Experience old favorites, new horizons and an opportunity to get your hands dirty this weekend at Denver galleries. Here are five hot spots.
Jason Lee Gimbel and Christopher R. Perez, And Longing Is Overthrown
3420 Larimer Street
Opening Reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 19
Free, RSVP online
And Longing Is Overthrown juxtaposes Jason Lee Gimbel’s augmented charcoal figure drawings with the analog photography of Christopher R. Perez, inviting viewers to ponder how old techniques segue into new ideas in visual art. It’s a fun positioning of work by two longtime players in the local art scene with a focus on craft and the passing of time. Wine, beer, kombucha and a signature cocktail will be served at the reception.
Louis Recchia: Solo Exhibition
Zip 37 Gallery
3644 Navajo Street
October 20 to November 5
Opening Reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 20
It’s old home week on Navajo Street when Louis Recchia’s slot comes up at Zip 37, with another round of colorful fantasies on the walls, splashed with cartoon figures, friendly animals, trails of mosaics, and a surreal sense of humor. Drop by for proof that what’s left of the Navajo Arts District is still kicking.
Third Friday Mini Shop: Clay Skulls
3735 Ames Street in Wheat Ridge
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 20
Clay artist Marie Gibbons continues her tradition of low-cost public mini-workshops in October with an opportunity to get into the spirit of the season by creating your own little clay skull. For $10, you get a lump of clay, use of studio tools and firing, and a shadow-strewn black-wash finish, as well as Gibbons’s encouraging guidance. The workshops are on a drop-in basis, but allow yourself at least forty minutes within the 6 to 9 p.m. window to complete your piece.
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Evan Anderman, Another Land: The Travel Show
Evan Anderman Photography
209 Kalamath Street, Unit 4
October 20 to December 22
Opening Reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 20
Photographer Evan Anderman takes a break from capturing the landscape from the air for Another Land, an exhibit of images from his travels through the Mediterranean nations. Catch the travel bug from Anderman at the opening (another reception takes place at the same time on First Friday in December); otherwise, gallery hours are by appointment at info@EvanAnderman.com.
Landscapes: New Works by Paul Michel
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Opening Reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 21
Paul Michel, aka Mountains vs. Plains, tickles his viewers with ironic hipster greeting cards and, in this case, fanciful black-and-white landscapes, direct from the imagination. “These are the places I escape to, those of solitude, of calmness and of peaceful isolation — where and when the world hides and everything loosens its grip,” Michel says of the work. “I'm over here; I’m not wearing a hat.” Complimentary drinks will be served at the opening.
See Westword’s calendar listings for more art events and openings.