First Friday: Here is what's happening tonight in four art districts around town

While First Friday is synonymous with the Art District on Santa Fe for some people, there are events in other districts as well. Here's a selection of happenings tonight -- from the Navajo, Tennyson, River North and, yes, the Santa Fe art districts.

Navajo Art District

Zip 37: "Hoarded Memories," by Valerie SavarieValerie Savarie's a member of Zip 37, and her work (like her re-appropriated vintage books) is up in "the back room" most of the time. Starting Friday, with her new show, Hoarded Memories, Savarie takes center stage in the front room of the gallery and shows off what she's been experimenting with lately -- "an exploration of memories, objects and art." The opening runs from 6 to 10 p.m., at Zip Gallery (3644 Navajo Street). For more information, call 720-470-6339, or visit Zip's web page.

Tennyson Art District

Xcentricity: "The Body Sacred," group showAs "a celebration of spirituality and the human form," Xcentricity's new group show features various mediums and expressions delving into the complexities of figure art. The opening includes live body painting and a vote for "People's Choice Awards." The show runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at Xcentricity Gallery (4020 Tennyson Street). For more information, call 303-422-5045 or visit the web page.

River North Art District (RiNo)

Ironton Studios, "Forest for the Trees," Heidi JungIronton's new show, opening tonight, features some fairly large pieces by Heidi Jung -- one piece measures eight by seventeen feet. According to Ironton, Jung focuses on "an evolving approach to botanical subject matter and a discourse on society" in her show. Many of her pieces feature a uniquely natural element and brings together photography, ink and charcoal. Reception starts at 6 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m. at Ironton Studios and Gallery (3636 Chestnut Place). For more information, call 303-297-8626, or visit their web page.

Santa Fe Art District

Core New Art Space: Alix Evendorff and Vrba

This Friday is technically Evendorff's and Vrba's First Friday event date, but it's actually the last Friday to see the show, as the show runs from Feb 16 to March 4. Evendorff describes himself as a "colorist," and explains that "Colors have a great emotional impact for me, and they are always my starting point." As such, Evendorff's work focuses on color themes and textures. Purposefully coupled with Evendorff, Vrba also focuses on color and texture, and likens himself to Jackson Pollack. Core's First Friday event starts at 6 p.m., and runs to 9 p.m. at Core New Art Space (900 Santa Fe Drive). For more information please call 303-297-8428, or visit their web page.

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery and Studios: "Motion," John Ambrosino and Beth LicenceThe group show at Artists on Santa Fe seeks to explore motion through it's many forms. Featuring the work of John Ambrosino and Beth Licence, the exhibition focuses on their photographic expression of the theme. The event, however, features more than just "Motion," as the gallery's three floors will be open to the public and artists from the community will be in attendance to discuss their work in different mediums, including ceramics and sculpture. The show runs from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Artists on Santa Fe (747 Santa Fe Drive). For more information, call 303-573-5903, or visit their web page.

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