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The Painter's Eye: Colorado and the West. There's been increasing interest in the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century art of the American West. LoDo's David Cook Fine Art has made this sort of thing its specialty, and the gallery's latest must-see offering is The Painter's Eye: Colorado and the West, which includes more than a hundred historic paintings, drawings and prints. Many of the artists in the show were associated with the famous Western art schools, including Colorado's Broadmoor Academy and the Laguna Art Association in California. There is an extensive group of traditional landscapes by local master Charles Partridge Adams, as well as gorgeous impressionist and expressionist paintings by the likes of Birger Sandzén and Edgar Alwin Payne. In addition to these viewer-friendly works, there are also examples of more advanced art, in particular social realism, including pieces by Boardman Robinson and Peppino Mangravite, and even modernism, with work by vanguard figures such as Andrew Dasburg and Doel Reed. Through June 26 at David Cook Fine Art, 1637 Wazee Street, 303-623-4817.

scene Colorado/sin Colorado. The Denver Art Museum's local extravaganza, scene Colorado/sin Colorado, has quickly become one of the most talked-about shows this year. And that's no surprise, considering that it includes more than three dozen Colorado artists, represented by more than seventy works of art. Dianne Vanderlip, curator of modern and contemporary art, organized the exhibit, pulling work from the impressive holdings of the DAM's permanent collection. A couple of the artists no longer live here -- notably Gary Sweeney, whose piece inspired the show's title, and "genius grant" recipient Robert Adams -- but their works in this show were created when they did. Vanderlip decided to exclude deceased Colorado artists, and that's too bad. However, even with this limitation, she's undeniably assembled a worthy cavalcade of talent. The pieces date back over the past quarter-century, which is the period during which Vanderlip has held the modern and contemporary reins at the DAM. Though far from encyclopedic, the show does cover a lot of ground. Through August 22 at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 720-865-5000.

W.O.W (words on wheels) W.O.P. (words on paper). By all reports, the Fresh Art Gallery should have been closed by now, but there's one last show, titled W.O.W (words on wheels) W.O.P. (words on paper). This solo exhibit occupies the entire set of spaces in the large gallery and showcases work done during the past year or so by one of Denver's most important and hardest-working artists, Roland Bernier. Both an abstract painter and a conceptual artist, Bernier has long used the aesthetic rather than the narrative possibilities of words to create his pieces. Those things he describes as being "words on wheels" are handsome and cerebral sculptures, wooden boxes that have been filled with stacks of letters cut out from the same wood. The letters are arranged into words, but taken together, the words don't make any sense. The boxes are mounted on castors so they can be moved, which is where the "wheels" come in. The "words on paper" portion comprises photocopied prints and other photo-based methods and includes a few pieces in which Bernier actually uses people. The show, organized and sponsored by Bernier himself, is an absolute must. Extended through June 4 at Fresh Art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, 303-623-2200. Reviewed May 27.

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