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Truth, Tales and Other Lies. The current duet at the Edge Gallery, Truth, Tales and Other Lies, pairs up work by Tim Flynn and Gayla Lemke. Both Flynn and Lemke are established artists who have exhibited around the area for years. Flynn is well known for his delicate, constructed sculptures, and Lemke for her ceramics ones. Flynn incorporates bent metal wire into his pieces, which recall abstract surrealism from the 1930s. The completely abstract arte povera-style Flynn constructions are very elegant despite the lowly wire and found materials from which they're made. The pieces are completely abstract and don't seem to have any narrative content, except in their titles, such as the one called "Mightier Than the Sword." Lemke is more pointed in her narrative, marking her ceramics with words that clearly convey her sentiments. In "Hope Stones," Lemke covered small, ceramic shapes with quotes questioning the value of war. The forms are evocative of natural stones, but the words are crisp and mechanical, having been made with typeset letters pushed into the clay when it was wet. Both through August 8 at the Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo Street, 303-838-8571.

25th Anniversary Show. The Spark Gallery -- named for painter Margaret Neumann's pet dog, Sparky -- is the city's oldest co-op, pre-dating Pirate by a few months in 1979. Over the years, there have been some up times and some down ones, but Spark could always be counted on for experimental art. The 25th Anniversary Show is an all-members cavalcade, and there's plenty of crazy stuff being shown -- in particular, the unveiling of the gallery's new showroom in the old Fresh Art space, which Spark shares with Core, another of the old-time co-ops. Many of Spark's members are established artists, several of whom have built their reputations chiefly through their solos at the gallery. Among those participating in the show are the usual suspects, including Catherine Carilli, Susanna Cavalletti, Madeleine Dodge, Angela Larson, John Matlack, Jennifer Parisi, Jean Schiff, Annalee Schorr, Barbara Shark, Sue Simon, Barbara Carpenter, Elaine Ricklin, Patricia Aaron and Judith Cohn. Last but not least is brand-new celebrity member Roland Bernier. A reception is slated for Friday, July 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. Through July 31 at the Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, 303-455-4435.

Woven in Wondrous Ways. The show at the Sandy Carson Gallery is ostensibly a holdover from the Handweavers Guild of America conference that was in town a few weeks ago. Despite the tie-in with HGA, however, Woven in Wondrous Ways is not a textile show. Instead, it features art glass, installation and works on paper. The glass, which is furnace-worked though not blown, is by Polish-born artist Anna Skibska, who divides her time between Europe and the United States. Skibska creates her pieces out of skeins of pulled molten glass that are stretched so thin it's unnerving. The marvelous installations were done by Albuquerque artist John Garrett and are made of various materials, including bedsprings and electrical cords. Finally, there are the cubistic compositions made from cut-up digitized photos by Texas artist Rusty Scruby. The combination of the three widely different art forms makes for a clever response to textiles and the concept of weaving, especially since none of the artists use cloth, thread or any other fiber. Through July 31 at the Sandy Carson Gallery, 760 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-8585.

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