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Gallery Sketches: Three New Shows in Denver for the Weekend of April 17-19

This weekend in Denver galleries, you can travel around the globe to South Africa with a passport, visit an unromantic animal world or — dude! —prepare for 4/20 with a show of out-of-this-world blown-glass sculpture. Here’s where to feast your eyes on artwork from all walks of life.

Susanne Mitchell: The Silence of the Ordinary
Mai Wyn Fine Art
April 17 through May 23
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. April 17

Artist Susanne Mitchell, who has family ties in Malawi, recently spent six months on an immersive residency at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa, creating mixed media works inspired by that city’s post-apartheid sociopolitical milieu. The large paintings go on display this week in a solo at Mai Wyn, a show Mitchell earned after winning Best of Show in the gallery’s annual juried exhibition last summer.

Alix Evendorff and Claudia Roulier
CORE New Art Space
April 16 through May 3
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. April 17

Abstract painter Alix Evendorff and painter/assemblage artist Claudia Roulier take over CORE with a blend of dreamy color-blasted fantasies on canvas and pictures from the stranger sector of the animal world. Roulier’s unanthropomorphized creatures are pictured without sentiment on their own terms, rendered in paint, pencil and collage. You’ll have to find another gallery if you like your animals cute and fluffy.

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Trailblazers
Black Book Gallery
April 19 through May 2
Opening reception: Noon to 7 p.m. April 19

An art show mounted just for 4/20 weekend? But of course: Zach Puchowitz, JAG, Eusheen, SLOP, Micah Evans and Mike Giant riff on a theme this weekend at Black Book in a show that mainly focuses on glass-pipe blowers who’ve crossed the line between the functional and the beautiful in their paraphernalia art, with a side of street-art culture thrown in for comparing and contrasting.

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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