Reed Art & Imaging would like to extend belated happy birthday wishes to Denver photographer, teacher and lecturer, James O. Milmoe, who celebrated his 90th birthday at the Cactus Club in LoDo on April 21st.
“Jim was playing the drums when we walked in — I had no idea that he was a drummer!” said longtime friend, Barb Pullin “…and he was pretty good!”
Although the party wasn’t a surprise, the drum kit that Milmoe’s daughter, Robin, had waiting for him, was. It didn’t take any coaxing on her part for James to sit down and start jamming with the piano player. “I haven’t played in years!”, he told Betty Reed “It’s just like riding a bike!”
James Milmoe is good at a lot of things. Known for his trademark bolo ties (handmade by the man himself!) the photographer is equally well known for his outgoing personality and easy sense of humor and, of course, his many roles in the Denver creative community. His body of work is well-represented in practically every facet of modern media, including books, catalogs, magazines, newspapers, calendars, note cards, postcards, motion pictures and television.
In addition to being recently named as one of Westword’s 100 Colorado Creatives in Denver, Milmoe is a Fellow of the Photographic Society
of America, a recipient of the Colorado Governor’s Award, and a member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. He also helped found the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC), so it should come as no surprise to anyone that he was honored this year with the 5th Annual Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award.
James is still working and exhibiting, with two recent shows, Up Close and Far Away: The Photographic Art of Jim Milmoe at The Pattern Shop Studio on Blake Street, Denver, and Stop/Look/See Photography by James Milmoe, at The Arvada Center.
Don’t forget to catch Jame’s appearance on the Arts District show on RMPBS, where he talks about what ‘Stop, Look and See’ can mean to the experience of looking at, not just the art of photography, but art and life in general.
The Month of Photography 2015 was a roaring success! This year’s MoP ran from mid February to the end of May with one show going all the way to July. Gary and I put together a weekly list of openings that we planned on attending, and invited friends to join us. We were out every week from Wednesday to Saturday and hit a grand total of 72 openings — it was exhilarating!
The MoP organizers really had their stuff together on the www.mopdenver.com website. The photography and information of each Gallery, Coffee House and Sponsor was effective, colorful and clear; a helpful feature that made it super-easy to find out each day what and where events would be happening.
After a few times out, we discovered a consistent theme going on with the exhibits: White walls, white frames and white mats seemed to be the standard presentation. After several weeks everyone else was talking about it too. I have to admit, this style lent added visual punch by making the photographs stand out and not compete with their surroundings.
This event also brought the creative community together and gave everyone an opportunity to make new friends, see old ones and see to it that photography was the buzz around town!
There were so many fantastic photography exhibitions. Here – in no particular order – are the ones that left the strongest impression on us:
Donna Rae Altieri: 50 Years in Your Face / Ironton Studios and Gallery
In a word: “Fun”. Donna’s photography over the decades is just so entertaining and a joy to see.
Jason DeMarte: Confected / Rule Gallery
“Amazing and Beautiful” Congrats to Valerie and Rachael.
The Long Road: A Photographic Journey / The work and legacy of Hal Gould and Denver’s Camera Obscura Gallery Dona Laurita Gallery in Louisville
Being there at the opening and it also being Hal’s birthday made it a special day. It was like a taste of the old Camera Obscura days. Gallery owner Dona Laurita put together a fantastic exhibit.
Role Play – CPAC Group Show Exhibition / Redline Project Space Gallery
Well-presented and engaging. Great job Rupert Jenkins and Connor King.
Liz Hickok: Ground Waters / Michael Warren Contemporary Gallery
Liz’s work is so unique. We loved it and the mural at 34th and Downing was spectacular.
Analog / Mike Wright Gallery
Mike and Sarah hit a major home run with this blockbuster.
Focus Spark / Gallery
A group show, this one curated by Mark Sink had wonderful style and variety and Reed’s own Marti Foxhoven sold one of her pieces!
