Visual Arts

Gallery Sketches: Three New Shows in Denver for September 4-6

First Friday kicks off the holiday weekend with new exhibits big and small, including Jokes of Nature, an ambitious group show showcasing the art of the grotesque at RedLine, and Denver culture jammer Peter Miles Bergman’s retrospective at Dateline. And then there are these one-of-a-kind gems, lighting up arts districts all over town:

Inside Voice: New Works by Lin Takeuchi
Zip 37 Gallery 
September 4 through 20
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 4

Lin Takeuchi takes over Zip 37 with spare, beautiful Modernist abstracts inspired by a Japanese aesthetic. Her small watercolors rendered on fine papers are so delicious, you’ll want to take one home; visit the gallery and pick one out on First Friday or weekends through September 20.
Double Vision: Sharon Brown and Susan Planalp
Pattern Shop Studio 
September 4 through October 30
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 4

Pattern Shop opens its doors again with a fall show featuring resident artist Sharon Brown and Susan Planalp, who tag-team an exhibit dedicated to Planalp’s childhood. Brown’s paintings, based on old photographs, are complemented by Planalp’s hazy drawings that pull from her emotions and distant memories of childhood. Pattern Shop is open on Thursday afternoons or by appointment; there will also be second reception on First Friday in October.
Ryan Rice
Tenn Street Coffee & Books 
September 4 through October 30
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 4

Denver pop artist Ryan Rice vacates his own Tennyson Street studio/gallery for a show of original and often funny paintings at the nearby Tenn Street Coffee. The Rhubarbarians (Bob Juenemann, Steve Kennedy and Laura Green) will supply the live tunes at the First Friday reception; the show will stay up through the end of October.

Want more? See the Westword events listings for current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area. 
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