Six Arty Things to Do This Week in Denver

Denver Public Art
Denver Public Art unveils "Sky Song" at Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill Park on Thursday.
Summer parties and elegant receptions — they’re all within reach, whether you’re an artist or just a fan of them. Mix it up this week at these six events and openings.

click to enlarge Pattie Lee Becker, “Powers of Ten: 1,” ink and colored pencil, 2013. - PATTIE LEE BECKER
Pattie Lee Becker, “Powers of Ten: 1,” ink and colored pencil, 2013.
Pattie Lee Becker
Play: Works by Pattie Lee Becker
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street
August 16 through November 5
Opening Reception: Wednesday August 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m
Facile with color, shapes and patterns from nature in both the second and third dimensions, Pattie Lee Becker tells stories from alternate universes in drawings, prints and soft sculpture — all with results that are playful and easy on the eye. That sounds like a perfect fit for the Gates Garden Court Gallery at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where Becker will hang a small but potent fall show of new works. Arrive early to take in the art, then listen to Becker explain it during an artist talk at 6:30 p.m.

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Denver Public Art
Public-Art Dedication of "Sky Song”
Levitt Pavilion Denver
Ruby Hill Park, 1380 West Florida Avenue
Thursday, August 17, 7 p.m.

Fitting neatly into the new Levitt Pavilion’s profile as a community-oriented outdoor concert venue, “Sky Song” is an interactive work designed and built by local Burning Man fabrication artists Nick Geurts and Ryan Elmendorf and commissioned by Denver's Public Art program. By pushing buttons on a steel sculpture on the plaza, viewers can manipulate sounds and lights against the pavilion’s facade. Meet the artists and improvise your own musical art at 7 p.m., then stay for a free concert by the Haunted Windchimes and Edison at 7:30 p.m. RSVP for the free tickets (or the $15 VIP option) online in advance.

click to enlarge Joel Swanson, “Soda Lid,” lightjet print, 2017. - JOEL SWANSON, DAVID B. SMITH GALLERY
Joel Swanson, “Soda Lid,” lightjet print, 2017.
Joel Swanson, David B. Smith Gallery
Joel Swanson, Sticks & Stones
David B. Smith Gallery
1543 Wazee Street, Suite A
August 18 through September 16
Opening Reception: Friday August 18, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Joel Swanson returns to David B. Smith Gallery using all his words for a second solo, Sticks and Stones, a language-based personal and political statement for our times, translated into visual terms. The new works incorporate words and phrases in neon, sculpture and digital prints; at the opening, join Swanson for a walk-through talk at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

Archives for Artists After-Party
3004 Larimer Street
Friday, August 18, 5 to 7 p.m.

The biggest news for Colorado artists this week is the daylong Archives for Artists event introducing the objectives of Arthyve, a new nonprofit archive that will preserve the work and stories of artists working in the state. Like all good things, this convo for the artist community deserves a post-party, and there will be one immediately after the symposium lets out. At Dateline, Lewis Neeff’s exhibit Vulnerable: A Collection of Diaries and Portraits fits like a glove with the aims of Arthyve by pairing Neeff’s photo portraits with private diaries loaned by the artist/subjects. DJ Tyler Jacobson will provide the spins.

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Mai Wyn Fine Art
Kim Harrell Pop Up Exhibition, August 18 though 20
Summer Group Exhibition, August 18 through September 30
Mai Wyn Fine Art
744 Santa Fe Drive
Opening Receptions: Friday, August 18, 5 to 9 p.m.

In the Art District on Santa Fe this weekend, Mai Wyn Fine Art is taking advantage of the district’s third-Friday Collector’s Preview moniker to offer a grab-bag of fine craft and fine art to cap the summer. Contemporary silversmith Kim Harrell will be popping in for a three-day jewelry extravaganza, while the rest of the gallery will be decked out with a group show by gallery artists that includes a built-in showcase for printmaker Fawn Atencio. Summer shows like these can be notoriously affordable; drop by and start building your collection.

Debbie Clapper, Art and Space
Endless Summer Art Party
Boulder Creative Collective
2500 47th Street, Boulder
Saturday, August 19, 7 p.m. to midnight
Free, RSVP required online

Fair weather invites art gatherings, and Art Party for the People, hosted by And Art Space and the Boulder Creative Collective, brings the outdoors indoors and — possibly — the indoors outdoors to celebrate the artists of the Summer Mural Project, curated by And Art and currently transforming walls on the streets of Boulder. Meet muralists Debbie Clapper, Anna Charney, Sam Parker and Lindee Zimmer, and dig into a variety of artful entertainment with a DJ, photo-booth selfies, zine-making with Dirt Media, performance and poetry, as well as a live painting session by Parker. The event is free by reservation and first-come, first-served, so don’t forget to RSVP.