Trine Bumiller:100 Paintings for 100 Years

The Nalanda Gallery at Naropa University

October 19 - December 17, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday, October 19th from 6-8 pm
100 Paintings for 100 Years were the result of a residency at Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer of 2014. Ostensibly they honor the centennial year of the park, yet they also express the immersive quality of the experience and the park itself. They invoke memory as attached to a place, and that the land is deeply ingrained in our DNA and resides in our subconscious. The paintings revolve around concepts of time, translation, memory and our natural world. They reflect the landscape of the park in its many permutations: plant life, geology and bodies of water in abstract images from different perspectives, creating a deconstructed landscape portrait of a significant place. They were first exhibited at the McNichols Building, managed by of the city of Denver, in 2015. This will be the first time they will be seen in Colorado since then.

The Nalanda Gallery
Naropa University - East Campus
6287 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 5:00pm


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:


Tsogo Mijid and Leah Swenson

Pirate: Contemporary Art

December 7 - December 23, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday December 7 from 6-10pm
An exhibition of new work by Leah Swenson including collages, painting, photographs, and encaustic works

Leah Swenson lives and works in Denver and is a RMCAD alumnus, and an associate member at Pirate and NEXT galleries in the 40West Art District. Abouth her exhibit: In cartography, a "meander line" is used to delineate the border at which a body of water meets a land mass. In some sense, it is a boundary between the known and the unknown. In this body of work, I am depicting my own "meander lines," between external stresses, pressures, and fears and my own selfhood. The work includes imagery created from maps, sewing patterns, bathymetric charts, exercise guides, film stills, and vivid color to give the sense of mapping.

Pirate: Contemporary Art
7130 W 16th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214


Jim Connell

Plinth Gallery

November 2 - December 22, 2018

  • Opening Reception: First Friday November 2nd from 6-9pm
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teapot, stoneware, reduction fired

For our final exhibition of 2018, Plinth Gallery is pleased to present the ceramic work of Jim Connell. Connell received his BA degree from Loyola University, his BFA degree from Kansas City Art Institute, and his MFA degree from the University of Illinois. Connell’s ceramics are in the collections of the South Carolina State Museum, the Charles Wustum Museum of Fine Arts (WI), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MN), and the Yixing Ceramic Museum (China). He is currently the Professor of Ceramics at Winthrop University and maintains a studio practice in Rock Hill, NC.

Jim Connell creates ceramic pieces in unusual sizes and shapes but his process is firmly grounded in traditional techniques of pottery making. Connell’s vessels are generally wheel-thrown. The thick walls are paddled and carved, producing a secondary, three-dimensional surface. After glazing a firing, many of the pieces are sand-blasted and the resulting surface adds a further textural element.

Connell credits his inspiration to both nature and history. His love of Chinese ceramics includes pottery from the prehistoric Neolithic period, the Tan, and Sung Dynasties. Currently, his prodigious output of teapots has been influenced by the teapots made in Yixing China. "I simply love making teapots. They are a challenging and demanding discipline but when mastered, they can be a very satisfying endeavor."

Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan understands Connell's interest in teapots. "The teapot form draws on a wealth of historical perspective. To balance all the parts of this form, the spout, the handle, the lid, and the teapot body is a formidable and exacting discipline. Connell meets and surpasses this challenge."

Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216


Sharon Brown: "Trumped II: Teasin' Treason"

Pattern Shop Studio

November 2 - December 7, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, November 2nd, from 6-9pm
Sharon Brown continues her satirical portrait series of Trump administration officials and sycophants with new oil paintings at The Pattern Shop Studio. Sharon is the artist in residence at The Pattern Shop Studio, 3349 Blake Street, in Denver, Colorado. Her work can be seen at websites and The gallery is in the heart of the RiNo Art District, three blocks from the RTD light rail stop at the 38th and Blake station, surrounded by restaurants, craft breweries, cideries, wineries, and other art and music venues.

