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November Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl at Dikeou Pop-Up

Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl at Dikeou Pop-Up 

Thursday, November 21, 2014 from 7:00-10:00 pm

Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax (312 E Colfax Ave, Denver)

Image: Aakash Mittal on sax; photographer Mark Sink

The Dikeou Collection's Ninth installment of the 'Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series' will feature a special performance by The Aakash Mittal Quartet on Friday, November 21, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Mark Sink, Photographer Extraordinaire will be spinning rare & classic records from the Collection's extensive Vinyl Archive. Mittal and his band will play at 8:00 pm. This event will take place at Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 East Colfax Avenue, is open to the public and no cover charge. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hailed as "A fiery alto saxophonist and prolific composer" by the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Aakash Mittal is sculpting a dynamic voice that touches American and Indian traditions. His self-released album, Videsh, was regarded as, "point[ing] toward new possibilities in improvised music." (Denver Post) As a composer and improviser, Mittal employs colorful dissonances, meditative silences, and angular rhythms expressing environments and spaces ranging from the American west to the dense streets of Kolkata.

The Aakash Mittal Quartet employs colorful dissonances, meditative silences, and angular rhythms expressing environments and spaces ranging from the American west to the dense streets of Kolkata. Recognized with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous programming, the quartet blurs the line between genres, sculpting improvisation and composition from jazz, western classical, and Indian traditions. These art forms coalesce to create "beautiful music that [is] at once soulful and exhilarating." (The Telegraph, Kolkata).

Mark Sink, Photographer, Curator and Teacher, has been and making a living from fine art photography since 1978. He is well known for his imagery made with the toy plastic camera, the Diana. Currently, also a reverse technology, he is producing collodion wet plate photographs.

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.

Dikeou Popup: Colfax
312 East Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80213
Open Wednesday to Friday from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, or by appointment


Call For Muralists: The West Colfax MuralFest

Call For Muralists: The West Colfax MuralFest

Deadline for entry: January 19, 2015


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


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

Nina Katchadourian: Lavatory Self-Portrait in the Flemish Style #12, 2011
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
Wed-Sat: 12-6:00pm


Call for art: Open to Possibility: EDGE Community Show

Call for art: Open to Possibility: EDGE Community Show

EDGE Gallery’s annual open call for art for the Denver Metro Community

  • Drop off dates: Monday December 1st from 1-3pm; Tuesday December 2nd from 6-8pm
  • $10/piece (unlimited number of entries)
  • Exhibition Dates: December 5 – December 21, 2014
  • Opening Reception: Friday December 5 from 6-10pm
  • Contact: Jennifer Pettus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
CORE New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Gallery Hours:
Fri: Noon-9 pm
Thu/Sat: Noon-6 pm
Sun: 1-4 pm


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

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


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


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

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

Saito Vail
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
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

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.  


Third Annual Love + Light to Light-Up Loveland

Third Annual Love + Light to Light-Up Loveland

The Loveland Feed & Grain (Loveland CO)

Thursday February 13, 2014 from 6-9pm

Friday February 14, 2014 from 6-9pm

Saturday February 15, 2014 from 6-9pm

  • Featured Artists: Chris Nelson, Carrie Johansing, Claudia Mastrobuono, Abbie R Powers, Anna Maddocks, David Young, Terry Lipstein, G.Mark Lewis, Jacqueline McKinny, Jason Kay, Kerri Ertman, Olivia Lowe, Garrett Shell, Chelsea Gilmore, Dustin Brunson, Dina Kalahar, Jeff Lowe, Megan Tracy, Lynn Kincannon
  • Suggested Donation: $5
Image Credit: G. Mark Lewis

(from the press release)

Arts @ the Feed & Grain" is funded in part by ArtPlace America, a national creative placemaking program, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and by the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town program. Art Works.

Special Thanks to Uncle Benny's Building Supply for their continued support of Arts @ The Feed & Grain

Arts @ The Feed & Grain will feature innovative and nationally recognized art experience at the Loveland Feed & Grain this February 13-15 from 6-9pm. Love + Light is an annual conceptual and contemporary art and light event that draws on the spirit of Loveland’s rich cultural history in the arts and Valentine’s Day activities.

