The Illiterate magazine art walk was ten venues of a variety of art on a cold Friday night.
“It is something different, not just the usual beer fest on the Hill,” said Kevin Shiramizu, a junior film studies major who was taking pictures of the event. “Hopefully, it will open peoples eyes to what’s going on in art.”
Talia Goldenberg, a junior news-editorial major, was one of the organizers of the event. She is also the distribution director of the Illiterate magazine, an art and literature magazine put together by CU students.
“This is Boulder’s first art walk ever,” Goldenberg said. “It’s a great way for the art community to get together.”
The theme of the event went along with the finale, a Future Burlesque Fashion show that featured DJ Lazy Eyes and DJ Technical 9 at Tulagi. Everywhere on the Hill, women could be seen scantily dressed in fishnet stockings, stiletto heels and body paint – a mix between sadomasochistic go-go and a sci-fi rave party.
The art walk went from 6 to 10 p.m. and included art, a live band, student films and poetry readings.
At Meow Meow on 13th Street, the artwork of Kaitlan Schroeder was featured. Schroeder, 23, graduated from CU last year from the fine arts department and is now trying to make her way in the art business. She displayed both photography and paintings that employed multi-media elements along with pure oil on canvas.
One of Schroeder’s paintings that her mother wants her to call “Reflections” is a close up depiction of an Indian man wearing sunglasses.
“Reflections is my favorite painting in the show,” Schroeder said. “It is a combination of images I got from photos my father took.”
Next door at Album’s Bistro, the band Forged in Violet played their musical stylings, a fusion of electronic dance and progressive rock as described by band member Damon Degner.
Degner, a former CU student, said the band has been together for about two years and plays mostly in the Boulder area.
The other two members of the band are Dan Booth and Evan De Rolf. They just released their first album, “Pura Vida,” which is a Costa Rican expression meaning “pure life.”
The Cellar was the venue for student films. Andrew Armenate, a junior art history and film major was in charge of the showings.
Armenate said of the 10 films they were playing in a loop, half were CU student’s BFA application films and the other half were from the community. Anyone was welcome to show his or her work as long as it was under the 30-minute cap set for the event.
Aramenate said there were technical problems with the projections early in the evening.
“It was a rough start,” he said. “But since we got the problems taken care of it has gone really well.”
There was one stop on the art walk that was on campus at the CU Art Museum. The museum was showing its MFA Fall 2006 Thesis Exhibition featuring four student artists: Stephanie DeArmond, Gregg Harvey, Lennon Michalski and Emily Schroeder.
Each artist has a unique style and medium. Students viewing the exhibit expressed their appreciation.
“I really like it,” said Amelia Goslin, a freshman psychology major, commenting on a hanging work by Schroeder.
Katelyn Ziegler is a senior art history major who works at the museum.
“I love it,” Ziegler said of the show. “I’ve been around four MFA shows, and this is my favorite.”