Denver’s F4D Studio Shows Creativity At Best

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Denver is fast becoming a hub recognized for creative talents that run the gamut from artists and videographers taking video to the next level with cutting edge creativity.  Take F4D Studio for example, a studio situated in Denver’ RiNo District, that is on the fast track to success. Founders, Travis Conklin  and Gabriel Rovick, credit the idea of keeping it old school- meaning they collaborate with different artists who focus on their specific talent whether it be lighting, cinematography or editing.
“We believe a working team with each member being a master of their respective craft can lead to more creative ideas and a polished finished product,” say Conklin and Rovick.
The mindset has landed F4D Studio some big name clients- including The New York Times, Sports Authority and Icelantic Skis. I had a chance to head over to the studio (for a head shot refresh) and to chat with the guys behind the operation. By the way, if you are looking for headshots this is a great place to consider. The studio is laid back and will bring out that smile.
Denver's F4D Studio Shows Creativity At Best

Denver’s F4D Studio Shows Creativity At Best

Q: What is the most memorable project you have worked on? 

A:  Recently, when working with Icelantic Skis to promote the now annual Winter on the Rocks, we went to Oskar Blues Brewing to make a batch of beer special to Icelantic called “IceyPA,” and documented the whole event. For Sports Authority, we got to fly helicopters at Sports Authority Field, film on the field as well as in the store to create recruiting videos. To think that our work is now being seen by hundreds of thousands of potential employees is really exciting.  Knowing that we are helping build other brands with our creativity while having fun is a great reward in itself.

Q: Tell us about your backgrounds. 

A: Both Gabe and Travis went to the Art Institute of Colorado for photography, and after that went on to work with David LaChapelle Studios in LA. Eventually we came back to Colorado and started Focus4Design, and Travis brought his ConkWear clothing company back with him. Managing a small business is one thing, but we’ve expanded so much in the past few years that it’s really become a family where everyone has input.

Q: What is the biggest challenge of the business? And reward? 

A: The biggest challenge in the photo/video world is choosing which creative avenue you want to pursue because there are endless possibilities.  From commercials, weddings, portraits, documentaries and TV shows we have done it all.  Since we’ve been open to trying anything, we’ve been able to build some great relationships with people we never even thought we’d work with.

So, our biggest challenge really turned into the biggest reward in that we wanted to build relationships and help other businesses with creative needs, and through that, we’ve been able to grow as a business and continue doing what we love. But it would be nice to have some more free time.

Q:  What do you most love about Colorado? 

A: The weather is amazing, the people are down to earth and we enjoy skiing in the winter and riding mountain bikes in the summer. But really, Colorado fosters creativity and creative people, so whenever we embark on a new project, it’s a new venture for us.

Q: What is something readers would be surprised to know about you or your business?

 We cover some great charity events in Colorado including : Denver Polo Classic, Denver Derby Party, Cuvee’s Flight to Luxury. 

Denver's F4D Studio Shows Creativity At Best

Denver’s F4D Studio Shows Creativity At Best

 

Denver's F4D Studio Shows Creativity At Best

Denver’s F4D Studio Shows Creativity At Best

 

Denver's F4D Studio Shows Creativity At Best

Denver’s F4D Studio Shows Creativity At Best

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10 Things To Do In Denver During Memorial Day Weekend

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Denver celebrates the start of the summer season with a long weekend packed with events, including a free, day-long music festival in downtown Denver, thrilling pro sports and outdoor adventure.  This is just the beginning of summer in The Mile High City.

1.    Honor our military heroes at the Memorial Day Parade and Tribute Ceremony, May 25

Denver will commemorate those who lost their lives while serving our country during this event, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Civic Center Park. The Veterans Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument follows the parade.

2. Encounter Mammoths & Mastodons at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, through May 27

It’s the last weekend to experience this exhibit, where you will encounter some of Earth’s most awe-inspiring mammals and see the fossils discovered at the Snowmass Dig in Colorado.

