Five Arty Things to Do This Week Around Denver

Buy some art by Charles Parson and help set a new project in motion at Mai Wyn Fine Art.
Buy some art by Charles Parson and help set a new project in motion at Mai Wyn Fine Art. Charles Parson, Leaping Man
July blazes on with art in all the right places, thanks to lots of new work, new ventures and new spaces. Get your fill at these five events, and check Westword’s gallery listings for more.

click to enlarge CHARLES PARSON
Charles Parson
Leaping Man Fundraiser
Mai Wyn Fine Arts
Wednesday, July 12, 5 to 8 p.m.

Publisher Frederick Ramey launched the nonprofit Leaping Man arts press and incubator in February with designs on generating cross-genre projects, from books to performances to collaborations. The July 12 fundraiser at Mai Wyn will help fund two of those projects – a limited-edition boxed series of signed and numbered works on paper by Colorado sculptor Charles Parson and a photo memoir by Katherine Oktober Matthews, both earmarked for release in 2018 – off the ground. Enjoy a glass of wine and a bite, purchase one of twenty collectible Parson drawings installed in a grid in the gallery, or bid on one of three prints by Matthews in a silent auction at the event to benefit Leaping Man.

click to enlarge ARNA MILLER
Arna Miller
Arna Miller, The Incredible True Story, and the Half and Half
Sally Centigrade
445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood
Thursday, July 13, 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Lowbrow and street-art palace Sally Centigrade has packed its bags and flown from Larimer Square, to land in a bigger space along Belmar’s Block 7 in Lakewood, where First Fridays with neighboring galleries and studios promise livelier art-walking traffic. And gallery proprietors Scott and Myah Bailey will kick it off with a screen-printed double whammy featuring affordable work by Denver artist Arna Miller and South Carolina design team the Half and Half. Come down and high-five the artists in a brand-new art space.

Continue reading for three more art events this week.

click to enlarge GALLERY 1261
Gallery 1261
Gallery 1261
1412 Wazee Street
July 13 through August 5
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13, 6 to 9 p.m.

Help turn the page when Gallery 1261 also celebrates a move — in this case, from the Golden Triangle to LoDo, where it joins sister gallery Abend in a new shared space. They’ll alternate exhibits, and Exordium symbolically introduces the change with a group show of gallery artists.

Courtesy of Viviane Le Courtois
Plastic Bags Social
Saturday, July 15, 3 to 6 p.m.

We’ve all got a few environmentally unsustainable plastic bags and lids rattling around in our closets, but artist Viviane Le Courtois has a use for them: She’s weaving a canopy out of the refuse for a new installation, “Dirt Soup,” set to debut in September. Community engagement is often an element in the artist’s works, and to that end, she’ll be collecting donations of white plastic bags and lids of any color from the public, over tea, coffee, and analog, IRL conversations. Get rid of some trash without sending it to a landfill, meet some real, live folks, and leave a piece of yourself – or at least your junk – in an artwork for the ages.

Vibrant Femmes
2000 21st Street, Boulder
Saturday, July 15, 7-10 p.m.

Four regional women artists messing with color, creation and natural forms take over Boulder’s madelife space for a show that focuses on the role of artists as makers. Printmaking, drawing, fashion design and sculpture all have a place in this show, which opens with live music by DJ L.A. Zwicky and Dream Harlowe and also doubles as a public wall-mural dedication party.

Check our calendar for more things to do.
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