Artists Rob Dolgaard and Micah Mitchell unveil their collaborative, large-scale artwork at Cuppa Joe in Breckenridge tonight. The work consists of large hardwood panels - one 8x8-foot, one 4x16-foot and another 4x8-foot section - which incorporate imagery of Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla with stars, galaxies and images representing space and time. The medium is acrylics and high-gloss gel and the exhibit is tentatively titled "A Show of Two Geniuses," a reference to Tesla and Einstein and the artists themselves. "Thanks to Ole Man Berkins bookstore - where we did much of the painting - we had a wide variety of books to pull inspiration from," said Dolgaard, who attended the graphic design program at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts online with Savannah College of Art and Design. Originally from Wisconsin, he moved to the mountains in 2001 and has been in Breckenridge for the past two years. He works and has a studio space at Ole Man Berkins in Breck. There, Dolgaard partnered with owner Justin Schlosberg on a children's book, "A Peculiar Day in Coney Island." Schlosberg wrote the book and Dolgaard illustrated the majority of it and made 65 hand-bound hardcover copies, which have since sold out, though the illustration panels will be up for viewing within the week at South Ridge Kitchen and Ole Man Berkins in Breck. Dolgaard met Mitchell when the tall redhead who works at Skee Vue Grocery & Liquor stopped by to purchase some books. "He was looking at the art in the store, inquiring whose it was. I said it was mine and he asked me if I'd be interested in collaborating," Dolgaard said. Mitchell is a self-taught artist and professed time traveler who has had multiple art shows in Denver and collaborated with ROAM and Tall T Productions. At first, their schedules didn't mesh, but in October the two got to work and later approached Cuppa Joe about doing a show. "We do rotating art shows and every show is a two-month rotation," said Cuppa Joe owner Johanna Hirschboeck. "It's not necessarily all local. What I'm looking for in terms of the shows is trying to gear away from the mountain-oriented 'kitschy' art and more toward modern, unique, original artwork. Every show we've had so far has been very different from the one before." Though Hirschboeck knows Dolgaard and Mitchell individually as artists, she had yet to see their collaborative work. "I think it's going to be a very different, fantastic show," she said. Dolgaard and Mitchell completed the work in 45 days, building all of their frames by hand and from scratch. The exhibit runs through February.
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