Ask me about: “Red sauce.”
Vickie is a long-time Colorado resident who has made her living as a graphic designer. As a life-long artist, Vickie is passionate about enabling artists to create. In 2011, she was given the opportunity to establish an affordable, community-oriented art making space to support emerging and seasoned artists. After a few years of planning and major renovations to an old Safeway building in Denver’s Mayfair neighborhood, Art Gym opened in 2015.
As a graphic designer, Vickie spent more than 40 years telling the stories of many businesses, non-profits, and colleges/universities. Now, she is making her own art at Art Gym, exploring lithography, artist’s books, figure studies, and most recently metalsmithing/lapidary. Lapidary, she says, opened her world to the great color and wonderful randomness of rocks. Their story is the one she is now telling.
Director, Makers Kitchen and Art Gym Café
Ask me about: “Jeep club, how to hit a target with a bow and arrow, food hacks for backpacking trips and how to keep the cleanest kitchen in town.”
Norman moved to Colorado from Boston, MA, in 1995 and joined Art Gym in 2015. He describes himself as a collector of stories, and as director of the Makers Kitchen and Café he makes it possible for stories to be created through the medium of culinary arts. A passionate photographer and videographer, he believes that, like great food, there are great photographs waiting to be found in everyone, every day. In the kitchen, as in photography, it takes tenacity mixed with artistic vision to be successful, and the creativity found there is sustained through healthy ingredients, skilled technique, and locally roasted coffees. Norman’s hobbies are hiking, jeep-hiking, backpacking, camping, coffee and, of course, healthy good food!
Ask me about: “Lithography, kayaking or my art pin collection.”
Greg moved to Denver on New Year’s Eve, 2015 after a lifetime in New York City, where he kayaked the Hudson River and received two degrees and one certificate in printmaking. Soon after arriving, he joined Art Gym as Director of Printmaking and spent many months designing and equipping the printmaking workspace. Greg describes his art an outlet to explore emotional and physical relationships, as well as the relationships between memories and locations. As a space to create, he says Art Gym offers “the exact combination of affordability and varied print process accessibility” that a printmaker needs. Among his artistic influences he includes Joseph Albers, Jennifer Bartlett, Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, Ellsworth Kelly, and Peter Halley.
Ask me about: “Abstract painting, how to dye Ikat fabric, and where to find amazing shoes.”
Born and raised in Germany, Elke has lived in Spain, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong and New York, but for the past 20 years has happily made her home in Colorado. Elke began her career as a fabric designer in Germany and Spain. She then moved to Hong Kong where she worked as a designer and sales manager for a major European import company and later as merchandise manager for May Department Stores. While in Asia, she also learned the art of designing, dyeing and weaving kimonos in Japan and was trained in traditional Thai textile design in Thailand.
After some years in New York, Elke has since made her home in Colorado. She discovered her passion for curating after participating in a group show at 910arts gallery, then curating shows for that same gallery. She enjoyed helping other artists show their work so much that she formed her own company, Art D’Elke, with marketing expert Denise Robert, and began producing art shows and sales in galleries, artists’ studios and other venues throughout Colorado. Elke continues to pursue her passion to help artists show their work at its best by curating monthly exhibitions at Art Gym that showcase artists from Colorado and all over the country. She also continues to use her background as a designer to create vibrant abstract paintings.
Ask me about: “The very first gallery exhibit I installed at a gallery in Kansas City. I was terrified, due to the nature of the art, but it helped set my career path!”
Tyler was appointed Membership Director in January 2017. He received a BA in Art History from Colorado State University and brings to Art Gym an extensive background in the arts and arts administration, having worked at the Art Students League of Denver for 17 years as a Membership Coordinator, Gallery Coordinator, Program Coordinator, and finally as Director of Operations. Tyler is excited to be part of helping Art Gym grow. “I believe Art Gym is an important resource that is greatly needed in Denver and I feel lucky to be part of the team that will continue to build upon this resource and help facilitate artists reach their potential.” Anytime you need assistance or have questions, feel free to reach out and give him a call, e-mail, or stop by his desk. He is happy to assist in any way he can!
Ask me about: “Movement rituals, art and the meaning of life, Denver’s best coffee shops, or how to make shakshouka!”
Julia joined Art Gym in January 2017 and is passionate about life, art, and people. Her BA in Journalism and MA in Dance/Movement Therapy have balanced her professional and artistic pursuits dancing and working as a teacher, therapist, and grant-writer. She has danced since she was seven, and when she’s not managing outreach and promotion, she is performing with one of the area’s modern dance companies. Julia describes herself as being “from everywhere – I grew up in India, and lived in Singapore, Australia and Israel. I’m fascinated by the way art can connect us to our deepest desires, and as a result, connects us to each other and our humanity. Being human is such a wonderful thing to be.”
Ask me about: “Tattoo art, local music shows and growing up in Alaska.”
Tiffany originally hails from southeast Alaska and has lived all over Colorado. She has worked at Art Gym since 2015, helping out in the café but spending most of her time at the front desk helping Tyler with membership, developing social media content, and assisting members. Her own art is illustrative drawing. She finds Art Gym an inspiring place to work and create; when she’s not at her desk she spends her time exploring, collecting matchbooks, going to shows, searching for the best sushi, and loves “animals, anything with animals!”
Metalsmith & Lapidary Steward
Ask me about: “The moment I began to understand design…”
Randy Burns discovered metalsmithing in high school. Since then, he has practiced his craft in Japan, Europe, and in several states in the U.S, including Oregon where he ran his own jewelry business while studying for an MFA. He directed the Jewelry & Metals program at Arapahoe Community College for over 20 years, and has been Art Gym’s area steward after recently retiring from ACC. Randy describes Art Gym as a non-competitive, non-threatening environment that is a welcoming space to create in outside of his home studio. Each piece he designs combines personal artistic expression with all the technical and practical requirements of the gold and silversmith’s craft. His work can be found at Culture Clash Gallery in Salida, CO, and at Art Gym. He has also participated in many group shows with the Colorado Metalsmithing Association.
Digital Lab Steward
Ask me about: “Ask me about my 95-pound Guppy and her white dragon brother, ‘Adventure Time,’ what I’m growing in my garden, and coffee, coffee, coffee and all the best places!”
Lesley is a Colorado native who started her college education in Denver at Metropolitan State University, moved up to CU Boulder, and eventually graduated from UC Denver with a double major in Art History and Communications, with a minor in Fine Art. She then worked for eight years in Tech Support and as a Quality Assurance Engineer for Quark Inc., before returning to school to earn an AS degree in Graphic Art from the Community College of Denver, and also a certificate degree in Animation from Red Rocks Community College. She sees computers as tools that are always asking us to learn more. As an artist and Art Gym’s Digital Lab Steward, she loves to help people push their boundaries and create unexpected and wonderful projects. Or, more simply, update their resume or CV. Like many Denverites, she will once again attempt a garden this year: “I am switching things up a bit and will try to grow a pumpkin in my front yard. Fingers crossed!”