Denver Arts Week: Day One

This city really knows how to kick off its third annual Denver Arts Week: Tonight's Know Your Arts First Friday, an amped-up First Friday art-walk event, will step up to the plate to showcase local artists and galleries all over town. The fun then continues with a slew of art discussions, demonstrations, receptions and other events scheduled throughout the span of Arts Week (visit the Denver Arts Week website for a complete schedule). But here are a couple of tonight's hot spots, just to get you going.

RiNo galleries, banding together in the area, will be out in force with doors wide open to the art inside. Notable openings include Buy Art. Not Underwear., a grand opening show at the new Ice Cube Gallery cooperative in the Dry Ice Factory, 3320 Walnut Street, and Color Blind, with ceramics by Kevin Snipes at Plinth Gallery, 3520 Brighton Boulevard, featuring a reception made lively by live poetry.

Continuing shows worth hitting if you haven't already include Jenny Morgan's stunning This Too Shall Pass at Plus Gallery, 2501 Larimer Street; Sharon Brown's Creators, with a reception and chocolate-tasting thrown in for good measure, at 3349 Blake Street; the Cake and Eat It Collective's An Experimental Memorial for Federico Garcia Lorca at Hinterland, 3254 Walnut Street; Eric Waldemar's Time & Attention, a mixture of film and drawings at Ironton Studios, 3636 Chestnut Place; and Severity, new paintings by Tracy Weil at weilworks, 3611 Chestnut Street. Also, the high-fashion outlet Goldyn will host a Denver Arts Week fashion show from 7 to 10 p.m. at Taxi, 3455 Ringsby Court.

And on cozy Tennyson Street, you'll want to run, walk or hobble in your favorite pair of shoes to the Sellars Project Space, 4383 Tennyson Street, where solepurposeTWO, the second annual exhibit of ceramic works inspired by footwear and hosted by sculptor Marie EvB Gibbons of the nearby EvB Studio, opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. This whimsical show will totally sock it to ya -- and as if that wasn't enough, you can also head around the corner to the studio (at 4343 West 44th Avenue) and fashion your own tiny pair of clay shoes as part of Gibbons's monthly First Friday make-and-take clay workshops. For only $10, Gibbons will show you the ropes and later fire your finished work for pick-up later in the week. Go to the studio website for details.

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