Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

MCA Denver: Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

MCA Denver

October 30, 2014 - April 12, 2015

  • Opening celebration: Thursday, October 30 featuring tribute performances of Mothersbaugh's music performed by five musicians in five places; Plus, free eye exams, photos in the photo booth, Mothersbaugh-inspired postcards, potatoes, vodka, and more
  • Tickets for the opening celebration of Mark Mothersbaugh Myopia are on sale here

MCA Denver is proud to present the first retrospective of the work of Mark Mothersbaugh from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present.

Co-founder of the New Wave band DEVO, Mothersbaugh has been making art since before the band’s inception in the early 1970s and continues to the present. This body of work presents a unique combination of cultural criticism and personal expression through drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music. But more than that, his work provides a missing link in the history of contemporary art and culture. At once an artist, musician, and tinkerer, he offers a key to understanding the current state of art, with its hybridity, subjectivity and fluid boundaries. Mothersbaugh’s work reveals his unique artistic voice and also asserts his role in the intersecting legacies that have formed contemporary culture.

Almost all of Mothersbaugh’s visual art originates with drawings on postcards, which he has been producing daily since the 1970s. The drawings are filled with fantastical characters and surreal settings. The drawings on these postcards are mainly rendered in pen and ink in an impish comic book style, which grew out of the Underground Comix movement that spread throughout the counterculture of the late 1960s and early 70s. His postcards, which now exceed 30,000, provide the basic imagery for his paintings, prints, rugs, videos and sculptures.

Throughout his career, Mothersbaugh’s work has both embraced handmade qualities and also incorporated the slick elements of consumer culture. With a continuous assault on the de-humanizing nature of our highly technological society, Mothersbaugh’s work asks the question: how can we be ourselves in the face of an impersonal, consumer-driven society? But the answer is complex. Mothersbaugh doesn’t simply advocate for a war of the organic against the mechanistic. He also doesn’t maintain a simple, ironic distance from the synthetic nature of modern society. Instead, the artist insists that there is the room for individual creativity in consumer society. Sometimes the picture he paints is dark and cynical and sometimes playful and light, but he always makes the case that it is possible to find personal pleasure and artistic expression in the realms of both technology and the handmade. The band DEVO, with its homespun robotic image, is one articulation of that aesthetic vision, which takes a multitude of forms in Mothersbaugh’s larger body of work.

Taken together, this incredibly unified body of work reveals the artist’s persistent attempt to navigate between the conflicting forces of cynicism and freedom, and irony and originality. Like his early work with DEVO, Mothersbaugh explores the complex relationship between what is synthetic and what is authentic.

Mark Mothersbaugh was born in 1950 in Akron, Ohio. Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia will be presented throughout the entire MCA Denver building.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202


MOA: Scott Johnson: Mute Earth

Scott Johnson: Mute Earth

Museum of Outdoor Arts

November 1, 2014 - April 11, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1st from 6-9pm

On November 1st, 2014, MOA will open MUTE EARTH, a solo exhibition featuring the works of Colorado installation artist, Scott Johnson. MUTE EARTH will consist of original works created by Scott Johnson specifically for the MOA galleries and will include site-specific installations and large-scale objects as well as a series of photographic pieces. Johnson will utilize the entirety of the MOA main exhibition galleries, multimedia galleries and atrium for this unique exhibition.

Scott Johnson is well known for his work with a wide range of materials and for his thought-provoking sculptural installations. MUTE EARTH will explore the complex relationship between modes of representation and perception with regard to landscape and architectural space. The installations presented as part of this exhibition are the result of Johnson's literary research, experimentation with new materials and direct observation of natural phenomena and cultural artifacts, places, and structures.

A Colorado native, Johnson incorporated regional phenomena and elements of the Colorado landscape into his conceptual threads for the works in this exhibition. Johnson describes his inspiration for this exhibition in the following way, "Lately I've been thinking about the indifference of dirt, salt, and other things elemental. Focusing on materials, processes and methods, MUTE EARTH consists of a series of sculptures and images that explore this curiosity".

