Arts and Culture

Gallery Sketches: Three shows for the weekend of May 30-June 1

There are openings all over town this weekend, and the art will transport you right out of this world. Here are just three of the artistic displays worth seeing this weekend...

See also: Denver Chalk Art Festival

Public Art Dedication: Lakewood Legacy Trees 5:30 p.m. May 30, Lamar Street Light Rail Station, West 13th Avenue and Lamar Street, Lakewood.

Lakewood's growing 40 West Art District has a new piece of public art to celebrate, and it's a project by one of its own: Artist Lonnie Hanzon designed Lakewood Legacy Trees for RTD's new W Light Rail line's Lamar Street Station. Lakewood mayor Bob Murphy and other dignitaries will gather there at 5:30 p.m. to cut the ribbon on the whimsical, history-infused installation of sculptural trees rising from a foundation of leaf-engraved bricks; afterward, the party will move to 40 West Gallery for a formal reception.

Continue reading for more Gallery Sketches. To Feel Everything Hinterland 6 to 10 p.m. May 30 and 5 to 9 p.m. May 31 For two nights only, Hinterland will give itself over to a fresh crop of thirteen young artists leaving the academic world for the real one. They all work in different ways and different mediums -- from photographs and multimedia to paintings and installation work -- making for an exhibit full of promise, bright futures and unique points of view. Be ready to have your mind blown. 2014 Members' Show Colorado Photographic Arts Center May 31 through June 28 Opening reception: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31

Veteran photographer and local arts mover Mark Sink juried this annual show, narrowing nearly 500 entries down to 62. This might sound like a hard swim through too many images, but as Sink writes: "I like to introduce hungry galleries and curators to new work I have discovered. Mastery of craft, interesting concept, personal voice, and alternative and unusual process are key words in determining what I look for when reviewing and selecting work. I made several new discoveries, and I am so very happy to be reacquainted with many people through this exhibition." The voice of experience. Expect a fabulous survey of regional photography, brought to you by an artist who lives and breathes it.

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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