A CREATIVE GUIDE FOR
THE CONTEMPORARY BOHEMIAN
ART. STYLE. WELLNESS.
As an artist, a designer and a lover for all things style and wellness, Laura has dedicated her life’s work to sparking a fire of creativity in all that she touches. She brings this passion and expertise to her thoughtfully curated blog, Among the Colors. What started out as an idea for a script tattoo to describe “the essence of what it means to dedicate your life to being an artist,” quickly evolved into the inspiration to finally start the art meets food meets lifestyle blog she had been imagining for years. The words “among the colors” are inspired by the Rainer Marie Rilke poem, “Painting is something that takes place among the colors, one has to leave them alone completely, so that they can settle the matter among themselves.”
To Laura, this quote speaks to the freedom one experiences when being lost in the creative process. This transcendence, this freedom, is something many artists, musicians, poets and makers chase throughout their lives. It is part of the glory of what it means to be an artist, to give yourself to something bigger than yourself. This freedom of being lost in the creative process is something Laura believes everyone should have access to experience. She believes that being creative is everyone’s birthright and that you shouldn’t have to be an artist to experience and participate in the bliss of being “among the colors.”
As a studio artist, Laura has established a career for herself as a contemporary, abstract painter with a unique technique of layering poured paint with various forms of mark-making.
Laura received her MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. Her paintings have received national recognition, recently appearing on the cover of NYC’s Cottage and Garden Magazine and in homes and corporate collections throughout New York, Colorado, California and beyond. Krudener’s largest painting to date, “Forever Colliding” was acquired by the City of Denver for their permanent collection at the Colorado Convention Center. She has had recent residencies at the Four Seasons Denver and has been a demonstrating artist at the Denver Art Museum.
Laura had been hosting open studio events in her various art studios for over ten years. These events came to be known as pop-up art shows with Laura’s own catered custom recipes, wine and cocktails. Since her husband, Eric, is a DJ, there was always awesome music to accompany, as well. It was from her love of throwing parties and art events coupled with a desire to serve her fellow artistic community that ATC DEN was born. ATC DEN is a mixed-use creative space for art exhibits, workshops, photo and video shoots, as well as private event rental. ATC DEN hosts an array of events from exquisite weddings to corporate meetings and retreats. It is designed to be a place to inspire, create and celebrate. ATC DEN is the true brick-and-mortar expression and embodiment of Among the Colors. It is a creative space that serves as a contemporary art gallery in which Krudener curates 6 exhibitions a year featuring local and national emerging and mid-career artists.
Growing up in North Carolina, Laura grew up in the textile industry. Her father, grandfather and great grandfather each started their own textile business, and Laura spent her youth visiting factories alongside her father and learning the entire design process of what it takes to create a finished product.
Laura became obsessed with the stories that textiles could tell of the history of a place, a people or a time. Those style stories helped to inspire her to become a textile designer and trend forecaster. She spent over 15 years in the industry, working in fashion and home décor for national and international brands. Laura also had a deep love for fashion and personal style from an early age. She grew up sewing her own clothes in high school and even launched her own clothing line, of which featured her art, in college. Laura brings this expertise and passion to Among the Colors and the desire to tell the aesthetic style story of being a Contemporary Bohemian.
Laura knew from personal experience that wellness was the glue that holds together the ability to be creative and to thrive in one’s own sense of self-expression. With a history of auto-immune and digestive issues, Laura was forced to give up dairy and gluten over 20 years ago, well before there were all the dairy and gluten-free options that they are today. As a self-taught chef, Laura found ways to incorporate color and fun into her healthy recipes, of which are all gluten-free, corn-free, sugar-free, and cow milk-free. Laura offers these recipes, along with vegan, vegetarian and paleo recipes, seasonal sugar-free cocktail inspiration, and entertaining tips, to the blog. Laura also grew up as a dancer and a competitive gymnast, which turned into a love of yoga early on. Laura received her 200 YTT in 2008 from CorePower and Yoga Alliance. Laura still practices yoga and takes jazz funk and contemporary dance classes in Denver. Laura is currently scheduling wellness classes, yoga classes and dance fusion classes at ATC DEN.
Before permanently relocating to Denver in 2011, Laura lived in San Francisco, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Portland and Boulder. Now, you can find Laura at ATC DEN and her art studio, both located in Denver’s RiNo art district. You may also find her taking a yoga, dance or pilates class around Denver or writing on her laptop, drinking tea at one of her favorite coffee shops. Laura lives with her husband, Eric and her adorable puppy, Clover. (@allthingsclover) And when she’s not working, you can likely find her hiking or skiing in the nearby mountains, out to happy hour sampling her favorite whiskies, or whipping up new recipes for the blog. As an avid traveler, Laura is always planning her next getaway, which this year includes Bordeaux, France and Bilbao, Spain.
Some of the awesome
brands we’ve worked with…
Denver Art Museum
Four Seasons Denver
Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch
True Food Kitchen
Fig & Yarrow
Carry On Cocktails
Gem + Blue
Unity in Color
West Elm Denver
The Bloom Method
Art from Ashes
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