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Galleries: Ten Know-Your-Arts First Friday Hot Spots for Denver Arts Week

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Horndribble Hangout
Lowbrow Denver
7 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 4

Horndribbles, a devilishly good plush-toy universe and mini-theater dreamed up by master maker Lucas Richards, is back at Lowbrow with a collectible toy show that caters to all ages. Find your inner child and be a grownup, too, at the opening.
Muses IV and Gameplay
Helikon Gallery
Receptions: 6 to 10 p.m. First Fridays, November 4 and December 2

Helikon does Denver Arts Week up with two big group shows — Muses IV, the next edition of the gallery’s now-traditional invitational year-end show, and Gameplay, an artistic homage to the rise of video gaming. Muses plays on the art-studio facility’s name and its roots in Greek mythology, but it’s entirely up to the artists how they choose to interpret it; Gameplay plays right into the season by mainly featuring smaller, more affordable works perfect for gifting your favorite geek.

Best of Summer Art Market 2016
Pattern Shop Studio
November 4 through December 2
Receptions: 6 to 9 p.m. First Fridays, November 4 and December 2
Artist Salon: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 12

The word is that the Art Students League of Denver’s decades-old Summer Art Market is the best outdoor exhibition in town — so good, in fact, that it deserves a second look. Pattern Shop connects with ASLD for an indoor tribute to the 2016 market award-winners, making for a perfect example of why Denver Arts Week is really a year-round affair.
First Friday at Bindery on Blake
Bindery on Blake Art Studios
5 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 4

Even in the heart of redevelopment in RiNo, artists are hanging on at Bindery on Blake’s studios, and they want you to get to know them better. Meet and greet with designer Mona Lucero; painters Tim Mooney, Karla Raines and Calvin Lee (who will give ink-wash painting demos in the lobby); digital artist Rafael Fajardo and others.
Beer: Deconstructed, a LOCK + LAND Photography
Epic Brewing and Tap Room
Now through November 14
Closing reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, November 14

In this town, there are artists, and there are makers. Epic Brewing pays tribute to both with a gorgeous exhibit of photographs from LOCK + LAND depicting the raw ingredients used to create unusual beers from a cross-section of 21 Denver breweries. Photographers worked closely with brewers on the project, with stunning results. Drop in and celebrate the collaborations throughout Denver Arts Week, and come back for the closing reception and food truck party on November 14 to meet the artists and brewers.

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