Art Attack: All the Art You Should See on First Friday

Barb Gardner, "Stewed Turkey" (detail).
Barb Gardner, "Stewed Turkey" (detail). Barb Gardner,
A gallery in a boutique/clubhouse atmosphere, experimental artists with big ideas, co-op shows, Georgia O'Keeffe's photographs and even a patriotic display with a wienie roast! This is what First Friday in the summer is all about.

Follow along to discover the hot spots:
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Dateline Gallery hosts a show of analog psychedelic artworks by Materi_Alchemist.
Materi_Alchemist, Mega Memory
Dateline Gallery, 3004 Larimer Street
Friday, July 1, through July 31
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 6 to 11 p.m.

Call it psychedelic, spiritual, topical or analog art for the digital age, Materi_Alchemist’s mixed-media, collaged, painted and spray-painted work is out of this world. If you want a piece of it, make your way to Dateline on First Friday before all his stuff is gone.
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Street-stenciller and gay activist Jeremy Nova hits Talk Gallery on First Friday.
Jeremy Novy
Jeremy Novy
Talk Gallery, 4382 South Broadway
Friday, July 1, 6 to 10 p.m.

Jeremy Novy, the L.A.-based stencil artist and gay activist, will descend on Denver this First Friday for his Colorado debut at Talk Gallery. During his short stay, he’ll chat with Talk owner Gordon Mehterian at the opening, teach a stenciling class (Sunday, July 3, 1 p.m., space limited, call 303-676-8007 to register) and schedule home stencil commissions ($80 to $600, message Talk Gallery on Facebook for info), all before leaving on July 5. Novy is most famous for his koi-fish stencils on city streets (and places like San Francisco’s Clarion Alley community mural row), but he also has an arsenal of custom-made pro-gay iconography at his fingertips.
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Samuel Mata-Ruiz explores collage for Petals of Perianth at Alto Gallery.
Samuel Mata-Ruiz
Samuel Mata-Ruiz, Petals of Perianth
Alto Gallery, RiNo ArtPark, 1900 35th Street, Suite B
Friday, July 1, through July 30
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 6 to 10 p.m
Collagist Samuel Mata-Ruiz will hang a selection of his intricately crowded cut-and-paste works through July at Alto Gallery at the RiNo ArtPark. Mata-Ruiz mined ephemera from textbooks, pamphlets, lifestyle magazines and other publications to explore the human disconnect from nature — and each other — in these works.
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Hudson Hatfield returns to Lane Meyer Projects with a new installation.
Hudson Hatfield
Hudson Hatfield, Flaming
Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street
Friday, July 1, through July 31
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 8 p.m.-late

Lane Meyer Projects welcomes back Hudson Hatfield, whose show 3 Ways to Skin a Cat opened there last fall. This time, the artist has created nine bas-relief wall pieces that juxtapose leading female characters and correlating romantic storylines from the films Jennifer’s Body (2009) and Romeo and Juliet (1996). Hatfield, who describes the exhibition as a “cathedral for gay Halloween,” is being metaphorical about sexuality and his own personal relationship, using religious motifs as a vehicle.
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A botanical desert revery by Dorothy DePaulo.
Dorothy DePaulo
Dorothy DePaulo: Desert Treasures
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
Through July 31
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Valkarie associate artist Dorothy DePaulo draws with colored pencil on drafting film for photographic renderings of plants and animals. In this show, she’s focused on the desert biome, concentrating on succulents, cacti and plants that thrive in arid climates, as well as their pollinators. Also currently at Valkarie: Cody Kuehl, through July 17; sculptor Leo Franco, through July 31; and a member show in the South Gallery, also through July 31.
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Danyl Cook, "A Successful Hunt,” ink and pastel on paper.
Danyl Cook
Danyl Cook, Doughboy Series
M.E.O., 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
Opening: Friday, July 1, 4 to 8 p.m.

Whimsical artist Danyl Cook recently left the fold at Valkarie, but he didn’t move far; he simply opened a new shop and gallery space of his own, called M.E.O. (short for My Essential Objects). Like Valkarie, it’s located on Block 7 in the Belmar shopping center. Cook will be joining Valkarie in celebrating First Friday with new artworks he calls the "Doughboy" series, for visually obvious reasons. In other words, please don’t poke the artwork! In addition to Cook’s artworks, M.E.O. also deals in mid-century-style furniture by Morris Olivas, with accessories to match.

