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What’s That Sound: Vol. 7

Each Monday, on Facebook, we'll give you a soundbite of what it is like to be behind-the-scenes at 5280 or out on the road with our reporters in Colorado. You guess where we are, and on Tuesdays, we'll reveal the answers on


Where: Judy Lucero’s art studio space in Denver


What: In “Riders on the Storm,” I investigated Colorado’s mental health care system. What I found was so nuanced that we “elevated” the story that appeared in the December issue to a fully interactive story on health. Online, you’ll meet Judy Lucero, a talented artist who also has a bipolar diagnosis. She let me follow her one morning as she worked on a three-piece abstract painting (final product is pictured above). She spoke with me about how her illness progressed and how she re-found her creative self after decades of fighting for her health.

Riders on the Storm: Meet Artist Judy Lucero from 5280 on Vimeo.

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