Grays Space Gallery / Curated by Sarah LaVigne
Sarah always pulls together a great show and this one certainly did not disappoint — a fantastic way to kick off the MoP season.
Entre Nous: The Salon Romantique / Presents The Nude / Entre Nous Galerie
Elegant — to say the least.
Not As It Seems & Vigorous Revelations / Valkarie Gallery
Two exhibits at Belmar that were well curated and worthy of a top MoP listing. We even bought two pieces! I’d like to put a shout out to Bob Jewett and his amazing show.
What Has Never Been… Is / Hinterland
When Sabin Aell puts a show together you know it’s gonna rock!
Travelers 5, It’s all in Black and White, Focal Points / Tbellphotographic Studio
The three shows for MoP at Tbell Gallery. The Travelers show curated by Sharon Meriash is always, always a fun and interesting exhibit. Reed’s Bob Jewett and Gary Reed were amongst the selected photographers. The Black and White show is also a MoP tradition that we would never miss, and the final show, Focal Points, was another wonderful collaboration of Terri Bell and Sharon Meriash. So good, we bought two pieces here also! And BTW, Jody Akers took Best of Show in the Black and White Show.
The Origins of Photography, Past and Present / The Pattern Shop Studio
Wow, what a collection of vintage imagery. No wonder it ran for over two months.
Damak to Denver: A Picture Me Here Project / Curated by Brigid McAuliffe Denver Photo Art/John Fielders Colorado Gallery
Get to know their story and all you can say is “Amazing!”. Images that really make you think about how and where you grew up. Not only that but by far the best food!
The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder
There were three shows here at the same time and each was well displayed, well curated and totally fascinating.
Alternative Processes / Art Students League of Denver
Now how great was it that ASLD was showing photography! This was a small but very interesting exhibit.
Lift / St. Mark’s
OK, so the girls rocked it again with fantastic images of all shapes, sizes and styles.
Surface Film / Anthology Fine Art
Zach and Kendra’s annual photo show/ fundraiser for Trout Unlimited. This show gets stronger every year and this one had some very cool images.
Far Between / Robischon Gallery
Well done, Jim. This exhibit was definitely in our top five.
Kristen Hatgi: A Tented Sky / Gildar Gallery
Redline was once again the mothership of MoP and hosted ‘Playing with Beauty’.
This was another show curated by Mark Sink that was both big and beautiful. The opening night brought everyone together for a great time, great art and a chance to see and be seen with some of the incredible talent Denver has to offer.
It was an amazing journey and we’re sorry it’s over. Looking forward to 2017!
Denver’s Month of Photography is over. The scope and talent that the local art community brought to this global event was impressive, and, we would venture to say, as ambitious as many of the larger urban centers.
Local offerings were many and eclectic; from a fascinating presentation by Jay Kinghorm on current publishing models in multimedia; to Navajo artist Will Wilson’s exhibition and discussion of not-so-classic portraiture of Native Americans. And of course, The Big Picture Project, an event that Reed Art & Imaging was honored and excited to participate in.
The ‘wheat pastes’ will be coming down soon but anticipation is already high for the next go-around in 2015.
As a devotee of the local art and photography scene, Reed Art & Imaging would like to join with the rest of the art community in thanking everyone who sponsored, exhibited and attended this important and stimulating event.
A special thanks must go out to Mark Sink for his invaluable leadership in making The Denver Month of Photography a raging success!
Bardo Coffee House at 238 South Broadway in Denver has an exciting show featuring 3 fantastic artists for the Month of Photography. The show titled Sensual Fiction at the Bardow highlights 3 female artists at their best.
Curated by Richard Peterson for Month of Photography, the show features photographs by Terri Bell, Valerie Photogoddess and Wendi Schneider.
A recent outing with several members of the ReedArt & Imaging TrueArt team gave the show (and the lunch with coffee) a unanimous two thumbs up. Drop by Bardos for a cup of coffee, the friendly service, and the fantastic fine art photography.
The show hangs through April 1, 2013.