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Art Attack: Sixteen of the Best Things for Gallery Lovers to Do in Denver This Week

Dorothy Tanner of Lumonics, “Yess + Love = Bliss.”
Dorothy Tanner of Lumonics, “Yess + Love = Bliss.” Courtesy of Lumonics
Another crazy, wild art weekend is in your future — if you accept the challenge. We could just go on and on, but here are sixteen ways to get started.

click to enlarge Susan Lowdermilk, “You Cannot,” artist book, detail. - SUSAN LOWDERMILK
Susan Lowdermilk, “You Cannot,” artist book, detail.
Susan Lowdermilk
Cornucopia X
Sarah Derosier, Ink and Thread
Eric L. Porter, Moonlight Insights
Art Gym, 1460 Leyden Street
November 7 through November 29
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

Curated by Denver book-arts maker and maven Alicia Bailey of Abecedarian Artists’ Books, Cornucopia X is the last in a ten-year series of juried artist-book exhibitions with an international scope. This year’s final installment is juried by Marnie Powers-Torrey of the University of Utah’s Marriot Library and a true cornucopia of art and craft, with work by more than thirty artists experimenting with, in Powers-Torrey’s own words, “finepress, photography, sculpture, illustration, writing and mark-making, as well as a celebration of form, texture, color, material and typography." The beauty of openings at Art Gym is that’s there’s even more: Art Gym members Sarah Derosier and Eric L. Porter show off embroidered relief prints and drawings in the Common Space Gallery.

click to enlarge 15th Street Gallery hosts a show of Taiko Chandler etchings. - TAIKO CHANDLER
15th Street Gallery hosts a show of Taiko Chandler etchings.
Taiko Chandler
Taiko Chandler, From the Etching Press
15th Street Gallery, 1708 15th Street, Boulder
November 7 through December 28
Opening reception: Thursday, November 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Printmaker and installationist Taiko Chandler’s more reserved print show at 15th Street Gallery, a favorite with printmaking artists, serves as a companion and farewell to her must-see three-dimensional creation of floaty organza balls and marble-printed, sculpted Tyvek sheets on view through Sunday at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Make a weekend of it, and see both while you can.

click to enlarge Meet artist Michael Dowling in the studio at the Dairy Block in November. - MICHAEL DOWLING
Meet artist Michael Dowling in the studio at the Dairy Block in November.
Michael Dowling
Michael Dowling Studio Pop-up
Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street
Through December 1
Public Drawing Sessions: Wednesdays, 5 to 7:30 p.m. weekly
Art Happy Hours: Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m. weekly
Rembrandt Paint & Sip: Thursday, November 7, 6 to 8 p.m., materials and wine provided for $10, RSVP by email in advance
Collaboration Day: Saturday, November 9, 1 to 4 p.m. 
Critique Day: Sunday, November 10, 1 to 4 p.m.
Art Biz Talk: Thursday, November 14, 6 to 8 p.m.
Artist Reception: Saturday, Nov. 30, 4 to 8 p.m.

Denver artist Michael Dowling has gotten famous for blending superb classical draftsmanship with modern composition to create fleeting portraits caught in a single frame, much like photographs that have been altered and smudged. But how does he do it? Throughout November, you can look in on Dowling’s process as he works in public in a pop-up studio at the Dairy Block. Along the way, Dowling is hosting a variety of events where you can join him for hands-on fun or to learn about the artist’s challenges in life. For a primer on Dowling before meeting him in person, check out his Instagram and website.


click to enlarge Peter Illig, "Frontier Psychiatry." - PETER ILLIG, WALKER FINE ART
Peter Illig, "Frontier Psychiatry."
Peter Illig, Walker Fine Art
Layers of Existence
Walker Fine Art, 300 West 11th Avenue
November 8 through January 4
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 5 to 9 p.m.

The latest group at Walker Fine Art — Sabin Aell, Peter Illig, Gail Slatter Folwell, Farida Hughes, Meagen Svendsen and Mark Howell — capture the human spirit in myriad ways, from pop-art musings to soaring abstract designs layered on clear panels. For a different viewing experience, consider WFA’s in-gallery yoga session and juice reception at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, all for a $10 donation.

click to enlarge Rediscover the Western landscape with Duke Beardsley. - DUKE BEARDSLEY
Rediscover the Western landscape with Duke Beardsley.
Duke Beardsley
Duke Beardsley, Invasive Splendor: A Quasi-Indigenous Dispatch From the Lost Trail to Nowhere
Space Annex, 95 South Cherokee Street
November 8 through November 30
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 6 to 9 p.m.

