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Art Attack: Ten of the Best Things for Gallery Lovers to Do in Denver

Camila Friedman-Gerlicz, "Parametrization Series," detail, 2018, paint, steel, plastic bags.
Camila Friedman-Gerlicz, "Parametrization Series," detail, 2018, paint, steel, plastic bags. Camila Friedman-Gerlicz
Celebrate Pride, explore the Governor’s Mansion, go abstract and look through the eyes of women artists working on all levels as you make your way through our list of this weekend’s art hot spots.

click to enlarge The Storeroom storefront gallery remembers Stonewall. - COURTESY OF THE STOREROOM
The Storeroom storefront gallery remembers Stonewall.
Courtesy of the Storeroom
The Stonewall Inn
The Storeroom, 1700 Vine Street
June 12 to 30
Pride Kick-Off Party: Wednesday, June 12, 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The Storeroom, a picture-window storefront gallery attached to the Vine Street Pub & Brewery, defers to Pride month with The Stonewall Inn, an installation in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots, an event widely considered to be the birth of the gay-rights movement. Stop by and view a loving re-creation of the famous gay bar; after ten, Vine Street will host a free rowdy set by the Haus Alnite Drag Review indoors to help revelers get stoked for PrideFest this weekend.

click to enlarge Shawn Huckins, "in situ." - SHAWN HUCKINS, K CONTEMPORARY
Shawn Huckins, "in situ."
Shawn Huckins, K Contemporary
In Response
Colorado Governor's Mansion, 400 East Eighth Avenue
Thursday, June 13, 6 to 8 p.m. (VIP preview, 5 to 6 p.m.)
General admission $35/VIP $150

K Contemporary’s Doug Kacena joined forces with the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, setting four gallery artists – Shawn Huckins, Suchitra Mattai, Jonathan Saiz and Sarah Winkler – loose in the Colorado Governor’s Mansion to respond with art to the landmark’s historic spaces. Hang with the artists and hosts Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis at this benefit for the 2019 Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund Elementary Education Program, and see the results.

BLUE/GREEN: Art and Environment
Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
June 13 to 30
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 6 to 9 p.m.
Last Look: Sunday, June 30, noon to 5 p.m.

Spark took a few weeks out of its schedule of member shows to host this open juried exhibition of work addressing the environment. Juror Cecily Cullen, who generally works curatorial magic at the Center for Visual Art, chose work by 32 artists, all vying to win cash prizes.


click to enlarge Women at the Gathering Place shelter created artworks for Shifting Outlines at Leon Gallery. - COURTESY OF ART RESTART
Women at the Gathering Place shelter created artworks for Shifting Outlines at Leon Gallery.
Courtesy of Art ReStart
Shifting Outlines
Leon Gallery, 1112 East 17th Avenue
June 13 to 22
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 13, 5 to 9 p.m.

Leon opens its doors to a short show about the redemption of art-making, created through a collaboration of the Gathering Place, a shelter for women, children and transgender individuals experiencing poverty, and artist-mentors from the Art Students League of Denver. Shifting Outlines showcases the work of Art ReStart, a program that gives clients of the Gathering Place a leg up by selling their art.

click to enlarge Margaret Pettee Olsen, "Red Turn With Value Scales." - MARGARET PETTEE OLSEN, WILLIAM HAVU GALLERY
Margaret Pettee Olsen, "Red Turn With Value Scales."
Margaret Pettee Olsen, William Havu Gallery
Women in Abstraction
William Havu Gallery, 1040 Cherokee Street
June 14 to July 27
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

Havu Gallery is turning the place over to women abstractionists for a good chunk of the summer, and, oh, what a show it will be! An all-star lineup of Monroe Hodder, Amy Metier, Lola Montejo, Margaret Pettee Olsen, Laura Wait and Sheryl Zacharia will explore the limits of pure expression and compositional know-how in a display heavy on color and thinking between the lines.
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