Six Arty Things to Do This Weekend in Denver

Comic artists go out-of-this-world for It Came From the Drawing Board at Alto Gallery.
Comic artists go out-of-this-world for It Came From the Drawing Board at Alto Gallery. Alto Gallery

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click to enlarge DYLAN GEBBIA-RICHARDS
Dylan Gebbia-Richards
Open Studios with Dylan Gebbia-Richards
Mariani Gallery (Guggenheim Hall, Room 100)
1741 Eighth Avenue, Greeley
Friday, July 7, 4:30-7 p.m.

Up-and-coming Boulder artist Dylan Gebbia-Richards began his three-month residency at the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Art & Design in June, where he is creating Echo — a massive oval walk-through installation that mimics crashing waves — in the Mariani Gallery space. Gebbia-Richards will chat with people about the work-in-progress during this open-studio night, explaining how he manipulates his textural medium of melted wax and pigment to create 3-D surfaces. The finished Echo will be a centerpiece of UNC’s fall exhibitions. While in Greeley on July 7, you can also catch a Little Theatre of the Rockies summer stock performance of Simply Simone at 7:30 p.m. in UNC’s Norton Theatre; get tickets, $7 to $20, online.

click to enlarge DREW AUSTIN
Drew Austin
Everything: New Work by Drew Austin
ReCreative Denver
765 Santa Fe Drive

July 7-28
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7, 6-10 p.m.

Another young artist and soon-to-graduate senior at Rocky Mountain School of Art + Design, Drew Austin is inspired by human interconnections with drifting shapes and forms in the natural world. In Everything, he combines latex sculptures, drawings and large-scale paintings that morph in the wind. Catch him on his way up.

diStilled: Noir
Clyfford Still Museum
Saturday, July 8, 7-11 p.m.
$10-$15 in advance, $20 at the door

The Clyfford Still Museum’s diStilled is a themed party that’s arty. For the upcoming edition, Noir, arrive dressed in your Blue Dahlia/Big Sleep best, get a peek at the dark side of the exhibit Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford and enjoy classy cocktails, live music by Reverend Deadeye and Heira Nova, and freaky op-art video projections by artist Chris Bagley. But be quick: Tickets will go fast for this summer bash, so grab yours now before you try taming your hair into a sexy Veronica Lake waterfall.

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