater and Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District signed earlier this year, the District will lease the building from Edgewater for $1 a year until 2018, and receive Edgewater’s fire fighting equipment (except engines) and $304,000 (due Jan. 10)

to fund operations in the coming year. According to Karen Hing, the Edgewater resident and business owner who spearheaded the campaign for the change, the city will be paying to upgrade the current fire station so District firefighters can sleep there and provide 24/7 coverage; the agreement requires a minimum of three firefighters be stationed there at all times. The token $1 annual rent jumps to $50,000 in 2018, motivating the District to construct and operate a new station in the city within five years. Also, the city will be allowed to park its fire engines at the current station until they can be sold. Edgewater’s current 5.03 mill levy expires on Jan. 1, per a city council ordinance that was contingent on voters approving the inclusion, which was approved by city council and the mayor in August. The fire district’s 7.5 mill assessment will be imposed at the same time, but won’t be collected until 2014.

Senior Seminar Shares How To Avoid Financial exploitation Forensic Accountant Pam Kerr reviews the red flags of financial exploitation, the fraud triangle of financial exploitation (opportunity, motivation & rationalization) and some steps that seniors can take to help avoid becoming the next victim in “Fighting Financial Exploitation.” The seminar takes place Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 1:30 p.m., in the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Conference Room located at 500 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. The free community meeting is sponsored by TRIAD, a cooperative venture of senior community members, the district attorney, law enforcement and senior service providers concerned about the safety and security of seniors living in Jefferson and Gilpin counties. For more information, call 303-271-6980.

Feed The Future Asks For Cash and Non-Perishable Food Donations of cash and non-perishable food items are needed by the Wheat Ridge Feed the Future Backpack Program, an ongoing program which supports the collection and dissemination of food items each weekend to needy students at Kullerstrand and Stevens elementary schools.

The program is meant to provide children extra meals to see them through the weekends when they otherwise would go hungry. The program provides two breakfast and two lunch items, two snacks, fruit and vegetables. Preferred food items include peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, fruit and pudding cups, granola bars, mini cereal boxes, ramen noodles, canned soup, tuna, chicken, fruits and vegetables. Checks should be payable to The Wheat Ridge Foundation. Teller Street Gallery & Studio, 7190 W. 38th Ave., will host a painting class fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 8, painting Meghan’s rendition of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Irises.” Half of the $40.00 per person class fee will benefit Feed the Future. The gallery also offers a $5.00 class fee discount in exchange for a donation to Feed the Future. For more information, email Loretta DiTirro at, or visit Backpack.php.

Free ‘Prepared to Care’ Workshops Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 AARP and Jewish Family Services will stage the final two free workshops in their Prepared to Care care-giving series in late November and early December, both at Edgewater Recreation Center located at 5845 W. 25th St., Edgewater. Regional Mobility and Access Council executive director Angela Schreffler will lead a discussion exploring the local resources available to get around without a car in “Transportation Options,” Thursday, Nov. 28, starting at 10:30 a.m. Power of Attorney and Living Wills will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m. The workshop shows how to discuss end-of-life issues with family and friends, and put preferences in writing so they will be respected and followed. Open to all, regardless of age or health status; family and friends welcomed as well. The workshops are the final two in a series of five this fall at the Edgewater Recreation Center, created to meet the community’s need for information on care-giving and endof-life planning. To RSVP, contact Alison Joucovsky, at or 720248-4591.

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Teller Street Gallery & Studio located on 7190 W. 38th Ave., hosts its last First Friday Artwalk reception of the year on Dec. 7, 6:009:00 p.m., including live jazz by 7 Degrees, featuring 15-year-old saxman Ike Spivak and musicians from the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. Featured artists include Leisa Austin, Ippy Farnham, Meghan Gates, David Gott, Karen Hill, Christopher Kates, Mona Lundy, Suzanne Martino, Linda McCormick, Ray Munoz, Maria Pelisier, Laurie Waalkes, Lyla Warren and Nancy Wylie. The gallery will also host a fundraising painting class to benefit the Wheat Ridge Feed the Future Backpack Program on Saturday, Dec. 8. Participants will paint Meghan’s rendition of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Irises” and half of the $40 per person fee will go to Feed the Future. A second Painting Party to support The Delores Project, a homeless shelter for women, takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, 6:009:00 p.m. The cost of the event is $25 per person, with a $5 discount for bringing in a donation item which includes: new women’s underwear (all sizes), standard plastic pillow covers, socks (white, ankle length, all sizes), coffee/tea/drink mixes, lip balms and hand creams, travel-size tissues, zipper storage bags, aluminum foil, hair brushes and combs, sweaters and fleeces, winter coats/hats/gloves/ scarves, winter boots/shoes, pajamas/sleep shirts, liquid dish soap and hand soap. Cash donations are also welcome; make checks payable to The Delores Project. For more information, visit www. or call 303-4249273.

