A Harmless Exercise In Boundlessness...

or So Far I Haven't Killed Myself Or Any Other Person

Gildar Gallery

September 7 - October 13, 2108

  • Featuring: Andrew Cannon, Jasmine Little, Emily Ludwig Shaffer
  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 7th from 6 - 9PM
Gildar Gallery
82 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Wed-Sat: 12-6pm or by appointment


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Jill Hadley Hooper: Still Life

Mark Villarreal: Taíno

Goodwin Fine Art

September 14 - October 27, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 14 from 6 - 8 pm
Jill Hadley Hooper, Still Life I, 2018, mixed media on panel, 52 x 36 x 2 in.

Jill Hadley Hooper lends her focus as the title of the exhibition connotes to the rich tradition of Still-Life painting or memento mori, adding her distinctive style to this genre of painting.  In preparation for the exhibition Hooper asked her friends to bring by arrangements of flowers for her to paint. Staying true to the discipline of Still Life painting Hooper chose to focus on the formal elements of painting; form, line color and composition. Within these self-imposed constraints, Hooper found an unexpected freedom.

"There is a liberation that comes from simply looking at something and drawing it. To give up control of the subject matter, I asked friends to provide me with cuttings from their gardens, to create portraits of sorts I could respond to."

The resulting paintings are richly textured with a unique printmaking quality to them. This effect is achieved by the rectangular tiling of the background with areas of white showing through along the edges. Hooper's source material stems from the artist's studies and drawings of each arrangement followed by the transfer of the image to the panel substrate. Working in a reductive process Hooper constantly re-works the surface leaving behind just a hint of what was there. The compositions are elegant and as Hooper refers to them, "portraits of sorts."

Jill Hadley Hooper received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She has an extensive exhibition history. Her work was included in the 2017 Arvada Center for the Arts exhibition, In Situ: From the Artist's Perspective. In 2016 the Denver Art Museum commissioned the installation Tableau for the Precourt Gallery. In 2012 the City of Denver commissioned Hooper for a large-scale painting that currently hangs in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. Additionally, Hooper is a highly regarded illustrator. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal among others. Most recently Hooper illustrated the award-winning children's book, The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse. She is currently working on a book about the sculptor Giacometti.

Mark Villarreal's current body of work focuses on a 2017 trip that the artist took to Cuba. His non-objective abstract paintings, while intimate in scale, portray through colorful, lyrical compositions the rawness and vibrancy of the country. Villarreal also made a very intentional and deliberate choice to work within a smaller format, as the artists states.

"These paintings continue my pursuit of economy of scale, of means, a lean approach to the process of painting."

For an artist who is accustomed to painting large-scale work, the decision to paint small was initially challenging. Villarreal likens the paintings to short stories. They possess that same sensibility in their concise-ness. Instead of stepping away to take them in, in their entirety. They invite the viewer to come close and spend time with them. They are nuanced with areas that have wash-like applications of paint, contrasted with opaque areas and brushstrokes that skip unevenly across the surface. The scale also symbolizes for Villarreal his encounter with the literal "economy" of Cuba and its pervasive poverty.

Mark Villarreal is a Colorado native and currently resides in Boulder. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He has been painting for over three decades and has not wavered from his commitment to abstraction. Villarreal has been showing in Denver since the early 90's and has served on numerous art selection committees and grant panels dedicated to the arts. He currently serves on the Boulder Arts Commission. From 1990 -1994 Villarreal collaborated with the artist Carolyn Braaksma for the Denver International Airport, B Concourse. 21st Century Artifacts, a public art commission that comprised designing the floors with terrazzo, granite, polished concrete and cast bronze fossil images.

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


Emilio Lobato Retro-Spectacle: 25 Years Of Paintings & Prints

William Havu Gallery

September 21 - November 10, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 21st from 6-9pm
Emilio Lobato - Polvo Astral (Stardust), 2018, Collage & Oil On Panel, 60" X 60"

Emilio Lobato Artist Statement:

In the fall of 1998 the William Havu Gallery opened with an inaugural show in the new space at 1040 Cherokee Street, the first space designed and conceived as a contemporary art gallery in Denver. That inaugural exhibition was a triad of solo shows titled, "Full Circle". I was very proud to be one of that trio. Twenty years later I am still proud to be represented by the William Havu Gallery. Over the past two decades the William Havu Gallery has given me ten solo shows and has included me in numerous group shows.