Scott Johnson is an Associate Professor of Art at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. His installations have recently been exhibited at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center alongside James Turrell and locally at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. The opening reception for MUTE EARTH will be:

Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO 80110
Tue-Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon at the Fort Collins Museum of Art

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon

Fort Collins Museum of Art

November 1 - December 27, 2014


Fort Collins Museum of Art in Fort Collins, CO is pleased to announce Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon, an exhibition that captures the spark, sex appeal and sensation that was Marilyn Monroe. Andy Warhol, Milton H. Greene, Cecil Beaton, Eve Arnold, Antonio de Felipe, and Henri Cartier-Bresson are just a few of the famed artists featured in this exhibition, whose depictions of Marilyn helped immortalize her as a cultural icon. This exhibition documents the legendary life of America’s favorite sex symbol in styles ranging from fashion photography to Pop Art. Organized by sairally Fine Arts & Consulting, Hamburg, Germany, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Composed of works by more than 50 artists, Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon highlights the many sides of this 1950s glamourous and immortal legend through shots of well-loved movie scenes, familiar publicity photos, biographical glimpses into Monroe’s private moments and various artistic interpretations of the starlet. Featuring paintings, photographs and video, this celebration of Marilyn Monroe exemplifies how her iconic image still electrifies the world over half a century after her death.

The images featured in this exhibition illustrate not only the recognizable celebrity, but also Marilyn’s struggle to empower herself. Along with photographs by Eve Arnold, Peter Stackpole and Bob Henriques, the exhibition includes a series of silver gelatin prints by world-renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton, including a photograph reported to be Marilyn’s favorite picture of herself–-lying across a bed in a white dress, holding a carnation to her breast.

During her brief career from 1947 to 1962, Marilyn made a lasting impression on Hollywood, appearing in 30 films. Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon depicts recognizable moments in her film career, such as the famous subway grate scene with Thomas Ewell in Seven Year Itch by Sam Shaw, as well as pensive, behind-the-scenes shots by photographers Ernst Haas and Henri Cartier-Bresson on the set of The Misfits, Marilyn’s last film.

The star struggled to balance her career and love-life, marrying and divorcing three times. Her second and third marriages were both highly publicized, and photographs like George Silk’s tearful Marilyn illustrate how the actress was unable to keep her private life out of the limelight.

A great loneliness can be felt in many of Marilyn’s photographs. As images by friend and photographer George Barris demonstrate, Marilyn’s light and radiance was often a façade constructed for the public eye, disguising her frequently dark moods. Barris’ photographs from 1962, showing the starlet laughing and striking poses, are some of the last taken of the actress who was found dead in her Brentwood, California, home on August 5, 1962.

Though her life ended prematurely at the young age of 36, the world’s fascination with Marilyn Monroe’s magnetic appeal and much publicized private life has continued to thrive over time. A unique personification of femininity, naïveté and sexuality, there will never be another Marilyn Monroe.

Organized by sairally Fine Arts & Consulting, Hamburg, Germany, Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Artists on Santa Fe: Holiday Show 2014

Holiday Show 2014

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery

November and December 2014

  • First and Third Friday hours are extended to 9 pm – Nov. 7th and 21st, Dec. 5th and 19th
Give the gift of a stunning painting representing your love, a new family heirloom, or something fun to decorate a home. Choose from vibrant floral paintings, moody black and white photographs, bicycle-themed pottery, plant-imprinted jewelry, and much more from sixteen gallery artists. You’ll support local business and embrace Colorado’s phenomenal cultural scene.

Gift certificates are available, and pieces start around $20.

Known as Denver’s accessible and approachable gallery, Artists on Santa Fe invites its visitors to view gallery work and tour working artist studios.

The Holiday Show will run in the months of November and December, with extended hours on First and Third Fridays.

