Art

Six Free Gallery Openings in Denver

Marsha Robinson, aka Strange Dirt, brings new work to Svper Ordinary, in the Source, on June 24.
Marsha Robinson, aka Strange Dirt, brings new work to Svper Ordinary, in the Source, on June 24. Svper Ordinary
The heat is on, but Denver galleries are settling in for the long, hot summer with seasonal exhibits that focus on busy bees and sunny thoughts and nature and flowers and…Christmas? Read on, and it will all begin to make sense.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF ART GYM
Courtesy of Art Gym
Buzz, Melt & Create: Explorations in Encaustic Art
Art Gym
June 22 through July 15
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 5 to 8 p.m.

The Art Gym is more than a gallery or a workshop space — it’s really a community center for makers. And as it happens, recent projects at the Art Gym, including the installation of a beehive on the roof and an encaustic studio inside, so mirror its successful hive mentality that curator Elke McGuire decided to showcase a group of artists working with wax for its latest show. Patricia Aaron, Alane Holsteen, Dylan Gebbia-Richards, Katie Kalkstein and Laura Tyler work wonders with beeswax in the exhibit’s full-circle display.

click to enlarge Esther Hernandez, animation still. - COURTESY OF DAVA
Esther Hernandez, animation still.
Courtesy of DAVA
Imagine
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
June 22 through August 30
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Imagine this: The open-minded thinking kids specialize in never stops being fueled by the "what if?" uncertainty of the future, so John Lennon’s hopeful, peace-promoting masterpiece “Imagine” seemed like a great inspirational theme for this summer’s youth-art project at DAVA. With guidance from fellow free-thinker Esther Hernandez, a Denver performance and video artist, students in different age groups and DAVA programs came together in a variety of interpretations, all pulled together by projections of Hernandez’s dream-reenactment animations. Hernandez will perform a Butoh-themed dream live from 4 to 6 p.m. during the reception.

click to enlarge Top row (L-R): Sharon Meriash, Regan Rosburg, Naomi Scheck. Bottom row (L-R): Margaret Haydon, Katie Caron, Judy Gardner. - WILLIAM HAVU GALLERY
Top row (L-R): Sharon Meriash, Regan Rosburg, Naomi Scheck. Bottom row (L-R): Margaret Haydon, Katie Caron, Judy Gardner.
William Havu Gallery
Fabricating Nature
William Havu Gallery
June 23 through August 5
Opening Reception: Friday, June 23, 6 to 9 p.m.

Havu Gallery introduces several new stablemates (and one longtime gallery artist) in the all-women summer show Fabricating Nature, a well-named exhibit of work inspired by nature while utilizing contemporary mediums and processes. In other words, don’t expect a bunch of pretty landscapes. Visual beauty and pure fabrication know-how go hand in hand in this meeting of the minds, including works by Katie Caron, Judy Gardner, Margaret Haydon, Sharon Meriash, Regan Rosburg and Naomi Scheck. Okay, there will be some lovely landscapes, too — through the modernist prism of Havu favorites Sushe and Tracy Felix, on the mezzanine.


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