Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

Gildar: Bill Stockman: Someone Called Me By My Name

Someone Called Me By My Name: New Works by William Stockman 

Gildar Gallery

May 1 - June 5, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 1st from 6-8pm
Someone Called Me By My Name: New Works by William Stockman

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


David B. Smith: Paul Jacobsen: Outpost

Paul Jacobsen: Outpost

David B. Smith Gallery

May 1 – 29, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 7-9 pm; Free and open to the public / Artist in Attendance
Paul Jacobsen studio view, April, 2015 - oil on linen, 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm) each

David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to welcome New York-based artist Paul Jacobsen for his second solo exhibition at the gallery, opening on Friday, May 1. In Outpost, Jacobsen’s new body of work records scenes from a year when societal boundaries where crossed and personal dreams set into motion. The paintings in this exhibition continue and expand on the ideas of Jacobsen’s 2014 exhibition, “Lean-to,” which featured artworks that invited viewers to contemplate still life images of interiors from the artist’s domestic spaces and black and white arrangements from the artist’s work space. While seemingly traditional still lives, the works served as the artist’s subtle critique of industrialized society. The content and technique speak to Jacobsen’s attempt to insulate himself from this very type of industrial environment and modernist influences.  

Jacobsen purchased a miner’s cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado just prior to the legalization of marijuana, and the paintings in Outpost serve as documents of his experiments in growing this newly legal plant. In these still lifes, the marijuana plant is the central focus against a dark background, along with wild mushrooms collected on long hikes and crystals gifted from friends. These paintings hearken back to traditional Dutch paintings of tulips, itself a coveted plant in its day. Deploying the technique of lens flare, Jacobsen highlights the importance of the camera, while also referencing the religious, spiritual, and cultist motif of light symbolizing the divine. The usage of this “heavenly” light on these cannabis plants both humorously references ideas of the “sacred herb,” while serving as homage to this new law regarding marijuana - Jacobsen sees this as an innovative first step towards ending a global war on drugs.

One central work in the exhibition is an installation of wooden beams and stacked wood, referencing the artist’s cabin and adjacent dynamite storage shack that served as starting point for this body of work. This rural “outpost” – a self-imposed hermitage, provides a remote seclusion from modern industrial society. Jacobsen’s retreats to this reclusive space serves as a semblance of freedom from society and the possibility of self-sustenance, evoking the western, pioneering spirit of homesteading, and seeking the “American Dream” along the next frontier. Jacobsen’s work is interested in the stories that the objects of the material world hold and the stories within our living spaces.

About Paul Jacobsen Artist Paul Jacobsen was born in Denver in 1976. He grew up in family of artists in a small mountain town in Colorado and moving to Brooklyn at a young age he has split his time between the two ever since. Forgoing a formal art degree Jacobsen has taken classes in Florence at Lorenzo De Medici Instituto de Arte, studied privately with acclaimed realist still life painter Daniel Sprick and worked for Artists such a Jeff Koons and Rudolf Stingel. Typically working with traditional mediums such as oil paint and charcoal, Jacobsen investigates the intersection of civilization and technology. His works have been exhibited at MASS MoCA and the Aspen Art Museum, among other institutions. Jacobsen lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO, 80202


Vertigo: Stefan Chinov

Stefan Chinov: Some Ideas Perceived by Mediation of Others

Vertigo Art Space

April 30- June 20, 2015

  • Artist Reception: First Friday May 1 from 6-9pm
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S. Chinov, Untitled, mixed media, 2015

Please join us as we welcome Stefan Chinov of Wright State University in Dayton OH. Stefan comes to VERTIGO with an exhibition profile that is both national and international in its scope. Of his work Chinov states:

The photographs and the sculptures in this exhibition combine the experience of the vast and impersonal landscape of Antarctica with the discreet space of individual studio explorations. The photographs imply themes of distance and migration. Taken in Antarctica with a handmade pinhole camera, a small wood box that “inhales” the space around it as opposed to epitomizing it, they show landscapes and human presence in a mixed manner of documentation and reflection. This process adds an eerie dimension, an extension of the landscape in time rather than a direct representation. The resulting images are an evidence of fragile natural systems in a state of flux, caught between violent natural events, a rapidly changing climate, and human presence. Parallel to the photographs, the sculptures attempt to deliver a compressed sense of structure and materiality. Their conception lies in the potential of abstract form to evolve upon itself and to convey emotion and meaning even when it appears to be completely removed from external references.