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery
747 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


SmithKlein: New Works by Lyudmila Agrich

New Works by Lyudmila Agrich

SmithKlein Gallery

November 1 - 30, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Saturday November 1st 2-6pm
Stop by to see new works by oil painter, Lyudmila Agrich, Saturday November 1st from 2-6 p.m. at SmithKlein Gallery. Lyudmila Agrich was born in Russia. Her style is expressionistic impressionism. Her main focus is to capture intimate moments in ordinary life. No matter what she is painting, a landscape, or a little cafe in an old European town, she wants her paintings to speak in the language of human feelings. Lyudmila's show will continue until the end of November.

SmithKlein Gallery
1116 Pearl Street
Boulder, Co 80302


Evergreen Fine Art: Keith Bond: Communing with Nature

Keith Bond: Communing with Nature

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery

November 1 - 15, 2014

  • Artist Reception and Gallery Talk: Saturday, November 1, from 2-5 pm
Bond SummerAspens 40x48
Keith Bond, "Summer Aspens", Oil, 40x48

Some landscapes simply demand acknowledgment, and Western icons like Monument Valley and Maroon Bells never fail to receive it. But in the great spaces between favored majesties there exists a quiet universe of beauties that, if less flamboyant, speak far more eloquently of the West’s beating heart.

In “Communing with Nature”, opening Nov. 1 at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, renowned oil painter Keith Bond will share his visions of those windswept paths less traveled, and reveal the soul of the country’s wide places. “Within all things there is an underlying spiritual component,” says Bond, a longtime resident of Wellington, Colo., near the Wyoming border. “I strive to capture the true essence of the place by seeing and feeling the divine in nature. By painting frequently on location, my relationship with nature is strengthened and I gain deeper insights.” The spiritual component in Bond’s work is as subtle as it is unmistakable. By his generous “painterly” strokes and masterfully restrained application of color, the distant mesa rises into the pale Western sky like a rough-hewn altar. The broad, skillfully textured river of prairie flowing between ruined sandstone banks invokes reverent reflection. The fading aspen, awash in October’s cold light, stands clothed in patient dignity as its autumn cape falls away in rags, certain that dawn will follow the coming night.

“The paintings are emotional responses,” Bond explains. “Of greatest concern is capturing the spirit of the landscape.”

While untrammeled Nature is Bond’s first love, he’ll often expand a subject to include the pastoral works of Man, thoughtful studies exploring the harmonious union of the mortal and the eternal. And if the West is Bond’s forte, it’s thanks no doubt to the years he spent between Utah’s matchless horizons. A marketing major at Utah tate University in Logan, it was his minor in art that enjoyed the best part of his devotion. Upon graduating, Bond found work as assistant director of a fine art gallery in San Antonio before casting his fortunes upon the blank canvas.

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery
3042 Evergreen Parkway
Evergreen, CO 80439


Charles and Collin Parson: Continuance at the CSFAC

Charles and Collin Parson: Continuance

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

October 25, 2014 - February 15, 2015

  • Members-Only Preview: Friday, October 24, 5-7pm; Meet artists Charles and Collin Parson
  • Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 25, 11am; tour the exhibition with Charles and Collin Parson
Collin Parson, Untitled (from the Divided Series), 16' diameter, wood, color changing led's and arduino, 2014 

As artists, Charles Parson and his son Collin are exemplary of what Charles describes as a continuance, as “overlapping generations, sleeving one era into another.” Although their work is very different, each artist creates objects that remind viewers of the extraordinary possibilities intrinsic in common, often industrial, materials.

Charles’s large-scale sculptures impose a poetic elegance on industrial steel and glass. Although technological in their foundations and architectural in their construction, these sculptures are the artist’s response to the expansive space of the west.