To celebrate this milestone we've selected works from my archive, some featured in that inaugural show. Additionally we've selected works from many of my subsequent exhibitions. For over 20 years I've explored many themes and ideas. A consistent intention has been my desire to examine an internal landscape. For practically my entire career I've been captivated with the "peaks and valleys" that constitute human emotion.

Congratulations, William Havu Gallery! With gratitude and affection. Full Circle indeed!

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204


Read more: Havu: Emilio Lobato Retro-Spectacle

We Are Back

Featuring: Stephanie Hartshorn, Laura Krudener, Jeanne Liotta, Yoshitomo Saito, Annalee Schorr, Kevin Sloan and Elsa Sroka

Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse (3636 Chestnut Place in Denver's RiNo District)

September 7 - October 7, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 7th, 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm
  • For the first time in two years, Ironton Studios is hosting a group show on First Friday under the auspicious new ownership by Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse
Kevin Sloan
Kevin Sloan, The Field, 60”x72”, acrylic on canvas, 2018


Daisy Patton: A Rewilded Arcadia

K Contemporary

October 6 - 27, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6, 6-9 pm
  • In the Project Space: Kristin Stransky: FAUXreal
Patton - Untitled (Cottonwood Pollen by the Lake) - 60x60

This October at K Contemporary, long-buried fragments of the past will be given new life, renewed purpose, and fresh relevance as celebrated Colorado artist, Daisy Patton, unites Then and Now within the re-imagined gardens of A Rewilded Arcadia.

Beneath a lush botanical canopy, the upcoming exhibition is deeply rooted in humanity’s often complicated relationship with Nature. For much of Western history, humanity has positioned itself in opposition to nature. The landscape is to be rigidly tamed, manicured into precise gardens and parks, cultivated and devoid of uncertainty.

“A Rewilded Arcadia is about harmony with the natural world, as well as a lyrical way to think about wilderness,” explains Patton. “My figures are intertwined in patterns connecting to the surrounding scenery, and I see those patterns as elements of re-wilding, or returning to nature.”

In experiencing this body of work, which is part Patton’s “Forgetting is so long” series, the spectators will find a garden’s flowers gently, but overwhelmingly, wrap around its keepers. Floral patterns encircle figures in a loving embrace—a reminder that we are connected and immersed in the larger cycles of life and death.

Those familiar with Patton’s acclaimed work, will immediately recognize in Arcadia the fluent dialogue between lens and brush. She begins each conversation with a photograph, an anonymous and anchorless image and writes upon it a narrative expressed in bold colors, dynamic shapes and stylized floral patterns. Giving both past and present their voice, Patton’s re-awakened histories tell stories unbounded by time.

Daisy Patton currently has a solo exhibition on view at the Art Museum of the University of Colorado Boulder, This is Not Goodbye, showing through November, 2018. She has received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston/Tufts University, and her Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Arts, with minors in History and Art History from the University of Oklahoma. Patton received the prestigious Montague Travel Grant for research in Dresden, Germany, and has completed distinguished residencies at Anderson Ranch, the Studios at MASS MoCA, the Minerva Projects and RedLine Denver.

K Contemporary
1412 Wazee St
Denver, Colorado 80202


Welded & Fabricated Poetry: The Artistic Life of Elizabeth Yanish Shwayder

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

August 24, 2018 - January 6, 2019

  • Co-curated by Hugh Grant, Kirkland Founding Director, and Christopher Herron, Deputy Curator
  • Catalog essay by Stan Cuba, Associate Consulting Curator, and foreword by Hugh Grant

Elizabeth Yanish Shwayder has created hundreds of sculptures and executed a number of public art commissions in the Rocky Mountain region. She came to Colorado in 1945. Her sculptures have been shown widely in galleries in the United States, England and Italy. In addition to creating artworks, she has been very active in the local art community, serving on the Mayor's Committee on Cultural Affairs [now the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs], the Denver Council on the Arts & Humanities [now Colorado Creative Industries] and the Board of Trustees of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
1201 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204


BAGBAYSHA: A collaborative project by Chris Bagley, Koko Bayer, and Thomas Scharfenberg

Leon Gallery

October 6 - November 10, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday October 6th from 7-11pm
This fall, Leon Gallery will host a multi-sensory experience from Denver artists, BAGBAYSHA (Chris Bagley, Koko Bayer, Thomas Scharfenberg). Leon will be transformed in a site-specific installation, presenting viewers with souvenirs of earth, which remind the viewer of life's many small wonders. This will be the third site-specific installment for the artists, a group known for their nutritious visual flavor of color and patterns, utilizing sound-collage, wheat paste, video, found materials, projections, and murals. Additional Information: About BAGBAYSHA:

Koko Bayer

Visual artist, filmmaker and photographer based in Denver Colorado. She is currently assembling head+heart+hand a documentary exploring Herbert Bayer’s art. The film uses Bayer’s theories on visual communication to explore his diverse and fascinating work.

