Though all of the above-mentioned artists are seen in depth, Havu has filled out the show with four other artists whose works are sampled. Three are represented by just a single piece. There's noted sculptor Lawrence Argent's "Baby Doll in Door," a wall-hung sculpture of a rusted cast-iron doll attached to a shiny steel panel; Michael Brangoccio's large painting, "Menace of Memory," which depicts a magical staircase filled with animated toys, especially tiny airplanes; and "Salty and Peppy," a mixed-media piece by Suzanne Adan that combines a Prismacolor pencil drawing surmounted by a row of found "Salty" and "Peppy" shakers from the early twentieth century. Finally, there's Laurel Swab, who has done a quartet of small paintings, all of which are eerily anchored by the broken head of a porcelain doll.

"Scary Sunshine," by Phillip Maberry and Scott Walker, glazed ceramics. More photos of Toy Stories II
"Scary Sunshine," by Phillip Maberry and Scott Walker, glazed ceramics. More photos of Toy Stories II
"Uncle Sedley's Holiday," by Michael Stevens, pine and enamel. More photos of Toy Stories II
"Uncle Sedley's Holiday," by Michael Stevens, pine and enamel. More photos of Toy Stories II

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William Havu Gallery

1040 Cherokee St.
Denver, CO 80204

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Central Denver

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Toy Stories II, which runs throughout the holiday season, is crowded with varied work by artists who have embraced a kind of playfulness in their respective mediums and with their subjects. But oddly enough, the real reason the show succeeds is because everything in it is so darned serious.

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