Kidding Around

Betsy White and her husband, Bob, are the entrepreneurial brains behind Bad Art for Bad People, a kind of lowbrow road show that chooses to show hipster art in alternative venues. And so far, things have been good for Bad Art. There’s clearly a call for celebrating underground culture in a city like Denver, Betsy White says. Except for one nagging problem: “There are never enough girls in our shows, so I decided to do one that was all girls.”

The result is Pocket Full of Posies (A Pleasing Medley of Art Maidens), an exhibit of women’s works with juvenile or kitschy themes that opens tonight at Rock the Cradle, the kids’ clothing store at 18 South Broadway.

“Rock the Cradle is an edgy children’s store with a gallery space in back,” White explains, “so it seemed like the perfect place to have an edgy, childish art show.” Absolutely: The reception for Pocket Full of Posies, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening, includes a good measure of kid-like fun, from face painting to make-and-take art projects, as well as a nice selection of very affordable works in a variety of media by a handful of mostly local girls, including White, tattoo artist Sandi Calistro, Victoria Cessna, Anne Zeiler and Karena Conley.

Posies continues through June 30 at Rock the Cradle; for more info, visit http://rockthecradlebaby.net/class.htm or call 303-733-3707.
June 5-30, 2009

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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