Art Attack: A 40 West Trifecta, A Band Booker Became an Artist and More in Denver This Week

It’s a lazy summer weekend, but that’s no reason to give up an art adventure. Options include a trip to an outdoor show or a trio of openings under one roof in Lakewood, a large group show by graffiti and mural artists, and a debut show by a famous hardcore band booker who is re invented himself as an artist.

As always, that’s just the beginning, as beyond there there will be virtual art talks and landscape changes for some local galleries. Find all the details below.


Kristine Davies, BRDG Project

Modern Abstract: feminine
BRDG Project in Modis City, 1553 Platte Street
Thursday, July 14, through mid -October
Reception Opening: Thursday, July 14, 6 to 10 p.m.

Three abstract artists – Kristina Davies, Peggy Feliot Jensen and Emily Roan – express their femininity from personal perspectives for the show Modern Abstract: feminine. The exhibit also represents a new chapter in the itinerant nonprofit BRDG Project gallery, as founders Michael Dowling and Brett Matarazzo seek new permanent space.

In partnership with Vacchiano Art, they will program a quarterly series of exhibitions at Modis in the City, just one door away from the old BRDG Project space next to the Millennium Bridge. Future shows will launch in October, January and April, and after the openings, artist -driven events and demonstrations will be kept alive every three months running. TBA is still the extracurricular of this show; back to the BRDG Project on Instagram for news.

click to enlarge Installation view, Guadalupe Maravilla: Purring Monsters With Mirrors on Their Backs, at MCA Denver until Aug. 28. - PHOTO: WES MAGYAR

Installation view, Guadalupe Maravilla: Purring Monsters With Mirrors on Their Backs, at MCA Denver until Aug. 28.

Photo: Wes Magyar

Guadalupe Maravilla Artist Talk: Art and Collective Healing
Thursday, July 14, 1 pm, on the MCA YouTube channel
Free, RSVP in advance
The training of interdisciplinary Salvadoran artist and activist Guadalupe Maravilla reaches boundaries by providing healing relief from the collective trauma of marginalized immigrants, cancer patients and the global Latinx working class community. The idea, which stems from Maravilla’s own fight with stage 3 colon cancer, was expressed through exhibition artworks, including three “Disease Throwers” ​​sculptures, a “Retablo” painting and a “Maravilla” mural, all of which were put together as cogs in performative rituals activated. of the actor.

Whether you have a ticket or not for one of Maravilla’s sold out Sound Bath performances at MCA, the artist’s Thursday-afternoon virtual talk (including curator Larry Ossei-Mensah), will parse out the purpose of each element, while explaining how it is activated-information that is interesting in either way. It’s also free; all you have to do is RSVP.

Lisa Calzavara and Kristy Smith, Indulgent Vitality
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
Thursday, July 14, through August 14
Reception Opening: Friday, July 15, 6 to 9 p.m.

Abstract artists Lisa Calzavara and Kristy Smith will be talking on the walls at Sync Gallery for a month, when the Indulgent Vitality exhibition opens this week as an open invitation for viewers to experience daily life moments of vitality and joy. Although the artists use different styles, they both exude energy, movement and color, without darkness or shadow, making it a great summer show.

click to enlarge take out, "Autumn Kryptonite," aerosol and stains on wood.  - EMIT

Releases, “Autumn Kryptonite,” aerosols and stains on wood.


Wall 2 Wall
Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive
Friday, July 15, through August 15
Reception Opening: Friday, July 15, 6 p.m.

A cross-section of Denver’s most industrious muralists, street artists and graffitists (including a few who cross state lines) shares the limelight for Bitfactory’s Wall 2 Wall exhibition, curated by graffiti artist and graphic designer Emit, who helped find the legendary DF Crew graffiti association thirty years ago. If the names Emit, East, Keith Jive, Scribe and Tuke One (and many more) make sense to you, don’t miss it.


Claire Nulty, Firehouse Art Center

Clara Nulty, Palimpsest
Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Avenue, Longmont
Friday, July 15, through September 4
Artist Talk: Sunday, July 17, 3 p.m.
Artist Reception/Second Saturday: Saturday, August 13, 6 to 9 p.m.
For artist Clara Nulty, observation and minute observation are paramount in her exhibition, Palimpsest. The word refers to writing (or in this case, perhaps marking) that has been erased but still keeps up with new marks made on a recycled surface, blurring the line between what is currently visible and what a memory. The resulting mixed-media works are layered, but with trompe l’oeil precision on a variety of surfaces, including furniture, wood, paper and the bare wall, characterizing the liminal half-life that remains. between the present and the past.

click to enlarge RICH HALL, TALK GALLERY

Rich Hall
Talk Gallery, 4382 South Broadway
Reception Opening: Friday, July 15, 6 to 9 p.m.

