Gallery Sketches: Four shows for the weekend of July 11-13

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Pop-ups, takeovers and celebrations rule the gallery scene this weekend, when a plethora of unexpected exhibitions will take flight all over town. Here are some picks to guide you through the many alternatives.

See also: Writing on the Wall: Street Werkz at the Firehouse Art Center

Takeover Gildar Gallery July 11 through August 14 Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 11

Adam Gildar of Gildar Gallery hands over his curatorial powers to Los Angeleno gallerist Charlie James for Takeover, a fresh summer show featuring artists we're not used to seeing in these parts. Some are from James's own stable, others have international creed and one, Adam Milner, is the lone Denverite, though he's preparing to pack up for grad school in the fall. Bonus: While you're in the neighborhood, catch Dimensions, a group 3-D sculpture pop-up lowbrow show curated by Plastic Chapel's Dea Webb, next door at IndyInk.

Dawn Witter and Leah Swenson, Entity  Hinterland July 11 through August 1 Opening reception: 6 to 11 p.m. July 11 Closing reception: 6 to 10 p.m. August 1

Hinterland enters a world of three dimensions and interesting materials with Entity, featuring the fascinating photo-based works in wax of Leah Swenson and Dawn Witter's sculptural and ceramic works. Both artists explore the human body and its place in the universe. If you miss the opening, you'll have another chance at the closing reception on August 1, or visit by appointment.

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Other Geometries: Work by Jenniffer Omaitz Short Term Parking Gallery July 12 through August 9 Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. July 12 Open by appointment thereafter

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy debuts her Short Term Parking temporary gallery space tonight with Other Geometries, a showcase for Ohio-based painter and assemblage artist Jenniffer Omaitz. Both mediums will mingle in the space, which, as the name implies, will just be here for a little while. After the opening, email Murphy to visit the gallery by appointment.

Our House to Your House The MacSpa July 13 through mid-August Opening reception: 3 to 6 p.m.

On the light side, Denver artist and curator Eric Matelski celebrates the fifth anniversary of his little gallery within the walls of the MacSpa, a business co-owned by his wife, by putting his own work up on the walls. Our House to Your House features mixed media and photo-transfer images based both on family portraits and fashionable ladies of the 1930s; Matelski will man the grill outside, while the MacSpa, which shares the anniversary, will be hosting a free summer apps workshop at 1 p.m. (rsvp for the workshop online in advance).

Want more? See the Westword art event listings to learn more about current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.

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