Brief reviews of current shows

METALisms. This show is the first significant effort entirely put together since the draconian budget cuts that hit the Center for Visual Art last year. Called METALisms: Signature Works in Jewelry & Metalsmithing, it demonstrates that there's still life in the struggling institution. The show, which is a national survey of contemporary metalwork, was organized by the CVA's interim director, Jennifer Garner, and Yuko Yagisawa, who teaches at Metropolitan State College, which sponsors the CVA. Garner and Yagisawa invited a diverse group of more than sixty artists. Many do functional work, which is expected in this kind of exhibit, while others are interested in the non-functional and the sculptural. The two organizers also had a special interest in highlighting as broad a range of techniques and materials as possible, all the while making sure that everything was finely crafted. Metalwork, not including sculpture, is the stepchild of not only the fine arts, but of the crafts, too. That makes this show a rare chance to take in some of the nation's most important work in jewelry and metal. Through March 16 at the Metropolitan State College Center for Visual Art, 1734 Wazee Street, 303-294-5207.

TRINE BUMILLER, et al. There are currently three floral-themed shows at Robischon Gallery. The main attraction is TRINE BUMILLER, which spreads through the main space and into the smaller space adjacent to it. Bumiller, who lives in Denver, is a well-established artist who began to exhibit in the '80s. Her signature is the creation of mural-like compositions of abstracts on multiple panels in varying sizes. Typically, her subject is nature -- in this case, flowers. The second show, in the space near the entry, is JUDY PFAFF, filled with gorgeous prints that sport various techniques all done simultaneously by the internationally known art star. The prints have been hand-touched with paint, giving them a three-dimensional character. The frames are notable, as well, because Pfaff has printed on the moldings, essentially extending the compositions. Finally, in the Viewing Room, is ANA MARIA HERNANDO. Hernando, who lives in Boulder, is originally from Buenos Aires, and there's a definite Latin American flavor to her giant flowers, which are done with bold and slashing stokes. Through February 18 at Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, 303-298-7788. Reviewed January 26.

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