“The Parks" by Topher Straus

Niza Knoll Gallery

January 11 - February 16, 2019

  • Artist’s reception: Third Friday Art Walk on January 18, 5-8 pm
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As our nation’s leadership shifts its environmental priorities from protection to exploitation, it is critical, now more than ever, for citizens to appreciate and explore the treasured landscapes that have inspired inhabitants of our continent for centuries. To that end, artist Topher Straus chose to use the vast National Park system, established 150 years ago, as a blueprint for his unconventional representational landscapes featured in a new exhibit at Niza Knoll Gallery entitled “The Parks”. Straus highlights popular vistas through spectacular 30” x 60” paintings on metal with the goal of providing a personal and rich experience for the viewer, much like when visiting the parks themselves.

Topher Straus is a Denver born, New York trained fine artist, known for his raw playfulness and imaginative concepts. He describes his work as “… a deconstruction of reality that is layered with radical color combinations and bold texture. My style is unconventional, fresh and inspired. My work is fun, fearless and full of rhythm.” He believes that nature is food for our souls and fuel for our imagination.

In 2009 Niza Knoll Gallery opened in the Art District on Santa Fe at 915 Santa Fe drive. The gallery specializes in intriguing conceptual exhibits, hosts first and third Friday events, monthly salons, private concerts and guest speakers. Past exhibits have included unusual artist pairings, outsider art, collaborative work, thought provoking thematic exhibits of artists using non-traditional media. Through a partnership with Kingman Winery the space serves a tasting room for their fine Colorado wines and is proud to offer their wine for sale during art walks and other special events.

Niza Knoll Gallery
915 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


3631: A Solo Cycling Journey Across America by Randall Sampson

A Month of Photography Show at Niza Knoll Gallery

February 22 – March 22, 2019

  • Artist Reception: Thursday, February 22 from 6-8:30
  • The Month of Photography Colorado (MOP) is a biennial celebration of fine art photography with hundreds of collaborative public events throughout the region. Visit http://www.mopdenver.com for more information

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Lawyer, amateur photographer, and erstwhile ceramics and metal artist, Randall Sampson hadn’t owned a bicycle for almost a quarter-century when, in the summer of 2017, he purchased a used road bike and rekindled his long-dormant love of cycling during frequent round-trip rides between his Denver home and Boulder. With his planned 2018 retirement in mind, that initial reintroduction to cycling was followed by the purchase of a touring bike, trips to the gym, and the development of plans for a coast-to-coast solo cycling adventure. The upcoming exhibit, “3631: A Solo Cycling Journey Across America” chronicles his trip to the lonely reaches of the northern United States and Ontario, Canada via photographs and written narrative. 

Sampson’s journey began alone on August 1, 2018, at the ferry terminal in Anacortes, Washington, and ended, after traveling the northern United States and Ontario, Canada, including the Cascade mountains of Washington, the northern plains, the upper Midwest, the north shore of Lake Erie, the Erie Canal, New England and more, exactly 75 days later, in Portland, Maine, among friends.

Sampson takes us along on his travels through his photographs and supplementary narrative excerpts that feature insights and anecdotes. Unlike past expeditions, he purposefully did not have professional camera equipment in tow—only his iPhone camera. It’s important for the viewer to remember that Sampson embarked on this journey not as an artistic endeavor, but rather as a life endeavor or “bucket-list” item. He hopes that the photographs in this exhibition are enhanced and informed by, rather than diminished by, this knowledge and thus are received in the spirit of chronicling a small, but very meaningful, sliver of his life. Given the context of a bike-trip, most images are the product of a very brief stop on the shoulder of a road. Many—perhaps better—photographs not taken, were lost to real or perceived pressures of time, the lack of safety in the moment, or a reluctance, say, to interrupt the hard work of slogging up a mountain pass.

