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Call for Entires: Art & Soul: Soul Struck

Art & Soul: Soul Struck

Deadline to Enter: March 2, 2015

Juror: Christoph Heinrich, Director of the Denver Art Museum

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Humanity has long deliberated over the definition and existence of the soul. Is it the essence of life, our true self or a moral compass? Perhaps it is nothing more than an emotional fervor. From immortality personified to allegorical contrivance, the soul resists a single definition. Juror selected artists utilize their chosen media to address these contradictory perspectives.

Eligibility: Art & Soul - Soul Struck is a biennial, national juried exhibition of original artwork open to artists that work in a wide variety of media. The exhibition is open to national artists at least 18 years of age. Eligible work is any original piece that correlates with the exhibit description and has been created over the course of 2013-2015 (no earlier than 2013). 2-D work must be framed, ready to hang and met the ASLD framing specifications and parameters (see below). Any 3-D work must include instructions for display.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) will host their biennial fundraising gala, ART&SOUL on April 18, 2015. The ART&SOUL gala is a ticketed fundraising event to support the mission and programming of ASLD. In addition to the juried art, select work from invited, ASLD-affiliated artists will be available for auction (one night only). In keeping with ASLD’s standards that artists are always paid for the work, juried and invited artists will not be asked to donate work and ASLD will receive a standard commission for any art work sales.

 

Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl with the Folklorika Arkestra

Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series

Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 East Colfax Ave

Friday December 19, 2014, 7-10pm

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John A. Díaz-Cortés, Annie Booth, Jean-Luc Davis, and Daniel Hogans

The Dikeou Collection's tenth installment of the 'Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series' will feature a performance by John A. Díaz-Cortés & the Folklorika Arkestra on Friday, December 19, from 7:00 to 10:0pm. Ken Hamel, Director of DenverArts.org will DJ rare & classic jazz records from the Collection's extensive Vinyl Archive. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

John A. Díaz-Cortés is an American saxophonist, composer and educator. Critics have described his sound as, "joyous, lyrical blues atop modern harmonic and percussive approaches to to the saxophone" (Hardbop Jazz Journal). The Folklorika Arkestra, formed in 2009, combines the improvisational aspects of live jazz with the traditional folk sounds and melodies of the Americas. The diverse ensemble also takes influence from jazz legends like John Coltrane and Mary Lou Williams, as well as classical and avant-garde music from Europe. The band is dedicated to keeping the roots of various folk music from the Americas alive while delivering a modern message of community action and inclusiveness. The band members for the evening include John A. Díaz-Cortés on saxophone and cajon, Annie Booth on piano, Jean-Luc Davis on bass, and Daniel Hogans on drums.

The 'Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series' focuses on jazz musicians living and working today, whose names are not yet embossed into history, but whose energy, wisdom, well worn instruments, and presence in the jazz scene are further defining our admiration for the life form, Jazz music. Selections from the vinyl archive will thus serve as a remembrance to all the jazz greats who came before the jazz musicians invited to play at this bi-monthly series.

 

International Call for Entries: Travelers 5

International Call for Entries: Travelers 5

A Juried Month of Photography Denver Show

FINAL Submission Date: Sunday January 11th 2015 by 6pm MST

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Show Dates: February 20 - March 7, 2015 with 2 Artist Receptions:
Opening Reception with Awards: Sante Fe Collectors’ Third Friday, 2/20/2015
AND MoP First Friday Artists Reception: 3/6/2015

The Show: “Travelers 5” is the fifth annual juried photography show curated by Calls 4 Creatives in Denver, Colorado. This year’s show will be a part of the international event, Month of Photography- Denver. Denver, Colorado is a key city during the world wide MoP event and will celebrate fine art photography with hundreds of collaborative public events throughout Denver and the region during March and April 2015. Plus this year’s group of juried “travelers” will be hosted in the award winning gallery, tbellphotographic studiolgallery, in the heart of Denver’s hottest art district, Art District on Sante Fe! For more info visit: www.mopdenver.com andwww.artdistrictonsantafe.com.

The Theme: Journey, pilgrimage, escape, trek, junket, odyssey... there are many ways and reasons to travel. Whether it be a trip of the body, an object moving in space or an inner journey of the mind - your interpretation of experiencing movement from one place to the next is what we are looking for. The images may be concrete or abstract, realistic or fantasy, you decide. Your photographic technique can be traditional, digital, experimental or a mixture - we are open to all photographic “trips”. Take us around the block or on a ride in your imagination, we’re ready to go!