Mammoths & Mastodons at DMNS

Mammoths & Mastodons at DMNS

3. See Thomas Jefferson’s Bible at the History Colorado Center, through May 27

Don’t miss this rare showing of Jefferson’s Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, which Thomas Jefferson assembled in 1820.

4.    Rock out all day long at Denver Day of Rock,  May 25

For the fifth year in a row, downtown Denver’s 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with 25 free rock concerts performed on five stages throughout the day.

5.    Shake things up at ArtStir, May 24-27

Local creatives get crafty at the first ArtStir Denver, a weekend-long market at the Denver Pavilions showcasing Colorado art, music and fashion.

6.    Wander through Colorado’s best art at The Downtown Denver Arts Festival, May 24-26

Mix and mingle with thousands of fellow fine art lovers at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, during the 15th Annual event that features more than 150 of Colorado’s best artists.

7.    Experience major league soccer with the Colorado Rapids, May 25

At Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Rapids take on Chivas USA

8.    Take a date to Sense and Sensibility The Musical, through May 26

It’s your last chance to see this musical in Denver at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

9.    Sing along with Les Misérables, May 22-26

Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables returns to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for one week along with the songs you know you can’t help but sing along to.

10.    Catch a concert under the stars at Red Rock Park and Amphitheatre with the Randy Rogers Band and the Casey Donahew Band, May 26

Enjoy an Americana-filled evening with two country bands at one of the world’s most famous outdoor venues.

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10 Shops to Stop: Beaver Creek

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10 Shops to Stop: Beaver Creek

The intimate Beaver Creek Village covers all the bases. Here are some top spots for good eats, whimsical art galleries, and shops selling some of the world’s oldest artifacts.

1. Blue Moose Pizza

Salad Pizza From Blue Moose Offer A Dynamite Combination!

Salad Pizza From Blue Moose Offer A Dynamite Combination!

Salad Pizzas from Blue Moose are a dynamite combination of two of America’s favorite meals. Whole wheat crust is topped with an array of ingredients before crisp romaine is placed on top. The Mediterranean Salad Pizza is made with roasted red peppers, onions, tomatoes and spinach along with melted feta and mozzarella.

When it comes to plain ole pies the creativity keeps rocking. The Autumn Pizza is made with crimini mushrooms, parsley, parmesan, garlic, truffle oil, olive oil and goat cheese. Order the Buffalo Wing Pizza and you may find yourself licking your fingers! The pizza joint also serves up hot Italian entrees, salads and subs. Red checkered table clothes along with kid-colored pictures of moose’s covering the walls make this a great choice for a mountain casual experience.

 Blue Moose Pizza

76 Avondale Lane

(970) 845-8666

2. Beaver Creek Sports

With six slopeside locations, Beaver Creek Sports is ready to get you on the mountain as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether you are a beginner skier or advanced, knowledgeable employees will make sure you have skis to best suit you. Friendly customer service representatives keep lines moving quickly and make sure you are swept away by first chair. Every accessory and apparel item you need to stay warm on the slopes is also sold inside.

Beaver Creek Sports

For a list of locations

 

3. The Metropolitan

Play bartender at this savvy wine bar with the Enomcatic Wine Dispenser

Play bartender at this savvy wine bar with the Enomcatic Wine Dispenser

Play bartender at this savvy wine bar with the Enomcatic Wine Dispenser. It’s only one of three Colorado, making this a signature experience. Choose from 1.5 oz taste, a 3 oz, 1/2 glass or a 6 oz full glass. The 1.5 oz taste is perfect to get a sample of pricier wines. At the bar, the selection expands with more than 80 wines from across the world to top off glasses. You will also find one of the few tapas menus in Beaver Creek. Some top items: Bacon Wrapped Dates, Deviled Eggs, and Balsamic Ships Gratin.

The Metropolitan

210 Offerson Road, Suite C201

(970) 748-3123

4. Beaver Crepes

Just steps from the ice skating rink, Beaver Crepes is serving up delicious made to order crepes!

Just steps from the ice skating rink, Beaver Crepes is serving up delicious made to order crepes!