Randall Sampson served as an attorney in the public sphere until his retirement in May of 2018. He fed his artistic side over the years with photography and the creation of metal and ceramic art, for a time, exhibiting his work as part of The Mix Co-op in the back of Niza Knoll Gallery. Upon announcing his bike trip, he was encouraged to start a blog, so others could follow his travels. Despite his hesitations with the technology of blogging, and the often self-aggrandizing nature of social media, his love of writing and his belief in the "value of voice” prevailed.” He is proud to share his "small" voice, knowing that not everyone feels empowered to use theirs. Visit www.randallsampson.com to read full blog posts.

In 2009 Niza Knoll Gallery opened in the Art District on Santa Fe at 915 Santa Fe drive. The gallery specializes in intriguing conceptual exhibits, hosts first and third Friday events, monthly salons, private concerts and guest speakers. Past exhibits have included unusual artist pairings, outsider art, collaborative work, thought provoking thematic exhibits of artists using non-traditional media. Through a partnership with Kingman Winery the space serves a tasting room for their fine Colorado wines and is proud to offer their wine for sale during art walks and other special events.

Niza Knoll Gallery
915 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Trine Bumiller: Stations of the Cross

O'Sullivan Art Gallery at Regis University

January 15 - February 15, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday January 24th at 4:30pm
  • Artist talk with Trine Bumiller: Thursday January 31st at 7pm

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Artist Trine Bumiller learned about the Christian devotional practice called The Stations of the Cross at a residency program several years ago. She was impressed with the idea of depicting the moments of Jesus’ last day in a series of 14 abstract canvases. Many artists choose to depict these scenes with images of Jesus and the cross. Bumiller, instead, uses images of nature. She believes that even without recognizable imagery, the pieces depict the emotional depth of the historic event.

“In my piece, trees and branches take the place of figures and events. They are mostly bare, exposing their structure and existence, rooted in the ground, reaching toward the sky,” Bumiller said. This is the first time these paintings have been shown publicly. Bumiller explores the relationship between memory and experience through paintings and installations that balance on the edge of environmental issues and abstraction.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students.

Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80221


CASCADE an installation by BRIAN CAVANAUGH

Pirate: Contemporary Art

March 1 - 17, 2019

  • Vinnie Alfonso in the associate space
  • Opening Reception: Friday March 1st from 6-10pm
Are memories truth or our own fiction? “CASCADE” contemplates contradiction and compromise within a collection of semi-truthful sculptural realities, super-imposed video projections, factual memories, faux truths and suspended beliefs. An allegorical journey through faux finished expanded poly-styrene foam and paper forms feigning corroded oxidized steel, blending with real objects in absurd and contradictory constructions. Scale, weight, mass and function reverse roles, creating an environment of dystopic discord, deterioration and impending collapse.

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


CU Denver SCULPTURE CLUB presents Cluberation in the main space

Ariela Asher in the associate space

Pirate: Contemporary Art

February 8 - 24, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday February 8th from 6-10pm
  • Cluberation juried by Mai Wyn Schantz of Mai Wyn Fine Art
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7130 W 16th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214


Darling Darling: New Ceramic Work By Joshua Clark

Plinth Gallery

February 1 - March 30, 2019

  • Opening Reception: First Friday, February 1st from 6-9pm
For our next two-month exhibition, we are excited to present new ceramic work by artist Joshua Clark. The artist received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio State University and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree from The Cranbrook Academy of Art. Clark is currently an associate professor of ceramics at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Clark's work is luscious, luminous, full of color and movement almost appearing molten. His work is unconventional in that it defines any traditional ides about ceramics. Using combinations of mixed media materials such as resin, paint, plastic and rubber as well as clay, his art work invites dialog. On one level, his work might suggest a kitsch quality; yet according to cfile writer and critic Bill Rodgers writes that "Clark’s sculptures have a sense of humor carried by just the right amount of chaos, frozen at a point where reality is more like a liquid and its physics are all glitchy. It’s a lot of fun and, like stepping out into the roller rink’s parking lot, conventional life feels just as strange by association. Fundamental properties of matter change as gooey neon liquids are able to support weight piled in a column on top of them. They gleam like porcelain but it feels like I should be able to snap off a piece and eat it like candy. They’re products of a separate reality, something that touches ours just enough so that the differences seem all the more uncanny."

