Ira Sherman: Hardcore Chastity Couture

Bitfactory Galley

July 19 - August 8, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday July 19 from 6-10pm
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Ira Sherman - Molinete, (detail, back), 2015 - Hot forged and fabricated mild steel, forged brass, cast bronze, amethyst and garnet - 6'6" x 3' x 3'

Bitfactory Galley is thrilled to announce a solo sculpture exhibition by Denver artist Ira Sherman. This current body of work melds Sherman’s skills as a metalsmith and jeweler with his technical prowess and moral commitments. Sherman’s artistic project is inspired by a desire to create dialogue around the subject of sexual assault. His ingenious mechanized works enlist humor and opulence to engage viewers with this issue. These elegant steel undergarments have been reinterpreted as sophisticated fashion that provides safe and sexy armored protection. The resulting metal couture transforms wearers into tangible and symbolic guardians of their own bodies. Designed for both men and women they allow one to be both inviting and invincible. Sherman's "Hardcore Chastity Couture" is closely aligned with Alexander McQueen’s bold conceptual fashions, as both artists share the desire to empower the wearer through their work.

Bitfactory Gallery and Studios
851 Sante Fe Blvd.
Denver, CO.


With or Without Hue by Lisa Calzavara

SYNC Gallery

July 18 - August 10, 2019

  • Third Friday artists' reception: July 19 from 6-9pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: August 2 from 6-9pm
“Vibrations”; Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 36”;
In her new series, Lisa Calzavara explores the idea of telling stories by transforming thoughts and emotions into abstract pictograms that form an unconscious language. The images are an effort to communicate the feelings and emotions that are difficult to put into words. Individual pieces can be combined with others to create greater meaning and express unconscious ideas. We can choose to accept these thoughts or simply change the perspective (orientation) of the piece to alter the meaning or sequence. This allows us to activate our imaginations and create our own unique abstract stories that express our passions, thoughts and dreams.

SYNC Gallery exhibits a variety of contemporary abstract and conceptual works by a collective of emerging and established artists. Each month select members display exciting work with a wide freedom of expression. Located in the Art District on Santa Fe in Denver – known for its vibrant arts scene – SYNC Gallery has become a destination for art lovers. Gallery hours: Thursday 1-4, First & Third Friday 6-9, other Fridays 1-4, Saturday 12-4 or by appointment.​

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


36th Annual All Colorado Art Show

Curtis Center for the Arts

July 13 - August 31, 2019

  • Juror Talk: Saturday, July 20, 2:00 p.m.
  • We are honored to have Collin Parson serve as this year's juror; Collin serves as Director of Galleries at the Arvada Center; He was recognized as one of 100 Colorado Creatives by Westword Magazine in 2013 and is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver
The Curtis Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the 36th Annual All Colorado Art Show. This exhibit will showcase over 60 works of art in many different mediums from artists across the state. The exhibit will also feature works from this year’s Village Read author Jayme Manfield.

Curtis Arts and Humanities Center
2349 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80210
Monday - Friday: 8:30- 4:30; Saturdays - 10am - 4pm


For The Record: Immersive Art Experience

Spectra Art Space

July 20 - August 13, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday July 20th at 7:00pm
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This art show features works of art, all made on or from Vinyl Records, CDs, Tapes and Show Posters! The opening reception will be Co-presented in conjunction with Underground Music Showcase - UMS with live music, installations, giveaways, and so much more! With Special all Vinyl DJ Sets by Furbie Cakes and there's an ape for that.

Spectra Art Space
1836 South Broadway

SPARK'S 40th Anniversary Celebration and Art Exhibition

Spark Gallery

July 11 - 28, 2019

  • Panel Discussion: “Co-ops Past, Present and Future”: Thursday, July 25, 7-9 pm
  • Last Look: Sunday, July 28 from 1-4pm

Paul Gillis, When Kingship Ascends To Heaven, 2018, oil on canvas, 40” x 40”

SPARK is Denver’s original cooperative art gallery, established in 1979 as an alternative to traditional commercial galleries. Over the past 40 years, SPARK Gallery has fostered a spirit of artistic risk-taking and exploration.

