Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

Gildar: Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High

Gildar Gallery

April 19 - May 24, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19 from 6-9pm
  • Featuring Works by: LIbby Barbee, Adam Bateman, Phil Bender, Geoff Booras, Terry Campbell, Joey Cocciardi, Jacob Feige, Flying O.H.N.O Twins, David Jones, Shannon Kelly, Suchitra Mattai, Tristan Sadler, Matt Slaby, Adam Stamp, Frohawk Two Feathers
The Flying O.H.N.O Twins | Rinpoche: Rocky Mountain Dreamin' in the Morning Fresh Pachouli" (detail)
mixed media  | 19 x 36in | 2014

About the Exhibition Gildar Gallery is pleased to present Rocky Mountain High, an exhibition of works by 15 contemporary artists mining mythologies of a much storied region in the American West.

The Rocky Mountains– majestic backdrops to the onward thrust of western expansion, beer cans, brake lights, long tokes and the glory of god. Extending in the US down from Montana to New Mexico with its heart in Colorado, the 85 million year-old range continues to hold an inescapable allure for each new generation of pioneering seekers, speculators and storytellers. Perpetuated as barriers to overcome, ascendant formations to behold, and great treasure chests of resources to exploit, these tall rocks bare tall tales. The artists in "Rocky Mountain High" take the mystique of this frontier land as their point of departure. At times embellishing, debunking and conflating romantic views of the landscape and its surrounding cultures, the work in this exhibit, which comes from all over the country, reflects the complexity of defining a sense of place amidst layers myth.

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


CPAC: Constructing Images Post Photography

Constructing Images Post Photography

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

April 17 - May 24, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, April 17, 6-8 pm
  • Panel Discussion moderated by Conor King: Friday, May 9, 6.30-8 pm; Meet the artists 6 – 6.30 pm; Advance Cost: $5 members and students / $8 general
  • Artists: Milton Melvin Croissant III (Baltimore, MD), Libby Barbee (Denver, CO), Anthony Baab (Kansas City, MO)
  • Curated by Conor King
Barbee Incidental Interference sm
Photo by Libby Barbee: Incidental Interference, 2012

Constructing Images Post-Photography exhibits works from Milton Melvin Croissant III, Libby Barbee, and Anthony Baab to explore how artists, in a variety of mediums, use and are influenced by photography, in a time so saturated by the photograph that we view our world through the filter of the medium and find it difficult to distinguish the difference between what is and what is not influenced by photography.

The three artists exhibited in Constructing Images Post-Photography all create artwork that utilize the concepts and ideas of the traditional photograph, yet expand upon those ideas as one must in our over saturated Post-Photographic world. Their artworks exhibit the influence of photography, in and outside the medium, and provide insight into current and future directions related to photography.

Creating fictitious scenes with 3D modeling software Milton Melvin Croissant III depicts the aftermath of a house party, pairing digital image making technics with familiar pop-culture subject matter.

Libby Barbee collages photographs from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey with paint on paper, combining the abundance of online photographs with tropes found in landscape photography and painting.
By photographing a folded photograph, printing that image, and repeating the process many times, Anthony Baab’s large freestanding photographs printed on aluminum are sculpture and photograph, process and subject matter, and speak to photography’s inherent reproducibility. Jpeg images available on request

About CPAC: CPAC is dedicated to fostering the understanding and appreciation of photography in all forms and concepts through exhibitions, education and community outreach.

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


Dikeou Pop-Up: Lizzi Bougatsos

Inaugural Exhibition: Lizzi Bougatsos

Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax 

Opening Reception: Friday April 18, 2014 from 7-9pm

  • Artist Talk: Saturday, April 19, 4-6pm (Seating limited)
Lizzi Bougatsos, "Good Hair", 2010, Mixed Media

The Dikeou Collection is excited to announce the opening of our new off-site space, Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, with an inaugural exhibition featuring Lizzi Bougatsos. An opening reception will take place at the Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 East Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, on Friday, April 18th, from 7:00-9:00pm. Lizzi will be DJ'n the night of the opening, picking selections from the Dikeou Collection's extensive record collection.

Intentionally provocative, Bougatsos' work solicits an emotional reaction and quite often that reaction is a smile. Her work is described as having "...a sort of girlish, bitchy glee, and as irreverent and unpredictable. However, Bougatsos' recent work is shifting to reflect a shift in consciousness she anticipates for culture" (Dalamangas, ZINGCHAT). This shift for Bougatsos is part of a concerted effort to move away from creating gluttonous artwork towards art that will naturally erode but still be remembered.

