Art Attack: Goodbye to MoP, and Hello to New Exhibitions Around Denver

Mark Sink, "Andy in L.A., 1981."
Mark Sink, "Andy in L.A., 1981." © Mark Sink, RedLine Cultural Art Center
Month of Photography takes its final bow this weekend, though many offerings remain on view beyond March (see the schedule here). Beyond that photo finish, co-ops in Lakewood are cooperating with concurrent openings, and fledgling artists and curators show their stuff in various settings. And for something flashy, catch Scott Young at the Ramble Hotel.

Connect the dots below for an arterrific weekend.
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Ron Cooper, "Varanasi."
© Ron Cooper
Inside and Out Artist Talk: Ron Cooper and Dr. Jaime Belkind-Gerson
Koelbel Library, 5955 South Holly Street, Centennial
Thursday, March 30, 6 to 8 p.m
Ron Cooper and Dr. Jaime Belkind-Gerson, the two photographers showcased in Inside and Out, work in completely different ways. Cooper travels the world, snapping a global collection of portraits from different cultures, while Belkind-Gerson sets his gaze on what’s inside the person, layering X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and other tools of his trade as a gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital. Both backgrounds are certain to stir up lively conversation during an evening of artist talks with both.
Dennis Doyle, “Entering atmospheric nowhere (clean air generator).”
© Dennis Doyle, Union Hall
Rough Gems: Against Nature
Union Hall Gallery, The Coloradan, 1750 Wewatta Street, Ste. 144
Thursday, March 30, through April 22
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
Curatorial Roundtable: Wednesday, April 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Against Nature, the last of three Rough Gems exhibitions this year by curators-in-training at Union Hall, opens this week with the theme of queer relationships with nature and ecology. The show is curated by Shawn C. Simmons, an MA candidate in art and art history at the University of Colorado, who asked artists Dennis Doyle, Eden Kinkaid, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Corinne Teed and Frankie Toan to wax on their visions of queer utopia.
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Reed Weimer captured this artful plains landscape with a plastic Diana toy camera.
Reed Weimer
Reed Weimer, Pause: Diana Photographs
Camie Rigirozzi: Discovering Humanity

Core Art Space, 40 West Art Hub, 6501 West Colfax Avenue
Friday, March 31, through April 16
Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 5 to 10 p.m.
Reed Weimer hosts the last of dozens of Month of Photography exhibitions that began opening in January and crescendoed through March. It’s a personal look into his work using a ’60s-era Diana toy camera and learning to harness its center-focused images fringed by a hazy soft-focus burnout, resembling the Pictorialist photography of the Belle Époque. Core member Camie Rigirozzi’s Discovering Humanity, a mixed-media collection of spirited animal portraits, also opens the same night at Core. 
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CU Denver Art Practices Group poster design by @kosiworld.
CU Denver Art Practices Group, New Life, Rebirth, Resurrection
Denise Demby, Holding Up the Horizon
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
Friday, March 31, through April 16
Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 6 to 10 p.m.

Emerging artists of the CU Denver Art Practices Club were tasked with channeling their research and ideas on creation myths for New Life, Rebirth, Resurrection, opening Friday for a two-week run at Pirate gallery. The show was juried by ceramic sculptor Kim Dickey, who will also select works for special merit awards. Also on view is Holding Up the Horizon, a minimalist show of paintings and sculpture by Denise Demby, whose simplified shapes signify a need to slow down and keep one's eyes on the horizon of urban life.
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Candace Shepard, “Me-We,” triptych.
Candace Shepard
Candace Shepard: Impermanence
Jason McKinsey: Anthology

Edge Gallery, 40 West Art Hub, 6501 West Colfax Avenue
Friday, March 31, through April 16
Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 6 to 9 p.m.
It’s business as usual at Edge Gallery, where members Candace Shepard and Jason McKinsey share solos. For Impermanence, Shepard recycles old work, slices of wood from damaged tree limbs and found materials from construction sites in pieces aimed at repairing the world’s current negative forces with a sense of healing. McKinsey employed analog film photography with a nod to process and intent for Anthology.

XOCHITL: A Last Friday Arts Exhibition
D3 Arts, 3632 Morrison Road
Friday, March 31, 5 to 8 p.m.
The Latino artists of D3 Arts present XOCHITL: A Last Friday Arts Exhibition, a seasonal show inspired by spring flowers and warm weather. Live music and a couple of vendors are also on the roster. Come see what’s happening art-wise in Westwood.
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Melody Epperson, "Admiration."
Melody Epperson
Melody Epperson: Lifetime of Snapshots
Georgia Padilla: Coloring Outside the Lines

Next Gallery, 40 West Art Hub, 6501 West Colfax Avenue
Friday, March 31, through April 16
Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 5 to 10 p.m.
At Next Gallery, Melody Epperson adds a new page to her continuing series that evokes snapshots of family and friends with an installation of paintings and sound, while Georgia Padilla reveals the golden side of her five-year-old autistic daughter, who collaborated with Mom on consciousness-raising work in celebration of Autism Acceptance Month and World Autism Day.
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A piece of Alex Branch's Ground Cover installation at Understudy.
Alex Branch
Alex Branch, Ground Cover
Understudy, 890C 14th Street
Saturday, April 1, through April 30
Opening Celebration: Saturday, April 1, 6 to 9 p.m.

Artist Alex Branch takes over the Understudy artist incubator for April with the site-specific installation Ground Cover, which explores the artist’s capability for generating true depictions of natural events and objects. After the opening reception, the exhibition is open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. daily.
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Scott Young, "FOOL."
Scott Young
Scott Young, FOOL
Vauxhall, Ramble Hotel, 1280 25th Street
Saturday, April 1, through Sunday, April 7
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1, 8 to 10 p.m,
Artist Panel: Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m
Closing Reception: Friday, April 7, 7 to 10 p.m. (Live Performance Art Piece, 7:30 p.m.)
Denver-based neon artist (and Ramble Hotel resident creative) Scott Young mixes up AI, neoclassical imagery and his own wicked sense of social humor for FOOL, a week-long show in the Ramble’s Vauxhall ballroom, open to the public every evening from 8 to 10 p.m. In addition to two receptions, there will be an artist panel discussing the work on April 4, and a not-to-miss live performance on closing night.

Mark Sink Walk and Talk Lecture: Typed Live, Excuse Errors: A Mark Sink Retrospective
RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe Street
Saturday, April 1, noon to 1 p.m.

The Mark Sink retrospective now on view at RedLine as part of Month of Photography is arranged by periods of personal history in a way that can only truly come to life through the memories of Sink himself. This walk-and-talk is your best opportunity to hear it from the horse’s mouth. Experience stories about Sink’s place in the Warhol coterie, from his interactions with the underground art and new-wave culture of Denver in the ’70s and ’80s, and his influences from family history and other niche periods. Finally, eyeballing Sink’s many eras as a photographer will help pull the show, which closes April 9, together in your mind.

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