ASLD 27th Annual Summer Art Market

West Washington Park neighborhood at the corner of 2nd Avenue & Grant Street

Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9 from 9am - 5pm

  • 230+ visual artist booths, artist demonstrations, KidART programs along with food and beverage vendors
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This annual arts festival features a range of media, including ceramics, fiber arts, mixed media, book arts, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture. SAM is free and open to the public and features top-quality artwork for sale by ASLD members, faculty and students.

Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
303.778.6990
Mon-Thu: 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
http://asld.org

 

Empirical Imperatives

Leon Gallery

Performances run from May 11th - June 8th, 2019

  • All performances will take place approximately at 8pm each evening; Length of program varies with each artist
  • Refreshments and conversations occuring before and after the programming.
  • Saturday, May 11th, 7-10pm Ben Youngstone + Maximillian McCall
  • Saturday, May 18th, 7-10pm Charles Livingston
  • Saturday, May 25th, 7-10pm Jared David Paul Anderson
  • Saturday, June 1st, 7-10pm Esther Hernandez
  • Saturday, June 8th, 7-10pm The Flinching Eye Collective

Leon is proud to announce their upcoming performance art series, Empirical Imperatives, an exploration of the immediacy and visceral nature of performance art, celebrating artists who are actively engaging our community, challenging our notions of art viewing, and broadening our artistic experiences. The series is taking place from May 11th - June 8th, 2019. Each successive Saturday night at 7pm, the gallery will become the stage for each of these unique and innovative artists from within our Denver scene, who are exploring a variety of performance art styles, and expressing authentic, individual statements. The artists presenting include Ben Youngstone + Henry Maximillian McCall, Charles Livingston, Jared David Paul Anderson, Esther Hernandez, and collaborative artists The Flinching Eye Collective

Leon
1112 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
Mon-Sun: 12-5pm
http://www.leongallery.com

 

Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project

On View: June 2018 through May 2019

Launch event: Friday, June 15, 2018 from 4 - 6pm

  • Five artists - Carlos Frésquez, Kelly Monico, Stuart Semple, Joel Swanson and Frankie Toan – will transform Downtown Denver alleyways into site-specific, sculptural art installations
  • With a goal of surprising, delighting and inspiring those who experience the alleyways, “Between Us” is closely aligned with Happy City Denver, the program that launched in May
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On Friday, June 15, the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with The Denver Theatre District and Black Cube and with funding from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, will launch “Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project,” to bring additional art to Downtown Denver’s most underutilized public spaces: alleys.

The public is invited to the launch event on Friday, June 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will begin in the alley between Larimer Street and Market Street off of 15th Street and tour the five alleys, with artist talks at each, led by the Montbello Drumline and ending with a reception at the Skyline Beer Garden at 6 p.m.

“The Downtown Denver Partnership and the BID are committed to creating vibrant and memorable experiences for everyone who visits, works and lives in Downtown Denver and have been focused on alley improvement for some time,” says Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “This investment in our downtown alleys provides the perfect opportunity to activate our alleys through art, encouraging people to spend time in these underutilized spaces, ultimately creating safe, welcoming and ‘selfie’-worthy places.”

Artists / Installations / Locations:
  • Carlos Frésquez / “Alley Freshener” / Between Stout & California Streets (southwest side)
  • Kelly Monico / “Alley Cats” / Between 14th and 15th Streets, Larimer and Market Streets
  • Stuart Semple / “I should be crying but I can’t let it show” / Between Champa & Stout Streets (northeast side)
  • Joel Swanson / “Y/OURS” / Between Curtis & Champa Streets (southwest side)
  • Frankie Toan / “Public Bodies” / Between Stout & California Streets (northeast side)
“Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project” will launch in conjunction with “Happy City: Art for the People,” a six-week (May 18-June 30) citywide art intervention with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being. Initiated by British artist Stuart Semple, the project brings together more than 10 artists’ perspectives that address ideas of happiness and community wellness, in an effort to imagine a more connected society.