Lizzi Bougatsos has exhibited at James Fuentes, Artpace San Antonio, American Fine Arts, 29th São Paulo Biennial, Kenny Schachter Contemporary, The Breeder, and Reena Spauldings. Plus she has performed at the Whitney Museum, Suzanne Geiss, Issue Project Room, and MoMA PS1. She is also the front woman of Gang Gang Dance, a Brooklyn-based experimental band, as well as IUD.

Dikeou Popup: Colfax
312 East Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80213
Open Wednesday to Friday from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, or by appointment


Abecedarian: Artists' Book Cornucopia V

Artists' Book Cornucopia V

Michelle Ray in the Reading Room

Abecedarian Gallery

April 18 – June 7, 2014

  • Evening Reception: Friday April 18, 6-8pm (during the ADSF Third Friday Artwalk)
  • Click here for an online catalog of the exhibit
Candace Hicks

Artists' Book Cornucopia, an international exhibition of contemporary artists’ bookworks, highlights the diversity of form, content and production methods currently employed by artists in this field. Included are examples of traditionally bound from an international roster of artists.

This years’ selections were made by Luise Poulto, Managing Curator for the Rare Books Division, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Following are some of Luise’s remarks about the selections she made:

For Artists’ Book Cornucopia V, I looked for diversity of format, material and subject matter. I wanted a vision of the enormity and complexity of communication that can happen in books, old and new. Old formats restructured as new forms. Old texts remade and replete with new meanings. New or unusual materials combined with expected materials to push the notion of communication: tactility heightened, strengthening the experience of the message.

The messages in these books are sent through their total physicality. It is in the manipulation of that physicality that we discover the guts of the messages and how these messages are told. We manipulate the messages past multiple variations on the accordion fold or the codex in a drum-leaf binding, paper covers, wooden boards, metal, cloth, or leather. The messages manipulate us through historical techniques or last year’s techniques – from letterpress printed to 3D printed; from calligraphy to stitchery. This is not math. Which places, perhaps, the divine in the maker’s hand. The works I chose for Artists’ Book Cornucopia V move from concept to construction, from maker to reader with a fluidity that makes subjectivity seem almost divine.

Included are 41 works by 39 artists from the United States, China, Italy and New Zealand: Ania Gilmore, Barbara Hosein, Bill Westheimer, Candace Hicks, Cari Ferraro, Carolyn Shattuck, Carrie L. Larson, Charissa Schulze, Charlene Asato, Charles Brownson, Cynthia Laureen Vogt, Diane Britt, Erin Malkowski, Frances Watson, Islam Aly, Jamie Runnells, Katherine Venturelli, Lauren Faulkenberry, Laurie Weiss, Leilei Guo, Linda Piacentini-Yaple, Lisa Miles, Lucy Holtsnider, Lyall F. Harris, Maggie Heineman, Mary C. Leto, Mary Uthuppuru, Merike van Zanten, Mimi Peterson, Mindy Belloff, Paula Jull, Shawn Simmons, Steph Rue, Stephen Sidelinger, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Tekla McInerney, Toni Mosley, Whitney Broadaway and Woody Leslie.

Featured in the Reading Room is work by Michelle Ray, recipient of the 2013 Gallery Director’s Exhibition Award.

Michelle Ray is a traditionally trained book and letterpress artist featured in collections internationally including Yale University, New York Public Library, Boston Athenæum, and the Bank Street Arts' International Artist’s Book Collection (UK). Ray's pieces have been showcased in a variety of publications, including Lark Book’s 500 Handmade Books Volume 2 (2013). She has taught workshops and university courses, and holds an MFA in Book Arts and an MLIS with a focus in preservation.

This exhibition features an overview of Ray’s work in the book arts field to date and provides a rare opportunity to view her out of print titles. The exhibition is designed to allow viewers to examine unbound spreads alongside bound versions.

Abecedarian Gallery
910 Santa Fe, Unit #101 (just south of Swift's diner)
Denver, CO 80204
Thu-Fri: 1:00-6:00 pm
Sat: 12:00-4:00 pm


Sync: Chad Henry and Phyllis Rider

Chad Henry and Phyllis Rider

Sync Gallery

April 17 - May 10, 2014

  • Opening reception: Friday April 18 fom 6-9pm
Chad Henry - Sound Changes, acrylic and collage 36" x 24"

Chad Henry has experimented with graphite phone doodles and scribbles for Calligraphy, enlarging them 400x or more, then cutting and reassembling the results to make compositions. Henry states, "I gridded the images into 64 boxes, threw the I Ching 64 times, labeled each square on the original with the resulting hexagrams in the order thrown, reassembled the individual squares, printed them, and used them as the basis for this series of paintings."

