Maybe you've heard of Community Supported Agriculture. You pay a set amount and that gives you so many shares of produce from a local farm.
Well...Denver Botanic Gardens and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) have partnered to create Community Supported Art Colorado (CSArt Colorado). Modeled closely on farming Community Supporting Agriculture programs (CSAs) that link local crop producers with local consumers, the CSArt program connects local artists with local art lovers.
Here's how it works: The program sells 100 shares of art for $400 each. Shareholders receive invitations to three art distribution events scheduled throughout 2013 where they meet the participating artists, socialize, and pick up three original works of art at each of these events, for a total of nine pieces of art throughout the year.
CSArt Colorado will be commemorated each year with a unique, reusable bag, box, or crate for shareholders to use throughout the year to pick up their artworks.
I'm thinking there will be lots of discussion among artists and some push-back from artists who don't want their work treated like, well, like fruits or vegetables. But, I've got to tell you, I'm getting ready to write a check for $400. It will be fun. Not serious. A brilliant win-win idea, no?
CSArt Colorado wants to enlist a diverse group of artists who embrace the spirit and philosophy of the program. Curators from BMoCA and the Gardens will select the participating artists through an open call for submissions. Artists working in all art disciplines are invited to submit their work. For 2013, 18 emerging and established Colorado-based artists will be selected from applications submitted through www.callforentry.org. Each artist selected will receive an honorarium in the amount of $850 to support the production of 59 original works of art – 50 works for the shareholders and nine works of art for the participating artists.
|I love biographies. Authorized or unauthorized, they are secret glimpses into the private lives of the rich and privileged, the politically connected, the notable-quotables. Here are some of my faves from 2012.
Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated us as much as the Clintons. What fueled their “co-presidency” was the codependency of their marriage. By the time they reached the White House, they had developed a dynamic of her forgiving his infidelities and him giving her increasing veto power over political decisions. In his book BILL AND HILLARY: POLITICS OF THE PERSONAL, historian William Chafe takes a fresh look at the political rise and fortunes of the Clintons, still a huge force in American politics.
While not, strictly speaking, an autobiography, FRAGMENTS is a publication of the poems, intimate notes and letters of the endlessly fascinating Marilyn Monroe who was the defining actress of her age. Her performances in "The Seven Year Itch" and "Some Like it Hot" are iconic. When Marilyn died in 1962, her personal papers were given to her acting coach. When he died, his widow discovered two boxes of poems (who knew?) and other of Marilyn’s writings—many of them are included in this totally cool book.
||Philip Norman, who wrote the best-selling biography of John Lennon, now takes on the famously enigmatic MICK JAGGER. Through five decades at the Rolling Stones’ front man (he’s nearly 70), Jagger is the ultimate survivor of rock 'n' roll. This sizzling tell-all book (some hot stuff about Sting!) has had Mick’s complete cooperation.|
||The consummate hostess and Washington insider during the golden years of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, Susan Mary Alsop was called "the second lady of Camelot." The Alsops’ marriage ultimately did not work out (perhaps because Joe was "a scrupulously closeted homosexual") but Susan Mary reigned over Georgetown (DC) society for four decades. She summered in Northeast Harbor, Maine, where I met and got to know her when she was in her 80s. A lovely book, AMERICAN LADY, has just been written about her life.
Michelle Obama always seems to poll higher than her husband and yet she spends much of her time in his shadow. AMERICAN TAPESTRY is a sweeping saga that traces the first African-American First Lady’s roots back to the 18th century as they journeyed from slavery to the White House in five generations. The book also reveals for the first time the identity of Mrs. Obama’s white great-great-great-grandfather, a man who remained hidden for more than a century in her family tree.
I’M YOUR MAN: THE LIFE OF LEONARD COHEN chronicles one of the most influential music figures of the 20th century ("Suzanne," "Bird on a Wire," "Hallelujah"). Singer. Songwriter. Poet. Icon. This book by acclaimed music journalist Sylvie Simmons is based on exclusive interviews with Cohen who continues to work even into his late 70s.
||So you though you knew something about Thomas Jefferson as an inventor, architect, wine-maker, composer of the Declaration of Independence, President of the United States. But wait…a new book, MASTER OF THE MOUNTAIN by Henry Wiencek, is an unvarnished, deeply unsettling but completely fascinating examination of Thomas Jefferson as a slaveholder. When given the opportunity to free his slaves, he chose not to because he needed slaves to maintain his lavish lifestyle and as collateral for bank loans. This well-researched book is bound to stir debate for years to come. And it is a darned good read as well.
Czarist Russia is a lot like the Antebellum South, no? THE FORMER PEOPLE—THE FINAL DAYS OF THE RUSSIAN ARISTOCRACY talks about last days of the Czar and the beginning of a new order that transformed aristocrats into paupers or drove them into exile. Many were simply executed. But in those final days there were masked balls to which the women wore ropes of pearls and danced the foxtrot, there were garden parties, cruises on private yachts and summer in the country. Douglas Smith bases his book on private letters, diaries and photos as well as newspaper articles and interviews with surviving family members. Speaking of gone with the wind….
||Our annual Holiday Gift Book Roundup cozies-up in the kitchen—warm, festive and full of good smells. So many cookbooks…so little time to cook. But there’s always time to enjoy reading the recipes, salivate over the pictures and imagine a time when we can bake the perfect pie.
