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Winter Faire Holiday Market at Yellow Barn Farm

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Date: 12/17/23

Time: 11-3pm

Location: Yellow Barn Farm
                 9417 N Foothills Hwy

             Longmont, CO 80503

Admission: Donation Linkhttps://www.tickettailor.com/events/yellowbarnfarm/1051808

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Spring 2024 Holistic Fair

Date: 3/9/24 - 3/10/24

Time: 10am-5pm both days

Location: Adams County Fairgrounds

             9755 Henderson Rd Bldg. 1

                 Brighton, CO 80601

Admission: $10/day pass; $15/weekend pass

Linkhttps://holistic-fairs.com/

2024 Colorado Holistic Fair

Date: 4/20/24 - 4/21/24

Time: 10am-5pm both days

Location: Adams County Fairgrounds

             9755 Henderson Rd Bldg. 1

                 Brighton, CO 80601

Admission: $10/day pass; $15/weekend pass

Linkhttps://holistic-fairs.com/

Fall 2024 Holistic Fair

Date: 9/28/24 - 9/29/24

Time: 10am-5pm both days

Location: The Ranch Events Complex

             5280 Arena Cir.

                 Loveland, CO 80538

Admission: $10/day pass; $15/weekend pass

Linkhttps://holistic-fairs.com/

-----Past Events-----

Pongo Lifestyle Parties

Dates: 2023 Events: 12/20, 12/13, 12/6, 10/4, 8/16, 4/2

2022 Events: 12/14, 12/7, 10/12, 8/16, 7/30, 3/15, 3/1, 2/9
2021 Events: 12/22, 12/15, 12/8, 12/1, 10/16

Time: Typically 5-8pm
Location: Pongo Lifestyle Boutique

             5738 South Rapp Street

                  Littleton, CO 80120

Linkhttps://www.instagram.com/pongo_boutique/?hl=en

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Pongo Lifestyle knows how to throw their parties! During the holiday season and for special events, this maximalist boutique goes out of their way to hire live musicians and a bartender to go along with a plethora of food--all free for the public to enjoy! Karen is invited to do some live-painting to add to the array of entertainment at these lively events. She has had the incredible honor of having painted the murals in the entire store, and Pongo Lifestyle also very generously allows Karen to sell her decks and prints at their events. This store truly goes above and beyond to turn over their product for every holiday and season; words don't accurately describe how wondrous this is, you've got to see it for yourself!

 

This charming shop focuses on selling products that are fair-trade, use upcycled/recycled/thrifted materials, are ethically sourced, support impoverished communities, and come from woman-owned businesses across the world. Also, the owner of Pongo Lifestyle also has worked very hard to create and sell an entire line of palm-free skincare products, all set to match different themes and rooms in the store! In addition to supporting orangutans by avoiding palm oil, a huge amount of their profits are directly donated to the Center for Great Apes, an incredible, altruistic sanctuary for rescued apes. To learn more about Pongo Lifestyle and their mission, please visit: https://www.pongolifestyle.com/  To learn more about the Center for Great Apes: https://centerforgreatapes.org/

Fall 2023 Holistic Fair

Date: 9/16 - 9/17

Time: 10am-5pm both days

Location: The Ranch Events Complex

             5280 Arena Cir.

                 Loveland, CO 80538

Admission: $10/day pass; $15/weekend pass

Linkhttps://holistic-fairs.com/

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This was Karen's first Belu Olisa Holistic Fair! She wanted to support a local event organizing business instead of some of the larger competing ones, and has heard fantastic things about this one. And it worked out, because it was overall a successful event with an awesome, down-to-earth community! Karen sold her birds and mammals oracle decks, her many animal prints, her "Save The Bees!" Coloring Books, and her handmade earrings. She definitely wants to attend more of these events in the future!

