Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

Robischon: Manuel Neri, Gary Komarin, Scott Chamberlin

3 Concurrent Solo Exhibitions at Robischon Gallery

Manuel Neri: “FIGURA | Form + Fragment” - sculpture and works on paper

Gary Komarin: “Mr. Blonde” - painting and works on paper

Scott Chamberlin: “Heads” - sculpture

February 11 – April 2, 2016

  • Opening Reception for the Artists: Thursday, February 11 from 6 – 8 pm
Scott Chamberlin - Ulo - glazed ceramic 19 x 12 x 14 in.

Robischon Gallery is pleased to present three extensive, concurrent solo exhibitions featuring the work of pre-eminent California sculptor Manuel Neri, prominent New York painter Gary Komarin and influential Colorado artist Scott Chamberlin. Each artist – by way of their primary chosen mediums of plaster, bronze, oil on canvas and ceramic, respectively – distinguishes himself in the language of abstraction while pushing forward the traditions of both Late Modernism and Figural Abstraction.

Manuel Neri, historically important since the 1960s with regard to sculpture, employs both a classical and rough-hewn expressionistic sense toward the figure. Gary Komarin, with his boldly improvisational, sophisticated and spirited compositions, equally challenges and engages. Scott Chamberlin, whose uncommon variations and complexities of surface and shape, provides an animated presence to each ceramic head. From the modern to the decidedly contemporary, all three recognized artists, offer an inspired view where both past and present artfully merge.

Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tue-Sat: 11:00-6:00


Museo: Detention Nation

Detention Nation

Museo de las Americas

February 11 - May 27, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Thursday February 11th from 6-9pm

Museo de las Americas begins its 25th anniversary year with a bang presenting Detention Nation. The Spring exhibition will explore the theme of immigration through an installation exhibition featuring the collective of seven artists who go by the name, Sin Huellas (Without a Trace).

This exhibit is completely unlike anything ever showcased at Museo. This exhibit will make you uncomfortable and urge you to access your thoughts about immigration and human rights, all while you are surrounded by chain link fences, dark spaces (without windows or sunlight) and deprivation of freedom.

Detention Nation is a call for action to analyze what we as free citizens are informed through the media vs our opinions and systems of belief. The exhibit will include installation pieces replicating the interior of a detention cell and providing a voice to all those who have been detained and undergone a dehumanizing experience including forced separation from family, days without sunshine and cameras watching their every move.

Curatorial Statement:

"The Collective Sin Huellas has taken custody of this museum and has entrapped you, the viewer. You will be forced to experience conditions thousands of detainees endure everyday. Chain link fences, razor wires, and cameras alert your instincts of your captivity.The installations challenge viewers to contemplate the consequences of broken immigration policies, and to experience the subhuman conditions that prevail in detention facilities across the country and the world. Detention Nation is a Call to Action in solidarity of all unjustly incarcerated!"

-Maruca Salazar, Curator

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



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Black Book: Billy Kheel

Billy Kheel: Skyhigh

Black Book Gallery

February 13 - March 12, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, February 13th from 6-10pm
  • Free & Open to the public; Artist in attendance

Billy Kheel is a Los Angeles based artist whose recent work in felt appliqué is best described as “Rick Ross meets Betsy Ross”. Kheel first began working with felt by making large-scale felt appliqué pennants. Kheel pushed the material beyond sports memorabilia by creating projects about Los Angeles strip mall culture and the Los Angeles River. “Skyhigh” represents Kheel’s return to sports as subject matter, with a greater focus on pushing the medium into the realm of painting.

Each painting in “Skyhigh” has been hand cut and sewn by the artist. Colorfully dyed wool and recycled felt is used in the creation of each piece. Kheel uses felt as a painter uses paint: as color to suggest space and detail. The cut and sewn pieces give a unique surface dimensionality to each work. The pieces are designed to be appreciated from afar as well as close enough to see the intricate cutting and stitches.

Black Book Gallery
304 Elati St.
Denver, CO 80223
Tuesday - Friday: 10am-2pm; Saturday: 10-12pm


Mizel: Perspectives

Perspectives: Mizel Museum Resident Artist Showcase

Mizel Museum

February 11 - April 14, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 11 from 6-8pm; Refreshments will be served*

Boris Shoshensky is a renowned master painter and art educator who brings over 20 years of experience to the museum. As resident art instructor at the Mizel Museum, he teaches on a variety of techniques and materials, including: watercolor, acrylic, oil painting, and sketching.

