Art

Ten Know Your Arts First Friday Hot Spots for Denver Arts Week 2017

Sharon Brown, "Donald Trump II," oil on canvas.
Sharon Brown, "Donald Trump II," oil on canvas. Pattern Shop Gallery
It’s not just any First Friday — it’s Denver Arts Week’s Know Your Arts First Friday. Make the rounds and see work by artists working both underground and aboveground all over metro Denver. Here are just a few high points.

click to enlarge Stop by the Trading Post at Leisure, with Staci Helms and Izzy Jarvis. - LEISURE GALLERY
Stop by the Trading Post at Leisure, with Staci Helms and Izzy Jarvis.
Leisure Gallery
Trading Post
Leisure Gallery, 555 Santa Fe Drive
Pop-up Shop: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, November 3

For artists Staci Helms and Izzy Jarvis, Trading Post is a fantasy retail space that’s here today, gone tomorrow — and loaded like a gallery with artwork, and like a country store with representations of flea-market treasure. In the midst of the installation, the artists will release a zine and catalogue publication. One night only — be there or be square.

click to enlarge Martha Russo, "lightness of being," 2017, (installation detail), porcelain slip, mixed media, metal, monofilament. - GOODWIN FINE ART
Martha Russo, "lightness of being," 2017, (installation detail), porcelain slip, mixed media, metal, monofilament.
Goodwin Fine Art
Martha Russo: circumvolo
Kimberlee Sullivan: Limnology
Goodwin Fine Art
November 3 through December 29
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

Martha Russo’s wall-sized ceramic and porcelain-coated mixed-media oceanscapes teem with representations of underwater life; Kimberlee Sullivan’s paintings are momentary observations on the interrelations of weather and place. Together they’ll make walking into Goodwin Fine Art on Friday night a life-changing experience. Prepare to face your insignificance in relation to the universe while viewing this work from two Colorado artists.

click to enlarge Gamma and Graves mash it up at Lowbrow. - GAMMA GALLERY/MIKE GRAVES
Gamma and Graves mash it up at Lowbrow.
Gamma Gallery/Mike Graves
Gamma & Graves Not So Super Show
Lowbrow Denver, 38 Broadway
7 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 3

On the lighter side, Lowbrow on Broadway will get a makeover in the form of a collaborative wall mural by local street artists Gamma Acosta and Mike Graves, who will also be exhibiting smaller individual works in a rare indoor gallery show. Walk in, grab a beer, and bathe yourself in a sunbeam of fresh popular culture.


click to enlarge Sharon Brown, "Donald Trump I," oil on canvas. - PATTERN SHOP STUDIO
Sharon Brown, "Donald Trump I," oil on canvas.
Pattern Shop Studio
Sharon Brown, Trumped!
Pattern Shop Studio, 3349 Blake Street
November 3 through December 22
Opening Reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 3

Artist Sharon Brown has fun with Trump and the current administration in Trumped!, as she takes over her own in-house gallery to make a political statement with in-your-face portraits of despicable White House characters. While one could argue that we’ve already seen more than enough of the orange one and his minions, Brown’s series is a wake-up call to remain vigilant in opposing their regime. Also: dart board for an election-day soiree? Pattern Shop and Trumped! will be open for additional receptions on December 1 and 22 or by appointment at 303-297-9831.

The Tales of Any Every: Twin Art By Vincent Cheap Fasano and Charly Fasano
Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive
November 3 through 21
Opening Reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 3
Third Friday Reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 17

Identical twins and artists Charly and Vincent Cheap Fasano team up for a multimedia duet at Bitfactory, blending co-produced short films, music, poetry and paintings. A well-attuned peek inside the Fasano psyche, Tales of Any Every begins on November 3 with a formal reception and reconvenes for an 8 p.m. multimedia closing event with short-film screenings and a live poetry performance on Friday, November 17.
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