It’s a good weekend to get in shape for First Friday, with an unexpectedly rich slate for the end of January. New exhibitions, lectures, arty hangouts and fond farewells all figure into the art itinerary; follow our advice, and pick and choose from these nine picks.
How to Move Between Worlds
Gallery@OMH, Old Masonic Hall, 136 South Main Street, Breckenridge
January 24 through March 10
Opening Reception: January 24, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Australian art duo Pip & Pop (aka Tanya Schultz and her partner, Chad) builds immersive rainbow-colored fantasy scapes using candy, sugar, toys, foam and a landslide of craft materials, from glitter to fuzzy balls. Ashley Eliza Williams paints lichen-covered boulders supernaturally suspended in the atmosphere against clouded backdrops. For How to Move Between Worlds, they’re both responding with otherworldly visuals to the mythological roots of Breckenridge’s annual Ullr Fest, which celebrates the Norse snow god, and the winter abundance of glittering powder. If you’re headed to Breck for a ski day or two, the gallery is open daily except Mondays.
Trine Bumiller: Stations of the Cross
O'Sullivan Art Gallery, Regis University, 3333 Regis Boulevard
Through February 14
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m.
Painter Trine Bumiller, a hiker of wild places who renders patterns and shapes from the natural world into serial abstracted views, tried something different with Stations of the Cross, taking a cue from color-field painter Barnett Newman’s cool abstract take on the traditional spiritual pilgrimage through a connected series of fourteen religious prayer stations. Bumiller reimagines the stations using bare, wintry tree forms to mimic crosses, with a big nod to the spiritual power of nature.
Smooth As Silk
Station 16 Gallery, Source Hotel, 3350 Brighton Boulevard
January 24 through February 24
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 6 to 9 p.m.
Art talk with Mark Sink at 7 p.m.
Andy Warhol, who popularized silkscreen printing as a viable fine-art medium, is the focus of this exhibit curated by onetime Warhol companion Mark Sink, who gathers together silkscreened Warhol quotes, photos and lore into a fun pop-art-inspired exhibit. Sink will share his cache of Warhol yarns at the opening reception in a talk titled “From A to D and Back Again: Untold Stories of Andy Warhol With Mark Sink.”
Fresh Off the Press Thursdays
MATTER, 2134 Market Street
Thursdays, January 24 and 31, 5 to 9 p.m.
Master designer and letterpress printer Rick Griffith and the crew at MATTER Studio wanted to share some expertise with just about anyone interested in the technique, but they decided to do so with something less formal than a class or workshop. Throughout January, Griffith has been hosting Thursday-night get-togethers with demos on the vintage Vandercook letterpress in his studio and retail space; there are only two chances left, if you’d like to join in.
Now That I Have Your (un)divided Attention!
RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe Street
January 25 through February 23
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 6 to 9 p.m.
Resident Artist Studio Tour: Friday, February 15, 6 to 8 p.m.
RedLine’s greatest resource — the recipients of its resident artist program — get free range in the galleries once a year. Now That I Have Your (un)divided Attention! continues the tradition on the theme of “D | Vision,” a year-long exploration that muses on the relationship between social, cultural or political divisions and artistic vision. RedLine’s current crop of residents will be joined this year by several alumni for a big, brash demonstration of mediums and styles in the show, which was curated by Nicole M. Crawford of the University of Wyoming Art Museum.
Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive
January 25 through March 2
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 6 to 9 p.m.
Rule goes low-key this winter with a group show of works utilizing paper by Joseph Coniff, Rachel Doniger, Wilma Fiori and Martha Hughes. Variously, paper is used as a painting surface and/or a tearable, cuttable, foldable resource, with wide-ranging results.
Sara Ransford: Winter Contours
Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive
January 22 through March 2
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
Aspen-based artist Sara Ransford works in porcelain and paper clay, shaping the geological contours of the natural world, emulating canyons, riverbeds, tree bark and eroded mountainsides caught in the passage of time. Her lovely sculptural works, delicate yet tough as a rock, will be at Michael Warren through the beginning of March.
Fieldwork Panel Discussion
Tivoli Community Theater, 900 Auraria Parkway
Saturday, January 26, noon to 3 p.m.: optional box lunch at noon; panel, 1 to 3 p.m.
$8 to $28 (panel with box-lunch option starts at $23)
In conjunction with MCA Denver’s Tara Donavan spectacular, which ends Sunday, curator Nora Burnett Abrams will moderate an artist panel of Jenni Sorkin, Kim Dickey and Maria Elena Buszek on site-specific installation-making, filtering the nuts and bolts of Donovan’s chosen practice through new eyes.
Kanon's Moving On Party!
Kanon Collective, 766 Santa Fe Drive
Saturday, January 26, 7 to 11 p.m.
The Kanon Collective has come to the end of its decade-plus sojourn on Santa Fe Drive and looks forward to moving to Pasternack’s 40W Art Hub in Lakewood in 2019, but not without one last bash at the old space. A fire will be blazing on Kanon’s secret patio, and you'l find last-minute deals on art and art supplies. It’s bring-your-own-beverage, but there will be refreshments and lots of bittersweet cheer. Kanon’s members hope to be up and running soon in Lakewood, with shows beginning in March.
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