The Juror: Susan Froyd, Westword Arts and Culture Editor

Denver native Susan Froyd studied English, Art and finally Journalism at Metro State University of Denver, and also managed movie theaters, sold art supplies and was a buyer in the stationery and greeting card industry, before landing at the weekly Denver newspaper Westword as Arts and Culture Editor in 1992. Twenty two years of coverage later, she’s still at it and not over her love affair with Denver’s cultural scene. Not so much a critic as she is a cheerleader for the city’s fine- and performing-arts communities, Susan feels privileged to serve all the vibrant artists in all disciplines who make our town a more engaging place to live.

The Curator: Sharon Meriash is a photographer, artist and curator. She is also the host for First Fridays Denver on Facebook and the creative force behind Calls 4 Creatives. C4C is known for creating, producing and curating annual signature art shows in Denver along with many invitational art events since 2007. Shows are typically held in a variety of host venues/galleries creating a diverse audience of art lovers. To date Meriash has curated over 84 art exhibits in dozens of venues and worked with hundreds of artists from around the world.

The Host Gallery: This year’s host gallery for “Travelers 5” is tbellphotographic studiolgallery located in the heart of the Santa Fe Art District in Denver, Colorado. Gallery owner Terri Bell is a fine art photographer, mixed media artist and graphic designer. Her work along with her gallery have received many awards and recognitions since 2006. You can read more about the gallery and Terri on her web site: www.tbellphotographic.com.

 

Jacquelyn Connolly Selected as New Director and Curator for Emmanuel Gallery

Jacquelyn Connolly Selected as New Director and Curator for Emmanuel Gallery


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photo credit: Andrea Moore

DENVER – The College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado Denver along with Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Community College of Denver are pleased to announce that Jacquelyn Connolly has been selected as the new Director and Curator for the Emmanuel Gallery. An alumnus of CU Denver, Connolly returned to the Auraria Campus in February to serve as Interim Director after the position was vacated by director Shannon Corrigan. After a national search was conducted she was selected as the finalist and began her new role on November 17th. She brings with her a strong skill set of exhibition making, community engagement and a passion for the education of future arts professionals. Her community ties and collaborative mindset make her an asset to this long beloved Denver institution.

Associate Professor and Chair of the CU Denver Visual Arts Department, Lanny DeVuono, said, “We had a committee representing all three schools that support the Emmanuel and its programming, and an overwhelmingly high number of capable and talented applicants. We are delighted to welcome Jacquelyn Connolly and look forward to what she will bring to this important Auraria Campus institution”

Connolly has spent eight years curating exhibitions and managing public art projects in the Denver community. Through her art consulting business she spent three years with Denver International Airport’s Art and Culture Program as their Curator producing exhibitions and managing large scale public art projects. She also contracted with American Airlines, the City of Denver, Art Planning and Associates and Western States Arts Federation. Prior to starting her consulting business, she worked for the state arts agency, Colorado Creative Industries- Art in Public Places Program, Arts and Venues Denver and the Denver Art Museum.

She says, “Emmanuel Gallery has long been esteemed by the Denver arts community and it is an honor to be a part of its tradition. I will continue my predecessor’s tradition of high quality exhibitions and grow the collaborative opportunities and funding sources for this unique space.”

Begun in 1973, Emmanuel Gallery is a tri-institutional non-profit art space supported by the Community College of Denver, The Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver. Emmanuel Gallery exhibits work of exceptional visual artists as well as faulty and students from Auraria Campus. It is free and open to the public, located in the heart of Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver.

 

OneWall Mural Preview Event with Mark Penner-Howell

OneWall Mural Preview Event

Walker Fine Art

Wednesday December 10th from 5:30 - 8pm, 2014

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Mark Penner-Howell - photo by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org

The OneWall Project has facilitated the commission and installation of three large-scale murals on building exteriors around the Denver metro area. Using billboard vinyl, the murals are printed in high definition and temporarily exhibited in an effort to elevate both local artists and Denver's growing art scene.

