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3 Late Summer Events for the Design Lover

3 Late Summer Events for the Design Lover

The roots of local interior designer Nadia Watts’ debut fabric collection can be traced back more than a century: Her great-great-grandfather Louis Comfort Tiffany (yes, of that Tiffany family) created stained-glass windows, vases, and lamps for his iconic design house. Watts’ new collaboration with Kravet pays homage to the vibrant hues—think chartreuse, teal, and fuchsia—found in Tiffany’s collectible pieces. Marrying vibrant colors with graphic patterns and tactile fabrics, Watts’ textiles prove that talent runs in the family. Launches Summer 2022,

Colorado architect Don Ruggles of Ruggles Mabe Studio has been exploring the connection between building design and human health for more than a decade. This feature-length documentary is produced by Ruggles and brings ideas from his 2018 book release, Beauty, Neuroscience, and Architecture, to life on the small screen. Featuring interviews with architecture and neurology experts (and narration by Martha Stewart), the movie ponders the questions, “What makes a building beautiful?” and “How does that beauty impact our wellbeing?” Available on iTunes, Amazon, and most streaming platforms

Take your Zillow-browsing hobby to the next level at this multiweek tour of Denver-area homes. Peer inside dozens of stylish for-sale houses—including a modern townhouse in Westminster, a 6,000-plus-square-foot farmhouse in Parker, and an energy-efficient home in Aurora’s Painted Prairie neighborhood. At the end, cast your vote for the People’s Choice award—and if a home really strikes your fancy, hey, why not make an offer on it? Open to the public 12–5 p.m. on Thursdays–Sundays, August 11–28,

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News and Events – Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team finishes third in University Rover Challenge

News and Events  – 2022 – April – 08

The Mars Rover Design Team at Missouri S&T was among the top finishers in the annual University Rover Challenge, an international competition held at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah. The Missouri S&T team came in third overall in the event, which was won by a team from the University of Michigan.

The competition consisted of four missions in which the rover had to carry out a variety of tasks, and a review of the rover’s design. The rover had to maneuver through soft sand and rocky terrain, around vertical drops and steep slopes, as well as navigate autonomously for certain parts of the challenge.

Missouri S&T’s rover, Prometheus, came in first in the design review with a score of 94 out of a possible 100 points. The team also tied for first in the equipment servicing and extreme retrieval and delivery missions.

The Mars Rover Design Team competed against 35 other teams from around the world. Countries represented include Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, India, Mexico, Poland and Turkey, in addition to numerous teams from the United States.

This year’s competition was the first in-person event since 2019. The 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to COVID-19. Missouri S&T teams have performed well in previous competitions, including a fifth-place finish in 2019 and a first-place finish in 2017.

The Mars Rover Design Team is one of 19 student-run teams in Missouri S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC). The SDELC, housed in the Kummer Student Design Center, provides real-world team-based operations, including computer design laboratories, a manufacturing shop, office space and logistical support. Design teams mirror small start-up companies that plan large-scale projects, organize into departments, raise funds, communicate their ideas and solve open-ended design challenges. Most teams compete annually against other collegiate teams from around the country and the world. For more information about the teams, visit

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,200 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

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3 Cant-Miss Spring Events for Design Lovers

3 Cant-Miss Spring Events for Design Lovers

3 Cant-Miss Spring Events for Design Lovers – 5280

Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin, courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens


Stock up on plants for your garden and immerse yourself in the arts this April and May.

Whether you’re planting your first flower patch or you have a green thumb, Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual spring plant sale has flora for you. Browse high-quality summer bulbs, water-smart perennials, and herbs and veggies, and consult on-site experts for gardening advice. Pro tip: Snag a morning reservation for the best plant selection or attend the ticketed preview party (May 5, 4:30–7 p.m.) for exclusive access to select plants. May 6–7, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Free admission, reservations required; member reservations open April 7, public reservations open April 11.

Show your walls (and shelves) some love with fine-art finds ranging from landscape paintings to mixed-media works (including Tom Bloyd’s metal and glass sculptures, seen below). While you shop at the Central Park fest, enjoy wine tastings with La Crema winery and local bites, and stop by the kids’ art zone, where little Picassos can paint their own canvases. Bonus: All alcohol sales benefit Colorado Pet Pantry, a nonprofit that provides families in need with pet food. May 28, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; May 29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free admission.

On the heels of the success of Immersive Van Gogh, the Frida Kahlo adaptation brings the legendary Mexican painter’s art and story to life via an interactive production. Video artist Massimiliano Siccardi and conductor Luca Longobardi (both also worked on Van Gogh) add mesmerizing movement and music to Kahlo’s surrealist paintings and self-portraits, as well as historical photographs. The larger-than-life exhibition is projected onto 360 degrees of gallery walls at Lighthouse Art Space, just west of the River North Art District. On view through May 31. Adult admission starting at $40, reservations required.

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Deschutes Public Library holding design contest for events guide covers – KTVZ

Deschutes Public Library holding design contest for events guide covers - KTVZ

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Calling all doodlers, painters, digital artists and photographers! Deschutes Public Library is holding an art design contest for our printed bi-monthly events guide. Show your creative side for the chance to have your original artwork or design featured.

“Central Oregon attracts a wide range of creative talent and shares a strong sense of community,” says Community Relations Manager Chantal Strobel. “From doodlers to graphic artists, the Library aims to feature local creatives for a chance to have their artwork front-and-center on our Events guide, circulated to more than 30,000 residents.”

Deschutes Public Library prints a free bi-monthly Events guide for distribution to all Library locations (Bend, Redmond, La Pine, Sisters and Sunriver) and as an insert in local newspapers. The printed guide returns to circulation with the April/May 2022 issue, and features more than 200 Library programs.

Use supplies from around the house or take a snapshot next time you’re inspired by your surroundings. The Library’s cover design contest is a fun new way for our entire community to get involved.

“In addition to having their design come to life, winners will also receive some great library swag,” says Strobel. “The Library’s Events guide is our go-to resource featuring programs and events for all people in Deschutes County.”

How to participate: Email high-resolution artwork to or use the template online to create your design and drop it off to any Deschutes Public Library location during open hours. Libraries are also providing templates, printed on high quality paper, to create your design. All ages and library lovers are invited to participate!


Contest Rules

  • Artwork must be original and free of copyright restrictions
  • Submissions must be any scanable or digital art medium
  • Final artwork size is 9.83” wide x 10.63” high (or may be cropped to fit)
  • Open to Deschutes County residents of all ages
  • Winners will be contacted upon selection of their design

Important Deadlines

  • Cover artwork for the bi-monthly Events guide are due on or before the following dates: April 20, June 22, August 22, October 20, and December 19, 2022.


  • Email final artwork to or drop off your completed template to any Deschutes Public Library location during open hours.
  • Upon submission, entrants grant Deschutes Public Library rights to the artwork and consent that all artwork may be displayed and/or reproduced without limitation and without compensation.
  • Deschutes Public Library and its vendors are not responsible for color shifts, or other instances of reproduction inherent to the printing process.

For more information, visit