When local event diva Dana Cain decides to curate an art show, she cant just leave it at that. I might be the curator, but at heart Im really an event planner, so its natural for me to think of how I can turn it into an event, she says. And how. When The Love Show, a Valentine-themed exhibit opens on February 12 at CORE New Art Space, it will be the scene of unheard-of hoopla: The winner of Cains Win a Dream Date With Phil Bender contest will arrive in a limo with Bender, the extremely laid-back and undisputed Pirate king of Denvers storied co-op gallery scene, at his or her side. Bender, whos rarely seen wearing anything but denim and flip flops.
Joke? No joke: It had to be just the right type of person someone whom everybody loves but nobody would consider a dream date, Cain says of her pick for a local art-world dream date. And to his credit, Bender is in it all the way. He even posed all dolled up and costumed in sunglasses, an ascot and a lapel rose by designer/stylist Mona Lucero for an unlikely pre-contest photo shoot. Mona really had to crack the whip to get him out of his denim jacket, Cain notes.
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To win dinner at Patsys, gallery canoodling, the limo ride and a photo booth session with Phil, send a short e-mail explaining why you love Phil Bender and why you want to win the Dream Date, along with your name, address, phone number and a photo of your feet to email@example.com, no later than February 5. Get the details at www.danacain.com/theloveshow.html.
Jan. 1-Feb. 5, 2010