Jon P. Geiger: Valley Boy

RedLine

August 17 - September 9, 2018

  • Presented in Collaboration with Black Cube Nomadic Museum
  • Curated by Cortney Lane Stell
  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 17, 6 - 9 PM
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Jon Geiger, "Blossom 6," 2018

Valley Boy is a solo exhibition by Detroit-based artist Jon P. Geiger, and the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date. Valley Boy features a new body of work that continues Geiger’s interest in both meditative and physical landscapes. Geiger transforms the gallery space into a reflection of the scenery and sensibilities of the artist’s adopted home – the San Luis Valley.

RedLine
2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
303.296.4448
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat/Sun: 11am-5pm
http://www.redlineart.org

 

Bruno D’Anna Solo Exhibition

Bitfactory Gallery

August 17, 2018 ‐ September 13, 2018

  • A Solo Exhibition featuring the works of Italian painter: Bruno D’Anna
  • Opening Reception: August 17 from 6‐10pm
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Bitfactory Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the work of Italian painter Bruno D’Anna with a focus on figurative art. Born 1951 in Naples, Italy, Bruno has shown an exceptional inclination for art since childhood. As a teenager, Bruno enrolled in the Artistic Lyceum of Naples, a vocational school in which he had the opportunity to learn from some of Italy’s most respected artists, including Armando

De Stefano. While in school, Bruno learned numerous painting techniques and the importance of art’s influence on people’s lives. He participated in numerous art exhibitions and galleries throughout the country and earned his Master of Arts degree in 1971. Afterward, Bruno enrolled at the Naples Accademia delle Belle Arti with an emphasis on Scenography. After enhancing his artistic creativity and gaining full control of various techniques at the prestigious Academy, Bruno dedicated himself fully to painting. A remarkably expressive, figurative, vocational scenographer and painter at heart, Bruno merges various techniques to encompass his own emotions, the exaltation of nature, and the purity of poetry.

Bitfactory Gallery and Studios
851 Sante Fe Blvd.
Denver, CO.
http://bitfactory.net
https://www.facebook.com/bitfactorygallery

 

Denver Modernism Show

National Western Complex - Expo Hall & Hall of Education

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, August 24/25/26, 2018

  • From Denver, take I-70 east and exit at Brighton Blvd
  • This year's theme: Andy Warhol's 90th Birthday featuring a Friday night Andy Warhol Silver Factory Party with "Warhol Yourself" photo booths, mylar balloons, Velvet Underground music and an Andy Warhol look-a-like contest during the Miss Modernism Pagent
  • Dozens of Vendors from Around the Nation selling a wide variety of vintage and contemporary Mid-Century, Art Deco, Retro, Pop & Modernist Furnishings, Artwork & Objects
  • Visit http://denvermodernism.com for tickets and the complete schedule of events
  • Sponsored by Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Real Estate Expert: http://comidmodhomes.com
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Figment by Pam Fortner

SYNC Gallery

August 16 - September 15, 2018

  • Third Friday Artists’ Reception: August 17 from 6-9pm
  • Sunday Brunch and Small Works Sale: August 26 from 11am-3pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: September 7 from 6-9pm
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Pam Fortner, Sublime Tenacity of Resilience, steel, paper and waxed linen thread, dimensions variable

Pam Fortner’s latest body of work offers a glimpse into her continuing exploration of the organic form. With Nature as her muse, she has created fantastic sculptures, installations and images that began as figments in her fertile imagination.

Using the diverse mediums of steel and paper, Fortner continues to push the boundaries of form. Her combination of these two wildly different mediums has allowed her to create work that is truly unique. She has expanded her use of steel allowing for an increase in the scale of her sculptures. The element of bookbinding facilitates the connection between the paper and steel elements.

“Combining two of my favorite materials is amazing. I love the versatility and variety of paper, but steel has become my new favorite. I relish how dirty and visceral it is to work with.”

SYNC Gallery exhibits a variety of contemporary abstract and conceptual works by a collective of emerging and established artists. Each month select members display exciting work with a wide freedom of expression. Located in the Art District on Santa Fe in Denver – known for its vibrant arts scene – SYNC Gallery has become a destination for art lovers. 