Pattern Shop Studio
3349 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205


Salvaged Elements: Lili Francuz and Janice McDonald

ReCreative Gallery

December 7 -28, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-8 pm
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Salvaged Elements features the work of two Colorado artists who are committed to creating abstract collage works, composed of discarded papers and packaging, the detritus of our society. Using traditional methods (cut, tear, paste), Lili Francuz and Janice McDonald each have a very different and contemporary personal perspective that captures the innate beauty of simple materials, thoughtfully combined. Both continue to push the boundaries of their art-making practices, most recently working with more dimensionality and shaped supports. Their artworks are powerful from a distance and reveal more nuanced messages upon closer examination.

ReCreative Gallery
765 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm


Not Even Human

RedLine Contemporary Art Center

November 10 - December 9, 2018

  • Featuring: Bradley Benedatti, Coleman Mummery, Colin Ward, Cows, Jessica Langley, Justin Beard, Margaret Neumann, Neal Agarwal, Porscha Danielle, Sarah Gamble, Tucker Marder / Sharks
  • Curated By: Alicia Ordal
  • Opening Reception: Saturday November 10, 6-9pm
600 pxNot Even Human explores fundamental connections between other living creatures and our comprehension of existences beyond ourselves. Local and regional contributors from various fields offer their unique perspectives through images, humor, and performative collaborations with animals. This collection of work considers other life forms through a multi-species lens informed by experimentation, appreciation and curiosity.

This exhibition runs concurrently with esteemed artist Margaret Neumann's retrospective What Lies Between at RedLine through December 9th.

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


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

Three Concurrent Solo Exhibitions in Abstraction

DEBORAH DANCY: “Turbulence”

GARY KOMARIN: “Swiss Positions”

TOM LIEBER: “Mūlas (Nakshatra)”

Robischon Gallery

November 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019

  • Opening Reception, Thursday, November 15th from 6 – 8 pm
Deborah Dancy - No Time for Regrets acrylic on paper 50 x 38 ½ in.

Robischon Gallery is pleased to present three concurrent solo exhibitions by American painters Deborah Dancy (CT), Gary Komarin (NY) and Tom Lieber (CA). The featured artists expound on a diverse array of abstract vocabularies; from the raw, challenging language of provisional painting to the improvisational line linked to Late Modernism, as well as the formal sensibilities of gestural abstraction. Through their distinctive approach and wide-ranging mark, each of the seasoned artists exalt in the physicality of paint as they independently mine the vast terrain of abstraction: Dancy’s gritty structures merge with unexpected forms, Komarin’s colorful animated lines comingle with the organic and Lieber’s high-velocity brushwork and elegant palette acknowledge the contemplative. Through varied line and surface, Dancy, Komarin and Lieber embrace the unassuming beauty and awkwardness of paradoxm while recognizing the gravitas of complexity and the exuberance of the unencumbered mark.

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


John Fudge: Double Take

Rule Gallery

November 16 - December 29, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday November 16 from 6-9pm
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John Fudge - Bob and Teenage Connie in Tibet - 1994

Double Take is the second posthumous solo exhibition of work by John Fudge presented by the gallery. This show will include a range of paintings spanning the artist’s career from the mid-1960’s to the late 1990’s. Fudge’s works pose a challenge to classify: called everything from ‘neo-surrealist’ to ‘semi-pop’ to simply ‘bizarre’ and leave the viewers with no common definition. His subjects range from the provocative to the outlandish to the irreverent and compel viewers to take a second, or even a third look while unraveling the artists’ off-beat humor into his strange and personal world. As Fudge said of his work: “I want to give the viewer something to think about as well as something to look at. I want to serve up a meal, not just a glass of water.”