Just steps from the ice skating rink, Beaver Crepes is serving up delicious made to order crepes! If you have a case of the sweets, try the Figure Skater which is made with apples, dried cranberries, cinnamon and sugar. If you are looking for a savory option there are several options chalked up. The First Chair is made with bacon, egg whites and cheese. Fireside seats available!

Beaver Crepes

60 Avondale Lane

Avon, CO 81620

5. Hawick Cashmere

Hawick Cashmere sells several options of cashmere sweaters in more than 50 popping colors!

Hawick Cashmere sells several options of cashmere sweaters in more than 50 popping colors!

Take a piece of Scotland home with you! Hawick Cashmere sells several options of cashmere sweaters in more than 50 popping colors! After picking a shade and style that best suites you, your order is made are the Scotland factory, then shipped to you. The 138 year old company is produces an array of garments from sweater, scarves and jumpers for men and women.

Hawick Cashmere

112B Beaver Creek Plaza

(970) 845-8888

6. By Nature Gallery

By nature gallery sells both fossils on a large and smaller scale, decorative objects for homes and a collection of meteorites and minerals.

By nature gallery sells both fossils on a large and smaller scale, decorative objects for homes and a collection of meteorites and minerals.

Displayed prominently in a second floor window, the giant ground sloth fossil pulls several curious people inside this gem of a store. The massive fossil, which is for sale, is one of the most complete fossils discovered. The store also sells fossils on a smaller scale, decorative objects for homes and a collection of meteorites and minerals. You can’t leave without handpicking a geode and having an employee crack it open before you leave!  ”I love watching the looks on people’s faces when they discover their childhood again,” says store owner Rick Rolater.

By Nature Gallery

61 Avondale Ln. Avon, CO 81620

(970) 949-1805

7. Black Family Ice Rink

The Black Family Ice Rink is smack in the middle of the Beaver Creek Village and boasts a majestic mountain backdrop.

The Black Family Ice Rink is smack in the middle of the Beaver Creek Village and boasts a majestic mountain backdrop.

Lace up and get ready for a catch foot spiral! This outdoor ice skating rink is smack in the middle of the Beaver Creek Village and boasts a majestic mountain backdrop. The rink is open daily from 12-9 so you can skate under the stars. And Monday nights- the 70′s are in full force for Disco night.

Pricing: $14 adults, $8 kids 12 and under. $5 if you have your own skates.

Black Family Ice Rink

60 Avondale Ln.

(970) 845-0438

8. Horton Fine Art Galleries

Horton Fine Art Gallery sells an array of artwork from both Colorado artists and artists from around the world.

Horton Fine Art Gallery sells an array of artwork from both Colorado artists and artists from around the world.

A legacy lives on at Horton Fine Art Galleries. One of the most recognized statues in Beaver Creek is the Repentance Bear, which was crafted by the namesake of the gallery, Walter Horton. (Yes, it’s the bear with an arrow stuck in his rear end, looking towards a Native American child with his bow.) Horton, a former cartoonist who also had mega talent for sculpture, died in 2010, but his son, Jesse carries on his talent. The gallery doubles as a studio where Jesse is recreating the Repentance Bear for New Jersey customer. The gallery also sells an array of artwork from both Colorado artists and artists from around the world.

Horton Fine Art Galleries

158 Beaver Creek Plaza

(970) 949 1660

 

9. Rimini

At Rimini you can find gelato, a secret blend hot cocoa, warm drink as well as soup and salad.

At Rimini you can find gelato, a secret blend hot cocoa, warm drink as well as soup and salad.

For a quick warm me up, sip on a made from scratch hot cocoa from Rimini. Made with three kinds of milk, two types of chocolate a sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla, your taste buds will be delighted. Or cool off with one of the 24 flavors of gelato crafted with recipes from Rimini, Italy. For the lunch crowd- a daily soup and sandwich of the day is served. And for those wanting to pack a punch into a warm drink, order up the Irish coffee or mulled wine!

Rimini

45 W. Thomas Place C-24

Phone: 970-949-6156

Q Boutique

From purses, clothing, jewelry and hats you may find the perfect find for your wardrobe at Q Boutique.

