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The story — and the mission — behind the Ukrainian artwork about to be sold in Denver

Maria Manuilenko was carrying lots of cash — and 10 suitcases filled with expensive artwork — when she got stranded at the Ukraine-Poland border. She had spent weeks collecting paintings made by Ukrainian artists, and had plans to bring them back to the United States, where they would be sold to support the artists and […]

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PHOTOS: Snow-sculpting competition returns to Breckenridge

As temperatures hovered at -14 before dawn Friday, a group of carvers meticulously shaped snow sculptures in Breckenridge. Nine teams of artists from around the world were putting in finishing touches after traveling to the high-elevation ski town to compete in the International Snow Sculpting Championships. Each had four days to carve a sculpture from […]

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Old stage scenery from Leadville’s Tabor Opera House sat moldering for years. Now, it’s considered a treasure.

By Nancy Lofholm, Colorado Public Radio LEADVILLE — When mining magnate Horace Tabor decided in 1879 that the rowdy silver boomtown of Leadville needed some cultural spiffing up, he built an opera house. In just 100 days, he brought in enough wagonloads of stone, brick and iron over hair-raising mountain passes to erect the massive […]

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“It’s succeeded beyond our expectations”: Adam Lerner, MCA Denver’s chief animator, is leaving at a high point

When he leaves his post as head of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in June after an acclaimed 10-year run, Adam Lerner will not be involved in the search for his successor, will not accept any sort of emeritus role if offered, and hopes to be merely a donating patron. Won’t he at least […]

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A monumental question: Can Denver’s Beat Generation fans create a tribute to a movement and its inspiration?

Mark Bliesener wants to build a monument. The 69-year-old fixture in the local music scene wants it to recognize and celebrate two men who launched a literary and cultural movement that influenced untold young minds — including his own — and still reverberates. And he wants it to remind Denver visitors that of all the […]