Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

Gildar: DeCo SLUt


Gildar Gallery

January 30 - February 20, 2015

  • Curated By: Adam Bateman, Taylor Balkinson, Tyler Beard
  • Featuring Works By: Taylor Balkinson, Adam Bateman, Tyler Beard, Amelia Carley, Scott Chamberlin, Matthew Choberka, Gemma Daniel Bayly, Jared David Paul Anderson, Jeromie Dorrance, Ian Fisher, Donald Fodness, Caleb Hahne, Cara Krebs, Xavian Lahey, Lizze Maatala, Lucas McMahon, Sean Moyer, Dominic Muttel, Andrew Rice, Anastasia Rynder, Jared Steffensen, Joel Swanson, Marcela Torres, Derrick Velasquez, Lindsey Winkel
  • Opening Reception: Friday January 30th from 7-10pm

Gildar Gallery has been turned over to artists-cum-curators Adam Bateman, Tyler Beard and Taylor Balkinson for a three week arts love affair between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah featuring the works of 25 artists from the two cities. Running from January 30 - February 20, 2015 DECO SLUT is a pop-up exhibition showcasing a wide range of artwork from Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. This exhibition seeks to serve as a catalyst for collaborative exchange between these two creative communities. The show features work from both emerging and established artists from both cities with the aim of opening artistic dialogue between locations, generations, and media in the contemporary West. All participating artists from both cities will be in attendance at the opening and the space will be operated by participating artists throughout the exhibition.

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


BMoCA: Substrate


Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

January 29 – April 5, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Thursday January 29th from 6:30-9pm
  • Featuring: Theresa Anderson, Adam Bateman, Graham Eschen & Aaron Miller-Rehm, Rosane Volchan O'Conor, Cheryl Pope, Robbie Rowlands and Michael Theodore
large RobbieSketch
Robbie Rowlands, sketch for site-specific installation for Substrate, 2014

Shifting our gaze from the walls to the floor, Substrate makes visible the surfaces and systems that guide how we interact with our surroundings. The seven site-responsive installations facilitate conversation about roles of the artist, museum, visitor, art, and architecture.

Encouraged to physically challenge the structure of the museum, the Substrate artists have created works that conceptually subvert the institutional framework as well. Taking different approaches, the artists have cut, covered, scraped, scratched, pushed, pulled, and transformed the floors. Their installations penetrate the museum’s surface, summon ghosts of our past, and peel back layers of history.

The marks, holes, and scratches on the surface of BMoCA’s floors tell stories collected over time. Confessions of years of wear and tear provide clues to the physical and institutional memories of past exhibitions, installations, and even former functions of the building. Adding to what is already written, the artists will leave their own layer on the history of the museum. Substrate alters the spatial hierarchy away from the walls to the floor, drawing attention to routines of the museum environment and how we experience art and architecture.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302


Emmanuel Gallery: CU Denver 2015 Annual Faculty Exhibition

University of Colorado Denver Annual Faculty Exhibition

Emmanuel Gallery

January 29 - February 19, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Thursday January 29th, 4-7pm
  • Bill Adams, Michael J. Brohman, Michelle Carpenter, Mary K. Connelly, Lanny DeVuono, David Fodel, Melissa Furness, Vivian George, Carol Golemboski, Quintin Gonzalez, Patti Hallock, Rebecca Heavner, Veronica Herrera, Conor King, Bryan Leister, Rian Kerrane, Phil Mann, Ron Trujillo, Travis Vermilye, Mariana Vieira

Emmanuel Gallery
Auraria Higher Education Center
10th and Lawrence St Mall
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Next: Beyond Erotic II

Beyond Erotic II

Next Gallery

January 30 - February 15, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 30th 6 – 10 pm
  • Participating Artists: Dave Seiler, Jill Renee Grant, Jill Razer Mustoffa, Joel Velt, John Babcock, Nikki Vail, Peter Yumi, Ruben Gaucin, Sarah Rockett, Steven Schaffner, Valerie Savarie, Veronica Franklin, Dan Ma and D.B. Michelle
  • Also on display: NEXT Associate Member Adrienne DeLoe

A re-invitational of the original show displayed at Next Gallery in 2013, Beyond Erotic II, will again have participating artists pushing the limit of what we consider erotic and all the artists have risen to the occasion to produce works that challenge the viewer to decide what is erotic or beyond. The challenge again this year is to have the viewer encounter the taboo of sexuality with humor, social commentary, personal choice and the subversion of expectations. The participating artists bring to the forefront their interpretations of the erotic through painting, sculpture, photography and media. Showing in conjunction with NEXT Associate Member Adrienne DeLoe.

