Hallett Park in Winter, John Fielder
Koncilja & Associates, P.C. has a commitment to Colorado. Colorado is stunningly beautiful and home to a wide open society where people rise or fall based on their skill and hard work as opposed to their pedigree. We want to share with you some of the gems in our state that might interest you if you have recently moved here, have lived here a while, or are only going to be visiting while you are involved in a dispute.
Jim Wark is an aerial photographer from Pueblo, Colorado, who specializes in capturing unusual landscape and cultural images of North and Central America. He uses a small high-wing, bush type aircraft (an Aviat Husky) with the capability of operating out of small rough areas. Jim includes a full complement of camping gear and provisions on board so that he can set up a base and visit remote sites. Working alone in this manner, Jim has photographed the continent from Alaska to Labrador in the north; and from Costa Rica to the Lesser Antilles in the south. To guide him, he uses aviation skills gained as a Naval Aviator and airshow pilot, and a love of the earth and its forms gained from a career as a mining engineer and geologist. Jimís photography is represented by photo agencies in the U.S., U.K., France, Japan and Australia. Jim is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and PAPA (Professional Aerial Photographers Association, International). In 2005 he was awarded PAPA's first ever "Lifetime Achievement Award." Several of his books are in print; our favorite is Colorado Ė An Aerial Geography of the Highest State. In this book, Jim teamed with Colorado University professor, Tom Huber, so that you see the aerial views and also learn about the geography. Jim published America, Flying High worldwide. Jim publised Leave No Trace: Vanishing North American Wilderness in 2011 and which he focuses on trying to capture beautiful regions before they are developed or environmentally impacted. The book was recommended by Oprah Winfrey on her TV program. Several of Jimís photos from this book were made into commemorative stamps by the United States Post Office.
The Denver Rustlers
Every year in August, Frances Koncilja, Larry Mizel Chairman & Chief Executive Offer of MDC Holdings, Inc. and Tim Schultz President & Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation round up 200 business and political leaders for their annual trip to the Junior Live Stock show at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. For one day, Republicans and Democrats and Independents put aside their party label and spend the day together to help young farmers and ranchers. The Denver Rustlers (200 of them), travel to Pueblo on buses in matching shirts, purchased from Rockmount Ranch Wear. The Rustlers pool their money so every young exhibitor receives a fair amount of cash for their year-long effort, even if they did not win the Grand Champion or the Reserve Grand Champion award. Koncilja and Associates, P.C. has been the primary organizer of this event for the last 15 years.
The Denver Spirituals Project
We first became familiar with the Denver Spirituals when then Mayor John Hickenlooper (now Governor) and his former wife, Helen Thorpe, gave their early supporters a copy of the Spirituals CD. The Denver Spirituals, under the leadership of Art Jones, strive to preserve and revitalize the music and teachings of the sacred songs called "spirituals," created and first sung by enslaved Africans in America in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Spirituals Project is a broad-based initiative to explore the many, varied dimensions of African American spirituals as art form, tradition and tool. The Spirituals Project invites all people to experience the joy and power of their dynamic music and gift from African Americans to the world.
The City Club of Denver
Frances Koncilja served two terms as the President of the Board of the City Club, a non-partisan and nonprofit organization renowned for its tradition of elevating discourse on local, statewide, national and international topics. It does not take positions on issues. City Club's purpose is expressed in its motto: "To inform, not to reform."
John Fielder is a nationally renowned photographer, publisher, teacher and preservationist. He hikes and skis hundreds of miles in Colorado each year Ė and drives many miles - in order to record on film its most sublime natural places. For the last 40 years, no one has traveled the state like John Fielder, from its rolling plains to the soaring Rocky Mountains and the Western Slope's remote plateaus and river canyons.
The Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Located on the University of Denver Campus, the Newman Center is a cultural convergence for the performing arts offering an eclectic mix of emerging artists and seasoned performers, from opera to folk music, ballet to modern dance, chamber orchestra to jazz ensemble. It is situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Here you will see performances featuring fine student work, a variety of community arts organizations, and the Newman Center Presents series of nine superb, world-class performances. The Newman Center is also one of the most acoustically sophisticated venues in the region. Steven Seifert, who began his career as an attorney, is the Executive Director of The Newman Center. The broad range of quality performing at The Newman Center is a tribute to Steve's broad range of interests.
Rockmount Ranch Wear
Cary Grant wore one. Paul McCartney wore his on Saturday Night Live, and Bob Dylan wore his to the White House to receive the Medal of Freedom. The fashion industry has few constants, but ROCKMOUNT RANCH WEAR has forged a unique brand statement with core Western and high fashion. A true Western icon, ROCKMOUNT introduced the first western shirts with snaps and helped to popularize Western wear as legitimate American fashion throughout the U.S. and abroad. Rockmount is housed in a landmark building in LODO at 1626 Wazee Street. You can stop by and see their vintage and more modern styles. Grandpa Jack created the snaps for Western Shirts (so the shirt can break away if a bull or horse charges you and your shirt is caught on the fence or saddle). Grandson Steve and his wife Wendy keep the traditions vibrant.
The Tattered Cover
Tattered Cover Book Store is an independent community bookstore, serving Denver's readers for over forty years. It all began when Joyce Meskis purchased a small bookshop in Denver's Cherry Creek North district. Today Tattered Cover Book Store offers an extraordinary selection of titles in three metro- Denver locations, and a free special event nearly every day. With its cozy atmosphere, tremendous selection of books and periodicals, and an unwavering commitment to the customer and the community, Tattered Cover Book Store is sure to become your favorite bookstore.
Vail Valley Music Festival and Dance Festival
Every year in July and August Vail is home to incredible music and dance. The Vail Valley Music Festival attracts world class orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra & the Rochester Philharmonic. The Vail Jazz Festival is a summer-long celebration of America's musical gift to the world--Jazz. And the Vail International Dance Festival features classical and contemporary dance from all over the world.