Sync Gallery
931 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Thu: 1-4pm
First & Third Fridays: 6- 9pm
Sat 12-4pm

http://syncgallery.org

 

Call for Entries: Inclusivity by 40 West Gallery

Submission Deadline: Saturday September 15, 2018

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40 West Gallery requests submission for its upcoming exhibit, Inclusivity. Inclusivity is the practice of not excluding individuals or groups on the grounds of gender, race, class, religion, sexuality, disability or other. What does this mean for you as a person and artist? How are issues of inclusivity playing out in your home, work, city, country or society? We invite all mediums and styles for this exhibition.

40 West Gallery
1450 Teller Street
Lakewood, CO 80214
http://40westarts.org

 

Invisible Links: Botanical Art & Illustration

Denver Botanic Gardens - Gates Court Gallery

August 15 – October 14, 2018

  • Gallery Reception: Sunday, August 19, 5:30-7:30pm
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Mary Burns, Woodland Ties: Golden-cheeked Warbler, Ashe Juniper and Oak, 2018, watercolor.

Featuring works created by students in the Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, this juried exhibition is part of an artistic tradition of portraying plants for scientific purposes and to celebrate the beauty of the natural world.

Experience the surprising diversity of living things whose lives are intimately interconnected with plants. From food and pollination to shelter and seed scattering, Invisible Links explores the complex and often hidden symbiotic relationships between plants and other organisms.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St
Denver, CO 80206
720.865.3500
http://botanicgardens.org

 

The Big Draw

Featuring: Bill Amundson, Lui Ferreyra, Tony Ortega, Doug Russell, Shelby Shadwell

William Havu Gallery

August 3 - September 15, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 3rd 6-9pm
  • Artist Talk With Bill Amundson: Saturday, August 4th at 12pm; RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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Bill Amundson - Midwest Man - penci on paper - 34" x 33" framed

Bill Amundson is a Wisconsin native and earned his bachelor's degree in art from UW-Madison, but made a name for himself as an artist in Denver for over 35 years. Modern culture is reflected in his humorous portraits, landscapes and interiors by means of familiar political and celebrity figures, chain restaurants and box stores, and well-known brands. He also enjoys incorporating indirect references to art history into his drawings. Amundson is now back in his native Wisconsin and it's been over 6 years since showing his work in Denver. William Havu Gallery is proud to represent Bill Amundson and welcomes him back to Colorado.

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204
303.893.2360
http://williamhavugallery.com

 

Robert Green: To Hell In A Handbasket

Tiffany Matheson: Discover (in the associate's space)

Pirate: Contemporary Art

August 3 - 19, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 3rd from 6-10pm
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Through the use of cascading fabric, glowing acrylic, plasticized botanicals and more, Tiffany Matheson's Discover displays a wide range of materials, and features an opportunity for an interactive, tactile experience. The works speak to the hidden beauty found when enduring difficulty, masking colorful elements inside a dark, delicate shroud." Thank you!

Pirate: Contemporary Art
7130 W 16th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214
303.458.6058
http://www.pirateartonline.org

 

Keeping House, by Veronica Ceci

Art Gym Gallery

August 9 – 31, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 5 - 8PM
  • Also on display in the Common Space Gallery: Black and White on the Surface by Hannah Leathers and Peter Stevinson
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Art Gym Denver is excited to exhibit Keeping House in the Art Gym Gallery with an opening reception Thursday August 9 from 5 - 8PM. Created by Austin, TX based artist Veronica Ceci, Keeping House is a traveling exhibition consisting of printmaking, installation and sculpture exploring the issues with labor in our country.

In Keeping House, Veronica Ceci brings together the three parts of her vocational identity - Artist, Housekeeper and Master Printmaker - to discuss the many issues our country faces concerning poor labor practices. Beyond the obvious differences within these three identities, Ceci focuses her practice on their similarities to propel her concept for the exhibition. She uses her role as an artist to explore the repetitive nature of Printmaking and Housekeeping, as well as them both being invisible except in failure. This allows for these two seemingly different aspects of her career to exist together in an art context.

