November 06, 2004 - CultureHaus Celebrates Culture at "Art of the City"
What: Good art, good cause, good party
Where: The Walnut Foundry
When: November 6, 2004
Co-Chair(s): Robyn Dino and Donna Crafton
Libations: The Denver Wine Connection, Skyy Vodka, Miller Gin
Catering: Gourmet Fine Catering, Tamayo, Vesta Dipping Grill, Zengo, Hapa Sushi, M&D’s BBQ, Pete's Central One and The Chocolate Fountain
Entertainment: Multi-media art by Dr. Jake Adam York and local celeb photos auctioned throughout evening
Music: DJ Coldfacts and performance by Rehka Ohal
Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes-Crony
CultureHaus, a social and educational extension of the Denver Art Museum, connects the young at heart of all ages with art. Hunter Smith, one of the photogs of the evening, poses by his snapshot of downtown Denver.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and for the “The Art of the City” gallery presentation, a unique benefit for CultureHaus that included over 70 pair of eyes.
A crowd of four hundred chicly dressed guests mixed and mingled at the Walnut Foundry on November 6th for the event and to view the showcased photographs of Denver, raising approximately $20,000 for CultureHaus and the Denver Art Museum. Over 70 local celebrities and society notables looked through the viewfinder and captured what they found interesting or beautiful about the city
CultureHaus, a support group of the Denver Art Museum, sent out over 90 disposable cameras to local Denverites, asking them to go out and shoot the city. The shutterbugs turned in their creative shots and the best picture from each camera was matted and displayed at the “Art of the City” party.
The photographs reflected each person's unique perspective and were strung on wires around the venue and could be bid on throughout the evening. Photogs included Joyce Meskis, owner of the Tattered Cover Bookstore, and famed Colorado photographer, John Fielder, Colorado artist, Duke Beardsley; Red Cross Mile High Chapter CEO, Christine Benero; boutique owner, Brandis Becky; rock critic and author, G Brown; rock promoter Barry Fey. Also, Bill Husted, John Huggins, Denise Montgomery, Frontier’s Andrew Hudson, Wendy Morris, Michelle Torrez, Kat Valentine, Anne Trujillo, Dahlia Weinstein, and three generations of the Weil Family of Rockmont Ranchwear.
Top bids went to John Fielder’s photo with the second top bid going to a photo taken by KBCO on-air personality, Keefer Fulgham.
“These photos are little jewels, a small part of Denver to hang on your wall,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper, a founding member of CultureHaus, referring to the matted prints displayed around the venue. He spoke about how CultureHaus was formed seven years ago to bring awareness for the Denver Art Museum and cultural activities in the Denver area to a younger age group. “This organization keeps coming up with more and interesting ideas to move forward, raising both funds and awareness for the DAM.” The event co-chairs Robyn Dino and Donna Crafton, joined him in thanking the many supporters and donors.
CultureHaus is a social and educational extension of the Denver Art Museum, and connects the young at heart of all ages with art. Founded in 1997, CultureHaus provides its members with a wide range of opportunities to learn about art and collecting. At exclusive events held nearly every month, members and guests can enjoy unique insights about art, private exhibition viewings, and the chance to meet other art enthusiasts and make new friends.