Stefan will be traveling to install his work at VERTIGO Art Space Thursday April 30, and will be present at the Artist Reception Friday May 1st 6-9pm. Owner/ Director of VERTIGO Kara Duncan has deemed this exhibition as one not to be missed, and a highlight of the 2015 season at VERTIGO Art Space. All are welcome to attend.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information. For more images of Chinov's work refer to his site http://www.stefanchinov.com/sculpture.html

Vertigo Art Space
960 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
303.573.VERT (8378)


Lowbrow: Becky Wareing Steele

Becky Wareing Steele: Family Vacation... UGGGH


May 1 - June 2, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 1st from 7-10pm

Family Vacation... UGGGH explores the joys of Family Vacations as a teenager as well as the impact these irrational, hormonal messes can have on their loved ones and their enjoyment of the same trip. The opening reception of this exhibition will also serve as the grand opening of Lowbrow in their new bigger, better location, so you know it's going to be a party.

38 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203


Zip 37: Two Friends of a Feather

Sara-Lou Klein and Warner K. Varno: Two Friends of a Feather

Zip 37 Gallery

May 1 - 17, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 1st from 6-10pm

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


Space: Patterns: Organic/Geometric

Patterns: Organic/Geometric

Space Gallery

May 1 - June 13, 2015

  • Opening reception: Friday May 1st from 5-8pm; Artists in attendance

Space Gallery is excited to announce a show that examines the relationship between shape, space, and how we connect with them-Patterns: Organic/Geometric, opening Friday, May 1 at Denver's Space Gallery.

"The desire to create order in our lives is innate in all of us," says Space gallerist Michael Burnett. "We look for patterns naturally. We seek to control, to find the edges. It's how we make sense of things. This show takes us to a different understanding of what's built into each of us."

Far from being a series of shapes that come together in linear ways, the show's wide ranging visual cadences reach past viewers' expectations and ask them to engage differently.

"Patterns are connections between things that show us boundaries. Yet, they can also free us from them," artist Karen Friedman reflected. "This show will surprise people. What a lot of folks think patterns are, they won't necessarily be."

Beyond its unique conversations of form and color, of light and shadow, the show introduces an expanded view to Space Gallery's commitment to the abstract arts: Patterns brings together artists from across the country, many of whom will be seen in Denver for the first time.

"Not only is the art audience growing here," Burnett observed, "but this city is also becoming a magnet for artists of national renown. Coast to coast, the art community is hearing what's happening here and wants to be part of the excitement. This show celebrates Denver's role on that national stage."

Patterns includes painters, sculptors and multimedia artists from across the country, including: Jane Gutheridge, Ruth Hiller, Nouman Gaafar, Tyler Aiello (CO); Karen Friedman (PA), Joanne Mattera (New York City), Amber George (CA),Lynda Ray (VA), and Corey Postiglione (IL).

"In many ways, the Patterns show is going to be different from anything we've done," Burnett concluded. "It's going to be a lively, colorful, challenging experience that people will experience in dozens of unexpected ways. I can't wait to see the reaction."

Space Gallery, at 400 Santa Fe Drive, has in a very short time become the southern anchor for the lively Santa Fe Arts District, a purpose-built a testament to Denver's thriving art scene and the kaleidoscopic ideas that live there.

Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Fancy Tiger: Allison Sheldon

This Cruel Fate: News Works by Allison Sheldon

Fancy Tiger

May 1 - June 30, 2015

  • Opening reception: Friday May 1st from 6-9pm
Allison Sheldon - Wolves

In a modern world where we are constantly bombarded by technology and the sights and sounds of everyday life it is difficult to find time to quiet our minds. Allison Sheldon finds this solace in her stitching. It’s this practice of repetition and pattern that helps to remove her from our fast paced society. "Embroidery is my slow rebellion. It forces me to take time to resist the frantic pace of modern life. It gives me time to meditate with every stitch, a thought trapped in cloth,” says Sheldon. Once translated into their fiber form, these thoughts transform into something else entirely.

For her upcoming exhibition of new works entitled, This Cruel Fate, Sheldon is continuing this theme of removal from everyday life by focusing on the natural and botanical worlds. Through her delicate embroideries, Sheldon celebrates and venerates mistakes and inconsistencies in nature. The result is as beautiful as it is brutal. "I find magic in my work. Every stitch imbues the cloth with more life and bonds me closer to the piece."