Koko’s visual art focuses on outdoor installations using mechanically reproduced images which are subsequently documented with still and moving images. Her current project, “Temporary Structures” is a collaboration with grandfather Herbert Bayer’s work with the goal of educating viewers while personally delving deeper into the work through remixing and manipulation.

Chris Bagley

With an eye on culture's periphery, artist, and filmmaker Chris Bagley melds light and color to produce dreamy op art inspired visual scapes.

Appreciation for "Wesley Willis's Joyrides", a 2008 documentary film about the revered Chicago cult musician and street artist, won co-director Bagley the Chicago International Film Festival's prestigious Gold Hugo. Chris was featured as one of Westword's 100 Colorado Creatives. Bagley's works have been shown on the distinguished walls of the Clyfford Still Museum as well as at Rule Gallery, Redline Gallery, Pirate:Contemporary Art, The Maven Hotel, Arvada Center and Rhinoceropolis.

Bagley's video work includes "Fringe Art of the Front Range" displayed at Denver International Airport, a Colorado Public Television short featuring Denver's roadside attraction restaurant Casa Bonita, and disco ball, refracted, colorful, light-infused music videos for underground rap group, Wheelchair Sport's Camp.

In the art installations "Interactive Infinity Loop", "Moving Mona" and the "World Builder" series, colorful, mirror-image projections and backlit, lenticular prints are a kaleidoscopic impression of reality, bordering on the hallucinogenic.

Thomas Scharfenberg

The work of Thomas Scharfenberg is created using mixed-surface painting, color-coating, and patterning. Surfaces range in scale/size, from hand-held pebbles to exterior walls hundreds of feet in dimension. Color application plays with, inverts, and contrasts existing color systems and smiles upon random chance happenings. Pattern recipes include everything from organic, soft, drips, splats and dots to hard-edged, geometric, circles, shapes and implied forms.

To ascribe a subject to the work, Thomas finds it helpful to parallel/compare a composition of classical music or well-prepared meal. All are arrangements of various "elements,"(be it notes, sounds, tones, pitches to the ear, sweets, spices, meats or veggies to the tummy,or lights and colors, to the eye) making a final "product" that is a tasteful combination and balance of mixed flavors. These painted surfaces are a way to share numerous and exotic salad blends of hidden and existing energy systems using patterns and colors as self-expressed, symbols.

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


Rian Kerrane and Susanne Mitchell: Proximity

Mai Wyn Fine Art

September 21 - October 28, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 21st from 6-9 pm
Mitchell You Don't Need Me Either
Mitchell - You Don’t Need Me Either - oil and spray-paint on canvas - 24” x 36” - 2018

Kerrane Change PurseRian Kerrane - Change Purse - cast glass - 2018

Mai Wyn Fine Art presents Proximity, a dynamic two-person exhibition by Rian Kerrane and Susanne Mitchell. Artwork presented in Proximity gives attention to the everyday by transforming the overlooked, the fleeting, the common object, into weighted subjects worthy of contemplation.

Rian Kerrane is a celebrated sculptor in cast iron, mixed-media, and installation with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Ulster at Belfast and MFA from the University of New Orleans. Kerrane has exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Austria, Ireland, Italy, and Mexico and is the department head in sculpture at University of Colorado Denver. For Proximity, Kerrane has cast a series of objects that latch, including purses and suitcases. Resulting sculptures are reminiscent of their original counterpart yet are rendered unusable. The act of opening, closing, concealing, containing, and revealing become fixed in time in Kerrane’s artwork.

Susanne Mitchell received a BFA in painting and drawing from California College of the Arts and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mitchell has exhibited internationally in Mexico, Colombia, China, and throughout the United States. In her latest painting series, Mitchell draws images and phrases from a Russian soap opera. This series explores relationships that are created between text and image.