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


40 West: How She Sees It

How She Sees It

40 West Arts Gallery

January 28 - February 14, 2015

  • Friday February 6th from 4:30-7:30pm: pop-up art and fashion boutique featuring local designers Salwa Owens and Caroline Smith. Come enjoy fashion, food, drink and items all priced under $100.

Join us Wednesday January 28th, at 40 West Arts Gallery in Lakewood for the opening reception of How She Sees It. This exhibit features local female artists' ideas of truth and perception and work that is a reflection of female identity. We're thrilled to bring this exhibit to 40 West Arts Gallery as a teaser for our 2015 Athena Project Arts Festival, Truth & Perception. Featured in the exhibit are noted photgrapher Elizabeth Gill Lui and award winning local painter Lydia Riegle. Her work Threshold XXXI (on the show card above) won the "Best Painting" award at the "Best of the Best of Denver's Art District on Santa Fe."  

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


Edge: David D’Agostino and Marie Weimer

David D’Agostino: A Boy Falling Out of the Sky

RMCAD presents Marie Weimer

Edge Gallery

January 30 - February 15, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday January 30th from 6-10pm with live performance

A Boy Falling Out of the Sky (2015) demonstrates D’Agostino’s unique approach to storytelling in which dark humor and absurdity function as central forces. The Bulgarian Carnival is the pivotal microcosm where repulsion and fascination, the will for appropriation of our senses, and the complexity and idiosyncrasy of human imagination all combine to conflate ‘what we don’t know, but what we think we know’. A place where earthly conditions appear to have no meaning, or only a corrupted, malevolent one. An esoteric realm representing our inner life and state of being--not a social commentary, but a psychological and spiritual portrait of self-delusion.

In collaboration with the Atlanta Poets Group, Kelly Brewer, Corrina Espinosa, Carol Helm, Mango Katz, Mia Fagley, Claire Leavitt, Luke Leavitt, Daniel Nilsson, and Mariana Seriska

David D’Agostino lives and works in Denver and Albuquerque. His paintings, performances and installations have been exhibited at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, MCA Denver, Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), Contemporary Art Centre (Plovdiv), Krause Gallery (Atlanta), Art Aqua (Miami), Poem 88 (Atlanta), Redline (Denver), and the Santa Fe Art Institute, among other venues.

RMCAD presents Marie Weimer

"Disequilibrium is part of our experiences and memories; we have all felt unstable at some time in our lives. For instance, migraines are an overwhelming sensation that makes lights, sounds, and movement intense and debilitating. The disequilibrium migraines cause in our body affects our experience of the world and enacts the urge to shut everything out in order to relinquish its hold on our reality. The motion in my photo series Volatile Motion shown alongside the video Migraine establishes the connection of migraines to motion in an experimental process that is dependent on light, time and sound. The process of long exposures allows for interesting lines, abstraction of the human figure, transparency and layered textures. These elements of migraines and motion go hand in hand with their distortion of the usual day." - Marie Weimer

Marie Weimer is a BFA candidate for 2015 at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design majoring in Photography and Video.

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


Arvada Center: rePOPulated, Phil Bender and Sean O'Meallie

rePOPulated: Contemporary Perspectives on Pop Art (Main Gallery)

Phil Bender: Phil Bender: Phil Bender (Upper Gallery)

Sean O'Meallie: Freeplay (Theater Gallery)

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

January 22 - March 29, 2015

  • Public Reception: Thursday January 22 from 6–9 p.m.
  • Artist Talks (Free admission, No RSVP required)
  • Saturday, February 7, 11:00 a.m. Theater and Upper Galleries; Artists: Phil Bender and Sean O’Meallie
  • Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. Main Gallery; Artists: Carlos Fresquez, Mark Penner-Howell, and Chinn Wang
  • Saturday, March 14, 11:00 a.m. Main Gallery; Artists: Kym Bloom, Evan Colbert, Margaret Kasahara, Colin Livingston and Tony Ortega
Tony Ortega - Super Hombre

More images at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arvadacenter/sets/72157648724371280

Mass media, culture and production, as seen through the lens of Pop Art is the focus of the Arvada Center’s first exhibition series of 2015. Fun, bold and rebellious, the Pop movement was a major departure from the prior artistic endeavors of the mid-twentieth century. Curator Collin Parson had this to say about the series, “Looking at the list of participating artists I realized that this exhibition highlights a diverse cross-section of American culture. I think visitors will enjoy the range of work represented.” The exhibition opens with a free public reception on January 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and runs through March 29, 2015. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada, Colorado.