Cultural First Friday: Frida Kahlo Birthday Celebration
Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive
Friday, July 1, 5 to 9 p.m.
Free Admission

Celebrate First Friday and Frida Kahlo’s July 6 birthday at the Museo with vendors, food trucks, drinks and the current exhibition Malinalli on the Rocks, which closes July 26.
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Brian Cavanaugh, “George,” 2022, mixed-media construction.
Brian Cavanaugh
Brian Cavanaugh, Yankee Doodle: an installation
Tim McKay, American Experiment
Pirate: Contemporary Art, West 16th Street
Friday, July 1, through July 17
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 6 to 9 p.m
Though their oeuvres are nothing alike, Pirate members Brian Cavanaugh and Tim McKay are going patriotic for their concurrent solo shows. Cavanaugh is constructing an elaborate installation of found-object sculpture and other wall miscellany in an all-American barbershop setting, while McKay tailors his abstract line grids to represent American ideals as stated in phrases of the Pledge of Allegiance. Apropos of everything, Pirate will host an All-American Hot Dog Roast on Saturday, July 9, from noon to 3 p.m., along with art talks by both artists, in between bites.
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Amy Winter, "Wild Blue."
Amy Winter
Amy Winter, Wild Blue
RPO Framing & Gallery, 1588 South Pearl Street
Friday, July 1, through July 30
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

RPO’s guest artist for July will be Amy Winter, a representational painter who specializes in florals, wildlife imagery and landscapes. A few minutes in the gallery will be like a brief respite from city life, but when you step out, all of Old South Pearl Street will be at your feet.
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Jean Herman, "Conversation."
Jean Herman
Transformation Fiber Show: Front Range Contemporary Quilters
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
Friday, July 1, through July 31
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
RSVP for free ticket in advance
Front Range Contemporary Quilters hosts a show with an eye on the use of repurposed materials in quilting, giving new life to old tablecloths, clothing and curtains, as well as non-fiber found objects, bottle caps and the like. Quilting isn’t granny territory anymore. See how far it’s come as an art medium. Receptions at the PACE center are events, and this one includes flamenco guitarist Andre LaMotte, literature on the fiber arts with the Douglas County Public Library, a lemonade bar and trail mix treats.
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Kim Roberts shows new landscapes at West & Main in Littleton.
Kim Roberts
Kim Roberts, Modern West
West & Main, 2590 West Main Street, Littleton
Friday, July 1, 6 to 9 p.m.

Landscapist Kim Roberts, whose member show also opens today at D’art Gallery, is West & Main Littleton’s featured artist in July, with another fresh showing of work inspired by the Sangre de Cristos skyline in Crestone.

Amanda May: Introspective Art Show
The People’s Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Amanda May expands the range of paper far beyond its basic role as an art surface. She makes her own paper, then uses it to sew, paint and mount multimedia creations.

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D'art Gallery
Connections: Solo Exhibitions by Vicky Smith, Emily Oldak, Kim Roberts and Jamie Belkind-Gerson
D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Through July 24
Open on First Friday; Artists’ Reception Friday, July 8, 6 to 9 p.m.

D’art hosts solo member shows by Vicky Smith, who creates organic forms in clay; Emily Oldak, whose atmospheric paintings capture the spirit of nature and the landscape; impressionistic landscape artist Kim Roberts; and Jaime Belkind-Gerson, an artist and neuroscience researcher whose work incorporates CT scans, X-rays or neuronal networks. Each of the four artists explores, respectively, different interpretations of “connections” in memory, time, space and life.

Neighborhood Focused Atelier
Through August 15
Adult Ent, 3535 Walnut Street

The Five Points/RiNo streetwear boutique Adult Ent doubles as a club and safe space for BIPOC parties. Now it’s also a gallery where Black and Latinx artists can not only show their work, but profit from it, receiving 100 percent of all sales. Called Neighborhood Focused Atelier (aka NFT), the gallery officially opened a week ago, but the group collection of grassroots street art will be up through August 15.
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Georgia O'Keeffe, “Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium),” 1964–68, black-and-white Polaroid.
©Todd Webb Archive, Portland, Maine, USA
Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Sunday, July 3, through November 6

Best known for her paintings, the iconic artist Georgia O’Keeffe also received basic training in photography through her relationship with photographer/gallerist Alfred Stieglitz and his cronies, Paul Strand and Edward Steichen. Now an exhibition from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, created in collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, with a focus on her camera work, arrives at the Denver Art Museum. O’Keeffe’s interest in photography peaked in the 1950s, represented by close to 100 works in the exhibition, which is organized in categories of reframing, use of light and seasonal changes, and reflects her mastery of composition and technique. The show is included in the museum admission fee.

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