Its not official, solstice-wise, but this might as well be the first First Friday of summer, which means Mother Nature willing warm breezes and a slow, lazy sunset will reign gently over all the art districts in town this June evening. What better invitation do you need to take to the sidewalks to gallery-hop and enjoy a double dose of whatever it is that makes Denver percolate? You know how it works: Theres really too much to do in one night, so its best to either concentrate your energies in one neighborhood or carefully pick and choose. Here are some of our choices:
On Santa Fe Drive, which blossoms with like-minded hordes in mild weather, the group show Reclamation, featuring works specifically built from discarded objects, opened yesterday but will also be open tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Center for Visual Art/MSCD, 965 Santa Fe Drive (303-294-5207, www.metrostatecva.org). And at the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, the new community exhibit Celebrating Frida Kahlo & Other Super Heroes stretches the concept of CHACs annual Frida-centric event to include other icons from Chicano and general pop culture alike. Attend the reception from 5 to 10 p.m. at 772 Santa Fe Drive (303-571-0440, www.chacweb.org).
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RiNo offerings include signature Chautauqua-style self-portraits of the artist aping cultural icons in Sally Stockholds Icons and Absurdities, opening with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pattern Shop Studio, 3349 Blake Street (303-297-9831), and Lumber, Twigs and Sawdust, a debut exhibition of works using scrap wood and yard debris by Chris DeKnikker. See DeKnikkers show, which echoes the CVAs in theme, at the reception, 6 to 9 p.m. at Weilworks, 3611 Chestnut Place (303-308-9345, www.weilworks.com). Tip of the iceberg, folks. You know theres more where that came from. See our gallery listings at westword.com to scope all the openings and receptions.
Fri., June 3, 2011