Visual Arts

First Friday: Prints, prints and more prints... and a whole lot more

Can it already be First Friday again? There's lot of art to be seen and good times to be had, so put on your walking shoes and go out into the night on the last great weekend of summer. After the jump, find our suggestions about where to head.

Art District on Santa Fe

The biggest news on Santa Fe tonight is the Print Event, Weekend of Prints Inc., a multi-gallery print exhibition that also spreads to the Golden Triangle and South Broadway. A weekend-long event showcasing the affordability, history and craftsmanship of artists' prints produced by Mark Lunning and Marina Graves of Open Press Ltd., Weekend of Prints features works by Colorado artists priced at $500 or less. Visit Abecedarian Gallery, Artwork Network, Black Book, Carla Wright Gallery, Knoll Gallery, Space Gallery and Vertigo Art Space along Santa Fe Drive, as well as Open Press, 40 West Bayaud Street, and Walker Fine Art, 300 West 11th Avenue, today until 10 p.m. or tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m.; admission is free.

Also on Santa Fe, 910 Arts hosts part two of The Art of Dirt, a fair-trade exhibition of paintings by artists in underdeveloped countries, presented by Denver-based International Development Enterprises. Admission is free tonight for Liberadores/Liberators at the Museo de las Americas, and Studio 12 Gallery hosts an opening reception for In with the Old, an exhibition of travels in Italy by photographer Jim DeLutes. The delightful found-object assemblages of Jason Sheppard and Scott Raby remain on view in One Point Twenty-One Jiggawats at Vertigo Art Space.

And, hey, robot enthusiasts: Be served snacks by autonomous robots Wilma and Basil (profiled in Joel Warner's 2008 Westword story) at Gamma Two, Inc., 209 Kalamath Street, Unit 13, where demonstrations will be given at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m..

River North Art District

In RiNo, don't miss The Sacred Bug and Insect, a group show at Hinterland, 3254 Walnut Street, and Zottelbart Encore is certain to be crowd-pleaser at Pattern Shop Studio, 3349 Blake Street.

Silkscreen artist Shane Simmons of Nerdlife Design will do on-site demos, featuring a limited edition design and partying , at Designhaus Denver, 3939 Williams St. #111, and it's a last chance to catch shows by Sophia Dixon Dillo and Ray Tomasso at the Ice Cube Gallery, 3320 Walnut Street.

Tennyson Street

Visit Marie Gibbons at her EvB Studio, 4343 W. 44th Avenue, between 6 and 9 p.m., and fashion your own mini clay koi fish for a fee of $10 to $15 (depending on the finish); no reservations are necessary for the make-and-take, which includes all materials and kiln firing. Gibbons is also continuing a major studio sale through tomorrow.

Sellars Project Space, 4383 Tennyson Street, hosts an opening reception for (IN)VISIBLE, a solo exhibition of photographic works by Maarten Haverkamp from 6 to 9 p.m. And see live glass-working demonstrations during the same hours at Shack Man Glass, 3918 Tennyson Street.

Golden Triangle/South Broadway

Ravi Zupa is a popular man: A few weeks after his show at Illiterate closed, he's back with another, next door at Indy Ink, 84 S. Broadway. This show, notes Indy Ink's Chris Huth, takes a different tack by showcasing the talented Zupa's screen printing skills, featuring both t-shirts and posters. And, he adds, everything will be limited editions and priced to sell. Illiterate , 82 S. Broadway, counters with Landfill, featuring new works by Kevin Hennessy and Jarell Shields (described by Illiterate as including "cartoons to playing cards, illustrated alphabets to sign painting, found objects to do-it-yourself tattoos"), so the party will flow back and forth from 7 to 11 p.m.

Navajo Art District

See shows by Catherine Carilli and Garvin at Next Gallery, 3659 Navajo Street Denver, and an exhibit by Mike Keene opens tonight across the street at at Zip 37; works by Jessica Ellis, Joan MacDonald and Hans Wolf end a run at Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo Street, as will shows by Christine Buchsbaum and Lewis Neeff at Pirate: Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo Street.

For more gallery events about town see Westword's gallery listings.