Art

Art Attack: What to See (and Buy) Today

Protesters at the Hennepin County Government building in Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd. At PlatteForum.
Protesters at the Hennepin County Government building in Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd. At PlatteForum. Image by Jonathan and Letishia Kelley
First Friday in November was big, coinciding with the start of Denver Arts Week, the last of the artsy Día de los Muertos celebrations, the beginnings of affordable art shows for the holidays and a general celebration of Denver galleries.

There are great shows up all over town, and tonight is Night at the Museums, with free admission at cultural institutions around town. Keep reading for details; events and receptions today are at the start.
click to enlarge Find functional gifts at the Colorado Potters Guild Fall Sale. - COLORADO POTTERS GUILD
Find functional gifts at the Colorado Potters Guild Fall Sale.
Colorado Potters Guild
Colorado Potters Guild Fall Sale 
First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 South Colorado Boulevard, Englewood
Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It doesn’t get any more local than this: 35 members of the Colorado Potters Guild will have more than 2,000 clay-based works — including functional pottery, sculpture and jewelry — on the shelves at the Colorado Potters Guild Fall Sale, returning in all its glory after going dark because of COVID in 2020. Gift up early and give back to the community.
click to enlarge Protesters at the GOP 4th of July Celebration held on Lakota sacred lands without the permission of the Tribal government in Keystone, SD (July 3, 2020). - IMAGES BY JONATHAN AND LETISHIA KELLEY
Protesters at the GOP 4th of July Celebration held on Lakota sacred lands without the permission of the Tribal government in Keystone, SD (July 3, 2020).
Images by Jonathan and Letishia Kelley
Jonathan and Letishia Kelley, Portraits of Change: Inspired by the Uprising
PlatteForum, Savoy at Curtis Park, 2700 Arapahoe Street, Unit 103
Through November 19
Convos With Gen Z: Saturday, November 6, 1 p.m.

Black and Indigenous artist couple Jonathan and Letishia Kelley make connections between the uproar over George Floyd’s death by police violence and the treaty-breaking shutdown of Fourth of July protests by members of the Lakota Indigenous tribes during Trump rallies at Mount Rushmore in 2020. It’s a short link with a long history of civil rights infractions linking the two incidents, as they graphically show through photographic and filmed imagery from both uprisings. Don't miss an intergenerational conversation between PlatteForum ArtLab students and activists from the community today.
click to enlarge Julie Jablonski, “Nu Wurld Heist of the Zeitgeist.” - JULIE JABLONSKI
Julie Jablonski, “Nu Wurld Heist of the Zeitgeist.”
Julie Jablonski
Jennifer Ghormley: Shape, Form, Pattern
Michael Vacchiano: Alt\West
F(L)AME: Ego in the Time of Visual Media
BRDG Project, 1553 Platte Street
Through November 27
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 6, 6 to 10 p.m.

BRDG Project premieres two solos and a group show this weekend in Highland: Printmaker Jennifer Ghormley’s installation strays from her usual oeuvre to explore mixed media and dimensionality; Michael Vacchiano turns stereotypes of the West upside down in oil on canvas by placing them on unexpected modern backgrounds. For F(L)AME: Ego in the Time of Visual Media, which coincides with the Denver Film Festival, Alycia Ann, Charlie Apple, Michael Dowling, Forge, Julie Jablonksi, Liam Kealey, Brett Matarazzo and Rob Shearer comment on the advent of the selfie and how it’s changed life as we knew it. Pop-up film presentations from local artists are expected during the show’s run; keep updated here.

Autumn Artfest 2021
Globeville Riverside Art Center (GRACe), 888 East 50th Avenue
Saturday, November 6, 3 to 9 p.m.

Globeville represents for Denver Arts Week with a group show in the gallery at GRACe, as well as live music and art demonstrations, open studios and, the biggest incentive of all, giftable art for sale. More than 75 artists and creative businesses are in residence at GRACe at any given time.