“By reimagining alleyways, ordinarily neglected civic spaces, ‘Between Us’ nurtures a transcontinental dialogue around the ideals of social trust and human connection,” said David Ehrlich, The Denver Theatre District executive director. “We are thrilled to have the chance to partner with the Downtown Denver Partnership and are grateful to the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for funding to support this important initiative.”

About Black Cube

Black Cube is a nonprofit, experimental art museum that operates nomadically. Without the traditional boundaries of a physical building, Black Cube exists primarily through partnering with artist fellows to commission popup art experiences. Black Cube describes itself as an unconventional museum pursuing the most effective ways to engage audiences while supporting individual artists with critical professional guidance. For more information, visit http://blackcube.art

 

adsflogoFirst Friday at the Art District on Santa Fe

Santa Fe Drive between 6th and 10th Ave

Every First Friday from 5-10pm

  • Check gallery websites and DenverArts.org for details on individual gallery exhibits
  • Parking information:
  • Adco General — 801 Kalamath St — Park any day of the week after 5pm
  • The Bolt Factory at 2nd and Kalamath St.
  • Alliance Francaise — 6th and Galapago: Just East of Santa Fe Dr. — First Friday Art Walk Only
  • West High School — 10th Avenue and Galapago St. — First Friday Art Walk only. Cost is $5 which funds students’ cultural programs
  • Kitchens at the Denver — 8th and Kalamath: 1 block west of Santa Fe Dr. — First Friday Art Walk Only
  • The Knife Guys at 11 Kalamath St. and W. Ellsworth Ave. — after 6pm
  • Image Complete Lighting Gallery, Kalamath and 2nd Avenue — after 5pm
  • Su Teatro lot at Santa Fe Drive and 2nd Avenue
  • Street parking along Santa Fe Drive, 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th Avenues
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The Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission seeks your partnership to build a new public artwork, The Bell of Renewal, by master, Colorado-based artists James G. Moore and Anita Miller. All donations are welcome and tax deductible. With a donation of $250 donation or more your name or company name will be added to a bronze plaque posted near the artwork. Tax deductible donations can be made via http://www.townoflyons.com/BellofRenewal, in person at Lyons Town Hall, or Western Stars Gallery & Studio

Deadline: Monday July 1, 2019 to have your name listed on the plaque

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The Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission seeks your support to build a unique public artwork memorializing the history of Lyons, the flood, and our flourishing community. The Bell of Renewal, by master, Colorado-based artists James Moore and Anita Miller, consists of a bell and stand. The stand depicts a a great horned owl building a nest, and the bell features design elements from nature in relief. The bell beautifully depicts the nature in which Lyons thrives, memorializing the tragedy and pain of the flood. The stand represents renewal through the symbolism of the building of the nest.

The bell will be approximately sixteen inches by 20 inches (16” x 20”), and will suspend beneath the owl, which will be positioned as flying past a stand of young cottonwood trees that serves as the support for the sculpture. The sculpture will stand approximately eight feet in height by four feet width by three feet in diameter (8’ H x 4’ W x 3’ d). It will be constructed of cast bronze. The sculpture will be installed along the river, in an appropriate, safe, and enduring location in the Town of Lyons.

The Bell will be added to the heARTS of Lyons Outdoor Public Art Collection as a Legacy artwork - a permanent piece of public art in the Town’s collection.

The Town of Lyons is offering significant financial support, as well as the members of the Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission, and the artists themselves. But, we need your donations to bring this public artwork to fruition.

All donations are welcome and tax deductible. With a donation of $250 donation or more your name, "in recognition/memory of" designee, or company name will be added to a bronze plaque posted near the artwork. The deadline is July 1, 2019 to have your name listed on the plaque. All donations $250 will receive acknowledgement on our Facebook page.

