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The Donut That Keeps on Giving

Former SFR cover boy Micah Ortega gives back the only way he knows how

Arts Valve Human Donut Micah Ortega gave back to SFR the only way he knew how—by actually becoming the weekly, Backpage and all—and for one afternoon, hyping the shit out of us.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Enrique Limón

That's LIFE

Acclaimed photographer Bob Gomel looks back

Arts Valve Asked what it was like to be  a photojournalist for LIFE magazine during its 1960s heyday, Bob Gomel does not hesitate to answer. “It was the mecca,” he says with a combination of excitement and nost...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Enrique Limón

Yard Sticklers

And you thought you were all that for propping a garden gnome in your yard? Amateur!

Arts Valve Helen and Charlie Sharpe are used to gawks, the sound of tires screeching and strangers constantly knocking at their door. The reason? Their picturesque garden—chock-full of statues, sanctuaries and figurines...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Enrique Limón

Grain Man

For one man, creativity is where the heart is

Arts Valve One glance at 55-year-old Kenneth Bennett, and it’s not hard to tell that he’s led a rough life. He’s sitting at a table outside Ecco Espresso & Gelato, meticulously carving a wood figurine, cedar chi...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Enrique Limón

Animal Style

Don’t squash that spider! It might be the next Gauguin

Arts Valve “I was not expected to grow up to be a biologist. I was supposed to study Home Ec. and marry a doctor. My mom is still not quite over it…you’d think she would be,” Linda Wiener says.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Enrique Limón

Pillow Talk

Lawyer by day, pillow-maker by night overrules your stress away

Arts Valve “Maybe it’s like a calling,” Tim Foster says. He’s talking about a need to create and sell 100 handmade meditation pillows, a project he recently launched on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with th...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Enrique Limón

Burn, Baby Burn!

Like a phoenix rising...

Arts Valve He’s not necessarily what you’d call a looker. He’s scrawny, big-mouthed, feeble and bug-eyed. Then there’s the hair…don’t even get me started on the hair.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Enrique Limón

In Your Face, Kermit!

Erin Currier proves just how easy it is being green

Arts Valve A woman of contrasts, she’s dressed in a delicate black slip paired with army boots; possesses both supermodel looks and Diego Rivera technique; and, though soft-spoken, creates artwork that speaks volumes....

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Enrique Limón

Blame It on the Frames

Local business struggles to survive amid big-box competition

Arts Valve Sixty-two-year-old Josie Lucero is used to the almost nonexistent foot traffic at Emmanuel’s, her Cerrillos Road frame shop. “Oh God, it’s gone down,” she says of the current state of the framing indust...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Enrique Limón

Face Booked

Sarah Nolan finds inspiration in the darndest places

Arts Valve Manning the sleepy desk at the Plaza Galeria space where her first solo show, Innercapes hangs, Sarah Nolan is used to low foot traffic. “It’s mostly tourists and sandwich lovers,” she says, referencing t...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Enrique Limón
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