Getting ready for the Raven show

Last Updated on Monday, 7 June 2010 06:32 Written by Chris Marzonie Tuesday, 13 April 2010 12:43

Yesterday was a big day; I picked up the last of my printed pieces from Rich Charpentier and the Ian Russell gallery and delivered a big pile of prints and canvases to the Raven Cafe after closing on Sunday so they could begin hanging it. This is a big deal for me, because the Raven has been one of my favorite local haunts since they opened almost four years ago, and I’ve always hoped that my photos might get to hang on its walls some day. When I walked in the door, the walls were bare. David Bright and Greg Hull were busy prepping them, patching holes and painting. I’m always used to seeing the walls covered in art and so the Raven felt, well . . . naked.

Raven Cafe

As I hauled the last piece in and did a quick inventory I noticed that one had gone missing. Ah, yes, the photo titled Driving into a Dream. It was a scene from California Gulch in Colorado where a few Toyota FJ Cruisers were creeping along a dirt road in a snowy valley during early summer thaw, and they look like ants before the massive scene of mountains around them. I had donated it to an earlier fundraiser at the Raven, “Ales for Trails.” The winner was informed they would have to wait until the art show was over before they could take it home. I was pretty sure my friend Christophe had said he’d left it with Max Kamen, the “Beer Program Specialist” (I prefer to call him the beer lord). An inquiry to Max was met with a puzzled look. The poor guy searched up and down and all around, but couldn’t find the canvas. Oh well, the show must go on; he put a call in to Christophe.

So have you ever wondered what exactly goes into an art show at the Raven? A ton of work, so I’ve learned. Aside from all the preparation of the art and planning for the show, there is the hanging of the art. This is an art all its own. I was a fly on the wall and watched David and Greg do their thing; jamming to a mix from the iPod playing out on the sound system while they worked intently, and almost independently of one another. Now that I think back on it, it’s almost like I dreamt it and wasn’t really there. It seemed to me like they were improvising; you know—”improv,” like a performer on a stage might do. They just sort of floated around, held various tools and things up in the air, and then the art would just appear. Kind of like clouds building up in the sky. You don’t really see them forming, but next thing you know, there they are in perfect harmony.

David Bright
David Bright

Greg Hull
Greg Hull

The Raven has got soul. Just look at the history written on the walls of the old building, feel the passion of all who worked on it to make it beautiful, see the people who work there and make things happen, connect with an old friend or meet a new one, and you’ll know what I mean.


When you see art at the Raven, these are the guys who put it up. Greg Hull (L) and David Bright (R)

The artists’ reception is this Wednesday, April 14, so please stop by and say hello. I’m happy to say that Bernie Lopez is the other artist featured at the show and he has some fantastic work on display. You have to check it out.

Special thanks to Sharon Marzonie for all her help with this!

Some links if you want to explore:

www.ravencafe.com
www.bernielopez.com
www.ianrussellart.com
www.richcharpentier.com

P.S. Oh yea, about that piece of missing art, Driving into a Dream: It turns out that Christophe had it all along. He decided a man in charge of all the beer at the Raven couldn’t possibly be saddled with babysitting a piece of canvas. He probably didn’t know I had them all “beer-proofed.” (If you’re curious what beer-proofing is, just drop Rich Charpentier a note and he’ll tell you.)

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