To commemorate our 40th anniversary, two shows this summer will honor the original founding members and acknowledge the many artists who have been members over the years. Artists in our first show include:

Pat Aaron, Catherine Carilli, Kellie Cannon, Katie Caron, Judith Cohn, John Davenport, Martha Daniels, Charles DiJulio*, Marilyn Duke*, Virginia Folkestad, John Fudge*, Margaretta Gilboy, Paul Gillis*, Rob Gratiot, John Hadwen, Leanna Hund, Jerry Johnson*, Virginia Johnson, Richard Kallweit*, Andy Libertone*, Marcia Marfia*, Lisa Michot , Marilyn Nelson*, Margaret Neumann*, Patty Ortiz, Jennifer Parisi, Clark Richert*, Andy Rising, Suzy Roesler*, Jean Schiff, Barbara Shark, David Sharpe, Sally Stockhold, Megan Svendsen, Barbara Takenaga, Sarah Timberlake, George Woodman*

*Founding member, SPARK, 1979

Gallery Hours: Thursday 12-5 pm | Friday 12-9 pm | Saturday 12-5 pm | Sunday 1-4 pm
Located on the corner of 9th and Santa Fe Drive in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe


Myah Mazcara: For Your Protection

Solo Show & Installation

Sally Centigrade Art Gallery

July 11 - 27, 2019

  • Opening Reception Thursday July 11th 5-9:30
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Show Includes a 5 Foot Tall Eyeball that Dispenses Art! Skulls! Crows! Pills! So Much More!! For Your Protection is Myah Bailey's first solo show since 2012, and a dramatic departure in style and content from her previous shows. The show includes a pink eyeball room installation, complete with a 5 foot tall eyeball that dispenses smaller eyeballs as well as number of painted crow sculptures and more than a dozen new paintings.

Myah reports that a 3 headed raven has been regularly visiting the gallery, and that it is an omen of bad luck for the entire Front Range.

Out of love for her neighbors, she has been painting tirelessly for months because it is well documented that the only way for the people of the region to protect themselves is by purchasing one of her eye pieces (which are the not only good luck, but can also offset any bad energy brought by the raven).

The artist will be on hand to bestow good wishes on all visitors at the opening reception, drinks will be served and as always the gallery will include a multitude of prints from some of the most popular artists in the lowbrow / pop surreal genre.

Sally Centigrade Art Gallery
445 S. Saulsbury St., Unit E
Lakewood, CO 80226


Dianna VanderDoes (Gallery I)

Anne Gifford (Gallery II)

NCAR Community Art Program

July 1 – September 6, 2019

The NCAR Community Art Program is proud to present two new exhibits: Fiber Art by Dianna VanderDoes gallery I and Watercolor by Anne Gifford gallery II.

Dianna VanderDoes is a fiber artist working in cotton and silk fabric. She combines surface design techniques such as dyeing, painting, image transfer and applique, in layers that she stitches together to create complex images.

Anne Gifford began her career as a silkscreen artist. After 25 years of printmaking, she now works with watercolor where she builds successive layers of color to create her vibrantly rich detailed paintings. She has lived in Boulder since 1976 and finds inspiration in the natural beauty of Colorado. On her many walks and hikes throughout the area, Anne is always on the lookout for new imagery. Light, shadows, rocks, water, mountains, canyons, wildlife and whimsy are all part of Anne’s subject matter as she brings her own unique vision to her work.

NCAR's Mesa Laboratory is located at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. Its galleries and Visitor Center are open to the public on weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on weekends and holidays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is no charge for admission.


Nathan Sawaya: Park People

Republic Plaza

July 10 – August 27, 2019


Republic Plaza presents Park People, an interactive art installation by the globally recognized LEGO® artist Nathan Sawaya in downtown Denver July 10 – August 27. Six captivating, monochromatic human forms seated on park benches will grace the 16th Street Mall side of the exterior of Denver’s tallest office building, inviting people to interact with this public exhibition. Inspired by the simple moments of ‘just taking a seat,’ these whimsical LEGO® people explore the artistic potential of the human form.

