Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

Rule: Scott Young: Wish You Were Here

Scott Young: Wish You Were Here

Rule Gallery

September 23 - November 5, 2016

Scott Young, Wish You Were Here. 2016, 120 x 124 inches, neon, steel, alupanel, electronics

RULE Gallery will present a solo exhibition of work by Scott Young entitled Wish You Were Here, which is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will open with a public reception September 23, 2016, from 6-9pm, concurrent with RULE Denver’s grand re-opening at its new location, 530 Santa Fe Drive. Wish You Were Here will be on view September 23-November 5, 2016. Gallery hours are 12-6pm, Tuesday-Friday, and Saturday 12-5pm. About Wish You Were Here

Artist Scott Young creates emotionally reactive art using modern materials and technologies such as neon and video. Through his sculptures, Young explores inner emotions: their fragility, isolation, and unattainable truth. He amplifies the exploration of these emotions by introducing unexpected materials, transitions and barriers. These elements submerge the neon and technologies in contradictory meanings, speaking to the isolation that can persist despite our search for closeness with those we love.

The works in Wish You Were Here give viewers a chance to participate in the emotional experience, creating their own stories about love, loss, happiness, longing, and conflict.

Some pieces invite direct interaction. Others emphasize the idea of alternate viewpoints by polarizing and changing through time via a Freudian dialogue. All of Young’s works allow the viewer to interpret their own perspectives on the emotions and commonalities surrounding the concepts of love, fear, and relationships, as well as explore the separations those differences create.

“Art is about emotions and how an artist interprets daily existence, and how it relates to other humans and the world around us,” says Young. “On the surface my work seems vibrant and happy, lovely, almost saccharin, but on closer examination it drives into the darker side of love and relationship, want, desire, longing, and ultimately the sacrifices we make to achieve the ideal of ‘happiness.’”

About: Scott Young (b. 1967) lives in Denver, Colorado. He studied at the Colorado Institute of Art and received neon manufacturing training at Neosource. After immersing himself in the LA art scene working for the world’s most renowned neon experts, he returned to Colorado to pursue his career. The Denver Art Museum and Museum of Neon Art have commissioned Young’s work. He has pieces in a number of prestigious private collections, including Dick and Carrie Clark/Dick Clark Productions, The Latuda Group, EAS, the Hamilton Design Group, General Management Real Estate Services, Lovedy Barbatelli and George Martinez.

RULE Gallery has exhibited contemporary abstract and conceptual works, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper, by both established and emerging national artists, since 1987. Find more information at rulegallery.com

Rule Gallery
530 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Robischon: John Buck and Ana Maria Hernando Solo Shows

John Buck Solo Exhibition

Robischon Gallery

September 22 - December 17, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 22nd from 6 – 8 pm
  • In the Viewing Room: Ana Maria Hernando Solo Exhibition
John Buck, The Immigration, Jelutong wood, canvas, acrylic, motor and belts, Courtesy of Robischon Gallery

Following last year’s thoroughly compelling solo exhibition which many knowledgeable writers and viewers publically identified in print and in conversation as Denver’s best show of the year, Robischon Gallery again presents the distinguished American artist John Buck in an expansive solo exhibition featuring numerous kinetic carved jelutong wood sculptures, wall relief panels, figural cast-bronze sculptures, as well as large scale works on paper. For a significant aspect of the exhibition, Buck takes his conceptual cues from the timeless realm of American politics, in perfect parallel to the heated spectacle of the current controversial 2016 presidential election.

The drama of both the perceived status quo in Washington D.C. and the unconventional nature of political campaigns, offers each viewer of Buck’s work a particular opportunity to engage in his personal brand of social commentary while finding their own role in the dialogue. With his typically focused insights, whether it pertains to the artist’s searing political observations or his often humorous even universal expressions on the art and sciences, Buck’s astonishing kinetics as well as a wide range of remarkable works in other challenging mediums, will again prove to be irresistibly provocative for audiences.

With complex politically charged sculptures over twenty feet in length and approximately fifteen feet high, Buck makes clear his views on corruption, demagoguery and the duplicitous squandering of long-standing American ideals in the name of personal gain. From the political, to the other equally engaging thematic works on subjects of art - through portraits of famous artists, cross-cultural motifs and emblematic nature forms - viewers are compelled to approach the stilled kinetic sculptures in the gallery, where they will be invited to tap a foot pedal, which slowly begins to rhythmically activate the carved jelutong figures and objects into movement.

Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tue-Fri: 11am-6pm; Sat: 12-5pm



CU Art Museum: Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder, 1898-1950

Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder, 1898-1950

University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum

September 16, 2016 - February 4, 2017

  • Curated by Kirk Ambrose, professor of art history, chair of the Department of Art and Art History; and Stephen V. Martonis of the CU Art Museum
Eve Drewelowe - The Tetons—Wyoming, 1936 - oil paint on canvas

Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder, 1898-1950 celebrates the little-studied artistic contributions of women, who were the drivers of cultural life in the first half of the twentieth century within Colorado, and provides as an important case study into the ways in which women contributed to the development of American art. Artists include: Eve Drewlowe, Gwen Meux, Muriel Sibell-Wolle, and Virginia True among others.

Exhibition generously supported by CU-Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees, and CU Art Museum members.

Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder is on view concurrently with a community-wide event launching September 29, 2016 called "History of the Visual Arts in Boulder." For more information on this event please visit: http://hovabcelebrations.org

CU Art Museum
On the University of Colorado Boulder Campus
1085 18th St.
Boulder, CO 80309
Monday-Saturday: 11am-5pm
Tuesday/Thursday: open until 7pm


Gallery 1261: Richard Schmid

Richard Schmid: A Retrospective Exhibition

Gallery 1261

September 24 – October 1, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24, 6-9 p.m.
  • Book Signing: Sunday, September 25, 11a.m.-12 p.m.

Gallery 1261 is thrilled to present a Retrospective Exhibition for living master Richard Schmid. The exhibition was curated by Kristen Thies of West Wind Fine Art, and features new paintings as well as artworks from private collections nationwide, many of which have not been seen by the public for years.

Foremost American artist Richard Schmid was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934. His earliest artistic influence came from his maternal grandfather, Julian Oates, an architectural sculptor. Richard’s initial training in landscape painting began at the age of twelve with the Chicago painter Gianni Cilfone. Subsequent studies in anatomy and figure drawing allowed his entrance at eighteen into the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he continued into the full range of classical techniques under William H. Mosby.

On Sunday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to Noon, Richard Schmid will be signing his books, "The Landscapes," a beautiful look a 50 year's worth of landscape painting, and "Alla Prima II Everything I Know about Painting--And More."

Throughout his career as a painter, author and teacher, Richard Schmid has pursued what is known as the Grand Manner; a certain mingling of virtuosity and joy in art, and that nowhere is the Grand Manner more effective than when painting is done from life. This idea, stemming from The Golden Age of Painting, is the core of his art and his teaching. After more than 50 one-man exhibitions, numerous articles, books and workshops, he has demonstrated that Art can be beautiful and meaningful at the same time. He currently lives in New England with his wife, artist Nancy Guzik.

Gallery 1261
1261 Delaware St
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am-6:00 pm


Mike Wright: Adam Vinson, Bill Snider and Anna Charney

Three Concurrent Solos: Adam Vinson, Bill Snider and Anna Charney

Mike Wright Gallery

September 23 - October 29, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 23rd from 6-9pm

This September, Mike Wright Gallery will be presenting concurrent solo shows by three new artists, Adam Vinson, Bill Snider and Anna Charney. Vinson, hyper-realist, storytelling, still life artist, sends a collection of mind-bending paintings from Philadelphia while Boulder artist Snider presents “sculpted” 2-dimensional abstracts. Charney, recent graduate from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, returns to her home town of Denver with a distinctive aesthetic that speaks to a new generation of painter and the digital age in which she developed as an artist.

Mike Wright Gallery
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202


Next: Kelly Mansfield and Catherine V. Carilli

Kelly Mansfield and Catherine V. Carilli

Next Gallery

September 23 - October 9, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday September 23rd from 6-10pm

NEXT Gallery
3659 Navajo St.
Denver, Colorado 80211


Pirate: Louis Recchia and Dylan Gebbia-Richards

Louis Recchia

Pirate: Contemporary Art

September 23 - October 9, 2016

  • Dylan Gebbia-Richards in the associate space
  • Opening Reception: Friday September 23rd from 6-10pm

Pirate: Contemporary Art
3655 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM


DAVA: Transit


Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

September 22 - November 18, 2016

  • Opening reception and special film screening: Thursday September 22nd, from 4 pm to 7:30 pm
model-for-a-truck-by-Aaron-age-7model for a truck by Aaron, age 7

Transit explores the future of transportation with artworks by DAVA youth focused on modes of transportation and the design process. Works by Industrial Design students from Metropolitan State University complete the exhibit. David Klein, professor of Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University came to our studios to initiate the design process with DAVA students. He will contribute a selection of drawings, computer renderings and 3D models created by students from his department at Metro.