From purses, clothing, jewelry and hats you may find the perfect find for your wardrobe at Q Boutique.

Buy a piece of jewelry from Love Heals inside this boutique and ten trees will be planted in Ethiopia. California based Love Heals has planted more than 1 million trees in Ethiopia by selling handcrafted jewelry. The soulful designs sparkle with colorful gemstones. From purses, clothing, jewelry and hats you may find the perfect find for your wardrobe. ”We try to find things no one else has that different and from an international crowd.”

Q Boutique

At the east end of the ice rink 

970 949 7733

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Western Home & Design Center Expected to Bring Big Business to Denver Mart

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Western Home & Design Center expected to bring big business to Denver Mart (formerly Denver Merchandise Mart).

Western Home & Design Center expected to bring big business to Denver Mart (formerly Denver Merchandise Mart).

The new owners of Denver Mart are keeping momentum on their side with the opening of the Western Home & Design Center. Now under new ownership, the Denver Mart (formerly the Denver Merchandise Mart) is announcing the opening of the new Western Home & Design Center.  “The Western Home and Design Center will be unlike any other western furnishing retail destination in Colorado, featuring many of the most unique and exclusive designs anywhere,” said John Doyle.“Our first phase will include 22 manufacturers, occupying 10,000 square feet of space, and provide both private buyers and the public the opportunity to see and purchase some of the finest western furnishing. We’ll be opening just in time for the Stock Show, and are looking forward to the opportunity of sharing this first, important venture towards the reincarnation of this tremendous retail mart.”

The Western Home and Design Center will feature art, rugs, hand-tooled chairs, dining tables, lighting and accessories from Desert Digs, Green Gables, Handle-Bar Ranch, Sonoran Range and Steel Strike. Plans are already in place to grow the Western Home and Design Center to 30,000 square feet by March 2013, and expand to as many as 40 vendors in following months.

More information regarding The Denver Mart is available at www.DenverMart.com.

Western Home & Design Center expected to bring big business to Denver Mart (formerly Denver Merchandise Mart).

Western Home & Design Center expected to bring big business to Denver Mart (formerly Denver Merchandise Mart).

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Artist Hires People with Developmental Disabilities

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 SCORE two tickets to ‘Recycled Runway’ to benefit SustainAbility. Headpieces made by Bang Salon composed entirely recycled materials walk the runway. Local artists, such as Deanne Nixon, will display work and musicians will rock out! Plus, pastries from WaterCourse Bakery will be served.

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  2. Leave a reply of your favorite designer on the story athttp://catchcarri.com/2012/02/28/recyled-runway-to-benefit-recycling-company-that-employs-people-with-disablities/

DONE!

One randomly selected winner will receive two tickets for show on Friday. Visit: bangsalon.net for more information on the event.

CSU grad Deanne Nixon calls her “pinwheel” art an accidental discovery. A professor at Colorado State University handed her a Vogue magazine with instructions to use every page in a project. In a hurry, she wanted to find a way to use as many pages as efficiently as possible. Using an origami technique she formed each page into a pinwheel.                                     Soon, she realized something much more incredible than she could have imagined was created. “I was unmotivated to make it but the end result turned out to be my biggest motivator,” says Nixon.

Magazine papers are now substituted for fabric of every color and pattern she can get her hands on. Whimsical pinwheels are formed by folding cloth in an accordion style, twisting it into a circle and dashing it with a clear glue to hold it together. Nixon has been an artist her entire life but found one channel to direct her energy.

The stunning art has made its way in several shows, coffee shops and also in the Cherry Creeks Art Festival last summer when Nixon was selected as an emerging artist. Her pieces were so well received she sold 23 of 30 canvases on the spot.

Nixon’s art is stunning beyond the surface. She hires people with developmental disabilities to make the pin wheels. “People are attracted to it visually, and then when they hear the story it grabs their heart,” says Nixon.

Dixon will be showing at ‘Recycled Runway’ March 2nd at Sherman Events Center from 7-10.Gallery not found. Please check your settings.

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