Mai Wyn Fine Art is located at 744 Santa Fe Dr. in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe Drive. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. Enjoy extended hours every 1st Friday Art Walk (open until 10pm) and 3rd Friday Collectors’ Preview (open until 8pm). Please also join us during the Art of Brunch, which will take place from 11-3 on the final Sunday of each month in September, October, and November.

Mai Wyn Fine Art
744 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204


Tara Donovan: Fieldwork

MCA Denver

September 21, 2018 - January 27, 2019


Tara Donovan: Fieldwork celebrates American artist Tara Donovan’s distinct and varied practice, which includes sculpture, drawings, works on paper, and site-responsive installations. Often known for her transformation of neutral or mundane materials into elaborate, mind-bending objects that evoke the natural world or other organic material, Donovan’s work in many ways is about work. She manipulates a material over and over again, to see what it is capable of becoming, where it might lead, and how it will migrate from an object of practical use to something surreal or sublime. In some instances, she reworks a material into both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms, engaging with space and light in nuanced and unexpected ways.

This exhibition, occupying MCA Denver’s entire building, will be the first time that Donovan’s wall-based and freestanding objects will be installed together, in order to understand fully how the artist re-imagines everyday materials like plastic straws, index cards, rubber bands, Slinkys, and Mylar. A remix of older and recent works will open up new areas of dialogue within her practice and enable viewers to make connections across time and subject matter. The exhibition is about how, through labor (especially repetitive action), order and structure can give way to the unpredictable, where reason yields to faith, and the mundane cedes to the marvelous—truly employing the creative act to seduce visually and, in doing so, override what we know to be factual.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major catalogue, co-published with Skira Rizzoli, featuring essays by Nora Burnett Abrams, Giuliana Bruno, and Jenni Sorkin.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202


Close Proximity: A Retrospective of Sculpture by Neil Goodman

Museum of Outdoor Arts

September 15 - November 17, 2018

  • Opening reception: Saturday, September 15, 6-9pm with the artist in attendance
  • Artist Discussion: Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-8pm
  • Secondary Location: Westlands Park at 5701 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village; Three monumental sculptures will be installed as a supplement to the indoor gallery exhibition
On September 15, 2018 MOA will debut Close Proximity: A Retrospective of Sculpture by Neil Goodman. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6 PM to 9 PM on Saturday, September 15 at MOA's indoor gallery on the Second Floor of the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, libations and live music. The opening reception is free and open to the public and the artist will be in attendance. 

This exhibition will feature bronze sculpture spanning four decades of artist Neil Goodman's work. Goodman is widely known in the Chicago, IL and Gary, IN regions of the US and his work is featured in numerous museums, private, and public collections. As a founding member of the fine arts department at Indiana University Northwest, Goodman recently retired as Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts in 2017 after nearly 40 years of teaching. Presently, Goodman divides his time between studios in Chicago and the Central Coast of California.

Over the course of his career Goodman has had more than forty solo exhibitions of his sculpture throughout the country in both museums and galleries. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, and his work has been written about and reviewed in numerous catalogs and periodicals including Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, and Sculpture Magazine.

"This exhibition takes us back to our roots as a sculpture museum," said MOA President and Executive Director, Cynthia Madden Leitner. "The breadth of work that we will be presenting in this intimate exhibition will allow our patrons to have a deeper connection with both the artist and bronze as a material."

In addition to the indoor exhibition, MOA has partnered with the City of Greenwood Village to install three of Goodman's monumental scale fiberglass sculptures at Westlands Park in Greenwood Village. The outdoor works will be on view through August of 2019. This exhibition is supported in part by the City of Englewood, Greenwood Village, and the SCFD.

Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO 80110
Tue-Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


El Infinito

Museo de las Americas

September 13, 2018 - February 23, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13 from 6-9 PM
In collaboration with Lockheed Martin and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, this exhibit will feature images captured by satellites that will highlight the human connection to the universe through the power of color and its interpretation. Images of the universe will also have a cultural tie-in with the prophecies of the Aztecs and the way the ancient civilization interpreted the universe as represented through a selection of prints from the Codex Borgia (the Aztec manuscript written before the Spanish conquest of Mexico).