rePOPulated: Contemporary Perspectives on Pop Art (Main Gallery)

rePOPulated: contemporary perspectives on pop art will showcase the evolution of the movement from the beginning to now. From the collection of the CU Art Museum in Boulder, pioneers of the American Pop Art movement such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist will be featured in order to provide historical background. Works from 15 regional artists will also be included in a wide range of media and perspectives on Pop Art today. For a complete list of participating artists, visit https://arvadacenter.org/galleries/repopulated-contemporary-perspectives-on-pop-art Image: Louis Recchia

Phil Bender: Phil Bender: Phil Bender (Upper Gallery)

Any exhibition series relating to Pop Art would not be complete without Colorado's Pop master, Phil Bender. For the past thirty years, Bender has collected everyday objects from our culture in multiples and repeating them in his masterful, signature way. Creating large grids, his work recalls the past, in which details of the slightest similarities and differences of such seemingly mundane items as suitcases, rolling pins, hubcaps, and other discarded and obscure items are highlighted and elevated to the realm of art. One of the founders of Denver's historic Pirate: Contemporary Art co-op gallery, Bender was recently awarded a Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts for his many achievements. Image: Phil Bender

Sean O'Meallie: Freeplay (Theater Gallery)

Colorado Springs artist Sean O'Meallie explores what he calls "the open play thread that runs through my practice" in this solo exhibition. A former toy inventor, his whimsical works look much like everyday items and found objects, but are actually one-of-a-kind, colorful wood sculptures. O'Meallie states that his work "draws from the incessant commercial blare of marketplace ideas, images, and activities of consumerism." O'Meallie's works are playful, inventive and even though a first glance hints at mass production, upon closer inspection the original art shines through. Image: Sean O’Meallie

Gallery Hours: The Arvada Center galleries are open to the public Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m. on evenings with theater performances. Free docent-led tours of the Arvada Center’s gallery exhibitions and history museum are available to groups of five or more. To schedule a tour, call the Arvada Center’s gallery/museum tour line at 720-898-7255.

About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities: Since its opening in July 1976, the award-winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go to www.arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200.

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


Foothills Art Center: Beyond Words

Beyond Words: Contemporary Book Art

Foothills Art Center

January 24 - March 22, 2015

"Author of My Current Condition" by Brenda LaBier

From design bookbinding to intricately detailed sculptures made from books to monumental installations featuring books, this exhibition will showcase a variety of works of art inspired by books. The juror is book artist Alicia Bailey who also is the owner of Abecedarian Gallery in Denver. To complement the juried portion of the exhibition, FAC has invited several highly accomplished book artists who are truly doing exceptional work in the field. Invited artists include Brian Dettmer, Monique Lallier, Adele Outteridge, Susan Porteous, and Claire Van Vliet and 40 artists selected from a highly competitive jury process.

"With this exhibition, Foothills Art Center hopes to increase awareness of the diversity and quality of contemporary book art and the role it plays in the world of fine craft and art," states Foothills Curator & Director of Educational Programs, Marianne Lorenz.
Foothills Art Center
809 15th Street
Golden, CO 80401
Tue-Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 - 5:00 pm


Spark: Deborah Bryon and Mark Brasuell

Deborah Bryon and Mark Brasuell

Spark Gallery

January 22 - February 15, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 2015 6-9pm
  • Last Look: February 15, 2015 1-4pm
  • In the North Gallery: Eva Darrington
Deborah Bryon - Walk-Ins, Acrylic, 5 x 6

Deborah Bryon presents Posturing: pos• ture {päsCHər} verb - place (someone) in a particular attitude or pose. Bryon draws on her experiences as a Jungian Psychologist and an expert on Shamanism to create paintings that look deeply into the human condition.

Mark Brasuell presents Zero, an investigation of covert language. From the CSA and the NSA to medical and shorthand languages, his paintings explore the intrigue of hidden meanings.

