Twelve Things for Art Lovers to See and Do on First Friday Weekend in Denver

A sneak peek at artist goods up for grabs at the Massive, Epic De-Hoarding Sale on January 5 and 6.
A sneak peek at artist goods up for grabs at the Massive, Epic De-Hoarding Sale on January 5 and 6. Tameca Coleman

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Jordan Lyn, “Behind Me," embroidery, detail, for Thread/Bare.
Jordan Lyn
Featured Guest Artist: Jordan Lyn
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
January 2 through 27
First Friday Reception: Friday, January 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Valkarie welcomes embroidery artist Jordan Lyn and her appealing needlework for a January exhibition that coincides with the Block 7 First Friday Art Walk at Belmar. While you’re there, check out a variety of works by Valkarie studio artists.

Lumonics Open House/Open Mic
Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, 800 East 73rd Avenue, #11
Friday, January 4, 7 to 10 p.m.

If you’re a newbie to the new-agey Lumonics experience, this laid-back open house is a perfect introduction to the mind-blowing light works of nonagenarian artist Dorothy Tanner and her late partner, Mel Tanner. Refreshments, along with music and performances at the anything-goes open mic, will complete the free experience; RSVP at

Emily Cope
Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse, 3636 Chestnut Place
January 4 though 31
Friday, January 4, 3 p.m. to midnight

The cocktails will be a cut above the usual art-reception fare when Ironton Distillery kicks off a new show of free-form and figural drawings and watercolors by local artist Emily Cope. Ironton kicks in yet another perk by giving away art glasses designed by the artist to the first forty guests in the door. You’ve gotta like their style.

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Work by illustrator Matt Verges goes up on the wall at Balefire Goods.
Matt Verges
Matt Verges
Balefire Goods, 7417 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
January 4 through 31
Friday, January 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Balefire, an emporium of handmade and finely smithed jewelry in Olde Town Arvada, is also a gallery, inviting local artists to show work monthly. In January, it’s illustrator-artist Matt Verges, whose imagery veers between whimsical and supernatural in the form of art prints, T-shirts and skate decks. See what’s happening in Olde Town, where many businesses stay open late for First Friday.

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Help Lauri Lynnxe Murphy raise money and liquidate her studio by buying this awesome Chinese lion.
Tameca Coleman
The Massive, Epic De-Hoarding Sale
2900 Marion Street, Unit 2
Saturday, January 5, and Sunday January 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here’s one for the artists rather than their art-going public, with the promise of cheap materials by the box-load, including a good number of oddities and unexpected treasures that Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, notable Denver artist and confessed hoarder, has collected in her studio over at least a couple of decades. In the service of downsizing for a move to a much smaller space, Murphy is opening her studio doors one last time to liquidate her overstock over two serendipitous days. If anything, this sale will be something like a weird museum exhibit. Wanna bet an early-bird line will be pounding on the door to get in both days?

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