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Holiday Giving Continued from page 1 Action Center, and helping with bag assembly at Sweet Dreams in a bag. Sweet Dreams in Bag supplies new bedding for children leaving temporary housing and moving into permanent homes. “Doing community service is in line with the school’s belief system,” said Bobby Alcocer, sixth to 10th-grade math teacher. One of the goals of the serve-a-thon is “showing we want to help out in the community;” said Alcocer. Fundraising is a key component of the serve-a-thon. The school has a goal of $45,000 to purchase technology for the school. “To increase the level of learning--and to keep tuition costs down,” said Alcocer. For more information, stop by the school office for a free fundraising packet, or contact John Fitzsimmons at j.fitzsimmons@ To donate online, go to http:// Wheat Ridge optimists Club Christmas Program This program is a long-standing tradition in Wheat Ridge. The program provides gift certificates for food and clothing for local families, as well as gifts for children. At several locations throughout Wheat Ridge, Christmas trees are decorated with paper ornaments with the first name, gender and age of a child. Some of the locations include First Bank, King Soopers on Youngfield, Wheat Ridge Recreation Center and The Dragon Fly Café. “Our goal is ‘Every child gets a present,’” said Megara Pullen, Wheat Ridge Optimist club member. Pullen added that she wanted to thank everyone who has participated in the program. Practical items are also needed. Last year, 225 children received presents, a number that most likely will be higher this year. All donated items must be unwrapped. On Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at Wheat Ridge 5-8 School, volunteers will wrap presents. Volunteers are

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always welcome and are needed. For more information on tree locations go to or contact Magara Pullen at 303-902-5477. Local Businesses Teller Street Gallery and Studios for the months of November and December are gathering non-perishable food and donations for the Feed the Future Backpack program, which provides food to school children for weekends, for children who are on a school lunch or breakfast program; and for the Delores Project, a Women’s Homeless Shelter. Donations to either cause qualify for a $5 discount for an art class of the donor’s choice at the Teller Street Gallery. On Dec. 8, Teller Street is hosting a Feed The Future fundraiser through its Painting and Vino class. Cost of the class is $40, and $15 goes to the program. For more information on Teller Street Gallery and Studios or events, go to https:// On Nov. 24, Right Coast Pizza is hosting a Movember party. Movember pays homage to the moustache and is intended to build awareness and raise funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer. A $10 donation gets you free beer, food and prizes. For more information on Right Coast Pizza or its events, go to http://www.

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things. Noreiga said his favorite part of painting is “trying to think of ideas,” then trying to match the idea in his head with what he paints, which can be a challenge. He also said that sometimes he doesn’t know when to stop with a painting. He likes the works of Van Gogh and Salvador Dali, but doesn’t make much of it. “Everybody likes Van Gogh,” he said. The bulk of his paintings are smaller in scale, with colorful abstract shapes. In recent works, he has produced nonliteral, or not technical, landscapes. One in particular, which has no name, is a nearly monochromatic scene of a misty swamp in various shades of green. He is also departing from canvas, and beginning to experiment with painting wooden ducks. Although he has an easel, he prefers to put his stretched canvas on the floor and sit with a drop cloth underneath himself and the canvas. A native Coloradan who grew up in Leadville, he has lived in Lakewood for the last 16 years. He spent several years in Modesto, Calif., where he graduated from high school and took some college classes in the sciences. He’s the youngest of five siblings and the only artist in the family, although his father and one brother are drummers. For the future, he said he wouldn’t mind becoming a curator, even though he would not to give up painting. To submit information or ideas on art and cultural activities in Wheat Ridge or Edgewater, e-mail


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