James Moore has been working professionally in bronze for the last 22 years. After a 15 year career as a middle and high school art teacher, James made a leap of faith to make his passion for sculpting into his full time career. His award-winning work is now in public and private collections across the United States, Mexico, and Europe. James participates in many shows and is represented by several galleries. He lives in the rural town of Eaton, Colorado. James spends much of his leisure time enjoying the outdoors and observing the animals and natural environment that are so inspirational to his work. Learn more at http://www.sculpturebyjgmoore.com/index.html

James G. Moore assisted by Anita Miller. Anita Miller moved to Lyons in 2016 and felt the ripples of the flood as she heard her neighbors speak of the historic and life-changing event. The artist, who has her own history of creating memorial artwork, imagined a symbol of hope and renewal to honor Lyons’ recovery which she and her family now enjoy. Anita believed the work of James G. Moore best captures the spirit of renewal, so they have partnered to create the one-of-a-kind sculpture. Anita's work can be seen in the The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial project, in which she combined her painting and sculpture artwork into an artistic memorial of the Lima Company tragedies of 2005. The memorial travels nationally as a memorial and educational tool. Learn more at https://www.limacompanymemorial.org

 

9th Annual Art Aspen Art Fair

Aspen Ice Garden (Aspen CO)

Friday - Sunday, July 27 - 29, 2018

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Showcasing pieces from 1950-present, Art Aspen features 30 of the country's most esteemed art galleries. Participants include Marc Straus Gallery, Heller Gallery, Timothy Yager Fine Art and more. The eclectic selection of works paired with an elegant, sweeping landscape of summertime Aspen, creates an exquisite atmosphere for guests in attendance. Many of whom are world-class collectors.

This year’s Art Aspen fair will include the SELECTS Program in order to highlight pieces chosen by noted curators, designers, and critics, offering Art Aspen patrons a new method of navigating the extraordinary artwork at the show. Works have been selected by tastemakers such as designer Suzanne Lovell, collector Sarah Arison, and critic James Yood. ​

 

Mirada Fine Art's 7th Anniversary & Holiday Art Party

Friday, December 2nd 2016 from 6-9pm

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Mirada Fine Art's Core Team includes owners Steve & Jenni Sonnen, and assistant manager, Jan Thompson

It has definitely been a 'Lucky 7' for Mirada Fine Art at the unique Trading Post location just minutes southwest of Denver. Mirada will celebrate its 7th Anniversary, as well as ring in the holidays on Friday night December 2nd with its annual Holiday Art Party. Many of Mirada's most popular and award-wining artists have contributed new paintings and sculptures for this festive occasion.

Mirada will be unveiling the artwork of Melanie Warsinske, a Colorado artist who captures the spirit of the Colorado region in her remarkable equine and abstract work. Enjoy wine, hors d'ouvres and live music as Mirada toasts their patrons, who have made Mirada Fine Art such a success.

Mirada Fine Art
5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd.
Indian Hills, CO 80454 (minutes from Denver)
303.697.9006
http://www.miradafineart.com

 

2016 Gilpin Art Studio Tour

Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th from 11am - 5pm

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The 5th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour will happen Saturday and Sunday September 17-18, 2016, 11am-5pm. The Gilpin Art Studio Tour is organized by local artists to foster an appreciation of the arts in Gilpin County to coincide with the fall aspen viewing. Enjoy your weekend in the high country meeting the artists and craftspeople in their studios, as they exhibit their art, demonstrate their craft and offer work for sale.

This is the 5th and most diverse year to date. There are 16 artists participating with a wide array of styles, including painters, illustrators, photographers, ceramic artists, jewelers, fiber, metal and glass artists and even laser cut wood pieces.

The 5th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour is a free, family friendly event that has something of interest for everyone! Central City is hosting the Hot Rod Hill Climb the same weekend, but all artists and gallery stops in Central City will be open during that event. Come support the artists, view the aspens at their peak and see the beauty of the high country.

