Art Attack: Fourteen Best Things for Denver Gallery Lovers to Do This Week

Laura Hyunjhee Kim
New media by Laura Hyunjhee Kim and others invade the Dairy Arts Center for Brutal Realities.
This weekend brings a strong lineup of new shows and events in galleries of every stripe, interspersed with performances, big names, an eye on printmaking and plenty of representation from co-ops and collectives — not to mention a free progressive art dinner. Head out into the city and try on a few of these for size.

Jeff Horton, Filling the Void
Kelton Osborn, A Moment, in the Project Room
Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive
January 14 through February 22
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 5 to 7 p.m.

Jeff Horton, a newcomer to Michael Warren from Little Rock, Arkansas, mines his background as an architect to create “architectonic” oil-on-wax-medium paintings, which began as a hobby and later blossomed into an additional career. In the Project Room, gallery artist Kelton Osborn shares a series of gestural works on paper.

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Katie Caron and fellow printmaking educators get their due at the Arvada Center.
Katie Caron
528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition
Imprint: Print Educators of Colorado
Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard
January 16 through March 29
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Free, RSVP recommended in advance

The Arvada Center opens its spacious galleries to a pair of key printmaking shows in conjunction with the citywide Mo’Print 2020 celebration, beginning with the 528.0 Regional, a big group show by artists living within a 528-mile radius of Denver. 75 printmakers were culled from 422 entries for the juried exhibition, while Imprint, on the upper floors of the center, pays tribute to Colorado’s invaluable teaching printmakers. The exhibition schedule includes a free Print Madness community celebration with workshops and demos for all ages on March 21 from noon to 4 p.m.; RSVP in advance.

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Gretchen Marie Schaefer, “Folding” (detail), 2019.
Gretchen Marie Schaefer
3rd Law Dance, Theater Immersive Performance
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder
Thursday, January 16, 6 and 7 p.m.
Admission: $8 to $12

Gretchen Marie Schaefer’s winter show, Folding and Thrusting, ends this week on a high point, with an immersive performance by 3rd Law Dance within an installation of paintings and photographic works commenting on the relationship between humans and the geologic earth. There will be two back-to-back ticketed performances in one evening; registration in advance is recommended.

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Lynda Tygart, “Stonehenge,” mixed-media photography on wood panel.
Lynda Tygart
New Works by Karin Kempe, Liz Lautrup, Lynda Tygart and Clark Valentine
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
January 16 through February 15
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Four Sync associates share the gallery walls for a month, juxtaposing landscape-inspired paintings and photography by Karin Kempe, Liz Lautrup and Lynda Tygar with spiritually centered minimalist tobacco drawings by Clark Valentine.

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Melanie Clemmons and Zak Loyd, "SensoryGarden."
Melanie Clemmons and Zak Loyd
Brutal Realities
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
January 17 through February 23
Opening reception and performance: Friday, January 17, 5 to 8 p.m.

Artist and curator Drew Austin joins forces with CU Boulder’s legendary new-media pioneer Mark Amerika at the Dairy for a four-gallery multimedia spectacular exploring technologically derived alternate realities. Dig the future now and meet the artists at the free opening, where an evening of discussion with live performances in the Carsen Theater will hammer home the brutal realities intimated by the entire exhibition series. Check your disbelief at the door.