Ten Arty Things to Do and See This Weekend in Denver

Jennifer Bain, “Interlock,” acrylic on panel.
Jennifer Bain, “Interlock,” acrylic on panel. Jennifer Bain, Michael Warren Contemporary
It’s another busy weekend in Denver’s gallery world, with offerings both highbrow and lowbrow, tributes to lost characters, performances and participatory exhibits that grow with your help. Sound good? Here are ten directions to go in this week, all across the city.

Nina Tichava, K Contemporary
Nina Tichava, Layered
SugarCube Luxury Apartments,1555 Blake Street
May 9 through July 16
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

K Contemporary and SugarCube team up to present this solo exhibition by Nina Tichava, of work that is indeed layered — with multiple mixed-media applications involving painting, printmaking, stenciling and collage — into imagery both abstract and drawn from natural and physical worlds. Think of this as a prelude to Tichava’s next solo: Borrowed Landscapes [Erected], opening in July at K Contemporary, where she is a gallery artist.

click to enlarge John Garrett, “Play Room” (detail), nickel wire, galvanized steel chain, blocks made of reclaimed wood with paint, collage and metal leaf. - JOHN GARRETT, MICHAEL WARREN CONTEMPORARY
John Garrett, “Play Room” (detail), nickel wire, galvanized steel chain, blocks made of reclaimed wood with paint, collage and metal leaf.
John Garrett, Michael Warren Contemporary
Jennifer Bain and John Garrett, solo exhibitions
New Mexico Artists group show
Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive
May 8 through June 16
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

Michael Warren Contemporary pays tribute to our artist friends to the south with an all-New Mexican combo of solos by Jennifer Bain and John Garrett and and a group show of works by Angela Berkson, Ted Laredo, Marietta Patricia Leis and Brian Shields. Bain’s airy abstracts painted in a New Mexican palette of pastels should provide the perfect counterpoint to Garrett’s colorful metal and found-object curtains. If you miss the reception, an artist talk on Saturday, May 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, should provide a sufficient look through the whole gallery.

click to enlarge Lisa DiAmor Sanchez with her intention artworks. - BUCU WEST
Lisa DiAmor Sanchez with her intention artworks.
BuCu West
Lisa DiAmor Sanchez, How I See The World
BuCu West Development Association, 4200 Morrison Road
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 5 to 7 p.m.

BuCu West and the new Westwood Creative District will host a show of inspirational works by local artist Lisa DiAmor Sanchez, and follow through on the exhibit’s theme of community by inviting the public to collaborate with Sanchez on a group piece. Hecho Colorado will serve up tacos and other bites to add to the fun; proceeds from the community artwork will benefit art programs for Westwood youth.
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