Hamel remembers that some of his earliest coverage was for Plus Gallery, the old Lab at Belmar and Eric Matelski's defunct Monday Night Art Talks, noting that in the years since, he's formed fast friendships and built a network so tight that it's made his job easier and easier. "Now I can catch up on information with Ivar Zeile or talk to Dana Cain over a beer," he notes. And it's a world in which he hopes to take a more active part one day as a photographer in his own right, a step beyond the documentarian he is now. Time will tell. For now, Hamel will still be in the trenches, visiting galleries and talking to people, as well as upgrading his site, which he hopes to complete in the next few months.
Tonight's soiree starts with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at City, O'City, 206 East 13th Avenue; the meat of the evening, though, will begin at 8:30 p.m. upstairs in the Deer Pile, when Hamel and host Katie Taft look back on Denverarts.org with a slide show and interview. Then it's back downstairs for dessert and gab. A $5 donation for Art-Plant is requested for the slide presentation; go to www.cityocitydenver.com or www.denverarts.org.
Tue., May 15, 6-10 p.m., 2012