First Friday came and went: the crowds, the art, the activity, the glamour. But it's not too late to hit any art district, certified or otherwise, and explore the galleries.
There's so much going on, you may not be able to hit it all. But pick your pleasure and rest assured that, yes, First Friday will be back next month.
Barbara DeMarlie, Nature Personified
Susan Hazaleus, Nature Automated
Kim Roberts, Essential Nature
Maria Pacca, Amagone!, We Are Amazonia, in Gallery East
D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Through June 27
Artist Talks: Sunday, June 27, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
D’art members Barbara DeMarlie, Susan Hazaleus and Kim Roberts take different views on the natural world in June, translating trees, birds and the landscape in paintings abstracted in varying degrees and sculptures that flap their pink wings. In Gallery East, Maria Pacca’s installation Amagone! takes viewers through a forest of rolled cylindrical “tree canvases.” All together, these shows strive to show viewers what the world stands to lose to global warming.
Jennifer Lord and Noah Travis Phillips, Rainbow Above the Ruins
Dateline, 3004 Larimer Street
Through June 26
Collaborators Jennifer Lord and Noah Travis Phillips shared some canvases for Rainbow Above the Ruins, with Lord providing the free-flowing abstract paintings over which Phillips added collaged bits. Gotta say, they're pretty cool. Dateline for the win!
Eric Nord, ISMSISM
Understudy, 890 C 14th Street, near the Shantell Martin art bench
Through June 27
Leon Gallery co-director Eric Nord, an artist himself (as well as a philosopher, poet, composer and performer) was given free rein to do some artwork of his own for a month-long run at Understudy. The result, ISMSISM, pares down a series of 180 human belief systems — or “isms” — into five symbolic central categories correlating with Plato’s five elements of Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Aether, using findings gathered during interviews within the creative community.
Sarah Bowling, The Consequence of Falling
Romelle, Supersonic Nonplace
Innervisions Collective, Scale-Reconciling the Systems of Measuring
BRDG Project, 1553 Platte Street
The BRDG Project pop-up gallery fetes a trio of female artists and groups in Denver — assemblage artist Sarah Bowling, abstract painter Romelle and the BIPOC creative circle Innervisions Collective — with three rooms of art.
Marsha Mack, Exotic/Sophisticated
Alto Gallery, 4345 West 41st Avenue
Ceramic and installation Marsha Mack sources her own mother’s philosophy of harmony — that it requires a blend of the exotic and the sophisticated to come together as one — in an exhibition of well-crafted sculptures in classic shapes embellished with the exotic: pearls, dyed flowers, rhinestones and the like.
Los Fantasmas Re-Emergence: “The Process of Coming Into Sight or Prominence Once More”
Cultura Craft Chocolate, Rise Westwood, 3738 Morrison Road
Denver artist and teacher Carlos Frésquez has mentored and inspired countless young Chicanos over the years, since the days when he, too, was a young Chicano, learning the roots of community solidarity through a mixture of La Raza uprisings and mural art. The members of the art collective Los Fantasmas has changed more than once, but Frésquez’s latest team includes collaborators Josiah Lopez, Izzy Lozano, Tony Diego and Santiago Jaramillo. Come see what they’re doing and taste some chocolate while you’re there.
Daniel Luna, Sometimes You Just Gotta Swing a Fish!
BuCu West, 4200 Morrison Road, Unit 3
Daniel Luna’s show at BuCu West in May was so popular that he’s back in June with new works. Swinging a fish is a fisherman’s term, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying Luna’s colorful, folksy imagery — some of it is of calacas swinging fish — and see his latest.
Pop Up Art Market
4100 Morrison Road
The Westwood Creative District will be slinging its growing rep with a downright carnival of art and culture, including live painting by Rudi Monterroso, mini tarot readings, art and jewelry by Colleen Hennessy and Elsa Adriana, plus a taco truck and live music. The Arturo García Art Studio will also be pitching in with an art fair of its own and activities related to the Mexican Cultural Center’s Denver Environment Festival.
Denver Environment Festival Activities, June 4 through 6
Arturo García Art Studio, 4040 Morrison Road
Artist Arturo García is celebrating community art activities galore for the Denver Environment Festival: an environmental mural-painting event with El Mundo Somos Todos kids' workshop to create images touting zero waste at noon on June 5, and a Sidewalk Chalk Art spree on June 6 at 10 a.m.
Mike Arzt and Pat Milbery, Getting Sideways: A Slightly Different Journey Through Life
Center for the Arts Evergreen, 31880 Rocky Village Road, Evergreen
Through July 3
Artists and friends with an affinity for the outdoors — photographer Mike Arzt and graphic artist/muralist Pat Milbery — share the outdoorsy stage at CAE for a showcase of stunning winter sports snaps, stylized mountain murals and Milbery’s trademark hearts, all lit up in 3-D form.
Pam Farris, Obsolete
Nicholas Kremske, Wayfinding: Part One
Jefferson County Public Schools, Unified
Next Gallery, Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
Through June 20
Next Gallery members Pam Farris and Nicholas Kremske offer, respectively, mosaic art and deconstructed and manipulated photos. Art by Jeffco special-needs students at Deer Creek Middle School and Chatfield High School does time in the community gallery; Farris is one of their teachers, along with Caitlin Hanson.
Inside Her Studio Pop-Up Gallery, inside the Dairy Block
Through July 1
Inside Her Studio, a Dairy Block artist consultant business that opens out into the alley, not only curates the latest batch of block art walks, which feature live music, pop-up bars, and food and drink specials, but also brings a series of changing exhibitions showcasing women artists. This month, see and buy work by Hannah Anderson, Richelle Cripe, Hannah Leathers and Vivian Pastor.
Anthony Garcia and We Were Wild, Flipping Floors Rotating Rooms
ILA Gallery, 209 Kalamath Street, Suite 12
June 5 through July 4
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 5, 6 to 10 p.m.
Alto Gallery co-director Anthony Garcia Sr. and We Were Wild, the collaborative team of Meredith Feniak and Risa Friedman, present communal works that blend Garcia’s straight-edge stripes with We Were Wild’s works of collaged found materials and photos in this not-to-miss show. We call it a collaboration for the ages.
It's Not Black & White…
Ink Lounge, 29 South Fox Street
Saturday, June 5, 5 to 8 p.m.
Online Shopping: Open through noon Friday, June 5, and resumes at 10 a.m., Sunday, June 6, and continues through the end of June
Ink Lounge, a screen-printing studio that’s always on the front of social-issues graphics, hosts a group of thirty juried Colorado artists who created their own posters in plain black and white for the ironically titled It's Not Black & White…. The variety is astounding, and the messages are loud and strong. Sales from the print exhibition, which will also be available online through the end of June, will benefit the Black Love Mural Festival and Headwaters Protectors.
Park Hill Art Festival
Park Hill Masonic Lodge, 4819 Montview Boulevard
Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
The Park Hill Art Fest is back in a new outdoor format for your viewing pleasure, with eighty artist booths filled with art and fine crafts of all varieties. It’s also free!
Bill Nelson Artist Talk
Urban Mud, 530 Santa Fe Drive
Sunday, June 6, noon to 3 p.m.; RSVP to Mary Mackey at 720-271-9601
Assemblage artist Bill Nelson closes his show at Urban Mud with an art talk and a last chance to view his unusual creations. Do RSVP, as brunch snacks and mimosas are part of the package.
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