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Boulder Creative Collective Pop-Up Art Shows

Moving to a new place is one of the most exciting feelings to experience, but along with excitement also comes the feeling of not being ‘in the know.’ Kelly Cope Russack, Addrienne Amato and Lee Massey-Heekin all moved to Boulder between 2010-12 and felt like they couldn’t break into the already-established art scene. Fortunately, they all met each other.

“In typical Boulder fashion, we all had connections from our previous lives: from high school, graduate school, local playgrounds and overlapping friendships,” says Kelly. “While standing at the kitchen counter, Addrienne and Lee began conversing and quickly realized they had studied at graduate school in New York together. The crazy part is that they didn’t recognize each other by face but by their work.”

As the new artists in town, Addrienne and Lee were eager to get back to the studio and be part of the local art dialogue, so the three new friends decided to take action.

“With Kelly willing to open her home to an intimate crowd showcasing her friends’ artwork, the Boulder Creative Collective (BCC) was born. We found that our newish friendly community didn’t have an art scene we were connected to, thus building community around art became our intention,” says Addrienne.

The first event was a success with roughly 50 supportive friends from various social circles showing up to enjoy the pop-up art show, Touch Taste View.

“Originally we had thought we could keep things intimate by showing in private residences; as our numbers grew, we had to seek alternative venues,” says Lee.

At the most recent “Burnout” pop-up, Sanitas Brewery became the stage for Collective viewers.

“We hung on walls, we hung on the coolers with industrial magnets, we drove the forklift and the lift, we schlepped for days and with the help from our Collective and our loyal volunteers, we successful transformed the space,” says Lee.

With everyday spaces hosting pop-up art shows it opens the invitation to anyone and everyone. It creates an environment where there’s collaboration with the community, for the community.

“By showing work in familiar spaces, we believe the viewers can feel comfortable showing up on a Friday night in going-out-attire or Friday afternoon bike clothes,” says Russack. “All are welcome. The intention is to connect artists and viewers in a unique cooperative environment.”

With so many more artists of all kinds to be featured for each upcoming theme, and plenty of original spaces to showcase the pop-ups, we can look forward to many more Boulder Creative Collective sessions. We welcome BCC as an established (yet welcoming) art community of Boulder.


Jamie Solveson of Jamie Lauren Designs

A year ago a trade was made; a white-corporate-collar for a professional grade upholstery stapler.  Jamie Solveson’s hobby is now a full-time passion. With her love for color and fabric, seeing unconventional colors together on a piece of furniture is what makes the upcycle process fun and exciting. Giving new life to an old piece has never been better.

“I think it’s really the transformation that is probably one of the greatest things. When people see the before and after, that’s what gets people oohing and aahing,” says Jamie.

Steve Porsborg

With a screwdriver, crescent wrench, pliers, and/or hammer in hand, Steve tenaciously disassembled anything deemed junk.  A youthful desire to one day be an inventor fueled his efforts, to be capable of combining random scrap parts into a revolutionary new mechanism. Old habits die hard as decades later Steve still relishes the opportunity to take something apart to discover what treasure may lie inside.  After years of accumulating odd and unusual, and occasionally striking electronic and mechanical components, Steve now reconfigures many of his reclaimed gems into objects intended to be greater than the sum of their individual parts.

“The evolution of my art involves building pieces that are more complex in their movement while also incorporating a higher degree of structural integrity,” says Steve Porsborg. “My work is intended to be interactive, therefore it demands to be structurally sound.”

Barrett Rogers of brdworks

Barrett’s future in art & design was clandestine. Hopping from major to major it took him about seven years of college before landing at Pratt Institute graduating with an industrial design degree. He was, however, not destined to do one thing and one thing only. Dipping his hands into everything (slip casting, architectural model building, magazine prop building, retail display design, electronics prototyping, packaging design and more) has helped keep an even balance of inspiration and drive to create.

“For me, in various times throughout life each project came with a different inspiration.  So people must be slipping ‘inspiration’ into my drinks, or perhaps I just use energy and situations around me to inspire me and to help me form responses aesthetically,” says Barrett.