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Gallery Sketches: Four shows in Denver for the weekend of July 18-20

This weekend's openings are in a range of venues, everything from project spaces in living rooms and storefronts to boutiques to tried-and-true co-ops. And just as the galleries themselves scream variety, so do the shows.

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Brian Kokoska: Not My Pumpkin Dateline July 18 - August 24
 Opening reception: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 18

Adam Milner and Jeromie Dorrance bring New York artist Brian Kokoska to Denver for an installation of paintings and night lights in the living-room gallery, Dateline. Also on tap: a limited-edition book release of the same name (incidentally, lifted from an episode of the sitcom Moesha) with text from Gerardo Contreras of Mexico City's Preteen Gallery. An excerpt:

VII. Wow you great labor of the azure, you cyclone-tossed thunderous storms of Buenos Aires! Yeah man, as I descend in the profundities of your bleakness, mine torment is but as the smirk on the lips of a sleeping dog. Machine wash.

It's also a farewell of sorts for Milner, who's taking off for grad school at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.

Continue reading for more gallery openings.

Phil Bender: New Work Pirate Contemporary Art July 18 through August 3 Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 18

Denver's godfather of co-ops, Phil Bender, celebrates his many decades with Pirate during his annual gallery slot. Come meet the legend while viewing a new batch of his signature found-object grids.

Image Capture Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 18

Westword Mastermind Kim Shively will host this evening of video and music at Carmen Wiedenhoeft, showing her own work alongside that of Porscha' Danielle, Katrin Davis, Chrissy Espinoza, John Golter, Stefan Herrera, Gato Karatoyote, Annie Stone and Tokyo Drift. DJs Zachary Spencer and Kevin Ali En provide the soundscapes.

Common Rarities: Joseph Martinez and Jaime  Molina Super Ordinary Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 19

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Joseph Martinez, who paints tiny figures in oil on the insides of matchbooks, and street artist Jaime Molina, who works in 2- and 3-D to create everything from wooden ninjas to immense murals, will share the walls at Super Ordinary inside the Source. The two recently collaborated with the gallery's Pedro Barrios on a new mural at Confluence Park; now see what they do on a smaller -- and in Martinez's case, much smaller -- scale.

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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