RedLine's annual Artist Bacchanal goes West for an Art Rodeo

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RedLine is both a showplace and a godsend for its resident artists, who have two years to work there and show the results, both in and out of the built-in community it fosters. It's also an elegant gallery space that accommodates every kind of art, from multimedia and photography to installations and performances. And when RedLine throws a party, it does so with the same contemporary lightness and sense of togetherness. That's the overall ambience you'll encounter there Saturday night, when the venue throws its fourth annual Artist Bacchanal benefit -- this year sporting an Art Rodeo theme.

See also: RedLine's resident exhibition, An Invisible Boundary

Wild West gear and fancy rodeo togs are the preferred attire at the event, which aims to juxtapose the spirit of the West with a contemporary setting, as if to say, "We're not in Cowtown anymore, Toto...." But that doesn't mean guests won't have fun with the Western connotations. Music by the Hummin'Birds, mechanical bull-riding, rope tricks and Western-style eats are all in the mix, and when RedLine resident and contemporary artist Laura Shill snaps you a $10 keepsake photo, the props will befit a prairie prince or princess.

There will also be a silent auction and sale of $100 foot-square donated artworks. And each letter of resident Rebecca Vaughan's one-night light installation spelling out "Art Rodeo" will also be for sale as mementos. It all happens against the backdrop of RedLine's annual resident show, An Invisible Boundary, with a preview of the documentary Hanna Ranch, which officially premieres at the upcoming Starz Denver Film Festival.

Gallop into the Art Rodeo at RedLine from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, November 2; for tickets, $40 to $50 (or $125 VIP), visit RedLine online.

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