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Art Attack: Denver’s Final First Friday of 2021

Sam Smith, “Outerspaceways.”
Sam Smith, “Outerspaceways.” Sam Smith
December 3 is Denver's final First Friday of the year, making this a great last chance to purchase a holiday gift from a wide variety of local artists. Art markets, co-op member shows and small-works exhibits are at their zenith, and there's nothing like the altruistic rush that comes from supporting artists who are still coming back from a devastating year.

What are you waiting for? Here’s what’s going on:
click to enlarge Judy Gardener, “Soleil,” linocut print. - JUDY GARDNER, ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Judy Gardener, “Soleil,” linocut print.
Judy Gardner, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
35th Annual Fine Art Market, 45th Annual Holiday Pottery Sale
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 5, 1 to 5 p.m., continuing Wednesdays through Sundays until December 19

High-quality, artful holiday shopping has been a specialty at the Arvada Center for decades. The annual Fine Art Market is filled with gallery-ready art and crafts by dozens of Colorado artists in the Main Gallery. The Upper Gallery displays work celebrating form and function by students and instructors from the center’s ceramic-art studio. The shows will run side by side for almost three weeks, but it’s best to shop before items sell out.
click to enlarge Returning: Contemporary Works by Arapaho Artists comes to the Museum of Boulder. - MUSEUM OF BOULDER
Returning: Contemporary Works by Arapaho Artists comes to the Museum of Boulder.
Museum of Boulder
Returning: Contemporary Works by Arapaho Artists
Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder
Through February 14
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 5 to 7 p.m., artist panel at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 at Eventbrite, free for members

The new Museum of Boulder exhibit Returning presents art by Indigenous artists with ties to the Arapaho people, who roamed free in Wyoming and on the central and northeastern Colorado plains for centuries. The group exhibition displays contemporary works that reinterpret the evolving Arapaho legacy. Some works will be for sale throughout the run.
Brandan Styles, "King of Hellfire." - BRANDAN STYLES, MAD TATTERS
Brandan Styles, "King of Hellfire."
Brandan Styles, Mad Tatters
Mad Tatters
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood
Through January 2
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

It’s becoming a Valkarie tradition to exhibit the sideshow-inspired works by art couple Ellie Rusinova and Brandan Styles, collectively known as Mad Tatters, for the holiday season. Both artists work with mixed-media, paint and wood to create sculptural works and wall tableaux with dark and metaphysical themes, fitting right in with the gallery’s bent for irresistible fantasy and storytelling art.
click to enlarge DAVA mentor artist Matty Miller shares some work for the nonprofit's year-end holiday show. - MATTY MILLER
DAVA mentor artist Matty Miller shares some work for the nonprofit's year-end holiday show.
Matty Miller
Hope/Esperanza, DAVA’s Annual Holiday Show & Sale
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, 1405 Florence Street, Aurora
Through January 14
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 4 to 7 p.m.

DAVA’s young artists teamed up with guest mentors to create gift-ready handmade prints, fiber art and ceramics, including decorative tiles, tea bowls, candle and soap holders, bells and sculptural planter pots. The Hope/Esperanza holiday sale also includes fine art by mentors.
click to enlarge Koko Bayer brings another round of Hope to Dateline in December. - KYLE HARRIS
Koko Bayer brings another round of Hope to Dateline in December.
Kyle Harris
Koko Bayer, Hope Shop
Dateline, 3004 Larimer Street
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 6 to 10 p.m.

Artist and wheat-paster Koko Bayer takes over Dateline for the Hope Shop, where she’ll be selling multi-sized versions of her familiar hope heart imagery — stickers, prints, wall art and more — for the holiday season.
click to enlarge Floral works by Jennifer Lord,  Christi Palitto and Lucy Holtsnider bloom in December at Alto Gallery. - JENNIFER LORD,  CHRISTI PALITTO AND LUCY HOLTSNIDER
Floral works by Jennifer Lord, Christi Palitto and Lucy Holtsnider bloom in December at Alto Gallery.
Jennifer Lord, Christi Palitto and Lucy Holtsnider
Jennifer Lord, Christi Palitto and Lucy Holtsnider, Winter Blooms
Alto Gallery, RiNo ArtPark, 1900 35th Street
Through January 1
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 6 to 10 p.m.

