The sad-eyed ladies of tattoo artist and painter Sandi Calistro have a compelling way of staring you down, whether they're inked into the skin or slapped on a wall. Calistro says they're born from the "heartbreaking experiences" we've all been through -- which explains why they stay with you for a while, etched in your mind like a wayward glance. For Calistro, who calls her work both "somber and whimsical," they represent unspoken emotions and the universal stories that all women wordlessly share.
An artist all her life, she took up painting only after finding success as an inker, encouraged by Sol Tribe owner Kevin Strawbridge. Tonight, Times Are Hard for Dreamers, a rare solo show featuring a slew of Calistro's portraits and prints, will open with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m. at Super Ordinary Gallery, 3126 Larimer Street. As usual at Super Ordinary, it won't be a typical wine-and-cheese evening: Tina Jolliffe of Fast Geek Boutique collaborated with Calistro on original designs for a fashion show, and DJ Brian Castillo will provide the spins; wine, beer and cupcakes will also be available. The show continues through February 11; for more information, go to www.wearesuperordinary.com or call 303-404-1805 for an appointment.
Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 2012