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Lost in Denver: The Adventure of an Artisan Aficionado

Skyline Park on a Denver Metro map

Skyline Park in downtown Denver is a faint green line on a Denver metropolitan street map.

I stood near the corner of 13th and Speer turning my Denver Metropolitan map this way and that, trying to orient it the same way I was looking. The street sign a few yards away said Fox Street, but my map didn’t show it. Skyline Park, my destination, was a thin, short line of green where more than a dozen roads filled a square inch of paper.

I had never been here before. I hadn’t been anywhere in the area that defines Denver’s skyline since I moved to Colorado four years ago. Although I was the only pedestrian in sight, I was sure that if I walked a little way up 13th, others would soon join me on their way to the Handmade in Colorado Expo in Skyline Park. Continue reading

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For Fun, Give Me a Show of Hands

Fourth and final in a series on where to find exceptional, handcrafted holiday gifts

Folk art by Alan Moore family and Joyce Curvin in Show of Hands in Denver

At Show of Hands in Denver, folk art by the Alan Moore family of Littleton, Colorado, hangs on the wall above whimsical animals by Joyce Curvin of Florida. About 25% of the artisans represented at the gallery are local.

When I walked into Show of Hands in Denver last week, the first thing I saw was the display you see at right. Bright colors, whimsy, folk art . . . immediately I caught the light-hearted mood developed by business partners Mandy Moscatelli and Katie Friedland, who purchased Show of Hands three years ago. I would soon learn that they want more than anything else to have Show of Hands be “a happy place,” where people of all ages and means can feel good and find handmade items they can afford.

It’s your turn to browse while I pass along what Katie shared about Show of Hands and the vision she and Mandy hold for the future of “handmade” wherever it’s found. Continue reading

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