Featured Artist of the Week

It's that time of week again to bring you one of our talented artists and it's finally starting to feel like summer up here in the high country. Green has taken over the valley and the sun shines bright everyday!

Now, for our main event...

For Todd, art is all about inspiration and literally putting that inspiration into someone’s hands.  The word ‘art’ comes from an ancient Indo-European language that means ‘to fit together.’ By taking license plates and other recyclable materials, he likes to create something which has the ability to form a connection with someone.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Todd has lived in Colorado since 2001.  After owning a successful home improvement business for nine years, he decided to combine his desire to work for himself and his ability to build things into a new creative medium – making custom guitar art out of license plates and other upcycled materials.  He hopes to create art with which people can feel an instant connection.

In his Denver-based studio, Todd creates unique guitar art in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function to create a one of a kind sculpture. 

Todd Perkins and his Guitar Art

1. How did you discover your craft?

I owned a home improvement business for 10 years and decided to put my skills of running a business and building things into a different use. Creating guitar art sure beats fixing and installing toilets!

2. How long have you been mastering your craft?

I’m going on year 5. Still haven’t mastered much.

3. Where do you live in Colorado?

I currently live at 5280 feet in Denver, Colorado.

4. How did you get to Colorado if you are not originally from here?

I was transferred up here from Dallas, Texas when I worked for a contract food service company as their managing director.

5. What specifically inspires you and your work?

Instead of searching for items for guitar art, I look at everything not related to guitars and ask, “what will that look like on a guitar?”

6. Tell us something fun about you and what you do?

I still have a few clients from my home improvement business who I help out when they need something, but mostly they are people who don’t know how to change a light bulb. Often times I’m paid in good wine.

7. What are your three favorite foods?

Wine. Bourbon. Filet mignon.

8. What time of day do you feel most inspired?

Generally after 9pm or after some wine or bourbon.

9. If you could have any other talent, what would it be?

To play guitar, hands down!

10. Tell us the most unique fact about you that people wouldn’t normally know?   

I learned to cook from a French chef for 7 years.

FLOWER POWER

April showers, brought all the FLOWERS!

Our flower maven, Karen, has been working away to present to YOU our gorgeous bedding plants/flowers. Our hanging baskets and assorted patio pots just arrived and are truly FABULOUS!!!

**We do apologize for the late arrival but due to the cold temperatures that surprised us we thought best to wait**

 

Pansies to patio pots, hanging baskets to geraniums, petunias to lobelia and everything in between! Come on by and "smell the roses"!

Taste Bud Weekly

"I'm sorry for what I said when I was hungry"

If you love food as much as we do then we think you'll enjoy these weekly recipe favorites!

EVOO Marketplace

At Aspen Emporium and Flying Circus

Roasted Walnut and Arugula Pesto with Lemon Seared Scallops

Ingredients

PESTO

  • 5oz Arugula (washed and spun dry)
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Regianno (freshly ground)
  • 3/4 cups walnuts (finely chopped-toasted in saute pan until dark and fragrant)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and smashed)
  • C'est tout B0n (Roaring Fork Spice Co.) sold separately at the Emporium and Flying Circus)
  • dash of sea salt and cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup Ultra-premium EVOO (Medium to Robust Intensity) (EVOO Marketplace)
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Walnut Oil (EVOO Marketplace)

SCALLOPS

  • 1lb Scallops
  • 4 tablespoons Ultra-Premium EVOO (Medium Intensity) (EVOO Marketplace)
  • 4 tablespoons Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic (EVOO Marketplace)

Directions

 Pesto

Step 1

In a food processor, combine together arugula, Parmesan, toasted walnuts, and lemon juice. Pulse until mixed together

Step 2

Through the mouth of the processor, feed in the oils whisked together in a small stream (thinner than a pencil).

Step 3

Season (salt and pepper) to taste.

Scallops

Step 4

Whisk together salt, EVOO and balsamic to form a temporary emulsion

Step 5

Place scallops in freezer bag with marinade/emulsion and seal; be careful to expel all air from the bag. Leave 30 minutes

Step 6

Sear scallops in hot sauté pan until lightly firm on both sides, flipping only once. Total cook time 3-5 minutes or until done.

Enjoy this and many more delicious recipes using EVOO Marketplace Fine Olive Oils and Balsamic and the valleys favorite local spices from Roaring Fork Spice Co.  

Featured Artist of the Week

Moore Family Folk Art

Starting spring off in the mountains here with our first Artist Expose! Stayed tuned as we'll bring you someone new and fabulous a couple times a month! Enjoy! 

1.     How did you discover your craft?  My high school art teacher introduced me to the genre of folk art about 25 years ago.  I naturally gravitated more toward the primitive, outsider, and self-taught artists we studies in school.  I also love hoarding all kinds of cool junk.  My art has always involved using salvaged materials but has evolved in the last 10 years from painted art to paint-less art bringing in all the color to our work using vintage beer/soda cans and bottle caps.  I am also a huge fan of rustic, weathered, woods.  My daughters have been making art with me for five years now.  They sell their work along side mine as we gain a national audience.

