If you are looking for a green salon, look no further! Gränd is delighted to be working with SustainAbility, a local recycling company that is unique in many ways. What makes this company so different is that they collect hard to recycle items including the foil we use to color hair as well as hair dryers, flat irons and other electronics. What’s also great is their work force is comprised of people with disabilities ‘creating meaningful work for a segment of our society that is significantly under-employed’.
Also check out their Eco Bag Project. They hand-make these cool bags using scrap upholstery collected from local businesses, keeping textile waste from entering our landfills . These bags can be found at several local Shops in Denver. For more information on this, SustainAbility and their services, check out their website here.
Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, people!
Very excited for my second showing at Gränd. What a fantastic new space! Congratulations to Shelly and Jay. I’m terribly jealous.
I’ve been told it’s difficult to connect my various bodies of work—From gritty, hyper-real portraits of humanity and artifacts, to beautiful nudes dressed in candy. The work being featured in this show barely even resembles photography.
Why did we stop smelling the roses? Is our world so full of roses that we can no longer savor them? Maybe it’s that we’ve just stopped stopping.
Photography captures a moment in time. The painterly, Impressionism-inspired images of the Zoom collection attempt to defy that convention. They linger and soften like partially formed memories. Perpetually moving, the beauty and lightness of nature are depicted through the lens of a short attention span.
A native of Chicago, Jeff Curry is Creative Director at SRG, an internationally recognized agency in Boulder, Colorado. His work spans a variety of industries and media, and has garnered numerous awards over the past 20 years. Partnering with some of the nation’s top commercial artists and photographers, photography has always been at the center of his profession and is his personal passion.
Jeff’s fine art imagery has been exhibited in NYC, at Jadite Gallery and Gallery H, and in Denver at Space Gallery and Sync Gallery. Select work has received recognition in the following prestigious contests and publications: Photography Masters Cup International Awards, The London International Creative Awards, Communication Arts Photography Annual, International Spider Awards, and The Art Directors Club Photography Awards.
Jeff’s work demonstrates a broad range of subject matter and style—Self defined as sexy-flirtatious-dirty-spooky-and-beautifully-odd. His photography first gained international attention with Eyecandy, a provocative series combining classic American candy products with sophisticated nude portraiture. Playful, sexy and suggestive, the collection explores a range of intimate scenarios, from innocent flirtation to the more risqué notions of submission and devotion.
His most recent series is entitled Zoom. This Impressionism-inspired body of work defies the notion that photography captures a moment in time. Moreover, every attempt is made to prevent these images from resembling photographs at all. They linger and soften like partially formed memories. Perpetually moving, the beauty and lightness of nature are depicted through the lens of a short attention span. Gestural camera movements mimic brush strokes and are unique to each subject. Jeff refers to Zoom as a series of “two-second paintings.”
The idea to move Gränd Salon actually hatched several years ago.
My husband had answered a Craigslist ad for old sidewalk flagstone, which took him into the bowels of the yet-to-be redeveloped RiNo neighborhood. The man selling the stone had an amazing residence and a huge property zoned for commercial use – he mentioned that it was for sale. Jay called me immediately, “Get over here now! We need to buy this place and move the salon!”
The building and property were grand. A big corner lot, lots of light, an up and coming area and space for our own parking lot! The neighborhood was a little gritty but we couldn’t stop thinking about the opportunities (room to grow! parking! outdoor space! parking!)
We emptied our piggy bank (which didn’t get us very far), begged my parents to jump in on the investment and then somehow convinced a bank to fund the rest of the project. When the owners pulled the property off the market, I was devastated. But looking back, that random side-trip into RiNo was inspiring. It drove home the realizations that parking in LoDo was getting worse, not better, that we had really outgrown our current location and that we owed it to our clients and ourselves to make a move. I was determined.
What I couldn’t have imagined was that our search for the perfect property would take nearly two more years. Our realtors Jamie and Brian Harris of Kentwood City stuck patiently and loyally by us as we toured what seemed like every available commercial property in town. From the grow-house by Mile High/Invesco Stadium (a fantastically interesting operation!) to the crumbling office building on Brighton Blvd (scaarrrry!), to the empty lots in sketchy places, and to another beautiful old building in RiNo that got away – just to name a few.
But “everything happens for a reason,” and “good things come to those who wait.” Finally we stumbled upon a 1960’s blonde brick plant warehouse at 35th & Kalamath in LoHi – an amazing 3700 square foot blank canvas for us to design our dream.
The development of this dream was truly a collaborative effort. Throughout the many months of this project’s build out, every employee of Gränd was involved in creating our new space. In our off hours we brainstormed, between appointments we worked and reworked the floor plan, during lunch we’d sample and choose finishes, or we’d skip lunch to choose paint colors and trade endless emails laying out every inspiration to not only develop the perfect work space but a space that our guests would love to visit.
It may not have the babbling brook, the orchard or the urban garden that we first imagined for our dream space, but what 3501 Kalamath does have are 21 skylights, a parking lot, garage doors that roll back and let in our warm Colorado sunshine – and all right on the edge of downtown. And did I mention that we’re still staffed with the most amazing and most talented people in town?