In Collin’s work, controlled light transforms interior spaces into stunning atmospheric experiences. Collin states that his goal is to “push the viewer beyond everyday limits of perception.” Together, Charles’ and Collin’s works will occupy the Fine Arts Center’s El Pomar Gallery and will create an experience that connects disparate spaces and, by extension, inspires viewers to recognize awareness of their shared space as they move among the monumental sculpture and light-filled galleries.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Rule: Paul Gillis

Paul Gillis: Otherwhere/Otherwhen

Rule Gallery

October 24 - December 6, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, October 24th from 6-9pm

Great storytellers, whatever the medium, have the ability to take the common themes of human existence and place them in alternative settings and situations as a way to explore our sense of self and connect us to each other. Both Kafka and Vonnegut come to mind. Colorado artist Paul Gillis accomplishes the same thing by narrating his stories with oil paints and watercolors. Staging complex scenes using all of human history, from ancient alphabets and imagery such as the Tower of Babel to robotic protagonists and supernatural landscapes, Gillis explores the idea that as much as our surroundings change, humans remain the same. His chimeras, positioned in surreal situations, tell the familiar story of people seeking their place in the world and with each other.

About Paul Gillis

Paul Gillis was born in Argentina and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He moved to Colorado 1967 and received his BFA from University of Colorado Denver and his MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder. In the 1960’s he became associated with a group of significant Colorado artists working in Boulder, which included Clark Richert, Margaret Neumann, George Woodman, John Fudge, Joe Clower and Charlie DiJulio. A few years later Gillis, along with Andy Libertone, joined 12 other artists in founding the first artists co-operative gallery in Denver: Spark Gallery. His work has been displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums including the Denver Art Museum, Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, Museum of Contemporary Arts Denver, and the Singer Gallery, Denver. His work has also shown in Santa Fe, NM; Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA and San Diego, CA.

RULE Gallery permanently reopened in June 2014 at 3254 Walnut Street, Denver, Colorado in the RINO Arts District. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 12-6pm and by appointment.

Rule Gallery
3254 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205


40 West: Farm to Table

Farm to Table

40 West Arts Gallery

October 22 - November 22, 2014

  • Gallery Reception: Friday November 7 from 5-7pm
  • Artistic jello mold contest to be judged by Andrew Novick on Saturday November 8th at 1:30pm, with public viewing from 12-1pm

40 West Arts Gallery
1560 Teller St
Lakewood, CO 80214 Tue-Sat: 1-4pm


William Havu: Bob Knox: Real Abstract

Bob Knox: Real Abstract

Michael Clapper: Portals

William Havu Gallery

October 24 - December 6, 2014

  • On the mezzanine: Werner Drewes; New acquisitions from the estate
  • Opening Reception: Friday October 24th 6-9 pm  
Salem, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 76"

Bob Knox was born in New York City in 1953. He received his BA in studio art from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut in 1975. He also studies at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, Rennes, France, and SUNY Purchase. In the early years of his career, he worked as an illustrator and his paintings were featured on the cover of The New Yorker magazine numerous times (1988 - 1992). His work has been featured in one- person exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York , Nathan Bernstein & Co., New York, NY ;Blaffer Gallery Museum of University of Houston, Houston, TX; PMW Gallery, Stamford Connecticut ; Gallery Fischer, Stuttgart, Germany and the Findhorn Foundation, Moray, Scotland. In addition, his work has been included in group exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; University of Denver, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, Denver,CO; James Graham Contemporary, New York, NY; Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Vankin Schwartz gallery, Atlanta; Galerie James Van Damme, Brussels; Islip Art Museum, New York; and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204


Valkarie: Karrie York, Danyl Cook & Dwight Davidson

The Art of Karrie York, Danyl Cook & Dwight Davidson

Valkarie Gallery

October 22 - November 16, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, October 24, 5 - 9pm
Three artists with individual styles come together as Valkarie Gallery celebrates our One Year Anniversary

Artist and co-owner of Valkarie Gallery, Karrie York’s paintings offer a unique story told through incredible detail and skill. Her subject matter ranges from her well know black birds to her Arcimboldo inspired portraits and some times the two find themselves happily living in one piece. Her attention to detail - from the dandelions gone to seed to the depth of barren branches in the woods - entices audiences to actively engage themselves in viewing, where one may find other creatures hiding within the main piece.