Republic Plaza, Exterior
16th Street Mall Side
370 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202


“Outlined Against the Visible” a Solo Exhibition by Dan Drossman

Pendula Architects Collective (863 Santa Fe Drive in Denver)

July 5 – August 23, 2019

  • Opening Reception: First Friday, July 5, 6-10 pm
  • First Friday Reception: August 2nd, 6-10 pm
  • Closing Reception: Friday, August 23, 6-10 pm
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Dan Drossman Purge Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 48” x 60”

For Artist Dan Drossman creation is his catharsis. Having lived with chronic pain for much of his life, he has come to understand the complexities of the mind-body interaction and how pain can simultaneously be a brutal physical reality and a manifestation of the brain. He explores this conflict through his artwork, embracing an intuitive process that allows him to connect to his unconscious—the invisible—letting it explode visually—and visibly­—into consciousness and onto the canvas. His paintings and drawings merge elements of graffiti, cartooning, and abstraction to create a unique language.

Drossman is proud to announce a solo exhibition of his paintings and drawings—his first since moving Denver from New York City in 2018. Outlined Against the Visible will be on view July 5 – August 23, 2019 at Pendula Architects Collective, 863 Santa Fe Drive in Denver’s popular Art District on Santa Fe. 

The exhibit will showcase an ongoing series of work that delves into the artist’s psyche, with the goal of aligning the medium with his mental states while giving visual cues. The work is accessible to his audience through a deft use of line, color and other formal elements. Works range in size from small to large, and employ marker, acrylic, charcoal and other media on paper and canvas. Drossman describes the motivation behind his artwork:

“My curiosity lies in the relationship between the visible and the invisible, and the point in which these boundaries meet. In my process, it’s the moment where unconscious intuition is confronted by conscious intellect. In the image itself, it is where abstraction begins to suggest figuration. It’s here where I love to play.”

Drossman grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, received his BA from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and holds an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York. He has had solo and group exhibitions throughout New York and North Carolina. He is currently lives in Denver, Colorado and is represented by Ruler Art in New York City ( He can be found working in his space at Bitfactory Studios on Santa Fe Drive, or online at his newly refreshed website and on Instagram @dandrossmanart.

Pendula is a collaborative of Architects and related professions. A vital community of individuals who have joined their intellectual resources to explore, enhance, and promote their practice. They are proud to use their space on Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe as a venue for showcasing local artists.


Moonrocks: Wilson Thomas

Artists on Santa Fe

July 1 - 29, 2019

  • Open Monday-Friday from 10-5 and Saturdays from 10-4
  • 1st Friday Art Walk - July 5, 6-9 pm
  • 3rd Friday Artist’s Reception - July 19, 5-8 pm
Wilson Moonrocks
“Moonrocks - Wilson Thomas”: an exhibition of art jewelry inspired by space exploration, lunar landscapes and daydreams of Mars.

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.

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


Judith Content: Evanescence

Tansey Contemporary

July 6 - August 24, 2019

  • Opening reception with live artist demo: July 6, 2019, 2-4 pm
Serpentine Series II, Judith Content, Shibori dyed, discharged, stitched silk, 6" x 6" x 2"

Tansey Contemporary proudly presents Evanescence, Judith Content Solo Exhibition, curated by and previously on view at the San José Museum of Quilts & Textiles, on view in Denver July 6 through August 24, 2019. Evanescence features a selection of textile works and a ceramic installation by Palo Alto, California artist Judith Content. Known for her use of discharge dyeing and shibori dyeing technique, Content’s work references the natural landscape with painterly movement to explore place and memory.

Inspired by various elements of Japanese culture—haiku poetry, wagashi confections, and kimonos—Content creates her textile works using complex arashi and itajime shibori dyeing techniques on silk, her preferred material. A master of shibori techniques, Content has spent four decades mastering its variations. Content’s compositions also evoke a Japanese aesthetic.

She looks to the natural world in its myriad forms: inlets, coastal marshes, fog, majestic mountainscapes, desert canyons, an expanse of sky. Content’s abstract interpretations provide space for the viewer to form their own relationship with each artwork. While her background in watercolor surfaces in her bold, painterly use of color and line. She aspires to create subtle visual tension by intersecting dynamic and harmonious elements in each work.

Content’s art has been exhibited nationally and internationally; numerous institutions hold her work in their permanent collections including the de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Museum of Arts and Design, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, International Shibori Collection, and the State of New Mexico’s public art collection. She has served as juror for Quilt National and Quilt Visions and as president of Studio Art Quilt Associates where she established the exhibition program.