Stepping off from the overall concept of American labor for the exhibition, Ceci concentrates on specific aspects of this idea for each individual piece. From Spit Shine, a piece comprising of 144 lithographs exploring the idea of female labor supporting male success, to WorthLess a sculpture made of different sized mops gilded in gold, examining the wage inequality, Ceci is willing to fully explore and criticize the issues we face concerning labor and the workforce. Writing about WorthLess in her artist statement, Ceci states:

​“WorthLess is a sculptural work that targets pay inequality. It consists of two gilded mops side by side, one standard sized and one miniature. Statistics from the IWPR show that in 2017 a Latina woman only earned $0.62 cents for every dollar earned by a white male. In response to this, the small mop is being crafted to 62 percent scale of the standard mop … The full sized mop has been gilded in imitation leaf, while the smaller mop shall be gilded in 22 karat genuine gold leaf.”

Veronica Ceci is a working artist, residing in Austin TX. She received a BFA in Printmaking from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, an MFA in Printmaking from Kent State University and is a certified Tamarind Institute Lithographer. Ceci currently works as a Master Printer at Flatbed Press. She has completed many artist residencies, including the Venice Printmaking Residency in Venice, Italy. She is also included in collections worldwide including work in the National Gallery of Portraiture in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Also opening at Art Gym Denver is Black and White on the Surface in the Common Space Gallery with an opening reception August 9 from 5 - 8PM. Black and White on the Surface combines Hannah Leathers’s ink drawings of genderless creatures of her own making with Peter Stevinson’s charcoal drawings depicting human lust and passion. On the surface, Leathers’s and Stevinson’s work is seen in a similar light. Both are producing black and white drawings which incorporate patterns to create very visually graphic pieces. More importantly however, each artist uses their respective medium, composition and subjects to lead to further conversation and exploration that go beyond the images in the work.

Both exhibits are free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9AM - 6PM. They will be on display from August 9 through August 31, 2018. Veronica Ceci’s artist demonstration is also a free event.

Located at 1460 Leyden St., Art Gym Denver is a 17,000 sq. ft. creative workspace for artists and arts professionals. The Art Gym and Common Space Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 9AM - 6PM

 

Hard Lines: an Exploration of Geometry

Featuring: Frank Martinez, Anthony Falcetta, Howard Hersh, Jodie Roth Cooper and Ramon Bonilla

Space Gallery

August 9 - September 22, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday August 9th from 5-8pm
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Anthony Falcetta, Invert Sugar, acrylic and gypsum compound on canvas, 32x24 inches

Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
720.904.1088
http://www.spacegallery.org

 

Donny Dixon and Earl Chuvarsky

Core New Art Space

August 2 - 19, 2018

  • Core Annex will feature the work of Melissa Van Deventer
  • Opening reception for Melissa Van Deventer: Thursday August 2nd from 5-8pm
  • First Friday Reception: Friday August 3rd from 6-9pm
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Donny Dixon at Core

Donny Dixon uses fire to create his art. This primal element gives the work a push-pull relationship of chaos versus control. This technique, combined with other mediums, creates rich and complex surfaces that contain both concrete and ethereal elements. It is here on these surfaces that he can build a stage to provoke response, and combat the overwhelming noise that fills our lives.

Earl Chavursky presents his ongoing series “Made in America”. Born from the political maelstrom that has defined the last several years, Chuvarsky’s paintings seek to critique the continued divisiveness and disinformation of modern politics while examining the issues that define American culture, whether it be our insatiable appetite for consumerism or pop-culture rhetoric. By acknowledging and documenting the flaws, Chuvarsky hopes to shift focus to something uniquely American: optimism. Chuvarsky quips: “I’m inviting everyone to take a moment, to pause Cardi B and stop taking selfies. Take the time and reflect on what you really want for the future – then go out there and actually do it.”

Emerging artist Melissa Van Deventer, a Colorado native and graduate of the University of Colorado Fine Arts and Art History department, is sharing her beautifully unique abstract pieces with us in her “Go with the Flow” show. Her love for paint in its purest from influenced her recent works involving various pouring and color mixing techniques, that create beautifully organic contemporary compositions and unveil a unique beauty in the eye of each beholder. Similar to modern day Rorschach Tests – you’ll leave the “Go with the Flow” show with a delightfully unique interpretation of the paint combinations you’ve seen.

