We had the good fortune of connecting with Leigh Cabell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leigh, how does your business help the community?
Hopefully, impacting by educating. One of my business goals is to create awareness, which I try to accomplish in unexpected ways. Right now, everything is loud and in your face about all sorts of social subjects from race to the environment. Maybe we should be loud, but…no one is listening. Maybe it would be better to be quiet, listen and lead by example. My message is mostly about the environment but also about people. I want people to look at the ordinary everyday things in their lives, be it trash (what and how we are consuming) or people. To make a conscious decision to do something positive for our community. Everything has value, it is about discovering it. Taking the time to think about something or someone else. Whether it be reusing a plastic bag, buying American made products or stop ignoring the value of an entire race. Due to the following I have gathered over the last several years, I frequently receive unexpected packages of discarded items from people all over the country. People who appreciate my conversion of these items into places they have loved visiting, have fond memories of or have fed their soul. It is especially rewarding as it confirms for me that my art is making an impact in how people think about items that would have gone into a landfill.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think the most exciting thing about my work is that I use items that would otherwise end up in a landfill, e.g. chip bags, coffee bags, dog food bags, etc.. The part I like the best is when someone brings me a picture of a trip (and sometimes some trash) and asks me to recreate the image of their trip. I love how this has become a wonderful way to commemorate their trip and I get to be part of it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Day 1: Tour the Capital, my favorite. Peek in the Brown Palace, great lobby. Stroll up Colfax, an iconic Denver street. Dine at Pete’s.\
Day 2: Hike around the flatirons near NCAR. Tour NCAR. Go to McGuckin’s Hardware (who doesn’t love a good hardware store). Have tea at Dashanbe.
Day 3: Art museum (love the Hamilton building. Great architecture). Dine at Domo in their gardens.
Day 4: Hike around Red Rocks and take in a concert. Picnic from the original Chipolte.
Day 5: Coffee at Devil’s Food. Bike, paddle, walk around Washington Park. Enjoy nature and the locals. Dine on Reiver’s Patio. ]
Day 6: Museum of Nature and Science. Amazing collection, especially the Gemstone carvings. Chef Zorba’s.
Day 7: Art Galleries on Santa Fe Dr. and the Golden Triangle. Dine at El Noa Noa, again on the patio. Hard to beat the weather in Denver.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ken for Everything! From dinner to believing. Thank you! Macy for the opportunity.
Other: gallery: Artists on Santa Fe 747 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO 80204