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June 2,   2016 
 
The Changing Scene Theatre: Alleyway of 1527 Champa Street. 1994
The Changing Scene Theatre: Alleyway of 1527 Champa Street     1994
 

The only thing constant, is change...

On our BLOGS section we have been able to stretch out and show more images, give some critical backgound information that compliments the art, and add some insight to our respect for Denver.

I have told you on more recent Blogs that I won't be writing monthly essays past the month of April 2016. Some may have missed the news from the Blog format, informing you I am no longer doing my blogs.  Sad, yes and no...

Onward. 

It has been tremendous.  Art and education have benefited.  My writing skills could have been better at times...I will write someday in depth on this whole gig.  I will write better for you, hopefully.  The photographs are the true stars, however. 

I am out here doing the next journey for us...The Changing Scene, you know...

Thank you to my wife, Candice Connally and webmaster, Janet James.

Thank you from all of us and our friends and vendors!

You all keep in touch.

Over and out for now.

Thank you.

- Kim Allen, June 2, 2016

 
November 1,   2015 
 
Monarch Mill on 15th and Delgany St. prior demo. - now location of MCA. 1991
Monarch Mill on 15th and Delgany Street, prior to demolition - now location of MCA     1991
 

This image is one of 4 as part of MCA Luminocity Gala fundraiser held October 22, 2015. 

The event was held on the 6th floor of the soon-to-be complete Triangle Building, located immediately southwest, across the street, behind Denver Union Station. 

My 4 framed images were bid/sold for $4,800.00.

I am not at liberty to disclose buyer's full name...I will say, Thank you, Amanda!  Enjoy! 

Thank you Adam Lerner and Nora Abrams and staff at MCA; we had a smashing time... 

Cheers

 
August 20,   2015
The Man Behind the Denver Photo Archives - by Justin Martin 

I followed Justin Martin's Denver Urban Review last year and discovered a new generation man presenting photographs, text, development, and community work. 

Justin has an inert composition of photographic work and writes exceedingly well! 

The opportunity to do an interview by Justin was fun - glad he asked.

Justin's family has roots in southwest Denver – Harvey Park neighborhood, my neighborhood – as a youth/young adult.  Thanks Justin, nice interview. 

I very much enjoyed this process and interview with Justin Martin.  Excellent work, excited to see curiosity and energy pursuing a plan, a vision of Denver.  An interesting list of questions from another perspective, spanning decades...changing of the guard. 

Justin writes and photographs on various aspects of Denver development issues with news and thoughts for our community's growth on urban living environments. 

Viewers, please peruse Denver Urban Review

 
June 1,   2015
Dana Crawford biography by Mike McPhee 

Denver's most pioneering community woman preservationist and developer is written about by former Denver Post writer Mike McPhee.  Book design and editor, Judy Anderson. 

This book will contain a large number of photographs.  Some of them are mine, and I consider my work as companion to Dana.  Dana and I saw a lot of the same exact moments in lower downtown...been an incredible run.  Now the new and old combine, built on the shoulders of Dana Crawford. 

I have five images in the book; here is a sample of three of them.

 

Flour Mill Building 1986
Looking north at towering concrete Flour Mill Building - desolation     1986

Dana Crawford taxi 1990
Dana Crawford Taxi prior to purchase of Acme Bldg. 1990

Demo of North wing of Union Station    1988
On left, demo of north wing of Union Station and area. 1988
 

I recommend the purchase of this important urban book on many levels...

Value people of Denver, places of Denver. Enrich your life with prideful respect.

Jump in everyone; we are trying to swim together.

 
March 4,   2015
Platte Forum
2400 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80205
 

Cole Bee Wilson and Friends – presenting "Lightning Bells and Wonder Bolts"

Jodi Pounds, the new Executive Director of Platte Forum, contacted me to photograph a series of photographs of Cole Bee Wilson working on his design of a piano being taken apart, wired for sound with light emanating through wires above, to illustrate the look of lightning...as part of a musical performance. 

Cole Bee Wilson is an installation, performance and sound artist working from the cities of Santa Fe, N.M. and Austin, Texas. 

We live only blocks from the new location of Platte Forum.  I very seldom do this type of work, but was happy for Jodi and staff with an exciting future of youth oriented, community art programs.  Good luck everyone! 

The images I took a week prior to the event can be seen on the Platte Forum website.

