More Hard Times

— by Bill Amundson

LANDSCAPE WITH STORE (HARD TIMES I), Pencil/Colored Pencil, 18\" by 18\", by Bill Amundson
LANDSCAPE WITH STORE (HARD TIMES I), Pencil/Colored Pencil, 18" by 18", by Bill Amundson
LANDSCAPE WITH STORE (HARD TIMES) II, Pencil/Colored Pencil, 18\"h by 18w\", by Bill Amundson
LANDSCAPE WITH STORE (HARD TIMES) II, Pencil/Colored Pencil, 18" by 18", by Bill Amundson
LANDSCAPE WITH STORE (HARD TIMES III), Pencil/Colored Pencil, 18\" by 18\", by Bill Amundson
LANDSCAPE WITH STORE (HARD TIMES III), Pencil/Colored Pencil, 18" by 18", by Bill Amundson

“Love and Hope are wonderful things, but sometimes I have to side with the late George Carlin and his memorable motto: FUCK HOPE.”

B50 note: These images are part of Bill Amundson’s ongoing “Hard Times” series; they are avaliable through Plus Gallery in Denver. Plus Gallery will be opening their new space at 2501 Larimer Street on Friday, March 13th. More work by Bill can be seen at his website,

Auraria, Rhythm of the Neighborhood

This is Carlos Fresquez’ digital story titled “Rhythm of the Neighborhood” from the Colorado History Museum’s Imagine a Great City: Denver at 150 exhibit. This story was made in a workshop facilitated by The Center for Digital Storytelling’s Denver office. Posted in conjunction with Mile High Stories.

Carlos is now Assistant Professor of Art at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he works in the same Auraria neighborhood he visited as a child. You can find out more about Carlos from this article from the Metro newspaper.

Fun and Games at DIA

By Julie Byerlein

I’ve been through Denver International Airport hundreds of times, and it’s without a doubt the best airport to travel through. During a holiday season of full flights and weather delays, if you have to be stuck, I can’t think of any other airport where I would rather be. What follows are the top 10 things I love about DIA.

I travel for business, a lot, and the trip starts when I park:

1) Josie:
There’s plenty of onsite long-term lots and some good drivers. If you are lucky you’ll get on Josie’s shuttle bus. She runs it with great pride and is really helpful; she explains the dropoff and access points well. I captured a pic of her in a Santa hat in mid December.

2) The Peeps:
I’ve gotten to know some of the gate agents—special shout out to Clark at United—and the great skycap team at Frontier; cold mornings yet warm attitudes. The Red Carpet Club, the Level 6 United check-in staff and the flight attendants I’ve gotten to know personally are all great.

3) Security:
Some of what I like is functional; there’s fast security (even with a large crowd), with plenty of space and tables to unpack your stuff, unload your laptop, shoes, and cosmetics. The security at DIA is so speedy that I often see gaps in the xray queue. I’ve written letters to the TSA to offer congrats on such an efficient operation – other airports should copy some of Denver’s best practices. Denver also benefits from another 20 feet after the screening machine to avoid a bottleneck situation. Oh, and don’t forget to admire those cute new TSA outfits.

4) Best unexpected art:
The building was built with art in mind; the commissioned works were integrated into the original floor plans, so it really fits nicely. The murals, sculptures, installations, and fossils in the floors all work together and in unexpected ways. I discover something new on each trip and am grateful for that. In fact, there is a beautiful new mini catalog (about 5” square) available at the concourse help desk that is, it can serve as a guide on your next DEN journey. I took a picture of the help desk signing it!

There are also temporary art shows to fill your time on the way to your plane. For instance, “Colorado: See the New West Like a Local” is up through January of 2009 on the bridge to Concourse A. This exhibit is accessible while you wait to pick up folks, since it is before security.

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Three Dimensional Man

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From the creative team at Eyeosaur, this is a segment of Fringe Art of the Front Range featuring artist and collector Jerry Simpson.

This segment is part of a larger film made with a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Art, Culture and Film for the Denver International Airport.

Kim Shively and Chris Bagley of Eyeosaur recently premiered their documentary “Wesley Willis’s Joyrides” at the Denver Film Festival.

thoughts on the retail economy, 2008

Store With Sign, by Bill Amundson
Store With Sign, by Bill Amundson

This holiday message brought to you by Bill Amundson. It’s called “Store With Sign,” and is part of his “Hard Times” series.

Bill’s 8th annual Holiday Drawing Sale is this weekend, December 12, 13, and 14, offering hundreds of drawings, many styles, many sizes, at recession holiday prices.

“I’ve got drawings starting at $30…and a lot are in bad taste…”

Email for information and directions.