Henry has created a sense of brush graphology from found images, and used them to create a series of paintings that might suggest spring-inspired classical Chinese poetry. He uses newspaper pages as underpaintings to achieve a feel of palimpsest,the faint after-images left over from when a painting or calligraphy page has been scraped down for re-use, with that mysterious sense of a faded memory or a forgotten secret.

Image attached: Hanza, acrylic painting 40"x30"

Phyllis Rider ponders, "Once again, my challenge is to explain my work in a few simple words. Why do I do what I do? My first response is, I have to, it is who I am. I know that sounds like most artists, but in many cases it is true. I enjoy working in several mediums - painting, printmaking and sculpture. I find what inspires me the most is the interaction between the various mediums."

This series of works shows in a small way how one artwork influences another, and thus the title of the exhibition is Influences. When creating a painting Rider often sees compositions within that painting that inspires monotypes or sculptures. She doesn’t lack for ideas as they arise from her travels which are both rewarding and inspiring. Certain colors together during the day can trigger a new direction for her work. Rider says "I’ m not looking to solve modern problems or dig deep into my subconscious, I’m merely expressing the joy of creating one of a kind works. This series of artwork shows in a small way how one piece influences another." 

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



Goodwin: Buff Elting and Joellyn Duesberry

Buff Elting and Joellyn Duesberry: Breaking Water

Goodwin Fine Art

April 18 – May 31, 2014

  • Opening Reception with the Artists: Friday, April 18 from 5 until 8
Joellyn Duesberry - Clear Creek North Falls, Creede, CO -  Oil on linen - 60 x 40"

Goodwin Fine Art is pleased to present the paintings of Buff Elting and Joellyn Duesberry. Each artist has each been individually drawn to the subject of water as a recurring theme in their landscape based work throughout their illustrious careers.

Buff Elting is well known for her aerial landscape series of paintings based on imagery that she photographed from a single engine aircraft. Beginning in the late 90’s, Elting focused her lens on the juxtapositions of fields, streams and rivers providing a wellspring of inspiration for her later output in the studio. Her 2008 series entitled, Western Rivers, comprised of twelve panels is a good example of the work stemming from this time period. In her latest landscape series many of the paintings were inspired by Boulder Creek, a creek that overflowed its banks in the summer of 2013 becoming the raging waters more familiar to white-water river rafting enthusiasts. Water has played a major role in the artist’s life, as both metaphor and reality. Since the age of two to the present day, there has always been a creek running through her backyard.

The compositional focus of this new body of work is on the movement of water as it cascades over rock formations to the more serene swirling patterns of the water as it pools and finds a new pathway in which to flow. The palette is as expected, cool in nature with tinges of warm pink rock. The paintings convey the energy force that is contained within the element of water evoking the sense of push-pull this life giving force holds and the contradictory destructive force that it possesses.

Buff Elting received her BFA from the University of Colorado. Elting’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and included in numerous prestigious shows. Her work was included in the recent 2013 inaugural National Center for Weather Biennial held in Norman, Oklahoma and juried by Christoph Heinrich, the Fredrick and Jan Mayer Director, Denver Art Museum. Her work is included in the Permanent Collections of the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Yosemite National Park; McGraw Hill, New York, among others.  

Paintings from Joellyn Duesberry’s recent trips across the United States chronicling the waterfalls from the east coast, to Yellowstone in the west, to the Tanalian Falls in Alaska will be on view. Tackling a subject that is rich in America’s art history, waterfalls from upstate New York and the west conjure up the iconic images from Hudson River School painters Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt. Duesberry approaches the subject with compositions that possess the artist’s trademark underpinnings of abstraction through the lens of realism. A realism where boundaries are stretched, natural forms are exaggerated, underlying geometry is singled out and picture planes are flattened. The force of falling water isn’t contrived: rather, illusion is abandoned. There are no sprays of water caught mid-air. The water’s resemblance is closer to stalactite formations that bring to mind the paintings of Clyfford Still. In her work Duesberry often merges realism and abstraction that she considers are at some level identical.