Join Bellco and OneWall Project as we celebrate and meet recent OneWall Mural winner, local artist Mark Penner-Howell. Mark's winning work will soon be displayed on a large-scale mural located at 12th and Speer in Denver.

Walker Fine Art
300 W. 11th Ave (11th and Cherokee)
Denver CO 80204
303.355.8955
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
http://www.walkerfineart.com

 

First Quarter Student Show at the DAFA

First Quarter Student Show

Denver Academy of Fine Art

Saturday December 6th, 2014 from 6-9pm

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The Denver Academy of Fine Art is pleased to host their first student show. The Academy recently opened in September and is strictly focusing on classical and traditional methods for drawing and painting. This show will comprise of work done from life, such as figurative, still life, and cast drawings. Work has been juried by Florence Academy graduate, Raz Seri.

Sales of all artwork will begin at 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the night. A $5 dollar donation is appreciated at the door, and a portion of all proceeds goes to the nonprofit "Historic Grant Avenue".

Come support the dying tradition of classical art and enjoy some great company. As an academy of we offer a 4 week long pose every Friday. Come create a masterpiece with us!

Denver Academy of Fine Art
216 S Grant St, Third Floor to the LEFT
Denver, CO 80209
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Website: http://www.thedenveracademyoffineart.com
Blog: http://thedenveracademy.blogspot.com

 

Art Moves Pop-Up Exhibition at PlatteForum

Art Moves: Pop-Up Exhibition and Preview

PlatteForum at Temple Arts Denver (2400 Curtis Street, First Floor, Denver)

Friday, December 5, 2014 from 5:30 - 8pm

  • PlatteForum's mini-resident artists* exhibit their work and visitors can preview our new space. Hot chocolate, popcorn and celebration
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After twelve years of amazing programs in our Riverfront Park home, PlatteForum is moving to the new Temple Arts Denver.  Come celebrate our new home with an exhibition of twenty artists' works who have been in residence at our Riverfront Park home this fall. Sneak a peak into the on-going transformation of the 19th century Temple building into  Temple Arts Denver, a cultural center where artists and creatives in the Denver community converge. To view the show after December 5, please call 303.893.0791.

About the Mini-Residencies: PlatteForum's mini-residencies exemplify our belief in the role of creativity in the community. We hope to support work that represents our diverse community, genres and new ideas. Mini-residents had access to our beautiful Riverfront Park space, all the materials and tools we have plus staff support. All work will be exhibited on December 5th.

PlatteForum will be closed from December 8 through January 12 so that the staff and volunteers can complete the transformation of the space in anticipation of Artist Resident Cole Bee Wilson, whose residency begins January 12. If you would like to help us do this, please email Adam for more information.

* Artists who have participated in PlatteForum's mini-residencies include Abigail Kokai, Lisa Michot, Brigid McAuliffe, Diane Quarles, Jennifer Eliuk, Catherine Carilli, Lee Lee, Juan Serna, Michael Murphy, Anna Hiltin, Genevieve Waller, Christina Miglino, Emily Prekwas, Michaël Pirard, Michaël Verheyden, Pascale Scher & Michael Grab.

 

Sync Gallery Call for Members

SYNC Gallery is accepting applications for membership

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If you wish to apply for membership, please submit the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:%20">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• A letter of interest explaining how you found out about SYNC Gallery, and the strengths you would bring to the gallery as a collaborative member.
• 5-10 jpeg images, no larger than 1MB each labeled with your name, title, medium, dimensions, and year completed.
• CV or resume
• artist statement and website

Your email attachments should not exceed 7MB

Once your information is received, a committee will review your submission, and notify you about the status of your application.

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

http://syncgallery.org

 

Luminarias de Santa Fe Drive 2014

Luminarias de Santa Fe Drive

600 to 1100 blocks of Santa Fe Drive

Friday, December 12, 2014 from 5-9pm

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After a two-year hiatus, the Luminarias along Santa Fe Drive will shine again! Experience the warmth and beauty of a southwestern holiday as hundreds of Luminarias will illuminate Santa Fe Drive and the Art District of Santa Fe. The event will include streets and corners lined with traditional Luminaria lights, carolers, youth mariachis, a roaming Santa Claus and Aztec dancers going from storefront to storefront serenading and entertaining visitors. For more information, visit Newsed.org. Produced by: the Art District on Santa Fe, Newsed CDC and the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council. Sponsored by Mission Yogurt Inc and Santa Fe Maintenance Districts A & B. 