Fancy Tiger Clothing
55 Broadway
Denver, CO


Dateline: Brooklyn Collage Collective

Dateline 013: Brooklyn Collage Collective


May 1 - 30, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 1st at 7pm
  • Curated by Taylor Balkissoon and Lizzie Gill

BCC is a collective of collage artists from Brooklyn and the surrounding area. We have quarterly exhibitions and and publications that are sponsored by Squarespace and X­acto. The collective officially began a year ago with the mission to work together to raise our individual profiles and bring attention to the medium of collage. The collective displays a wide range of materials and styles. We are currently working with Collage Collective Co., based out of Australia, on a publication featuring 30 artists in the Brooklyn area that will be released in early 2015. Past BCC shows include: Armature Art Space, Brooklyn Fireproof and Bushwick Open Studios. We have a large social media presence and strong following in the Collage Collective community internationally and domestically.

3004 Larimer Street
Denver, CO


Gallery 1261: David Shevlino

David Shevlino: One Man Show

Gallery 1261

May 1 - 23, 2015

  • Opening reception: Friday, May 1, 6-9pm
David Shevlino - Orchid in a Purple Cup - oil on panel
Gallery 1261 is pleased to announce a show of works by internationally recognized figure painter David Shevlino. Classically trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Art Students League of New York, Shevlino will arrive in Denver April 30 to teach a four day workshop about painting the figure, focusing on working alla prima, or “wet into wet,” using a live model. 

“I tend to become bored if I stay in one place too long,” Shevlino said when asked about his current work and the path he’s taken to get to here. “I’ve gone through lots of different stages in my career. I started with a very solid, classical training, lots of emphasis on drawing skills and a love of the old masters. By the time I got to art school at 17 I already knew quite a bit about art history and had a good sense of what went on in painting before the 20th century. Unfortunately, for the first 10-13 years after art school I had a somewhat myopic view of what art was about; I wasn’t interested in modern or contemporary work. That changed radically when I began experimenting in the early 90s with abstraction and surrealism. It was a good experience because it opened me up to more ideas and challenged my preconceptions of what painting was and could be. My painting has evolved since then both thematically and stylistically.”

Most recently, Shevlino has focused on exploring the space between realism and abstraction. His colors are exaggerated, shapes and forms are accentuated with strong chroma, and he uses greater contrast between dark and light. Through his lush brushwork, he’s been playing with fragmenting images of the figure on canvas. “I love to experiment and to see where it takes me,” he said.

As for the workshop, Shevlino will challenge artists to use the technique of painting oils “wet into wet,” working from a live model. “I focus on core fundamentals of drawing and painting, getting students to see form simplistically, to disregard details and breaking it down into large shapes,” he said. “I also try to get students to not be afraid of painting or making mistakes; experimenting and taking risks are OK in my book.”

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


Artists on Santa Fe: 12"x 12" x 14

12"x 12" x 14

Artists on Santa Fe

May 1 - 30, 2015

12"x 12" x 14 is an art exhibit featuring 14 gallery artists who have all created four pieces each measuring 12" x 12". The artists are sculptors, painters, photographers, ceramic artists and jewelers. Each artist brings a unique interpretation and medium to the standard square.

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery
747 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 10am-4pm


SmithKlein: Gerard Mortier

skGerard Mortier

SmithKlein Gallery

May 1 - 31, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 1st from 2-6pm
Join us Friday May 1st to see the latest works by French oil painter Gerard Mortier. Gerard paints beautiful European scenes in a style that's impressionistic. Mortier's paintings will be on display from May 1st through the end of the month.

SmithKlein Gallery
Pearl Street Mall
1116 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302


Kanon: Kym Bloom: The Persistence of 8-Bit Memory

The Persistence of 8-Bit Memory: New works by Kym Bloom

Kanon Collective

May 1 - June 1, 2015

  • Opening reception: May 1, 5-10 pm
  • Artist's reception: May 15, 5-9 pm

Artist's Statement: My video games series examines the beauty and simplicity of 8-bit imagery from classic video games, as recreated with candy. This series expands on that in a more surreal manner, allowing the pixels to escape their bounds and float off into space. The 8-bit technology meant that the characters were more basic, but limitations often make people more creative and I believe that's why these characters have become so iconic.

Kanon Collective
766 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Plinth: Courtney Murphy

Courtney Murphy: Dot, dot dot...