In "Darling Darling", Clark deals with repetition as it might pertain to an object's preciousness. Clark states, "Like a pop song you cannot seem to get out of your head, I am interested in the things that capture our attention for surface reason, but which continue to haunt us for reasons we cannot quite put our finger on. In my practice the subject matter has always come from my daily experiences. A collection of associative experiences that I feel has the potential to communicate something telling about our collective human psychology, specifically as it relates to our desire for aesthetics experiences."

Plinth Gallery
3520 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216


Enrique Martínez Celaya

“The Boy: Witness and Marker, 2003-2018”

Robischon Gallery

January 17 – March 9, 2019

  • Pubic Opening Reception for the Artist: Thursday, January 17th from 6 - 8pm
The Relic and the Pure 2013-2015 Oil and wax on canvas 100 x 78 inches

Robischon Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition of highly acclaimed Cuban-born artist and author Enrique Martínez Celaya. The extensive presentation features painting, photography and sculpture investigating Martínez Celaya’s re-emerging theme of a boy and the psychic or philosophical forces which surround. The new and earlier select works reflect a poetic exploration into the nature of vulnerability, power, confidence and fear, while allowing the physicality of each medium employed – oil and wax, bronze, watercolor, wood, tar and straw – to carry with it a sense of the ineffable. Martínez Celaya states, “Since the mid-90s I have been using the image of a boy coming of age, still moored in childhood, but already half-embarked on that journey to adulthood from which he will not return. This reference has appeared in my paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and writings, and this exhibition at the Robischon Gallery is the first one dedicated to the boy as image, concept and metaphor. It is an expansive effort bringing together work from 2003 to the present, including paintings and sculptures that have never been seen before.”

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


Read more: Robischon: Enrique Martínez Celaya

Paper Work: Joseph Coniff, Rachel Doniger, Wilma Fiori, Martha Hughes

Rule Gallery

January 25 - March 2, 2019

  • Reception: Friday, January 25 from 6-9p
jcruleJoseph Coniff, Panel Composition 13, 2019, acrylic and wallpaper on wood panel,16.25 x 17 in

Rule Gallery
530 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Read more: Rule: Paper Work


Space Gallery

February 1 - 16, 2019

  • Opening reception: First Friday, February 1st from 5-9pm
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artmore is a juried exhibition of the work of three artma 2018 artists. The artists were selected by Michael Burnett, owner and curator of SPACE Gallery. artmore is held in odd years opposite to artma as a celebration of the artists who support The
Morgan Adams Foundation through their work.

artma is a unique, funky, and fabulous biennial auction of art, all of which is donated by local, regional, and nationally recognized artists. The proceeds of artma support The Morgan Adams Foundation, a local organization dedicated to raising money and awareness on behalf of children with cancer. artma Artists: Jan Carson, Jeffrey Keith, Lydia Riegle Gallery: SPACE Gallery

Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Julia Sanders and William Stoehr: Morphogenesis

Space Gallery

January 10 - February 16, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday, January 10 from 6-9pm
Julia Sanders, Yonder, Thither VI, Oil on Board, 36x24 inches

Space Gallery is pleased to present our annual figurative exhibition featuring the work of emerging artist Julia Sanders and internationally recognized artist William Stoehr. Blurring the lines between realism and abstraction, both artists rely on the viewer's subjective participation to deepen the reality beyond the mere image.

Sanders highlights the struggle separating the self and contemporary culture. To her, "morphogenesis refers to the innate desire for entity and environment to become one,” which can be seen in the swirling and twisting of her paint brush. Challenging the static historical portrayal of the female figure, Sanders also explores themes of fertility and dissolution, both visually and metaphorically as her figures simultaneously dissolve and take shape.