Tansey Contemporary
1743 Wazee Street, Suite 150
Denver, CO 80202
Tuesday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm

Screaming Low-Level Panic

Rhinoceropolis (3553 Brighton Blvd in Denver)

July, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday July 5th from 6-10pm
  • Featuring works by Dmitri Obergfell, Jordan Dawson, Trash, Alex Behler, Ike Clateman, Livy Onalee Snyder, and Adrian Wright
  • Curated by Coleman Mummery
Image by Trash

“Individuals are locked into repeating loops, aware that their activity is pointless, but nevertheless unable to desist. The ceaseless circulation of digital communication lies beyond the pleasure principle: the insatiable urge to check messages, email or Facebook is a compulsion, akin to scratching an itch which gets worse the more one scratches. Like all compulsions, this behaviour feeds on dissatisfaction. If there are no messages, you feel disappointed and check again very quickly. But if there are messages you also feel disappointed: no amount of messages is ever enough.” -Mark Fisher, The Privatization of Stress

The cultural theorist Mark Fisher uses the phrase screaming low-level panic to describe the experience of cyberspace in his lecture of cybertime crisis. He argues neoliberalism has created a self-perpetuating control through communication, creating a panic temporality caused by the rapid onslaught of information. The artificial hyper-competition of capitalist cyberspace creates mandatory entrepreneurialism by a consensual hallucination of business and busy-ness: a paralyzing interlock of work and libido. The infinity of cyberspace and the finitude of the organism inhibits the ability to construct a coherent self in the face of constant input. The infinite demands of cyberspace disables agency and produces anxiety.

Instead of engaging directly with the political and cultural forces that create this cybertime crisis, this exhibition is opting to explore a cybernetic demonology of information, possessed animism of tech objects. Demons born from human technology whose hell is cyberspace. In an attempt at soothsaying, this exhibition aims to reconcile our cybernetic and spiritual paradigm.

The polemic of Fisher’s crisis confronts our reality of disseminated information. Will our capacity to communicate save us or crush us in demonic waves of clout? Or more appropriately, how can we free cyberspace itself from neoliberal capitalism?


Sara-Lou Klein: Keep On Keeping On

Edge Gallery

July 5 - 21, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, July 5, 6:00-10:00pm
  • Sara-Lou will be at the gallery: Sunday, July 7th, 2:30-5;00pm, Sunday, July 14th, noon-2:30pm, Friday, July 19th, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday, July 20th, 2:30-5:00pm, and the last afternoon of the show Sunday, July 21st, 2:30-5:00pm
EDGE Gallery is on the NorthWest corner of Reed Street and Colfax Ave-just follow one of the GREEN Art Lines and you will find us! (There is parking along Reed Street, or you may want to park across the street in a large parking lot-be careful walking across Colfax. Or park over by Pirate, or NEXT see their shows, and follow the GREEN Art Line to EDGE Gallery).

Edge Gallery
7001 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO
Thu: 1-5pm, Fri: 5-10pm, Sat/Sun:12-5pm


Dylan Griffith: Master of Your Domain

Lane Meyer Projects

June 28 - July 29, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday June 28, 6pm
pressphotoI don’t know what you expect to find out there, Jerry. But there’s one thing I do know - I know I can stand here and watch you try to destroy everything I’ve ever wanted in my life while wanting to smash your face with my fist, because you won’t even make the slightest effort to opt for happiness, and still know that I love you. You mean so much to me that I’m willing to take all of your abuse and insults and insensitivity. Cause that’s what you need to do to prove that I'm not going to leave you. I’m sick and tired of running from places and people and relationships. You want me, then fight for me. Because I’m sure as hell fighting for you.

Lane Meyer Projects
2528 Walnut Street
Denver CO 80205


Joe Clower: Paintings

Rule Gallery

June 27 - August 10, 2019

  • Grand Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27 6-9p
  • New gallery location: 808 Santa Fe Drive in Denver
Joe Clower, Untitled (green bars), 2016, watercolor on paper, 14.75 x 18 inches

RULE Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Joe Clower as the inaugural event at our new location in Denver. The show will open with a public reception June 27, 2019, from 6-9pm, concurrent with the gallery’s Grand Opening at its new expanded location, 808 Santa Fe Drive.