 

Outreach for Local Artists at Mountain High Appliance

Outreach for Local Artists at Mountain High Appliance


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Mountain High Appliance is excited to support our community by opening the Louisville showroom as a gallery space for local artists of all mediums (2D and 3D) ages 15 years and up!

Mountain High Appliance is Colorado's premier appliance showroom with state of the art appliances displayed in 14 designer kitchens. This is a great opportunity to display your artwork in a high-traffic, professional setting to get the exposure your art deserves for FREE. Pieces can be listed for sale, and we do not take commission. We will accept cash and check sales only from buyers of your work(s).

January's theme is Winter in the Rockies. Please submit pieces that you think represent the beauty of Colorado winters.

• All art mediums will be considered but must be appropriate for a retail setting; no works depicting violence, nudity, or profanity will be accepted and we reserve the right to refuse any art at our discretion.
• Each artist may submit up to 5 pieces and they will be displayed for 30 days.
• Hanging items must be professionally framed with wire hanger.
• Artists are responsible for drop off and pick-up of all pieces to the Louisville showroom. Receiving: 3 days prior to the 1st day of your display month from 8am - 10am and 4pm -- 6pm only. Pick up: Must be within 7 days after the display month has ended during our regular business hours. Pieces left beyond 7 days will be donated to local charity for fundraising. No exceptions.
• There will be a 4 month waiting period between showings of any individual artist.

Please send JPG or PDF images of the work to be considered with dimensions to tasia (at ) mountainhighappliance (dot) com. Artists that are chosen for display will be contacted directly.

No phone calls please.

Tasia VanderVegt
Mountain High Appliance
1130 Pine Street
Louisvile, CO 80027
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‘Cloudscape’ Floats Home

‘Cloudscape’ Sculpture Floats Home from Denver International Airport to the Children’s Museum of Denver

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Christopher Lavery’s Cloudscape

Denver International Airport (DIA) and the Children’s Museum of Denver are pleased to announce Christopher Lavery’s sculpture, “Cloudscape,” which has been on temporary display at the airport since 2010, will be on permanent display at the Children’s Museum of Denver. In addition to museum visitors, travelers along I-25 will be able to enjoy their beauty.

“Cloudscape” is a series of three large-scale sculptural objects comprised of clouds perched atop steel towers reminiscent of the oil well towers, water pump, and utility towers scattered across Colorado. These playful clouds, ranging in size from 15 feet to 40 feet, were installed in 2010 through the City and County of Denver’s Public Art Program and greeted travelers for the last four years. However, the project was always meant to be temporary to encourage a unique experience for travelers along Peña Boulevard.

“The temporality of this project provided a unique partnership opportunity with the City and County of Denver and the Children’s Museum of Denver,” said DIA Art and Culture Program Manager, Chris Stevens. “The artist, Christopher Lavery, first generously donated the sculpture to the City, and now the Children’s Museum is providing a long-term home for the work. I am so pleased the community will continue to be able to view this whimsical piece of artwork nearby.”

“Cloudscape” has “floated” away from Denver International Airport and will be installed at the Children’s Museum of Denver early 2015. The works have been disassembled and transported from the airport to local fabrication studio JunoWorks. While at JunoWorks, the sculptures will be slightly refurbished to address the specifics of the work’s new site.

“We are thrilled to partner with DIA and Arts & Venues to move this beloved sculpture to the Children’s Museum,” said Mike Yankovich, president and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Denver. “Cloudscape will be the perfect addition to our soon to be 9-acre campus and expanded Museum, opening late 2015. It will be a public art piece that the children of Colorado can call their own.”

About DIA’s Art and Culture Program: DIA’s Art and Culture Program administers the City and County of Denver’s “one percent for art” ordinance which enhances public places and features nearly 30 site-specific works including sculptures, murals and other installations. The pieces are displayed in outdoor landscapes, inside Jeppesen Terminal and on airport concourses, as well as in the train tunnels and on the train itself. In addition to its permanent art collection, DIA curates temporary exhibitions, collaborating with museums, cultural institutions and arts organizations to present the highest quality two- and three-dimensional work. For more information, visit www.flydenver.com/about/art_culture.

