Meredith Feniak, Michael Dowling, and Raymundo Muñoz: Rush Before the Reaping

Alto Gallery

November 19, 2016 - January 6, 2017

  • Closing reception: Friday, January 6 from 6-10pm
Michael Dowling - Of all the things I've love and lost, potential's been my favorite

As the year comes to a close and winter sets in, so comes the final harvest -- a time of urgency in reaping one’s potential rewards. Death draws near for that which is pulled, plucked, or cut, and in that time (perhaps) life is at its richest -- its value most felt.

Alto Gallery’s year-ending three-artist exhibition "Rush Before the Reaping" explores this theme through new and select works by Meredith Feniak, Michael Dowling, and Raymundo Muñoz.

About Alto Gallery:

Alto Gallery opened in February 2016 in the Berkley neighborhood of Denver, CO. "Alto" means "high" in Spanish, and it's a reference not only to our "Mile High" locale, but to the heights for which we strive. While considering a long list of names, Alto was undergoing extensive remodeling that exposed our beautiful, high barreled wooden ceiling. Altogether, the name fit.

Alto Gallery shows a wide range of contemporary art from local and national artists, aiming to bring a little bit of the RiNo vibe to the Tennyson Street Cultural District. In addition to being a traditional art gallery, Alto is the visual arts headquarters for Birdseed Collective, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that services Denver’s urban community through arts, entrepreneurship, and food drive programs. One such program is called 1of1 Magazine, and it’s a local publication dedicated to highlighting and promoting Denver metro’s fantastic visual arts community through reviews, interviews, q + a’s, and extensive event photography.

Alto Gallery
4345 W. 41st Ave.
Denver, CO 80212
Thu - Sat: 12 - 7pm


About the Artists:

Michael Dowling is a Denver native who specializes in charcoal and oil works that are classically-inspired yet definitely contemporary. Dowling studied at Il Institio de Arte - Scola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence and with various teachers throughout Tuscany. Inspired by myths and lore and how they fit into Western culture, Dowling's work is bold and easily recognizable. He is represented by Leon Gallery in Denver, G44 in Colorado Springs, Blue Azul in California, The Breath in New York, and Giovanni Rossi in Miami.

Meredith Feniak is a Denver native and mostly self-taught artist specializing in botanical illustration with a strong emphasis on realism and process. Certified by Denver Botanic Gardens, Feniak is inspired by the life of plants from initial sprout to final wilt. In her newest series on display for "Rush Before the Reaping," the artist paints with pure carbon pigment and crushed mica on silk that is stretched onto hand-gilded custom frames. The results are luxurious and stunning.

Raymundo Muñoz was born and raised in El Paso, TX, but has made Colorado his home since 1999. He received a B.S. in Biology at UCD and is a self-taught artist specializing in linoleum block relief printmaking and other drawing media. Raymundo is inspired by the chaos-order dynamic and how it plays out in our social interactions. In his latest series on display at Alto Gallery, the artist's detailed pen and ink drawings are composites of nature scenes and people at art gallery receptions.


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