Katie's Night Gala 2023

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Date: 10/5/2023

Time: 5pm-9pm

Location: Reelworks Denver

             1399 35th St

                 Denver, CO 80205

Admission: $75

Linkhttps://www.katieadamsonconservationfund.org/katiesnight2023

 Katie's Night was phenomenal this year! It featured KACF's new documentary on their Tanzanian honeybee and elephant project. I am so proud of this non-profit and how far they have come over the years!! Hundreds of animal lovers and patrons attend this fancy fundraising event, raising money for the incredible animal conservation efforts led by KACF.

Two drawings of Karen's were up for auction, her Bee and Elephant piece (specially made for KACF's Tanzanian project), as well as the live-drawing Karen completed at the event, featuring the Mountain Gorilla. This drawing was paired with the CGA auction item--a trip and stay at the Center for Great Apes, an incredible exclusive ape sanctuary in Florida. The lovely woman who won the trip and drawing said she loved the piece and was looking forward to what will be a most life-changing experience for her! Karen also sold her birds and mammals oracle decks, "Save the Bees!" coloring books, all of her fine art prints, and handmade earrings. 


Karen was so honored to once again be invited to this event, as well as so grateful to be working with and around some of the most inspiring, caring people--of whom are just as passionate about preserving our natural world as she is. To learn more about the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund, please visit: http://www.katieadamsonconservationfund.org/

Little Creatures Exhibition - Boulder Public Library

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Date: 8/12 - 9/28/2023: Public Viewing

Time: Public Viewing: BPL's Open Hours
           Opening Night: 5:00-7:30pm

Location: Boulder Public Library - Main Library

             1001 Arapahoe Ave

                  Boulder, CO 80302

Admission: Free!

Linkhttps://www.coolboulder.org/littlecreatures

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It's rare that Karen puts her focus on opportunities that involve more formal gallery showcasing, but she just couldn't resist applying for this show considering how much it aligned with her values. "Little Creatures" was an art exhibition featuring a wide range of artists and mediums, all celebrating insects! Karen's anthem is basically that our pollinators are critical to the survival of life on earth, so she knew exactly what she wanted to paint. Ecosystem Heartbeat" is a 4' wide and 3' long acrylic painting that took Karen about 60 hours to paint. It is a macro view of a local bumble bee species on a local pioneer plant, red clover. It was the greatest honor for Karen be accepted into this extraordinary exhibition, and she put her absolute all into her featured artwork; it's likely her best quality painting to date, considering the time spent on it. 

Karen's Artist Statement for "Ecosystem Heartbeat": 
"The cultural war on "weeds" and the unnatural aesthetics of the American grass lawn is actively harming pollinators, threatening ecosystems at large. I have discerned that even those who dislike insects can not only recognize a bumble bee, but also emotionally connect to it better than other insects. I hope the viewer is able to connect to the micro beauty of the bumblebee and reflect on pollinators' importance for all life to thrive. I also want viewers to consider allowing these no-care-required natural food sources to exist, for the sake of our pollinators, and; consider other ways they can support local pollinators."

If this exhibition wasn't already cool enough, "Little Creatures" is part of a collaboration called "Cool Boulder" that's all about community action to mitigate the effects of climate change. From their website, "The Cool Boulder campaign forms partnerships between the city, local organizations and communities to address the climate crisis and biodiversity loss through nature-based climate action!" Their three initiatives involve expanding pollinator pathways, creating and supporting canopies, and sequestering more carbon in local soils with regenerative practices. This is an incredible campaign that is actively teaching locals on how important our pollinators and healthy ecology are to all of us not only surviving in this polluted world, but thriving. And, there are actually actions each of us can take to help support our local pollinators and ecology! Learn more at: https://www.coolboulder.org/get-involved


"Little Creatures" was open to the public to view from mid August to the end of September, and had a fabulous opening night on August 14th. I was in awe at the talent shining from all of the other artist's work, as well as the incredible variety of art forms and approaches taken to celebrate insects. To be a part of this beautifully presented collective celebration of a most significant and sacred group of living things was one of the highlights of Karen's life thus far.