Becoming Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887, Oil on canvas, 16 1/8 x 13 inches (41 x 33 cm); Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

If you live in Denver or are passing through sometime before January 20, 2013, be sure to see the "Becoming Van Gogh" exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.  The exhibit displays van Gogh's art from when he first decided to become an artist (after pursuing a number of other careers) to his more famous later works.  It is fascinating to see his evolution as an artist and to learn about how he really committed himself to his craft and was largely self-taught.  Image credit to the Denver Art Museum.

Paper-Source is Coming to Denver!


When we left Boston, I made one last trip to Paper-Source and embarrassed myself by offering my business card to the manager and asking her to please let me know if/when they finally launched a store in Denver because I wanted to work there (or at least know).  Clearly they didn't think I was cut out to be an employee (or they were terrified by my love of their store OR Rob paid them not to contact me because I would spend every paycheck before I even received it) because they didn't contact me... but I'll forgive them because Denver is getting a Paper-Source.

Yes, I know you can order Paper-Source products online, but it is just not the same thing.  I love their workshops and perusing the gorgeous paper goods, wrapping paper, and rubber stamps.  Thank you so much to J for letting me know about this.  The store will be located in Cherry Creek North and is slated to open in September.   

YSL @ the Denver Art Museum


In what is certainly a major coup for the Denver Art Museum, the museum is currently playing host to Yves Saint Laurent - The Retrospective. Through July 8th, you can view the stunning, expansive collection of clothing created by Yves Saint Laurent over the course of 40 years. The exhibit includes 2,000 haute couture garments, as well as photographs, sketches, fabric swatches, and videos about Saint Laurent. A recreation of his workspace reveals that he was immaculate and methodical in his work and provided some insight into what inspired him. I learned that not only is he responsible for feminizing "le smoking" (the tuxedo), but also for popularizing the pea coat, the tunic, and the safari look for women. I was in awe at how I still would just love to wear 95% of what was on display. Apparently his second favorite color (second only to black) was bright pink - a man after my own heart. If you plan to be in Denver before July 8th, this is a must-see!


All images but the last credit to the Denver Art Museum.

Strange Brewing Co.


We were introduced to Strange Brewing Co. at Hops & Pie, a funky pizza place in Denver with an unbeatable beer list.  Strange Brewing Co. makes the "Hops & Pie P.A." for the restaurant and this prompted our visit to the tap room for Strange Brewing Co.  It couldn't be located in a more obscure spot in Denver - convenient to downtown and to Invesco, but tucked next to, oddly enough, a power plant.  It isn't glamorous, but the beers are tasty and they serve delicious finger foods from Thursday through Sunday (we indulged in some stuffed jalapeños wrapped in bacon and french onion soup, both of which were awesome) and for $10 you can sample a flight containing each of their 10 beers.  My favorites were the Cherry Bomb Belgian Stout and the Farmhouse Ale but all the beers were surprisingly good (even the Gluten-Free Lemon Pale Ale, which is the polar opposite of what I like in a beer, was tolerable).  If you live in Denver and enjoy beer, this is definitely a spot to check out -- either visit the tasting room or check out their beers at one of these locations.