Den­ver Il­lus­tra­tion Salon

Jon Schin­de­hette ex­plains how he took the seed of Seat­tle’s art scene and grew a sturdy art oak in the heart of Colorado

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When Imag­ineFX hero Jon Schin­de­hette re­lo­cated from Seat­tle to Den­ver, he was shocked to find that de­spite a vi­brant art scene, there was nowhere for artists to gather, share tech­niques and make friends. His so­lu­tion was to cre­ate the Den­ver Il­lus­tra­tion Salon with lo­cal artists Jeremy Aaron Moore, Crys­tal Sully, Dy­lan Pier­pont and An­gela Sch­mer.

Based on the 16th-cen­tury Ital­ian in­tel­lec­tual gath­er­ings, this par­tic­u­lar salon was es­tab­lished in Novem­ber 2013. It’s al­ready in­cluded a num­ber of events such as drink and draws, cos­tume life draw­ing, plein air paint­ing and zoo

March 2015 sketches – all of which Jon has en­joyed as much as his fel­low artists.

“I love to at­tend the events, both as an or­gan­iser and an at­tendee,” he says. “The en­ergy is almost palat­able. I get recharged ev­ery time. I’m able to try out new stuff, know­ing that there’s never any pres­sure. I'm not wor­ry­ing about grades, costs or any­thing else that usu­ally comes along with or­gan­ised schools or work­shops. We just share, learn and en­joy.”

An egal­i­tar­ian ap­proach ex­tends through­out, with Jon de­scrib­ing his role as “cheer­leader, rally point, net­worker, big pic­ture guy.” Each new mem­ber brings some­thing fresh to the events, and ex­pert talks have in­cluded lawyers of­fer­ing copy­right ad­vice and Imag­ineFX contributor Dave Rapoza giv­ing a paint­ing demo. Jon’s “big pic­ture” for the com­ing year is an ex­pan­sion of the salon into a per­ma­nent space, rather than just bor­row­ing lo­cal premises.

“We want to of­fer work­shops with vis­it­ing artists, low-cost stu­dios with com­mu­nity-based in­fra­struc­ture, and a gallery and store space,” says Jon. “We know this is a very aspi­ra­tional goal. But if you’d asked us a year ago if we could have cre­ated the com­mu­nity that we have grow­ing here in Den­ver, we would have called that a very aspi­ra­tional goal.”

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