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Third Friday: Six mid-month opening receptions worth visiting tonight

Walker Fine Art: Mark Penner Howell, "Lotus Soup," acrylic and ink on canvas.
Walker Fine Art: Mark Penner Howell, "Lotus Soup," acrylic and ink on canvas.

If you think Third Friday is an invention of the Art District on Santa Fe, think again. You can give them credit, perhaps, and Santa Fe will be aglow with happenings tonight. But that doesn't explain the profusion of excellent shows opening tonight in other gallery districts all over town. Give thanks! And check these out:

In the Golden Triangle, Walker Fine Art will showcase a riot of artists at tonight's reception from 6 to 9 p.m.: Featured in the front of the gallery will be Altered Reality (breathtaking layered photographs by Bonny Lhotka) and Horizons: Shades from a Nether World (sculptures by Norman Epps); in the back, new works by Brigan Gresh, Mark Penner-Howell and Don Quade debut.

Walker Fine Art: Bonny Lhotka,  "Garden Glass," 2011 pigment on aluminum, 40"x60".
Walker Fine Art: Bonny Lhotka, "Garden Glass," 2011 pigment on aluminum, 40"x60".

And Goodwin Fine Art, a newcomer to the neighborhood, declares itself open and ready for business with the group show Works on Paper, which covers a wide swath of styles and mediums, all tied together by a paper thread. The opening is from 5 to 10 p.m., and the show continues through October 15.

Goodwin Fine Art: Christopher Brown, "Sheet Music."
Goodwin Fine Art: Christopher Brown, "Sheet Music."

 

Across downtown in the RiNo district, Hinterland is hosting an opening for the multidisciplinary painter/sculptor Christopher Oar, whose elegantly balanced assemblage sculptures will be among the works showcased. Party on to live music by Locusts of Egypt tonight from 6 p.m. to midnight, or see Oar's oeuvre at Hinterland either on First Friday in October or at the October 13 closing reception.

Hinterland: Christopher Oar.
Hinterland: Christopher Oar.

Also in RiNo, Ironton Gallery will usher in Not All Borthwicks Were Noblemen, an installation of sculpture by Bradley Borthwick, enhanced by film projections. Inspired by elements of family history, as well as that of the English longbow, the exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. and remains on view through October 21.

Ironton Gallery: Bradley Borthwick.
Ironton Gallery: Bradley Borthwick.

Edge Gallery on Navajo Street brings north Denver's gallery enclave into the fray with The Second Chance, an angry-looking exhibition of new paintings on Mylar by Mark Brasuell, which opens tonight with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. But are they really angry, or is it just the wine talking? Decide for yourself: Wine, splattered on the Mylar along with resistant paint and oil pastel, and is actually a key medium in the creation of these works, which will be hung away from the wall by magnets for a more dimensional view. And if the names of these works - "Fat Bastard," "Le Vin De Merde" and our personal favorite, "Cat's Pee on a Gooseberry Bush" seem additionally off the wall, they are not. They are inspired by true-life monikers stolen from wine labels. Jennifer Hope and Hans Wolfe are also exhibiting work; all shows continue until October 9.

And on the same block at Zip 37, artists Pat Cronin, Jerry de la Cruz and Jill Manos will be feted with Central American music and sangria in celebration of their joint shows, which open tonight with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m.

Zip 37: "Reliquarios," by Jerry de la Cruz.
Zip 37: "Reliquarios," by Jerry de la Cruz.

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