Five Arty Things to Do This Week Around Denver

Derrick Velasquez solos at Robischon Gallery.
Derrick Velasquez solos at Robischon Gallery. Derrick Velasquez, Facebook
Summer means vacations and time spent with nature, as well as rousing group showcases and, sometimes, business as usual in the galleries. This week pulls it all together for art-lovers making the rounds.

Michael Warren Contemporary
Kelton Osborn and Andrew Roberts-Gray
Michael Warren Contemporary
July 20-September 2
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

Michael Warren pairs angular abstractionists Kelton Osborn and Andrew Roberts-Gray for a show that blends flavors of architecture and fractured landscapes on and off the wall for a well-matched summer show. Roberts-Gray will deliver an artist talk at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 22, to explain how real and abstract worlds mesh in his work. Assorted works by Michael Warren Contemporary artists will also be on display in the remainder of the gallery, including John Garrett’s “Thicket,” a materials-intensive installation in a suspended wire cube.

Jae Ko: FLOW
Ted Larsen: Insider Influence, The Space Program and Other Specific Domains
Derrick Velasquez: Constant Denial
Radial: Kate Petley, Don Voisine, Stephen Westfall
Robischon Gallery
July 20 through September 9
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

Robischon Gallery finishes the summer with a delicious grab bag of work by gallery artists, starting with a solo by Jae Ko, who continues her paper adventures with a snippet of her installation FLOW (originally displayed at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston) and more. Sculptor Ted Larsen also gets a solo, as does Derrick Velasquez, who completes a 2017 trifecta of exhibits, including a pair of site-specific installations and a small exhibit he curated, both currently on view at MCA Denver. A group show of new work by Kate Petley, Don Voisine and Stephen Westfall rounds out the show.

Keep reading for three more art shows opening in Denver this week.

click to enlarge GILDAR GALLERY
Gildar Gallery
San Escobar
Gildar Gallery
July 21 through August 25
Opening Reception: Friday, July 21, 6 to 10 p.m.

Gildar Gallery’s Sophie Lynn Morris curates an airy vacation-season group show of new works by ten local and national artists. “Art should help humanity,” writes Morris in an exhibition statement. “Everything we can imagine is possible, and artists help make our dreams a reality. Art galleries are their own special paradise, because everyone is invited to participate.” Pack your bags and go on vacation with Morris and crew. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

Pirate: Contemporary Art
Charles Livingston: Quantum
Eric Anderson: Perception(s)
Pirate: Contemporary Art
July 21 through August 6
Opening Reception: Friday, July 21, 6 to 10 p.m.

See how the new Pirate is shaping up in Lakewood as the co-op gets back into its member- and associate-artist exhibition schedule with solos by Charles Livingston and Eric Anderson. Livingston contributes a series of installations combining bicycle inner tubes, video and monoprints; Anderson chimes in with a combination of mixed-media paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints.

click to enlarge VALKARIE GALLERY
Valkarie Gallery
Cheyenne Croy and Aria Fawn, Revivescere
Valkarie Gallery
445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
July 22 through August 13
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 22, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Found objects and imagery from nature will take over Valkarie’s main gallery for Revivescere, a collaborative exhibit between assemblage artist Cheyenne Croy of Atomic Folk Art and Aria Fawn, aka She Paints With Blood, who actually works in watercolor, fiber art and sculpture. Check out the resident artist gallery while you’re there; live music and refreshments will keep you busy at the reception.
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