Month: June 2015

A Rainbow of Opinions Heard at Denver Pridefest 2015

  The 2015 Pridefest Parade brought 1000s of people into the streets of central Denver on Sunday, June 21, for Denver’s 40th annual gay pride weekend. According to GLBTColorado.org, 370,000 people attended the two-day event. Along with their folding chairs, rainbow-colored attire, water bottles and sunblock, many at the parade also brought their voices to speak about their opinions and perspectives on a spectrum of issues facing the LGBT community. Crowds gathered as a menagerie of floats, fancy cars, vendors and volunteers slowly passed by on their Colfax route from Cheesman Park to Civic Center Park. Standing in the speckled shade of a tree, in the shadow of the State Capitol Building, Denver native Slum Pickens cheered for every attraction that passed with almost the exact same cheer of gratitude and support, but it never got old.  It never lost its charm. “You’re beautiful. Thank you for what you do,” Pickens yelled. Next to Pickens stood Kay Troxell and Allison Mellor, two sisters who feverishly shook their rainbow flags in one hand while waving at …

Piers Watson: Carrying the Torch of Luted Crucible Metal Casting

    There was a bonfire in the parking lot of the New Mexico School for the Arts. A beat up old truck and a huddled group of people stood near the flame. Piers Watson, a lanky, bearded man in dusty cowboy boots and a dingy yellowish-brown canvas jacket, was the master of ceremonies as he prodded a shallow pit of glowing coals with a set of long, steel clamps. Watson was conducting a student workshop on the centuries old technique of luted crucible metal casting – a process he has been avidly studying and advocating for neary a decade. He travels the globe teaching the process, and today he is in Santa Fe. Watson, 47, began casting bronze in 2006 with small clay crucibles and homemade charcoal. He spent the next couple years developing his technique, but with mixed results. The London native said he embraced the passion he was quickly developing for metal casting. “Following your intuition is very important, if you can feel that something is the right thing to do, then …

Omerica Organic: Finding success in going green and against the grain

  Omerica Organic has defied traditional businesses practices more than once, and by going green, and blazing new trails in their industry, their intrepidness has paid off. What began as a one-man operation in a garage in Palisade, Colorado in 2004, has grown into a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse in North Denver, at 3360 Walnut St., that is well-equipped with an array of high-tech machinery and a staff of over a dozen. Omerica Organic has dealers in 20 states across the country, international representation in 11 countries and a bustling online retail shop at http://www.omericaorganic.com. Omerica Organic’s founder Ryan Lorenz says that, although commercial success is important, following eco-conscious practices, maintaining the human element within his operation and fostering progression is what lies at the heart of his company. “[Our] direction is quality, efficiency and our staff. We have continual goals, and strive to always become better. Our process is one that a hand plays a major role in the product’s creation. I take pride in that!” The Omerica Organic warehouse, located in the RiNo …