New beginnings — a new space, a new arts festival, sculptures forged in fire — pop up on the Denver arts scene this weekend. Here are some spots where you should pop in, too.
Scott Young: Wish You Were Here
530 Santa Fe Drive
September 23 through November 5
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 23
Rule Gallery is celebrating its move to Santa Fe Drive, where it will share space with Denver artist Mary Mackey, with a solo by Scott Young, who works in neon and other modern mediums to comment on human emotions and commonality. Look for the neon “Wish You Were Here” sign on the roof, and you’ll know you’re at the right place.
Supernova Digital Animation Festival Launch Party
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 23
Get ready for Saturday’s Supernova digital animation festival in downtown Denver at a preview party hosted at the Source by the RiNo Yacht Club and Svper Ordinary. Meet jurors Jonathan Monaghan, Morehshin Allahyari and Claudia Mate, get a first look at some video content heading to the big LED screens, and pick up your Supernova program, merch and swag.
Pirate: Contemporary Art
September 23 through October 9
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday September 23
Denver favorite Louis Recchia takes his turn in the main gallery at Pirate with another flight of whimsy, wild things and ladies with cat’s heads, joined by Dylan Gebbia-Richards in the associate space.
Fire + Iron = Art
Curtis Arts & Humanities Center
September 24 through November 4
Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 24
Iron Pour: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 8
Rian Kerrane and an army of University of Colorado Denver students, faculty, alumni and local artists working in iron will take over Curtis Arts for a celebration of art born of molten metal and fire. Along with cast-iron works, the exhibit includes installation, performance, photographs and video, and on October 8, the showpiece: a live iron pour led by Kerrane and her students in adjacent Curtis Park. See the show and meet the artist this weekend, and return in two weeks for the interactive experience: Admission is free, but for $10, you can buy a sandstone mold and see your own tile created. And there will be food trucks!
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Lightning Blend 2
September 24 through November 5
Opening reception: 7 p.m. Saturday, September 24
Lightning Blend, curated by Tom Bond, brings together a select crop of local and national artists who work under the radar in a fantastical world wedged between cartooning, illustration and human imagination. Included along with Bond in the underground lineup are Austin England, Ian Ferguson, Scot LeFavor, Jon MacNair, Sarah Michaels, Sam Pierson, Brian Smith and Madeleine Tonzi.
Want more? See the Westword event listings for current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.