Please join us for the opening reception of an exhibit that celebrates the distinguished artworks of Mizel Museum's resident painting classes. The exhibition will feature selected works from Boris Shoshensky's painting students.

*The $5/person ticket cost for the opening reception has been generously underwritten by Mizel Museum painting students.

Mizel Museum
400 South Kearney Street
Denver, CO 80224


Core: Wide Open Whatever (WOW) 2016

Wide Open Whatever (WOW) 2016

Core New Art Space

February 12 - 28, 2016

  • Opening reception: Friday, February 12th from 6 – 9 pm

One of Core’s annual exhibitions, WOW is a community outreach event that invites artists of all skill levels, emerging and established, to exhibit their work in the main gallery. WOW has been a Denver metro-area tradition for over 25 years. Its purpose is to provide local creatives working in a variety of media to show their work in a professional gallery setting and experience first hand how to participate in a curated exhibition. Long standing Core members will be curating the 2016 WOW show.

While at the gallery, don’t forget to check out the Core Store located in the Annex gallery. Open for a limited time, the Core Store has medium to small-scale work by Core New Art Space members. It is an eclectic mix of interesting, beautiful quirky and intellectually stimulating works of art.

CORE New Art Space was founded in 1981 as a non-profit contemporary art cooperative. It is comprised of 24 member artists and is located in Denver’s historic Santa Fe Arts District. Core provides professional gallery space to its members as well as to the broader arts community. Core offers additional opportunities to artists in the form of juried feature exhibitions. The mission of Core New Art Space is to encourage the exploration of new and different forms of expression and to promote to the general public the understanding of contemporary art.

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


Ice Cube: Ridiculous-ness

Ridiculous-ness :  Exchanges on Constructed Realities 

Ice Cube Gallery

February 11 – 27, 2016

  • Curated by Sarah Rockett
  • Artists: Theresa Anderson, Katie Caron, Suchitra Mattai, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Frankie Toan, Rebecca Vaughan, and Peter Yumi  
  • Opening Reception: Friday, February 12, 6 – 9 pm
Ridiculous-ness asks artists (and viewers) to reconsider the Real in all aspects of our contemporary paradigm.  Does the human race function within a restrictive system, or do we impose restrictions upon ourselves?  If all rules and systems are self-imposed, how and where does that leave room for change? Upon realizing the presence of choice among our daily artifice, it is the status quo that becomes truly ridiculous. The exhibition initiates discussion of the Real in relation to human society within a variety of disciplines and works by: Theresa Anderson, Katie Caron, Suchitra Mattai, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Frankie Toan, and Peter Yumi.  

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


1801 California: Stan Meyer

Dimensionality I: New Works by Stan Meyer

1801 California Main Lobby

February 10 - March 24, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 11th from 4-7:30pm

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Stan Meyer - Double Vortex - 6'x 6'

Arts Brookfield, the global arts and event program of commercial real estate corporation Brookfield, presents Dimensionality I: New Works by Stan Meyer. Inspired by elements of Celtic design, the featured works are formidable in size with delicate, interlacing shapes and luminous metallic and jewel-like colors. A Colorado-based artist, Meyer demonstrates mastery of his career-long expression of geometry through his pieces in the exhibition. Visitors will experience eight colorful large-scale 3D artworks at Dimensionality I.

Dimensionality I is the first in a paired showing of established Colorado artists who create work that is 3D in nature but constructed in a 2D manner. Dimensionality II: New Works by Jeff Richards begins at 1801 California on March 30.

1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202


Leon: Jess Webb

In-between Life & Death: New Works by Jess Webb


February 6 - March 6, 2016

  • Special performance by Saskatoon and Lake Mary on Tuesday March 1st, 2016
Jess Webb - Wool Installation -"In-Between Life & Death"

In-between Life & Death is a body of installation work, both squares & soundscape. It incorporates fiber art, found objects & interactive sound. This work embodies the concept of the place between life and death, a place between wakefulness and dream, & the humble place of now.