For Love + Light, artists will transform the spaces in the Feed & Grain with light and other materials creating one of a kind artistic expression. Photographers will use light to make “light graffiti”, fire dancers will perform outdoors, hot drinks and a warming shed will help keep guests warm as they experience the site specific installations in the old building. Large artistic projections will light up the exterior of the Feed & Grain as 10 hearts made of LED lights created by local Artist Kerri Ertman.

Internationally recognized artist, Chris Nelson of Massachusetts, will be creating a site specific installation in the west room of the Feed & Grain using light to create space that interacts with the viewer on both a physical and emotional level. Nelson was raised in Colorado where he received his BFA in sculpture at Colorado State University. He is now based in Holyoke, MA, and shows in various parts of the country, and in Japan. You can view his website at http://chrisnelsonartist.com/

The Loveland Feed & Grain will play host to this uniquely blended art experience through a program called Arts @ The Feed & Grain. Arts @ The Feed & Grain is committed to bringing programs that support innovative art experiences of all disciplines working in the avant-garde.

Other Artists in Love + Light include, Garrett Shell, a student from Rocky Mountain School of Art as well as Claudia Mastrobuono, a adjunct professor from the same school. There will be a host of other regional and local artists from emerging to professional talent to complete this uniquely blended art experience

Abbie R Powers, David Young, Carrie Johansing, will be featured for their installation work at the Loveland Feed & Grain the national publication, Sunset Magazine. Sunset Magazine is featuring the Feed & Grain after one of their New York writers the building last September. “We are very excited to be recognized by this travel magazine,” said Artistic Director Megan Tracy, “ After receiving two National grants from Artplace America and the NEA, this national publication really has put the Feed & Grain on the map as a top artistic and cultural destination in Colorado.

The Loveland Feed & Grain
130 W 3rd Street
Loveland, CO 80537


In Review, In Pictures: Denver Arts 2013

In Review, In Pictures: Denver Arts 2013

Debra Sanders at Pirate
Debra Sanders at Pirate - photos by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org

In addition, be sure to check out the DenverArts.org Facebook album with highlights from the excellent Launch Pad Mission Two: L A N D, organized by Petra Sertic and Alvin Gregario.


New Works by Margaret Lee at the Dikeou Collection

Installation of new works by Margaret Lee

Dikeou Collection

Gallery Reception: Thursday, December 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Image: Margaret Lee, 'Zebra (huh/what),' detail, 2011

The Dikeou Collection is pleased to announce the installation of new works by artist Margaret Lee. An opening reception will take place at the Dikeou Collection, 1615 California St., Suite 515, Denver, CO 80202, on Thursday, December 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to honor the occasion. Additionally, artist Chad Dawkins' twenty drawings on canvas, which were on view at the Pop-Up Space, have been re-installed in the main Dikeou Collection galleries in the Colorado Building. Local musician Justin Couch will be the DJ for the evening, playing his selections from our vinyl record archive.

Margaret Lee is an artist, curator, and dealer who lives and works in New York City. Her work has recently been shown at International Art Objects Galleries in Los Angeles, White Columns and MoMA PS1 in NYC, and the 12th Biennial de Lyon in France. Lee owns and operates her own gallery, 47 Canal, which she opened in 2011 and features contemporary artists like Anicka Yi, Josh Kline, and Michele Abeles. She also works as the studio assistant to renowned artist, Cindy Sherman, a title she has held for ten years.

For this event the Dikeou Collection will feature a trio of works by Lee titled 'Zebra (huh/what).' First exhibited at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York in 2011, 'Zebra (huh/what)' follows suit with Lee's practice and focus on replication and the readymade art object. In an interview with Art in America Lee states that she "loves to strike that balance. I want to give you exactly what you want and not give you anything at all. The name of that zebra is 'Zebra (huh/what)'. And that kind of sums up my practice: yes it is a zebra, no it's not a zebra." The Dikeou Collection is home to another work by Lee titled 'Think About Tomorrow, Or Don't.' Lee also curated an original project for issue 21 of zingmagazine, and both she and Chad Dawkins have projects in the most recent issue 23.

Justin Couch is a member of the Denver band Quantum Creep (Heligator Records). Couch frequently plays records at the Skylark Lounge's 'Savage Nights,' Wednesdays at 9:00 pm.

