Leadville’s Ted Mullings Honored at “Meet The Artist”
By Sue Jewel, Leadville Arts Coalition
On Friday, Oct. 16, Harperrose Studios and the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse are co-hosting a “Meet the Artist” to honor Leadville’s icon Ted Mullings.
The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Harperrose Studios, 601 Harrison Avenue. The public is invited to visit with Mullings who will be signing The Climax, a book that features his cartoons and drawings.
For more than thirty years, Ted Mullings worked for Climax Molybdenum Mine as an artist, designing and drawing safety manuals, maps, and cartoons. This new book features a compilation of cartoons and drawings Mullings created from 1954-1982 for the Moly News, a Climax publication. These cartoons reflect an important part of Leadville’s history that resonates today.
After retiring from Climax, Mullings continued to share his artistic talents with Lake County. For years, he painted the Boom Days rocks used for the drilling competitions, and he designed numerous Boom Days belt buckles. Many of his safety manuals have been reprinted, and his artwork plays a role in the Climax display at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville. An octogenarian, he continues his artistic endeavors at his downtown Little Cottage Gallery on West 8th Street.
This special “Meet the Artist” celebrates Leadville’s talented gem: Ted Mullings. Ann Stanek of Harperrose Studios/ Gallery and Goods designed Mullings’ book. Stanek added, “We are so excited to be able to share this evening with Mr. Mullings. He has preserved our mining heritage and has been an influential Leadville artist for decades.”
The Climax will be available for sale, as well as framed prints. Refreshments are catered, compliments of the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. This event is sponsored in part by the Leadville Arts Coalition.