John Fudge (b. 1940, d. 1999) was a long time fixture in the Colorado art scene, whose heavy influence on the region began in Boulder in the late 50’s, where he was a BFA student, through his untimely death in 1999. He was involved with several of the most significant efforts taken by Colorado artists in that time, including Drop City, Criss Cross and the founding of Spark Gallery. As a professor of art at CU Boulder and CU Denver for decades, he left an indelible mark on his art students. Fudge was very much an artist of his era, borrowing pop themes and assembling them into works that fall somewhere between contemporary gothic and cartoon modern. His work has been collected by such notable places as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Washington State Arts Commission, the Denver Art Museum and The Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts, in Colorado, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum in North Carolina among others. Fudge received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1985 and a Western States Arts Foundation Fellowship in 1976.

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. The gallery has locations in Denver, Colorado, and Marfa, Texas. For more information, visit

Rule Gallery
530 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


New Works by Matt Flint

SmithKlein Gallery

December 7 - 31, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday December 7th from 2-6pm
skIn That Light 60" x 48"

Matt creates layered paintings in mixed media and oil or ink. His very textured paintings can contain gold or copper leaf, encaustic, oil paint, and/or ink and are painted on wood panel. Matt's show will run through the end of the month of December. In That Light 60" x 48" About the artist: Matt is a painter from a mountain town in Wyoming. He grew up in a rural setting in Missouri surrounded by woods, animals, and family. As a boy, he spent hours wandering outside, carefully observing textures in a rock formation, or spying on a deer, peeking in a birds nest, marveling at sunsets and sunrises, climbing trees, and watching the changing landscape. As an adult, Matt spends his time with his family, painting, and exploring the rugged Wind River Mountains that overlook his house and studio. Matt’s early contact with all things natural has become the core of how he understands and processes what’s around him. Living in Wyoming for the last 15 years has had a profound effect on his work. The history, space, sense of isolation, and wildness of the land continues to amaze, mystify, and inspires him.

SmithKlein Gallery
Pearl Street Mall
1116 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302


Karine Léger, Karen Scharer, Jeff Glode Wise: Wonderland

Space Gallery

November 15, 2018 - January 5, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15th 6-8pm
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Karine Léger, Seafaring Song, Acrylic on canvas 36x60 inches
Space Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition with new work by Karine Léger, Karen Scharer and Jeff Glode Wise. Using various materials, shapes and colors, these artists create a wonderland of visual bliss and dreamlike contemplation.

Canadian artist Karine Léger begins her process by deconstructing compositions “in order to lay the foundations for an introspective reconstruction. Colours, textures and shapes are meticulously selected to be arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in a quest for the right balance.” This creative process is slow and deliberate, paying special attention to placement and energy. Her forms “nearly touching, other times precariously balancing on one another and, on occasion, merging… The shapes seem anthropomorphic at times, reflecting that constant desire for balance. But they only reveal just enough, allowing plenty of room for the viewers to find their own interpretation or story.” The artwork is only complete when a balance has been achieved creating a meditative environment for the viewer.

Artist Karen Scharer recently moved ‘downhill’ from her previous home at 7500 feet of elevation outside Rocky Mountain National Park. Her new environment, new community, new opportunities and challenges have informed her recent body of work that focuses on the process of change. As an intuitive painter, Scharer’s paintings are a genuinely personal expression of her experiences. “This work is about expanding and adjusting, learning and celebrating. It’s also about deeply missing what was before.. returning occasionally, to a quieter, more contemplative space.” The dynamic and energetic compositions with saturated color and strong contrast invite the viewer into the artist’s introspective thoughtful world.

Jeff Glode Wise has a strongly Asian aesthetic, rooted in balance, with great respect for materials and their inherent textures. His work is playful and “elude the grasp of gravity, allowing rocks to float and metal to flow like water.” Wise is inspired by expressions of nature and astronomy such as “swirling galaxies and the rhythmic movement of birds and fish.” There are also references to the human spirit as it is transformed by circumstance. Wise creates sculpture that transforms motion into emotion drawing the viewing into a dreamlike place yearning to interact.

Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Annual Members' Show

Spark Gallery

December 13, 2018 - January 13, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, December 14, 6-9 pm
  • First Friday: January 4, 6-9 pm
  • Gallery will be closed December 24 - January 2 for the Holidays
Barbara Baer • Alicia Bailey • Bill Ballas • Mark Brasuell • Lydia Brokaw • Deborah Bryon Barbara Carpenter • Joyce Coco • Madeleine Dodge • Sally Elliott • Leo Franco Keith Howard • Michaele Keyes • Mary Mackey • Gary Manuel • Tom Mazzullo Janice McDonald • Kathryn Oberdorfer • Jennifer Parisi • Phillip Potter Elaine Ricklin • Susan Rubin • Annalee Schorr • Sue Simon • Robert St. John

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


New Work from Sally Elliott and Jennifer Parisi

Linda Armantrout in the North Gallery

Spark Gallery

November 15 - December 9, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 6 - 9 pm
  • Art of Brunch: Sunday, November 25, 11 am - 3 pm
  • First Friday: December 7, 6 - 9 pm
  • Closing Coffee: Sunday, December 9, 1 - 4 pm
Sally Elliott - Corazone Rosada con Rosas, 2018
SALLY ELLIOTT: "Sources/Memories"

My paintings were created this year for two shows sponsored by “Pink Progression” which were inspired by the Women’s Marches. My work contains pink hearts as a central image and other images of personal significance. The smaller works are experiments in watercolor, gouache and collage. See more of Sally's work at

JENNIFER PARISI: "Without A Doubt"

Meditation, contemplation, self inquiry—so much can happen by turning inward. This show attempts to convey a taste of the richness of the inner world. Sounds dubious to those who haven’t gone within, but those who have know the greatness of the experience, without a doubt. See more of Jennifer's work at 

In the North Gallery: LINDA ARMANTROUT: "Messengers, Guides, and Protectors"

These images are invitations to look beyond the brushstrokes, colors, and shapes to a deeper mystery and meaning. I hope you find your messenger, guide, or protector here. See more of Linda's work at

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


Harlequin Night by Knomad Colab

The STOREROOM: a storefront window at 1700 Vine St. in Denver

November 10, 2018 - January 31, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 6-8pm
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Vine St. Pub and Brewery is excited to announce a new art installation and exhibition space - The STOREROOM - in a formerly empty storefront on 17th St., adjacent to Vine St. Pub, and it’s first art installation, Harlequin Night, by artist team Knomad Colab.

Casting a layered array of colorful shadows inspired by the harlequin archetype, Harlequin Night will temporarily illuminate The STOREROOM, bringing to life a forgotten and underutilized space. Elements of sculpture in combination with traditional theater lighting techniques will activate the entirety of the space as a three-dimensional painting, offering a moment of both delight and reflection for passersby. Harlequin Night is best viewed between 5pm and 1am.

The vision of The STOREROOM is to work with artists and Denver property owners to activate empty storefronts in Denver. Artists with a passion for engaging with the public and across diverse audiences, for creating work that is visually stunning and innovative, and for adding insight and whimsy to the neighborhood are offered a space to install temporary art installations. “Giving artists a space to create and display new works, or existing works that need a temporary home, The STOREROOM allows artists to share their voice outside of the gallery and museum world,” said Vine St. Pub owner Kevin J. Daly, adding, “especially in this current political and social climate, it was important for us to share space with the creative community and encourage other businesses to do the same.”

About The STOREROOM: The STOREROOM is a new art installation and exhibition space in a former empty storefront adjacent to the Vine St. Pub and Brewery. This space is open for artists to create installation artworks in an empty storeroom that is viewable to the public along 17th St. For more information, or to have your artwork considered for the space, please contact Brendan Picker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also find us on Instagram @storeroomdenver and on Facebook at The Storeroom.

