Walk the Walk

It’s 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: There’s really too much to do in one night, so it’s 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 CHAC’s 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).

RiNo offerings include signature Chautauqua-style self-portraits of the artist aping cultural icons in Sally Stockhold’s 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 DeKnikker’s show, which echoes the CVA’s 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 there’s more where that came from. See our gallery listings at westword.com to scope all the openings and receptions.
Fri., June 3, 2011