Pop-ups, takeovers and celebrations rule the gallery scene this weekend, when a plethora of unexpected exhibitions will take flight all over town. Here are some picks to guide you through the many alternatives. See also: Writing on the Wall: Street Werkz at the Firehouse Art Center
Art & Writing, one of Eric Matelski's favorite shows to curate, currenty fills the rooms of the historic Milheim House, a stately Denver Square from the turn of the last century, complete with a wraparound porch, that's now home to Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Conceived as a side trip of the annual ... More >>
This first First Friday is jammed with new art, as is the whole weekend, which also includes two June traditions: the Capitol Hill People's Fair and the Art Students League Summer Art Market. From fine art photography to collectible-toy decorating, you're bound to find something artful to see and do ... More >>
Art doesn't go on vacation or take three-day weekends, and this weekend's bounty proves it. Here are a few shows -- big, small, serious and not so serious -- to check out while you're kicking back. See also: Stephen Batura, Stream, Ironton Gallery
You can find art all over town -- not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town. "The gallery business can be extremely difficult," says Eric Matelski, a Denver-based arti ... More >>
Conrad Kehn's Playground Ensemble, known for sharing difficult music from a modern age, is reaching back into the twentieth century canon of contemporary music to present twelve-tone composer Arnold Shoenberg's dark yet whimsical song cycle Pierrot Lunaire for tomorrow's Classical Night at Dazzle Re ... More >>
The current 100 Colorado Creatives series launched a year ago in anticipation of this year's Artopia and the announcement of Westword's 2014 class of MasterMinds. As we move into the lower half of the 100, here's a smidgen of our slide show celebrating the first fifty interviewees. See also: Meet ... More >>
"You say boogie, I say bogey," says Eric Matelski, in response to questions about the pronunciation of the 'bogeyman' element of the Bogeyman Group Art Show now up at MacSpa. Inspired by the fact that his family treated Halloween like Christmas in his youth, and in honor of Denver's multi-cultural h ... More >>
A little bit Warhol and a little bit outlaw, Dunn the Signtologist (aka Dan Ericson) uses street signs as his canvases, painting graffiti-style portraits on their angular and reflective surfaces. How he gets the signs in the first place is better not discussed, and the underground aura of this work ... More >>
For Copper Mountain's all-things-axe-related Guitar Town festival running August 9 through 11, Colorado artists participating in the companion Art Guitars Silent Auction really go the extra mile. Utilizing damaged guitars donated by Guitar Center, thirteen artists were given free rein to paint, disa ... More >>
Artists really grok the culture of Facebook better than anyone else: Like a blank canvas waiting for paint and inspiration, the social media outlet is just another empty slate -- and it's up to each artist to fill it with pictures. A lot of those pictures end up being images of the artists themselve ... More >>
Ray Tollison and his twin twelve-year-olds, Ben and Sam, are men who make monsters. That's right: Together, the handy trio created their own monster-making company, A Monster to Love. They stitch together each adorable stuffed creature by hand, and the twin theme carries over into the charitable sid ... More >>
Now in its 18th year, Artopia is a signature event showcasing a wide array of Denver's music, art, performance, food and more. At several venues along Broadway this Saturday, February 23, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., dozens of the city's cultural components will come together as they share their creative ... More >>
#89: Kym Bloom Working with resin, photography, digital mediums and candy, Kym Bloom's work is a striking and unique take on pop art. A member of Zip 37 and co-owner of Kanon Collective, Bloom is also an integral to the creative community as both an artist and a supporter of others. In advance of h ... More >>
#90: Eric Matelski Much more than just a curator, Eric Matelski is a supporter, advocate and all-around positive public relations man for artists all over Colorado -- which made him an obvious choice for Westword's 2010 MasterMind award. But the self-proclaimed "art pimp" is also an accomplished art ... More >>
Nine years ago, Westword introduced the MasterMind awards. Recognizing that the local arts scene needed a little fertilizer to really get going, and growing, we created a program that every year honors five cultural visionaries -- artists and organizations alike, in the very broad areas of multimedi ... More >>
Don't bother bringing your wallet to these events -- you won't need it. This week, you can eat free sushi and mingle with creative types, go to a book signing and attend a National Coming Out day celebration without spending a cent. For a full calendar of events, visit the online Westword calendar. ... More >>
In celebration of "Fan Friday", two street artists are recreating the first Rockies cartoon ever created by former Rocky Mountain News cartoonist Drew Litton on the sidewalk outside Coors Field.
