With blue skies predicted for the next few days, there ain't no way First Friday won't be sprouting artwalkers like dandelions. Spring is here, the art is good and the art districts are alive with the breath of things to come. Here are a few of our First Friday picks.
Masterworks of Photography from the Collection of Hal Gould 5-9 p.m., Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock Street, 303-620-4933
Case closed: Hal Gould and Loretta Young-Gautier shut the door on more than thirty years of fine photography exhibits at Camera Obscura when the renowned gallery closed for good on April 30. But Hal, we're happy to say, is still kicking, and he'll be sharing a few of his favorite things in a "cream of the crop" exhibition at the Byers-Evans House Gallery. Sebastião Salgado, Philippe Halsman and Edward Weston are only some of the names represented in this hand-picked representation, of which Gould lightheartedly says includes "the ones I did not have to sell to pay rent!" The exhibit continues daily except Sundays, through July 30; admission is free.
Drip: New works by Andrew Hoffman 7-11 p.m., Super Ordinary Gallery, 3126 Larimer Street
Drip, emerging Denver artist Andrew Hoffman's first solo gallery show, is all about experimentation, he says; in creating the twenty or so multimedia works on view, he started with a classical base, referencing his graphic design background, before deconstructing each piece in a counteractive show of spontaneity. As a graphic artist, Hoffman understands precision; this is his way of putting that behind him. Tonight's reception will celebrate with a fashion show by the Denver Clothing Company and desserts by Pastel; see Drip through May 28.
As I Once Knew It: Paintings and drawings by Margaret Neumann 6-9 p.m., Rule Gallery, 227 Broadway, 303-777-9473
After taking the leap and moving her Rule Gallery to RiNo, Robin Rule will test the waters during tonight's First Friday artwalk with a solo show of dreamlike canvases from gallery artist Margaret Neumann, a well-respected, longtime face on the local art scene. Neumann's show hangs until June 25.
Snippets of Conversation: New ceramic works by Connie Norman 6-9 p.m., Plinth Gallery, 3520 Brighton Blvd., 303-295-0717
Ceramic artist Connie Norman's Snippets of Conversation is just that: The works, which exhibit an eye for bold design elements, are edged with said "snippets": rivers of words shared by the artist's inner self. Snippets continues through May 28; proceeds from sales will partially benefit the Mashiko Potter's Fund, which assists Japanese artists affected by the earthquake, a cause near and dear to the heart of Norman, who was born in Japan.
Anarch-Etiquette: the etiquette of anarchy: preserving the writing on the wall 6-10 p.m., MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street, 303-298-7554
A collaboration between PlatteForum, MCA Denver and DU's Department of Anthropology, this show in the MCA Idea Box is the first American exhibition featuring Italian artist Daniele Pario Perra's ongoing project Anarch-etiquette, which -- in a way -- celebrates the ancient art of graffiti throughout the world. With help from students from Platteforum's ArtLab group and MCA's Teen Council, Perra removed and preserved writings on walls using a fresco technique and transferred them to canvas panels. The words, culled both from Denver and Europe, thus live on. Tonight's reception (the exhibit continues through May 29) is practically free: a nickel for kids and a dime for adults.
Bebe Alexander: New Sculptures 6-9 p.m., Sellars Project Space, 4383 Tennyson Street, 720-475-1182
Need something solid in your life? On Tennyson Street, clay sculptor Bebe Alexander will introduce a new slew of handsome modernist architectural forms in a new solo show. Meet the artist tonight; her urban jungle of art deco spires and hulking towers remains on view through May 31.
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Human Powered Transit Authority Pop-up Costume Shop Grand Opening 6-9 p.m., 722 West Sixth Avenue
Expect a human zoo in this nice weather on Santa Fe Drive; a fun place to start is mingling with members of the Denver Cruisers, who will be gathering to celebrate the community mass-biking club's new, temporary one-stop costume and cruiser-bike accessory shop, which was largely put together by jewelry artist and cruiser Andrea Li. Because the weekly Denver Cruiser Rides are themed, the shop will dole out costumery to fit each week's tongue-in-cheek motif and other useful items for pleasure cyclists. Roll on in.