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


Pirate: RetroActive: Founding Spark

RetroActive: Founding Spark

Presented by Rule Gallery at Pirate Contemporary Art

January 23 - February 8, 2015

  • Featuring the founding members of SPARK Gallery (1979) Andy Libertone, Paul Gillis, Margaret Neumann, Clark Richert, Jerry Johnson, George Woodman, Richard Kallweit, Charles DiJulio, Suzy Roesler, Marcia Marfia Rehn, Jane Fudge, John Fudge
  • Opening Reception: Friday January 23rd from 6-10pm at Pirate
  • Panel discussion: "Early Collectives: Sparking a Revolution in Colorado" on Saturday, February 7 at 2pm at Pirate
  • Dominic Muttel in the associate space

Jerry Johnson - photo by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org

RULE Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition RetroActive: Founding Spark featuring original founding members of SPARK Gallery. SPARK, created in 1979, remains the longest running cooperative in the region, predating Pirate: Contemporary Art by just a few months. Acknowledging the 35 year history of both Co-Ops, it seemed fitting that this RULE Gallery Popup exhibition be held at Pirate: Contemporary Art. The show, which opens on Friday, January 23 from 6-10pm, will feature new and historical work by Andy Libertone, Paul Gillis, Margaret Neumann, Clark Richert, Jerry Johnson, George Woodman, Richard Kallweit, Charles DiJulio, Marilyn Nelson, Suzy Roesler, Marcia Rehn, Jane Fudge and John Fudge. The exhibition will be on view January 23 through February 8, 2015. Pirate: Contemporary Art is located at 3655 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211. Gallery hours for this exhibition are Friday 12-10pm, Saturday – Sunday 12-5pm.

A panel discussion entitled Early Collectives: Sparking a Revolution in Colorado, will be held on Saturday, February 7 at 2pm at Pirate and will be free and open to the public. The discourse will focus on the influence of early cooperatives on the local contemporary art scene. Featured panelists will be Andy Libertone (SPARK), Margaret Neumann (SPARK), Clark Richert (Criss Cross), Ken Peterson (Edge), Phil Bender (Pirate) and will be moderated by Denver Art Critic, Michael Paglia. Space is limited. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RetroActive: Founding Spark celebrates one of the pivotal moments in the history of contemporary art in Colorado. Rising from the idea that artists should have more control over the context of creating and exhibiting their work, SPARK, and a few months later, Pirate, provided venues where collaborative experiments and personal responses to the world could be realized without commercial pressure.

Many of these artists' careers were bolstered by this increased freedom and exposure leading to recognition from pioneering gallerists such as Robin Rule who was also keen to take risks with artists and exhibitions. While the founders of SPARK may not have been intentional activists, they launched a cultural movement that has helped the area develop into the contemporary art city it is today. Thirty-five years later RULE Gallery proudly continues to represent several of these early visionaries.

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


Theodore Waddell and Mark James at the FCMOA

Hallowed Absurdities: The Work of Theodore Waddell (Main Gallery)

Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial: 1915-2015- Twenty Years of Photography by Mark James (Gallery 101)

Fort Collins Museum of Art

January 16 – March 15, 2015

Waddell - Trophy #14 - 1986 - mixed media

The Fort Collins Museum of Art is pleased to present Montana artist Theodore Waddell, one of the region’s best known artists. Waddell is an accomplished painter, sculptor and printmaker although he is primarily recognized for his uniquely identifiable paintings of the West, rife with wildlife and signature Angus cattle. His sculptures take center stage in this exhibition titled Hallowed Absurdities, which opens with a Member’s reception on January 15th, 2015 with a Director’s tour by new Fort Collins Museum of Art Executive Director, Lisa Hatchadoorian. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, January 16th and remain on view through March 15, 2015.

In addition to his reputation as a fine artist, Ted, as he is known to his family and friends, is also a rancher who has witnessed firsthand the stark realities of living on the land—winter kill, roadkill, and the relationship between rural living, guns, and gun owners. Hallowed Absurdities reveals the artist’s thoughts on these topics with mock firearms cunningly crafted from a variety of found objects including bleached animal bones, snake rattles, salt, and veterinary instruments, to name a few. Additionally, and perhaps not for the squeamish amongst us, the artist elevates roadkill to a level of fine art by incorporating actual specimens into paintings, reminding us of the balance in nature that literally runs afoul of man and machinery.

At a time when gun rights have become a pivotal issue, the exhibition content poses timely questions about the responsibilities of gun ownership and stewardship of the land. The artist’s intent is not to fan the flames of the gun debate nor to create controversy about land use. Rather, Theodore Waddell aims to stir a thoughtful dialogue about these timely issues. Whether or not you are an aficionado of Theodore Waddell ‘s paintings, love or hate guns, or are looking to broaden your art definitions, you will find something unexpected to explore at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. Visit the museum’s website, www.ftcma.org, for more information about this and other current exhibitions, education programming, and related museum events. This exhibition organized by the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana.

