While half the world is still on vacation after the Fourth of July, First Friday weekend will carry on, bringing high culture on this fine summer evening to everyone who’s left behind. Catch up on a veteran installationist, creative comic artists, the future of still life and a couple of rising stars — or just go to a swinging party. Here are our six favorite arty things to do this weekend.
Laura Phelps Rogers, A Woman’s View
Hirschfeld Gallery, Colorado Women's College at University of Denver
1901 East Asbury Avenue
July 6-August 15
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Get an overview through Denver artist Laura Phelps Rogers’s feminist lens of a career dedicated to exploring the systemic roles that have shoeboxed women throughout history, at DU’s Hirschfeld Gallery, where A Woman’s View gathers together an anthology of installations from Phelps Rogers's past exhibitions. The names of these past shows — A Woman's Work Is Never Done, Wash Rinse Repeat, More Than One Tough Chick and Home Economics — tell you what to expect before you even walk in.
It Came From the Drawing Board
July 7-August 12
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7, 5-11 p.m.
Denver Comic Con has come and gone for another year, but in its wake, Alto Gallery will present It Came From the Drawing Board, a group exhibit with a retro sci-fi theme. Showcasing what happens when comic artists blast off of the rectangular page and into other mediums, the show opens with a party, featuring live music inside by Pythian Whispers, a DJ set on the street courtesy of Jewkes, and, among other things, an installation of new found-object assemblages by Charles Russell. Other artists include Cody Kuehl, Daniel Crosier, G. Ka'aihue, J. James McFarland and Rio Burton.
Contemporary Still Life
40 West Arts Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7, 5-8 p.m.
Still life ain’t what it used to be. In contemporary times, the look and subject matter in a composition of objects can be far from traditional — or not, as the case may be — thanks to technology and industrialization. Contemporary Still Life at 40 West travels all the avenues of modern-day still life; it’s one of many stops you can make on First Friday in the burgeoning 40 West Arts District.
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Open Studios with Dylan Gebbia-Richards
Mariani Gallery (Guggenheim Hall, Room 100)
1741 Eighth Avenue, Greeley
Friday, July 7, 4:30-7 p.m.
Up-and-coming Boulder artist Dylan Gebbia-Richards began his three-month residency at the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Art & Design in June, where he is creating Echo — a massive oval walk-through installation that mimics crashing waves — in the Mariani Gallery space. Gebbia-Richards will chat with people about the work-in-progress during this open-studio night, explaining how he manipulates his textural medium of melted wax and pigment to create 3-D surfaces. The finished Echo will be a centerpiece of UNC’s fall exhibitions. While in Greeley on July 7, you can also catch a Little Theatre of the Rockies summer stock performance of Simply Simone at 7:30 p.m. in UNC’s Norton Theatre; get tickets, $7 to $20, online.
Everything: New Work by Drew Austin
765 Santa Fe Drive
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7, 6-10 p.m.
Another young artist and soon-to-graduate senior at Rocky Mountain School of Art + Design, Drew Austin is inspired by human interconnections with drifting shapes and forms in the natural world. In Everything, he combines latex sculptures, drawings and large-scale paintings that morph in the wind. Catch him on his way up.
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Clyfford Still Museum
Saturday, July 8, 7-11 p.m.
$10-$15 in advance, $20 at the door
The Clyfford Still Museum’s diStilled is a themed party that’s arty. For the upcoming edition, Noir, arrive dressed in your Blue Dahlia/Big Sleep best, get a peek at the dark side of the exhibit Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford and enjoy classy cocktails, live music by Reverend Deadeye and Heira Nova, and freaky op-art video projections by artist Chris Bagley. But be quick: Tickets will go fast for this summer bash, so grab yours now before you try taming your hair into a sexy Veronica Lake waterfall.
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