Arts and Culture

Twelve Denver Arts Flashbacks From 2014

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Rule Gallery Reopens at Hinterland, June 13

When respected gallerist Robin Rule passed away a year ago last December 29, leaving a loyal constituency in the Denver art world to mourn her life and curatorial gifts, the legacy of her longtime gallery could have come to an end. But according to Rule's wishes, the family, with Rule associates Valerie Santerli, Rachel Beitz and Hilary Morris, endeavored to let the name and its vanguard gallery spirit carry on in a space carved out within Hinterland on Walnut Street. The revitalized Rule Gallery reopened this summer with a solo by painter Nathan Abels, followed up by shows from Joseph Coniff and Paul Gillis, and there's no looking back. You can still catch Required Reading, a group show of Rule artists and friends with literary theme, through mid-January.

Chihuly, June 14-November 30

The concept of the summer blockbuster went epic this year at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where the spectacular, organic glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly took over the landscape for an outdoor show that everyone could appreciate, again and again, under changing skies and times of day. As the days grew shorter, an evening element was added, featuring the same sculptures -- twisted spires, boats afloat with iridescent organic shapes, icicle clusters and even a neon-infused tower of medusa hair -- lit up after dark. Best of all, the DBG came out of the experience with a permanent piece to call its own, that visitors to the gardens will enjoy for years to come.

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