DIA was named “Best U.S. Airport for Art” in USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” travel contest in 2013. The category focuses on how airports have been transforming from utilitarian hubs of transport to spaces with beautiful works of art, great restaurants, comfy lounges and terrific shopping. DIA was selected by readers as the favorite among 20 airports nominated by the publication.

About Children’s Museum of Denver: At the Children's Museum of Denver we believe in kid-powered learning. Every day, our expertly designed exhibits and programs open doors for Colorado's curious young minds to express what they know and to discover, create and explore more - on their own terms. Since 1973, the Children’s Museum of Denver has served the metro-Denver community as a learning institute dedicated to the education and growth of young children, newborn through age 8, and their caregivers.

Last year, we served more than 348,000 children and their grown-ups. The Museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to joyously learn through play. We offer innovative and interactive Playscapes (hands-on exhibits), engaging daily programming and exciting year-round special events.

 

Call For Muralists: The West Colfax MuralFest

Call For Muralists: The West Colfax MuralFest

Deadline for entry: January 19, 2015

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The West Colfax MuralFest is a vibrant art experience in 40 West Arts District designed to celebrate creativity and the character of historic West Colfax. Juried artists from across the country will create an outdoor art gallery of murals-culminating in a one-day celebration of art, music, food, and creative activities on August 8, 2015--free for the whole family. For more information on the mural opportunities, click here.

40 West Arts Gallery
1560 Teller St
Lakewood, CO 80214 Tue-Sat: 1-4pm
http://www.40westarts.org

 

CPAC Call for Exhibition Proposals: “Role Play”

Call for Exhibition Proposals: “Role Play”

Deadline for proposals to arrive at CPAC: January 8, 2015

Exhibition at RedLine: March 14 – April 15, 2015

  • http://www.cpacphoto.org/2014/10/call-for-exhibition-proposals-role-play

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Courtesy: McEvoy Collection

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center requests proposals for “Role Play” a photography exhibition to be held at RedLine Denver for the 2015 Month of Photography.

CPAC curators are seeking cohesive bodies of work that address the theme of the exhibition: role-play – the creation of make-believe situations and narratives, the adoption of a personae or character different than oneself, the transformation of self for play, self-examination, or the exploration of themes related to social issues.

Send up to 20 jpegs of the body/bodies of work for review. Please provide your website address and information about the project such as an artist statement and cv. Supplementary materials such as reviews, articles written by you, catalogs etc., are welcome.

This is not a juried exhibition. Proposals must address the theme. There is no entry fee.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC)
1513 Boulder Street
Denver, CO 80211
303.837.1341
Wed-Sat: 12-6:00pm
http://www.cpacphoto.org

 

Processus On Indiegogo

Processus: The Institute of Art and Life, fundraising campaign on Indiegogo 

Brought to you by co-founders Viviane Le Courtois and Christopher R. Perez

  • Make your contribution before November 1, 2014
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Processus co-founders Viviane Le Courtois and Christopher R. Perez

(from Chris and Vivian)

Dear friends and supporters,

We are writing to let you know about 'Processus - the institute for art and life'. Some of you have followed our works for years but may not be aware of our new venture. Processus will be a place to think and make. A shared creative space where interactions bring ideas to next level. We have been working on this project since January, and are getting closer to our opening, but we need your contributions to get the space ready, and get all the equipment we need to open.

To support our efforts and the works of our current and future members, please take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends.

Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of you get behind it, we can make 'Processus - the institute for art and life' happen very soon!

Click here to learn more and contribute!

 

Call for Entries: The 4 Seasons of Colfax

Call for Entries: The 4 Seasons of Colfax

Entry Deadline: Thursday January 29, 2015

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Join 40 West in its 3rd annual Colfax-themed show: “The 4 Seasons of Colfax”: an arts exhibition celebrating the events, history, and character(s) of Colfax Avenue (America’s longest commercial street) across the seasons. Colfax offers the special, unusual, strange and beautiful,. We want to capture the full year of weather and its impact upon the beauty and activity of Colfax Avenue. Capture a year in the life of Colfax with your photos, paintings and more. Link below for web page, where you can download the Call for Entry PDF.