 
 
February 12,   2015
 
Very S.W. corner of Central Platte Valley, looking into Denver. 1986
Very southwest corner of Central Platte Valley, looking into Denver     1986
 

This image is like a story from a Twilight Zone episode...eerie. 

It does not look real..the old West meets the New West. 

It is real.

Please visit this image as part of RTD's "Throwback Thursday" Facebook postings. 

Thank you.  Enjoy.

 
February 11,   2015
 
Moffat Station Depot; 15th St. Viaduct demo in foreground. 1991
Moffat Station Depot; 15th Street Viaduct demo in foreground     1991
 

This framed image, was purchased by JE Dunn Construction, and presented to Balfour Riverfront Community Wednesday at their grand opening event.  The image was given to the owners of Balfour – Michael Schonbrun and Susan Juroe. 

Thank you JE Dunn Construction! 

Enjoy to all at Balfour Riverfront, art and education as companions! 
Balfour at Riverfront Park

 
February 5,   2015
 
Behind Denver Union Station under passenger platforms     1986
Behind Denver Union Station, under passenger platforms     1986
 

Cadence at Union Station purchased two VERY large images from me last year that are inside the "Jazz Lounge" as part of the larger resident lobby, located on the ground floor main entrance on 17th Street. 

The other image purchased is of Stevie Wonder marquee at the Paramount Theatre; it is slightly out of view of the video presentation you are offered below...

The videos feature Arabella Beaubrun and guests performing some very tasty music!  Jazz Night, February 4, 2015 at Cadence Union Station

 
January 6,   2015
 

Some of the Wynkoop Brewing founding members: L-R John Hickenlooper, Mark Williams, Mark Schiffler, Russell Schehrer, and Holiday, the famous brew dog     1988
 

A good image is made better when a person in the image goes on to become the Mayor of Denver...an later, on to his second term as Governor of Colorado. 

The new H.Q of the IMA Financial Company is located in the new, separate north wing building; it is a gem.  The IMA employee cafeteria is located on the first floor near the steps of the new pedestrian walkway to the west, over the Union Station rail tracks directly behind Union Station. 

My framed image of the above scene is seen through the window, facing south.  Enjoy.

 
November 4,   2014
 

The image below was sold to a prominent development company with projects nationally.  Vail and lower downtown Denver are part of their vast planning and development communities.

 

Under platforms at Denver Union Station     1985
Under train passenger platforms behind Denver Union Station     1985
 

Eddy Bowles, owner of The Corner Framing at Speer Boulevard and 32nd Avenue, framed 5 large 16" x 24" images that look excellent – triple matte with wonderful accent colors and a classic black frame...classy work, Eddy. 

You and your staff are doing great work.  Thank you very much!

To take a closer look at my image and The Corner Framing services, I invite you to peruse their website and Facebook of November 4, 2014. 

The Corner Framing
3275 West 32nd Avenue
Denver, CO  80211
720-633-4368

http://www.thecornerframing.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheCornerframing

 
October   2014
 
Muddy's Coffee  house on 15th Street, Denver, Co 1992
Muddy's Coffeehouse on 15th Street     1992
 

People reach out to me through contact via our website. Cosmic gifts from various energy of others... we connect from their impetus. Communication is a good thing.

Martha Ann Kennedy wrote me from Descanso, California telling me of her plans to move home to Colorado. Martha chose Monte Vista, Colorado located in the vast and enchanting San Luis Valley. Welcome home Martha!

I'm a Writer, Yes I am - is Martha Ann Kennedy's Blog. Please visit her Blog for great writing, insightful wisdom of our past and present. Carry on...

Martha asked me for permission to use a couple images of mine relating to some of her experience's in Denver 1980's - 1990's.

Please visit Martha's fine work, wish her happiness in her new home in Colorado.

Enjoy

 
September   2014

Some of my photographs take on a life of their own ...

Original founding partners of the Wynkoop Brewing Company.

This image will soon be featured in the September issue of the Men's Journal.

 
 
Left to Right: John Hickenlooper, Jerry Williams, Mark Schiffler, Russell Schehrer
and Holiday, the brew dog     1988
 
August  2014
 

Westword editor, Patricia Calhoun, writes a fine article about the original Terminal Bar and the recently opened new Terminal Bar in our renovated Denver Union Station.

My 1985 color image of the Terminal Bar is featured in the article as a reference point of our past and present.  I'll have a drink to that, maybe several ...