Danyl Cook, a well know Denver and Valkarie Resident Artist, focus is back on nature with themes of birds, landscapes, insects and animals. He continues his expressionistic style while experimenting with new ways of painting - offering soft layers of acrylics in an effort to mimic what he enjoys producing with pastels. Fans of Cook fear not, as he will also have his trademark colorful drawings available at this show as well.

With a passion to create and explore, multi-faceted artist Dwight Davidson utilizes his skill of photography and sculpture to create three dimensional works of beauty.

Ranging from bronze, ceramic and his own invented technique of printing onto wet clay, his pieces are full of whimsy and imagination. The predominant subject matter of Davidson’s clay and bronze sculptures is of animals which he uses to mirror a parody of ourselves.

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
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Fibremen 4: 4th International Fibre Art Exhibition

Fibremen 4: 4th International Fibre Art Exhibition

Kherson, Ukraine

October 23 - November 5, 2014

  • Curated and organized by Ludmila Egorova
  • Featuring Denver artist J. Bruce Wilcox



Ironton: Paint / Metal / Paint

Paint / Metal / Paint: New work by Patricia “Murph” Murphy, Craig Wright and Dawn S. McFadden

Ironton Studios and Gallery

October 24 - November 29, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday October 24th, 6-9pm
  • Gallery Reception: First Friday November 7th, 6-9pm
Paint / Metal / Paint brings together the work of longtime Denver artists Patricia (Murph) Murphy, Craig Wright, and Dawn S. McFadden. Each of these artists has a strong, independent artistic voice, and each brings a sense of humanity, intimacy, and compassion to their work.

Patricia ‘Murph’ Murphy’s new paintings continue her study of the figure. These paintings delve into new territory both in their use of bright colors and their subjects. Often sculptural figures are used as her models, among them Maillol’s “The River.” Others incorporate abstract and formalist components. “I approach these paintings as an exploration of color and composition using the figure, repositioned from painting to painting, as the vehicle for the work.”

Dawn S. McFadden’s paintings document objects formed of paper. Bends and folds, cuts and creases transform the paper into elegant structures with the ability to change and flow and to stand alone. In the paintings, volume and mass stand in for the tension between stability and collapse. The works are made through the technique of wipe-out, allowing me one chance to save the image – my imperfect attempts to hold onto something fragile but strong – an illogical, yet continual aspiration.

Craig Wright’s archetypical steel and copper sculptures reflect the influence of modern abstraction. Changes in size, surface texture, scale and the relationships of different metal strengths inform the composition of his organic forms. “It is always my desire to leave some marks or evidence of process on the work – this reveals my humanity and makes the work personal. My jewelry work fuels the generation of the larger scale pieces.” The planishing, raising and soldering of metalsmithing leads to small maquettes that translate into the fabrication of these human-sized artifacts.

Ironton Studios and Gallery
3636 Chestnut Place
Denver, CO 80216
Mon - Fri: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Buell Theater: Place Matters

Place Matters

The Buell Theatre

October 23 - December 31, 2014

  • Opening reception: Thursday October 23, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Artist talk: November 17th, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Participating Artists: Monica Aiello, Adam Bateman, Melissa Furness, Paul Michel, Michal Ronnen Safdie
Michal Ronnen Safdie - RWR1

The Mizel Museum announces “Place Matters,” an art exhibition co-curated and produced with Denver Arts and Venues, to be installed at the Buell Theater. 

The exhibition is comprised of five artists’ works, each of which is situated in place—an imagined ruin, the Colorado River, a Tel Aviv beach, a western agricultural field, a utopian world. The exhibit reflects Mizel Museum Curator Georgina Kolber’s reaction to recent events around the world and in Colorado. Kolber said, “Following a number of natural and human-caused disasters around the world and throughout the state of Colorado—plus unprecedented construction and development of our cities and towns—the ground is ripe to explore real and imagined places and their roles in our everyday lives. Places connect us to the past, situate memory, shape identity and evolve with human activity.”