DAVA’s Job Training Students in Computer and Fine arts, along with select high school students, examined the evolution of transportation devices, then researched and developed future designs. Younger students, in DAVA’s Open Studio created a fully articulated road scene with vehicles and boats, bicycles and traffic signs. Also included in this exhibit are the results of fast paced summer projects in art and technology. 15 short films related to the future of transportation will be shown, produced by DAVA students led by Professor Geoffrey Chadwick from the Colorado Film School at Lowry. A new remote controlled “artbot” will be introduced, created during a special section of robotics in our Job Training program.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with a primary focus on youth engagement. DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence Street, one block south of Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. All DAVA exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday or by appointment. For more information about our programs, visit www.davarts.org.

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



Curtis Center: SAND + IRON = ART


Curtis Arts & Humanities Center

September 24 - November 4, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24, 5:30 to 7:00pm

SAND + IRON = ART focuses on the varied creative processes and art making that reflects iron casting and performance in contemporary art practice.

Select student, faculty and alumni work from CU Denver will be exhibited alongside the work of artists who have participated in the CU Denver Iron Art Festival over the years and helped shape the iron foundry practice for the past decade at the university.

Curtis Arts & Humanities Center
2349 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80121


Gildar: No Go Home

No Go Home

Gildar Gallery

September 16 - October 15, 2016

  • Featuring Works By: David H. Bailey, Mark Hagen, Alice Könitz, Christopher Michlig, Won Ju Lim, Jim Skuldt, Clard Svenson, The Drop City Film Archive
  • Curated by Jan Tumlir
  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 16th 7 - 9pm

Gildar Gallery
82 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Wed-Sat: 12-6pm or by appointment


Read more: Gildar: No Go Home

Goodwin Fine Art: Beau Carey and Patti Hallock

Beau Carey: Rabbit Island

Patti Hallock: Pull

Goodwin Fine Art

September 16 - November 4, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 5 until 8 pm
Beau Carey, Precipice, 2016,oil on canvas, 48” x 60” (left)
Patti Hallock, Blur, 2014, archival pigment print mounted on dibond, 30” x 40” (right)

Goodwin Fine Art is pleased to present a new body of work by Beau Carey inspired by his most recent artist residency and the first exhibition in the gallery by Patti Hallock who will be debuting work from her latest photographic portfolio Pull.

Goodwin Fine Art
1255 Delaware Street
Denver CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 11-6; Sat: 11-5


Read more: Goodwin Fine Art: Beau Carey and Patti Hallock

Black Cube: Unclassified Site Museum

SANGREE: Unclassified Site Museum

A Black Cube pop up exhibition

At the former RTD Market Street Station in downtown Denver (16th and Market)

September 15 – December 31, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15 from 6-10pm 
  • Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 20, 5pm reception, 6pm talk
  • Shipping Container Hours through December: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12-4pm - weather permittin
Black Cube Artist Fellows, SANGREE, Announce a Site-Specific Artwork to be Installed in Denver Inspired by Archaeological Sites in Mexico. SANGREE is a Mexico City-based artistic collaboration between René Godínez Pozas and Carlos Lara.

Unclassified Site Museum is a site-specific, temporary art installation at a former RTD bus terminal in Denver. It will be open to the public from September 15 – December 31, 2016 and is located on the plaza of the vacant terminal on Market Street between 16th and 17th Streets in downtown Denver. From a distance, the artwork appears to be a large, minimalist sculpture. As one gets closer, the subterranean windows reveal an archeological dig site, in which visible evidence of a pre-existing civilization can be seen. Architectural remnants of a multi- family residential compound imagined to be more than 1750 years old will be exposed. But, this window provides just a peek at what lies below. The entirety of the block-long archeological site is visible though the scale-model displayed within the Black Cube shipping container, which is also on-site.