Dikeou Collection
The Colorado Building
1615 California Street (at 16th Street)
Suite 515
Denver, CO 80202


CSArt Colorado 2014

Community Supported Art Colorado 2014


Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Denver Botanic Gardens are pleased to present the second season of Community Supported Art Colorado (CSArt Colorado).

Through a share-based membership, CSArt Colorado is continuing to connect local artists with art-lovers. For 2014, curators from BMoCA and DBG have selected a talented new batch of local artists. CSArt shareholders will receive a total of 10 original artworks from 10 Colorado-based artists at art distribution events throughout 2014. At these exciting events, shareholders will have the opportunity to meet the artists and mingle with fellow art-lovers before heading home with artworks for their collection.

2014 shares are available for purchase now. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a novice, a CSArt share makes the perfect gift for yourself and others. Don't miss out on your opportunity to own a collection of locally-made, original artwork from this season's talented group of artists!

2014 CSArt Artists

This year, CSArt Colorado has invited 20 artists working across a range of mediums and disciplines to participate. The artists have been split into two carefully curated groups of 10, Crop and Harvest.

T'Alyne (fiberglass)
Erica Dixon (mixed media)
Bruce Price (sculpture)
Jonathan Mason (music)
Stephen Witty (photography)
Amy Reckley (sculpture)
Kellie Cannon (intaglio print)
Laura Truitt (painting)
Andrew Williams (photography)
Julia Vandenoever (photography book)

Andrew Roberts-Gray (mixed media)
Amelia Caruso (painting)
Kim Harrell (silver smith)
Julie Wills (performance)
Morgan McKenna (photography)
Rebecca Vaughn (wall sculpture)
Tonia Bonnel (relief etching)
Craig Marshall Smith (painting)
Christopher R. Perez (photography)
Katie Sarralde (sewn object)


New in LoDo: Mike Wright Gallery

New in LoDo: Mike Wright Gallery

  • Happy Hour: 4 to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday featuring craft beer, fine wine, art and ambience

Yunior Hurtado Torres
Yunior Hurtado Torres at Mike Wright Gallery

(from the press release)
Mike Wright Gallery, located at 1412 Wazee St in Denver's historic LODO district, specializes in original, contemporary, fine art. We represent an exciting mix of artists, from emerging to mid-career and from local to international. We are dedicated to providing unique fine art, at reasonable prices, in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Furthermore, this is not your Father's Art Gallery. Our gallery's goal is to be accessible. We are creating an atmosphere in which art buyers of all ages and experience levels will feel comfortable. Feel free to ask questions. Feel free to have a few glasses of wine, sit on the couch, stare at that painting you like, and enjoy.

Mike Wright Gallery, the proud purveyor of incredible art, wine, beer, and ambience, will be open many evenings for public happy hours and lively openings. Like us on Facebook to truly be kept in the know. We will also function as a versatile space for private events. The gallery provides a unique downtown venue for dinner parties, business meetings, fundraisers, weddings, and more. Visit our Private Events page for more details.

Mike Wright Gallery also offers quality framing and houses a working art studio for our local, visiting, and emerging artists.

So, visit the website, like us on facebook, or stop by between 10 and 5 Tuesday through Saturday, but definitely check out the only combination art gallery, wine bar, frame shop, event space, and interactive studio in town.

Mike Wright Gallery
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202


SYNC Gallery Seeking New Members for 2014

SYNC Gallery Seeking New Members for 2014

  • Contact Membership Director Cyncie Winter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

SYNC Gallery, an established cooperative gallery located at 931 Santa Fe Drive, is seeking new members ready to show their work in 2014.

SYNC Gallery exhibits contemporary abstract and conceptual works by a collective of emerging and established local artists with a wide freedom of expression. Artists commit to a yearly contract, which entitles them to a 2014 solo show and to display work on a continual basis in the Back Gallery.

Located in Denver’s historic Art District on Santa Fe – known for its vibrant arts scene – SYNC Gallery has become a destination for art lovers. Artist receptions are held every First & Third Friday from 6-9pm.  

