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Gallery Picks: Twenty Things to Do for First Friday

Don Coen, "Miguel (detail)," 2001-2010, airbrush acrylic and pencil on canvas.
Don Coen, "Miguel (detail)," 2001-2010, airbrush acrylic and pencil on canvas. Don Coen
This weekend is blanketed with openings and events, so get ready to plow through a snowdrift of art, with our help. Make hay while the sun’s up — and after it goes down — at these twenty gallery picks.

click to enlarge Yoshitomo Saito, Woven, now on view at the William Havu Gallery. - COURTESY OF YOSHITOMO SAITO
Yoshitomo Saito, Woven, now on view at the William Havu Gallery.
Courtesy of Yoshitomo Saito
Yoshitomo Saito, Woven
William Havu Gallery, 1040 Cherokee Street
Through March 2

Though it’s been open for a few weeks, Woven, sculptor Yoshitomo Saito’s first large solo in a local commercial gallery since 2012, is a beauty worth catching before it closes March 2. Known for his bronze works inspired by the tangles, webs, minute leavings and murmurations of the natural world, Saito’s work takes you to a higher, more contemplative place and might also make you smile.

click to enlarge Karen Kitchel, "Larger Than Life #5 (detail)," Oil on panel. - KAREN KITCHEL
Karen Kitchel, "Larger Than Life #5 (detail)," Oil on panel.
Karen Kitchel
Don Coen: The Migrant Series
Karen Kitchel: Grasslands
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder
Coen: January 31 through May 27
Kitchell: January 31 through April 21
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Colorado artist Don Coen branched off from his work depicting farm and ranch life in the West almost two decades ago to look at a flip side of agricultural culture: the migrant workers out in the fields, who harvest the crops that feed the rest of America. The resulting Migrant Series, Coen’s ongoing project of making large-scale portraits rendered in airbrushed layers over blown-up photographs, directly portrays real people, bathed in sunlight and the bright colors of the farmworker’s landscape – and it couldn’t be more current. Kitchell, on the other hand, does similar studies, but with grasses as her subject, in environmentally directed oils that tell the hidden stories of disappearing prairie lands.

click to enlarge Some panels from Jordan Wolfson's Song Cycle With Blue Cloth (abridged) at 808 Projects. - JORDAN WOLFSON, 808 PROJECTS
Some panels from Jordan Wolfson's Song Cycle With Blue Cloth (abridged) at 808 Projects.
Jordan Wolfson, 808 Projects
Jordan Wolfson, Song Cycle With Blue Cloth (abridged)
808 Projects, 808 Santa Fe Drive
January 31 through February 24
Opening reception: Thursday, January 31, 6 to 9 p.m
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A single still life is deconstructed on its way through a polyptych of 27 paintings and eleven drawings in this abridged version of Song Cycle With Blue Cloth, showing the many parts of a whole hidden in every painting by panning in and out throughout the painting process.


click to enlarge Snowboard-world artists Jamie M. Lynn and Schoph Schofield hang a show. - COURTESY OF 1910: SCHOPH + JAMIE LYNN
Snowboard-world artists Jamie M. Lynn and Schoph Schofield hang a show.
Courtesy of 1910: Schoph + Jamie Lynn
Schoph + Jamie Lynn, 1910
Leon Gallery, 1112 East 17th Avenue
January 31 through March 2
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31, 7 to 11 p.m.

Jamie M. Lynn and Schoph Schofield, who work in collaboration under the moniker 1910, came together as a team at the intersection of art and the snowboarding universe to create wall- and mural-sized mashups of their individual gear-art styles. Leon turns over gallery space to the duo for a display of original collaborations and prints.

click to enlarge Jorge Marín, "Luz de Denver." - RIVERFRONT PARK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Jorge Marín, "Luz de Denver."
Riverfront Park Community Foundation
Jorge Marín, Luz de Denver Public Art Unveiling
Riverfront Park Plaza, Little Raven Street between 15th and 17th streets
Unveiling and Reception: Thursday, January 31, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Indoor Reception follows at Slifer Smith & Frampton, 1610 Little Raven Street, Suite 115

Mexican sculptor Jorge Marín’s original "Wings of México" was created in 2016 as part of a temporary Wings of the City installation of eight sculptures in Commons Park, each representing a different world city and culture. Now "Wings" has been reimagined in permanent form, engineered by Denver’s YetiWeurks, as "Luz de Denver (Light of Denver)," which will be unveiled on January 31, courtesy of the Riverfront Park Community Foundation.

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