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Jess E. DuBois has been creating vibrant art for fifty years

On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, Jess E. DuBois was sitting at his booth by portal 16 in the Denver Coliseum, near other booths selling holster-shaped cell-phone holders and 3-D crystals, wearing his Marine cap to greet the throngs coming to the National Western Stock Show. Sure, DuBois's space had the usual jewelry and ice scrapers, but the real draw was his art -- bronzes and paintings almost as colorful as his Cherokee, African-American, Italian and French heritage. A native of Five Points, where he still lives and paints every day, DuBois graduated from Manual High School fifty years ago and went on to study art at the University of Colorado and the Colorado Institute of Art, working on his own vision of the West. He's been coming to the Stock Show for fifteen years now, but this is not the only venue where his work is on display. It will be featured in a two-person show, East Meets West, which opens Friday, January 23, at 825 Art, 825 Santa Fe Drive. (The second artist in that exhibit is Tadashi Hayakawa; to contact the gallery, call 303-534-1979.) And on Monday, January 26, DuBois will be one of three recipients of the Mayor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, along with Kathlyn Aylsworth Brantigan and the Colorado Children's Chorale. Admission is free; the festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. -- Patricia Calhoun

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