Plinth Gallery

May 1 - 30, 2015

  • Opening Reception: First Friday, May 1st, from 6-9pm
  • Workshop with Courtney Murphy: On May 2nd and 3rd, Courtney Murphy will instruct a 2-day ceramic workshop in the Plinth Gallery studio

For our May exhibition, Plinth Gallery introduces the newest work of ceramic artist Courtney Murphy in her exhibition, “Dot, dot dot….” Joining us from Missoula, MT, Courtney brings work influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children's artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as textiles, patterns and historical pots. Courtney is simultaneously attracted to worn surfaces showing the passage of time, and clean, simple, elegantly utilitarian forms. She pays careful attention to line in her drawings, as well as in the profiles or outlines of the forms themselves. She works slowly, at first roughing out a form then refining it, both in the greenware stage, then again as she applies slip and decoration. She is intrigued by the subtleties and imperfections found in handmade objects, and the way in which these marks reflect the maker of the piece. We are delighted she will be bringing some of her newest work to Plinth. 

Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216


Ice Cube: Diane Martonis and Jennifer Pettus

Diane Martonis and Jennifer Pettus

Ice Cube Gallery

April 30 - May 23, 2015

  • First Friday Opening Reception: May 1, 5-9pm

Diane Martonis - Wringer Washer, 2015

About Martonis’ “dear simplicity”

Dear simplicity is a statement about the preciousness of history and the quietude of routine. But it’s also an ode – an honoring of the serenity born from humble chores and plain tasks, where ones present musings and isolated memories mingle in time, uninterrupted.

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Jennifer Pettus - Pickpocket, 2015

About Pettus’ “Stretching the Truth”

“Stretching the Truth” incorporates materials and techniques from the worlds of crafting, costume design, and fine art in ways that subvert realities of day-to-day experience. The body acts as a site for the gestural exchange and contemplation of identity’s shifting truth. Two dimensional drawing, three-dimensional textures, obsessive mark-making, and repurposed household objects are combined to create unsettling and fantastical stand-ins whose awkward arrangement invites reconsideration.

Ice Cube Gallery at the Dry Ice Factory
3300 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
Fri: 12-9pm; Thu/Sat: 12-5pm


Mike Wright: Brett Andrus: Oats For The Ghost Horse

Brett Andrus: Oats For The Ghost Horse

Mike Wright Gallery

April 24 - June 13, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 24th from 7-10pm
“I share my studio with a Ghost Horse, and you have to keep the Ghost Horse happy,” says Brett Andrus. An indication of the narrative portrait artist's very active and bizarre imagination, this statement explains the unusual title for his upcoming show at Mike Wright Gallery, “Oats For The Ghost Horse.” Opening Friday, April 24th at 7pm and continuing through June 13th, the show will include 10 new oil paintings and dozens of original sketches. Not for the faint of heart, this event represents Mike Wright Gallery's edgiest show to date. Attendees will enjoy beer and wine and a special performance from Water Bear, featuring Brett Andrus on bass.

Mike Wright Gallery
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202


Read more: Mike Wright: Brett Andrus: Oats For The Ghost Horse

Niza Knoll: Mix Co-op 2015 Annual Show

Mix Co-op 2015 Annual Show

Niza Knoll Gallery

April 24 – May 23, 2015

  • First Friday Art Walk: May 1, 4-8 pm
  • Meet the Artists Reception: Friday, May 15, 5-8 pm
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Michael Keene at Niza Knoll

The Mix, is a small cooperative artist gallery located in the back portion of Niza Knoll Gallery. Each year the artist members hold an exhibition in the entire gallery space at 915 Santa Fe Drive in which they showcase their latest creations and how their work may have evolved over the past year. The exhibit is a pleasing array of inventive hand-built clay, ceramic, mixed media, encaustic and paintings by current members, Nancy Enyart, Victoria Eubanks, Mike Keene, Pat Lickly, Anya McManis, Paula Romero Schmitt.

Niza Knoll Gallery
915 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Read more: Niza Knoll: Mix Co-op 2015 Annual Show

Good Thieves Press: Max Entropy

Max Entropy: fine art by Scott Holland

Good Thieves Press

April 25 – May 2, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Saturday April 25, 6-10pm
  • Closing: Saturday May 2, 5-9pm
  • Additional gallery hours by appointment

Arvada resident Scott Holland explores the ideas of free energy and entropy through sculpting machines that mirror society’s attempt at reclaiming more from less. Educated at MSU Denver for his BFA in sculpture, Holland revels in the conversation inspired by his work. At Max Entropy viewers can expect to see fabrications made from scavenged VCRs, computers, and other various pieces of technology, which create intrigue at the intersection of art, science and humanity.