Additionally, the Fort Collins Museum of Art is proud to present the evocative landscape photographs of Wellington photographer Mark James that celebrates the Centennial year of Rocky Mountain National Park. The exhibition Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial: 1915-2015- Twenty Years of Photography by Mark James will run from January 16 – March 15, 2015 with a member’s reception and artist talk on January 15th from 6:00-8:00pm. Utilizing a pinhole camera, James creates haunting, indelible images of this beloved landscape that has been part of America’s national consciousness for 100 years.

In 1995, Mark James was granted an Artist-in-Residence from Rocky Mountain National Park. He began photographing the Colorado Rocky Mountains using pinhole and lensed cameras to create a comprehensive body of work that portrays the landscape in a way that recalls the survey photographs of the 19th century. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for students with ID and seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 7-18. Children 6 and under and museum members are free.  

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


Core: Jackie Webster and Marcia Sanders

Jackie Webster and Marcia Sanders

Core New Art Space

January 23 - February 8, 2015

  • Artist's reception: Friday January 23, 6-9 pm
  • Closing coffee reception with the artists: Sunday February 8, 1-4 pm
Jackie Webster - Deconstructed

Marcia Sander’s exhibition Inside Out focuses on expression through the language of human experience. “I approach imagery as though I have been turned inside out, visually exposing my innermost emotions as a human being,” says Sanders.

She describes printmaking as her fundamental expressive conduit. “It has always mesmerized me that such a fleeting substance as human emotion can be timelessly recorded on such permanent materials as stone, metal and wood.”

Exhibiting with Sanders will be Jackie Webster. Deconstructed is the title of her show. In it, she takes complex and compound objects and deconstructs their individual elements. Each element is photographed, and the subsequent images are used to reconstruct the original object. “ I have always been interested in the way things work. From people to mechanical objects, I love trying to figure out what makes things tick individually and in relation to others,” says Webster.

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


To The Wind: Brian D'Agosta

Reflective: A Series in Metallics by Brian D'Agosta

To The Wind Bistro

January 23 - February 28, 2015

  • Opening evening: Friday, January 23rd from 9:30-11:00pm

"Reflective: A Series in Metallics" are recent paintings by artist Brian D'Agosta

Reflective is a collection of works unified in technique and tone, assembled with content from seemingly opposite origins. The title of this installation refers to the metallic silvers and bronzes used throughout, giving the pieces motion when viewed at different angles. The forms are a miasma of calligraphic script, Art Nouveau, graffiti, science fiction, and punk aesthetics.

Appetizers provided at the showing by renown owners/Chefs Royce Oliveira and Leanne Adamson, who've been mentioned by Zagat and others as one of the hottest restaurants in Denver. Beverages are available during the event as well, while regular dinner seating will have been completed prior to the event.

To The Wind Bistro
3333 E Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80205


RMCAD: Carin Rodenborn

Carin Rodenborn: Not Yet But Soon

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design Rude Gallery

January 19 – March 12, 2015

  • Opening reception and artist talk: Thursday January 22nd from 5 - 7pm

The Rude Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Not Yet But Soon by artist and RMCAD faculty Carin Rodenborn . The exhibition will run from January 19th, 2015, – March 12th, 2015. An opening reception and artist talk will be held Thursday January 22nd, 2015 from 5 - 7pm. About The Exhibition:

“I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people,sometimes from heavenly bodies,sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.”

Italo Calvino, from Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Like Calvino, I am looking for ways to suggest lightness. I am curious about formal and metaphorical connections and convergences, and how form and metaphor play on each other through color, shape, space and a consideration of edges. Lightness is found both in this playful banter and in a material lightness of touch.

My approach is an exploration of spaciousness through an inquisitive experimentation with materials. I work with both traditional and non-traditional materials in a painting and drawing practice that often looks a lot like sculpture. My work has always been rooted in painting, yet, when immersed in the process, I am more often involved with the object of a painting than I am the image.

There is a sense of wonder in the search for and the study of the poetics of painting that makes for a joyful, if not sometimes awkward, pursuit. For me, both the joy and awkwardness present in this pursuit meet at the crossroads of geometric and expressive qualities of abstraction that together embody both vulnerability and a sense of strength.

About the Artist: Carin Rodenborn is a visual artist and writer living and working in Denver, CO. She received her MFA from Rutgers University in 2007 and her BFA from Iowa State University in 1995. She has taught at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX and St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, and currently teaches at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States.