The artist’s affinity for depicting water extends beyond the allure of capturing water in paint. She is mindful and attuned to the topical issues of water rights and conservancy, which serves as the psychic backdrop to the work. Duesberry would like to see her water paintings serve as messenger to the conservationists’ cause by bringing attention to our imperiled waterways, and the impact this vital resource will have on the region’s longtime survival. In the artist’s own words, “motifs of survival and water subjects have always monopolized my stalking of subjects to paint on three continents for over fifty years.”

Duesberry is a graduate of Smith College where she studied Painting and Art History. She received her M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Her deft skill in painting is belied by the fact that she considers herself to be a self-taught painter often citing Bay area artist Richard Diebenkorn as having been her “only true” teacher while studying with him at the Santa Fe Institute through an NEA grant for painting. This transformative association provided the artist a springboard to abandon realism and to rediscover the delight she had once found in abstracted forms.

Duesberry has an extensive exhibition history starting in 1979 with Tatistcheff Gallery in New York and later with James Graham & Sons. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Phoenix Art Museum, the Hudson River Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming; Denver Art Museum and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center where her retrospective show and subsequent book, Elevated Perspectives, made its first debut.

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


Core: Claudia Roulier and Daniel House Kelly

Claudia Roulier and Daniel House Kelly

Core New Art Space

April 17 - May 3, 2014

  • Artist's Reception: Friday, April 18, 6 - 9pm; Renegade Brewing beer tasting from 6-8pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: May 2, 6 - 9pm
Claudia Roulier, "Crow"

Claudia Roulier: The Hungry and the Hunted

My current body of work is comprised of thought provoking curiosities of nature, animals in ordinary context with extraordinary props. I work often under the heavy influence of the modern surrealist movement. Each painting starts with an under painting of collage done with antique paper, I love old atlases and thick sensuous textures. Layers and textures are created with gel medium that is heaped generously on to hard board and textured with a feel of stucco, after many layers of glazed paint letting these carefully cultivated collages reveal themselves.

My paintings are meant to provoke thought and ask questions metaphorically as to the exact nature of the situation at hand. The animals I use tend to fall into the general categories of the hungry or the hunted. These unique creatures are presented as plainly unsympathetic they are who they are. They exist, comically, and occasionally horrifically, with and without cuteness. My work represents quietly disturbing, yet familiar metaphors.
Daniel House Kelly, "Retracing in 46"

Daniel House Kelly: Re(collect)

Daniel House Kelly presents his most recent work featuring assemblage and mixed-media images in his exhibit titled "Re(collect)" at CORE New Art Space from April 17 to May 4, 2014. The artist's work continues to incorporate found objects and non-art material to make images which examine and resonate with our shared human experiences of love, grief, memory, denial, addiction, loss, desire, dreams, ecstasy, disappointment, life, and death. Objects which are damaged and discarded - our cultural detritus - are collected and constructed to create a layered visual language that speaks to the profound moments and experiences we share. As these humble objects and materials are redeemed for their hidden value and beauty, Daniel's work is infused and driven by faith. An imperfect faith in a perfect Creator who offers rest for the weary, healing for the broken, love for the unloved, and redemption for those who seek Him above all else.

Daniel House Kelly was born in Germany and upon returning to the United States, grew up in Oklahoma and Colorado. Daniel's work combines elements of drawing, painting, collage, assemblage, and furniture. He studied Fine Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver, graduated in 2000 with a B.F.A., and is an active member of CORE New Art Space in Denver, Colorado.

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


Von Tornow: Totally Totally Collective

Totally Totally Collective: POST*HOT

Von Tornow Gallery

April 18 - May 3, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 18th from 6-10pm

The guys from the Totally Totally Collective are at it again. Don't miss new work from Xavian Lahey, Alex Page & Riley Doyle enhanced by great music and drinks. This time around, the fellas from the Totally Totally Collective examine the creation and attainability of tangible vs. intangible concepts through varying processes and ranging deliriums. But don’t bother trying to meld their separate bodies of work into one. As they say, “We all agree that art is about cool stuff. We all disagree on what cool stuff is. And we agree to disagree on that.”

Von Tornow Gallery
1255 Delaware St., Suite C
Denver, CO 80204


Zip 37: New Clay Creations by Jean Smith

Teased, Torn, Coddled, & Pampered, New Clay Creations by Jean Smith

Zip 37 Gallery

April 18 – May 4, 2014

  • Good Friday Opening Reception: April 18, 5 – 10pm
  • Gallery closed on Easter Sunday, April 20
  • Jean’s Jewelry: weekend of May 2, 3, 4

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


Ironton: Steel Sculpture and monoprints by Jillian Pate

Steel Sculpture and monoprints by Jillian Pate

Ironton Studios and Gallery

April 11 - May 17, 2014

  • Gallery Reception: First Friday May 2nd,7-9pm
Metaphorical Fugues: Exploring Interconnection by Jillian Pate

Metaphorical Fugues is Jillian Pate’s first solo exhibition features steel sculptures and mono-print works on paper. The exhibition orients itself around the concept of connectivity and synergy of all material things through abstraction.

