• Blkk Hand Gives Guests a Peek at the Black Arts

    POSTED November 5, 2019

    Vendor Spotlight: Black Magic

Visual artist Carla Alexandra Rodriguez was studying at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design when she first witnessed the black arts (better known these days as Civil War-era tintype or wet plate photography).

With a grant from the state of Minnesota, Rodriguez was able to buy the necessary equipment and learn the foundational elements of tintype photography before launching her own business, Blkk Hand (the name is inspired by an 1800s nickname for the dark stains created by silver nitrate left on photographers’ ungloved hands)

Rodriguez takes appointments in her St. Paul studio, but also uses a mobile setup with a portable darkroom for market pop-ups and private events. “The process in itself is a demo, so guests are getting to see everything happen before their eyes and it usually draws a crowd because it’s something most people have never seen before.”

Rodriguez works with events of all types and sizes and can typically process four to five portraits each hour.

“Tintype is a one-shot deal, but the process actually captures a different spectrum of light than we typically see with the naked eye. It’s a very honest process, and it captures so much detail. It’s really stunning. The result is a hyper unique, handmade image that’s going to last.”

Breweries and beer lovers gathered to learn, network and enjoy Colorado’s craft beer scene.


Another great option for portable wine has hit the Colorado market: Molly’s Spirits’ canned sparkling rosé. It’s a great option for when glass isn’t allowed or an outdoor adventure is at hand. Molly’s Rosé Bubbles is crafted in Oregon and boasts aromas of fresh strawberries, candied ginger and rose petals with flavors of raspberry, papaya and honeydew. The wine is available in recyclable 375-milliliter aluminum cans, meaning just two cans is the equivalent of an entire bottle of wine. Available while supplies last.


Get ready for fall with this seasonally appropriate cocktail. Corgi Spirits, an independent small-batch distillery located in Jersey City, has hosted a variety of private events including corporate parties; catering is BYO. The Lounge—a plush drinking parlor—is spacious yet cozy and the entire tasting room can be rented to accommodate larger groups.

—1.5 oz. Corgi Spirits Pembroke Gin
—3 oz. fresh apple cider
—0.25 oz. ginger simple syrup*
—3 thyme sprigs
—thyme sprig for garnish