Rude Gallery
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
1600 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214


DAVA: APS Art Educators 2015

15th Annual Aurora Public Schools Art Educators’ Exhibit

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

January 23 - March 6, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday January 23rd from 4-7:30pm
Thad J McCauley - Kookaburra Flip - 53x24in

Please join us for an exhibit of Aurora Art teachers’ artworks at DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts). This marks the 15th 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 January 23rd to March 6th with the opening reception from 4 pm to 7:30 pm on Friday January 23rd. 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. For the past seven years, art teacher Deborah Nolasco of Boston K-8 has been organizing the show alongside DAVA.“Art teachers have two callings,” stated Ms. Nolasco. “We are both called to teach and called to be artists; a foot in the educational system, and a foot in the art world. These worlds do not frequently intersect, except in our classrooms. DAVA has given us an amazing space to share our professional work with the same communities we teach in.”

For the third year in a row, the educators will be creating and donating small art works in conjunction with their large-scale pieces. Each of the clay wall hangings were created at a group Professional Development workshop conducted by APS teacher, Jacquelynn Ryan. 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 is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with a primary focus on youth engagement. For more information about our programs, visit www.davarts.org.

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



Vertigo: Something/Nothing


Vertigo Art Space

January 22 – February 28, 2015

  • Artist Reception: Friday January 23rd, 6–9 pm
  • Curated by Peter Strange Yumi
Spectrum: Bio Interloper V, detail, Crystal Wagner, 2014
Cut paper, screen print, wood, paint; 25" x 5" x 19" 

Artist as Curator Series featuring Peter Strange Yumi

The Artists: Something/Nothing is a group exhibition curated by Peter Strange Yumi featuring the work of Andrea Burgay, Amber Cobb, Paul Loughney, Lorrie McClanahan, Liz Miller, Sarah Rockett, Naomi Scheck, Zach Searcy, and Crystal Wagner.

Statement: An appearance can only exist if there is a mind that beholds it. The “beholding” of that appearance is nothing other than experience; that is what actually takes place…All the elements are vividly distinguished as long as the mind fixates on them. Yet they are nothing but a mere presence, an appearance. When the mind doesn’t apprehend, hold, or fixate on what is experienced, ...“reality” loses its solid, obstructing quality.

—Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, As It Is

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


RedLine: Just Playing and Murmur

Just Playing and Murmur


January 16 - March 1, 2015 (Murmur through February 1)

  • Opening Reception: Friday January 16, 2015: Member's Preview: 6 - 7 pm; Public Reception: 7 - 9 pm

Just Playing: RedLine's Annual Resident Artist Exhibition
Curated by Petra Sertic
January 16 - March 1, 2015

Just Playing is the first exhibition in a five-part series entitled Play it Forward presented by RedLine in 2015. This series of exhibitions, partnerships, and public programs will explore the intersection of art and play and its important role in building healthy communities. Participating artists include: Theresa Anderson, Libby Barbee, Christina Battle, Katie Caron, Amber Cobb, Heather Doyle-Maier, Sandra Fettingis, Jennifer Ghormley, Homare Ikeda, Evan Mann, Claudia Mastrobuono, Suchitra Mattai, Dmitri Obergfell, Collin Parson, Daisy Patton, George P. Perez, Nikki Pike, Andy Rising, Tara Rynders, Dylan Scholinski, Laura Shill, Mark Sink, Jodi Stuart, Chris Ulrich, Chinn Wang, Katie Watson.

Curated by Charmain Schuh
January 16 - February 1, 2015

RedLine alumni Justin Beard, Katie Caron and Bryan Leister team up to construct a mystifying environment where the audience is essential in creating an immersive and interactive art experience. The exhibition Murmur exemplifies its definition and brings to light the instantaneous effect that a simple word creates in today’s social media world.

Murmur is defined as a low sound when many people are speaking or a quiet expression of an opinion or feeling. The artists create a setting and ambiance where murmuring exists and thrives. The gallery contains an overwhelming, funnel-like organic form that resembles a giant human ear or seashell or internal eye designed by Justin Beard and Katie Caron. The viewer is enticed to enter the spotlight in front of a microphone. They are now on a stage and the center of their own universe. The individual speaks a single word. The word resonates through the form and creates flowing images that project onto the wall. Through a code designed by Bryan Leister using Twitter as the foundation, the word locates others thinking about that same word in real time.