Artist Statement:

My work is a practice
with intentions to invite myself into that place
where time is lost &
I become present
My work is about appreciating the simple
& delicate things in life

You settle into a moment
You forget where you are
Or over aware
You stare off into space
Like a meditation
Like an epiphany
Like magic

Traveling In between here & there
Then & now
Like you're everywhere & nowhere
Like your everything & nothing
A little at the same time you live & you die

There's a longing & grief
A place between life and death
A place between wakefulness & dream
a humble place of now

My art lives here

About Jess Webb:

Jess Webb Is a multi-media artist living and working in the high, clear mountains of Colorado. You can find her staring into the sun, running her fingers through timothy grass and drinking tea with milk and honey. Her major projects include artist collaborations and installations for the Communikey Festival (2007-2015), live concerts, special events and interior design. She has had several exhibitions in the Denver area showcasing her shadow boxes, encaustic paintings, water colors and line drawings. She studied Fine Art and Spacial media at Metropolitan State College in Denver Colorado.

1112 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
Mon-Sun: 12-5pm


CPAC: Phil Toledano: Maybe

Phil Toledano: Maybe

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

February 6 – March 12, 2016

  • Inaugural exhibition at CPAC's new location at Ironton Studios, 3636 Chestnut, Denver, CO 80216
  • Opening Reception: Saturday February 6th from 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Friday, February 5th from 7-8pm at the Denver Art Museum
  • Event URL: http://www.cpacphoto.org/maybe-phil-toledano
Plastic Surgery (Photo credit: © Phil Toledano)

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) will reopen its doors in a new location in Denver’s RiNo Arts District – and is starting things off with a bang.

From February 6 to March 12, CPAC will present Maybe, a solo exhibition by New York-based photographer Phil Toledano. Featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, The Guardian, and in exhibitions around the world, Maybe is Toledano’s startling response to the unexpected death of his mother in 2006.

“When my mother died, it made me realize that you don’t have any control over your destiny at all,” said Toledano in an interview with the New York Times. I became quite fearful of what sharp turns life had in store for me and what other terrible unforeseen things might happen.”

He decided to confront his fears of death and aging head-on, by photographing his “future self” in various stages he could imagine himself experiencing at the end of his life. But how does one photograph the future?

To start, Toledano took a DNA test to determine illnesses he was likely to get. He consulted with fortune-tellers, hypnotists, and researched insurance company statistics. He then sought the help of Adam Morrow, who specializes in makeup and prosthetics for movies.

“I worked with a skilled prosthetics expert, so I could physically become my future selves,” he writes on his web site. These “future selves” include a homeless man, a stroke victim, an Upper East Side socialite, and other characters.

“For years, I’ve been drawn to Phil Toledano’s inventive approach to photography and the way he connects to ideas,” said Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of CPAC. “His photographs question our understanding of beauty to what lies ahead for our ‘future selves.’ As an organization dedicated to bringing the best contemporary photography to Denver, CPAC is thrilled to host his work at our grand opening on February 6.”

The event is sponsored by CPAC, the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), and the Photography Department at the Denver Art Museum.

About Phil Toledano:

Phillip Toledano was born in 1968 in London, to a French Moroccan mother and an American father. He works conceptually, examining themes that are primarily socio-political, although lately he's strayed into the deeply personal. Because his ideas determine their own execution, he works in various media, from photography to installation and from sculpture to painting. In addition to Maybe, he is the author of several other books, including Bankrupt, featuring photographs of recently vacated offices, and A New Kind of Beauty, a series of portraits of people who have recreated themselves through plastic surgery. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times magazine, The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Wallpaper, The London Times, The Independent Magazine, Le Monde, and Interview, amongst others. His work is in many public and private collections and has been exhibited worldwide.
  • Read Toledano’s statement about Maybe on his web site: http://www.mrtoledano.com/maybe
  • Read about Toledano’s Maybe project in the New York Times: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/09/phil-toledano-to-photos-of-old-age/?_r=0
  • Watch the trailer for “The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano,” a short film by Joshua Seftel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=658j6QR695o
  • Learn more about Toledano’s book, Maybe: http://www.dewilewis.com/products/maybe 
About the Colorado Photographic Arts Center:

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the understanding and appreciation of photography through education, exhibitions, and outreach. Founded in 1963, CPAC remains the only nonprofit organization in Denver dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography. Learn more at cpacphoto.org.

