The Colorado Abandoned Newsletter!
Here We Go!
We travel primarily in southeast Colorado to search out and find the beauty in the abandoned. This takes us to some very interesting places and provides us with the unique opportunity to meet some interesting people along the way. We invite you to virtually come along, via this newsletter, to share our adventure with us!
What you can expect to see in this issue.
We will get you up-to-date with where we have been, where we will be next, how to contact us, a little levity, how to enter our second contest, and more shameless self-promotion!
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” — T.S Eliot
“If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.” — Mario Andretti
“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” — Henry David Thoreau
“Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”” — J.R.R. Tolkien
“Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach
We have a Winner Folks!
Darla Baker from Lamar was able to get the most signups for our newsletter, so she has won the 11x14 pearl finish print of the house on Road 19. Big Congratulations Darla! We very much appreciate all of your support of Colorado Abandoned. Visit our Facebook Page to see a picture of Darla with her new print (yes, she is a little shy). We sincerely hope you Enjoy your picture Darla!
The Next Big Contest
Win this 11x14 Pearl Finish Print!
This will be the simplest contest yet! Just text your name and email address to 970-279-1220 to be entered to win. Easy, Right!?
If you are not already one of our newsletter subscribers, we will add you to the list. If you are a current subscriber already, no worries, you will still be eligible to win.
We will select the next winner by using the science of the internet and the "All Powerful" Random Number Generator. Please note, It could be You! (But only if you Enter!)
The Winner will be announced early September in the next newsletter - V5.
Please Note: We will not share, sell or use your email address or phone number for any other purpose other than what is mentioned above.
Taste of Lamar
We were honored to participate in the 2nd Annual Taste of Lamar event held July 8th, 2017 at the Elks Lodge in Lamar, CO.
A Special Thank You goes out to the Lamar Chamber of Commerce Committee for putting on the this event, and the Southeast Colorado Arts Council for allowing us be a part of it. And of course, Thank You to everyone who came out to support this enjoyable occasion, and helped us to make a cash donation to the Herrera family through one of the local banks.
What a treat it was to be showing with Karen Voepel Photography again! We very much enjoy her company, style, and the vision in her compositions.
A new thing for us this time, was a special arrangement designed by floral artist Melissa Bohl of Thoughts in Bloom in Lamar. On very short notice, she created a very beautiful complement to one of our larger canvas prints for this show. We very much hope to work with her more in the near future.
Lex entertained the attendees by performing some of his outstanding mood music using several different guitars and flutes. Yea Lex!
What's Coming Up
We are extremely pleased to announce that Colorado Abandoned will be the featured artist exhibit at the World Famous Koshare Indian Museum in La Junta, Colorado for the months of September through December, 2017. What an honor and a privilege for us. And Yes, we are Sooo Stoked!
The Museum has had many big accomplishments over the years and here is just one of them. In 1964, the Colorado Legislature designated the Koshare Museum as a State Repository for Indian Arts.
The museum features works of Pueblo and Plains tribal members. It also facilitates Boy Scouts as they travel to the Philmont Ranch by providing museum discounts, as well as hostel stays for the visiting troops.
Also during the month of September, The Otero Fine Arts League will be having their annual art show at the Koshare Indian Museum. A joint reception will be held September 10th for the artists and guests of the Fine Arts League Art Show and Colorado Abandoned. The public is cordially invited and encouraged to attend. This event will be another excellent opportunity for the Nichols Family to showcase their amazing musical talent. Please come out and support the Arts!
We want to give a Shout Out to 5 Arrows Farm Market at the intersection of Main Street and Maple in Lamar, Colorado for allowing us to hang a few our our canvas prints in their newly opened farm market.
If you are in the Lamar area anytime during produce season, be sure to stop in and load up on some quality fresh farm goodies, including melons of all types, corn, green beans, beets, honey, bird houses, and the list goes on. Jennifer and Curtis Lubbers have a done an excellent job with this new facility.
Avast, me hearties! The Big Treasure Hunt Is ON!
Colorado Abandoned is partnering with Cherry Creek Media to help with their Big Treasure Hunt! We have hidden the treasure and will be providing the following stations with the clues to the Treasure's whereabouts. The clues will be announced on KLMR-AM (www.klmr920.com), KLMR-FM (www.935thecurve.com), KBLJ-AM (www.kblj1400.com) and KTHN-FM (www.kthn921.com). The list of clues will be maintained at each of the participating locations.
Be sure to listen the Full Month of August for all the clues!
Sponsor Shout Out!
We really appreciate our sponsors for their support. From the beginning they have believed in our vision, our dreams, and our art. Thank You!
It's Easy to Become a Colorado Abandoned Sponsor!
Email us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Colorado's backcountry, a drama-filled sky is gradually approaching the decaying wooden house. A calm breeze gently moves the tuft of wild, golden grass. The naked branches of the tree reach up to the sky and crave the moisture that an incoming early spring storm might bring.
Photograph and Edit By Lex Nichols
A rustic, abandoned cabin sits in the San Isabel forest with a backdrop of pine trees and blue skies. It's emptiness greets the day and allows light to pour into the windows and into the decaying roof. There is a balancing act occurring between the wooden boards and gravity. Time is pulling on the strings of their placement. Change is inevitable.
Photograph and Edit By Vincent Gearhart
Thank you, Courtney Warman for the delightful prose that
accompanies our photographs in the issue.
Traveling Colorado Abandoned Art Show
We are always looking to schedule more art shows and events for the future. At any one time (with much thanks to our wonderful sponsors (see above), we have between 25 and 35 canvas prints in various sizes available for art installations, banquets, Pop-Ups, corporate events, etc., that we may be able to make arrangements to setup and display at your location. As of this newsletter, we have openings starting in early January 2018.
In many cases, we will be able to provide some wonderful live entertainment. Either Lex or Lex and his talented daughters may perform either casual background music or a Full Out Show. Learn more about Lex and his music by visiting his website at lexnichols.com.
Just in case you missed the first three action packed, exciting, volumes of knowledge, thrilling, feel free to use your own upbeat words here, issues of the Colorado Abandoned Newsletter, here are the links to get to them.
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Are YOU going fast enough?
Lex & Vincent
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