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Don Stinson: The Road to Valentine

Contemporary-realist painter Don Stinson depicts intrusions on nature, using the Western landscape in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah to make his point. Often he'll include a derelict drive-in theater or some other abandoned symbol of modernity that he finds amid the breathtaking vistas. In this show, the title painting included...
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Susan Meyer tackles utopian disintegration at Plus Gallery

4 years ago by Michael Paglia
Conceptualist Susan Meyer, who teaches art at the University of Denver, is the subject of the provocatively titled Plato's Retreat at Plus Gallery. What makes the title provocative is that it's a reference to a well-known heterosexual swingers' club that existed in New York in the late 1970s and early...
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10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (6 free!), February 21-24

3 years ago by Robin Edwards
Whether you want to escape to an outer space-themed prom, attend a killer dance party or celebrate the birth of Buffalo Bill, this weekend in Denver has it all for under $10. As a bonus, six of these events are completely free. For a full listing of entertainment options around...
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3 years ago by Michael Paglia
Catalyst. The beautiful grounds of the Denver Botanic Gardens are the ideal place to mount an outdoor sculpture show, and over the past few years, there has been one such presentation after another. This year, the theme is contemporary sculptors in Colorado. The pieces are picturesquely sited throughout in clearings...
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3 years ago by Michael Paglia
Barbara Carpenter and Janice McDonald. In the east gallery at Spark, Barbara Carpenter has assembled a large group of small photos hung in clusters, salon-style, for Walking Miss Daisy: Photographs by Barbara Carpenter. The Miss Daisy of the title is Carpenter's dog, and all of the photos have been taken...
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Regional art and artists are showcased at Havu and David B. Smith

3 years ago by Michael Paglia
The reliable William Havu Gallery has hit a groove this fall by establishing a theme for a series of exhibits: regional subjects by regional artists. The season opener was Western Not Western, which featured varying interpretations of Western subjects. Next week, there's a Jeff Aeling solo made up of neo-traditional...
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Michael Zansky|Un Viaggiatore Agitato

9 years ago by Michael Paglia
Even before he took over as the able director of the Sandy Carson Gallery (760 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-8585, www.sandycarsongallery.com) a few years ago, William Biety had spent decades in the art world and had developed relationships with artists from around the country. That's half of the backstory to Michael...
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Weather Report: Art and Climate Change

9 years ago by Michael Paglia
I'm wary of art with political subtexts, because it's usually pretty bad, and the shows that feature it are often long on explanatory text and documentary videos and short on artistic content. So when I walked into the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to view the enormous eco-themed Weather Report:...
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2005 Biennial BLOW OUT. This is the third in a series of biennials presented at Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art. In the past, participation in these biennials was limited to artists from around here; for the 2005 version, it's been expanded to include artists working in most of the Western...
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Chihuly. Michael De Marsche, president of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, has orchestrated the extravaganza Chihuly, a sprawling survey of the career of glass master Dale Chihuly. Working near Seattle, Chihuly is among the best-known glass artists of all time, right up there with Louis Comfort Tiffany and Paolo...

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