CPAC at Ironton Studios
3636 Chestnut St
Denver, CO 80216


Rule: Red@RULE: Love & War

Red@RULE: Love & War

Rule Gallery

February 5 - March 19, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday February 5 from 6-9pm
Sandy Skoglund, The Cold War, 1999, archival inkjet print, 16 x 24 inches

RULE Gallery is pleased to present Red@RULE: Love & War, a group exhibition featuring work by Molly Bounds, Wilma Fiori, Linda Herritt, Margaret Neumann, Sandy Skoglund, Barbara Takenaga, and Scott Young. Tuesday – Friday 12-6p, Saturday 12-5p.

Red@RULE: Love & War revisits a similar exhibition put on by gallery founder Robin Rule in 2009. While the previous incarnation explored themes solely of love, the reprise centers on passion, a primary component of both love and war. For many, this emotion is delicately balanced between pleasure and pain and is (re)directed by the give and take between the heart and the head. Art, at its best, has this passion deeply imbedded in its creation, as the artist’s inner struggles and devotions are plumbed for inspiration. The works in Red@RULE explore each artists' relations and reactions to passion in its many forms.

Linda Herritt's creations stretch and contort texts in vigorous ways to express pain, passion, and desire. Molly Bounds' works combine the structural constraints of printmaking with bright reds to expose the conflict between authoritarian power and the dissemination of nonnormative, subjective experience. Sandy Skoglund's directorial tableau The Cold War depicts the desparate search for peace in a space filled with the red war of passion. Margaret Neumann's oil on canvas work Cherries positions red cherries, conventionally a symbol of sensuality, as the centerpiece of a canvas layered over with repressively dark paint. Barbara Takenaga's painting Red Field blends clouds of deep color with pulsating strings and dots of brightness that interweave creation and destruction almost to interchangeability. Wilma Fiori's minimalist works are steeped in the pure red of passion, diving into the depths of its color and texture.

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. The gallery has locations in Denver, Colorado, and Marfa, Texas.

Rule Gallery
3254 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205


Dateline: Tiffany Graham & Jennifer Iversen

Tiffany Graham & Jennifer Iversen: CUT


February 5 – 29, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday February 5, 6 - 11 pm

Dateline gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Cut, new photography by Tiffany Graham. Cut is an investigation into the contradiction between the unconditional acceptance of violence and the repression of raw female sexuality.

Also featuring complementary paper collage works by Jennifer Iversen.

This exhibition contains mature content.

3004 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
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2 Month of Printmaking Exhibitions at GOCA121

Inhabiting with Mary Hood & Marilee Salvator

The Map(ing) Project featuring 21 Native American and indigenous artists

GOCA121 (121 S. Tejon St in Colorado Springs)

February 5 - March 19, 2016

Mary Hood, Proceeding with Caution, 20 x 24 x 2”, laser cut/engraved collage on vellum with watercolor and LED lights, 2013

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art announces the opening of two new exhibitions on Friday, February 5: Inhabiting with Mary Hood & Marilee Salvator and The Map(ing) Project featuring 21 Native American and indigenous artists. Both exhibitions are part of Mo'Print 2016 (Month of Printmaking), a state-wide biennial celebration of printmaking. Programs connected to the exhibit include an artist residency, artist lectures and a two-day symposium, Indigenous Ways of Being, in collaboration with the Women's & Ethnic Studies (WEST) program at UCCS.

A gallery talk with artist and Map(ing) Project creator Mary Hood will take place at 5 pm followed immediately by a reception until 9 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The exhibits will be open to the public through March 19, 2016. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment.

GOCA121 is located at 121 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, in the Plaza of the Rockies, south tower.


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Edge: On Edge 2016

On Edge: 2016

Edge Gallery

February 5 - 28, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 6-10pm
  • Juried by Dean Sobel, Director of the Clyfford Still Museum

Edge Gallery is proud to host our annual exhibition of contemporary work by Colorado artists, juried by Dean Sobel, Director of the Clyfford Still Museum. “On Edge” is an exploration of contemporary themes and experimentations in art, as defined by the guest juror.

Please join us on Friday, February 5, 6-10pm for the opening reception and presentation of the “Juror’s Choice” award.

