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Art Attack: New Shows for First Friday Weekend in Denver

Jason DeMarte, “Violet Consequence,” 2021, archival pigmented ink print.EXPAND
Jason DeMarte, “Violet Consequence,” 2021, archival pigmented ink print.
Jason DeMarte, Rule Gallery
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Galleries are back in a big way for May's First Friday. Like the rest of Denver’s small businesses, they're ready for spring weather and people strolling the streets, looking for something to do.

Here’s a helping of new shows you won’t want to miss:

Joel Swanson, “I Know What You Are But What Am I.”
Joel Swanson, “I Know What You Are But What Am I.”
Joel Swanson, Museum of Outdoor Arts

The Anniversary Exhibition: Selections From the MOA Collection
Museum of Outdoor Arts, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood
Through August 20

MOA celebrates forty years in 2021 of a life that began as a purely open-air nomad. Later, for what seems like forever, the museum complemented its outdoor collection with a spacious indoor gallery, where the long-running blockbuster Rauschenberg: Reflections and Ruminations, which opened in February of 2020, went through a COVID closure and reopened last summer for an extended run, has finally moved on (you can still view it virtually on MOA’s website), replaced by a look back at the museum’s collection over the decades in celebration of the anniversary. MOA is currently open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment (303-806-0444 or info@moaonline.org).

"No. No Es Normal, No Es Parte De Mi Cultura/ No. It Is Not Normal or Part of My Culture."EXPAND
"No. No Es Normal, No Es Parte De Mi Cultura/ No. It Is Not Normal or Part of My Culture."
Painting by Sammiotzi

SOMOS: On Domestic Violence, Resilience and Healing
Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive
Through August 21
General Admission: $8, register in advance for timed-entry slot
Community Cultural Conversations: Motherhood, Domestic Violence and Healing: Friday, May 7, 5 p.m.; free, RSVP online in advance to attend

The Museo’s brand-new exhibition, SOMOS: On Domestic Violence, Resilience and Healing, takes a hard look at the social reverberations of domestic abuse through the eyes and hearts of thirteen Denver artists. Visit the opening for a Ballet Folklorico performance from Las Adelitas Living the Arts, followed by remarks from curator Carina Bañuelos-Harrison, Latina Safehouse director Angela Ceseña and Museo director Claudia Moran. Curated by Bañuelos-Harrison, the show is meant to inspire discussion, and to that end, it's accompanied by a strong lineup of public programming.

“Projective Ornament/Cubist Oculus,” 2021, acrylic on unprimed canvas.
“Projective Ornament/Cubist Oculus,” 2021, acrylic on unprimed canvas.
Michael Childress

Michael Childress
LMP PDA, Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street
Viewable 24 hours a day, through May 16

Brooklyn-based queer artist Michael Childress takes over the outdoor vitrine gallery at Lane Meyer Projects to display the work “Projective Ornament/Cubist Oculus;” Childress will donate 40 percent of sales to the Trans Justice Funding Project.

"Impervious Calm,” oil on wood.EXPAND
"Impervious Calm,” oil on wood.
Colleen Tully

Colleen Tully, Lacuna
Guest Artist: David Hobbs
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
Through May 30
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Valkarie member Colleen Tully explores inner angst and the loneliness of going solo in a new series of oil paintings, while guest artist David Hobbs contributes acrylic and ink cutouts with whimsical animal themes. A new round of works by gallery artists will also shake things up in the southern gallery. All shows will also be available online.

"Mystical Detachment," 2021, archival pigmented ink print.EXPAND
"Mystical Detachment," 2021, archival pigmented ink print.
Jason DeMarte, Rule Gallery

Jason DeMarte, Trappings of Arcadia
Rule Gallery, 808 Santa Fe Drive
May 6 through June 19
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 6, 5 to 9 p.m.
RSVP online in advance for a timed-entry slot

Photographer Jason DeMarte continues his trademark romantic magic with a new sequence of photo-montaged imagery of flowers, birds and jungle landscape, all captured in Costa Rica — and sometimes interrupted by the inclusion of manmade objects — for this series. As always, the work is stunning.

“Substratum,” 2021.
“Substratum,” 2021.
Regan Rosburg

Regan Rosburg, Recollection
RedLine at S*Park pop-up, 2570 Lawrence Street
May 7 through June 5
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 6 p.m.
Open thereafter by appointment only on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; RSVP in advance and check in at RedLine first

RedLine is ready for spring with a series of new shows that all open this weekend, both in-house and at satellite locations. First up is ecologically minded artist Regan Rosburg’s Recollection, an installation-based climate-crisis warning consisting of intermingled elements of modern plastics and ancient moss.

