Arts and Culture

Gallery Sketches: Three First Friday Shows in Denver on October 2

How about we just have fun on First Friday? This month, Denver galleries are featuring fresh takes on pop stars, T-shirts and things that go bump in the night — and in our hearts. Here are a few suggestions for what to see tonight.
Bjork's BFF: New Works by Allison Sheldon
October 2 through 31
Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Octob
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Shows at Lowbrow in Baker are always funky fun; this month, Allison Sheldon speculates on the BFFs of rock diva Bjork, who turn out to be as quirky and imaginative as the musician herself. Join the fun on First Friday, where the party will go on among Lowbrow’s collectible toys and coloring books; free adult drinks, aka beers, are promised.
Katie Hoffman and Valerie Savarie, Ghosts
Core New Art Space
Through October 18
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 2
Artists’ reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 9

At Core, Katie Hoffman and Valerie Savarie get into the spirits of the season with works that evoke the world of ghosts in a variety
of ways. Of her side of the show, Hoffman says, “The oil paintings are inspired by two types of ghosts, the ancient stories and archetypal apparitions that have long haunted me and the more literal ghosts of souls I’ve known who have left this world but continue to live in my head and heart.” In her monotypes, she adds, “The ghost is a second impression pulled after the original print, from the ink left on the plate.” On the other hand, Savarie says her repurposed book sculptures are “the ghosts of history” and “a reminder of what was once important — how we used to spend our time, who we were and where we came from.” Also showing at Core this month are Donny Dixon and, in the annex, Sue Crosby Doyle and Kathee Kiehn.
Ink Lounge
29 South Fox Street
6 p.m. Friday, October 2

On the west side of Baker, Stuart and Nicky Alden’s screenprinting studio Ink Lounge hosts a show of art you can wear out of the gallery: DiversiTee features limited-run T-shirts by a group of artists who take advantage of Ink’s open-studio hours to create wearable art. Stuart Alden and fellow in-house artist Humble Monster are also part of the group show; drop by and snap up some one-of-a-kind wearable art.

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