December brings group shows, big and small, to Denver galleries -- as well as one epic, plein air painting journey. Boughs of holly aren't the only thing decking the halls around town. Despite the holiday hustle, there's plenty of art to see this weekend -- here are a few places to catch it.
More Than Friends Ironton Gallery December 12 through January 10 Opening Reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, December 12
The colleagues of Tank Studios, led by former RedLine residents who began building out their Overland artists' enclave two years ago, prove that they are, indeed, More Than Friends, in this group showcase at Ironton. Twenty-three artists now work side-by-side at Tank as collaborators and studio community members.
Required Reading: Artists Inspired by Literature Rule Gallery Through January 17
Rule ends the year with work by a group of gallery artists and friends whose contributions are held together by a literary theme. Each artist riffed on a favorite book; see how literature inspires different artists at Rule though the middle of January.
Dateline: 008 Dateline 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, December 13
Dateline opens its doors for a smart, one-night exhibition by four young artists, including Alex Cutler, L.A.'s February James, Xavian Lahey and Shawn Taylor. Curated by Dateline partner Jerome Dorrance, the group show takes a bold look at the future of art, without looking back.
Plein Air 365x5 Ted Garcia Fine Art Gallery, Aspen Grove, Littleton Through December 31 303-794-0640
Plein air artist Ted Garcia braved the elements and sometimes the flu to paint outdoors every single day for five years. See his journey through seasons and time daily at his pop-up gallery in Aspen Grove (there are regular Friday happy hour receptions); the show wraps up at the end of the month.
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