We invite visual artists of all kinds—photographers, painters, sculptors, mixed-media artists, etc.—to use their artist’s eye to capture the spectacle that is Colfax—it’s neon, its people, places, events, history and ever-changing character of Main Street Colorado. Colfax Avenue has been at the epicenter of entrepreneurial activity in the metro area for more than 150+ years, with businesses and buildings still intact today, many which carry over from the 1950s car culture. Come on photographers and artists—channel your inner Jack Kerouac! Get out “On the Road” and experience the grit and the glitz of Colfax.

We are delighted to have 2 huge Colfax lovers & experts serve as jurors. Jonny Barber (ColfaxAvenue.com) and Bree Davies (BreeDavies.com)

 

Watch Carlos Fresquez Mural Painting in Globeville

Public Art Mural with Carlos Fresquez + PlatteForum ArtLab Interns

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Despite torrential rain, sloping sites with speeding cars and jammed scissor lifts, the painting goes on! PlatteForum’s ArtLab has been painting their second mural at Globeville, undaunted by challenges from mother nature! Stop by all day Monday and Tuesday, August 4 & 5, to watch ArtLab teens and master artist Carlo Fresquez complete their work.

Lead Artist Carlos Fresquez from Metropolitan State University of Denver (with Metro students John Plehinger and Michael Diaz-Rivera) have guided ArtLab through the creative process in order to contribute to the growing body of public art in the Globeville neighborhood. The planning process included visiting both recently installed and historical public art sites in downtown Denver and reflecting on the interviews and community meetings with Globeville residents last year. In July ArtLab completed a number of brainstorming, drawing and design sessions to create a collective piece that includes ideas from ArtLab interns and the voices of the community members that ArtLab interviewed. During this process, ArtLab developed their knowledge of techniques used to create murals, including how to create representations to scale and use a grid system to expand a drawing, and how to discuss their work using an artist's technical vocabulary.

Painting started Monday July 28th and culminates Tuesday evening August 5 at 46th and Lincoln in Globeville. We expect another exciting mural and great community interaction and will hold a public mural ribbon cutting celebration to celebrate the new public art piece at the end of the summer. Stay tuned for details on the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The mural project is supported by Denver’s Urban Arts Fund, and City Councilwoman Judy Montero’s office, ProForm brushes, Swinerton Builders, Sherwin-Williams and a crew of volunteers!

About the mural:At the heart of the mural is a treasure chest that can be viewed as a metaphor for the Globeville neighborhood. Out of the chest emerges a hand holding a key, the chest has unlocked itself from within and many things have emerged. The bright light and variety of objects that emerge from the chest are intended to capture the vibrant and diverse group of people and interests that can be found in the neighborhood. ArtLab chose to use this abstract means of representing the strength of the people in this community after reviewing the interviews and meetings they recorded last year. The chest rests on a bed of flowers with the word "Globeville" included as a transparent script, enveloped by the natural elements, which reflects current efforts to return Globeville to a healthy natural ecology.

 

Sculpture In the Park 2014

31st Annual Sculpture In the Park Show and Sale

Benson Sculpture Gardens

29th and Aspen Drive, Loveland, CO

Saturday/Sunday August 9th and 10th, 2014


 

Hard Hat Tours at Processus, Institute for Art and Life

Hard Hat Tours at Processus, Institute for Art and Life

Thursday July 17th, at 7 pm and 8 pm at The Temple, 2400 Curtis St., Denver

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Viviane Le Courtois making paper bricks from Junk Mail

Created by artists Viviane Le Courtois and Christopher R. Perez, Processus is a shared place for artists to think and make. It will include a multi-use shop, a darkroom, a clean space and a coffee shop/pop up space. Please join us for a Hard Hat Tour and information on Thursday July 17th, at 7 pm and 8 pm at The Temple, 2400 Curtis St., Denver CO 80205 (entrance on 24th St.). The expected opening date is September 1st, 2014. Memberships to use the space start at $100/ month. Reserve your spot now!

“ Processus [prɔsesys] is the French word for process, evolution; a group of actions with a common goal; a series of events or a succession of methods. This multi-use space is inspired by our art philosophies and way of life. Driven by process and ideas, our works reflect timeless actions and methods as we often go back to the basics. For years, we have dreamed about a place to work, a place to meet new people and share important ideas. We envision a place where the artist community will share processes and ideas, a place to experiment and discover new things, a place that focuses on experience and chance encounters.”