Influenced by the scientific and philosophical theories of cognitive scientist Douglass Hofstadter, the work seeks to further explore and investigate the challenging questions and conundrums that highlight much of Hofstadter's writing.

The exhibition specifically examines various applications of music theory through an exploration of the patterns of disorder, entropy and control that are frequently observed in the natural and physical sciences. Work with the exhibition references musical fugues and cannons; entropy, rhythm and recursion in nature; DNA, RNA, proteins and the genetic code.

Jillian Pate is a native to Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 2010.


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


GroundSwell: Karen Fisher

Karen Fisher: anyone lived in a pretty how town

GroundSwell Gallery

April 12 - May 6, 2014

  • Gallery Reception: Saturday April 12 from 7-10pm
  • 10% of the proceeds for the sale of Karen's artwork will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado
he sang his didn't he danced his did mixed-media on wood 40x30 inches, 2014

My interest in the figure has always focused on the gesture without giving identity to the person. And while the figures in this show could be anyone, they are not. They are images of someone that I know and love. Troubled by the recent heart-breaking diagnosis of my father with Alzheimer’s disease, the theme of my first solo show is elegiac and of personal origin. My 77- year-old father is the subject of these paintings. The title of this exhibition, as well as the titles of each piece in the show come from the E. E. Cummings poem, “anyone lived in a pretty how town”. It is a poem about loss, fraught with garbled language and filled with juxtapositions. Cummings subverts convention turning the expected upside down. Verbs become nouns. Adverbs become adjectives. But unlike Cummings, who purposely switches syntax around, I watch my father wrestle with language and slowly lose insight into his own deficit. The way Cummings disrupts language is correlative to the perception I now have of my father because of Alzheimer’s. Someone who I thought was one way, following expected behaviors, no longer follows those rules. Capable of remembering less and less, it is so difficult to watch him slip away. He has so far to fall.

I wanted to capture images of my father holding flowers as a way of preserving my memory of him as a sweet and generous man. As he progresses through the stages of this disease, I am devastated by the way it transforms his personality. The only thing that comforts me is the fact that at the very core of his being, he is a happy and fun-loving person. So, within each painting, I try to work toward the dramatization of texture and color using layers of found papers containing words and numbers. What is lost is buried under layers. What emerges highlights what I want to remember.

Karen Fisher is an emerging artist who divides her time working in her studios in Broomfield, Colorado and Dayton, Ohio. A year and a half ago, Karen left her 15-year career as a public school educator to begin her studio practice. In that short time, Karen has won first place in the emerging art category with the Colorado Plein Air Festival in 2012 for her oil painting; has shown her mixed-media work at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012; and shows her mixed-media fashion model works at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery in L.A. Karen holds a master’s degree in Humanities and Teaching from Colorado College and is a member of the Art Students League of Denver.


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GroundSwell Gallery
3121 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206


Hinterland: Andrew Elijah Edwards

Andrew Elijah Edwards: He Deep Novelty Harvest Colony

A Stereoscopic Video Installation

April 11 - May 2, 2014

  • Opening Night: Friday April 11, 6-11pm
  • Closing Night: Friday May 2, 6-10pm

The Deep Novelty Harvest Colony, a new video installation by Andrew Elijah Edwards, explores the medium of stereoscopic imagery through a range of new experimental techniques unique to the modern condition. Each imaging device within the installation holds a library of three dimensional spaces, and navigates stereo pair images depicting small moments of the world in its stillness. By accentuating the stereoscopic angles involved in the photography, widening the natural eye distances, the spaces take on a hyperreal quality as if carved out of reality itself. These spaces, while at times sitting silently within themselves, begin to exhibit emergent phenomena, bits of stereoscopic animation act as a sort of wildlife, composed of stereo collage, video, hand drawn and stop-motion animation.

Edwards’ work is often an exploration into a kind of existential sensuality, a deep curiosity with the act of being aware and the strange beauty inherent in the felt presence of immediate experience. Growing up in northern New Jersey, he moved west to study film and digital art in Santa Fe New Mexico. Now in Denver, Edwards works as Lead Developer in Technology at the Denver Art Museum and is a graduate student at the University of Denver’s Emergent Digital Practices program. The work on display in “harvest colony” is part of his thesis research project and represents the culmination of his degree.