Curatorial Statement: The powerful images taken by various satellites over the past 30 years are testament to the connection that exists between humans, technology and the Infinite. This magical triangle provides us with the opportunity to color the universe and establish individual connections with the Gods, the eternal inhabitants of the universe. - Chief Curator, Maruca G Salazar

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



PTTSAAES: Works by Robert Mangold Schumpeter’s

Capriccio: New Works by Margaret Lawless

Michael Warren Contemporary

September 4 – October 11, 2018

  • Opening Reception, Thursday, September 6 (6-8pm)
  • Third Friday Art Reception, September 21 (6-8pm)
  • First Friday Art Walk, October 5 (6-9pm)
Michael Warren Contemporary (MWC) is pleased to present “PTTSAAES: Works by Robert Mangold.” PTTSAAES is an acronym standing for “Point Traveling Through Space At An Erratic Speed.” This series of stationary sculpture creates visual equations that imply movement – with long linear passages diverting abruptly, from one corner to the next, causing the viewer eyes to increase speed as they follow the surface of the work.

Robert Mangold is often considered one of the pioneers of the contemporary art scene in Denver. Mangold moved to Colorado in 1960, working alongside Vance Kirkland at CU Denver before founding the art department at Metro State in 1965. His works can be found in important collections around the world and are proudly on display throughout the city.

We are also excited to offer new works by Margaret Lawless. The term capriccio is used to describe architectural fantasy, often creating imaginary realities by combining actual buildings and places with imaginary ones. Lawless not only shifts and reimagines places but also social landscapes. Margaret starts with images from art history and combines them with text and image-based research on political and economic terminology in order to create new works as her own version of the romanticized historical landscape genre.

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204


Special Guest: A collaborative Denver art show presented by Meow Wolf

Next Stage Gallery at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

June 14 - December 31, 2018

  • Artists include Molly Bounds, Derrick Velasquez, Laura Shill, Diego Rodriguez-Warner and Dmitri Obergfell

Special Guest, a collaborative Denver art show presented by Meow Wolf, will open June 14 at The Next Stage Gallery, an interactive and collaborative space curated and run by CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media in a partnership with Denver Arts & Venues. This exhibition opening coincides with the American for the Arts Conference, and will run through December 31.

This is a special partnership between Meow Wolf and Denver, as they begin the journey to build a new facility located near the CU Denver campus. Meow Wolf is expected to bring a new level of creativity and collaboration to Denver’s art scene.

“Denver is excited for the first of what is certain to be many partnerships with Meow Wolf to take Denver’s arts and culture to the next level,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “This educational and cultural partner collaboration is exactly the sort of innovative ways we are activating the Denver Performing Arts Complex through Denver’s Next Stage NOW initiative. Denverites will have so much to look forward to as we explore new ways to engage our communities in the arts.”

As one of Meow Wolf’s first footprints in Denver, select local artists, including Molly Bounds, Derrick Velasquez, Laura Shill, Diego Rodriguez-Warner and Dmitri Obergfell, will collaborate with community institutions like CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media and the Denver Performing Arts Complex to create Special Guest, a diverse and evolving installation, built as a movable talk show stage featuring poetry readings, film screenings and dance performances.

“The installation for the Americans for the Arts Conference is particularly exciting to us because we’ve been long-time fans of the phenomenal work of the Denver-based artists we’ve invited and are inspired to see them collaborate with one another, with the College of Arts & Media students, and with our team,” said Han Sayles, artist liaison at Meow Wolf. “The product, Special Guest, is thoughtful, humorous, and inviting. These well-deserving artists have taken the opportunity of this special platform to craft an ambitious and beautiful show that emphasizes accessibility and inclusion to all Denver audiences.”

The location of the Next Stage Gallery is also a part of the story that makes this installation timely and unique. On June 14-17, arts and community leaders from across the country will be in Denver for the 2018 Americans for the Arts Convention, held steps away from the gallery which is located within the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

“With Denver hosting the international Americans for the Arts convention in June, Arts & Venues is excited to showcase local artists and Denver’s newest member of the cultural community, Meow Wolf, at the Arts Complex,” says Ginger White Brunetti, Denver Arts & Venues Deputy Director. “The exhibit will kick-off in time for AFTA and can be enjoyed through the end of the year, providing time for all members of the community to get to know Meow Wolf.”

As creative industry influencers and activists will gather to discuss the issues of public arts, community development, education and equality, the Meow Wolf installation embodies the phenomenon of making art accessible and fun.

