Gallery Sketches: Three shows for the weekend of August 8-10

Celebrate the great outdoors this weekend with a festival of sculptural works in a park, as well as a show of pieces by people who paint outdoors. And then there's a transcendent exhibit that will transport viewers to a different plane. If you're looking for art that will take you places -- both physically and spiritually -- here are three shows to catch.

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Plein Air Artists Colorado National Juried Fine Art Exhibition Abend Gallery August 9 through 30 Opening Reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 9

Colfax's Abend Gallery and Plein Air Colorado will unveil the eighteenth edition of the annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, featuring dozens of beautiful landscapes created on location that capture all the subtleties of changing light with well-placed brushstrokes. PAAC boasts more than 300 members; Master Signature Member Karen Vance juried the massive show.

Continue reading for more Gallery Sketches. Sculpture In the Park Show and Sale Benson Sculpture Gardens, Loveland 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 9 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 10 $7, children ages 14 and under free Shuttle bus service provided from various Loveland locations

This annual juried outdoor exhibition, which unfolds in a Loveland garden already adorned with more than 100 permanent sculptural works, brings together 2,000 three-dimensional work by 170 artists for the weekend. Shuttle buses serve the show from five Loveland locations; proceeds from the exhibition are channeled into purchasing new works and funding improvements in the garden. Visit the website for details.

Don't Worry, It's Only A Dream:  New Works By Gemma Danielle Bayly Super Ordinary Gallery Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 9

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Gemma Bayly, whose shimmering mandala mural graces the wall of the Crema coffee house in RiNo, creates her painstaking geometric designs by hand, using a ruler, but something else indefinable goes into every single one. These beautiful pieces, along with Bayly's equally mystical collage work, will turn Super Ordinary, the gallery/shop in the Source, into a temple of visual experiences. Learn more about Bayly's work online.

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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