To see the show by appointment: call Sabin Aell at 720.309.1764

3254 Walnut St.
Denver CO, 80205


MCA: Senga Nengudi: The Material Body

Senga Nengudi: The Material Body

MCA Denver

April 10 - July 13, 2014

Senga Nengudi. Untitled, 2011. Nylon, mesh, sand and mixed media, 60 x 72 x 8 in. Khanna Family Collection, India

In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, titled R.S.V.P., which evoke the elasticity and durability of the human body. Made of everyday materials such as pantyhose and sand, the works invite viewers not merely to respond but also to engage physically with them. Stretched and twisted, knotted and looped, the works occupy their space in the gallery much as a figure does – by projecting outward and reaching into the space in unexpected ways. This exhibition includes works from the 1970s to the present and will be the first museum presentation to examine these sculptures together and in such depth.

A partner exhibition, Senga Nengudi: The Performing Body will be on view concurrently at RedLine in conjunction with MCA Denver’s presentation.

Senga Nengudi was born in 1943 in Chicago. She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her work has been included in the group exhibitions Out of Action: Between Performance and the Object (MOCA, 1998), WACK! Art & The Feminist Revolution (MOCA, 2007) and Now Dig This! (The Hammer Museum, 2011). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCA, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.  

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202


Arvada Center: 43rd Annual Jeffco Schools Exhibitions

43rd Annual Jeffco Schools Foundation High School Art Exhibition

Wes Magyar: Means to an End – Jeffco Alumni Exhibition (Theater Gallery)

Erick C. Johnson: Pay Attention – Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition (Upper Gallery)

Arvada Center

April 11 – May 11, 2014

  • Magyar/Johnson Opening Reception: Friday, April 11 from 6 - 9pm
  • Jeffco Schools Opening Reception: Monday, April 21 from 6 - 9pm
  • Awards Presentation 7 p.m. at the Arvada Center Main Stage Theater Awards presentation admission limited to award winners, parents/families, art teachers, and sponsors
Wes Magyar - Remnants Adorn

For 43 years, this exhibition has encouraged and supported tomorrow’s artists from the Jefferson County school district, many of whom are now thriving and teaching themselves. The exhibition features more than 400 works from 23 different Jefferson County high schools. Students receive awards in 13 categories including ceramics, sculpture, crafts and fibers, drawing, painting, black and white photography, digital photography, computer generated, jewelry, non-wearable jewelry, and printmaking. Be sure to see this exhibition featuring the next generation of artists.

The Arvada Center welcomes back Wes Magyar who began his artistic career right here in the Arvada Center’s Jefferson County High School Art Exhibition in 1993. Now a thriving professional artist, he returns this spring to exhibit alongside his former high school teacher, Erick C. Johnson, whose works will be displayed in the Upper Gallery. Wes’ first solo exhibition since 2008, this exhibition will feature new and older works in his signature narrative and portrait styles. Magyar has exhibited at the Arvada Center many times, most recently in COLLECT: Art of Colorado Corporations and in 2012’s FACES exhibition. Magyar’s talent is formidable and his subject matter thought-provoking; Means to an End is just another example of his mark as one of the best painters in the region. Wes Magyar is represented by Plus+ Gallery in Denver.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM


Leon: Sandi Calistro and Blair Pascal

BLOOD+SISTER: The Blood of the Convenant is Thicker Than the Water of the Womb" new art by Sandi Calistro and Blair Pascal


April 12 - May 11, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Saturday April 12th from 7-10pm

BLOOD+SISTER is an ever-expanding collaboration project between painter and custom tattooer Sandi Calistro and photographer Blair Pascal. Each photographic portrait included within the exhibition is hand painted after print, composing a seamless interconnection of two art forms and the synthesis of two individual artist’s visions. The title, The Blood of the Covenant is Thicker Than the Water of the Womb is appropriated from the ancient proverb insinuating that the bond between comrades is stronger than that of family alliances. BLOOD+SISTER functions as a channel into the process specific to women creating together. At the start resides the collaboration between subject and photographer. The female muse tends to occupy an uneasy and shifting place at the intersection of the body and it’s representation. The photographs in BLOOD+SISTER engage that precarious space between the inherent passive nature of photography and an active representation of the subject. The intimate treatment provided by Calistro’s illustration evokes sentiment at the same time conjures thoughtfulness of the artist’s hand. BLOOD+SISTER is the embodiment of female collaboration.