“The selected artists are wonderful and their vision is to make this installation a platform for anyone to come and create, from poets to artists to performers to 5th graders,” says Jeff Lambson, director of the College of Arts & Media’s Next Stage Gallery. “This is a manifestation of the energy and commitment to the arts between our three institutions and the result of Coloradans who are dedicated to making Denver a better place through art.”

Next Stage Gallery at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
1025 13th St
Denver, CO 80202
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
For directions and information: http://nextstagecu.org


Blake A. Chamness & Jordan Lyn present “Premonitions”

Next Gallery

October 12 - 28, 2018

  • Opening reception October 12, 6 - 10 pm
next.oct“Premonitions” is an exhibit of recent work by artists Blake A. Chamness and Jordan Lyn. Blake is a multi-disciplinary artist currently exploring new working methods in contemporary abstract sculpture and painting. Jordan Lyn is a fiber artist.

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


Sumi-e Painting: Traditional and Emerging Expressions

Niza Knoll Gallery

September 7 - October 20, 2018

  • Juror: Mamiko Ikeda
  • Artist Reception and Sumi-e Demonstration by Richard Eversley: Friday, September 21, 5-8pm​
  • The Art of Brunch ArtWalk: Sunday, September 30, 11am - 3pm​
  • Exhibiting artists: Michele Benzamin-Miki, Jess Beyler, Lisa Calzavara, Laura Beth Collier, Erin Gilbert, Jan Janas, Julie Keaten-Reed, Christina Kwan, Aaron LaDuke, Diana Lomeihing, Kurisutein Lopusnak, Brenda Luckin, Monica McElwain, Meridith McPherson, Orianna Montenegro, Lynne Riding, Elizabeth Schowachert, Tanzanight, Chris Troutman, Marilyn Wells and Diane Williams

Aaron LaDuke

Niza Knoll Gallery is now showing Sumi-e Painting / Traditional and Emerging Expressions Juried Exhibition through October 20, 2018. The gallery called for artists nationwide to explore techniques in creating Sumi-e or Far East Asian influenced fine art with ink, water color, and or acrylic mediums. Submissions could be representational, expressionist, nature base and or abstract. Honoring tradition, pushing the limits building on tradition and exploring possibilities to arrive at the art is the focus of this show.

Juror Mamiko Ikeda, from Tokyo, Japan, is a cultural educator and multi-media artist who mainly creates calligraphy art, prints, and animation. She states, "...when I think of ‘Far East Asian’ influence in art pieces, I see flow, balance, and most importantly, ‘間 (Ma)’ or space. When we say ‘Ma’ in Japanese, it may be slightly different from Western view of ‘space.’ ‘Ma’ is a space between strokes where connection and flow in the emptiness are felt. Or, it could be a comfortable distance between the art piece and the viewer as it creates a pause for breath in its intensity. In any kind of relationship—animate and inanimate beings— ‘Ma’ or the comfortable space in-between, won’t push you too much, so you can hold yourself.

Niza Knoll Gallery
915 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Charles Counter: Split Sticks

Pattern Shop Studio

September 7 - October 5, 2018

  • Opening reception: First Friday, September 7th, 6 to 9pm

The Pattern Shop Studio’s first fall exhibit will be Charles Counter’s Split Sticks. The show features both sculpture and prints of new dynamic work and will open with a public reception on first Friday, September 7th, 6 to 9pm, and will be on view through first Friday October 5th, 6-9pm. An artist’s Salon will be held on October 13th, 4-6pm. The show will conclude on Friday, October 19th. The Pattern Shop Studio is open seven days a week for groups and individuals by appointment (303-297-9831).

Charles Counter received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the seventies from Colorado State University and went on to receive a graduate degree in fine art from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. While at Otis, he served as the graduate assistant in sculpture developing a particular interest in wood sculpture. Later, this interest broadened through an apprenticeship and full-time employment as an industrial wood pattern maker.

Returning to his native Colorado, Counter has worked exclusively in the field of exhibition design and production. In the nineties he received an appointment at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, where he currently serves as Senior Designer and Developer of Exhibitions at the Museum and is a Senior Adjunct Instructor in the graduate program of Museum Studies. His work has been exhibited at The Denver Botanic Gardens, the Longmont Museum, Republic Plaza/Denver, Ironton Gallery, The Pattern Shop Studio and the William Havu Gallery. Counter lives and maintains a studio in Denver.