Let’s start with THE EPICURIOUS COOKBOOK with more than 250 recipes for weeknights, weekends and special occasions. I love these folks because, when I’m stuck for something to cook for dinner (with only the ingredients in my fridge), I visit www.epicurious.com for simple, quick and easy-to-make recipes.
In THE TUSCAN SUN COOKBOOK celebrated author Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun) and her husband Edward Mayes (he’s a poet and oenophile) put together stories and recipes from their own Cortona (Italy) kitchen. I especially loved Chicken Under A Brick.
||LUDO BITES (recipes and stories from the pop-up restaurants created by chef Ludo Lefebvre) reads like the liner notes from an indie rock band album. The recipes are wildly imaginative (tuna, sushi-rice ice cream, candied nori and ginger???) but surprisingly doable for the home cook.
Kim Severson and Julia Moskin both write about food for the New York Times. Their new book, COOKFIGHT, documents their year-long culinary battles—a new challenge every month like creating a meal for six with just $50. Great stories and truly accessible recipes with what you’ve already got in your pantry.
||COME IN, WE’RE CLOSED is a collection of staff meals from restaurants all around the world. BREAKFAST FOR DINNER gives us the recipes we need to make comfort food all day. JAPANESE FARM FOOD gives a fresh look at Japanese food beyond sushi. READY FOR DESSERT has beautiful photography of tasty, uncomplicated desserts. THE TUCCI COOKBOOK from actor and director Stanley Tucci (creater of my fave food film, Big Night) is a cookbook and a backdoor glimpse at the Italian-American immigrant experience.
Andrew Zimmern who’s made a career out of eating bizarre foods, writes a FIELD GUIDE TO EXCEPTIONALLY WEIRS, WILD AND WONDERFUL FOODS. Think head cheese, guinea pig on a stick and scrapple.And two lovely food memoirs—MY BERLIN KITCHEN (a love story with recipes) and the feel-good, funny MEMOIR OF A SUNDAY BRUNCH.
|Holiday Gift Book Roundup: Kid Lit
Books are the best gifts for children. Books open up all the doors and windows in the imagination, encourage creativity, curiosity and life-long learning. Besides which, they are super easy to wrap and send.
Board books for brilliant babies are new-new from Jenny Adams at Gibbs Smith. My favorites are JANE EYRE: A BABY LIT COUNTING PRIMER and ALICE IN WONDERLAND: A BABY LIT COLORS PRIMER.
||WHEN YOUR PORCUPINE FEELS PRICKLY is a cool book about saying the right thing to animals who may be having a bad day. LEAVE YOUR SLEEP is a collection of classic children’s poetry (The Land of Nod, Old Mother Hubbard, Calico Pie) with a full-length CD of Natalie Merchant singing the poems in the book. For the wee Egyptologist in your family, HEIROGLYPHS FROM A TO Z, a rhyming book that includes a page of ancient Egyptian stencils for kids.
In time for Christmas THE NUTCRACKER—beautifully illustrated (by the late Maurice Sendak who wrote and illustrated the iconic WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE). It is a book to be read aloud to kids and will totally make you smile.
For older kids, THE TREEHORN TRILOGY about a young boy with a talent for getting into (and out of…and back into) some very unusual situations—like growing down instead of growing up! The books are illustrated with black-and-white pen drawings by Edward Gorey. Girls will love THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH FAIRYLAND AND LED THE REVELS THERE about a lonely little girl who finds friends and adventures in fairyland. THE TEMPLETON TWINS HAVE AN IDEA—12-year-old John and Abigail are the smart, clever and funny children of a brilliant (but sometimes confused) inventor and must use their cleverness to foil dastardly kidnappers.
For the young adults on your list...the ones who loved the TWILIGHT series and were sad to have them end…CINDER (a tender mash-up of Cinderella and Cyborg), OUTPOST (a new dystopian novel from the author of ENCLAVE), MONSTROUS BEAUTY (mermaids, vengeful ghosts and a century-old curse) and HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER (a funny scary book that was a finalist for the Debut Novel Award from the American Library Association).
What's better than a Candy Cane Festival?
Oh....maybe a festival that also has Hanukkah geld, gluten- and sugar-free candy, face painting, trolley rides, cookie making, a photobooth (so you can take silly photos with your friends). Of course, there's Santa and caroling...signaling the beginning of the Christmas season.
It is at Hammond's Candies (a Denver institution for more than 90 years) whose sweet treats have been praised by Martha Stewart and featured in the Neiman Marcus and the Williams Sonoma catalogs. Try the chocolate-filled candy canes. They are especially good.
But, free factory tours and free candy samples are only available in Denver.
Candy Cane Festival
Friday, December 7th (11AM-4PM) and Saturday, December 8th (9AM-4PM).
5735 North Washington Street (it is very near the Merchandise Mart).
For information: www.hammondscandies.com or 303-333-5588