WHAT IF?: by Karrie York, Miki Harder & Henry Blount

Valkarie Gallery

October 17 - November 11, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, October 20, 5 - 8:30pm
  • FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK: Friday, November 2, 5 - 9:00pm
Karrie York, "Fluff & Rust", Acrylic on canvas, 20"X10"

In celebration of our five years of being open we bring you What If? by founding member Karrie York, resident artist Miki Harder and guest artist Henry Blount. A show with no restrictions in size, medium or imagery, your senses will be delighted to sample in some of the most unique and whimsical art you may ever see.

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
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Tracy Stuckey: Nocturnes 

Visions West Contemporary

October 19 - November 24, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday, October 19, 6-8pm
vwc.jgpThe Night Riders, 2018, oil on canvas, 54 x 72 inches

Tracy Stuckey’s show, Nocturnes is largely influenced by 19th century artist Frederic Remington’s night paintings. Made in the last decade of Remington’s life, these paintings reflect the artists growing disillusionment with the changing landscape of the American West. Stuckey’s works reflect not only the false romanticism of the American West but also the complete fabrication of it.

“Those familiar with Tracy Stuckey’s work will recognize in his new paintings something of a shift. Compared with the glamorous frontier fantasies he has been painting for more than half a decade, these are somber. In many of them, cool hues and dim light replace the bright colors of the Hollywood West that characterize his earlier paintings. The figures that populate the new works are pensive, not playful; static, or nearly so; and unsmiling. As a whole, the series has a new tenor—a deeper, minor tone. Even without a point of comparison, viewers heretofore unfamiliar with Stuckey’s work can surely sense the unease that underlies these images.

The new series does not memorialize the West for the simple reason that one cannot commemorate the death of something that has never existed. The West that Stuckey depicts here and in earlier works is not a historical or current reality but a myth. In his paintings, Stuckey approaches the frontier as a fictionalization and cultural phenomenon—one that Remington helped create—that exists only in illustrations, novels, and films, on television, and in the pages of glossy magazines. He does not glorify or perpetuate the myth but deconstructs it and exposes its continued influence on American popular culture.” -Zoe Larkins

Tracy Stuckey received his BFA in painting from Florida State University and his MFA from the University of New Mexico. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, most recently the Professional Development Grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. In 2009 he was an artist-in-residence at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah. Also a professor, Stuckey has taught at West Virginia University, and most recently, Colorado State University. Tracy and his wife, artist Erika Osborne, live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Visions West Contemporary
2605 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205


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


Neighborhoods: New Work by Tracy Weil

Weilworks Gallery

November 2 - 30, 2018

  • First Friday Opening Reception: November 2 from 5 to 9pm

After a five year hiatus, Weilworks Gallery is back — and big! Neighborhoods, featuring an extra large colorful painting by Tracy Weil, debuts at Weilworks at a First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, November 2 from 5 to 9pm. Weilworks Gallery is located at 3611 Chestnut Place in the RiNo Art District in Denver. 

Neighborhoods is a celebration of where we live, love, work and play, and a tribute to the four historic neighborhoods that comprise the RiNo Art District: Five Points, Cole, Elryia-Swansea, and Globeville. The exhibition highlight is an oil painting measuring 20-feet by 7-feet and fills the gallery’s main exhibition space.

With the district’s dramatic growth, Weil seeks to amplify the importance of respecting the energy and vitality of these long-established neighborhoods. “These are vibrant neighborhoods that have been here for generations,” notes Weil. “As the artist community grows in the district, it’s attracting other creative businesses as well as major development,” he says. “Art is the common thread and it’s our job as artists to lead, remind and document. I hope this new work will continue efforts to empower our community and change the paradigm of cultural displacement.”

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3611 Chestnut Place
Denver, Colorado 80216


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