Artists’ studios will be marked by signs along the tour route in and around Gilpin County, directing you to each stop. Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GilpinArtStudioTour for the latest updates. Maps are available at our sponsors, artists and many other locations in Gilpin County, or visit http://www.GilpinArtStudioTour.org for full maps, samples of each artists work, descriptions and more information.

 

Loveland Fine Art & Sculpture Invitational 2016

August 12, 13 & 14: Friday, & Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4:30pm

920 W. 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538

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The Fine Art Invitational offers three days of world-class art, wine, food and music. Featuring over 175 juried artists from across the Country, exhibiting thousands of original works and master pieces in a wide variety of medium and subject matter, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings on canvas; batiks, bronzes, stone, clay, glass and mixed media sculptures; drawings, metal, wood work, copper, ceramics, and hand-crafted furniture and more. Show patrons will experience the ambiance of strolling through the sculpture garden and outdoor gallery, while enjoying a selection of fine wines, event eateries and live musical performances.

 

Santa Fe New Mexico Turner Carroll Gallery’s 25th Anniversary

t-cTwenty-five years ago, in June 1991, Michael Carroll and Tonya Turner Carroll opened the doors of Turner Carroll Gallery, at 725 Canyon Road—the same location it occupies today. The two had dreams, degrees in art/history, experience working with museums, auction houses and galleries, and a true passion for art to fuel their ambitions. provoke or reflect social change. They travelled to newly opened Eastern European countries in the early 1990s, bringing back art by artists whose works embodied socio- political change.

They have exhibited, spoken, and written about artists from all over the world, and have published the authoritative monograph on Romanian artist Traian Filip. Among Turner Carroll’s best-known artists are Chinese painter Hung Liu, who grew up under Mao during China’s Cultural Revolution, abstract philosopher Squeak Carnwath, and Traian Filip, head of Romania’s State Engraving Studios during the rule of nefarious dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Israeli artist Drew Tal, who explores issues of liberation/ oppression in his images of Muslim women, will exhibit in 2016.

In honor of the gallery’s 25th anniversary, Turner Carroll has added several new artists to its roster, including social activist realist Scott Greene; New Mexico’s own Holly Roberts, John Barker, Orlando Leyba, Suzanne Sbarge, Karen Yank, Jamie Brunson; and pop commentarians Walter Robinson and Robert Townsend.

Turner Carroll has launched and furthered the careers of many contemporary artists whose works are now included in major museums throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Louvre, Belvedere Museum (Vienna), Harvard’s Fogg Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Brooklyn Art Museum, Bulgaria’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Vatican Collection, Mexico City’s Tamayo Museum, Brazil’s Chateaubriand Art Museum, the Medici Palace in Italy, and many more.

This 25th anniversary provides a time of reflection and anticipation for Turner Carroll. Throughout the 2016 exhibition season, Turner Carroll will feature a stellar lineup of its most eagerly collected international artists, including its newest ones. On June 3rd, Turner Carroll will open its anniversary season, featuring works by acclaimed New Mexico artist Holly Roberts, and Chinese sculptor Wanxin Zhang. Holly Roberts, “Woman in her Garden” mixed media on panel Wanxin Zhang, “Red Arm Band,” fired clay and pigment In celebration of its first 25 years, Turner Carroll will also launch its new arts activism initiative, starting with the June 3rd exhibition. In addition to its continued efforts with school children internationally, Turner Carroll will present works of art by its artists, for sale, to help support various organizations.

 

Read more: Turner Carroll Gallery’s 25th Anniversary

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Virginia Folkestad Solo Exhibit

Sandra Phillips Gallery

April 12 - June 1, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday April 12th from 6 - 8 pm
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The Gallery is honored to present a solo exhibition for conceptual artist Virginia Folkestad. “Landscapes like time never stands still” was the starting point for this Installation “...noiseless foot of time” with materials and form developing over a long period of time. Over that long period of time, the artist worked intuitively, always with the initial concept in mind. As the work evolved with its many changes, the initial concept remained the same and is a visible part of the work. This Installation has been made specifically for the Sandra Phillips Gallery with each wall having work that is related, while at the same time relating conceptually as a total body of work. The work at the same time hints at the mystery, or rather, elusiveness of time and how it is measured both physically and emotionally.