Rich Hall is known as the last band booker at bowery punk club CBGB, which closed in 2006. But it turns out that his interests are more than the hardcore metal bands he favors. Now based in Tacoma, Hall revisited his first love of making art, and brought back what he had learned long ago as an art student in New York, by painting vivid, cracked, pop canvase that he hopes to start a new career as an artist. . The big revelation? Hall will unveil his work in the Denver area on Friday with a show at the ever -offbeat Talk Gallery in Englewood, where he hopes to make a splash and can tell a story from his rock ‘n’ roll past.

click to enlarge Lois Becker, "Wind River." - LOIS BECKER

Lois Becker, “River of Wind.”

Lois Becker

WOW! (Wide Open Whatever)
Core New Art Space, The Hub at 40 West, 6501 West Colfax
Friday, July 15, through July 31
Reception Opening: Friday, July 15, 5 to 10 p.m.

During its 41-year run as one of Denver’s first co-op galleries, Core has survived several steps, including moving to Lakewood from central Denver a few years ago. Now relocated to the new Hub at 40 West, Core is celebrating its longevity with one tradition: whatever, open-call community show, WOW! (Wide Open Whatever), which is about as long as the gallery. Perhaps it seemed more revolutionary then, but it was still mounted on the same intention: to give artists of any background the opportunity to hang work in a legitimate art space.

click to enlarge EDGE GALLERY

Rachel Amos, Covid Gatherings
Mark Farrell, Infernal and Feral
Eric Havelock-Bailie, Abandoned II/Smaller Paintings
Philip Rader
Edge Gallery, The Hub at 40 West, 6501 West Colfax Avenue
Friday, July 15, through July 31
Reception Opening: Friday, July 15, 6 to 9 p.m.

Edge, just a few years younger than Core, is also opening new shows on the Hub at 40 West this weekend, showcasing the work of a full fist full of fellow members. There’s Rachael Amos, whose collection of drawings was done in the shadow of COVID; Mark Farrell, with a series of colorful, mark-heavy urban landscapes; Eric Havelock-Bailie, offering small abstracted canvases and photos of abandoned objects and places; and Philip Rader, who painted loose, liquid, and organic abstracts. Edge, by the way, receives entries for its annual On the Edge open juried show, themed to encourage participants to push their limits as artists. The deadline is August 12; find information here.

Pam Farris, Parang Home
Joy Redstone, Numbers
Next Gallery, The Hub at 40 West, 6501 West Colfax Avenue
Friday, July 15, through July 31
Reception Opening: Friday, July 15, 6 to 10 p.m.
Another Hub at 40 West gallery, Next, will also open shows: A couple of shows with assemblage artist member Joy Redstone, working on missing and found objects, both man -made and from nature, to create personal works with a spiritual feel; and mosaicist Pam Farris, who dabbled in the idea of ​​“home” and what it means. In the community gallery, Next showcases student work from Deer Creek Middle School and Chatfield High School, directed by Farris, who teaches at Deer Creek and Kelly Aragon from Chatfield.

5 X 5 Project

Evening Cherry Creek North, 303 Detroit Street
Grand Opening: Saturday, July 16th

Representational-art gallery Abend opens its doors to a new satellite location in Cherry Creek North, right in conjunction with CCN’s annual Summer Sidewalk Sale, and has two new shows: A 5 X 5 Project small-works exhibition at Mélange, both with wide, international coverage. In addition, Abend will honor the sidewalk sale by offering several works at a 20 percent discount, and live painting by local artist Christopher Clark. Call 303-355-0950 for information.

Art @ Bend River
River Bend, 501 West Main Street, Lyons
Sunday, July 17, noon to 7 p.m.
Free, $ 5 on-site parking (free town parking)

It’s not a long drive to Lyons, a foot of town in St. Louis. Vrain River with a mountain vibe, and aside from its natural beauty, here’s another reason to do it: Art @ River Bend, a folksy art and craft show on the shores of a tributary, North Saint Vrain Creek. The family affair also promises live demos, children’s activities, and food and drink along with art.

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