Art

Art Attack: 24 of the Best Things to See and Do on First Friday

Clark Richert, "Tree of Life" (detail), 1970, fluorescent paint on paper.
Clark Richert, "Tree of Life" (detail), 1970, fluorescent paint on paper. Image courtesy of the artist

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click to enlarge Balefire showcases a printmaker and a metalsmith in September. - JOHANNA MUELLER AND METALSMITH CHRISTINE ANN NICOLS
Balefire showcases a printmaker and a metalsmith in September.
Johanna Mueller and Metalsmith Christine Ann Nicols
Johanna Mueller, Wandering Beasts
Christine Ann Nicols, Light the Way
Balefire Goods, 7417 Grandview, Arvada
September 6 through September 29
Friday, September 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
Free, RSVP at eventbrite.com

A printmaker and a metalsmith take divergent routes in their approach to the human footstep in the midst of nature: Fort Collins-based storyteller Johanna Mueller offers prints of animals framed by mythology and symbolism, while Christine Ann Nicols blends earthy elements of metal and geode crystals with LED lights to create one-of-a-kind lamps.

Plastisol Free for All!
Abstract, 742 Santa Fe Drive
Friday, September 6, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Abstract brings back an old IndyInk favorite for First Friday: an exhibition of hand-screened T-shirt art that doubles as a competition for cash prizes. On September 6, winning images will be chosen by popular vote; come back on Third Friday — September 20 — when the winners will be announced and you’ll be able to buy their limited-edition designs.

click to enlarge Anthony Lister mashes up styles in Modern Masters. - ANTHONY LISTER, MIRUS GALLERY
Anthony Lister mashes up styles in Modern Masters.
Anthony Lister, Mirus Gallery
Anthony Lister, Modern Masters
Mirus Gallery Denver, 1144 Broadway
September 6 through October 12
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 6 to 7 p.m.
Free, RSVP at eventbrite.com

Anthony Lister, a street artist with fine-art cred, fits right in with the Crush Walls emphasis this weekend with a show that mixes metaphors and masters in homage to figures in modern-art history, from Picasso and Matisse to Andy Warhol. Although he incorporates hallmark visuals of the greats, Lister still stamps the paintings with his own eye, making wall-worthy mashups of styles and techniques.

click to enlarge Alexander Ablola imagines the future of street style. - ALEXANDER ABLOLA
Alexander Ablola imagines the future of street style.
Alexander Ablola
Mars in Scorpio: The Desert of The Real
Union Hall Denver, 1750 Wewatta Street
September 6 through October 19
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, 7 to 10 p.m.

Union Hall, the black-box gallery space at the Coloradan near Union Station, opens up to fashion with an unexpected installation by photographer and streetwear aficionado Alexander Ablola, whose dystopian and futuristic visions of style are derived from advanced technology and artificial intelligence. It's gonna be fun, and little bit weird.

NoBo Art District Tenth Anniversary Celebration
NoBo Art District, along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36, Boulder
Friday, September 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

North Boulder has its own culture and its own territory, dubbed the NoBo Art District for the past ten years. To celebrate the landmark, district galleries and businesses will come together for a festive collision between First Friday and the NoBo Art District Tenth Anniversary Celebration, with open houses, live music, demos and special shows, like the Denver/Boulder Artist Swap, which will bring familiar faces from Edge Gallery to R Gallery, 2027 Broadway in Boulder. Find a complete schedule and interactive map at noboartdistrict.org.

click to enlarge See what's new at 900 Santa Fe Drive. - D'ART GALLERY
See what's new at 900 Santa Fe Drive.
D'Art Gallery
Meet the Artists, part two
Kat Payge and Annettte Coleman, Living in the Gray
D’Art Gallery and Payge Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
D’Art, through September 15
Payge, through October
Receptions: Friday, September 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

See what’s new at 900 Santa Fe Drive in the Art District on Santa Fe, as the fledgling D’Art co-op freshens up its opening members' show with new work and building owner Kat Payge opens her studio doors for an exhibit of pieces by Payge and fellow artist Annette Coleman.

Grand Reopening
Wandering Art Gallery, 944 Santa Fe Drive
Saturday, September 6, 6 to 10 p.m.

Wandering Art Gallery, a young-artist incubator in the Art District on Santa Fe, literally turns a corner on First Friday with its move to 944 Santa Fe from, well, around the corner. The grand opening brings a big group show by artists in the making.

click to enlarge Melissa Furness, "Caput Mortuum." - MELISSA FURNESS, K CONTEMPORARY
Melissa Furness, "Caput Mortuum."
Melissa Furness, K Contemporary
Melissa Furness, Oddments
Ashley Eliza Williams, Communication Attempts
K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee Street
September 7 though September 28
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7 , 6 to 9 p.m.

Painter Melissa Furness plays with classical art imagery with a critical eye, sorting both valid and cliché elements into a gob-smacking, deconstructed modern visual masterpiece. It’s good stuff. In the Project Space, Ashley Eliza Williams chimes in with new paintings of rocks, clouds and mountains floating through a void, with accompanying sculptural forms.

click to enlarge Ron Hicks waxes nostalgic at Gallery 1261. - RON HICKS, GALLERY 1261
Ron Hicks waxes nostalgic at Gallery 1261.
Ron Hicks, Gallery 1261
Ron Hicks: Esoteric Meanderings
Gallery 1261, 1412 Wazee Street
September 7 through September 28
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6 to 8 p.m.

K Contemporary’s representational building mate, Gallery 1261, offers a counterpoint with a set of floaty Ron Hicks portraits from another time, similar to those shown at his last solo, Faces of Eve.

click to enlarge Immerse yourself in color and texture at the Salida Fiber Festival. - CHERYL KABALA STUDIO
Immerse yourself in color and texture at the Salida Fiber Festival.
Cheryl Kabala Studio
Salida Fiber Festival
Riverside Park, downtown Salida
Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Escape to scenic Chaffee County  for the Salida Fiber Festival, a fetching excuse to head for the hills before the snow comes. The family-friendly fest covers every aspect of fiber art and craft, including vendor booths, demos, hands-on activities and —not  fiber-related, but nice to have around — a beer garden. Admission is free.

Interested in having your event appear in this calendar? Send the details to [email protected]. For more events this weekend, see this week’s 21 Best Things to Do in Denver.
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