The focus of the workspace will be on handmade objects, sculpture, wood fabrication, photography and works on paper. It will provide tools, assistance and advice for artists to make what they need to professionally display their works. We want to bring people together around ideas that are worth making to contribute to the evolution of art and life and make a difference. As part of the project, a coffee shop will offer a space for people to think and share ideas. The café will be open to the public while the workspaces will be open to members only. Regular workshops, lectures and events will start this fall.

Viviane Le Courtois and Christopher R. Perez, have lived and worked together for over 12 years. They are both respected artists and art professionals in Colorado and beyond. They bring the expertise of all aspects of art, community and life together. They love making objects, growing or transforming things, cooking, walking, traveling, bringing people together and making them think. Christopher R. Perez is a photographer with outstanding experience in both contemporary and alternative photographic processes. He also has over 20 years of experience in art handling, framing, crate building, and wood fabrication. Viviane Le Courtois is a conceptual and process based artist working primarily with installation, performance, sculpture, fiber arts, ceramic and printmaking. Most of her work over the last 25 years has linked art, life and people. As an educator, curator and organizer of participatory projects, she will give and artistic direction to the space.

For questions or to sign up for membership, please contact Viviane Le Courtois at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303 526 8064 or Christopher R. Perez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303 653 4091.

The Temple
2400 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80205

 

Colorado Loops by Yoshitomo Saito in Vail

Yoshitomo Saito’s Colorado Loops

On view through September 30, 2014

International Bridge in Vail Village, Vail CO

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Yoshitomo Saito - Colorado Loop #9 on view through September 30 on Vail’s International Bridge
photo courtesy of Art in Public Places, Town of Vail

The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) is pleased to present a temporary sculpture exhibition of Colorado Loops by Yoshitomo Saito on the International Bridge in Vail Village. The two unique cast bronze sculptures will be on loan to AIPP for this exhibition through September 30.

Yoshitomo Saito is a multitalented and award winning artist who was born in 1958 in Tokyo, Japan. Saito came to the United States in 1983 to study American studio glass art at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He then moved to the Bay Area to attend California College of the Arts in Oakland. There he studied glass under Marvin Lipofsky and sculpture under Dennis Leon and Linda Fleming. He began using bronze during this period and received his MFA in Sculpture with High Distinction in 1987. In 2006, the artist moved to Colorado in search of new and affordable lifestyle to work as a fully engaged independent artist.

Saito now operates his private studio foundry at Ironton Studios in RiNo Art District of Denver. He actively exhibits his work in both group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco: M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA; Hawaii State Foundation of Cultures and Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii; For-Site Foundation, Nevada City/San Francisco, California; and California College of the Arts, Oakland/San Francisco, CA.

Saito describes the sculptures, “The Colorado Loop is a series of sculpture constituted of looping bronze branches creating simple interlocking rings of lines. Each piece was welded spontaneously without knowing the precise outcome, mimicking the gestural purity of the art of Japanese Enso painters perfecting a one-stroke circle. This sculpture also can invoke the "old West" images of a lasso being used to do rope tricks.”

For more information about Yoshitomo’s Colorado Loops which are available for purchase and related events around this temporary exhibition in Vail visit www.artinvail.com or contact Molly Eppard, AIPP Coordinator at 970-479-2344. A portion of sales proceeds will go towards funding future AIPP programs and exhibitions.

 

1929 Mural Restored at DU’s Reiman Theater

A legendary Colorado artist, heated public clash and exquisite mural returned to glory

  • Article by Scott Reiman and Dan Jacobs
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After years of restoration, Thompson’s mural in the Reiman Theater has been restored to near original condition
Photo: University of Denver

Lost for nearly a century, we are pleased to announce that an incredible work of art was recently restored with the re-opening of the Reiman Theater in historic Margery Reed Hall at the University of Denver (DU). Formerly known as the Little Theatre, the venue was renamed in honor of DU trustee and arts patron Scott Reiman.

Painted by leading Colorado artist John Edward Thompson in 1929, the large proscenium arch framing the theater stage features a vibrant mural highlighting characters from Shakespeare plays. Thompson, often called the “Dean of Colorado Painters,” is largely credited for introducing Colorado to modern art in the 1920s.