CORE New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.297.8428
Gallery Hours:
Fri: Noon-9 pm
Thu/Sat: Noon-6 pm
Sun: 1-4 pm
http://www.corenewartspace.com

 

Julio Alejandro: Fridge Art

Dateline

August 3 - 31, 2018

  • Opening Reception: First Friday August 3 ​from 7-11pm

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Denver, Colorado-based artist Julio Alejandro returns to DATELINE with all new work in his latest solo exhibition Fridge Art. Following on from The Sounds of Earth (2016), Alejandro has chosen to study aspects of the everyday and, in doing so, aims to create a new portrait of history according to his own vision. Fridge Art refers to a rich array of cultural heritage: from classic contemporary literature to self help books and modern popular culture. In stark contrast to recent work, Alejandro paints in a comparatively simplified manner; scrawling bright, primary colored figures and other familiar nostalgia on gessoed canvas. The result is minimal Pop Art without all the gimmicks of kitsch.

Fridge Art will also feature works on paper drawn by the artist and colored by Jack Fitzmaurice and Beatrice Presswalla.

Julio Alejandro lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Pulling from human anatomy to cartoon imagery, Alejandro creates drawings and paintings expressionistically, referencing histories of surrealist automatism and pop cultural détournement. Alejandro has shown previously at DATELINE as well as Alto Gallery and Juicebox art space. He has appeared in multiple group shows around the city of Denver and has multiple works of art in the permanent collection of the Born Hotel. He like cats and enjoys making bread at home in the oven.

DATELINE
3004 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado 80205
303.505.2127
instagram: @ddaatteelliinnee
http://ddaatteelliinnee.com

 

Vision Quest: Shay Davis Solo Exhibition

Abend Gallery

August 4 - 25, 2018

  • Opening reception: Saturday August 4th, 6-9pm
  • In the Project Space: Jim Beckner
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Please join us this Saturday, August 4th, for the opening reception of Shay Davis’s Vision Quest, taking guests on a mind-opening tour of endangered species around the world, with each piece themed around a different continent and its most vulnerable inhabitants. Sometimes complex, occasionally austere, often playful and always purposeful, Davis’s striking images are visually delicious, intellectually nourishing and emotionally satisfying.

Abend Gallery
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
Tue-Sat: 12:00 - 6:00 pm
303.355.0950

 

New Works by Melody Sealman

Kanon Collective

August 3 - 26, 2018

  • Opening reception: First Friday, August 3, 5-10:00 pm
  • Artist's reception: Third Friday, August 17, 5-9:00 pm
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In her new show, Melody presents a new take on her "baby-ware" with all new items featuring unique colors and glazes. They are functional and fabulously creepy with a retro vibe — Mel's work never fails to amuse. She will also have handmade ceramic jewelry, arm wall hooks, and more new items to temp you.

Kanon Collective is an artist-owned and operated gallery located in the heart of Denver's Arts District on Santa Fe, featuring the work of a dynamic group of local artists.

Kanon Collective
766 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
http://KanonArt.com

 

Character Development

Access Gallery

August 3 - September 7, 2018

  • First Friday Opening: August 3 from 4-8pm
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Each summer at Access Gallery, we greet a new group of a dozen or so students for an arts-infused summer job readiness program. Our students come to us from a variety of sources and from across the greater Denver metro area. For 8 weeks, we get to know these remarkable young people.

Each summer has a different feel or flavor if you will. This particular summer we were struck by how many of our students loved animation. Almost to a tee each of them had wonderful characters and or super heros in their sketchbooks. Some of the characters were self-reflective, others were just along for the ride.

As we got to know these students, we saw not only their creativity – but their character. They were ready to work and ready to tackle whatever we asked them to do. They were introduced to a variety of career opportunities, they visited an array of workplaces, and they even collaborated in the design of posters highlighting issues important to them. This show is a culmination of this summer. We were so lucky to get to know such a cast of characters – we wanted to share a bit of that magic with you all.