Art can be funny -- sometimes inadvertently -- but rarely do we see a show pointedly dedicated to funny art. But Art You Can Laugh At, curated by Eric Matelski and opening today at MacSpa, is an exhibit that revels in silliness: Its sole purpose is to make us guffaw and hiccup, laugh until we cry, a ... More >>
Amidst the music and partying of Westword Music Showcase 2012, eight artists showed off their talents by painting Westword news boxes. Below are photos of the work of artists Steven Kuc of Soldier Ink Design, 2010 MasterMind and self-proclaimed Art Pimp Eric Matelski, Scott LeFavor, Yeyo Mondragon o ... More >>
The Westword Music Showcase will pour out the entertainment tomorrow from noon to midnight, with more than 150 acts filling an outdoor mainstage and over a dozen venues in the Golden Triangle.
On Saturday night, Westword introduced the eighth class of MasterMinds -- artistic entrepreneurs who are changing the cultural landscape. Since we started the program, we have given more than $130,000 in grants to artists and arts organizations. The latest winners (click on the link for profiles): M ... More >>
Last year, Denver artepreneur Eric Matelski put together a themed Halloween gallery show riffing off Ouija boards. This year, his ode to the witching hour mines a global collection of bogeyman stories, including a few new ones that sprouted from the twisted imaginations of an artist or two. The Boge ... More >>
During the summer, one of the coolest features of the 16th Street Mall downtown is the painted pianos, those randomly placed sets of 88 keys that anyone can just sit down and play for a while -- they're not the fanciest and they're not the best-sounding (temperature fluctuation and the elemen ... More >>
The newly rehatched Denver Art Talks, hosted by Eric Matelski, will hit the new year running by featuring designer/seamstress extraordinaire April Hoy as its first guest of 2011. Hoy has stitched her way through many behind-the-scenes professional layers: She's a stage costumer, a corset-mak ... More >>
Eric Matelski is all about making art accessible to others, especially work by local and emerging artists, and the 13 Lumens Candle Art Show, which opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Art Salon, isn't the first time he's taken this approach: reproduced art printed on the l ... More >>
Local artist Kyle Banister is all about baseball. Yep, he lives it, breathes it, reveres it and draws it. "There isn't an emotion that you will feel in life that you won't feel on a baseball field if you spend enough time there," Banister writes online -- and that's why, in the midst of the All-St ... More >>
Local artist and supporter of the arts Eric Matelski started his First Monday Art Talk program three years ago, and since then, it's grown comfortably into itself: The monthly artist talk-cum-social gathering, which showcases a different local artist (or, like Matelski himself, a mover within the ... More >>
A true veteran of the Denver arts scene, Joshua Hassel's done time as a professional gallerist, curator, art historian and video producer/director. But every hat he's worn has hung on his reputation as an indefatigable local arts booster. When he isn't touting someone's works in a gallery, ... More >>
Prayer candles contain works of art at KAZE Gallery.
Eric Matelski brings the gallery outside.
The Nitro Club is a gas.
Old Matelski had a farm ...
Eric Matelski calls Flux the biggest art gallery in the world. Others might know it simply as central Denver. A local live-art painter, Matelski created 50 wooden cubes wrapped in canvas as part of the Creative Block series (www.ericmatelski.com). To ensure ultimate public access, he is placing the ... More >>
Denver's on an artistic collision course this weekend.
The Denver School of the Arts is all about community