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



Majestic Gallery Celebrates 25 Years

Majestic Gallery in Idaho Springs Celebrates 25 Years

  • Extended hours and refreshments, bagpipe music and demonstrations by some of the gallery artists: Thu/Fri/Sat November 14, 15, 16 and Sat/Sun December 7 and 8

(from the press release)

The Majestic Gallery invites the public to celebrate their 25th year of business in Idaho Springs. What was once an empty storefront where a few Idaho Springs artists sold their work, has grown into a well- respected invitational group gallery for 30 plus professional Front Range artists.

Located in the historic Faivre Building at 1636 Miner Street, the exposed brick walls and large store front windows provide an elegant environment for showcasing paintings in oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastels; sculpture; ceramics; woodworking; glass work, fibers and jewelry.

The Majestic artists will be celebrating their 25th birthday with a holiday show featuring small affordable art. The gallery will have extended hours ( from 11 to 7) and refreshments, bagpipe music and demonstrations by some of the gallery artists on November 14, 15, 16 and December 7 and 8 . Call the gallery at 303- 567-9303 for specific details about times and events.


Colorado's Five Newly Certified Creative Districts

cciColorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation Announce Five Newly Certified Creative Districts

(from the press release)

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Boettcher Foundation are pleased to announce the certification of five new creative districts through the Colorado Creative Districts Program: Pueblo Creative Corridor, Corazon de Trinidad, North Fork Valley Creative District, Ridgway Creative District and Telluride Creative District.

"These 2013 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "These districts not only increase quality of life, they also help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country."

Initiated in 2011 with the signing of House Bill 11-1031, the Colorado Creative District's program first certified Denver's Arts District on Santa Fe and Downtown Salida, with an additional 13 districts granted prospective and emerging status.

"The goal of this program is to help Colorado Creative Districts achieve the administrative structure, funding streams, community engagement process, strategic plan and staff structure that provide both immediate sustainability and opportunities to evolve," said Margaret Hunt, Director of Colorado Creative Industries.

The second-year grants will provide $15,000 and technical assistance opportunities to each of the five new Certified Creative Districts. They will also be eligible to receive a Boettcher Leadership Award of $10,000.

"The state's newly designated Creative Districts are capitalizing on Colorado's creative assets to grow their local economy and to improve the quality of life for their residents," said Tim Schultz President and Executive Director at the Boettcher Foundation. "We want to help them be successful and sustainable over the long-term and we look forward to the Boettcher Creative District Leadership Awards taking them even further along the road to success."

About Colorado's new creative districts:

Pueblo Creative Corridor - 225 artists participate in the Pueblo Creative District whose activities attract 82,570 participants annually. The Packard Foundation has recently invested $50,000 to support more artist work/live spaces in the district in the near future.

"We are committed to finding ways to spur economic development in our city," said Pueblo City Manager Sam Azad. "This certification shows that job creation not only involves traditional efforts, but includes supporting those who not only will enrich our community through art but also boost our economic vitality."

Corazon de Trinidad - Trinidad's creative district includes six pieces of "mystery art", which appear on several vacant buildings, while the artist remains unknown to the public at large. Mayor Bernadette Baca Gonzalez attributes Trinidad's certification to "the hard work and united efforts of city staff, local officials, local businesses, area nonprofits and individual residents. Trinidad is now poised to take advantage of yet another economic development tool; one that emphasizes innovation and creativity."

North Fork Valley Creative District - The North Fork Valley Creative District in the heart of the Western Slope in Delta County encompasses the three towns of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford.

"We are thrilled with the official designation for the North Fork Valley Creative District," said Kelli Hepler of Delta County Tourism. "This designation will help us promote the talents here and will provide an economic improvement for all."

Ridgway Creative District - Home to a thriving arts community encompassing visual, design, performing, textile, culinary, brewing and publishing arts, more than 10% of its 900 residents are artisans.

"We are incredibly thrilled to see the fruits of more than two years of effort toward this opportunity be rewarded," said Ridgway Mayor John Clark.

Telluride Creative District - Certification acknowledges Telluride's remarkable accomplishments in the arts over the last 40 years. The Town of Telluride is a 2010 Governor's Arts Award recipient and engages over 1,600 artists in its Creative District activities that attract over 255,000 participants annually. The Creative District recently spearheaded the Town's Cultural Master Plan that coordinates and integrates arts and creative activities in local life.