Featured artists in the exhibit are Monica Aiello of Space Gallery, Denver; Adam Bateman of Gildar Gallery, Denver; Melissa Furness of Plus Gallery, Denver; Paul Michel of Svper Ordinary Gallery, Denver; and Michal Ronnen Safdie of Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York.

Kolber said, “Living on planet Earth, human beings often don’t think about the specific places that host our everyday dramas, nor are we practiced in thinking about why certain places feel like home and others don’t, or why certain places inspire us to write poetry or paint, or beckon our darker sides. The artists selected for this exhibition demonstrate in their work some unique relationship to, or acknowledgement of, a particular place in their work.”

“Place Matters” will be accessible to patrons with tickets to Buell Theatre events. Otherwise, the exhibition is available by appointment. Interested parties may contact Rudi Cerri at Denver Arts & Venues at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 720-865-4307, or Georgina Kolber at the Mizel Museum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-749-5014. An artist talk will be held Monday, Nov. 17, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Several of the artists will discuss their work in the exhibition.

About the Mizel Museum

Rooted in Jewish values that have universal relevance, the Mizel Museum utilizes artistic expression and education to produce experiences that honor the past, engage the present and inspire expanded perspectives. The Museum houses a permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, a dynamic journey through art, artifacts and digital media that narrates and illuminates Jewish history and culture.

Co-curated and produced by Mizel Museum and Denver Arts & Venues. Thanks to Participating Galleries: Space Gallery, Gildar Gallery, Plus Gallery, Svper Ordinary Gallery, Andrea Meislin Gallery 

The Buell Theatre is located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 14th and Curtis in Downtown Denver


Zip 37: Tomas Och: Fine Art Body Painting

Tomas Och: Fine Art Body Painting

Zip 37 Gallery

October 24 - November 9, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday October 24th from 6-10pm
"A Bird in the Hand", 48x36"

Zip 37
3644 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM


Gallery 1261: Contemporary Realism 2014

Contemporary Realism

Gallery 1261

October 24 - November 29, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, October 24th, from 5-8pm


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


Core: Gina Smith Caswell, Katie Hoffman and Meg Meersman

Gina Smith Caswell, Katie Hoffman and Meg Meersman

Core New Art Space

October 23 - November 9, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday October 24, 6 - 9pm
Gina Smith Caswell: The Botanic Series
The new series of work for the fall show are botanical themed large oil paintings which explore texture, color and pattern

Katie Hoffman: The House that Jack Built
Katie Hoffman presents twelve new paintings structured around the old, cumulative nursery rhyme

Meg Meersman: Buzzed, Broken and Blue
Three large abstract (oil and glass) paintings about emotion

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


Jason Chase and Sean O’Meallie at GoCA

Jason Chase and Sean O’Meallie: PLAY

GOCA1420 Gallery on the UCCS Campus (Colorado Springs)

October 24 - December 13, 2014

  • Public reception: Friday, October 24, 5 – 8 pm, with artist lectures at 5 pm
Sean O'Meallie - Punch Party
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) announces PLAY, a new exhibit in the GOCA1420 (campus) gallery space featuring artists Jason Chase and Sean O’Meallie opening Friday, October 24 and on display through December 19, 2014. A public reception will be held on Friday, October 24, 5 – 8 pm, with artist lectures at 5 pm. All events are free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Jason Chase (UCCS ’03) paints at larger-than-life scale, rendering hyper-realistic and brightly colored works referencing Americana and pop culture sources. Sean O'Meallie is renowned for creating eye-catching, thought provoking, and beautifully crafted wood and multi-media sculptures with multi-layered content that packs a punch. Together, these two artists invite you to the UCCS campus gallery this fall to PLAY. The exhibit is part of the Gerry Riggs Memorial Fund Exhibition Series and funded in part by UCCS Visual and Performing Art Department (VAPA). About the Artists

Jason Chase received his BA in Fine Arts from UCCS in 2000, and an MFA in Painting in 2003 from Boston University, where he studied with artist John Walker. He has exhibited in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. He is currently represented in Boston by the Gold(Au) Gallery on Tremont Street. Chase teaches drawing and painting at the college level in and around the Boston area.

