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Brushstroke Bash: Givens Prepares for Alpine Styles

Posted on: November 16th, 2010 by Luke Bauer

“I don’t care if I even sell a painting—I just want it to be fun,” Brooklyn-based illustrator Jamie Givens admitted today in the American Alpine Club Library, among a cache of unhung art. With a spool of wire, some hooks and nails, Givens was preparing for the opening night of his brainchild. Alpine Styles, a collection of five climbing-artists’ work, opens Thursday at the library and adjacent Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in downtown Golden, Colorado.
Months ago, Givens conceived the idea of a climbing-related art expo and had largely convinced fellow illustrators Mike Tea and Keith Svihovec to share their work with the public. But Jamie still needed a venue. “I initially thought I could come up with a place in New York,” said Givens, who illustrates for magazines such as Alpinist and Climbing, “ but the more I thought about it, the venues didn’t seem quite right…a little too SoHo” or a “little too much chalk,” in the case of New York’s climbing gyms. Givens then thought of the American Mountaineering Center. “I remembered that there was a mountaineering place in Golden. I had never been, but when I called to ask about it, everyone seemed excited.”

Venue secure, he quickly got artists Emilie Lee and Renan Ozturk on board. He “really wanted to get [illustrator and AAC Heartland Section Chair] Jeremy Collins to come as well, but his schedule just wouldn’t allow it.”
All of the artists in the show use a variety of techniques and methods—ink, paint, mixed media, and more—to produce their art, and most of them will be present at Thursday’s opening night to discuss their art. Unfortunately, Jamie’s work with custom ice tool decals will not be displayed because the artist “only has the one set of tools. I guess if I had another, I’d show them, but I need to go climbing!”

Come to Opening Night of Alpine Styles on November 18 for free drinks, snacks, music and to see the work of Jamie, Keith, Emilie, Mike and Renan, as well as all the exhibits in the American Mountaineering Museum.

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