The first First Friday of 2016 is also the first day of the year, which could be either a blessing or a curse for galleries stepping into the new year with new shows. Especially in the local co-op universe, early January has long been a time to hang big group shows celebrating works by gallery members. Case in point: CORE New Art Space’s 35th-anniversary member show opened on New Year's Eve at 900 Santa Fe Drive (see Thursday), and the adjoining Spark Gallery, Denver's oldest, will debut its own members’ exhibition January 1 with a New Year’s Day open house from noon to 9 p.m. In northwest Denver, Pirate Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo Street, will celebrate a notable anniversary of its own — its 36th! — with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m.
On another front, clay artist Marie Gibbons will symbolically break in her reincarnated EvB Studio at its new home at 3735 Ames Street in Wheat Ridge with the first of her long-running First Friday clay mini-shops at that location, also on January 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. As an alternative to those hard-to-keep New Year’s resolutions, artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to get their hands dirty making “intention cookies” — textured fortune cookies made of clay and loaded with personal wishes for 2016. A $10 workshop fee includes materials and tools, firing and a golden color wash.
Gibbons says the Ames Street studio is “open and roomy and full of all the quirky, eclectic goodness that the old space had,” adding that she’ll be extending the mini-shop tradition to third Fridays there, as well. Keep up with all EvB Studio goings-on, including workshops, sales and continuing monthly mini-shops at facebook.com/evbstudio or evbstudio.com. And visit westword.com/calendar for more First Friday happenings in Denver.
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