Bio: Raised a latch-key-kid in Denver, Colorado; Blair Pascal found the inspiration for her photographic portraits in the friends she grew up with. Provided her first camera at the age of sixteen, she jammed up her high school dark room with images taken of clandestine cigarette breaks and teenage girls heedlessly loitering in alleys. These willing subjects have followed her throughout her photo-making career, appearing in numerous bodies of work. Blair received her bachelors in fine art photography at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2012 and won best in show at her senior thesis exhibition. She has had her work admitted in a number of group exhibitions since, including an on-going collaboration project entitled BLOOD+SISTER with painter and custom tattooer, Sandi Calistro.

Blair’s images supply a pocket relation to personal history as well as recall the individual memory of each included subject. With what started as the innocent documentation of a girl’s life, became an exploration of the history of representation. Blair Pascal’s photographs of women occupy a space between passive object and active subject, the inherent nature of the photograph as object realized, but regarded with sentiment.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Sandi Calistro formed a love of painting at an early age. In 1997 she made her way to Denver, Colorado and established herself there as a custom tattooer. Owning and running her very own tattoo studio and art gallery has allowed her to refine her talents as well as become a well-known member of Denver’s emerging art scene. She has shown her paintings in numerous galleries across the country; Black Maria in Los Angeles, California, and Redefine Gallery in Orlando, Florida just to name a few. She is also included in an annual group exhibition in San Francisco entitled Spoke Art.

From intentional line and acrylic washes; mysterious female figures with bedroom eyes emerge. Many of the subjects in her painted work are adorned with distinguishing symbols steeped in tattoo tradition. This imagery is then literally intertwined with a signature botanic illustration style that contains a nouveau quality.

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


Valkarie: Katharine McGuinness: One Fine Day

One Fine Day: New works by Katharine McGuinness

Valkarie Gallery

April 9 - May 4, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 11, 6 - 9pm

Local monotype artist Katharine McGuinness welcomes spring with a collection of colorful monotypes reflecting, the colors and images of springtime. Come celebrate the change of the season with this wonderful artist.

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Lakewood, CO 80226


AUM: Spring Invitational 2014

Spring Invitational 2014

AUM Framing & Gallery

April 11 - May 9, 2014

  • Opening reception: Friday April 11th from 5-8pm
Kim English: Spring Break

AUM’s Spring Invitational features original works from more than 20 local artists, including Heather Arenas, Kim English, Carol Fennel, Kathy Imel, Benjamin Kelley, Martin Lambuth, Ivadell Marie, Nura Mascarenas, Rodgers Naylor, and Jody Rigsby.

AUM Framing & Gallery
2227 E. Colfax Ave. (Colfax & York)
Denver, CO 80206


Republic Plaza: Scrounge

Scrounge: Found Object Assemblage

Republic Plaza

April 10 - June 5, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 11 from 5:30-8pm; special presentation at 6:15pm
  • Featuring: Stephen Alsobrook, Erin Asmussen, Phil Bender, SA Bennett, Joseph Coniff, Dave Davis, Owen Gordon, Maureen Hearty, Kit Hernandez, Deborah Jang, Peggy Lore, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Paul Opsahl, Gary Paul, Terri Paul, Mario Rivoli, Craig Robb, Claudia Roulier, Jerry Simpson, Bernice Strawn, Floyd Tunson
  • Also on display:
  • Earthling Adventure featuring Jimmy Descant, Tim Flynn, Mark Friday
  • The History of Ornaments {now hurry up and wait} featuring Theresa Anderson and Rebecca Vaughan
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A special feature of Scrounge is an art sign - an eight-letter artwork spelling out the word SCROUNGE, with each letter approximately four feet high and custom made for this exhibit by eight artists: S - Deborah Jang, C - Claudia Roulier, R - Rebecca Vaughan, O - Owen Gordon, U - Terri Paul, N – Peggy Lore, G - Gary Paul, E – Erin Asmussen.

Some artists love the hunt for rejected and discarded objects of all shapes, sizes and materials and then, in the most creative ways, reconstruct them to present the world with a new object – a work of art. These are the artists who scrounge.

SCROUNGE is a two-month art exhibition themed around Earth Day and features a diverse assemblage of work by 26 artists. Whether driven by their content, their materials, and/or their creative process, the artists in SCROUNGE honor and sustain our planet with their work. This “scrappy” group displays grit, exuberance and thoughtfulness in spinning visual tales of consciousness, humor and positive action.

