Places picks up at the top of the grand staircase, but this section of the exhibit is much smaller and much less well-developed. Plus, the upper-level galleries are difficult to deal with, to say the least, since the edges of the spaces bleed into the studios and classrooms, preventing it from jelling as a discrete set of rooms. And if that's not enough, the spaces also serve as a landing, a lobby and a corridor, all at the same time!

Among the clear standouts in this section are the painterly interior views by Sharon Feder and the similarly accomplished depictions of buildings by Sarah McKenzie, who, like Milner, is also in Continental Drift. But the star of Places is Rick Dula, who contributes a pair of remarkably accomplished murals, the subjects of which are sweeping industrial landscapes, a favorite topic for him.

The last leg of the show, Spaces, is a duet pairing paintings by Lanny DeVuono and Earl Schofield. DeVuono works in a hyper-realist manner, creating installations of multi-part paintings, some depicting the sky, others the ground from the sky. Schofield's work here is made up of all aerial views, but he's done them with unwieldy encaustic, so there's an expressionist character to his renderings.

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Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Northwest Denver Suburbs

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Through August 26, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, 720-898-7200, www.arvadacenter.org.

For more photos of this exhibit, go to showandtelldenver.com.

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The different parts of Faces, Places & Spaces have different weights, with Faces completely overwhelming Places as well as Spaces. This winds up being the show's one shortcoming, and it bugged me when I went through it. But taking into account the exhibit's many strong points, this single complaint counts for next to nothing. Well, except to Parson, who will undoubtedly learn from this mistake.

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