2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
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Mai Wyn: 2015 Collector's Preview

2015 Collector's Preview Group Show

Mai Wyn Fine Art

January 16 - February 28, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 6-9pm
  • Featuring work by Gregory Euclide, Bryan Andrews, Sharon Bond Brown, Jodie Roth Cooper, Priscilla Fowler, Susanne Mitchell, Scott Ryan Roper and Mai Wyn Schantz
Artists Group Images
Mai Wyn Fine Art is gearing up for a stellar 2015 and opening the year with their Collector’s Preview, a group exhibition showcasing a sampling of new work by this year’s eight featured artists. Please join the gallery and artists Friday January 16th for the Collector’s Preview Opening Reception from 6-9pm.

Since artist Mai Wyn Schantz opened Mai Wyn Fine Art two years ago, she has presented an eclectic mix of both established and emerging talent…2015 is no exception. Look forward to solos by internationally acclaimed artist Gregory Euclide, local favorite Sharon Bond Brown and wood sculptor Bryan Andrews, who makes a welcome return to the Denver art scene with the first solo in early March. Denver new-comers sculptor Jodie Roth Cooper and painter Scott Ryan Roper are also featured along with Priscilla Fowler and gallery owner-Mai Wyn Schantz.

After much success, Mai Wyn Fine Art will also host its 2nd Annual Juried Show this summer…details and juror to be announced by March 1st. Susanne Mitchell’s mixed media drawing was named best of show last year by juror Michael Chavez, Manager of Denver’s Public Art Program. As part of her award Mitchell will also be a featured artist this year at the gallery…a wonderful incentive for any artist to participate in the gallery’s Annual Juried Show.

Mai Wyn Fine Art is located in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe at 744 Santa Fe Dr. (303) 893-4182 www.maiwyn.com. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm with extended gallery hours on 1st Friday (until 9pm) and 3rd Friday (until 8pm).

Mai Wyn Fine Art
744 Santa Fe Dr.


Myhren: 2015 Faculty Triennial

2015 Faculty Triennial

Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver

January 15 - February 22, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15, 5-7 PM

The Vicki Myhren Gallery presents a sampling of work by faculty of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Denver. The Faculty Triennial shows off the wide range and extraordinary quality of work by both regular and adjunct faculty at the SAAH. The exhibition runs through February 22.

Exhibiting artists include: Lawrence Argent, Catherine Chauvin, Lea Ertz, Rafael Fajardo, Sarah Gjertson, Deborah Howard, Jeffrey Keith, Stephanie Lindsey, Roddy MacInnes, Evan Mann, Suchitra Mattai, Tom Mazzullo, Conor McGarrigle, Laleh Mehran, Mia Mulvey, Alfredo Ortiz, Naomi Scheck, Derrick Velasquez, Chinn Wang, Timothy Weaver, and Edie Winograde.

Open Hours: Tuesday through Sunday: 12-5 PM; Thursday extended hours: 12-7 PM; Closed Mondays

For more information about parking, accessibility, special events and upcoming exhibitions, please visit our website: http://du.edu/vmgallery

Vicki Myhren Gallery
Shwayder Art Building
University of Denver School of Art & Art History
2121 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80210



Love: Lightning Blend

Lightning Blend

Love Gallery

January 16 - February 13, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th, 6pm-10pm
  • Curated by: Tom Bond
Featuring artwork by: Jacques Bartels, Tom Bond, Cannon Dill, Brian Donnelly, Dominic De Venuta, Austin England, John Fellows, Ian Ferguson, Mike Graves, Jack Graydon, Travis Hetman, Tyler Krasowski, Tobias P Lee, Scot Lefavor, Jon Macnair, Kyler Martz, Sarah Michaels, Paul Michel, Ornamental Conifer, Bruce Parker, Elyse Saunders, Matt Schiel, Nick Shelton, Scott Teplin, Sam Turner, Sara Zahedi, Mario Zoots

Curated by Denver based artist, Tom Bond, Lightning Blend is an aesthetic mash-up of 27 artists from across the country. This show brings together some local legends, exciting new-comers, and personal favorites of the curator at the recently renovated Love Gallery space on east Colfax.

Love Gallery
4954 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220


McNichols: Culture Catalyst

Culture Catalyst: Celebrating 20 Years of Art at Denver International Airport

McNichols Civic Center Building

January 16 - March 8, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday January 16th from 5-8pm
“Culture Catalyst” features historical photographs of eight of the original 22 commissions at DIA and videos of the upcoming public art at the Hotel and Transit Center site. The exhibit also includes six new temporary commissions of mural, digital media and painting by artists Darrell Anderson, David Fodel, Hollis + Lana, Joel Swanson and Chinn Wang. Each commissioned artist has a special relationship to Denver and the airport, representing the cultural and economic impact that DIA has had on Colorado. Several of the artists have moved to Colorado specifically to practice as an artist, and Denver was appealing because of its supportive and multi-faceted arts community.