Stoehr's artwork also focuses on the human condition. The essence of his art is the exploration of fundamental issues of our time. He explores intolerance, discrimination, addiction, violence and war with its victims, witnesses and survivors. While Sanders mingles figure with background, Stoehr isolates his figures for the viewer to subjectively respond to. Both artists work freely; dripping, brushing and pouring paint. To this Stoehr adds touches and hints of realism. He often paints facial features slightly out of alignment or paints vaguely different expressions for each side of the face. These variations might make his images appear more real as time, half remembered memories, and prior experiences affect your perception.

Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


New Work from Madeleine Dodge and Phillip Potter

with Katharine McGuinness in the North Gallery

Spark Gallery

February 14 - March 10, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, February 15, 5-9 pm
  • First Friday: March 1, 5-9 pm
  • Artists' Talks: Saturday, March 9, 2 pm
  • Last Look: Sunday, March 10
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Artist Madeleine Dodge continues her work with natural processes which function autonomously in a generative capacity, creating a work of art, dissolving the subject object dichotomy. This work, comprised of archival, one of a kind, pigment prints on a variety of substrates was generated by anonymous social forces, self-reflection, and principles of social and psychoanalytic transference to materials.

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


Liz Lautrup and Karin Kempe: Luminous

Sync Gallery

February 15 - March 9, 2019

  • Third Friday artists’ reception: February 15 from 6-9pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: March 1, 2019 from 6-9pm
THE LIGHT WITHIN: acrylic on canvas 30” x 30”: http://karinkempeart.com

Through layers of color and texture, Liz Lautrup and Karin Kempe each express the underlying luminosity of this world in abstract paintings which glow with an internal light and invite us to explore and appreciate their magic.

Karin Kempe: Leonard Cohen said, “There is a crack, a crack in everything- that’s how the light gets in.” Sometimes the light rides on hue and brightness; sometimes it is traced by the interaction of marks which are, after all, just paint on canvas, but which can be recognized like a mysterious memory. Our amazing world sings with an underlying luminosity, its radiance seeping from hidden windows. Light through color, this is what Karin Kempe touches and expresses in her paintings.

Grasshopper’s Flight: Acrylic and Watercolor Pencil on Canvas: 48 by 48” http://www.lizlautrup.com

Liz Lautrup: How often we miss the small bits of beauty and magic around us. Liz Lautrup’s paintings, which incorporate acrylic and watercolor pencil in multiple layers, illuminate the small wonders that we might normally pass by or fail to notice. Perhaps there is a whole world in a grasshopper’s flight through the air; perhaps we can find immense beauty in the reflected sunlight and varied colors in a field of grass. In these little things, there is the potential of mystery and discovery. They contain a message if we are willing to receive it. Liz Lautrup continues to experiment, finding new ways to capture the essence of internal and external worlds.

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



Tabitha Aaron and Michelle Lamb

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

January 6 - March 1, 2019

  • Gallery Reception: Saturday February 2 (time TBD)
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The UCAR Community Art Program at NCAR is proud to present two new exhibits: Mixed Media by Tabitha Aaron and Assemblage/Mixed Media/Sculpture by Michelle Lamb

Tabitha Benedict Aaron establishes a calming spiritual connection to nature with her latest collection “The Peace of Wild Things.” She believes that an intimate connection with nature enhances our lives and can put us at ease during a time when stress is a global epidemic and that nature connects us to the natural rhythm of life. Tabitha aims to create this emotional experience, engaging the viewer a little closer.

Multi-disciplinary artist Michelle Lamb of Littleton, CO considers herself a maxed- rather than mixed-media artist, because she believes diversity keeps creativity fresh, exploration a must, and fuels the fire for reinvention. Lamb is a member of CORE New Art Space Gallery on 900 Santa Fe Drive in Denver and has a BFA from Colorado State University.