About Knomad Colab: Knomad Colab is a collaborative duo that seeks to transform the spaces in which we exist through the creation of site-specific public art interactions and interventions. Environment, site history, and cultural identity are important elements in shaping each installation as a unique art experience. Exploring the outdoors as both an unconventional canvas and gallery space, the duo are typically drawn to natural, abandoned, and industrial sites. To bring their concepts to life, they employ the science of imaginary solutions along with graphic design, material fabrication, and lighting design. Often offering art only as an intangible, temporary experience, the Knomad Colab work contemplates impermanence through reverence for history and celebration of progress.


Multiplicity 2018 Annual Members’ Exhibition

Sync Gallery

December 20, 2018 - January 12, 2019

  • Third Friday artists’ reception: December 21 from 6-9pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: January 4 from 6-9pm
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SYNC members explore the many facets of creating multiple images in Multiplicity 2018. Thinking about multiples is exciting-the multitude of images and processes by so many people in so many different ways with so many different outcomes creates a visual feast that is surprising, gratifying, and fun.

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.

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


New Creations by Jean Herman and Helene Strebel

SYNC Gallery

November 15 - December 15, 2018

  • Third Friday artists’ reception: November 16 from 6-9pm
  • Art of Brunch: Sunday November 25 from 11am-3pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: December 7 from 6-9pm
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Helene Strebel, Flowing Liquid, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”

Jean Herman: Artist Statement

Jean Herman believes that art is always very personal and that both abstract and interpretive realism in art tells the artist’s unique story. Her work in “New Creations” is a series she calls “Origins”. It is all about new creations, the old and new ways to look at our age old questions of our origins. Art is the perfect media to explore old myths and new interpretations. She uses her mixed media fiber collage technique to build 9 separate pieces that tell one story of our origins.

Jean will be showing her interpretation of the various creation stories that are told throughout human history. She has always been fascinated with how different cultures and religious traditions build a story to explain “How did we get here? Where did we come from? Where are we going?” A newer version of this story is told in Dan Brown’s new book, “Origins”. Herman was intrigued by the theme of the book and the intersection of old and new thought. The book “Origins” tells the story of an agnostic or atheistic view of our origins. Yet, the call of the 7 days of creation myths remain very powerful. Modern thought often tries to merge this story into the scientific view of millions, if not billions of years of evolution.

Helene Strebel: Artist Statement

All of Helene Strebel’s paintings are created in her studio, but when she is out and about, traveling near or far she gets an idea that will often lead to a new painting. Her paintings are created by listening to herself and her own originality.

The progress can be a struggle or a love battle to reach the finish line. Every part expresses some emotion, lines and shapes will speak. Helene hopes to inspire people who see her work to look carefully around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.

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


Avital Sheffer Solo Exhibition

Tansey Contemporary

November 27, 2018 - January 5, 2019

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Avital Sheffer - AGORA IV - Hand built, glazed and stenciled earthenware - 17.3" x 15.4" x 6"

Tansey Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Israeli-Australian ceramic artist Avital Sheffer with fifteen works in her signature style. Sheffer’s voluminous earthenware clay vessels reflect her lifelong engagement with Middle Eastern cultures, history, and designs as well as her Jewish heritage. Her works, with their unique aesthetic at once contemporary and historical, explore materiality, spirituality, origins, language, and memory. The titles of her work reference ancient Greek words, locations in the West Bank, and constellations to name a few.

Sheffer says, “On one visit home, standing in front of clay vessels that held the Dead Sea Scrolls in The Israel Museum, the course of my life had changed. I needed to make clay containers, ones that hold stories and secrets.” She continues adding, ““An engagement with the landscape, architecture, languages and wisdom of that part of the world animate my work. I am interested in the frayed edges of language and mythologies, where cross-fertilization with other cultures takes place. Personal experiences of conflict, migration, dislocation and renewal intersect with the dilemmas between traditions and modernity.”