MWC: Chasing Dragons: New Works by Robert Brinker

Chasing Dragons: New Works by Robert Brinker

Michael Warren Contemporary

September 13 – October 22, 2016

  • Opening Reception, Friday, September 16 (6-8pm)
  • Artist Talk, Saturday, September 17 (11am-12pm)
  • First Friday Art Walk, October 1 (6-9pm)
  • Third Friday Reception, October 21 (6-8pm)
Michael Warren Contemporary (MWC) is pleased to present the solo exhibit “Chasing Dragons” with new works by Robert Brinker. From a distance these pieces have an undeniable impact: the dragon forms are bold, colorful and energetic. Inspection reveals intricate line work that draws the viewer in and up close they offer a chance for continuous discovery.

There is a balance to Brinker’s art that works on every level – the boldness of the dragons belies the delicate nature of material. The dragons tell a story, and the complexity of the imagery from which they are cut invites exploration. They are packed with visual symbology that juxtapose strength and weakness; masculinity and femininity; sensationalism and intimacy. As with historical fiction, Brinker’s dragons employ myths and iconography to reveal truths while sparking imagination.

Brinker’s process starts by hand cutting lines into appropriated materials: adult magazines, album covers, and posters; more imagery is then cut and inlaid into the original line work. The resultant surface tapestry provides the starting point for the series. Rob scans the inlaid materials and prints them out onto large sheets of paper – some of the largest dragons measure 5 feet wide!

Robert Brinker lives and works in Aspen, CO. Brinker is a mixed media artist whose primarily focus is painting and cut paper collage. His work has been exhibited in Germany, Italy, China and throughout the United States.

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204


Arvada Center: Looking Back: 40 Years 40 Artists

Looking Back: 40 Years/40 Artists (Main Gallery)

Moving Forward: The Next 40 Years (Upper and Theater Galleries)

September 15 – November 13, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15 from 6-9pm
clarkClark Richert - Enneacon Cluster - Digital Print - 24x24 - 2015
Courtesy of Gildar Gallery

The Arvada Center’s fall gallery exhibitions, Looking Back/Moving Forward, tells the story of the Center’s gallery as well as providing a glimpse into the future of art in Colorado. Looking Back: 40 Years/40 Artists, in the Main Gallery, features art representative of the Center’s forty-year history. In the Upper and Theatre galleries, Moving Forward: The Next 40 Years showcases early to mid-career local artists.

Looking Back Participating Artists: Bill Amundson, Trine Bumiller, Dale Chisman, Susan Cooper, Angelo di Benedetto, Robert Ecker, Sushe Felix, Tracy Felix, Virginia Folkestad, Carlos Fresquez, John Fudge, Margaretta Gilboy, Jeremy Hillhouse, Deborah Howard, Homare Ikeda, Erick C. Johnson, Sandra Kaplan, Jeffrey Keith, Andy Libertone, Emilio Lobato, Jim and Nan McKinnell, Virginia Maitland, Terry Maker, Robert Mangold James Milmoe, Takashi Nakazato, Tony Ortega, Patty Ortiz, Eric Paddock, Charles Parson, Carl Reed, Clark Richert David Rigsby, Chandler Romeo, Frank Sampson, William Sanderson William Sutton, Floyd D. Tunson, Carley Warren, Dave Yust

Images at http://bit.ly/2b4H9mT
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM


DPL: New Work from Evan Anderman

In Plain Sight: New Series by Evan Anderman

The Denver Public Library, Central Branch

Western Gallery - 5th Floor

September 17 - December 31, 2016

  • Reception with the Artist: Saturday, September 17, 2-4 pm
  • Evan Anderman Artist Lecture: Saturday, November 12, 2-4 pm (free)
  • Lecture and reception to be held at The Denver Public Library, Central Branch Gates Meeting Room - 5th Floor
image above: Evan Anderman, Magenta Bloom, Ft Morgan CO, 2014, pigmented ink print

During the last three years I have taken literally hundreds of flights over parts of the American West that few people visit: eastern Colorado, western Kansas, and rural Wyoming. From these travels I have learned that we have become disconnected from the reality that it takes a massive amount of infrastructure to support our desire to live in big houses and drive big cars. When you’re on the ground, it’s difficult to appreciate the scale of these operations or get access to them. But from the air, it’s all right there in plain sight.