Premier Colorado Western artist Duke Beardsley takes over the annex this month for his first solo exhibition in nearly ten years. If your taste runs toward modern cowboys riding the range, Beardsley’s your Marlboro man.

click to enlarge Light box by Lumonics student Sandy Maschan. - SANDY MASCHAN
Light box by Lumonics student Sandy Maschan.
Sandy Maschan
From the Beginning: A Lumonics Light Art Installation
The Storeroom, 1700 Vine Street
November 8 through December 31
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 6 to 8 p.m.

The incredible light sculptures of Dorothy and the late Mel Tanner and their students will light the windows at the Storeroom storefront gallery through the end of the year in a salute to the Tanners’ Lumonics legacy and a super-modern nod to the holiday season. The beauty of it is that you can drive by any night and see it without bumping elbows with other gallery-goers, just as you would the lighted City and County Building. But the reception will be nice, too, with the cozy Vine Street Pub & Brewery waiting for you to come in and warm up next door.

click to enlarge Get positive with Moe Gram at Understudy. - MOE GRAM
Get positive with Moe Gram at Understudy.
Moe Gram
Moe Gram, Every Human
Understudy, 890 C 14th Street
November 8 through November 24
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 16, 1 to 3 p.m.
Pop-Up Shop: Saturday, November 23, 11 to 3 p.m.

The Denver Theatre District’s Understudy welcomes local artist and doer Moe Gram to its incubator space this month for Every Human, a project dedicated to bringing people together despite their differences through empathy and consideration. See what that entails at the reception, and learn more at the November 16 artist talk. And a word to the wise: While you're downtown for the reception, sneak over to the 16th Street Mall to view the DTD's new projection-mapping feature, Night Lights Denver, on the side of the D&F Tower at 16th and Arapahoe streets.

click to enlarge Revisit the Day of the Dead one last time at BuCu West. - MARI MUNET
Revisit the Day of the Dead one last time at BuCu West.
Mari Munet
Celebration El Día de los Muertos
BuCu West, 4200 Morrison Road, Unit 3
Friday, November 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

Not wanting to compete with the dozens of Día de los Muertos events going down in the metro area last weekend, the Westwood Creative Arts District saved its homey, community-minded celebration for a quieter time – because, hey, the dead never really sleep. Honor your ancestors with Mexican pastries and hot chocolate while viewing a woman-centric nicho installation by Mari Munet. Then hear all about it in an artist talk with Munet.

click to enlarge Have a pour with artist Laura Moretz in her studio. - LAURA MONETZ
Have a pour with artist Laura Moretz in her studio.
Laura Monetz
Gin, Jazz & Pizza at Laura Moretz Art Studio
Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse Studios, 3636 Chestnut Place
Friday, November 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
Admission: $35 at eventbrite.com, limited availability

Denver artist Laura Moretz closed her RiNo studio/gallery earlier this year, but she’s still in business making her flowing drip paintings, undercover, in a studio space at Ironton Distillery. To celebrate her ongoing life as an artist, Moretz is throwing an exclusive, ticketed Denver Arts Week cocktail party with Ironton-made distilled gin drinks, pizza and a jazzy backdrop, right in the studio, where you can see what she’s been up to behind closed doors. Seating is limited, so grab a ticket now.

Walter Barton, A Bestiary
Judith Grey, Desiderium
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
November 8 through November 24
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 6 to 10 p.m.

Walter Barton conjures mythical beasts in sculptural form, while associate member Judith Grey chimes in with conceptual found-object constructions. It’s back to business at Pirate after last week’s Day of the Dead festivities.

click to enlarge Artsy holiday shopping debuts at Urban Mud. - COURTESY OF URBAN MUD
Artsy holiday shopping debuts at Urban Mud.
Courtesy of Urban Mud
First Annual Invitational Holiday Show
Urban Mud Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive
November 8 through December 28
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 5 to 9 p.m.

The new clay gallery and members' studio Urban Mud digs into its first holiday show with ceramic art, jewelry and more, showcasing affordable and just plain magnificent work by members, associates and guest artists. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.
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