Art Attack: Paint the Town at Co-ops, Parties and International Extravaganzas
Expect a robust third Friday in Denver, with a science-directed art installation unveiling at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, several concurrent co-op shows opening in 40 West, an art-print sale by locals at Alto Gallery, and an international street-art extravaganza at Rising Gallery. Looking for a party? Union Hall closes its 2023 Rough Gems curatorial series with one on Saturday night; RSVP at Eventbrite.
Mia Mulvey, “Albedo Effect,” installation view, 2023.
Image courtesy of Wes Maygar
Mia Mulvey, Albedo Effect, Opening Reception Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), 1750 13th Street, Boulder Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 5 to 7 p.m. Artist and educator Mia Mulvey went all the way to Svalbard, Norway, on an Arctic Circle Residency in 2019, bringing back 3-D scans of glaciers on which she modeled three large ceramic sculptures for BMoCA. Their collective title, Albedo Effect, describes how much light a glacial surface is able to reflect or absorb, a measurement that predicts the speed of ice melt as the reflective rate slows and the surface heats up. By leaving the sculptures out in the elements, Mulvey reproduced this process, relative to our Colorado climate. The site-specific installation is mounted on outdoor wooden pallets next to the museum; learn more and see the results of Mulvey’s art experiments at the Thursday-evening reception. Albedo Effect remains on view through August 6.
Reed Weimer, prints Gallery Rouge, 2830 East 3rd Avenue Thursday, April 20, through April 30 Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Longtime local art scenester Reed Weimer, known for his beatnik-cool mid-mod paintings and prints, has a new set of prints up for a short run at Gallery Rouge in Cherry Creek North. If you’re decorating a time-capsule mid-century ranch, Weimer’s affordable art is up to the task, but in truth, his works look good in any time period.
Cheryl Jelm and Karin Kempe, Connect Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive, #100 Thursday, April 20, through May 14 Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 to 9 p.m. A pair of painters, Cheryl Jelm and Karin Kempe, claim the walls at Sync with a show called Connect, exploring routes toward being one with nature. Jelm communes with trees for the exhibition with oil paintings depicting how trees communicate with each other and generate our world’s best air-purifying system, while Kempe follows horizon lines that connect sea to sky and mountain peaks to clouds in thin applications of acrylic paint sometimes embellished with a sparkle of metallic leaf.
Amy Lee Solomon’s exhibition at Pirate is All About Love.
Amy Lee Solomon
Jennifer Jeannelle, How Fragile We Are Amy Lee Solomon, All About Love Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood Friday, April 21, through May 7 Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 6 to 10 p.m. Pirate’s walls show off new work by Jennifer Jeannelle, who connects the dots between human fragility and resilience for the installation How Fragile We Are, and Amy Lee Solomon, whose current works are All About Love.
Joy Redstone’s new wall sculptures examine trauma and healing.
Joy Redstone, Irreparable Infinite Front Range Contemporary Quilters: Portfolio 2023 Boundaries Next Gallery, 40 West Hub, 6501 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood Friday, April 21, through May 7 Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 5 to 10 p.m. Next Gallery’s three-ring circus fetes member Joy Redstone with a solo show of her symbolic wall constructions using found objects and materials from nature. Irreparable Infinite zones in on the cat-and-mouse psychological drama between trauma and healing. Also showing at the gallery: Front Range Contemporary Quilters: Portfolio 2023, an imaginative group show, and a new themed group member show, Boundaries.
Kathryn Cole, Autonomy Edgar Dumas, Works on Paper Core Art Space, 40 West Hub, 6501 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood Friday, April 21, through May 7 Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 5 to 10 p.m. At Core, Kathryn Cole presents a homey selection of figurative human stories encapsulated on the canvas, while Edgar Dumas, aka Humble Monkey, presents paintings both abstract and abstracted.
Mala Setaram-Wolfe, “Saraswati,” mixed-media installation.
Ken Peterson, Ceci n’est pas un Visage (This Is Not a Face) Mala Setaram-Wolfe, Saraswati Christine Rose-Curry, Plastic Earth Sara-Lou Klein, Tiptoeing Towards Acceptance Edge Gallery, 40 West Hub, 6501 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood Friday, April 21, through May 7 Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 6 to 9 p.m. Edge presents a big quartet of associate member exhibitions, beginning with Ken Peterson, who fights back against contemporary falsities, from fake news to AI art. His “money management” tip for art fans: “Forget NFTs, invest in RFTs (Real Fucking Things).” Mala Setaram-Wolfe’s contemplative installation Saraswati celebrates human creativity and the trail of personal growth, while Christine Rose-Curry repurposes cast-away, unrecyclable plastic materials into floral garden imagery and Sara-Lou Klein revisits experiential personal moments in peaceful imagery using colored pencil, paint, collage and wood.
Extra Spectral: Magenta and Friends NKollectiv, 960 Santa Fe Drive Friday, April 21, through May 14 Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nicole Korbe’s member-driven gallery space’s latest show asked participants to do only one specific thing in creating works for Extra Spectral: the use of “Viva Magenta,” Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2023, specifically for its multi-wavelength exclusivity outside of the ordinary visible spectrum of light.
An Abstract work by Bev Ruiz from Bitfactory’s Spring Awakening show.
Spring Awakening Exhibition Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive Friday, April 21, through May 11 Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 6 to 9 p.m. Bitfactory welcomes spring vibes by giving viewers a chance to see work by the artists of the virtual Cherry Creek Art Gallery in person, as one of the brick-and-mortar galleries where CCAG is planting art for IRL viewing this year. Spring-friendly visuals with flowers, bright colors and a sense of coming to life will prevail in this edition.
Jason Garcia, “Analog Glitch,” 2023, oil on canvas.
Patterns & Places Print Sale Alto Gallery, RiNo ArtPark, 1900 35th Street Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free, RSVP here Alto offers gallery-goers another incentive to view the colorful, muralistic exhibition Jason Garcia: Atlas and pick up some awesome discounted art from local printmakers at the same time. Find an array of select linocuts, etchings, screen prints and digital prints by a buzz-worthy group of local artists, priced at 20 percent off.
A sample wall from Rising Gallery’s PUNKS NOT DEAD exhibition.
Courtesy of Rising Gallery
PUNKS NOT DEAD Rising Gallery, 4885 South Broadway, Englewood Saturday, April 22, 7 to 10 p.m. Free, RSVP at Eventbrite Name-brand street art from everywhere — Europe, South America and across the U.S. — will adorn the walls at Rising Gallery with pop art, skate decks and other punkish statements. A portion of all sales will benefit Punk Rock Saves Lives. Interested in having your event appear in this calendar? Send the details to [email protected]. ==