Arts and Culture

Gallery Sketches: Three New Front Range Shows January 29-31

Brush off winter and take in some art: This weekend at Front Range galleries, you can go big, revel in the small or walk on the wild side.
Jenene Nagy: Disappear Here
GOCA at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
January 29 through March 12
Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 29

You would only drive down to Colorado Springs for something really big? GOCA UCCS has you covered with a winter exhibit of the monumental work of California installation artist/curator Jenene Nagy, who has been in residence at UCCS this January. Nagy transforms architectural spaces into perception-altering installations using common construction materials, and has been working with students all month to rearrange the GOCA1420 gallery into a hard-edged urban dreamscape. Don’t be late: An artist talk kicks off the reception at 5 p.m. today.
Animalia
Abend Gallery
January 29 through March 5
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 29

Abend takes a wild leap into the natural world with Animalia, an international group show that approaches its animal theme from a million different directions within the realm of representational painting. The works on view range from painstaking realism to fantastical allegory, for a spread of art that will make you laugh, stare in wonder and, in some cases, ponder the universe. This is animal magnetism at its best.
Bodacious Botanicals Art Show
The MacSpa
1738 Wynkoop Street, Suite 103
January 31 through February 14
Opening reception: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 31

Eric Matelski’s gallery at the MacSpa gets playful with a show that brings a touch of spring into the room with depictions of women and flowers by local artists Rene Farkass, Jennifer Mosquera and Elle Powell. No hard thinking or fancy dress required: Drop by MacSpa for a Sunday-afternoon mingle with the artists.

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