Works of art and nature complement each other
For decades, many remember Linda Bowen Scott’s generous and gracious hospitality and community leadership. She has chosen meaningful volunteer work having a big heart especially for women’s and children’s issues as well as education. Linda frequently opened her beautiful home and grounds in Cherry Hills Village, that she impeccably decorated herself, for meetings and memorable special events. Her guidance and expertise has touched nearly every nonprofit in town. She has served as president of many and has chaired, co-chaired, created or co-created dozens of high profile events and concepts and is a mentor to many in the philanthropic world. In addition, she has been honored by several organizations and publications for her exceptional contributions. Among her most rewarding achievements, she counts her association with Harvard Women’s Studies Religion Program (fundraising for Harvard Divinity School), American Heart Association, Junior League of Denver and founder/president of ALL (Advocates for Learning and Literacy).
Her background is fascinating and her remarkable adventures contribute to her trove of treasures, talent and resourcefulness. She grew up in Philadelphia, learned silversmithing in high school, was an art major in college, ran crew for a car racing team – travelling for 10 years, lived in Aspen for a bit, and was even a Vista volunteer.
Linda admits to having the soul of an artist that comes out in fashion, interior design, her freelance writing for an East Coast company called Uber Media, special event planning and consulting and, of course, her latest venture – jewelry designing – a hobby turned into a profession. Her son Russ and daughter Katrina both share an interest in art and have been instrumental in her launch.
Her collection called Bijoux Prive includes pieces she has brought from travels all over the world (each with a story) and re-designed after life-altering situations including a dissolved marriage, health challenges and two near-death experiences.
“You know there are women who have jewelry that is outdated and no longer worn that I can re-work making it not only wearable, but exciting. Jewelry is meant to be worn, not forgotten,” she said.
Her line features gorgeous artisanal, repurposed and vintage designs using natural stones and Swarovski crystals. They are truly works of art. Pieces sell from as low as $30, but most are from $100 – $500 and higher, of course, for custom designs. For more information, visit www.bijouxprive
collection.com. Linda will be at John Fielder’s Colorado Gallery in the heart of the Art District, 833 Santa Fe Drive in Denver on Friday, Dec. 6 and every Saturday until Christmas, noon – 4 p.m.
Linda and John Fielder’s paths crossed when she was working on the Junior League Cookbook Colorado Collage and he was doing the scenic photography for the book.
Fielder first visited Colorado at age 14 during a field trip from North Carolina.
“In all my life I have not forgotten my first sight of the Rockies rising up before me over the plains. I was simply smitten by this wall of snowcapped peaks above a treeless plain. And the word C-O-L-O-R-A-D-O, it was the most poetic name for a place I had ever heard. I realized at that moment that someone or something had guided me to this place, and that I belonged here for the rest of my life,” he said.
He planted his roots and started his family in Colorado as a department store executive, ultimately turning his avocation into a career. In addition to enjoying hiking, skiing and travelling Colorado, he is the photographer of more than 39 exhibit format and guide books. Fielder might be best known for creating Colorado’s best selling book ever, Colorado 1870-2000.
That love affair with Colorado is demonstrated through his tireless work to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wildlands. His photography has influenced people and legislation earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and the Aldo Leopold Award Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. He was an original governor-appointed member of the lottery-related Board of Great Outdoors Colorado and speaks to thousands of people each year to rally support for timely land use and environmental issues. His latest Colorado project involves photographing parks, open space, wildlife habitat, ranches and more – the work of Great Outdoors Colorado for its 20th anniversary in 2012.
Perfect holiday gifts are available at the serene art gallery including signed books, Fielder fine art prints or 2014 John Fielder Photo Workshops. For more information, visit www.johnfielder.com or call 303-744-7979.