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December 01, 2012 - Raise the Arts at RedLine Gallery

Where: RedLine Gallery

When: Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $200

Host(s): Peter Kudla

Executive Director: PJ D'Amico

President(s): Laura Merage

Staff: Louise Pilar Martorano, Deputy Director; Jeremiah Archuleta, Facilities & Installation Manager; Robin Gallite, Education Director; Audrey Potter, Marketing Cooridinator; Adam Gordon, Development & Special Projects Manager

Catering: Catering by Design

Entertainment: Body painting and living sculptures by Borrillo Entertainment; perfromances by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Music: Cellist Ian Cooke, 303 Swing, DJ Noah Parman

Sponsors: Anna & John Sie Foundation, Riverstone Residential Group/Mill Creek Residential Trust, Sabrina Merage Foundation, Senn Visciano Canges, Simpson Housing; Exhibit Sponsor: Orange County Community Foundation, Sue M. Cannon; Studio Sponsor: Connexion Asset Group; Signature Sponsors: Bank of the West, Charles Hamlin, Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher LLP, John Madden Company, Land Title Guarantee, Paradigm Interiors LLC, Slice Works, Vectra Bank

Attendance: 200

Attire: Eclectic

Board of Directors: Dan Arensmeier, Lori Bauman, Jennifer Asbury, Catherine Coleman, Greg Geissler, Valeria Howard-Vason, Kathleen Johnson, Secretary, Peter Kudla, Laura Merage, President, Hilary Murphy, Tina Poe Obermeier, Morris Price, David Regan, Julie Rubsam, Brian Sherman, Treasurer, Rebecca Vaughan, Irit Waldbaum, Margaret L. Woodhull

 PJ D'Amico, left, Peter Kudla and Laura Merage
PJ D'Amico, left, Peter Kudla and Laura Merage

RedLine is a diverse urban laboratory where art, education and community converge.

Not only did these integral dynamics converge Saturday evening, but so did some hip, energetic guests and supporters, as guests of Mr. Force of Nature himself, Peter Kudla.

It was a rainbow of sensory treasures. There were models and "living sculptures" dressed in body paint, dancing and, in one room, camoflauged in a bed of food. There were food stations coordinated by Catering By Design, one of which allowed attendees to "design their own plate,"  and even the drinks were neon concoctions. There were performances by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. There were opportunities to dance to rock-step and jazz. There were speeches of appreciation by RedLine founder Laura Merage, Executive Director PJ D'Amico and Peter Kudla, who stood in front of the newly unveiled portrait of himself in brilliant colors (both on the inside and out). There were works of art in every imaginable venue, including a woman whose entire job for the evening was to iron pieces of cloth to be added to an eclectic piece in the middle of the room. And of course to top it all off, the colorful and dynamic personalities of sponsors, guests and supporters.

Founded by Laura Merage, RedLine is located at 2350 Arapahoe Street in Denver, Colorado. The building was designed by renowned architects Semple-Brown to encourage artists and visitors alike to enter a realm where inspiration remains absolutely unchecked. Guests of RedLine literally cross a “red line” into a space where they are free to explore their own creativity. In support, the building has been thoughtfully designed to bring art and beauty to the surrounding neighborhood and community and to incorporate as many environmentally friendly nuances as possible.

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