“Sail,” 2020.EXPAND
“Sail,” 2020.
Zachary Barnes

Megan Scheffer, In “Safe” Settings
Loafer: Photographs by Zachary Barnes
RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe Street
May 7 through 22
Opening Receptions: Friday, May 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Two solo shows open Friday at RedLine proper: Megan Scheffer’s In “Safe” Settings, an analysis of definitions regarding mental health issues as listed by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, including photos of the Austin State Hospital (previously known as the State Lunatic Asylum), drawing and masking-tape sculptures. Photographer Zachary Barnes explores the suburban aesthetic.

“Tablet I (If these Walls Could Talk),” 2021, epoxy, sand, papier-mâché, acrylic on canvas.
“Tablet I (If these Walls Could Talk),” 2021, epoxy, sand, papier-mâché, acrylic on canvas.
María Staffeld

Maria Staffeld: Somewhere Nowhere
Dateline Gallery, 3004 Larimer Street
May 7 through May 31
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 6 to 11 p.m.

Dominican artist María Staffeld favors semiotic shapes, curvy creature sculptures, patterns and whimsy in works incorporating pastel colors, moldable epoxy and papier-mache, sand, acrylic paint, markers and what-have-you. She’s perfect for Dateline’s first new in-house show in 2021.

On Edge 2021
Edge Gallery, Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
May 7 through May 23
Opens Friday, May 7, 6 p.m.
Online interview with Brandy Coons: Saturday, May 8, 7 p.m., via Zoom (passcode: Edge)

Edge Gallery outsourced for On Edge 2021, a big thirty-artist group show of adventurous works juried by Firehouse Art Center curator Brandy Coons. Edge is still not hosting big openings, but a virtual event on Saturday includes a gallery tour and remarks from Ms. Coons. See what’s next-level on the co-op scene.

Julie Vaught explores the symbolism of the doe in a new series of paintings.
Julie Vaught explores the symbolism of the doe in a new series of paintings.
Julie Vaught

Julie Vaught, Deer : Eilid
Kathy Mitchell-Garton, Personal Landscapes
Core New Art Space, Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
May 7 through May 23
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Core member Julie Vaught seemingly takes a cue from Harry Potter’s Patronus with a new body of work exploring the ancient spiritual and symbolic view of deer, specifically the doe, as seen through modern eyes. This one will touch you right in the nature-loving sector of your heart. Fellow member Kathy Mitchell-Garton also goes deep into the natural world with mixed-media works incorporating beads, photos, maps and hand-dyed cloth.

“Ahhh the potentialities in one another,” acrylic on canvas.
“Ahhh the potentialities in one another,” acrylic on canvas.
Rosario Weston, Women's Caucus for the Arts, Colorado Chapter

Lisa Calzavara and Tara Kelly-Cruz, Storylines
Colorado Women's Caucus for Art, See You. See Me: Diversity of Mind in Gallery East
D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
Through May 30
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 5 to 7 p.m.

D’art has a full house of art in May, including a collaboratively themed exchange of storytelling works by members and abstract painters Lisa Calzavara and Tara Kelly-Cruz, as well as a new group show from the Women's Caucus for Art, Colorado Chapter, juried by artist Adri Norris and addressing the challenges of working alone while staying connected during the pandemic.

Daniel Luna mines the lore of Chicano culture.
Daniel Luna mines the lore of Chicano culture.
Daniel Luna

Daniel Luna, Finding Clarity
BuCu West, 4200 Morrison Road, Suite 3
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

Shows by artist Daniel Luna, best known for his bountifully happy and surreal depictions of Southwestern and Chicano cultural motifs — from corn and beans to musical calaveras — are always sunny and uplifting. He’s also the artist behind some of Bonacquisti Wine Company’s colorful labels. Here’s a good chance to catch Luna’s glow.

Risa Friedman's collage for Wish You Were Here.EXPAND
Risa Friedman's collage for Wish You Were Here.
Risa Friedman

Wish You Were Here
Sally Centigrade, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 6 p.m.

Sally Centigrade is back in the saddle with a huge show of small, postcard-sized art, contributed  by a slew of artists from here and everywhere. There’s not enough room to list them all here — seriously — but it’s a swell opportunity to pick up lots of affordable art to brighten your walls. After the opening, the show is open by appointment (email sallycentigrade@gmail.com).