Pulling from varied source materials around him, Joe Clower’s richly conceived works abandon the conventionality of time and space and realize uncategorized realms through compositions of floating objects, eccentric environments and depersonalized modernist landscapes. His sharply lined paintings, often on panel, tin or paper, develop their own distinctly private language that jumps from the bizarrely outlandish to the strangely mundane, emphasizing idiosyncratic narratives. Spanning more than 40 years, the paintings in the exhibition trace the development of Clower’s dissonant story telling into a fully formed visual sensibility and aesthetic. One, however, that still expects the viewer to do the work.

Joe Clower (b. 1937) received his BFA in 1963 from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA and his MFA in 1967 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. While at CU Boulder he became connected with many of Colorado’s new wave of artists as a member of Boulder’s Armory Group and later the Criss-Cross artist co-operative. Clower has exhibited his work nationally since 1964, including exhibitions in New York City, NY; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; and throughout Colorado. His museum exhibitions include the Denver Art Museum, MCA/Denver, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kansas City Art Institute, Whitney Museum of American Art, Center on Contemporary Art Seattle, The Harwood Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Alaska State Museum, in addition to numerous University institutions around the country. His work is in the public collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Eli and Edythe Broad Collection, the National Gallery of Australia, and Warner Brothers Records along with many private collections.

RULE Gallery, founded in 1991, has locations in Denver, CO and Marfa, TX. RULE represents emerging and mid-career contemporary artists and artist estates, with a focus on fostering investigative art practices while developing artists’ long-term careers. Outside their robust in-house exhibition schedule, RULE coordinates programming in prominent institutions and non-traditional settings, expanding community engagement with the work. In addition, the gallery actively endeavors to bring greater recognition of the region’s historic art movements to a broader audience.

Rule Gallery
530 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Leon Benn: Lion in the Kitchen

David B. Smith Gallery

June 28 – July 27, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 28th, 6 - 8 pm; Free and open to the public/ Artist in Attendance
  • In the gallery’s project room, a solo exhibition: Su Su: Extrusion Paintings
Leon Benn, Lion in the Kitchen, 2019, oil, oil pastel, and fabric dyes on Moroccan linen, 64 x 54 in. (162.56 x 137.16 cm)

David B. Smith Gallery is proud to present Lion in the Kitchen, a solo exhibition by Portland, Maine-based artist Leon Benn. In his second solo exhibition with the gallery, Benn reflects on the textures and potential narratives of domestic space. After spending a season indoors with mind adrift on the frozen winds of the East Coast winter, Benn found refuge in the pages of the Sunday comics. In what he calls a form of “poetic freestyle,” commonplace conditions of modern living such as artificial light, parking lots, and plastic-wrapped groceries set the stage for imagination.

In Benn’s works, with the winter snow melted and gone, great patches of wildflowers explode into life on kitchen walls while yawning creatures buoyantly emerge from their hibernation. The embodiment of the rites of spring, in carefully cultivated layers of pattern, color, and meaning, Benn’s compositions treat domestic life as a microcosm for universal experience. Playful imagery on canvas contrasts with the weight of increasingly dire news headlines, making evident the exuberant state of being Benn cultivates from the depths of cultural winter. Similar to reading the Sunday funnies, well aware of the gravity of current events on the other side of the newspaper page, Benn’s works playfully extend themselves into metaphor, offering respite and playful absurdity when needed most.

Built on a sturdy foundation of curiosity, to the tune of birdsong after the night, Leon Benn’s Lion in the Kitchen creates space for joy and wonder amidst the harshest of modern conditions, where self-reflection transforms into revelation; uncertainty into awe. About Leon Benn

Leon Benn (b. 1981, Philadelphia, PA) received his B.F.A. in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and his M.F.A. in Painting from University of California, Los Angeles. Benn’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton in Los Angeles, CA, Stems Gallery in Brussels, Belgium, and Carter & Citizen in Los Angeles, CA. Benn currently lives and works in Portland, Maine.