Sandra Phillips Gallery
47 W. 11th Ave. (11th & Acoma)
Denver, CO 80204
303.931.2991
http://www.thesandraphillipsgallery.com

 

Leon Gallery is now a non-profit arts center

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Originally opened in August of 2011, Leon Gallery has made a tremendous impact on the Denver Art Community, as well as the lives and careers of dozens of local artists. Your support will allow Leon to continue to grow, providing enhanced and expanded programming, including educational directives and wider community outreach. Donate Today

 

Beyond the Framework

Space Gallery

March 1 - April 6, 2019

  • Artist reception: Friday March 1st from 6-9pm
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Space Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition 'Beyond the Framework' featuring new work by Steven Baris, Frea Buckler, Joshua Enck, Alyson Khan and Hyland Mather. Please join us March 1st (6-9pm) for our opening reception, catering will be provided by Occasions Catering Denver.

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

 

Wonders: Holiday Show and Sale

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

December 6, 2018. - January 16, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday, December 6th from 4 pm to 7 pm
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Start the season of giving with original art by DAVA youth and local artists. DAVA is a wonderful destination for handmade holiday gifts! Proceeds from this exhibit support year round art programs for urban youth. DAVA is located at 1405 Florence Street, one block south of East Colfax Avenue in the Aurora Cultural Arts District.

Students in all DAVA programs are working together to create one-of-a-kind artworks to share with you. They experimented with a wide range of materials and techniques to create unique ceramic tea sets, bowls, and platters. They also made mosaic trivets, mini clay monsters, bird houses and desk accessories. A series of science inspired gel mono prints will also be included.

Guest artists Virginia Diaz Saiki, Adrienne DeLoe, and Griffin Callahan add new perspectives to the exhibit. Virginia Diaz Saiki will present whimsical prints of plants and gentle monsters, along with a special collection of K-So jewelry. Adrienne DeLoe’s works connect to science in a beautiful way, from her botanical jewelry and seed pods, to her exotic insect specimens preserved in paintings. Griffin Callahan’s series of wheel-thrown coffee mugs and water jugs with incredible glazes round out the show. Find creative gifts for everyone on your list!

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with youth as its primary focus.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)
1405 Florence St
Aurora CO 80010
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm or by appointment

303.367.5886
http://davarts.org

 

New Hinterland Indiegogo Campaign

Give by Sunday July 1st, 2018

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Above: The New Hinterland, with your help and our hard work

On June 1 Sabin and Randy of Hinterland launched an Indiegogo fundraiser campaign in order to raise a very ambitious $200,000 to build a New Hinterland art space. Please consider giving what you are able to, every penny counts. Now is the time to come together, to rally around and raise a New Hinterland!
 
From Sabin and Randy:

"We have the dream, won’t you help us create it? Here is a link to the campaign https://igg.me/at/newhinterland/x/6222170
"Please also follow us on Facebook, for updates about our work. Here is that link https://www.facebook.com/NewHinterland"

 

fooLPRoof Contemporary Art

Located at 3240 Larimer St in Denver, next to the Infinite Monkey Therom Winery

  • Public Opening: Friday June 1, 2018 from 6-9pm; in conjunction with RINO's First Friday Art Walk
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 fooLPRoof contemporary art gallery opens in RINO with a maiden exhibition featuring top local and regional artists. The new contemporary gallery is a vision of sculptor and emerging contemporary curator Laura Phelps Rogers blending commercial and collaborative gallery approaches to showcase premier pieces from top and emerging national artists. Through high visibility exhibition opportunities, the gallery will present new avenues for combined work/exhibition experiences for talented regional and visiting artists.

