Mandy: You can get anything from a $3 token or greeting card, up to designing your own furniture. Like the table and chairs we’re sitting at.
Katie: It’s made by a company called Sticks out of Des Moines. You can buy pieces on show room floors, or get something custom made. Each piece is made by hand. They have woodworkers, wood burners, paints, stainers…they also do leather upholstery. My 15 year old kitchen table was custom made by them. Their things are made to be used, and to tell a story.
Mandy: I think I would go with the Spiritiles. Because that was our first big collection that we landed.
Mandy: They are wood blocks wrapped in copper and the artist, Houston Llew, uses ground glass to make the artwork. And he comes out with new tiles only a couple of times a year. They have quotes around them and who said the quote on top. They’re called Spiritiles because they’re all meaningful and uplifting and they’re about life and love and journeys. A lot of people collect them. Katie and I met the artist on our very first show we went on together and about six months later we landed the account. We’re always in the top five selling galleries for him. And we both have big collections at home.
Katie: I’ve got a few, but I will go with Alan Moore. He’s part-time in Colorado, part-time in Florida. I love his story because they have five kids. They homeschool their children. All the work is hand-done with bottle caps and his children actually create some of the pieces as well. They are just salt-of-the-earth sweet people. It’s a family business.
Katie: He takes recycled wood as the base of the wall piece. Then he uses bottle caps or cut out cans to make an image. He’s made all sorts of designs: a buffalo, a bicycle, a fish, a fox. They’re beautiful.
Katie: Right. We offer these classes several times a year. Alan uses all kinds of unique items to make one-of-a-kind works of art…like vintage cans, antique buttons, piano parts, etc. The classes last about two hours. We supply all the materials, beverages and snacks. All the information in on our site at www.showofhandsdenver.com.
Mandy: Oh yeah.
Katie: My house looks exactly like the store, colors and everything.
Katie: It was started by a group of co-op members who sold their own art through the gallery. They worked at the gallery. They had shows. Little by little, the co-op members were bought out and it went down to two owners. It sustained itself for a really long time and then Mandy and I came in about five and a half years ago and took over the store. But the premise has always been handmade American art. Mandy and I have held really true to that, but given it our own twist. We’ve just really made it our own.
Mandy: The original co-op that started here wanted to bring art and fun to this little outdoor neighborhood. And now our customers know us here. Artists know us here. People throughout the country know of our store. It’s where our roots are.
Show of Hands
210 Clayton Street
Denver, CO 80206