Issue: Spring 2010
Note to Readers
Here’s a concept: Publish an arts magazine.
Start by talking with artists and writers to see if they are interested in the idea. Ask gallery owners and other potential advertisers if they would support the project, go into production, and print the vision onto newsprint. Distribute, and watch the arts perspectives grow.
Fast-forward six years, to the present, and ask, “What now?” I have always wondered how long the magazine would continue and whether I would find someone who shares my vision (no pun intended) and would be interested in taking it on and helping it grow.
Only in my dreams would I manifest that perfect someone; I must be living the dream.
When we first spoke, it was merely a concept, a flutter of an idea. Like in fly-fishing, I had casted before. But this time it was purely natural — a perfect presentation and it finally landed in the right water. And this beautiful being is not merely a silly fish, but someone who really cares about the arts. She is conscious of the needs of artists and is someone who has the energy to keep up, carry the magazine, and take it further than I ever could. I feel confident she will serve the arts community with the vision this publication was founded on and add her perspective to make it even more.
Arts Perspective, Shared Vision Publishing and the arts communities of Southwest Colorado have made a great catch in Denise Leslie.
As new publisher, Denise will expand Arts Perspective magazine to include even more perspectives. In order to do so, she would like to hear from you — the reader, the artist, the supporter — and learn how she can better serve the arts communities of Southwest Colorado.
Denise and I look forward to creating the summer “Community” issue together. What a wonderful theme to focus on. We love serving our communities, and we want to reflect all they have to offer in rich culture and creative and fine arts. Throughout this transition, I will share my knowledge with Denise about publishing a regional niche magazine and pass on lessons I have learned from this experience. Then I will continue to stand by her and offer the support she needs to add her perspective.
And now on to a new concept … stay tuned.
Editor/Art Director, Arts Perspective magazine
Already having a great time working together, Denise Leslie and Heather Leavitt share a good laugh. Photo by Kyla Jenkinson.