In Plain Sight is an exhibition of captivating aerial images that reveal a bird’s eye view of feedlots packed with cows, fracking wells surrounded by semitrucks, vast wind farms, water treatment plants, gravel mines, and other human impacts that are hidden from everyday view. My hope is that these images will help open peoples’ eyes to their surroundings and provide a springboard for discussion.

In Plain Sight will be on view in the 5th floor gallery at the Denver Central Public Library September 17 – December 31, 2016, with an opening reception on September 17 from 2-4 pm. I will give a talk about this work on November 12, 2-4 pm. All events are free and open to the public. Warmest regards, Evan Anderman

Western Art Gallery
Denver Public Library, Central Branch (5th Floor)
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80204
Mon and Tues: 10am - 8pm
Wed to Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 9:00am – 5pm
Sun: 1-5pm


Foothills Art Center: Rocky Mountain National Watermedia 2016

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia

Foothills Art Center

September 15 - October 23, 2016

  • Members Only Preview: Thursday, September 15 from 6 – 8pm

Foothills Art Center
809 15th Street
Golden, CO 80401
Tue-Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 - 5:00 pm


Art Gym: Art Rocks II

Art Rocks II

Art Gym Denver

September 15 - October 1, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Thursday September 15th, 2016, 5-8 pm; meet the artists of Art Rocks II and enjoy light refreshment and hors d’oeuvres

Art Gym Denver is excited to present Art Rocks II, an exhibition featuring jewelry by Randy Burns, Mariele Williams (Young in the Mountains) and Harold O’Connor as well as paintings of minerals by Gabrielle Shannon.

Jewelry is an art form that constantly faces the problems of creative expression versus commercial viability. In this exhibition, peruse modern jewelry pieces inspired by natural environments and paintings that capture continual patterns of change.

Art Gym Denver
1460 Leyden St.
Denver, CO 80220
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm



Zip 37: Ceramic Work by Jean Smith

NONOBJECTIVE OBJECTS: ceramic work by Jean Smith

Zip 37 Gallery

September 15 – October 2, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday September 16 from 6-10pm

This current body of work consists of nonobjective objects presented in three ways:
  • assembled together to hang from the ceiling
  • as vessels for the table, as sculptures, or can be used to hold nature creations
  • on the wall as a group or individually
They are created using paper clay, stains and glazed.

Zip 37
3644 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
Thu: 5-8pm; Fri: 6-10pm
Sat/Sun: Noon-5pm


Spark: Elaine Ricklin, Mark Brasuell and Eva Darrington

New Work from Elaine Ricklin and Mark Brasuell

with Eva Darrington in the North Gallery

Spark Gallery

September 15 - October 9, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 6-9pm
  • Coffee with the Artists: Saturday, October 8, 2-4pm
Elaine Ricklin - River Rocks #18 @10,000 feet - 2016

Elaine Ricklin: "Water"

Through my entire existence I’ve had a connection to water - rivers, oceans, lakes and streams. Images of water frequently pervade my art. Perhaps it is because from the time I was born until I moved to Colorado I lived near water, or perhaps in a former life I was a mermaid or a fish. All of the images in my upcoming show are about water in one form or another. The photographs of River Rocks were shot with my Nikon Camera at 10,000 feet above sea level.


Mark Brasuell "Blood"

Mark Brasuell will be presenting a new body of work titled "Blood". Paintings in Enamel on plastic that reference fluidity and the balance of color and abstract shapes. One can imagine fluids, splashes, and aggressive paint that expresses the "action" of life, sometimes violent, referential and beautiful.


In the North Gallery Eva Darrington "Chroma"

This new body of work explores the properties of color: purity of color, intensity of color, as well as the more muted and complex values of color. Thematically, these abstractions are informed by my love of nature. From abstract atmospheres to landscape references, acrylic paint and various mediums are applied to canvas to give color to depth, movement, and contrast.


