We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Geller and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sara, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?

SassaBird Fine Arts aims to impact the community by providing a warm and welcoming environment for folks to enjoy art, acquisition and take advantage of art education/therapy opportunities.

The collections of art we exhibit focuses on excellent fine art with prices ranging from very affordable to higher-end pieces. Everyone who visits our accessible art gallery can leave with something wonderful. Our exhibit openings are an opportunity to ask the artists questions and engage in a more profound understanding of the art and artists’ processes. We support newer artists by giving them a chance to showcase their talents alongside well-established through exhibition opportunities.

We will also provide technical art classes open to people of all artistic levels, featuring professional artists as teachers.

In the very near future, we aim to have a nonprofit aspect with the mission of providing free music and art lessons to adopted and foster cared children. Often, adopted children feel like they “don’t belong”. We would provide a community where they are supported, mentored, and learn to create visual and musical artwork that bolsters their self-confidence. They also can learn applicable skills or process their traumas.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I am an artist, a gallerist, and a professional vocalist. Combined, they definitely keep me extremely busy! However, I truly enjoy all my endeavors. Painting Colorado landscapes that create a sense of awe inspiration are one of my favorite artistic activities. I also love painting peoples’ portraits. I work in watercolor and oil paint and ceramics. I make original art work, offer prints and love doing commissions family and pet portraits.

I am the lead singer and a lyricist for my professional band, Paranoid Image. We are an acoustic alternative band that focuses on acoustic instrumentation and hand percussion and span a wide range of genres with our original songs. We are currently publishing our second full album. I assist quite a bit in the growth and marketing of our music and shows.

As a gallerist, my partner and I work extremely hard to curate fantastic shows, work with the artists, create our classes and events, keep an impeccable art gallery, market, and sell our art. Each step of this process takes an immense amount of work. Combined with my other endeavors, these are the pursuits that keep me constantly occupied professionally. Please visit our website SassaBird.Art to see what we have going on!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

As your typical outdoors-loving Coloradan, I would want to show off our incredible hikes and trails such as Apex Trail (Near the Archeologic Site of Magic Mountain) or North Table in Golden. Of course I would love to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park to see lakes and Ouzel falls and Calypso Cascade waterfalls of the Wild Bason region with my guest. A concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater would be an absolute must-do. We would eat at Softa in the Source for Israeli food and grab a drink at the Cruz Room for the 1920’s atmosphere. We would also go to Cafe Brazil for authentic Brazilian food and delicious libations. We could always eat at Avanti or The Edgewater Market place if you want more options for the group in a food hall style dinning in cool neighborhoods or Edgewater or LoHi. A brewery tour, with Ratio, Stem Cidery, The Breckenridge Brewery, Oscar Blues, Destage (Berkley Alley Beer) and so many more (all with designated driver) is not to be missed. I also love taking in music at Dazzle (dazzledenver.com) and would bring my guest to see a show by someone we have never heard of for just for the change of pace. I would take them on a visit to the Clifford Still Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Decorative Arts or the Denver Art Museum depending on my friend’s interests and eat at Levin’s for the yummiest deli, wine and pastries (eatleven.com) with cool vibes while sticking right near those epic museums. I would also head up to Boulder for breakfast at the Dushanbe Tea House (boulderteahouse.com) and then explore the hiking trail to the Royal Arch in Boulder. If it is Tuesday in Boulder we would tour of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (boulder.noaa.gov/outreach/tour-noaa-boulder/) and end the day with a nice stroll down Pearl Street Mall and choose from the many dining options there.

I would of course encourage my guests to explore the Fine Art galleries on Santa Fe Drive, Denver including mine and taste the food at El Toco de Mexico (el-taco-de-mexico.business.site/) and then a whisky tasting at Stranahan’s (stranahans.com) right road on Kalamath. For dinner we could take in a Mediterranean meal and view of the city of Denver from a beautiful restaurant in HiLo called El Five.

Other great idea is to enjoy a tour and high tea at Cherokee Ranch (cherokeeranch.org/). This 1920s build of a Scottish castle inspired property by a famous Denver architect houses a nice body of artwork and artifacts with incredible views. And, if we are feeling self-indulgent, schedule a multi-day rafting trip with the amazing guides of Oars (oars.com/colorado/). Always worth it and always safe!

And, no big deal, let’s just visit some more national and city owned parks! The Colorado Paint Mines, Garden of the Gods, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and on the was visit one of our several dinosaur/ fossil museums.  Let’s enjoy to a wine tasting in Palisade, CO, go hot springing. One of my favs is Strawberry Hot Springs near Steamboat after a nice mountain bike excursion (you can rent the bike). Let’s take in the epic summertime wildflowers on the Marron Bells trail. Eat at Mama’s Peirogi in Glenwood and take a dip in Glenwood hot spring after hiking to Hanging Lake. A visit to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park for a hunted hotel/historical tour is fun and they do nice brunch. Why not stay at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and to enjoy a “Classically Alive Concert” and the art collection (Golf or the day Spa).  Before my guest hops on a plane and cruise the upper atmosphere, we will go on a zipline tour with (denveradventures.com/zipline/) for some of the longest and fastest ziplines in the state and enjoy some scarry heights

Yay Colorado! Ha ha, we might need longer than a week. The wonders of Colorado are vast! Throughout it all we could make some lovely landscape paintings in plein air using water colors! Thanks for asking, now I just need a friend to come visit and a week off from work!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Christopher Malone, the co-owner of SassaBird Fine Art and owner of a websites, marketing, and graphic design business, created our custom website www.sassabird.art and is constantly managing it and keeping up to date. Each wall label has a custom QR code with a narrative about the individual pieces. He also runs our marketing campaigns, helps curate our exhibits and other aspects of the business. I couldn’t have a gallery without him! He is also the bassist, pianist, manager and co-founder of our Band Paranoid Image. Rock on and thanks for interviewing me!

Website: www.SassabIrd.art

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sassabirdfineart

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sassa.bird.fine.art

Image Credits
Art work by Jason Mehl, Rebecca Dash, Sara Geller, Luci Geller, Ann Morgan and Annie Decamp.

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