This year’s selection will be feature works from these outstanding artists: Amanda Adkisson, Vince Alfonso, Adam Ambro, Denise Bearden, Susan Blake, Shelley Bogaert, Amelia Caruso, Cody Christian, Jodie Cooper, Shana Cordon, Loggie Crumley, Deborah Davis, Robert Duddy, Gregory Ellis, Paul Elsberg, Adelina Gonzales, Leslie Hansel, Maddie Hanson, Melinda Laz, Paige Madden, David Meiklejohn, Zachary Miller, Nicolas Ng, Josh Palmeri, Johnny Plastini, Rachel Prago, Dannon Schroeder, Catherine Scott, Brandon Sexton, Noah Starer, Susan Wasinger

Edge Gallery
3658 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211-3037
Thu: 2-8pm, Fri: 5-10pm, Sat:12-8pm, Sun: 12-5pm


Plinth: Marty Fielding

Marty Fielding: Interval and Intersection

Plinth Gallery

February 5 - March 26, 2016

  • Opening Reception: First Friday, February 5th from 6 to 9pm
"Mixing Console" terra cotta, glaze, underglaze, walnut. Photo by Charlie Cummings

Our 2016 exhibition schedule opens February 5th with the ceramic work of Marty Fielding. The artist holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina/Greensboro, and an MFA in Ceramics from The University of Florida/Gainesville. Fielding is currently a visiting instructor ceramics and 3-D studies at Florida Atlantic University.

The artist draws on simple architectural concepts in his ceramic pieces. They  might resemble actual physical structures or parts of building. His deft combination of geometric ceramic parts and their colored surface are architectonic references that embrace utility. Musical ideas and the emotions that they convey become metaphors to his vessels. Glaze color references musical harmony, while the clay forms, the abstracted and cantilevered components become a musical counterpoint to the entire ceramic form. The pieces are designed to capture the viewer’s attention, and according to the artist "to feel a visual and mellow med-tempo beat.”  Within the variety of his utilitarian work, Fielding sets a stage that questions what one might call the “archetypical pot.” While they are familiar to the viewer as functional forms, each piece invites a closer examination, both visually and tactilely.

If one of the many constructs of postmodernism is a diversification of ideas, then Fielding’s ceramics are excellent examples. Such a mixture is the use of sculptural forms, and their embellishment through ornamentation. These physical manifestations whether in buildings or functional ceramics are used together often referred to as “double coding.” In his book “The New Paradigm in Architecture” Charles Jencks suggests that postmodern architecture is a language that depends on double understanding. Fielding suggests that “both architects and potters are fundamentally engaged in designing functional space. Architecture holds people; people hold pottery." Plinth Gallery curator Jonathan Kaplan likens Fielding's ceramic work to "a string quartet in which the individual performers have separate roles, yet all merge together as one voice. His vocabulary of abstracted architectural forms and color rich surfaces are refreshing ideas in the realm of useable ceramics.”

Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216


RedLine: (R)evolver

(R)evolver : 6th Annual Reach Studio Exhibition


February 5 - 28, 2016

  • Curated By Ramón Bonilla
  • Public Reception: Friday February 5th 6-9pm
  • Participating Artists: Gonzo, Caroline Pooler, Risa Murray, Rose Henderson, Carrol Reeves, Raverro Stinnett, Roosheika Seward, Sharon Morrison, Charles Tunstall, Barbara Johnson

(R)evolver provides a platform for Reach artists to present their own views regarding R/Evolution as forces of change in society, culture and politics.

"One way that revolution is akin to evolution is that in both we find a catalyst to change. While revolution presents a form of radical change; evolution on the other hand provides transformation through a steady progression. (R)evolver provides a platform for Reach artists to present their own views regarding R/Evolution as forces of change in society, culture and politics. Moreover, (R)evolver is an invitation for Reach artists to consider the concept of transformation through their own personal experiences as well as through their creative practice." -- Ramón Bonilla, Curator

RedLine’s Reach Studio is an opportunity for socially engaged artists to collaborate, create, and share ideas in an inclusive community.

This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of the Buck Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Community Development Institute, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Sidney E. Frank Foundation--Colorado Fund, and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District

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


Visions West: Bayard Hollins: Minimally Processed

Minimally Processed: Bayard Hollins

Visions West Contemporary

February 5 - March 1, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday February 5th 6-8 pm

Minimally Processed: Bayard Hollins

Paying tribute to the traditions and skills of those who inspired him, “Minimally Processed” is a culmination of Bayard Hollins’ paintings and sculptures that challenge the raw, yet inquisitive world we live in.