This year's awarded Prospective Districts include the Aurora Cultural Arts District, Downtown Colorado Springs, Greeley Creative District, Longmont Arts and Entertainment District, and RiNo Art District.

The Creative Industries Division convened a panel of peer experts to review applications submitted by nine districts from the pool of 13 qualified emerging and prospective districts. Submissions were reviewed by panelists using the Colorado Characteristics of Certified Creative Districts and scored using the following criteria: district characteristics, management and planning, community buy-in, and other factors. The next deadline to apply for Creative District Certification is May, 2014.

For more information, please visit www.coloradocreativeindustries.org.

About Colorado Creative Industries: Colorado's Creative Industries Division, Colorado's state arts agency, is a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.

About the Boettcher Foundation: For almost 75 years the Boettcher Foundation has served the people of Colorado by helping to build community infrastructure through capital grantmaking and investing in young minds through its Scholarship Program. In virtually every community throughout the state, the Foundation has partnered with outstanding nonprofits to make a difference in people's lives. The Foundation believes that this is what the Boettcher family intended when they gave their wealth to establish the Foundation for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org


Carbondale's 11th Annual Art aRound Town

Carbondale Public Arts Commission's 11th Annual Art aRound Town Sculpture Exhibition

  • Public sculpture by 14 artists from 7 states throughout the town of Carbondale CO

(from the press release)

Beginning with an artist-led public walking tour on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 5:30 PM at 3rd and Main Street in Carbondale, the Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) presents its 11th anniversary 2013-14 Art aRound Town sculpture exhibition. Featuring works by fourteen artists from seven states, Art aRound Town is a rotating, year-long public art exhibition showcasing sculptures throughout the town of Carbondale.

In addition to the twelve selections traditionally included in the annual exhibition, 2013’s Art aRound Town presentation represents the inaugural year of CPAC’s partnership with the Carbondale Public Library, which allows for the inclusion of two additional entries to raise the number of sculptures for subsequent forthcoming years of the exhibition to a total of fourteen.

For 2013, 65 artists from nineteen states and Bangkok, Thailand, submitted sculpture-based works for consideration. For the third consecutive year, the “call” was placed on the Call for Entry (Café) web site for public art. The sculptures within the exhibition include both representational and abstract works chosen by a jury made up of CPAC board members and town officials.

2013 Art aRound Town exhibition participating artists are: Steven Durow (New Orleans, LA), Barry Ferich (Las Vegas, NV), David Friedheim and Trisha Kyner (Baltimore, MD), Susan Kane (Las Cruces, NM), Phillip Maior (Loveland, CO), John Merigian (Sanger, TX), Frank Morbillo (Tesuque, NM), Posey Nelson (Crestone, CO), John Northcutt (Las Cruces, NM), Mike Rand (Carbondale, CO), C.J. Rench (Hood River, OR), Vaughn Shafer (El Jebel, CO), Christopher Thomson (Ribera, NM).

Of the 2013 selections, CPAC Co-Chair Brad Sherman comments: “Once again the annual Art aRound Town exhibition has achieved a high-water mark in terms of both quantity and quality of entries, and CPAC is truly pleased to embark on a partnership with the Carbondale Public Library to bring even more outstanding artwork into our community. On behalf of the commission, we are, as always, very grateful to all the artists that answered the call, as well as to The Town of Carbondale for its continuing support of CPAC and for their commitment to making the arts a vital part of our town.”

CPAC Co-chair Ashley Todey comments: “With each passing year, the Carbondale Public Arts Commission attracts new artists and community partners, strengthening our collective mission of making Carbondale a hub of visual culture within the Roaring Fork Valley. We look forward to another wonderful exhibition in 2013, and to welcoming the exhibiting artists, community members, and arts enthusiasts from both near and far as they have the opportunity to experience these artworks and all that Carbondale has to offer.”

Other CPAC initiatives for the forthcoming exhibition year include a selection of an Art aRound Town “Best in Show” award, which will be announced during the September 28 annual Carbondale celebration of “Potato Day.” The selection comes with a prize component of $1,000.



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