Breaking the Ice

I like the way Denver’s galleries always bounce back after the New Year, with a plethora of fresh exhibitions making tracks through the snow and cold of January.

The best New Year offering, metaphorically speaking, could be The Icebreaker Show, opening tonight at Ice Cube Gallery, one of the district’s newest art venues, located in the Dry Ice Factory co-op at 3320 Walnut Street. Conceived as a RiNo showcase and neighborhood mixer, the show was juried by Westword art critic Michael Paglia, who takes his job very seriously. “I try to consider how well the artists have solved the problems they’ve set out for themselves, as well as the level of accomplishment,” Paglia says of his process as a juror. See his picks and shmooze with the artists tonight from 6 to 10 p.m.; Icebreaker continues through February 20. For more information, go to And while in RiNo, do as the RiNos do: An additional stop at Ironton Studios & Gallery, 3636 Chestnut Place, is definitely worthwhile, since you can take a look at the detailed work of Heidi Jung, whose ghostly black-and-white images of flora evoke her roots as a photographer. Tonight’s reception at Ironton is also from 6 to 10 p.m., and the show continues through February 11; get info at

A trip to the Navajo Art District is also in order. This is the last weekend to catch the 30th Anniversary Group Show, with works by Pirates both past and present at the seminal Denver co-op gallery Pirate: Contemporary Art, at 3655 Navajo Street. The show closes Sunday; go to or call 303-456-6058 for details. Also of interest is EDGE Pairings, across the street at Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo; it features works by invited artists shown side by side with works by EDGE members. Find out more by calling 303-477-7173.

And finally, for some resplendent rococo invention, Mercurio, a solo show of silvered glass works by Dale Chihuly, opens tonight at Pismo Fine Art Glass, 2770 East Second Avenue, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The glass master’s Venetian-series vessels remain on view through March 14, along with a stunning “Icicle Chandelier” and more. Get all the details at or call 303-333-2879.
Jan. 15-Feb. 20, 2010

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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