Painted in Hollins' studio in the Roaring Fork Valley, the new series of landscapes convey a common thread that is raw and refreshing. In direct contrast to our over - processed technology driven lives. Hollins has allowed bits and pieces of bare canvas to bring a wonderful unfinished & crude world to the surface .With this tension comes a unique brightness to the new work. The areas of white canvas invite the viewer into the paintings to find breathing space amongst the sheer swirling force of Hollins brushstrokes. The bold colors and loose strokes invite

Hollins’ has had a longtime fascination of folk art chainsaw sculpting. “It is a uniquely American art form generally dominated by bears and Eagles to decorate the yard and often sharing space within that lexicon with the plastic garden gnome and pink flamingo”, said Hollins. Overlooked as a skill and originality of this art form, the chainsaw creates work that has an amazing combination of grace mixed with just the right amount of chaos. It is direct and uncompromising.

This body of work in, “Minimally Processed” demonstrates how space within a world of horror and sarcasm can allow for reflection of a hopeful future.

Visions West Galleries
1715 Wazee St.
Denver, CO 80202
Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm


Pirate: Nicole Anona Banowetz and Lucas McMahon

Nicole Anona Banowetz: Gentle Infestation

Pirate: Contemporary Art

February 5 - 21, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday February 5th from 6-10pm
  • Lucas McMahon in the associate space
Nicole Anona Banowetz’s Gentle Infestation displayed at the Center for Artistic Activities in Ustka, Poland

Nicole Anona Banowetz’s newest inflatable installation will open at Pirate gallery on Friday February 5th, 2016. In Nicole Banowetz’s installation Gentle Infestation Nicole presents forms based on microscopic sea creatures, radiolaria. In a large inflated scale these forms feel surreal, almost alien and even frightening. They are alive, and pulsing with air. From afar these forms feel strong, showing only hints of their weakness but as the viewer approaches the forms they see that they are infested with porcelain parasites.

Nicole began the work for this show in Berlin, Germany while in residency at GlogauAIR studios. She made all the porcelain pieces in Ustka, Poland while in residency at the Center for Creative Activities, part of the Baltic Art Gallery. She showed this work at the end of the residency in Poland and all the images in this press release were taken during that exhibition. Nicole’s show at Pirate will be the first time any of this work will be shown in the USA and it will include new inflatable forms never shown before.

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



Gallery 1261: Group Show XIII

Group Show XIII

Gallery 1261

February 5 – March 12, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 6-9 pm
David Grossmann - Winter Day Ending - 24"x18" - oil-on-linen-panel
Kicking off 2016 in February, Gallery 1261 presents the 13th incarnation of their Group Exhibition. Showcasing work from a large survey of artists, this exhibition explores a variety of different themes and subject matter, from the abstract to the realistic, in a wide range of styles. What is most apparent is the discerning sense of direction and vision of each artist. While the more formal qualities are what tie them together, there is no apparent theme. The strength lies in each artists’ unique ability to convey their subjects prominently while highlighting what makes them some of the best artists in their respective genres today.

The hyper-realistic still life works of Gregory Block exude a sense of understanding of the objects he portrays, articulating details with razor-sharp precision. Another artist working in the same genre is Jordan Wolfson, who renders his work in a more impressionistic style, often rendering the same image from multiple angles to create a series that captures the whole. These are just two of the many artists in this exhibition whose work elevates the genre of still life painting.

In the realm of the figurative there will be works from the likes of Mia Bergeron, an incredible talent whose portraits capture the most intimate details of those she depicts. There is an acute sense of each person, her works offer a glimpse of a stranger, but in a way that feels oddly familiar. The same can be said for Quang Ho, whose paintings radiate an unparalleled understanding of his chosen subjects.

Landscape works from the likes of David Grossmann and Ulrich Gleiter will be on view, highlighting their perspectives on their respective environments. While Grossmann’s work emanates a sense of calmness and serenity, Gleiter’s brushstrokes are imbued with energy and vitality, emphasizing the two artist’s distinctive talents.

While one could speak at length about the importance of each artist within the exhibition, it is sometimes best to let the works speak for themselves. Group Show XIII is a comprehensive survey that displays a wide range of styles and genres on a level unrivaled elsewhere. From still life, to figurative, to landscape, each work on view presents its viewer with an opportunity to dive in and start off the new year engaging with work from some of the best working artists today.