Affordable Art Show
Balefire Goods, 7513 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
Through November 28
Balefire is in holiday mode throughout November, ceding its gallery space to local artists working with pottery, jewelry, fine art and photography selling items for $200 or less. If you’re willing to bust the budget and go over $200, Balefire specializes in handmade jewelry year-round.
click to enlarge Paco Pomet, "The Last Executive Committee Meeting," oil on canvas. - PACO POMET, ROBISCHON GALLERY
Paco Pomet, "The Last Executive Committee Meeting," oil on canvas.
Paco Pomet, Robischon Gallery
Paco Pomet, Endings
Walter Robinson, Promises
Tom Judd, Altered States
Gary Emrich, DIBS
Terry Maker, Cure All
Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street
Through December
Robischon Gallery gets ready for the holiday season with a wonderful mixed bag of five solos by artists working in sculpture, assemblage, surrealistic painting, collage, photography and mixed media.
click to enlarge Esther Hz, "Church Friend and Biker Monster." - ESTHER HZ
Esther Hz, "Church Friend and Biker Monster."
Esther Hz
Esther Hz, Acausal
Understudy, 890 C 14th street
Through November 28
Understudy opens its doors to artist Esther Hz (aka Hernandez), who is using the space this month for a performative installation based on stories of coincidence submitted by community members. Viewers will walk through a deserted room adorned with memorabilia and artifacts tied to each story, with an audio component that reveals the true accounts. Then they can record their own stories of synchronicity and coincidence for future use.
click to enlarge An arranged grouping of works by Virginia Diaz Saiki and Lucas Thomas at Alto Gallery. - VIRGINIA DIAZ SAIKI AND LUCAS THOMAS
An arranged grouping of works by Virginia Diaz Saiki and Lucas Thomas at Alto Gallery.
Virginia Diaz Saiki and Lucas Thomas
Virginia Diaz Saiki and Lucas Thomas, Festive Descent
Alto Gallery, RiNo ArtPark, 1900 35th Street, Suite B
Through November 27
One good outcome of sheltering in place during the worst months of the pandemic is that it afforded folks time to think uninterrupted and, in particular, to self-reflect. For artists Virginia Diaz Saiki and Lucas Thomas, that opened an accordingly self-reflective series of work. Diaz Saiki’s color monoprint series Abundance Bowl, overflowing with semiotic shapes and marks within geometric outlines, interact in arranged groupings with the overriding blue palette in Thomas’s ceramic sculptures and acrylic paintings of surreal near-objects.
click to enlarge Clay wall sculptures by Kim Anderson. - KIM ANDERSON
Clay wall sculptures by Kim Anderson.
Kim Anderson
November Guest Artist Kim Anderson
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
Through November 28
Kim Anderson, known for her wall-hung clay and mixed-media reliefs, masks, sculpture and pots, takes over Valkarie’s guest space with a gorgeous, giftable array of decorative works throughout November.
click to enlarge David Lobdell, “Binary Mandala Brand,” environmental drawing. - DAVID LOBDELL
David Lobdell, “Binary Mandala Brand,” environmental drawing.
David Lobdell
Binary
Foolproof Contemporary Art, 3240 Larimer Street
Through December 18
Performance artist and metal sculptor David Lobdell and new Foolproof artists Emily Zeek, Ariella Asher and Sahand Tabatabai will focus on imagery of zeroes and ones for Binary, a show referring to both binary code and binary/non-binary lifestyle and gender politics.
Alexandrea Pangburn and Tracy Weil, “The Bat House,” acrylic on wood panel. - ALEXANDREA PANGBURN AND TRACY WEIL
Alexandrea Pangburn and Tracy Weil, “The Bat House,” acrylic on wood panel.
Alexandrea Pangburn and Tracy Weil
Alexandrea Pangburn and Tracy Weil, Penumbra
Odell Brewing Company, 2945 Larimer Street
Through November 30
Fellow artists and muralists Alexandrea Pangburn and Tracy Weil pair Pangburn’s depictions from the animal world and Weil’s fanciful scenes in fun shapes and primary colors for a brewpub exhibition with a moon theme (full moon, by the way, falls a little more than midway through the show, coinciding with a partial eclipse — therefore the title Penumbra, referencing a partial shadow across the moon). In addition to separate works in counterpoint, the artists have also included a few collaborations, and they’re pretty darn cool.
Matt Conlon's handsome teapot is just one example of a clay work with a seductive surface. - MATT CONLON
Matt Conlon's handsome teapot is just one example of a clay work with a seductive surface.
Matt Conlon
The Seductive Surface 2.0
Plinth Gallery, 3520 Brighton Boulevard
Through December 18
Plinth’s holiday-season show is a winner for anyone looking for a spectacular art gift: The Seductive Surface 2.0 casts its gaze on the art of ornamentation — carved or patterned surfaces and impressions; modeling and relief; and paints, glazes and other surface decorations, to name a few techniques. The result? Splendid ceramics, each piece one of a kind.
Architecture as art in photographs by Paul Brokering. - PAUL BROKERING
Architecture as art in photographs by Paul Brokering.
Paul Brokering
Keith Brenner, Diptych
Belgin Yucelen, Natasha Mistry and Paul Brokering, Contemplation
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
Through January 7
Fall shows open at the Dairy Arts Center this weekend, headed up in the McMahon Gallery by Diptych, Keith Brenner’s series of fifty photographs paired in, yes, diptychs, with both halves dependent on the other to tell a complete story. As an interactive twist, Brenner is asking viewers to write down their interpretations of the double-sided tales to be shared later by participants on Zoom. After that, he hopes to turn the project into a book.

