Simple, modern aesthetics shine at Composition, a tiny haven of creative paper products on the ground floor of LoDo's Annex at the Steelbridge Lofts. "I'm basically obsessed with paper," says Jennifer Roberts, a civil engineer who opened Composition almost a year ago. "And I thought there was a need for more modern-design products in Denver."
Composition carries more than twenty lines of stationery and greeting cards, along with an array of funky journals, photo albums, calendars, pens and wrapping paper. The shop, which specializes in products that are both unusual and functional, also stocks cardboard chairs, modular office furniture, dog beds, leather purses, prints by local artists, and carpet tiles that can be mixed and matched to create area rugs of any shape or size.
"I like items that are unique and make you think," says Roberts, who also does custom invitations and stationery. "The focus is definitely on paper, but I'm constantly adding more products. I can't help myself."
Composition is at 1750 15th Street. For information, call 303-894-0025 or visit www.compositiondesign.com. -- Julie Dunn
Chocolate Lovers' Fling is in good taste
Chocoholics will rejoice at tonight's Chocolate Lovers' Fling, a fundraiser for the Boulder County Safehouse Guild. Featuring a decadent buffet dinner and dozens of rich chocolate desserts, the evening also includes a silent auction and live music by Beatles tribute band the Fab 4. "It nice to be able to indulge a little bit for a good cause," says Guild executive director Anne Tapp. "We throw in the buffet dinner to help cut the sugar buzz."
The sweet soiree starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Glenn Miller Ballroom on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Tickets, $100, can be purchased by calling 303-449-8623. For details, visit www.bouldercountysafehouse.org. -- Julie Dunn
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Morgan Adams never made it past kindergarten, but she lives on in the hearts of her family and friends -- and art fans everywhere. That's because in Morgan's memory, her parents established artma, an annual fundraiser that brings people together to talk, snack and buy art for a very good cause: the Morgan Adams Memorial Neuro-Oncology Research Fund at Children's Hospital. "She taught us to love pink and irises and appreciate the beauty around us," artma's founders say, "so we have created an auction filled with beautiful works of art. She taught us the fish dance and butterfly kisses, so we have picked an unusual place for the event, because a traditional setting just wouldn't do."
That unusual place, a lighting warehouse at 241 South Cherokee Street, is big, but barely big enough to hold all the pieces donated by some of the state's top artists, including everyone from Barbara Froula to Louis Recchia to Ed Stein. The event begins at 6 p.m. tonight; tickets are $50. For information, call 303-756-1956 or go to www.artmaonline.org. -- Patricia Calhoun