Pattern Shop Studio
3349 Blake St

Denver, CO 80205


"Between Memory and Pending" - The Narrative Sculpture of Thomas Orr

Plinth Gallery

October 5 - 27, 2018

  • Opening Reception: First Friday October 5th from 6-9pm
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"Construction #6-Down Range" (2018) clay, glaze, pigment 9.5”h x 19”w x 14”d

Our October exhibition features narrative sculptures by ceramic artist Thomas Orr. Orr served in Vietnam with the 11th light infantry brigade and his wartime experiences are influential in his work. After his service, he attended Clatsop College in Astoria, Oregon where he studied Oceanography. He took his first ceramic class in 1971 and fell in love with the material so changed his course of study. After several years as a studio artist he attended the Claremont Graduate School where he received his MFA in 1990. Thomas was the chair of the ceramics department at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts for nearly 19 years and is now Professor Emeritus. He currently co-directs the Emerging Artist Mentorship Program at the Ash Street Project in Portland, Oregon.

Thomas Orr's ceramic work are highly personal sculptures. He once referred to them as "small scale stage sets." These settings evolved over time in both scale and in content to become environments, depicting activities that may have taken place in the past, but have a "potential of a future activity." Initially, the artist's reason for their creation was purely one of enjoyment. They moved from stage sets to playgrounds, and finally to sculptural environments. Their intent and content became deeper and more personal. According to Orr, "My most trusted critic, my wife, said to me “those aren’t playgrounds….. they are Vietnam”.

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan reflects that, "Clearly, Orr's personal narrative is deeply entwined with his history and memory, and has a potential to always morph into something other, or that which is pending. Thomas Orr's sculptures show the importance of art making and how personal narrative can become transformative both to the artist and to the viewer." 

Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216


Reality Bytes


September 14 - October 28, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday September 21, 6-9pm
  • Curated by Ivar Zeile/Denver Digerati
  • Presented in Conjunction with Supernova Digital Animation Festival
Much of what we see, hear about, or experience in the world today often seems unimaginable. The steady flow of video games, virtual reality, consumer apps, computer programs and social media outlets derived from the “digital age” promote an existence that is becoming more “dreamlike” every day, often invoking complete wonderment. Reality Bytes aims to capture the zeitgeist brewing through the use of digital tools in the hands of contemporary artists. Presented by Denver Digerati, the works in the exhibition utilize their expansive laboratory operating within Denver’s public landscape over the last seven years. Reality Bytes, shown in conjunction with Supernova Digital Animation Festival, delivers a fascinating snapshot into a rapidly advancing world through some of the most imaginative artists in the field, celebrating digital animation as a wide, immersive realm unfettered by boundaries- changing how we experience art and the physical world.

Artists: Chiho Aoshima, John Butler, Emily Brout/Maxime Marion, Chris Coleman, Jeremy Couillard, Milton Croissant III, Sandrine Deumier, Elliot Dodd, Atomic Elroy, David Fodel, Jeff Jurich, Faiyaz Jafri, Bryan Leister, Michael Mallis, Keiichi Matsuda, Alex McLeod, Laleh Mehran, Brenna Murphy, Jonathan Monaghan, PNSY Studio, Mike Pelletier, Zach Tatham, Katie Torn, Jack Wedge, Barry Whittaker, Mario Zoots

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



Republic Plaza

September 13 – November 15, 2018

  • Free Opening Reception, September 13 from 5:30 to 8pm
  • Artists include: Jennifer Bain, Heather Bentz, Joseph Coniff, Jodie Roth Cooper, Haze Diedrich, Madeleine Dodge, Marston A. Jaquis, Jerry Johnson, Jeff Kahn, Richard Kallweit, Aaron Karp, Andrew Libertone, Michael McClung, Sean O’Meallie, Collin Parson, Clark Richert, Annalee Schorr
 Aaron Karp 2016 Newtons Shotgun A C 48 x 54
Aaron Karp - Newtons Shotgun - 2016 - 48 x 54

Arts Brookfield brings Patternality to Republic Plaza in downtown Denver in the upcoming free exhibition which opens on September 13 with a free reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Running until November 15, this show features multiple artists’ variations of the theme of pattern in abstract, non-objective ways, from reflective and amorphous to definitive and geometric and will be on display through Denver Arts Week. The works will feature contemporary repetitive designs and imagery, with definitive personalities, in both muted and flamboyant colors, showing reflective markings as well as active dynamic compositions.