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


Read more: David B. Smith: Leon Benn & Su Su

Fan Mail: A Group Exhibition Organized By Hyperlink Artist Collective Members


June 29 - August 2, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 6:00- 9:00 pm
  • Participating Artists: Theresa Anderson/ Michael Brodeur aka New Dad, Amber Cobb/ Rachel Niffengger, Tobias Fike/ Adam Basanta, Ian Fisher/ Dan Gratz, Matthew Harris/ Jennifer Arnold, Ashley Williams & Sarah Williams/ Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Kathryn Wingard/ Derek Barker, Donald Fodness/ William Dalton Frizzell, Daisy McGowan/ Caitlin Goebel, Laura Shill/ AJRR/AdamJonRoseRoses (Adam-Jon Williams and Rose Gelderblom Waddilove)
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Special Programming: Hyperlink collaboration with Junk Drawer and RedLine’s Visiting Critic Program bringing power-house duo, Evan Garza + Michael Brodeur aka New Dad to two events. August 1-4 RedLine's Visiting Critic Program- Evan Garza + /// JUNK DRAWER Saturday, August 3 9PM-2AM featuring NEW DAD as well as ROUTING NUMBER {DENVER} - 3-hour set!

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


Unspoken by Chad Henry and Lydia Riegle

Sync Gallery

June 20 - July 13, 2019

  • First Friday Art Walk: July 5 from 6-9pm
  • Closing Reception: Saturday July 13 from 12-4pm
Lydia Riegle: Life Behind the Dream, Oil on Canvas, 40" x 40"

The work in Unspoken is driven by spontaneity, impulse and inspiration, born of years' - long dedication to making art. Print-making and painting require technical skill and training, planning and preparation; the energy of creation comes from a deep level beyond the conscious mind, before words and language. With Unspoken, visual images are a product of both the open moment and the life where creation and preparation hemispheres meet.

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


Read more: Sync: Unspoken by Chad Henry and Lydia Riegle

Expertly Paired with Ramiro Smith Estrada

Leon Gallery

June 29 - August 10, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29th 7pm - 11pm
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"Estrada’s portraits focus on, as he claims, the “contemporary construcyion of ‘self-image’.” ...Estrada reconsiders the self in an era dominated by social media and, to his mind, “narcissism, the consumption of ‘cool’ culture, and the glorification of the mediocre. To do so, Estrada strips his figures of most physical features, replacing them with floral-patterns that circumspectly traffic in tired tropes of beauty. If postmodernity collapsed a subject’s depth into surface, then the era of social media has provided us with the ability to erase our biologically-given surfaces in favor of an ornamental veneer. As such, Estrada’s portraits extend the Ashberian logic of the self to its conceptual limit. Call it, if you will, unselfing through hyper-surfacing." - Joshua Ware

1112 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 10-6pm; Saturday + Sunday: 12-5pm


Read more: Leon: Ramiro Smith Estrada

Ochre Light: by Aria Fawn and Hemlock

Valkarie Gallery & Studio

June 26 - July 21, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 5 - 8:30pm
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Between life, death and past existence. Woven into nostalgia and wrought from memories, there shines a lantern that gleams like golden earth.

The colour ochre has long held special meaning in the work of artists Hemlock, an alchemist of traditional ink and digital art, inspired by Autumn, and the magick of nature, and Aria Fawn, a dirt witch with an infatuation for watercolour, graphite, and all things living and dead, as creators. This show is a fusion of their unique relationship with the golden colour, and the role it plays in their art and lives.

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
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Leah Swenson and Dawn Witter: Locus of Self

Next Gallery

June 28 - July 14, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday June 28th 6pm-10pm
NEXT Gallery is proud to present new work by Leah Swenson and Dawn Witter in their two-person exhibition, Locus of Self. This exhibition is a collection of psychological landscapes and maps documenting each artist’s experiences. The show includes collage, sculpture, assemblage, photography, and painting. Locus of Self makes big inquiries about being a person and navigating through life with bold color, varied textures, and and playful imagery.

NEXT Gallery
6851 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80214
Fri: 5-10pm; Sat/Sun 12-5pm


Collin Parson: INTERFERENCE PT. 1

Buell Theatre Lobby at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

1350 Curtis Street in Denver

July 1 - October 1, 2019

  • Opening Recpeption: Monday July 1 at 5pm; In-conjunction with the opening reception, Alex Anderson (Nasty Nachos) will be performing a live electronic music concert, with modular synthesizers, on the open-air Buell Theatre Balcony. Nasty Nachos’ performance will be a musical reflection of Parson’s use of light and mirrors, in his artworks. The event is free and open to the public

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Collin Parson, Untitled (from the Moire Series), laser cut acrylic and hardware, 24" x 72" x 3", 2019.

