Arts and Culture

Art Attack: Paint the Town This Weekend!

Caleb Hahne Quintana, "Genesis of Arcadia," 2022, oil and acrylic paint on canvas.
Caleb Hahne Quintana, "Genesis of Arcadia," 2022, oil and acrylic paint on canvas. Courtesy of © Caleb Hahne Quintana
This weekend offers unique opportunities to look into the work of artists through talks and lectures, appreciate modern developments in Indigenous and Latin American art, or just see what’s going on in your own backyard — at co-ops, youth art programs or on someone’s suburban street.

Start plotting your art itinerary:
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Morgan McKenna, "Liquid Math."
Morgan McKenna
Third Anniversary Members Exhibit
D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Through August 28
American Artist Appreciation Month Reception: Friday, August 12, 6 to 9 p.m.
Anniversary Party: Friday, August 26, 6 to 9 p.m.

D’art Gallery celebrates three years on Santa Fe Drive this summer by showing off the skills of eighteen members working in various mediums and styles. It’s a great way for a thriving young co-op to also commemorate American Artist Appreciation Month, which begins August 1, giving a nod to all artists across the nation, from name-brand successes to symbiotic, independent artist communities like D’art. The gallery has events celebrating both angles throughout the run of the show, as noted above.
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Here is Birdley James's creature comfort. What's yours?
Birdley James
Creature Comforts Juried Show
Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Drive
Through September 3
Sundays on Santa Fe/Opening Reception: Sunday, July 31, noon to 3 p.m.

The artists juried into Niza Knoll’s group show Creature Comforts were tasked (or perhaps we should say they were given free rein) to submit an artwork that encapsulates what in the world brings them simple comfort and happiness. If the results seem a little warm and fuzzy, that's okay — the show will be right on target, musing freely on favorite things. Whether that’s a place, a situation, a person or an object, it’s bound to strike a chord with viewers.
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Raquel Meyers and PlatteForum interns, "Moves Episode 8: Concrete Redundancy."
Raquel Meyers and Interns, Concrete Redundancy
PlatteForum Annex Gallery, Flight at Taxi, 3575 Ringsby Court, #103
Through August 29
PlatteForum continues to celebrate its new gallery annex at Taxi with the opening of Concrete Redundancy, a new exhibit created by resident artist Raquel Meyers and student interns in response to the clash between rapidly changing new technology and the redundancy of retired technology, with a dystopian side trip to a time when tech blows up and stored memory is lost to the general public. Old technology forms a basis for the installation, which will be unveiled Friday night.

Action/Abstraction Redefined
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs
Through January 7, 2023

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ Museum of Contemporary Native Arts focused on contemporary Indigenous arts and the integration of twentieth-century art movements by modern Native artists to build its most intensive exhibition to date: Action/Abstraction Redefined. The show comprises works incorporating abstract expressionist, color-field and hard-edge painting from the 1940s through the 1970s. The traveling display arrives at CSFAC from the Cahoon Museum, where it debuted in May, with 55 works by fifty artist including Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), George Morrison (Chippewa), John Hoover (Aleut), Edna Massey (Cherokee) and Patrick Swazo Hinds (Tesuque Pueblo).
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Kristin Aslan, "Perspective," for the Hypnotic Turtle Dreambox.
Kristin Aslan
Kristin Aslan, Perspectives
Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox, 115 Garnet Street, Broomfield
At first glance, it looks like another little library — a perfectly normal sight in a quiet Broomfield neighborhood — but up close, it’s no such thing. The Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox, dreamed up by Hypnotic Turtle radio host Arlo White and his wife, Kim Kennedy White, is a miniature guerrilla gallery installation, spreading a tidbit of art to the streets.On Friday, it debuted a new DreamBox exhibition, Perspectives, by artist Kristin Aslan, who muses on the individuality of points of view about everyday things.
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Sebastian Dietl, "Golden Gate Sunset."
Sebastian Dietl
Boulder Fine Art Street Festival
Twenty Ninth Street, 1710 29th Street, Boulder
Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Free, RSVP at Eventbrite
It’s still high season for art festivals, and the second annual Boulder Fine Art Street Festival is planting itself at the Twenty Ninth Street shopping district just in time to fill a niche before August commences. The two-day fest combines fine art and artisan craft vendors, with paintings, photography, mixed media and sculpture for art lovers, and jewelry, glass, clay, wood and leather for craft collectors.
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Tessa Mars, “Travelling Root,” 2022, acrylic paint on canvas.
Courtesy Tessa Mars, photo by Wouter 
Who Tells a Tale Adds a Tail: Latin America and Contemporary Art
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Sunday, July 31, through March 5, 2023

The Denver Art Museum opens the lid on modern Latin American art with Who Tells a Tale Adds a Tail, a mostly site-specific exhibition that interconnects artists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and other countries, using a wide palette of contemporary themes, styles and mediums. A thread of interactivity between the viewer and the artist holds it all together, surrounding the gallery with multimedia elements and personal narratives.

Plan ahead:

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Clerestory Window, designed c. 1912 by Frank Lloyd Wright, oak and clear glass with zinc caming.
Photo by Wes Magyar, Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
A Total Work of Art: The Expression of Unity in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs, lecture by Stuart Graff
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, 1201 Bannock Street (or online via Vimeo)
Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Admission: $25 to $35, live or virtual

If ever there was a time to attend a lecture on the architectural and design legacies of Frank Lloyd Wright, this is it. Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West in Arizona, is no ordinary lecturer when it comes to the architect. Graff will discuss Wright’s concept of unity in the integration of all design elements, from the outside environment to the tiniest of architectural details, as seen in the current Kirkland exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls.

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