This exhibition is in cooperation with Doors Open Denver.

Arts Brookfield invigorates public spaces through the presentation of free cultural experiences in Brookfield Office Properties’ premier buildings around the world. By commissioning, producing, and presenting world-class works of art, Arts Brookfield supports creativity and innovation in the fields of music, dance, theater, film, and visual art.
Republic Plaza
56 Story Arts Space
Lobby Level & Concourse Levels
370 17th Street
Mondays - Friday: 8am - 6pm; Saturday: 8am - 2pm


Evergreen Fine Art: Terrie Lombardi

Terrie Lombardi: Color is the new Black

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery

April 12 - 30, 2014

  • In-Gallery Demonstration, Artist Reception and Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 12 from 1-6 pm
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Terrie Lombardi Cherries: Rapsody in Red

Born and raised in Denver, Terrie Lombardi has been painting for 18 years, developing her own unique vision and technique.Terrie’s goal in painting is to create images that reflect both the beauty and dignity of her subjects. In addition to her bold use of color, many of her paintings present a close-up view of objects that are cropped or singled out creating new dynamic focal points to express her subject matter.  

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery
3042 Evergreen Parkway
Evergreen, CO 80439


Masks 2014 at the Fort Collins Museum of Art

Masks 2014

Fort Collins Museum of Art

April 4 - May 2, 2014

Terry McNerney: The Fire of Music in Flight

Banner Health and Kaiser Permanente are the 2014 title sponsors of Masks, which marks its 10th anniversary as one of the most popular community arts event in Fort Collins and the northern Front Range. The 10th anniversary also pays tribute to one of FCMOA’s longtime supporters and early board president: Paula Edwards. Edwards is the Banner Health-Kaiser Permanente 2014 Masks Honorary Chair.

This year, over 200 community members–artists, business owners, students and residents–will display hidden talents in the form of highly individualized and creative masks. The masks are sold throughout the exhibition silent auction at the museum held from April 4-May 2 and at the Masks Gala Celebration live auction held on April 19.

The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for students/seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 6-17. Admission is free to museum members.

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


Boxcar: Idiosyncrasies


Boxcar Gallery

April 4 - 26, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday April 4th from 6-9pm

Boxcar Gallery presents Idiosyncrasies this exhibition features the work members Colleen Tully, Mandy Hazell & Bryony Lovelette. Opening reception is First Friday, April 4 and runs through April 26.

Colleen Tully's current body of work exhibits symbolic connotations in surreal form. While utilizing color in watercolor paintings and pastel drawings the artist augments reality using familiar subjects and subject matter to enhance every day, mundane ideas and thoughts into dream-like memories.

In Mandy Hazell’s work, she transports us back to a simpler time by exploring the elaborate body styles of vintage automobiles. Her work utilizes the vibrant colors associated with the 50’s and 60’s. Exaggerated lines, angles and body styles bring a strong sense of appreciation and nostalgia for the past, while maintaining a timeless aesthetic that transcends cultural eras.

Bryony Lovelette’s works are largely influenced by the beauty in nature, focusing on the abstract shapes and colors she finds by looking at reflections of water. She focuses on small aspects of landscapes, whether it be a cluster of trees, or taking a walk in the different neighborhoods of Denver, and paints them on canvas in an abstract manner that alludes to the original image she was inspired by. By abstracting the most common subjects of landscapes, she is able focus on color and texture and allows the beauty of the overlooked aspects of nature to show. 

Boxcar Gallery
554 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
Fri/Sat: 12-5pm, or by appointment by calling: 303.807.1379



Pirate: Bug and Holly Johnson


Pirate Contemporary Art

April 4 - 20, 2014

  • In the Associate Gallery: Holly Johnson: hool hat
  • Opening Reception: Friday April 4th from 6-10pm

Holly Johnson hoot hat at Pirate

Holly Johnson Artists Statement:

This is my 5th show at Pirate. I am a graduate of RMCAD and a member of Denver’s female art movement the Pink Collar Glam. I have taught for 2 years at Aspen Academy as their art teacher.

“hool hat” speaks of one’s need for shelter. It examines the meaning and the feeling of being alone even amidst a room of dense subjects, humans, and thoughts. hool hat is a representation of “horror vacui”. The gallery will consist of over 30 portraits and composite drawings/collages. The show will also have large scale figures that range from 9ft to 12ft. The large figures have a very “raw and exposed” aesthetic.

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



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