Grand Opening Exhibition artists:
  • Sculpture: Charles Parson, Tobias Flores, David Lobdell, Robert Green, Laura Phelps Rogers and Isaac Sandoval
  • Painting Jennifer Hope, Rebecca Cuming, Louis Recchia, Kayo Peeler, Leslie Aguillard and Kimm Schlosser
  • Mixed Media: Zoe Ace, Eric Anderson, Annette Coleman, Phil Bender and Walter Barton (in collaboration with Laura)
  • Ceramics: Gayla Lemke
  • Jewelry: Julie Lizak and Kin Henkel
  • Printmaking: Teresa Castaneda and Sue Crosby Doyle
  • Photography: Robert Platz, Laura Phelps Rogers, Ron Landucci, Lawrence Hass, Vy Pham and Jill Renee Grant
  • Drawing: Caroline Peters and Nichole Hongchang
  • Performance: Julie Lizak
  • Fashion: Mona Lucero
fooLPRoof contemporary art
3240 Larimer Street
Denver, CO
303.641.3472
http://www.foolproofcontemporaryart.com

 

Kirkland Museum Re-opens at 1201 Bannock Street in Denver's Golden Triangle Creative District

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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art will open its highly anticipated new building at 1201 Bannock Street to the public on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. Kirkland Museum’s new building, clad in wonderful shades of golden terra cotta and glass in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District, is only steps away from the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum.

The museum has acquired a number of stunning new pieces in each of the three collection areas that will be unveiled in March. Kirkland Museum will also feature an inaugural exhibition, Prints Near and Far: Contrasting Regional and National Prints from the Kirkland and Mayer Collections, of 19th and 20th century American prints in the new temporary exhibition space through June 17, 2018.

 

Month of Printmaking 2018

Various locations throughout the Front Range

March and April of 2018

MoPrint Logo 2018 Black.RedThe Month of Printmaking, presented by The Invisible Museum, will be held in venues around Denver and the Front Range throughout March and into April of 2018. Our goal is to generate a critical mass of printmaking exhibitions and events happening in the Denver metropolitan area and the Front Range region to raise awareness of this ancient and diverse art form. This will be the third biennial Mo’Print event, and our largest. Past Mo’Print events saw enthusiastic attendance at exhibitions, panel discussions or other interactive events. We hope to expand on this involvement for 2018 with a full schedule that includes demos, shows and workshops from Fort Collins and Loveland to Parker; from Downtown Aurora to the 40 West Arts District in Lakewood.

Those interested in participating in Mo’Print 2018 events, whether to see individual artist studios, print, letterpress or book binding studios, or galleries and museum exhibitions are encouraged to go to http://moprint.org/. An interactive calendar featuring photos and descriptions of each event is posted for each date. There are over 70 events and ongoing shows in March alone. Many are free, and family-friendly.

The schedule officially kicks off with an opening reception for “Master Printmakers and Print Educators in Colorado” at the McNichols Building on February 23, and doesn’t end until the ever-popular Steamroller Printmaking event, April 21 on the RMCAD campus. Other highlights include: An Open Portfolio event at Redline Gallery where any printmaker can sell or trade prints; a Studio Tour where over 30 artists in all different disciplines will tell you about or demonstrate their work, an Ink Mixer where you can meet and greet in a relaxed atmosphere in one of Denver’s best print studios, and a fundraiser at Trve Brewery, where you can start your print collection for only $10!

About Month of Printmaking Denver: Month of Printmaking Denver (Mo’Print) is a biennial celebration of the art of making original prints to inspire, educate and promote awareness through a variety of public events and exhibitions in Denver and the metropolitan region.

About Invisible Museum: The Invisible Museum is a a 501c3 Non Profit organization. Its mission is to facilitate projects in the visual arts that would not otherwise be imagined proposed or completed.

