Crush Walls is in full swing, and while in-person events have been pared down this year, there are plenty of Crush sideshows, both official and unofficial. But Crush isn't the the only game in town — this is a prime time for openings of every stripe, drive-by exhibitions and even an opportunity to register to vote and have your political say in the form of an original, hand-screened poster.
Here are fifteen of the most artful activities around town this weekend:
Frankie Toan, Queer Gardens: Lost at Home
F.E. Toan takes over the picture-window gallery at the Storeroom
The Storeroom, 1700 17th Avenue
Frankie Toan’s installation Queer Gardens: Lost at Home
, the latest makeover in the Storeroom window gallery next to the Vine Street Pub and Brewery, pictures human life humbly, as an interdependent piece of nature’s vast puzzle. Ponder your place in the world any time you like at the Storeroom, masked and socially distanced on the sidewalk; keep your eye on the Facebook page for news of a public sidewalk party celebrating the work in November.
Black Birch Studios, Exposed: Flea Circus
A shadowbox wall sculpture by Black Birch Studios, on view at Balefire Goods.
Black Birch Studios
Balefire Goods, 7513 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
Through September 26
Black Birch Studio, the two-person artist workshop of Dan and Cathy McNeil, mixes media with ease and versatility, incorporating ceramic, glass, wax and iron into a wonderland of visual flash fiction as large as a public-art installation and as small as a whimsical shadowbox that hangs on the wall. Catch the show while you can: Black Birch’s circus tent is pitched inside Balefire in Olde Town Arvada through September 26.
Valerie Savarie, Sharon Eisley and Miki Harder, Adaptation
Gallery artists Sharon Eisley, Valerie Savarie and Miki Harder share new works at Valkarie Gallery and/or online.
Sharon Eisley, Valerie Savarie, Miki Harder
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
Through October 11
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 19, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Valerie Savarie and Sharon Eisley, longtime exhibition mates at Valkarie Gallery, become a trio with the addition of Miki Harder for Adaptation
, a show big enough to hold each artist’s affinity for fantasy, whimsy and the animal world. In this case, they’re all speaking to the theme of adaptation in a fickle world; Savarie and Eisley also bring back their annual Cabinet of Curiosities affordable-art series, which made an adaptation this year: Instead of choosing your favorite to preview and pick a favorite at the reception, Valkarie is switching to a lottery system, where you have a five-minute slot — in person or online — to make your pick.
Felicia Murray, “Our Dying Reefs,” 2020, felted COVID mask.
Felicia Murray, for Pandemic Self-Portraits
Vicki Myhren Gallery, Shwayder Art Building, DU campus, 2121 East Asbury Avenue
Through December 1
It had to happen sooner or later: Myhren Gallery’s fall show, MASK
, is all about human ingenuity and service to others in a time of crisis, such as the one we’re in now. While details for viewing the large group show haven’t been finalized, gallery visits will be available by timed-entry reservations. Watch the website
and/or Facebook page
for new information.
SaveArtSpace Crush Walls
Olive Moya, “All Saints,” SaveArtSpace Crush billboard at Delaware Street and West 12th Avenue.
Dateline Gallery, 3004 Larimer Street
Through October 4
The national nonprofit SaveArtSpace and Dateline Gallery join forces on a two-pronged Crush collaboration that includes imagery created by an all-star group of artists selected by curators Thomas “Detour” Evans and Lorenzo Talcott, displayed on billboards around town that you can see from the safety of your car. Learn where to find them on the SaveArtSpace website
, and view more work by the artists at Dateline’s reception. Remember your COVID manners at the gallery, where a DJ and food trucks will rock the sidewalk.
Kelly Austin-Rolo and Susan M. Gibbons, Concretion: The Act of Play
Kelly Austin-Rolo and Susan M. Gibbons share the walls at D'art Gallery.
Kelly Austin-Rolo and Susan M. Gibbons
Jenn Merz and Terrel Bailey, Hydrodynamics: The Study of Liquids in Motion, in Gallery East
D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Through October 11
D’art returns to its regular gallery hours after a slow summer rollout of visiting hours just in time for a joint member show of encaustic works by abstract painters Kelly Austin-Rolo and Susan M. Gibbons. D’art has also taken over the former Payge Gallery space and renamed it Gallery East; work by guest artists, painter Jenn Merz and photographer Terrel Bailey are presently on view there. Visit D’art Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., Fridays from noon to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Pamela Gilmore Hake, Susan Merriman and Patricia Rucker, EarthNotes
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
Through October 10
Sync presents EarthNotes
, a nature-inspired show of abstracted landscapes and other cross-genre imagery shared by Pamela Gilmore Hake, Susan Merriman and Patricia Rucker.
Robert Brinker, Mind Funk 2.0
Robert Brinker, “Giggle Clop,” oil and acrylic on linen.
Robert Brinker, Michael Warren Contemporary
Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive
Through October 17
Robert Brinker brings a collection of explosive paintings, collages, drawings and prints both tiny and enormous to Michael Warren. Mind Funk 2.0
includes small, irregularly shaped canvases — metaphoric shrapnel —arranged in larger groupings on the wall, as well as collage-like paintings mixing bright swatches of color and texture. What if Fernand Léger and Roy Lichtenstein merged styles? See Brinker’s show and find out. Entry into the reception is by timed reservation at the website