Collin Parson's "Interference" will be on display in the Buell Theatre lobby July 1 - October 1 and accessible to theatre patrons during events. If you would like to schedule a tour of the exhibit please contact Rudi Cerri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The exhibition title INTERFERENCE PT. 1 is in relation to the "interference" fringes created by the Moire effect, in which similar but slightly overset patterns are overlaid over each other causing fascinating perceptual effects. This exhibition features four of Parson's on-going series (Lightboxes, Divided, Reflections, and Moire) all which explore his fascination with perception, light, and space. INTERFERENCE PT. 2 will be held at Michael Warren Contemporary from October 15 - November 23, 2019. The purpose of Parson's work is to push the viewer beyond everyday limits of perception, assisting one in discovering an informed awareness of this captured beauty. The connection between the viewer and the interaction with the light, allows the viewer to slow down and contemplate what they are experiencing. Incorporating the perceptual properties of light; he hopes to achieve an experience that is unique to each viewer. Parson achieves this by using CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) routers or lasers to precisely cut patterns in industrial materials, often that are embedded with programmable light-emitting diodes. Alternatively, at other times a reflective surface is used that serves as the light mechanism without the use of artificial light. Controlling these combined elements helps to capture vivid demonstrations of the principles of geometry, light, color, and space. It’s time to give light the primary role rather than the secondary, supportive role.

“The intention of a phenomenal art is simply the gift of seeing a little more today than you did yesterday” - Robert Irwin


Courtney Cotton & Justin Kedl

Squarespace Gallery inside Cooper and Dash (1441 Wazee St in Denver)

June 19 - July 13, 2019

Courtney Cotton - Bing Bang - 2018 - 36 x 48in - acrylic on canvas

When local Denver artists Courtney Cotton & Justin Kedl met exhibiting at fooLPRoof Contemporary Art in RiNO, they found that their work had such a relationship. In the natural world, symbiosis is a mutually beneficial relationship between two organisms, the actions of each somehow benefitting the other. When local Denver artists Courtney Cotton & Justin Kedl met exhibiting at fooLPRoof Contemporary Art in RiNO, they found that their work had such a relationship. Both of their bodies of work reflect whimsy and curiosity: Courtney’s paintings seek new perspectives, different and positive ways of viewing things, while Justin’s sculptures give life and form to strangeness and difference, embodying the bizarre and the inexplicable. Together, their work creates a brightly-colored ecosystem of spots, lines, and tentacles, a space that asks people to walk through life lightly and inquisitively.


Social Spheres

Featuring guest artist Becky Wareing Steele

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

June 20 - September 6, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday June 20th, from 4 to 7 pm with performances by Roshni Dance Ensemble from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, and by the Congolese Gloria Choir from 5:30 to 6:30 pm to observe World Refugee Day

Becky Wareing Steele - Treehouse Prototype

Social Spheres explores the rapidly changing social environments today’s kids experience - from community spaces to virtual worlds. Guest artist Becky Wareing Steele will exhibit fascinating miniature environments alongside DAVA youth artists.

Middle and high school students in DAVA’s Job Training Program created an installation of ceramic roads representing social spaces and media. Computer Art Lab students captured sounds from social spaces and designed digital images of their physical and virtual environments. Students ages 7 to 17 in the DAVA Open Studio created a new community inspired by a workshop with guest artist Becky Wareing Steele on creating miniature spaces and models.

Guest artist Becky Wareing Steele explores the commonalities that exist in our shared experiences through the examination of scale and environment. Her miniature worlds deal with social and utopian communities while connecting with actual people.

All of DAVA’s exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or by appointment. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DAVA 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, please visit

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



Women In Abstraction: Monroe Hodder, Amy Metier, Lola Montejo, Margaret Pettee Olsen, Laura Wait, Sheryl Zacharia

William Havu Gallery

June 14 - July 27, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 14th 6-9pm
Margaret Pettee Olsen, Red Turn With Value Scales - Synthetic Polymer With Reflective Pigment, 60 X 48 Inches

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204