Six Arty Things to Do This Weekend in Denver

See new works by Adrian Landon Brooks at Svper Ordinary on Saturday.
See new works by Adrian Landon Brooks at Svper Ordinary on Saturday. Adrian Landon Brooks
First Friday is over and the crowds have left the streets, but the art must go on — and it will, at these six openings and events. Come along with us for a preview:

click to enlarge Jolt at  work on Street Fonts & Funk. - FOOTHILLS ART CENTER
Jolt at work on Street Fonts & Funk.
Foothills Art Center
Jolt, Street Fonts & Funk
Foothills Art Center
809 Fifteenth Street, Golden
August 11 through October 15
Admission: $5 to $8 (free for members and kids under 8)

Denver graffiti artist, Artopia curator and Westword MasterMind Jolt takes his urban-guerrilla art indoors with a solo show in the East Gallery at Foothills. A woke wall writer whose powerful gestural style crosses over boldly into the realm of fine-art abstraction, Jolt will offer up a variety of works, from font play and photographs to large-scale indoor murals created expressly for the exhibit.

click to enlarge WILLIAM HAVU GALLERY
William Havu Gallery
Ricki Klages, Wes Magyar and Shelby Shadwell
William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
August 11 through September 23
Opening Reception: Friday, August 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

William Havu Gallery heads into fall with new introductions and an interacting trio whose work delves in and out of unorthodox portraiture and the natural world. Klages and Shadwell both hail from Laramie, while Magyar is well known in Denver as both a painter and a go-to exhibition photographer; their intersecting styles will present viewers with a smorgasbord of super-real photographic drawings, dream-infused portraits and representational work with mysterious outcomes.

click to enlarge JERRY VIGIL
Jerry Vigil
Lorenzo Chavez, Tony Ortega and Jerry Vigil, Back to My Roots
Parker Arts and Cultural Events Center
20000 East Mainstreet, Parker
Through August 30
Artist Reception: Friday, August 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The PACE Center in Parker brings together three notable Colorado-based Chicano artists — landscape artist Lorenzo Chavez, social observer Tony Ortega and modern santero and muertos carver Jerry Vigil — whose works reflect the power of place and centuries-old Latino culture in the American Southwest. Meet the artists and get a bird’s-eye view of their artistic processes during demonstrations at the mid-show reception.

Josh Davy, In Transition
Next Gallery
6851 West Colfax Avenue, Unit B, Lakewood
August 11 through 27
Opening Reception: Friday, August 11, 5 to 10 p.m.

Next Gallery co-op member Josh Davy picked up the pieces with the rest of the gallery’s crew earlier this year as they moved out of their longtime space on Navajo Street, priced out by rising rents, and relocated to Lakewood for a literal new lease on life. Inspired by the move and the redevelopment that precipitated it, Davy will debut a body of new work focusing on growth and change.
click to enlarge THE LOST OBJECT
The Lost Object
Adrian Landon Brooks and the Lost Object, POINT
Svper Ordinary
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 12, 6 to 10 p.m.

Adrian Landon Brooks and Hyland Mather, in his guise as the Lost Object, both assemble work from wood, metal and other found materials. They’ll show side by side at Svper Ordinary, juxtaposing Brooks’s inlaid storytelling panels from a lost culture against Mather’s abstract junk constructions. Sounds like a budding collector’s paradise. Check it out inside the Source, where you can also have a drink or grab a bite.

Night at Art Gym
Art Gym Denver
1460 Leyden Street
Saturday, August 12, 5 to 10 p.m.

Art Gym is a gallery and working venue with shared and private studio spaces where artists needing access to expensive equipment can use printing presses and supplies, metalsmithing tools, mixed-media studio bays and even a commercial kitchen. To celebrate new late-night hours at the facility, the team at Art Gym is throwing a party where you watch studio artists at work in live paint-offs, dabble in art-making with sculpture or chalk art, silkscreen a poster, take a mini-performance workshop or shoot a selfie in a glow-stick photo booth. Admission is free, but your RSVP is requested at

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