The sad-eyed ladies of tattoo artist and painter Sandi Calistro have a compelling way of staring you down, whether they're inked into the skin or slapped on a wall. Calistro says they're born from the "heartbreaking experiences" we've all been through -- which explains why they stay with you for a while, etched in your mind like a wayward glance. For Calistro, who calls her work both "somber and whimsical," they represent unspoken emotions and the universal stories that all women wordlessly share.
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An artist all her life, she took up painting only after finding success as an inker, encouraged by Sol Tribe owner Kevin Strawbridge. Tonight, Times Are Hard for Dreamers, a rare solo show featuring a slew of Calistro's portraits and prints, will open with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m. at Super Ordinary Gallery, 3126 Larimer Street. As usual at Super Ordinary, it won't be a typical wine-and-cheese evening: Tina Jolliffe of Fast Geek Boutique collaborated with Calistro on original designs for a fashion show, and DJ Brian Castillo will provide the spins; wine, beer and cupcakes will also be available. The show continues through February 11; for more information, go to www.wearesuperordinary.com or call 303-404-1805 for an appointment.
Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 2012