Monday, September 25, 2006

Welcome Bon Vivant

Bon Vivant, a new monthly arts magazine, made its debut in August. The first two issues nicely balance content and advertising; the look is slick, and the small format tucks easily into a coat pocket. It’s the creation of Noel Black and Aaron Retka, but both the look and the tone are strikingly different from Black’s defunct alternative arts paper, the Toilet Paper.

In the first two issues, available free at various area businesses: Well-illustrated interviews with sculptor Sean O’Meallie and woodcut printer Jean Gumpper, a capsule art history of the region, a story on Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Center, and excerpts from Archie Musik’s hard-to-put-down memoirs. There’s also a calendar and a bunch of glossy advertisements.

A thriving arts community requires lots of ingredients. One is media attention, and the more, the better. Another is intelligent, passionate arts advocates such as Black.

You can contact Bon Vivant at csbonvivant (at) gmail (dot) com.


Anonymous Noel Black said...

Thanks Mark!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

I just saw the first issue and I agree. Slick and impressive.

(Although I thought this was supposed to go to the wealthy, and I got one at home... somebody screwed up.)

My only criticism is that the layouts are so splashy, it's sometimes hard to distinguish editorial copy from ads.

1:02 PM  
Blogger atomicelroy said...

That's the idea now, artvertising!

1:51 PM  

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