This body of work focuses on assemblages where Lamb skillfully manipulates and arranges found objects, allowing a determined amount of original patina, shape, texture or inherent iconography to provide the “plot” for her story. These objects are the “characters”, adding depth and weight to her narratives as Lamb prudently chooses whether to amplify them, or conversely, to alter and deconstruct their original context.

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 and holidays 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: http://scied.ucar.edu/exhibits/community-art-program


When Pigs Fly: Chinese New Year Invitational

Valkarie Gallery

February 6 - March 3, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday February 9, 5-9:30pm

Pictured: Lisa Luree, Claudia Roulier, Lauri Muhonen, Danyl Cook, Mike Kloepfer and Hallie Packard

Now in its fourth year, we are excited to bring you the year of the pig in our annual Chinese New Year show! With nearly sixty artists all creating a piece on an 8"x8" panel based on the year of the pig - you will find paintings, drawings, digital art, mixed media, mosaics, fiber art, photography and more!.

Artists: Aleo, Aria Fawn, Betsy Rudolph, Carl Bork, Claudia Roulier, Clay Brooks, Cody Kuehl, Colleen Tully, Daniel Crosier, Daniel Granitto, Danyl Cook, David Perea, Dorothy DePaulo, Elena Gunderson, Hallie Packard, Henry Blount, Jane Falkenberg, Jen Herling, Jill Moustaffa, John Van Horn, Jordan Lyn, Josh Davy, Josh Houska, Justin Cdebaca, Karen Watkins, Kathryn Petroff, Kaitlin Ziesmer, Katie Hoffman, Kayla Edgar, Keith Oelschlager, Kim Anderson, Lauri Muhonen, Lisa Luree, Lisa Adams, Mad Tatters, Matt Doubek, Maxime LeFranc, Mike Kloepfer, Miki Harder, Molly McCraw, Naomi Wiener, Nicole Grosjean, Ray Munoz, Richard Ingersoll, Rob Jordan, Robert Newman, Ryan Austin Lee, Sharon Eisley, Tiffany Miller Russell, Tim Von Rueden, Tom Sarmo, Tony Steck, Travis Gillan, Valerie Savarie, Victor Escobedo, Willow LeFranc and Zachary Reece.

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
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What Lies Ahead

Featuring John Defeo, June Glasson, Future Retrieval, Carly Glovinski, Mathew Mullins, Zemer Peled, Jennifer Nehrbass, Aaron Zulpo, and Julie Buffalohead

Visions West Contemporary

January 11 - February 23, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 6 - 8pm
Julie Buffalohead - Ideal Proportions Female - mixed media on paper - 28.5" X 63.5"

For many, the start of the new year is a time for creating a road map for the upcoming year. The title of this exhibition is descriptive not only of the work being shown, but also for What Lies Ahead for Visions West Contemporary in 2019. The exhibition highlights the new relationships being formed with artists. What Lies Ahead will provide a platform to share the upcoming projects each artist has at Visions West Cotemporary. It is going to be an exciting year!

Visions West Contemporary
2605 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205


Horizons: Derrick Breidenthal, Patricia FInley, Laura Guese, George Kozmon, Melanie Grein, Barbara Sorensen

Walker Fine Art

January 11 - March 2, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019 from 5-9pm


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


Women in Art at Women in Kind

Women in Kind Gallery (3899 Jackson Street, Denver)

February 27 – March 29, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday March 8, 2019 6-9 p.m.
Women in Art at Women in Kind is the first of an annual exhibition series celebrating art by, for and about women.

Spend International Women's Day (IWD) NIGHT at Women In Kind, enjoying an amazing, juried art exhibit benefitting Mi Casa Resource Center! The exhibit will showcase women artists and their creative exploration of issues around gender equality, empowerment and innovation in keeping with the 2019 IWD theme of Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.

Get your float on thanks to ice cream and root beer sponsors Sweet Action Ice Cream and Bruz Beers. You might also dig the cash bar with organic, handcrafted spirits from Rising Sun Distillery.

Tickets cost $10 a person and are available on Event Brite. Proceeds will be donated to Mi Casa Resource Center.


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