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Zottelbart in Westword

Hair Today
Susan Froyd

To photographer Michael Ensminger, his Zottelbart (meaning “ragged beard” in German) self-portrait series is positively operatic, an ongoing aria kept alive by the ever-lengthening hair on his head and face, which he hasn’t cut or shaved in eight years.

During that period, he’s made periodic trips to the foothills, particularly in the Mount Evans area, for assisted shoots of himself, naked and long-haired, in a variety of neoclassical poses that look to have been pulled from a book of Maxfield Parrish paintings...only in black and white. But that’s all soon to end, he says. When the series reaches about 100 images, hopefully by spring, he plans to shear his locks and Billy Gibbons beard in what he imagines will be a work of ceremonial performance art. Read the rest of the article on


Ensminger's Zottelbart Encore

© Michael EnsmingerThe Pattern Shop Studio is pleased to host the final exhibition of Michael Ensminger's self-portrait series, Zottelbart in an exhibition titled, Zottelbart Encore. Opening on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 and repeating on October 1st and November 5th (First Fridays) from 6 – 9 p.m., and by appointment. 

The show includes eight years of photographs of Michael's alter ego, Zottelbart, a capricious pagan mountain god who cavorts in the ancient forests near the summit of Mount Evans. The artist will be in attendance, wearing clothes.

This exhibition continues through November 7th, 2010.

Zottelbart, which means ragged beard in German, is the encore of the highly successful exhibition at Reed Photo from two years ago. In addition to the 21 framed photographs the photographs from the project's last three seasons will be exhibited. These self-portrait works from the last eight years are done at or near timberline in the high forests of Colorado within an hour or so of Denver. This is Michael's final year of shooting this series, after which the beard and long hair will finally go. When this "opera" is complete, there should be nearly 100 images. 

The Pattern Shop Studio is located in the heart of Denver's River North Art District (RiNo) at 3349 Blake Street, and is open during First Fridays, special events and always by appointment. For more information or directions visit PSS online at or call 303.297.9831.


Collectibles Closes June 19th

The popular show "Collectibles" - work by Danyl Cook, Jimmy Sellars and Tracy Weil will close Saturday afternoon, June 19th, from 11am to 4pm, as The Pattern Shop Studio joins dozens of RiNo Art District studios and galleries to celebrate the first Ri-ennial.  Visitors will receive raffle tickets entitling them to $1000 which can be applied to an art purchase at any participating RiNo studio or gallery.  The raffle drawing will take place at Casselman's Bar, at 2620 Walnut Street at 5:00, prior to a great party.