 
 Terminal Bar on 17th Street, looking north on Wazee Street     1985
On 17th Street looking north on Wazee Street     1985

Read Patricia Calhoun's Westword article here

 
August  2014
 

The image below was purchased for display at the Denver Union Station/Amtrak ticket area.  All aboard.  Enjoy.

 
 
Under passenger platforms behind Denver Union Station   1985
Under passenger platforms behind Denver Union Station     1985
 
June  2014
 

A couple of unknown images of mine may be selected for an upcoming documentary about a special life and talent that were sadly and abruptly ended. 

The studio of this gifted sculptor, who worked in lower downtown in the late 1980's and early 1990's, is located in one of these photos ... stay tuned.

 
 Under east/west Speer Viaduct,  Denver, CO 1989
 Under the East/West Speer Viaduct, prior to demolition     1989


Acme building at 14th Street and Wazee, Denver 1990
Acme building at 14th Street and Wazee Street     1990  
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
6:00 PM
Make A Wish Colorado Fundraiser - "Everything that Sparkles"

Maggiano's on the 16th Street Mall - A great event, a special evening

 
 
Some of original founders of Wynkoop Brewing Company     1988  
 

Governor John Hickenlooper, beer and restaurateur visionary, will be guest speaking about giving support for the health challenges of our youth of serious consequences. 

My image is an honor to be invited for a special evening.  Sincere thanks to Jason Maybee of Maggianos Denver, for directing the group of artists, magician, The Samples, beverage and food for the event.  This event will be uplifting and successful in aiding a difficult journey.

Maggiano's, Wynkoop Brewery and "together" for a great fundraiser.

 
March 19, 2014
Denver Union Station
 

This image is 1 of 4 framed photographs purchased by a new and exciting business to grace the Denver Union Station area.

 
March 14, 2014
 

This image is 1 of 8 framed photographs purchased by a prominent land owner of the Auraria area. 

 
December 13, 2013

 Denver Union Station and passenger platforms. 1985
Denver Union Station and passenger platforms     1985

Stevie Wonder Sold Out Denver, CO 1995 
Stevie Wonder "Sold Out" Paramount Theatre     1995

Cadence Apartments at Union Station; 1920 17th Street will be featuring these above images, 6' x 9' in their lobby.

Zocalo Community Development is a progressive and Denver based development company lead by David Zucker, Susan Maxwell and Chris Achenbach.

Hard work by many is moving Denver forward to an exciting future.

Old and new are now companions. My hard work of past and present has evolved for great satisfaction of my work displayed.

A gracious thank you to everyone at Zocalo Community Development.

Congratulations for Cadence at Union Station!

http://cadenceunionstation.com

http://www.zocalodevelopment.com

 

September 20, 2013

Mercury Café owner Marilyn Megenity is hosting an evening of music and art for a benefit to Dede LaRue's medical expenses.

Renna Shesso is the organizing curator of this special evening and event. Dede and I go a long way back.  She is extremely talented – a strong woman. When friend's need help, we do our best!

 Flamingo Art by Dede LaRue, Denver, CO 1986
Flamingo Art by Dede LaRue at 1520 Wazee Street     1986

My image above will be available at the silent art auction. Art work from Susan Goldstein, Deborah Jang, Mark Friday, John Bonath and many other artists will be featured.

Music Benefit and Art Auction
FRIDAY Sept. 20, 2013
Art auction 6-8 pm
Music 7-10 pm
$10.00 - see you there!

http://www.larue-view.com/

Mercury Café
2199 California Street
Denver, CO. 80205


July 11, 2013

Talya Dornbush Director of Colorado Visual Art Education program is hosting a curation by Nate Greene of my work and a group discussion.

A selected group of 25 high school, young adults, 16 plus, will learn from architects, artists, and various urban professionals on topics of art/design of their community.

It will include the introduction of their thoughts and interests, combined with the experience and guidance of current working professionals.

It is a wonderful invitation.  I will learn from the students as well.  It will be great.

I was inspired by early D.P.S. "field trips" of urban Denver, and later, of visits to the D.P.L.

The gift continues ...

Miner statue atop Miners Exchange Building, Denver, CO 1986
Miner Statue that was on the top of the Miners Exchange Building at 15th and Arapahoe Street.  Now the location of Brooks Tower high rise. 1986

Metropolitan State University


May 2013

H.G.T.V.
High Noon Productions
3035 South Parker Road Suite 500
Denver, CO. 80014

Coming soon, a few of my images and happenstance will combine on HGTV for great stories and wonderful community vibes in Denver.