“Since the opening of Denver International Airport in February 1995, the city of Denver has experienced a creative, entrepreneurial and cultural boom,” said DIA’s Art and Culture Program Manager Chris Stevens. “This exhibit highlights how Denver International Airport’s original art collection was ground-breaking from a cultural impact perspective and the catalyst for Denver’s one percent for public art program.”

The Denver Public Art Program was established by executive order under Mayor Federico Peña in 1988 and became law in 1991. The intent of the program was to “…expand the opportunities for Denver residents to experience art in public places, thereby creating more visually pleasing and human environments.” The order directed that one percent of the construction budget of any capital improvement project over $1 million be set aside for the inclusion of art. This order ensured that the new airport would be the site of the first large-scale public art project for the city.

About DIA’s Art and Culture Program

DIA’s Art and Culture Program administers the City and County of Denver’s “one percent for art” ordinance which enhances public places and features nearly 30 site-specific works including sculptures, murals and other installations. The pieces are displayed in outdoor landscapes, inside Jeppesen Terminal and on airport concourses, as well as in the train tunnels and on the train itself. In addition to its permanent art collection, DIA curates temporary exhibitions, collaborating with museums, cultural institutions and arts organizations to present the highest quality two- and three-dimensional work. For more information, visit www.flydenver.com/about/art_culture.

McNichols Civic Center Building
144 West Colfax (corner of West Colfax and Bannock)
Denver, CO 80202


Mike Wright: Laura Guese: Ciel Colorado

Laura Guese: Ciel Colorado

Mike Wright Gallery

January 16 - February 28, 2015

  • Opening Reception and Gallery One Year Anniversary Party: Friday January 16th 5-9pm
Laura Guese - Ciel de Champagne

Gallery Celebrates Its First Year By Debuting A Talented Local Artist

Above the soil and beneath the stars exists the realm of clouds. Rising Denver artist Laura Guese will share her powerful visions of that dream like dimension on January 16th at Mike Wright Gallery with an Artist Reception to coincide with the gallery's One Year Anniversary Celebration.

“I’ve always been drawn to the skies,” says Guese, whose glass-clad River North studio provides limitless opportunities for inspiration. “I feel transported just staring at the forms and motion of clouds. The sky is peaceful, and very meditative. That’s what I want the viewer to feel.” Guese began adventuring into the world above as an art student at Saint Mary’s College, her brush illuminating the beauty of northern California’s sea born cloudscapes.

Several residencies in Wyoming and scholarly safaris as far afield as Mexico and the Lesser Antilles have enriched her appreciation of her ephemeral subjects, but Guese has found clouds nowhere more inspiring that those of her native Centennial State. “Laura’s work captures a subject that has particular meaning to Colorado residents,” explains Mike Wright Gallery director Sara Melzer, “the bluebird skies that characterize every Colorado landscape without seasonal or geographical distinctions. Whether one prefers mountains, prairies, deserts, or cities in the spring, summer, fall or winter, her work has universal appeal.”

Guese generally finds larger canvasses better suited to her grand and billowed vistas, but her smaller works are proof that a skilled hand can render the mightiest thunderhead in modest scale without sacrificing an atom of its force. “They have very imposing, strong forms, but they’re just water vapor,” says Guese. “That contradiction has always fascinated me. I started out painting realistic skies, but my work has evolved to a more abstract style.

The shapes within clouds are very organic, and I’m always exploring ways to reveal them.” It’s easy to discover within her layered silhouettes a compelling internal drama. Recently returned from a residency in Marnay-sur-Seine, a quiet town in France’s Champagne country, Guese brought back with her a new and distinctly European perspective on clouds. When combined with her Colorado sensibilities, a new style evolved, and this January Guese will be pleased to share it with guests to Mike Wright Gallery. “Ciel Colorado” will open during the gallery's one year anniversary celebration from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2015 and run through February 28th .

Since opening its doors in January of 2014, Mike Wright Gallery has introduced Denver to artists from around the world, been voted Best Art Gallery on the Denver A-List, and succeeded in combining the fine art experience with a chic wine bar and approachable ambience. The Anniversary Celebration will include live music and, in true Mike Wright Gallery fashion, introduce Denver to another up and coming, young artist.

Mike Wright Gallery
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202



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