Art Attack: Twelve Things for Gallery Lovers to Do in Denver This Week

Denver-based street artist DINKC adds his touch to Dateline's Crush Walls show.
Denver-based street artist DINKC adds his touch to Dateline's Crush Walls show. DINKC
It’s Labor Day weekend, with Crush Walls in the wings. Take it easy! Relax like a civilized person with an artful prelude to fall, filled with co-op shows, pop-ups, Final Friday festivities, arts fests and outdoor galleries. Make a list, and include some or all of these twelve cool destinations.
click to enlarge Paul Sisson, "This Beautiful Day." - PAUL SISSON
Paul Sisson, "This Beautiful Day."
Paul Sisson
The Fence
Cherry Creek Park, located along the Cherry Creek Greenway, south of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center parking garage
Through November 30

A massive project from the news service United Photo Industries, The Fence comprises an outdoor gallery of juried snaps by 41 international photographers, narrowed down by an impressive adjudication team of seventy photo editors, curators and photo professionals. Denver is one of eight U.S. host cities for the touring exhibition, which is a literal white fence lined with the blown-up winning images. The Denver version, located adjacent to the Cherry Creek Greenway, includes a section dedicated to nine local photographers: Matthew Defeo, Brian Fouhy, Andrew Forestell, Paul Sisson, Javier Alvarez, Beth Johnston, Wendi Schneider, Preston Utley and Portia Hensley. Learn more about The Fence online.
click to enlarge See photography by Paul Brokering at 1801 California Street. - PAUL BROKERING, ARTS BROOKFIELD
See photography by Paul Brokering at 1801 California Street.
Paul Brokering, Arts Brookfield
Paul Brokering, You Are Here: … photographic typology
Lobby Gallery, 1801 California Street
Through November 8
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 29, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Photographer Paul Brokering collects his photographs of buildings from a variety of settings into color-matched groupings of 25, dotted with signage and symbols evoking a fleeting sense of place. The thirteen composite panels will decorate the 1801 lobby gallery through November.

click to enlarge Lydia Brokaw, “Panoramic Pencils.” - LYDIA BROKAW
Lydia Brokaw, “Panoramic Pencils.”
Lydia Brokaw
Elaine Ricklin, Looking East
Lydia Brokaw, Shapes: Employed-Enjoyed: Organized-Reorganized
Patrice Sullivan, recent work
Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
August 29 through September 22
Opening Reception: Friday, August 30, 6 to 9 p.m.

After a two-part summer celebration of forty years of exhibitions by a shifting membership, Spark gets back on track with member exhibitions by painter/photographer Elaine Ricklin, mixed-media assemblage artist Lydia Brokaw and painter Patrice Sullivan that show off the versatility of co-ops. Here’s to another forty years!

click to enlarge George P. Perez at work in the studio. - COURTESY OF GEORGE P. PEREZ
George P. Perez at work in the studio.
Courtesy of George P. Perez
George P. Perez and Duncan Parks
Doublespace, 144 West 12th Avenue
Opening Reception: Friday, August 30, 6 to 9 p.m.
Public Hours: Saturday, August 31, and September 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photographer George P. Perez and fabricator/sculptor Dencan Parks find a way to collaborate for a pop-up show in Doublespace’s studio setting. Drop in to the shoebox gallery, and check out the rest of Final Friday in the Golden Triangle, from Yoga on the Lawn at the Clyfford Still Museum to a 5280 Bike Loop Tour, by reservation at

Untitled Final Friday: Kate Speer: A(me)ricana
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Ave Parkway
Friday, August 30, 6 to 10 p.m.
$8 to $13

Also in the Golden Triangle, the Denver Art Museum’s Untitled Final Friday takes flight with dancer Kate Speer at the helm for an American Dream-themed evening heavy with hands-on DIY projects, performance art in the freight elevator, a pie-eating contest, a line-dancing workshop and more. Get ready to use all of your senses.

click to enlarge Claudia Roulier, "Horses." - CLAUDIA ROULIER
Claudia Roulier, "Horses."
Claudia Roulier
All Member Show
Core New Art Space, 6851 West Colfax Avenue
August 30 through October 20
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

Now settled in new digs in Lakewood, Core, only a couple of years behind Spark as one of Denver’s earliest co-ops, gets down to the nitty-gritty of introductions with a solid member show. That will last through two fabulous fall 40 West First Friday Art Crawls, with a changeover of exhibition artwork in between.
click to enlarge A piece from Adrienne DeLoe's Mutations series. - ADRIENNE DELOE
A piece from Adrienne DeLoe's Mutations series.
Adrienne DeLoe
Adrienne DeLoe: Mutations
Kristyn Shafer: Moist Places
Next Gallery, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
August 30 through October 6
Opening Reception: Friday, August 30, 6 to 10 p.m.

Core’s building mate, Next Gallery, presents member shows by Adrienne DeLoe, who incorporates insect carcasses encased by a protective armor of crystals, and sculptural installation artist Kristyn Shafer. There’s also a group show, Memory, for which gallery members visually interpreted the concept from personal points of view.
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