2.     How long have you been mastering your craft? 25 years.  The girls have been working on art for about 5 years.

3.     Where do you live in Colorado? Littleton

4.     How did you get to Colorado if you are not originally from here?  My job in construction management moved us here to Colorado about 3 ½ years ago.   Our family also spend two summers in Estes Park back in the early 2000s too.

5.     What specifically inspires you and your work?  I love the challenge and the journey involved in making upcycled art.  I have to constantly hunt down materials for our work.  We cannot just walk into a craft supply store and buy want we need.  We antique, garage sale, search online, dumpster dive and find stuff on the side of the road.  Half the time it takes to make a piece of our art is the journey of finding the materials for the art.  I also love tapping into the natural environment we live around.  In Florida we were inspired by our coastal surroundings.  Now that we are in Colorado we gain inspiration from the mountains and the wildlife that live here.

6.     Tell us something fun about you and what you do?  The Moores own three Honda Odysseys.  2 for hauling art.  1 for hauling our family of 7.  All 5 of the Moore children sing and 2 of them play instruments.  We are starting a band in 2017.  Alan eats a least 3 donuts per week-that is his favorite food. 

7.     What are your three favorite foods? Donuts, gummy bears, German chocolate cake

8.     What time of day do you feel most inspired?  I love the evening when the Moore household is more mellow and quite.  I lock myself in our home studio, turn up the music, and start creating.  The other time is all day every day if we participate in an artist residency or if I take off a week from my “real” job.

9.     If you could have any other talent, what would it be?  Flying or teleportation or singing.

10.   Is there anything else that you would like to share with your adoring public?

We currently sell our work in shops/galleries in Colorado and Florida.  We will be in California and Virginia by the end of the summer.  We love selling in towns with a draw for tourists-beach and mountain towns primarily.  From these places we have gained a national audience.  Our owners and collectors often find our work in these shops/galleries and bring them to their home state.  

One of the primary reasons we have a family business is to teach our children hard work, the value of a dollar, and entrepreneurship.  All that stuff that they may not learn in secondary school or college.

Backstory written by the artist...

Alan Moore was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up all over the States and in Europe.  As a child and teen, Alan’s favorite classes in school were art, drafting, and shop.  In his younger years, it was not rare for Alan to commandeer trash and other objects laying around the house to construct upcycled sculptures and other forms of practical art. 

Alan’s folk art had its early beginnings over 25 years ago as a high school art assignment.  His art teacher introduced the class to different primitive artists in history and had them create several pieces of their own. 

Alan attended the University of Florida after high school and studied construction management.  Alan put aside any serious focus on art for more than 10 years as he studied, married Lori, and started a family.

During their 17 years of marriage, Lori and Alan have moved back and forth between Florida and Colorado.  During a 2004 summer long stay in Estes Park, Colorado, Alan, inspired by his surroundings and a longing to create again, broke his 10-year lull from art and staring creating again.  After that summer in the mountains, Alan experienced a revival of sorts and began, like many great southern folk artist before him, painting on anything he put his hands on: weathered woods, rusty metal, old furniture, etc.  Recycled, salvaged, and upcycled materials have been Alan’s medium from his childhood, and has matured into his own style of southern folk and outsider art.

Over the last 10 years, Alan’s folk art has evolved from painted work to almost paint-less works, using a wide variety of salvaged materials: 100 year old pianos, roof metals, vintage bottle caps, steel soda cans, river-sunk driftwoods, antiques, farm equipment, and so much more.

Alan has also begun involving his children in his art world.  His daughters, Isabella (16) and Emma (13), have gone from helpers at art festivals and in the studio to budding artists selling their own art across the nation.  The girls also teach recycled art classes to kids their own age.  Isabella and Emma are now fully engaged in what the Moores call “The Moore Family Folk Art.”  Alan’s boys, Aidan (11), Liam (9), and Kian (6), are great helpers and are starting to dabble in the folk art world.

The Moores strive to promote family-based creativity and environmental stewardship through art classes, exhibits, festivals, and speaking engagements.

 

 

 

Spring Open House - Wednesday March 29

Step Right Up and Meet Our Featured Artists!

Spring Open House
Wednesday - March 29
All Day - 10am to 6pm

Expect the Unexpected with Over 75 Local Artists and Vendors

How's Your Aspen Hot Sauces, EVOO Marketplace oil and vinegar, handmade soaps, Hayes Silver and Goldsmith, Aspen Leaf Jewelry, Cashmere, Art, Pottery, Photography and so much more!

 

Emporium and Flying Circus
Offering the BEST in Local Original and Upcycled Art
315 E. Main St.
Aspen, CO
81611
970-544-2499


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