Highnoon Productions filmed "Bang For Your Buck", partially in the RINO neighborhood.

Some filming was done at the home of my friend of 20 years. What a pleasure for me to be invited to add some of my images for this particular production.

The show will be airing in 2013.

Historical image near 11th & Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO
Near 11th Street and Auraria Parkway area, looking North

Historical image at the 2900 block of Inca Street, Denver, Colorado
2900 block of Inca Street, looking Southeast

Historical image at the 1400 block of Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado
1400 block of Wynkoop Street, looking Northeast


April 2013

Fireman's Grain Elevator prior to demoliton, near Coors Field, Denver, CO  1990
Fireman's Grain Elevator prior to demolition and the area of Coors Field
that is now home plate and the pitchers mound     1990

Proud to say ... this image has recently been added to the Colorado Rockies Owner's Suite.

When I took these photographs, I knew such earned appreciation would mature ...

Play ball!


July 18, 2012
Westword Magazine
"
How the Wynkoop Brewing almost wasn't the oldest brewpub in Colorado"

Article by Jonathan Shikes in his "Beer Man" role in Cafe Society section of
the Westword posting of July 18, 2012.

Interesting story on the beginning years of the brew pub industry in Colorado
that involved possible Chicago investors for a brew pub in Denver and also
the Carver Brewery of Durango.

My wife was born in Durango, I'll drink a beer to that...


Left to right: John Hickenlooper, Jerry Williams, Mark Schiffler,
Russell Schehrer and Holiday, the famous brew-dog     1988


July 12, 2012 (my Mom's birthday)

This image below is proudly featured as part of a presentation by Haselden Construction Company. Haselden has been prominent in the Denver area since 1973 and is listed in the Top 400 nationally, and Top 40 regionally.

A thank you to Haselden Construction Company, for their contributions to the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. A special thank you to Al Slattery for his hard work and research for this presentation.

Auraria rail yards, now Elitches and Pepsi Center, Denver, CO 1986
Auraria rail yards, now Elitches and Pepsi Center     1986


June 16, 2012

A large exhibition of my work is scheduled at a prominent venue in Denver.  It will feature my classic black and white images of Denver and new color images from the exact same location, as well as a self-published book to augment the exhibition. 

Stay tuned; it will be a couple years at least.  I will keep you informed. I am very excited, a dream come true.


May 3, 2012

Denver Public Library
10 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO. 80204

I am very happy and proud my framed image of the train platforms behind Denver Union Station has been accessioned by the Denver Public Library into their permanent art collection. A gracious and respectful Thank You to Jim Kroll, Manager of the Denver Central Library Western History/Genealogy Department and his entire staff.

Looking North from behind Denver Union Station,Denver, CO     1985
Looking North from behind Denver Union Station     1985


November 16, 2011

Mark Smith, founding principal of East West Partners, and instrumental in the vision and creation of Riverfront Park, along with his team of Cindy Haner and Shawna Topor, are featuring this image of mine.


Looking East after 16th Street Viaduct demo on
16th Street and Little Raven Street area     1993


September 9, 2011

The Urban Land Institute is hosting regional and national conference's.

Mark Falcone, Founder and CEO of Continuum, and also an innovative developer and visionary of Denver and Lower Downtown Denver along with his team of Andrea Mrzlak, are featuring some my images of the 1400 block of Delgany Street as part of their presentation.

16th Street Viaduct, looking Southwest, Denver Colorado  1992
From the 16th Street Viaduct, looking Southwest at the
Delgany Street and 15th Street Area     1992

5th Street at Delgany Street, looking Southeast, Denver, Colorado     1988
15th Street at Delgany Street, looking Southeast     1988

Speer Viaduct, looking Northeast, Denver, Colorado   1986
From the Speer Viaduct looking N.E. onto the 1400 Delgany Street Area     1986


August 18, 2011
Historic Denver


Colorado Saddlery Building, from the 15th Street Viaduct

Please join fellow lower downtown historical and architectural enthusiasts for a happy hour event and theme, "Vintage Western". Enjoy conversations, beverages, and western attire, with tours of the Colorado Saddlery Building, now proudly named The Saddlery, 1500 Wynkoop Street.

 

 

 

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