Access Gallery/VSA Arts of Colorado
909 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.777.0797
http://www.accessgallery.org

 

Carlene Frances: Seijaku

K Contemporary

August 4 - 25, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, August 4, 6-9 pm
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Carlene Frances, "Seijaku 702", 48 x 56, Oil

In the realm of minimalism, less is more. “Seijaku” is the latest exhibition by Carlene Frances, an internationally esteemed abstract minimalist, in which the artist reveals the depth of possibilities through “less”. “Seijaku” is the Japanese principle of serenity in the midst of activity or chaos. Frances will describe this powerful concept using a visual vocabulary expressed in elemental palettes, fundamental shapes and serene composition.

Despite the focus on simplicity in her work, far beneath the surface of the tranquil images reminiscent of reeds reflected in deep water, an irresistible drama of light and shadow lure the spectator into mysterious depths. The effect carries an unmistakable fragrance of Asia, where Frances has found inspiration for her work, “My paintings draw from the powerful Asian aesthetic that lives in me, a striving for serenity in a world inundated by input. …We’re immersed in technology, overwhelmed by media. ‘Seijaku’ invites the viewer to slow down, to simplify.”

K Contemporary
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
303.590.9800
http://kcontemporaryart.com

 

Edge Gallery Associate Member Show

Ken Petersen: The Holga Series

Rachel Amos: Connecting to Earth

Nolan Tredway: New Works

Edge Gallery

August 10 - 26, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 10th from 5-10pm
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Edge founding member Ken Peterson - Swan Lake - 4.5” x 6” - October 2017 

Edge Gallery
7001 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO
303.477.7173
Fri: 5-10pm, Sat/Sun:12-5pm
http://edgeart.org

 

Connections

McMahon Gallery at the Dairy Arts Center

August 3 - 19, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday August 3rd is from 5-7pm
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Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source department operates curriculum-driven services so that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities may fully experience and participate in the local community. One of the ways Imagine! does this is by exhibiting works of art that the people in their services create. All of the works on display were completed solely by the artists and are their own creative expressions. Please take your time to appreciate each artist’s work to gain a sense of who they are, how they express themselves, and what it means to be in a community.

Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St.
Boulder, CO 80302
303.440.7826

 

See Me, Feel Me

701 Gallery

August 3 - 31, 2018

  • First Friday Reception: August 3rd from 6-10pm
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“See Me, Feel Me” will be a multi-artist showcase at 701 Gallery, featuring art installations, interactive exhibits, glass art, and visual art all encompassing our sense of sight and touch. All local Colorado artists including, Todd Duane Miller, Joe Forrestall, Jeremy Rauh, OMS, and Mona Burns.

701
Art Gallery, Photography Studio & Event Space
701 W 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
720.435.1911
http://www.701gallery.com

 

Image Breaking: New Works by Mauro C. Martinez

Odessa at Collective SML | k

August 3 - September 14, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday August 3 from 6-10pm
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Odessa is pleased to present Image Breaking | New Works by Mauro C. Martinez at their current location, Collective SML | k in Denver, Colorado. Image Breaking finds Mauro C. Martinez at a crossroads. Both relentless and tender, immersive and skeletal, the artist shares his early findings on myth, disruption, and being.

‘I’ve been thinking a lot about how I make and see images lately, both technically and conceptually. I began to encounter unexamined myths and assumptions in my own practice which governed how I made and looked at art. This exhibition uses painting as a vehicle for inquiry, where artist, viewer, subject and material all square off in a relentless search for meaning.’ - Mauro C Martinez

Odessa is a Nomadic Arts Incubator comprised of visual artists with the purpose of investigating new intersections of forward thinking art exhibitions, dynamic storytelling, critical discourse, and community engagement!  For 2018 Odessa has teamed up with Collective SML | k for their first Curatorial Residency!

‘Our biggest goal is to help artists communicate their value to new audience members, to the community at large, and to better tell the artists’ stories, we’re not here to just show work. We’re here to support artists like us.’ - Kristopher Wright

Collective SML | k is an artist-run project space located just south of Santa Fe Art District of Denver, Colorado. It is open for any creative suggestions to make Denver more exciting and supportive art community, however, it also has a focus of promoting Asian and Asian-American art and narratives.

