Art Rocks

Art Gym Gallery

September 14 – October 7, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, from 5-8 pm; Free and open to the public
Art Gym Denver is celebrating it’s 3rd annual Art Rocks exhibition–a special event that highlights “rocks” and the myriad connections and stories around this natural element in jewelry design, installations and paintings.

Featuring artists Rob Gratiot (painting), Phil Bender (installation art) and jewelry artists Randy Burns, Robbi Farschman Jessica, Lycan and Hillary Muramoto.

Art Gym Denver
1460 Leyden St.
Denver, CO 80220

Rob Gratiot’s paintings of agates combine a strong sense of abstraction and realism. These paintings play on contrasts between transparency, translucency, and opacity; and allow him to use contrasts for visual power. In his own words: “My “agates” series are a strong part of my still life paintings. I enjoy painting small scale objects a lot bigger than they actually are, and I like pushing them all together to create a very high-density subject matter.”

Phil Bender’s art consists of collecting and ordering found objects. He’s sure to surprise us (and himself) when he creates assemblages with rocks that he finds in and around Art Gym for this exhibition!

Randy Burns is Art Gym’s current Metalsmith Director. Over the span of his 50-year career, Randy has designed, created, sold and exhibited jewelry across the U.S., Europe and Japan, and has taught jewelry and metals for over two decades.

Robbi Farschman is a self-taught jewelry designer who recently made Denver her home. “I work primarily in sterling, though copper and bits of gold find their way into my work, and drool-worthy stones are the norm. Much of my current line contains bold pieces that celebrate both structure and the beauty of decay. I think of them as modern heirlooms.”

Jessica Lycan says it best in her own words: "There's a story & specific intention behind every piece I make. A part of my soul is set with each stone & solder. At times I pause to dance, sing, and sometimes even cry over my work, as a design comes to fruition. My greatest hope for my jewelry is that each piece brings its wearer the sense of empowerment & protection I felt when creating it."

Hillary Muramoto is also a member artist at Art Gym and a self-taught jewelry designer. “Metalsmithing has been a huge step in my creativity, and sparks my mind, my heart, and inspiration every day. The work that comes through me embodies the transformations of our human experiences and is raw, uninhibited, energetic, fierce, and graceful.”

You are invited to the Opening and Artist reception on Thursday September 14, from 5 - 8pm to meet the artists, enjoy the artwork with food and drinks. The event is free and open to the public. If you miss the opening, catch the show at Art Gym Gallery, open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm.

Art Gym Gallery is situated within Art Gym, a 17,000 sq ft creative workspace for artists and arts professionals.

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