Artists Jennifer Lord, Christi Palitto and Lucy Holtsnider cultivate a garden of botanic imagery for Winter Blooms, up throughout December at Alto Gallery. In addition to being beautiful, the show is a good excuse to see Alto’s new digs in RiNo for those who haven’t already been.
EllynAnne Geisel shares her ongoing project Art of the Apron: Tie One On at the BRDG Project. - ELLYNANNE GEISEL
EllynAnne Geisel shares her ongoing project Art of the Apron: Tie One On at the BRDG Project.
EllynAnne Geisel
EllynAnne Geisel, Art of the Apron: Tie One On
Narratives: A Show of Stories in Ceramics
Cultural Normalcy (UCD student show)
BRDG Project, 1553 Platte Street
Through December 29
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 6 to 10 p.m.

The BRDG Project has a trio of holiday shows, beginning with apron collector and cultural historian EllynAnne Geisel’s Art of the Apron: Tie One On, which also includes her pop-up vintage market. Also at BRDG are Narratives: A Show of Stories in Ceramics, a group show curated and including work by clay artist Penny Bidwell, and a photography exhibition by students at University of Colorado Denver.

Geisel, who tasked ten local artists with decorating blank aprons, will host an auction during the reception, with proceeds benefiting PlatteForum and Haven, a support organization for BIWOC and nonbinary people of color.
click to enlarge Kanon Collective thinks small for the holidays with the annual Bibelot Show. - KANON COLLECTIVE
Kanon Collective thinks small for the holidays with the annual Bibelot Show.
Kanon Collective
Bibelot 2021: The Beauty of Small Works
Kanon Collective, Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
Through January 9 (closed Friday, December 24, to Sunday, January 2)
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Kanon Collective’s annual Bibelot small-works show is an affordable option for holiday gift-shoppers. These pieces look great on walls that need a little something, especially in groups of related work by the same artist.

Walnut Workshop Showcase
Bell Projects, 3525 Walnut Street
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 5 to 9 p.m.

The denizens of Walnut Workshop, a busy RiNo beehive of artist and small-business studios, will let the year’s hard work loose on the gallery walls at Bell Projects.
click to enlarge Jen Starling, “Self Love Is the Antidote.” - JEN STARLING
Jen Starling, “Self Love Is the Antidote.”
Jen Starling
Jen Starling, Confronting the Void
The Outsider Show
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
Through December 19
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 6 to 10 p.m.
Jen Starling Artist Talk: Friday, December 17, 7 p.m
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Pirate member Jen Starling’s shadowy mixed-media portraits of women in moments of deep thought, meditation, power and unfettered contemplation will show alongside the gallery’s Outsider Show, an open-entry exhibition that’s been a tradition since the ’80s.
click to enlarge Take home one of Gayla Lemke's perky pups, on view at Edge's Solstice members' show. - GAYLA LEMKE
Take home one of Gayla Lemke's perky pups, on view at Edge's Solstice members' show.
Gayla Lemke
Solstice: A Winter Exhibition
Edge Gallery, Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
Through December 19
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

This gallery artist show includes hand-picked guests to celebrate community and the coming winter with a nice platter of giftable work.
click to enlarge Pick up a retro Reed Weimer print at Core New Art Space. - REED WEIMER
Pick up a retro Reed Weimer print at Core New Art Space.
Reed Weimer
Gina Smith Caswell and Sam Smith
Reed Weimer, Fun Size!, and Jeff Hersch, Shafts of Grace, in the Annex
Core New Art Space, Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
Through December 19
Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 5 to 10 p.m.

Core members Gina Smith Caswell and Sam Smith share images from the garden and colorful paintings crowded with exploding starbursts, while artists Reed Weimer and Jeff Hersch take over the Annex to hang retro-design prints, drawings, watercolors, collages and original photography.

Holiday Fine Art Festival
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street
Friday, December 3, 5 to 8 p.m., through December 26

Members of the shared studio and maker facility Art Gym get together each year for a Holiday Fine Art Festival that makes shopping for gifts of art easy. Art Gym’s metalsmiths, printmakers, painters, mixed-media and culinary artists chip in for a festive and affordable, all-local mix of merchandise.
click to enlarge Last chance to see Homewrecker, a collaborative installation by Vinni Alfonso and Elena Gunderson. - ELENA CUNDERSON, SALLY CENTIGRADE
Last chance to see Homewrecker, a collaborative installation by Vinni Alfonso and Elena Gunderson.
Elena Cunderson, Sally Centigrade
Vinni Alfonso and Elena Gunderson, Homewrecker
Sally Centigrade, 445 South Saulsbury Street
Closing Reception: Friday, December 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

This is your last chance to catch Homewrecker, the astonishing and plastic-roach-infested installation by Vinni Alfonso and Elena Gunderson that pairs scary family portraits with thrift-shop furniture and decor. A-plus.

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