“Moment #14,” acrylic and charcoal on paper.
“Moment #14,” acrylic and charcoal on paper.
Alli Gerrish

Not So Black & White
Bleue Tile Gallery & Art Space, 3040 South Broadway, Englewood
May 7 through June 18
Opening Reception: Friday, May 14, 6 to 9 p.m.
RSVP in advance for timed-entry slot

Plainly speaking, this group show curated by Courtney Cotton and Lee LaBier tells its stories in the monochrome world of black and white, but in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography and sculpture: without a scrap of color, but instead engaging the mind with boldly presented ideas.

Annie DeCamp’s self-portrait as van Gogh.
Annie DeCamp’s self-portrait as van Gogh.
Annie DeCamp

Alex Branch, Tributary
Annie Decamp, Ruffians in the Rabbit Hole
Eric Anderson, Sense Memory
BRDG Project, 1553 Platte Street
May 7 through May 27
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 5 to 10 p.m.

The BRDG Project hosts a trio of solos by sculptor Alex Branch, who presents a pair of acoustic sound-sculpture boats; painter Eric Anderson, who explores sense memory imprinting; and painter Annie DeCamp, who steps into the shoes of famous artists through self-portraiture. Expect a party atmosphere.

Valerie Savarie cuts old books into Star Wars characters.EXPAND
Valerie Savarie cuts old books into Star Wars characters.
Valerie Savarie

Valerie Savarie, Warp Force
Balefire Goods, 7513 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
Through May 30
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 4 to 7 p.m.; RSVP online for timed-entry slot at Eventbrite

Valerie Savarie, Denver’s virtuoso artist of repurposed, hand-carved book art, ventures to a place far, far away in the galaxy of Balefire Goods, with a fantastic series of Star Wars-themed works, as well as more book art channeling other favorite sci-fi sources, sometimes intermixed in two-sided elements. If nothing else, you can just stand there marveling at Savarie’s mad X-Acto skills.

"Inside the Belly of an Okapi,” 2021, watercolor and acrylic on paper.
"Inside the Belly of an Okapi,” 2021, watercolor and acrylic on paper.
Dana Sherwood

Inner World — Outer World
Visions West Contemporary, 2605 Walnut Street
Through June 5

Dana Sherwood, Humberto Ramirez, Anne Siems, Robin Whiteman, Julie Buffalohead and Casey McGlynn offer works that reconcile the inner and outer worlds through which we travel, where dreams and ideas meet sensory awakenings in nature.

Voices
931 Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 150
Through June 11
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

A fine mix of female abstract artists working in Colorado — Virginia T. Coleman, Sue Crosby Doyle, Denise Demby, Gay Germain, Ulla Meyer, Kathryn Oberdorfer, Phyllis Rider, Tracey Russell and Kristy Smith — will mix visual voices at 931 Gallery for an exhibition of paintings, sculpture and mixed-media works.

Detail from Laura Shill's installation Future Self Storage at Leon.
Detail from Laura Shill's installation Future Self Storage at Leon.
Laura Shill

Laura Shill, Future Self Storage
Leon Gallery, 112 East 17th Avenue
May 8 through June 19
Opening reception, Saturday: Saturday, May 8, 6 to10 p.m.; RSVP online for a timed-entry slot

It’s been five years since cross-media Denver artist Laura Shill had a major solo show in Denver, so it’s something of a coup for the nonprofit gallery Leon to host Shill’s next local exhibition. The installation Future Self Storage deals with our past year quarantining at home, using the idea of warehousing our lives as a metaphor for social lockdown. Shill’s sculptural work depicting disembodied hands, teardrops and objects stuck in time are fashioned out of plaster, clay and fiber, begging to be touched and looking to the mystery of the future as we emerge from isolation.

Pieces of the whole: Logistics Landscape, on view at the Evans School.
Pieces of the whole: Logistics Landscape, on view at the Evans School.
Mark Dineen and Eleanor Sabin

Logistics Landscape: Works by Mark Dineen and Eleanor Sabin
Evans School, 1115 Acoma Street
May 8 through May 30
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 8, noon through May 30

The last show in RedLine’s May blitz, Logistic Landscape, by Mark Dineen and Eleanor Sabin, explores the material modernism powered by globalization through an installation of collaborative sculpture the artist plans to reuse and restructure over time. It’s also in an interesting venue: the renovated Evans School, near the Denver Art Museum.

A new painting by urban artist Alex Face.EXPAND
A new painting by urban artist Alex Face.
Alex Face, Black Book Gallery

One Night Pop-up
Black Book Gallery, 3878 South Jason Street
Saturday, May 8, 7 to 9 p.m.

Black Book Gallery opens up on a Saturday night for a pop-up showcase of a few works each by urban artists Alex Face, Max Kauffman, Tim Kowalczyk and Hari & Deepti. After May 11, any unsold artwork will be put up for sale at the Black Book website. Get it while you can!

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