Good Thieves Press
2401 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80122
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Edge: Magically Delicious and Euclidean Space

Dennis Pippen: Magically Delicious

Euclidean Space: A dimensional transformation of art

Edge Gallery

April 24 - May 10, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 24th from 6-10pm
  • Artist Reception: Friday, May 8th from 6 - 10pm
Dennis Pippen at Edge

Dennis Pippen: Magically Delicious
Inaugural exhibition at Edge Gallery of pop art paintings by Dennis Pippen. The focus is on optical effects and jarring color combinations with an emphasis on satire and humor. Themes include rodeo, gun culture and classic cartoons. 

Euclidean Space: A dimensional transformation of art
Select faculty members of the Art Students League, Homare Ikeda, Mark Friday, Gayla Lemke, Mark Lunning, Nura Mascarenas, Marianne Mitchell and Jeff Wenzel, will exhibit a range of multi-dimensional work. Artist reception May 8, 6 - 10 pm.

Edge Gallery
3658 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211-3037
Fri: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM


Helikon: Denizen III

Denizen III

Helikon Gallery

April 24 - May 30, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 24th, 6-10 pm

Helikon is pleased to announce Denizen III, the third installment of our annual tenant exhibit. This show brings together 14 of our in-house studio artists for a feature of their newest works. Ranging from painting and digital art to fiber and drawing, this eclectic exhibit is a great overview of the direction our studio community is moving in. The show has no limitations on theme or subject matter. Instead, Denizen encourages artists to express their personal style and most recent strides in their art, resulting in intimate connections between viewers and the artwork. Flowing variously from contemporary figurative art and portraiture to expressive abstraction and textiles, Denizen III bridges often times disparate genres into a single exhibit of local artists who work under one roof.

Artists featured in this exhibit include Annie Aqua Keith Goble Emily Wilcox John Van Horn Sarah Winkler Mel Kern Janine Thornton Vinni Alfonso Debbie Brady Jerry Eubank Roxanne Rossi Kyrie Wozab Andrea Fast Cayce Goldberg Justin Ankenbauer

Helikon Gallery
3675 Wyncoop St
Denver, CO 80216
Tue-Fri: 10-4pm; Sat: 12-5pm; First Fridays: 6-10pm


Abend: Landscape 2015

Group Exhibition: Landscape

Abend Gallery

April 24 - May 22, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday April 24th, 6-9pm
Matthew Saba - Blue Flood - Oil - 18 x 24"

The show is a wide-ranging invitational that features works from an array of the best landscape painters today.

Abend Gallery
2260 East Colfax
Denver, CO 80206
Tue-Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


CUAM: Must Be Continued...

Must Be Continued...

2015 University of Colorado Boulder, Bachelor of Fine Art Exhibition

CU Art Museum on the CU Boulder Campus

April 25 - May 8, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday April 24, 2015, from 5-7pm
  • Artists exhibiting and receiving the BFA degree include: Amanda Caitlin Baker, Jonathan Taylor Bartlett, Chloé Jane Besson, Ashley Lorraine Bestel, Jordan Felix, Dylan Gebbia-Richards, Bryce Johnson, Steven Andrew, Thomas Knapp Shae Meyer, Steffen Joel Myers and Helenayu Biying Su

This exhibition features artists graduating from the prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program from the University of Colorado, Boulder. A select group, these eleven individuals have successfully completed the requirements of this strenuous course study, earning the advanced BFA diploma. A dedicated and dynamic group, the graduates will exhibit work across a range of mediums and disciplines. Entitled Must Be Continued, the exhibition dates are April 25 to May 8, 2015. 

CU Art Museum
On the University of Colorado Boulder Campus
1085 18th St.
Boulder, CO 80309
Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Saturday: 12pm-4pm

Next: Chris Buske

Chris Buske

Next Gallery

April 24 – May 10, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday April 24, 2015, 6-10pm

In the digital pop art exhibit "3,000 Hippos" artist Chris Buske is creating 3,000 one of a kind pop art hippos to represent the dwindling number of pygmy hippos left on earth due to deforestation and poaching. Much like Andy Warhol's "Soup Cans" the 8"x8" originals can stand alone or be stacked to creat a larger work of art. This is an interactive exhibit where viewers will not only be able to vote for their favorite hippo, they will be able to promote it on social media to be part of a growing print campaign to save the pygmy hippo and the rainforest it calls it’s home. 50% of the artist’s profits will go to the Pygmy Hippo Foundation. 

Next Gallery
3759 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM



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