Spark Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Thu-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
First Friday and Openings 6:00 to 9:00 PM


Abecedarian: Artists' Book Cornucopia VII

Artists' Book Cornucopia VII

Abecedarian Gallery

September 16 - October 29, 2016

  • Opening reception: Friday, September 16, 6-8pm during the Third Friday Art Walk

The seventh in an annual series of international juried exhibitions of contemporary artists' bookworks, Artists' Book Cornucopia VII includes work by 40 artists from the United States, Canada and Argentina. The series highlights a broad spectrum of works created under the artists book work umbrella, with unique sculptural works exhibited alongside more traditionally bound and printed works.

This year's selections were made by Margery N. Sly, Director of Special Collections and Kimberly Tully, Rare Book Curator, Samuel L. Paley Library, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The exhibit also features work by Karen Hardy, recipient of the 2015 Gallery Director's Exhibition Award.

Included in the exhibit:

Anita Gangi Balkun, Annwyn Dean, Barbara Strigel, Beth Lee, Betsy Stirratt, Brandon Alvarado, Carol Barton, Carolyn Shattuck, Carrie Larson, Cathryn Miller, Charlene Asato, Chris Dunsmore, Cynthia Laureen Vogt, Debra Livingston, Diane Britt, Edward H Hutchins, Elsi Vassdal Ellis , Janet Reynolds, Jean Segaloff, Jenny Craig, Karen Carcia, Katherine Venturelli, Katrina Castelli, Lisa Miles, Macey Ley, Mado Reznik, Mimi Peterson, Paloma Lucas, Peggy Johnston, R D Burton, Roni Gross, Sallie Lowenstein, Sammy Lee, Sara White, Sarah Hulsey, Servane Briand, Wade Brickhouse, Yessenia Barron, Yishu Wang and Zea Morvitz

Abecedarian Gallery
910 Santa Fe, #101
Denver, CO 80204


Sync: Pam Fortner: Diversions

Pam Fortner: Diversions

Sync Gallery

September 15 - October 15, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday September 16th from 6-9pm
Pam Fortner - “Cognoscenti” - Forged steel, repurposed books

Diversion /dəˈvərZHən/ noun
An act of turning aside, as from a course or a path.
An activity that diverts the mind from tedious or serious concerns; a recreation or pastime.

Diversions describes Pam Fortner’s latest artistic path - one that has diverted from the expected. Her work embraces mediums not usually seen together - diverse mediums such as steel and paper. She has combined metalworking and repurposed books, bookbinding techniques and 3-dimensional sculpture as well as origami folding principals and cold-forged steel.

Pam recognizes that at this time in this country, we all need diversions. She has created work where the viewer can simply get lost - work that is pure form, pure color, pure shape - pure escapism.

Artist statement:

The work I create illustrates my love of unusual materials and techniques. I enjoy pushing beyond the boundaries of convention, beyond the predictable, beyond the familiar and into the world of the unexpected.

My creative process can be described as impulsive. I often work on many unrelated projects at a time. I like the variety. I’m always looking for new ideas, new material and new concepts.

I enjoy combining wildly diverse mediums. This requires a lot of trial and error. I do quite a bit of experimentation and have created some spectacular failures. Occasionally, I revel in great success. It is the process of exploration, experimentation and creation that is the most pleasing and important to me.

The work presented in Diversions is the result of an exploration into blacksmithing. This spring, I was awarded a scholarship to attend an 8-week concentration in the Blacksmithing Arts as taught by Elizabeth Brim at the Penland School of Crafts. My intention was to combine the diverse mediums of paper and iron. The pieces presented here include hot-forged, cold-worked and inflated steel combined with bookbinding techniques, origami and paper sculpture.

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



Valkarie: Feral Mystics

Feral Mystics: Valerie Savarie & Sharon Eisley

Valkarie Gallery

September 14 - October 9, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 6 - 9pm

fe•ral, adjective

“existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.”

mys•tic, noun

“a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect.”

For their third paired show, director of Valkarie Gallery, Valerie Savaire and resident artist Sharon Eisley bring to you a show of texture, color and content.

In a time when technology, urban expansion and rural exodus seem to be the norm in our society, artists Sharon Eisley and Valerie Savarie take a step back into nature, into a time and place where living things existed in balance and spiritual harmony; a place of naturalness, untamed essence, where the mind and soul can connect with higher powers.

By seeking simplicity within a state of freedom – untamed, feral – by which one can commune with nature and enter the spiritual realm, Eisley and Savarie invite you into these habitats, in hope that they may transport you too, to another place and time that has been subconsciously calling you. 

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
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