Jason Chase states, “I was raised by a television in suburban America -- tuned in to all the big, bold, shiny things being sold in big, bold, shiny commercials. One of my first memories is the colors of the cereal aisle flashing by as I rode in my mom’s grocery cart. I still see things this way. I’m more likely to notice an ad on the side of the highway than the forest behind it. We all try to isolate ourselves from the unfamiliar, I'm exploring it with these works.” Sean O’Meallie is from New Orleans, LA. He studied art at the University of New Orleans and served as assistant to noted artist Ida Kohlmeyer while there. For ten years he worked as a toy inventor based out of New York, NY, creating toy concepts for the international marketplace. O’Meallie moved to Colorado in 1977 and taught studio art at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for nine years.

Sean O’Meallie states: “In my work I usually draw on intellectual, visual and spatial opportunities presented by circumstance to communicate possibility. In this, I employ the semiotics of popular culture, human perception and habituation in self-conscious ways.”

O’Meallie’s sculptures have been exhibited and toured in the U.S. and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design in New York, NY, The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, AR, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO., among many others. His monumental sculpture “Cowboy Pajamas” - a 20’ painted bronze sculpture of an abstract cowboy with its guns drawn - is permanently installed in downtown Denver, CO. In 2011, O’Meallie created The Manitou Chair Project, a half-mile long outdoor installation utilizing the people, townscape and possessions of the residents of Manitou Springs, CO.
GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries - one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.

UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

CPAC: New Topographies

Amelia Carley, Zoe Childerley, and Sonja Hinrichsen: New Topographies

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

October 16 – November 15, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 16, 7-8:30pm; Artist Talk with Amelia Carley and Conor King from 6:30-7:15pm
Image from “Rexford Mine Fire: Story of Ida and May” by Amelia Carley

“Rexford Mine Fire: Story of Ida and May” by Amelia Carley creates fictitious historical signage based on carved wooden national park signs using the text to invent false narratives about land and the people inhabiting it. The signs are installed in the landscape, documented by the artist and then left for a period of time, a day or sometimes weeks, for those passing by to encounter. While the sign text is rooted in some actual history, the people and events are fabricated allowing the stories to feel somewhat believable. Putting into perspective how learning a tale related to a particular location can alter the way we think and feel about a landscape while posing valuable questions about accuracy and authority within historical texts.

Amelia Carley was born and raised in Colorado. Carley graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with honors receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts as well as Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Italian. Since then she has spent time assisting in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado and has been an Artist-in-Resident at Contemporary Artist Center at Woodside in Troy, New York and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Carley currently lives and works in Denver, CO. She exhibits locally and nationally, and is an artist at TANK Studios.

Zoe Childerley. In “The Land of Milk and Honey,” Childerley’s images, drawings and interviews build a portrait of the Huerfano County community who live in the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. From the gold rush pioneers to the 60's hippy communes attracted by the unspoiled beauty and isolation of the San Luis valley, people have been coming to Southern Colorado to start a new life. They are steadfast in their love for the land, still determined to reject the system and cling to the once promised freedom of the Wild West.

Zoe Childerley is a British artist with a MA in Photography. She has exhibited nationally, internationally, and undertaken numerous commissions, and residencies. Her work explores new environments, is developed by interaction with different communities, and is inspired by the discovery of the lost histories; reflecting a vision of the world concerned with identity, belonging and our relationship to the land and its stories.

“Snow Drawings” is an ongoing project where Sonja Hinrichsen ‘draws’ large design systems in the environment by walking lines into fresh snow surfaces with snowshoes. The finished pieces are ephemeral. While they take hours to create, their duration is entirely unpredictable.

“Snow Drawings at Catamount Lake” was created during the 3 days between Friday, February 1st and Sunday, February 3rd 2013 in a joint effort with over 60 volunteers from Steamboat Springs and vicinity, who helped walk giant spiral patterns with snowshoes. Despite deep, heavy snow that made walking difficult and strenuous, they managed to create a stunning art piece on the frozen snow-covered lake.