Republic Plaza
370 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202


Variations: Photography and Art

Lauri Rose Dunn, Patti Barry Levy and Ana Maria Botero

Robert Anderson Gallery (3321 East Colfax, Denver - immediately east of the Bluebird Theater)

September 14 - December 29, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday, September 14 from 5 to 9 pm

Four Concurrent Solo Exhibitions

Robischon Gallery

September 13 – November 3, 2018

  • John Buck: New And Recent Work Carved Wood And Mechanical Sculptures
  • Paco Pomet: New Work Paintings
  • Fred Stonehouse: Certainty Of Doubt Paintings And Works On Paper
  • Walter Robinson: Magic Thinker Recent Sculptural Works
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13 from 6 – 8 pm
image009Paco Pomet - The Dualists - oil on canvas 23 ½ x 27 ½ in
Robischon Gallery is pleased to present four provocative solo exhibitions by national and international artists John Buck, Paco Pomet, Fred Stonehouse, and Walter Robinson. The work on view borrows from the visual vocabulary of Magic Realism, the Neo-Surreal, Folk Art, and the satirical cartoon to open a new dialogue within today’s charged socio-political context. With the astounding, massively-scaled, kinetic sculpture of John Buck; the fantastical canvases of Paco Pomet; Fred Stonehouse’s paintings of strange and mythical figures; and Walter Robinson’s deconstructed societal symbols – each artist tells a distinctive story as they fuse the past with the present into something poignant, humorous and altogether unexpected.

Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tue-Fri: 11am-6pm; Sat: 12-5pm



Featuring: Juliette Hemingway, Christine Fontenot, Thomas Lockhart III, Dwayne Glapion

Rochelle Johnson Studio (1229 W. 10th Ave. Denver)

October 1 - 28, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday October 6 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Sorrowful 16 by Juliette Hemingway

Rhapsody is an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling. This show highlights four African-America Artist who exhibit those traits. Rhapsody explores four artist journey of expression.

Juliette's work is indicative of a path that has been traveled to wellness and healing. There is not only the theme of music, but also the blue people who are ever present in her work. The blue people represent the acknowledgment of Autism as part of her life. Javari, her only child, is autistic and it has had an enormous impact on their lives. So therefore, it is the same in her art.

Thomas is able to capture even the most fleeting thoughts and visions that briefly occupy his mind. Inspiration comes from all around him - from music and nature, to current events and the Word of God.

Christine thinks that we just need to slow down enough to recognize colors. Pocket the devices, unplug, and experience the daily sights with our senses attuned. Subtle colors that can’t be seen in a quick glance, color-shifts that won’t be captured with a tap of the phone, complements and contrasts; all of these contribute to the beauty that is easily overlooked in our hurried rushing while trying to ‘record’ everything.

Dwayne specializes in combining traditional art techniques with modern digital art tools. He works with both traditional and digital media but he prefers to be on the leading edge of the constantly evolving profession by embracing the latest art tools and technology.


Frame of Reference

Featuring: Rowdy Dugan, Mark Fitzsimmons, Erica Green, Renluka Maharaj, and Shelby Rahe

Rule Gallery

September 28 - November 10, 2018

  • Public reception: Friday September 28, from 6-9pm
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Rowdy Dugan, Coyanosa, TX , 2018, archival pigmented ink print, 30 x 45 inches

RULE Gallery is pleased to present Frame of Reference, a group show of artists whose work bridges the space between personal experience, history and individual roles within society; melding their internal and external worlds. 

Frame of Reference explores the psychological boundaries and interfaces in which people layer their realities to better gauge their place within the world. For the artists, the praxis each employs to translate this, either by accumulating self-assurance or shedding the same, stems from awareness of their vulnerabilities and their willingness to expose them. Works included range from photographs by two artists examining the disruption of their cultural landscapes to videos by two others detailing their inner conflicts as they seek to establish support systems. The final piece is a site-specific fiber installation evoking the unending process of rebuilding oneself. In effect, the exhibition intends to provide an invisible perceptual guide with which, through observation of each contemplative and directional work, we may discover the nature of our own Frame of Reference.

Rule Gallery
530 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


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