As 2015 draws to a close, it looks like Walnut Street's galleries are focusing on one of the major themes of this year, when rampant redevelopment has changed the face of the arts-driven RiNo community. And at Leon in Uptown, street writer Jolt also chimes in on gentrification. Get a look at the front lines of this fight and more at these gallery openings.
Seven Year Itch
Ice Cube Gallery
Through December 19
The members of the Ice Cube Gallery at the Dry Ice Factory studio enclave have made it through seven years of fine exhibits, only to find themselves caught up in the turmoil of gentrification and rising rents that grips our city’s arts community. So it’s especially meaningful for them to celebrate another year, though they’re now fighting to either keep their lovely RiNo space in spite of a major increase in rent or find new, less expensive digs. Still, they’re seizing the moment with a group show of affordable art to end the year on a hopeful note. The gallery is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment, and the show will be up only through December 19.
Jenny Fillipetti: Interfascia
December 11 through January 1
Opening reception: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, December 11
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m. January 1
Just across the street from Ice Cube, Hinterland presents another one of its specialties: an interactive installation by digital media artist Jenny Filipetti, whose Interfascia combines elements of analog ceramics, 3-D printing and computer numerical controlled milling. Drop yourself into the artist’s hybrid world at the opening reception on December 11; Hinterland will also be open for a closing reception on New Year’s Day.
December 11 through January 30
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 11
Also opening December 11 in the Hinterland complex at the Rule Gallery space, the year-end group show Gone Green addresses how rapid urban change is swallowing up green spaces and historic districts with crackerbox developments. For the occasion, Rule’s been carpeted with AstroTurf and filled with offerings from gallery artists Nathan Abels, Joseph Coniff, Jason DeMarte, William Dalton Frizzell, Jim Green, Caryn Keffer, Suchitra Mattai and Jenny Sharaf, each of whom explores vanishing history in his or her own unique way.
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Jolt: The Art of War
December 12 through January 31
Opening reception: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, December 12
Jolt — Guerilla Garden founder, Westword MasterMind and art curator for Artopia 2016 — is always fighting to legitimize graffiti art by creating bold, writing-based graphic murals and heading up a hub for like-minded street artists. Now he's bringing his style indoors for a solo show at Leon that also seems to address the whitewashing of urban spaces in Denver and beyond. In Jolt’s world, that means war; see how how he uses freestyle art to further the battle to keep things real in the city.
Curationum (Expressions Through Art Therapy)
December 4 through 31
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, December 12
Dateline gives back to the community and explores the curative power of art with its year-end show Curationum, which shows off therapeutic works created by assisted-living residents at the Avamere Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center Northglenn who battle blindness, paralysis, dementia and other ailments. Curated by Jacqueline Sofia Cordova and Dateline co-founder Jeromie Lawrence Dorrance, the group show of watercolor works demonstrates the healing process of art-making firsthand; a silent auction of the works will also directly benefit the art-therapy program’s participants.
Want more? See the Westword event listings for current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.