Sonja Hinrichsen examines urban and natural environments through exploration and research. Her work manifests in immersive video installations and interventions in nature. Sonja graduated from the Academy of Art in Stuttgart, Germany and received her Masters degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Snow Drawings is an ongoing community arts project that has been featured on numerous art, design and culture websites, and written about in various magazines.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC)
1513 Boulder Street
Denver, CO 80211
Wed-Sat: 12-6:00pm


RedLine: Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970-2014

Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970-2014


October 17 - December 27, 2014

  • Members Reception: Friday October 17th from 6-7 pm, with artist and curator talk; Public Reception: 7-9 pm
  • Curated by Simon Zalkind

Opening Friday, October 17, RBC Wealth Management and RedLine are thrilled to present Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970-2014. Corresponding with a national and international celebration of Chicago's 75th birthday, this survey will present works from five decades of one of the most remarkable and influential artists of our time.

Chicago’s work vigorously and fearlessly raises profound questions about gender, art history, and the creative process. The exhibition will include some foundational works from her Pasadena Lifesaver series, initial drawings that formed the basis for one of the defining works of the 20th century, The Dinner Party, as well as her more recent sculptural works in bronze and glass.

Special thanks to RedLine's Legacy Circle members Cynda Collins Arsenault, Gretchen Gagel, Pamela Gagel, Lynda Goldstein, Celeste Grynberg, Jonathan Merage, Laura Merage, Sabrina Merage, Jeremy & Susan Shamos, and Judith M. Wagner, and our artist sponsors Lee Everding, Arlene & Barry Hirschfeld, and Peter Kudla.

We would also like to thank our partners Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver Eclectics, and the Colorado Women's College of the University of Denver, the Master of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Colorado/Denver, University of Colorado/Boulder Art & Art History Department, Front Range Women in the Visual Arts, and Wonderbound. 

She Crossed the Line, co-presented by RBC Wealth Management and RedLine, is a series of five exhibitions of trailblazing women artists who have been instrumental in laying the foundations of contemporary art. Surveying Judy Chicago is the final installment of this series.

2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat/Sun: 11am-5pm


Museo: El Brindis REMIXED

El Brindis REMIXED

Museo de las Americas

October 16, 2014 - January 30, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday October 16th 6-9pm; admission is free

El Brindis REMIXED (The Toast) features photography from the 19th & 20th century taking a lighthearted, yet safe look at drinking within the Mexican Culture.

Featured artists include: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Agustín Víctor Casasola, Graciela Iturbide, Juan Rulfo, Gabriel Figueroa, Mariana Yampolsky and several other creatives who comprised Frida & Diego's personal inner circle.

Museo de las Americas
861 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204



Sync: Gary Manuel and Jim Olson

Gary Manuel and Jim Olson

Sync Gallery

October 16 - November 15, 2014

  • Third Friday opening reception: October 17th from 6-9pm
Gary Manuel - Cut Away with Repeating Bars, 30 x 12 x 32, olive wood & aluminum

Pretty Cool Art presents artwork by Gary Manuel and Jim Olson. The work is varied, sometimes idea driven and always fun.

Gary Manuel combines wood and metal to create his sculptures with welded aluminum or steel. Introducing a variety of wood and carving gives Manuel a new palette on which to work. The idea of allowing the viewer to see through the work, with cutouts, cracks, and negative space is important in his sculpture. When working with wood Manuel often returns to furniture/sculpture because his ideas seem to flow in that direction.

For Jim Olson this exhibit includes a variety of art items that he continually enjoys. Stoneware sculpture, contemporary furniture and paintings come from his varied and active long history in Colorado. Olson finds each medium challenging and interesting in its own, but often for similar reasons. He finds the act of making art includes engaging problem solving with the ever present mix of joy and intriguing difficulties. Paintings and sculpture are figurative in nature that include the organic shape and line, also present in his furniture designs.

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




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