Art

Ten Things for Art Lovers to Do and See This Weekend in Denver

Dean Goss, "VW Bus Butter Dishes."
Dean Goss, "VW Bus Butter Dishes." Dean Goss
With Mother’s Day in the air, the weekend will be held aloft by pottery, clay, fiber and paper, art by women, hellos and goodbyes, adventurous art and, for the hell of it, robots. Is it summer vacation yet?
click to enlarge Ceramics by Emilia Broadhurst Ealom, before and after firing. - EMILIA BROADHURST EALOM,
Ceramics by Emilia Broadhurst Ealom, before and after firing.
Emilia Broadhurst Ealom,
Denver Potters Association Spring Show & Sale
Sixth Avenue United Church, 3250 East Sixth Avenue
Thursday, May 9, 3 to 7 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mother’s Day weekend means shopping for Mom, or better yet, getting in some quality time by shopping with Mom. The Denver Potters Association’s spring sale is a good bet, with its large lineup of potters and artisans of every stripe proffering wares suitable for gifting matriarchs and maybe yourself, too.

click to enlarge Two photos by Renluka Maharaj (left and in alcove), and two by Susan Blake at In the Fold at Rule Gallery. - COURTESY OF RULE GALLERY
Two photos by Renluka Maharaj (left and in alcove), and two by Susan Blake at In the Fold at Rule Gallery.
Courtesy of Rule Gallery
Closing Party: In the Fold
Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive
Friday, May 10, 6 to 9 p.m.

Rule Gallery’s MoP 2019 exhibition In the Fold, showcasing three photographers whose staged scenes involve the use of fabric, comes down after one last fling, but the closing isn’t business as usual for the revered venue. Rule itself will be packing up its bags, too, for a move up the street to the space previously occupied by 808 Projects. So this closing party is also a goodbye party and a celebration of things to come. Says gallery director Valerie Santerli, “Moving is one way to evolve: to stay on the forefront and remain challenged.” Keep an eye out for big things happening at the new location in June.

Myths of Light
Artworks Loveland, 310 North Railroad Avenue, Loveland
May 10 through June 29
Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6 to 9 p.m.

Pirate gallery member Craig Robb gathered together a quartet of solid Denver artists, including himself, for Myths of Light, an exhibition dedicated to light-based sculpture. Brighten up and take a drive north to view work by Kendra Fleischman, Mark Friday, Collin Parson and Robb.

click to enlarge Paper and clay meet in the gallery at the Firehouse Art Center. - FIREHOUSE ART CENTER
Paper and clay meet in the gallery at the Firehouse Art Center.
Firehouse Art Center
Vibrant Femmes: Suspended Devotions
Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Avenue, Longmont
Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6 to 9 p.m.

Vibrant Femmes focuses on the natural mediums of paper and clay, as manipulated, shaped and transformed by six women artists: Joy Alice Eisenhauer, Margaret Kenway Haydon, Diane Martonis, Stephanie Lange, Margaret Josey-Parker and Rita Vali. The show was pulled together by independent curator Kecia Benvenuto, whose Vibrant Femmes initiative showcases women and queer artists. Look for another Vibrant Femmes show to pop up at Seidel City in Boulder later this month.


click to enlarge Daniel Luna has his paintings and flowerpots ready for buying at the Westwood Food Co-op. - COURTESY OF RE-VISION
Daniel Luna has his paintings and flowerpots ready for buying at the Westwood Food Co-op.
Courtesy of Re-Vision
Daniel Luna
Westwood Food Co-op, 3800 West Morrison Road
Friday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Folks at the Westwood Food Co-op will celebrate Día de las Madres the old-fashioned way in their new digs —with family fun, arts and crafts and a plant sale for gardeners preparing their plots for traditional Mother’s Day planting. In the thick of the celebration, Denver Chicano artist Daniel Luna will host an exhibit of his vibrant paintings and decorated flowerpots, in keeping with the theme. Pots start as low as $8, and art pieces start as low as $40.
click to enlarge Regina Benson and the Mountain Area Potters Gang collaborate at the Center for the Arts Evergreen. - CENTER FOR THE ARTS EVERGREEN
Regina Benson and the Mountain Area Potters Gang collaborate at the Center for the Arts Evergreen.
Center for the Arts Evergreen
Cloth and Clay: Textural Explorations
Center for the Arts Evergreen, 31880 Rocky Village Road, Evergreen
May 10 through June 21
Opening Reception: May 10, 4 to 7 p.m.

Organic materials again capture the spotlight in Evergreen, where fiber art and ceramics will intertwine in a collaborative installation coordinated by artist Regina Benson with members of the Mountain Area Potters Gang. Hard surfaces will meet diaphanous folds in this textural mashup.

click to enlarge Wonderbound's Ben Youngstone busts a move. - AMANDA TIPTON
Wonderbound's Ben Youngstone busts a move.
Amanda Tipton
Empirical Imperatives performance series
Leon Gallery, 1112 East 17th Avenue
Saturdays, May 11 through June 8, 7 p.m. weekly

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural series, Of the Moment, Leon is giving performance art a chance again in 2019 with a fresh cast of game-changers in the fine-art arena. The five-week series kicks off this weekend with a duo of Wonderbound dance ensemble members, Henry Max McCall and Ben Youngstone, who will express themselves through elevated movement on May 11; Charles Livingston, Jared David Paul, Esther Hernandez and the Flinching Eye Collective will offer new takes on in-the-moment happenings in the weeks to come. A $5 donation is encouraged at the door.
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