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In Stitches

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Just west of the DAM, two galleries in a pair of old townhouses -- the Native American Trading Company (213 West 13th Avenue, 303-534-0771) and the Emil Nelson Gallery (1307 Bannock Street, 303-534-0996) -- are co-hosting the two-part exhibit Mary Zicafoose: Tapestries & Prints. Both the weavings and the prints, which are closely interrelated, are abstract interpretations of traditional Navajo rugs. An artist reception is planned for Friday, July 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., with the show closing on July 31.

Also nearby in the Golden Triangle, the Walker Gallery (300 West 11th Avenue, 303-355-8955) presents Substrata, a group show that includes pieces by Ilze Aviks, Josef Bajus, Jiro Yonezawa and Bhakti Ziek, who juried I Can See for Miles at the CVA. As is the case with many of these exhibits, the works included in Substrata go way beyond the concept of ordinary weaving: Aviks creates hand-painted linen stitched with abstract patterns in luminescent threads; Bajus does painted paper stapled together; Yonezawa makes baskets; and Ziek uses computerized looms to create her textiles. Substrata closes July 3.

Just southwest of the Golden Triangle is the Santa Fe Art District, and the galleries in this area have also gotten into the fiber act. Capsule (554 Santa Fe Drive, 303-623-3460) presents Plush: Perverse Playthings, an exhibit of works made of or inspired by stuffed toy animals. Artists represented include Steven Antonio, Aaron Barker, Markham Maes, Breonna Noack and Katie Taft. Plush opens July 2 with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m. and closes August 7.

A couple blocks up the street, the Sandy Carson Gallery (760 Santa Fe Drive, 303-573-8585) is hosting Woven in Wondrous Ways, a three-artist show that features pieces by John Garrett, Rusty Scruby and Anna Skibska. Again, the work is hardly traditional, with Scruby doing ink-jet prints, Garrett creating mixed-media hangings and Skibska weaving glass rods. Woven in Wondrous Ways closes July 31.

One block farther, at the Museo de las Américas (861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401), is Traveling Bolivia Through the Wonders of Weaving. The exhibit explores the rich heritage of Bolivian weaving, both historic and contemporary, with ponchos, bags, blankets, hats, belts and other functional items, most made by women. The show, which runs through August 28, also includes looms and other tools used by the Bolivian weavers.

In northwest Denver is Edge Gallery (3658 Navajo Street, 303-477-7173), which is hosting a show that includes cutting-edge work by local artists Theresa Ducayet Clowes, Kim Knauer, Jennifer Pettus and Gail Wagner, among others. New Directions closes July 11.

In the funky northern reaches of central Denver is Studio Aiello (3562 Walnut Street, 303-297-8166), where FIBERish: Summer Fiber Arts Invitational opens Friday, July 2, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The show contains the work of several well-known area artists, all of whom push the envelope in terms of fiber -- hence the "ish" suffix. Participants include Rokko Aoyama, Viviane Le Courtois, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy and Dismas Rotta. FIBERish stays up through August 13.

In addition to these in-town venues, a number of suburban spaces are also participating. The Museum of Outdoor Arts (1000 Englewood Parkway, Suite 2-230, Englewood, 303-806-0444) presents Small Format Frontiers, sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance. The show opens with a reception on Friday, July 2, from 5 to 9 p.m., and closes July 9.

At the DAVA Gallery (1405 Florence Street, Aurora, 303-367-3886) is Attachments, featuring work that explores art, science and the human body. Pieces by Lindsay Obermeyer and Karen Searle are the primary offering here, but they've been supplemented by the work of art students. Attachments opens on July 2 with a reception from 3 to 8 p.m. and runs through September 2.

The Lakewood Cultural Center (470 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7876) is hosting a three-part show called The Essence of Fiber. The first section is titled Meditative Visions and features work by Barbara Shapiro and Karen Simmons; it closes August 13. The second, Front Range Contemporary Quilters, is an annual juried show that stays up through September 3. And third is Women's Indian Blankets, on loan from the Center of Southwestern Studies in Durango; it closes September 17. Also in Lakewood is the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (1600 Pierce Street, 303-753-6046) where the Philip J. Steele Gallery is presenting two shows: The Architecture of Cloth, a duet featuring Bethanne Knudson and Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, and Seamless: An Exhibition of Fiber Artists, including Rachel Cole, Demry Frankenheimer and Patricia Tinajero-Baker. A reception will be held on Friday, July 2, from 6 to 9 p.m.; the shows are on display through July 17.

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
Contact: Michael Paglia