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Gallery Sketches: Three shows for the weekend of July 25-27

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It's summer, when the co-ops chug along with regularly scheduled member shows -- and sometimes, the art spills outdoors. Here are some new-show picks to help get you artfully through the weekend.

See also: Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy: I Think I Feel Something

Phenomena: New Works by Jen Burdess Ice Cube Gallery through August 16 Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 25

Ice Cube hosts Jen Burdess's installation, where lines of text are shadowed by curtains of crocheted webbing in a metaphor for the decay of memories over time. A second reception on First Friday, August 1, will include a reading by author William Dewey, and an artist lecture and poetry reading wrap it up on August 16. Also sharing the gallery space: Jane McMahan's Life Like a Loaded Gun. Visit Ice Cube online for information.

Continue reading for more Gallery Sketches. What Ties Us Together Good Thieves Press Reception: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26

Good Thieves member Grace Regan loves to go knee-deep into the many processes of printmaking...because there's just something about how it feels when you pull the paper away and see for the first time what you've created. She'll share some of that joy in a solo show at the scrappy co-op, where local craft beer will flow at the opening.

Cheesman Park Art Festival Cheesman Park 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 Free

Because it's summer, an art stroll through stately Cheesman Park sounds lovely, and the Cheesman Park Art Festival is a perfect opportunity: Check out the work of more than 100 potters, painters, jewelers and sculptors in the second year of this new urban tradition. Food trucks, artist demos and kids' activities round out the experience.

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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