 

William Havu Gallery Representing ex-Denverite Bill Amundson

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Bill Amundson - Portrait of an Artist - pencil on paper - 46" x 34"

Bill Amundson draws upon the unpredictable and erratic conditions of contemporary life for inspiration in creating his detailed pencil drawings. 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.

A Wisconsin native, Amundson earned his bachelor's degree in art from UW-Madison and made a name for himself as an artist while living in Colorado for 35 years.

Drawings by Amundson have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Canada, including solo shows in New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, San Antonio, Phoenix, Colorado Springs, and Denver. The permanent collections of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the University of Colorado Art Museum, and the Denver Art Museum include pieces of his artwork. William Havu Gallery proudly welcomes Bill Amundson to our stable of artists.

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

 

Amy Norton relaunches BetterWall: Art Museum Street Banners for the Home

Access Gallery hosts a relaunch party and fundraiser on October 26, 2017

  • Relaunch party and pop-up exhibit of banners on Thursday October 26 from 5-8pm at 909 Santa Fe Drive in Denver
  • Pop-up exhibit features large original paintings by artists from the Access Gallery Artworks program, AJ and Josiah, who used discarded banners as a canvas
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Initially launched in 2004, by Nick and Nora Weiser, BetterWall collects the street banners that were used to promote major exhibitions from top museums around the country and gives them a valuable “after-life” as limited-edition wall hangings available to purchase for the home or office. Earlier this year the business was acquired by Amy Norton of The Creative Angle. She is proud to partner with Damon McLeese and Access Gallery for a relaunch party and pop-up exhibit of banners on October 26 from 5-8pm at 909 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. The event is open to the public and will also be a fundraiser as a portion of sales from the exhibit will be donated to Access Gallery, an inclusive nonprofit organization that opens doors to creative and educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts. The banners will remain on view at Access through First Friday November 3 and during the Art Walk from 6-9pm.

Norton befriended the Weiser’s in 2006 during their first banner exhibit, at the gallery where she worked on Santa Fe Drive. She later began working with the Weiser’s fulfilling orders for them as a side-hustle, while she grew her marketing and communications business. Nick Weiser explains the decision to part with the business, “As I became more involved in other start-up opportunities I was able to focus less on maintaining BetterWall and did not want to see it go defunct. Amy was a natural fit to take over as she knows the ins and out of this very niche business having worked so closely with us for years.”

As banners come down from the street poles they go to BetterWall who secures appropriate retail rights for any copyrighted material. Next, they research and write a backstory of the exhibition and artist for use on the website. Each banner and write-up serves as a fun mini-art history lesson for customers who visit the website www.betterwall.com where they are available to purchase. All banners are in excellent condition with no rips, tears, fading or major blemishes. The banners are carefully cleaned and stored in keeping with appropriate archival protocol. Each banner is carefully and beautifully packaged and includes a certificate of authenticity. Best of all, these vinyl banners find new homes rather than clogging up a landfill and a portion of sales proceeds going back to the museums to support their collections and operations.

Recent banners made available to purchase include those from the Wyeth exhibition at the Denver Art Museum that include a close up of Wyeth’s dog Kleberg, with some of these banners even signed by the artist. A portrait of Monet in his Garden in Giverny, France is featured on banners from the St. Louis Museum of Art and make for a stunning pair when two banners displayed together showing each side to complete the image. These are just two examples of the wide selection ranging from Rembrandt to Pop Art, and Asian to Psychedelic poster art of the 1960s.

As oversized art goes, the banners are an affordable way to make a real impact in large and small spaces. “We have customers who collect them and like to switch them out in their home or business. Others who are thrilled to have an original piece to fill that awkward space up high in a stairwell or as a focal point and statement piece in any room.” says Norton.

Access Gallery is an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative and educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts. http://www.accessgallery.org 

BetterWall has agreements with 32 art museums to bring exclusively to you, the actual street banners that were used to promote major exhibitions. Banners are available to purchase online at http://www.betterwall.com

 

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