Sheffer creates her vessels by hand, coil building up from a clay base inside a plaster mold. She adds surface details as well as oxide-colored slips and engobes used as decoration. Each vessel is fired in several processes. Sheffer takes the silk screened designs printed on the surfaces from myriad sources including architecture, textiles, calligraphy, and decorative tiles. Her works simultaneously speak of ancient civilizations yet remain grounded in the contemporary.

Sheffer grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel before moving to Australia in 1990. She studied ceramics at TAFE North Coast Lismore and also has a degree in homeopathy. She now lives on the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Exhibited extensively throughout Australia, the United States, and United Kingdom, Sheffer’s work has been presented at major fairs including Collect in London, Art London and SOFA. She has won the Josephine Ulrick Prize, The Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, and The Border Art Prize in addition to grants from the Australia Council for the Arts. Her work is held in public collections at the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, Atelier d’Art de France, The Jewish Museum of Australia, and numerous private, corporate, and foundation collections in Australia and the United States.

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


Tiffany Miller Russell and Nancy Sullo

UCAR Community Art Program at NCAR (1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder)

November 5, 2018 - January 4, 2019

  • Cut Paper Wildlife Sculptures by Tiffany Miller Russell and Watercolor Portraits by Nancy Sullo
  • Opening Art Reception: Thursday November 8th from 5:30 - 8:30 pm
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The UCAR Community Art Program at NCAR is proud to present two new exhibits: Cut Paper Wildlife Sculptures by Tiffany Miller Russell and Watercolor Portraits by Nancy Sullo

Tiffany Miller Russell’s paper sculptures create inviting glimpses of familiar worlds that display a heightened sense of reality. Peering into a shadowbox holds its own kind of magic, encouraging memories of similar moments in our lives when we have been overwhelmed with curiosity and wonder. These works are created from specialty art papers, which are cut flat and then shaped by hand, with an intent to create sculpture that resembles painting. Tiffany finds inspiration in nature and the diversity of life, especially the animal kingdom. Her work explores the interconnected relationship of animals to the larger world, from the daily ecosystem the creatures encounter, to their use as cultural and artistic icons.

Tiffany’s paper sculptures have won her numerous national awards, including from the Artists’ Magazine and the Society of Animal Artists. Two of her works are included in the permanent Contemporary Art collection of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

Nancy Sullo has a particular passion for painting people in watercolor. She aims for fresh and lively portrayals of her subjects, making use of lighting, color, and atmosphere to achieve this. Her subjects come from photos she’s taken, both recently and well in the past. All are a part of her life in some way. The subjects include old and young, family and friends, strangers who cross her path and people she’s met in Central America and Mexico.

This exhibit, “Life Studies,” is a celebration of the many aspects of humanity seen through Nancy’s lens and interpreted through her brush.
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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

Preview all artists' work on the UCAR Community Art Calendar at:


IN THIS PARTICULAR GHOST TOWN: by Josh Davy & Zachary Reece

Valkarie Gallery & Studio

November 14 - December 9, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, November 17, 5 - 8:30pm
  • FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK: Friday, December 7, 5 - 9:00pm
Zachary Reece: has been creating in the pointillism style for over 25 years. The first 15 of those years it was in the traditional medium of ink on illustration board, but for the past decade he has crossed over to digital drawing and illustration.

Preferring to alternate between using circles and stipples to build the image, Reece begins by finding an image that resonates with his own preference, but one that he feels will resonate with others as well. It’s usually something classy with a hint of pop appeal. He then chooses a geometric pattern that will define the alternating circles and dots, such as a checkerboard, concentric circles, or vertical bars. After preparing the source image like this, Reece brings it into the iPad Pro to meticulously draw every piece with a pressure sensitive stylus (Apple Pencil) in vecor-based illustration software. Rarely does a piece take him under 150 hours to complete. The end artwork is then sent to print to canvas with no limitation of what size it wants to be.