While the other three artists’ opening shows at the Dairy are connected under the overarching title of Contemplation, the similarly meditative works are displayed as solos in three different gallery spaces: Belgin Yucelen’s Floating Tales print series documents a fictional story, while Overwritten Scripts concerns the idea of art-making as sacred; Natasha Mistry offers circular oil paintings of geometric shapes made iridescent by mica flakes; and architect Paul Brokering captures photo images of kaleidoscopic patterns in architectural details.
click to enlarge Pirate leads the way in 40 West for a Day of the Dead First Friday. - PIRATE: CONTEMPORARY ART
Pirate leads the way in 40 West for a Day of the Dead First Friday.
Pirate: Contemporary Art
Day of the Dead Celebration
Through November 7
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
The well-entrenched Pirate co-op’s nearly forty-year relationship with the Day of the Dead continues without interruption after the gallery survived its move to Lakewood from the Northside a few years ago. The annual Día de los Muertos exhibition and celebration, never just an event for artists, is still drawing in people from the neighborhood to participate.
click to enlarge Text-based graffiti art by Moses & Taps. - MOSES & TAPS, MIRUS GALLERY
Text-based graffiti art by Moses & Taps.
Moses & Taps, Mirus Gallery
ImageText Group Exhibition
Mirus Gallery, 1144 Broadway
Through December 31
Mirus ends the year with a big group show by more than twenty well-known wall writers and street artists, which in these times fits the theme of letterforms in art nicely.

click to enlarge An installation for Homewrecker at Sally Centigrade. - VINNI ALFONSO
An installation for Homewrecker at Sally Centigrade.
Vinni Alfonso
Elena Gunderson and Vinni Alfonso, Homewrecker
Sally Centigrade, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
Through November
Open by appointment only; email [email protected] for reservation

Vinni Alfonso and Elena Gunderson blend explosive styles for a collaborative show they say is about love, loss, family and remembrance. Both artists reflect the retro in different ways: Gunderson’s portraits shock the eye with red or green or purple faces and floral frames, while Alfonso’s scenes of people doing not-so-pretty things are rendered in murky slash-and-burn colors; together, they slay the subject matter with living-room mockups of a different decade, hung with distorted portraits of distant ancestors.

click to enlarge Artwork by Chloé Duplessis in the spotlight at Matriarch Mercantile, Stanley Marketplace. - CHLOÉ DUPLESSIS
Artwork by Chloé Duplessis in the spotlight at Matriarch Mercantile, Stanley Marketplace.
Chloé Duplessis
Matriarch: New Works by Chloé Duplessis
Matriarch Mercantile, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
November 7 through December 21

The new branch of Matriarch Mercantile at Stanley Marketplace hosts an exhibition of collages by Denver artist and social-justice activist Chloé Duplessis. Though some of them might seem abstract at first look, these works have a deeper meaning, channeling the positive elements of the Black female experience. A portion of the proceeds from all works sold will go to support the artist's Culture in the Classroom initiative in greater Denver.

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