Visual Arts

Sally Centigrade, a New Gallery, Opens on Larimer Tomorrow

If you like your art weird and a little off the beaten path, Sally Centigrade is here to help. The newest addition to Denver's thriving gallery scene is dedicated both to showcasing local artists and to the kind of outsider art that doesn't always get a lot of attention, here or anywhere else.

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"Most of the shows will be two-person shows, sometimes it will be four. They're going to be one or two local artists, then one or two outside artists," explains Scott Bailey, co-owner of the gallery with his wife, Myah Bailey. "Each show will have at least one Colorado person, along with a [non-local] artist of note. We're here in Denver and want to showcase Denver artists, and it's such a particular kind of art that there's never a lot of venues [showing it]. And we want to bring in artists that wouldn't normally show here."

Though this is Bailey's first gallery here in Denver, he's no stranger to the art world in general -- he owned a similar gallery in Portland -- or locally, having put on a number of shows at local galleries over the past year or two, covering everything from poster prints for B-movies to pop surrealism and lowbrow. Now that he has his own space, expect a similar mix, with a focus on the lowbrow end of the spectrum.

The gallery will open with a show featuring Jonathon Hill-Jacquard and Joe Triscari. Hill-Jacquard's work focuses on the dangerous and exciting, featuring themes like astronauts and fast cars and bringing them to life with bold colors and clean, illustrative style. Denver resident Triscari's work is based in the screen-print and gig-poster world, and has been featured at events such as Art Crank and the Underground Music Showcase. Triscari himself will be at the opening, and additional prints from more than a dozen artists will be present to illustrate the aesthetic the gallery plans to showcase. And if all that isn't enough to get you out to look at art a day before First Friday, how about some sweet freebies?

"We're going to have some really cool giveaways," Bailey promises. "We made these custom funky glasses that we're giving away. And some wine."

The reception starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 4 at the Sally Centigrade Gallery, 1423 Larimer Street Suite 080. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Sally Centigrade website.