Participating Artists: Carloyn Barlock, Mia Bergeron, Suchitra Bhosle, Gregory Block, Gordon Brown, David Cheifetz, Dianne L. Massey Dunbar, Rose Frantzen, Ulrich Gleiter, David Grossmann, Ron Hicks, Quang Ho, Tony Hochstetler, Jeff Legg, Dan McCaw, Danny McCaw, John McCaw, CW Mundy, Derek Penix, Dale O. Roberts, David Shevlino, Andrzej Skorut, Matt Smith, Bill Starke, Anthony Waichulis, Kevin Weckbach, Jordan Wolfson, Michael Workman, and Vincent Xeus.

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


Rotary: Virginia Unseld

Virginia Unseld: A Time For Reflection

Rotary Gallery at Center Stage

February 4 - March 13, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Thursday February 4th from 5-7pm

Virginia Unseld exhibits new paintings in a show entitled A Time For Reflection at Rotary Gallery at Center Stage. Opening reception is Feb 4 from 5:00 to 7:00. Show runs through March 13 during performances (http://evergreenchorale.org/about-center-stage-calendar for dates and times.)

Virginia’s pastel paintings depict her interpretation of Colorado and New Mexico landscapes. An interesting addition are the paintings of dancers. In her artist statement Unseld explains, “ I have always loved working from the figure. After attending amazing performances by Wonderbound dance company in Denver, I began a series of paintings about dancers. The quick movement and dim lights forced me to step away from my blurry reference photographs and paint intuitively, more like a dancer with pastels in hand. When I decided to pair a dancer piece with a landscape for this exhibit, I began to notice similarities in the pairings: in values, compositions, relationships, my palette of colors, the marks that suggest the subject.”

Center Stage
27608 Fireweed Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439


Depot: Well RED

Well RED

Depot Art Gallery

February 2 - 28, 2016

  • Opening Reception: Friday, February 5 from 5-8pm


Depot Art Gallery
2069 W. Powers Ave
Littleton, CO 80120


Artists on Santa Fe: Bev Thomas

Dreaming Forward: New Paintings by Bev Thomas

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery

February 3 - 29, 2016


In addition to “Dreaming Forward: New Paintings by Bev Thomas”, other fine art will be displayed including paintings, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture.

Artists on Santa Fe is a gallery with working artists' studios located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe. It's an engaging environment where visitors can interact with professional artists and view work in progress. The gallery is a local favorite, and was featured in New York Time's "36 hours" series as one of the most accessible galleries in Denver.

Open Monday-Friday from 10-5 and Saturdays from 10-4
1st Friday: Feb. 5, 6-9 pm
3rd Friday: Feb. 19, 5-8 pm

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


DAVA: APS Art Educators 2016 Exhibit

Aurora Public Schools Art Educators 2016

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

February 3 - March 4, 2016

Please join us for an exhibit of Aurora Art teachers’ artworks at DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts). This marks the 16th annual Aurora Art Educators show. DAVA is located at 1405 Florence St., one block south of Colfax Avenue in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. The exhibit will be open to the public from February 3rd to March 4th with the opening reception from 4 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday February 3rd. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment.

Through this exhibit, art educators of Aurora Public Schools get together to celebrate their accomplishments through personal artworks. “The DAVA show is a great way for Art teachers to showcase their talents. Most people say those who can do, and those who can’t teach. I think that you can tell by the works that are displayed at DAVA, Art teachers prove that those who can want to teach!” says Kenny Webb, instructional coordinator of physical education and the arts in APS. “The work that they display is amazing and reminds me of a great quote from Edgar Degas, 'Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.' These works have opened my eyes to the amazing teachers that we have in APS!”

For the fourth year in a row, the educators will be creating and donating small art works in conjunction with their large-scale pieces. The theme for this year was garden gnomes. Participating teachers will be creating masterpieces out of these gnomes to be sold for $30. Grade levels will be creating Ginormagnomes that will be auctioned off. All proceeds raised from this portion of the show will be donated to A.J. Boik’s Memorial Scholarship at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. A.J. had graduated from Gateway High School and was planning to attend RMCA+D to study Art Education, but his life was cut short in the Aurora Theater shooting. Please attend the exhibit and consider buying a small work to help support this important memorial scholarship.

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




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