We sailed for parts unknown to man, where ships come home to die No lofty peak, nor fortress bold, could match our captain's eye Upon the seventh seasick day we made our port of call A sand so white, and sea so blue, no mortal place at all
-"A Salty Dog," Gary Brooker/Keith Reed, Procol Harum
At the outset of a frenetic First Friday on Santa Fe Drive, we took shelter from the human storm in the Black Book Gallery, 555 Santa Fe Drive, where Upon Some Distant Shore, an exhibit of linoleum cuts and collages with a nautical theme by world traveler John Fellows (and his first solo show), opened for a month-long run in celebration of Black Book's anniversary.
Fellows, who comes from a graphic-art background, describes his style as "contemporary folk art" and uses found paper, old pieces of foreign mail and envelopes, maps and charts as surfaces for his prints and drawings.
You don't have to be a salty dog to appreciate this body of work, but you'll be dreaming of Jack London-esque South Sea tales and other maritime tableaux by the time you leave the gallery. Here's a taste of the show, which includes a number of smaller, affordable works:
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Upon Some Distant Shore continues through July 1; call 303-941-2458 or visit the website for details.