In early 1931 -- barely one year after its unveiling -- Thompson’s mural was covered with layers of black paint by then-theatre director Walter Sinclair, and was believed to be destroyed.

The public clash following the mural’s defacement was heated. Thompson was quoted in the January 27, 1931, Denver Post as saying, “I know now why some men, otherwise law-abiding, sometimes commit murder.”

Despite the initial controversy, this artistic treasure faded from memory and was lost for 76 years. When architects began planning for restoration of the theater space, they hoped to replicate Thompson’s work based on an old black and white photo of the mural.

It was then, in 2007, that the surviving mural was discovered beneath countless layers of black paint by DU Art Collections curator Dan Jacobs. After a significant fundraising effort, a team of DU students worked alongside professional art conservators, including a team from the Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts on the lengthy and painstaking restoration process. As a result of this effort, this exquisite frame to the Reiman Theater has now been restored to near original condition.

Restoration of the Thompson mural is the latest chapter in this incredible journey of creation, loss and return to glory as one of the University of Denver Art Collections’ most prized assets.

We are honored to share the remarkable story of this piece of Colorado history.

Scott Reiman is Founder and President of Denver-based private-investment company Hexagon and a longtime patron of the arts. He serves as a University of Denver trustee and was pleased to support the Thompson mural restoration.

Dan Jacobs is Curator of the University of Denver Art Collections and Director of the University’s Vicki Myhren Gallery. In the course of research on artist John E. Thompson, he discovered the Shakespeare mural in 2007 and directed its restoration.

 

Santa Fe's Currents 2014

Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival

Various locations throughout Santa Fe (New Mexico)

June 13 - 29, 2014

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Synthesis by Luftwerk

The Festival offers New Media Arts exhibitions, screenings of experimental documentary vid-eo, panel discussions, workshops, multimedia performances and docent tours for youth groups and the general public.

This year, work by artists from the United States, Ireland, Korea, Italy, Finland, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Scotland, Rwanda, and The Netherlands were selected. Video and interactive installations, art gaming, social media art, digital dome screenings, multimedia performances as well as exquisite, articulate single channel video – narrative, abstract, per-sonal and social – with compelling content and imagery will be shown at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe in the Railyard District and venues throughout the city of Santa Fe, NM.

 

Colorado Springs 16th Annual Art on the Streets

cosprEleven Artists/Artist Teams Selected for 16th Annual Art on the Streets

  • 2014-2015 exhibit will feature 11 works, including Colorado Springs locals Andrew Tirado and Sandy Friedman
Downtown Colorado Springs and Community Ventures are pleased to announce the selection of artists for the 2014-2015 Art on the Streets juried sculpture exhibition. Now in its 16th year, Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, while turning the streets of downtown Colorado Springs into a yearlong outdoor sculpture gallery.

A national call for artists attracted proposals from artists in four countries, 21 states and 16 Colorado cities. Artists were selected through a jury process in which artistic quality served as the primary criteria. This year’s jury included Blake Milteer, Museum Director and Chief Curator for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; local architect Michael Collins, and award-winning visual artist Jimmy Descant. Selected artists each receive a $1,000 honorarium. In addition, artists are eligible for a $10,000 Juror Award and a $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

The 2014-2015 exhibit will be on display June 2014 through May 2015 throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. The eleven artists selected for the exhibit are:
  • Dee Briggs, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Timothy D. Cassidy, New York Mills, MN
  • Steven Durow, Fruitland, MD
  • Atomic Elroy, Petaluma, CA
  • Sandy Friedman, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Steven Huffman, Ottumwa, IA
  • Suzanne Kane, Las Cruces, NM
  • James Alan Murray, South Portland, ME
  • Michael Shewmaker, Hilo, HI
  • Andrew Tirado, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Adina Ana Vomisescu and Juliana Morar, Toronto, Canada
Art on the Streets is a program of Downtown Colorado Springs, through Community Ventures, Inc. The program is supported entirely by private contributions, including founding sponsor U.S. Bank, with additional support from Colorado Creative Industries, Boettcher Foundation, and many other corporate and individual donors. All of the artwork in the exhibit is for sale, and purchase inquiries are welcome.  

 

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