Collective SML | k
430 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver CO
Wednesday - Saturday: 12-6 PM

 

Abundance of Blue: Member Show

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery

August 2 - September 3, 2018

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Artists on Santa Fe Gallery members have challenged themselves this month to create a group project entitled “Abundance of Blue”. Don’t miss this chance to see how twelve artists have interpreted this concept, each in their own unique and expressive manner. Meet the artists on 1st and 3rd Friday evening events.

Artists on Santa Fe is a gallery with working artists' studios located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe. It's an engaging environment where visitors can interact with professional artists and view work in progress.

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery
747 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Mon-Fri: 10-5; Sat: 10-4
303.573.5903
http://www.artistsonsantafe.com

 

Clay Hawkley: 86

808 Projects

August 3 - 25, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday August 4th from 6-10pm
  • Artist walk-through and Q & A: Friday August 10th at 7pm
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86 is new work by Clay Hawkley that muses on a convenience store's archive of banned customers. The drawings, collages and sculpture highlight the archive’s handwritten notes, doodles and imagery as inquiries on the store’s campaign for justice, the power dynamics of surveillance and the bravado of taking matters into your own hands.

Clay Hawkley is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Boulder. Hawkley’s work integrates a fine art education with a blue collar aesthetic in open-ended investigations of found objects, collage, drawing and installation. His work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Colorado since 2006. He has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Grin City Collective and is a current resident at RedLine in Denver.

808 Projects
808 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO

 

3 Encaustic Winners: Cindy Lesperance, April South-Olson, Sheary Clough Suiter

Niza Knoll Gallery

August 3 - September 1, 2018

  • Artist reception: Friday, August 17th from 5-8 pm, during the Art District on Santa Fe’s Third Friday Collectors Night
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In the final months of 2017, Niza Knoll Gallery hosted a juried exhibition of artists who incorporate encaustic—an artistic process using pigments mixed with hot wax and fused with heat—into their work. The top three winning artists, Cindy Lesperance from Illinois, April South-Olson from Michigan and Sheary Clough Suiter from Colorado Springs, were awarded a 3-person show at the gallery to showcase additional work. The gallery is proud to present “3 Encaustic Winners” from August 3 through September 1, 2018, at 915 Santa Fe Drive. 

Niza Knoll Gallery
915 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.953.1789
http://www.nizaknollgallery.com

 

Read more: Niza Knoll: 3 Encaustic Winners

Christy Lynne Seving and Laura McCracken

Next Gallery

August 10 - 26, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 10 from 6-9pm
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Christy Lynne Serving: Art has been therapy for me from a young age. I’ve used it as a coping mechanism, a shield, and a tool for personal growth. A couple of months ago I had an idea. There have been aspects of art that I’ve felt intimidated by, things that I’ve wanted to learn but worried I might not have the skills to master. I set out to improve my skills at drawing naturalistic faces, something that I was admittedly nervous about. I decided to draw a face every day for 80 days, the length of time I had to put my next show together, and share my progress openly. It made me feel vulnerable to publicly admit that there was a weak link in my artistic skill set. Once I got started I found that people were kind, encouraging, but also honest and offered constructive criticism. Facing My Fears is the culmination of this project. The exhibit is all portraits very small to very large, using multiple mediums. Here’s to doing hard things!

Laura McCracken: My intended life plan was thrown off course, interrupted by injury. My chosen art form was in question. Was I, physically, going to be able to do what my heart desires my hands to make? My artwork is a result of my introspection and my journey throughout a period of time where I was injured, to my years-long recovery. I was forced to redefine and reorganize my lifestyle and priorities. I have had many periods of transition while seeking a path out of chaos and into familiarity and flow.

Presently, I am walking a new life path. The layers of experiences in life become the steppingstones that form a path in our personal journeys. My work explores the themes of transition, renewal and finding new energy. I play with ebb and flow as a metaphor for transition. Previously, I have explored the concepts of energy and presence. They re-emerge regularly within my art.

In my chosen medium of fused glass, I am creating artwork that, like life, is constructed in layers. I create my work by cutting and layering the glass, with repeated firings in a kiln. I utilize variations in temperatures for desired effects.

NEXT Gallery
6851 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80214
303.433.4933
Fri: 5-10pm; Sat/Sun 12-5pm
http://nextartgallerydenver.com

 

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