Ten Arty Things to Do on First Friday in Denver

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click to enlarge SEAN O'MEALLIE
Sean O'Meallie
Sean O'Meallie at the Modbo
The Modbo
17C East Bijou Street, Colorado Springs
August 4 through 17
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 5 p.m. to midnight

Sean O’Meallie’s lacquered-wood work is cool and smooth and brightly colored, but if you look at it right, you’ll see the twinkle in its eye. The master of the visual joke — whose more monumental works can be seen in Denver (“Balloon Man Running," at RTD’s Central Park Station in Stapleton) and his home town of Colorado Springs (“Poly Poly”), among other places — has a new solo show at the downtown Springs gallery the Modbo, that’s subtly topical and bound to make you laugh out loud. Drive south.

click to enlarge Susan Dillon, "Growth & Regrowth,” detail. - SUSAN DILLON
Susan Dillon, "Growth & Regrowth,” detail.
Susan Dillon
August First Friday at GRACe
Globeville Riverfront Art Center
Friday, August 4, 6 to 9 p.m.

If you’re hankering for the kind of artist community you used to find at the defunct Wazee Union, head on over to Globeville and track down the Globeville Riverfront Art Center this First Friday, where you can artwalk from studio to studio, meeting indie artists and micro-entrepreneurs — just as you used to do at Wazee Union. Hobnob with GRACe’s resident creatives, and find out what’s going on in Denver’s artist underground.

40 West Gallery
August 4 through 26
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

40 West heads into August with a group show inspired by the mechanics, science and psychic hiccups of time. Pass some time of your own mulling over the art of the temporal, then head down West Colfax for First Friday gallery-hopping.

click to enlarge Chris Krieg, "Time-Twister." - LAPIS GALLERY
Chris Krieg, "Time-Twister."
Lapis Gallery
New works by Chris Krieg/Summer Art Bash
Lapis Gallery
3971 Tennyson Street
Reception: Friday, August 4, 6 to 10 p.m.

Lapis Gallery, in the Tennyson Street Cultural District, gets into the First Friday act with an exhibit of new wall-sized paintings by the Evergreen-based monumental-mural painter Chris Krieg, who’s as comfortable painting twenty-foot-tall Marlboro men as he is a simple canvas. See Krieg's works and catch a live-art performance by Erik Rieger at 8 p.m.

click to enlarge CHRISTINE ALBERTSON
Christine Albertson
It's Been Done
Boxcar Gallery
554 Santa Fe Drive
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 6 to 10 p.m.

Photographers Christine Albertson and Jeremiah Ellis make light of what’s probably the oldest inside joke among shutterbugs for It's Been Done. See how they take what’s old and make it new again at Boxcar, a springboard gallery for emerging artists.

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