“Most people think I’m very patient by creating in this style,” says Reece, “but the only patience I lose is when I finish one and need to dream up the next. I just want to draw!”

Josh Davy: "A close friend of mine has spent most of his adult life hunting for fossils in his free time. I’ve known this about him for a while, but I’d never realized how good he’d been at it. This past summer I went over to help him pack up his things and move out of his home, ending a marriage of more than 20 years. He let her keep all of the furniture and most of the photographs and we spent the better part of two days trying to figure out what was worth taking. How much needed to go into storage, what things were so important that they needed to stay with him as he worked out his future, and what just wasn’t of value any more at this point in his life? He began to question whether he needed all of his fossil collection as he thought about how to store it; I began questioning the value of those damn fossils after about the fourth hour of carrying boxes of rocks up the basement stairs.

He let most of the fossils go, maybe for practical reasons, or maybe they meant less to him as the marriage to his best friend and partner in exploration was ending. He gave me several boxes from his collection and I began to think about how I could use them in my work. I kept thinking about the objects that we value and why. I started to get ideas about what I might want to say about the things humans will leave behind, our fossil record. This show begins with sculptures I designed around the remnants of long extinct species, and moves into work that represents my feelings about the rapidly changing social structure and architecture of our cities today."

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
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Lisa Luree & Kim Anderson: Fool's Journey

Valkarie Gallery & Studio

December 12, 2018 - January 6, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, December 15 from 5 - 8:30pm; Tarot readings by Kris Rosenblum and Live Spanish Guitar by Danny Masters from 6-8pm

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
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Ralph Wiegmann and Suzanne Truman

Visions West Contemporary

November 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday November 30th from 6-8 pm
vwgRalph Wiegmann and Suzanne Truman - Thermal Image #2, 2018, encaustic, resin
The patterns, sensations and rhythms of nature have been an early influence on the art of both Wiegmann and Truman. The two artists have both experienced a profound sense of awe and appreciation throughout their lives in various natural settings. The patterns of the vast natural landscape and geological striations compelled the two artists to explore their own relationships with the land through abstraction. Wiegmann speaks about his work as subconscious expression which arises through the process of making. The result of which is a distillation of experiences and memories and recurring rhythms.

The works that appear in their upcoming show at Visions West Contemporary continue to meditate on these notions of pattern, color, and texture in nature. This in-depth collaboration has led the artists to a particular essence in their works that is focused on the elemental interplay of fire and water and the destructive as well as regenerative nature of these two things.

Some of the works that appear in this show utilize scale and multi-media installation in order to express the intention of the artists. One of the especially collaborative works physically engages the viewer to move around and with the work. The use of gently weathered free standing columns of wood allows the body to relate to their scale and anthropomorphic shape. The charred patina on these carved and burned timbers is sharply contrasted with the pink tone of the fracking sand that the wooden figures seem to be rising out of. The piece is punctuated by the projection of moving water onto the sand. This installation piece in particular hints to the direction of the two artists continued work; what are the consequences of the human imposition on the natural world?

Suzanne Truman received her BA from Montana State University and Ralph Wiegmann’s BFA was from the Drawing and Printmaking Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Both artists received MFA’s from the University of Montana in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and had since lived in Montana, until their recent move to teach in Wisconsin. Truman teaches Art + Design at UW-Eau Claire - Barron County, and Wiegmann teaches at North Cedar Academy, an International Baccalaureate High School.

Visions West Contemporary
2605 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205


Natural Occurrences

Featuring: Bonny Lhotka, Heather Patterson, Farida Hughes, Chloe Hedden, Lauren Karnitz, Caprice Pierucci

Walker Fine Art

November 9, 2018 - January 5, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday November 9th from 5-9pm

Walker Fine Art
300 W. 11th Ave (11th and Cherokee)
Denver CO 80204
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm


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