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[Event Announcements]

Closing Party for fooLPRoof's Maiden Exhibition

fooLPRoof contemporary art gallery

Friday August 3rd from 7-9:30pm

  • Main Gallery Artists: Charles Parson, David Lobdell, Tobias Flores, Caroline Peters, Louis Recchia, Zoa Ace, Phil Bender, Jennifer Hope, Robert Green, Rebecca Cuming, Gayla Lemke, Laura Phelps Rogers, Isaac Sandoval, Eric Anderson, Walter Barton, Matt Evans, Julie Lizak, Ron Landucci, Kayo Peeler, Jean Smith and Nichole Hongchang
  • Community Gallery Artists: Annette Coleman, Leslie Aguillard, Sue Crosby Doyle, Robert Platz, Kimm Schlosser
fooLPRoof contemporary art
3240 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205


PhotoVox: Architectural Photography

Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock St., Denver

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 6:30 - 8 pm (doors open at 6pm)

  • Who should attend: Anyone with an interest in learning more about architectural photography
  • Free for CPAC members; $10 for nonmembers
  • Please register in advance by noon on August 8 at
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Join us August 8 for an engaging discussion about architectural photography presented by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and the Denver Architecture Foundation. Our panel will include two leading experts in the field -- T. John Hughes, a commercial and fine art architectural photographer with 30 years of experience, and Rick Petersen, Principal at OZ Architecture, a Colorado architectural design firm. Our moderator will be Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of CPAC.

Among other questions, we'll address:
  • Where do fine art photography and architectural photography intersect?
  • What makes an outstanding architectural photograph?
  • What's the best way to approach an architectural design firm with your work?
Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204


Arts & Ales Festival at the Arvada Center

Saturday August 11, 2018 from Noon to 7pm

  • Outdoor arts festival featuring local brewers, artists, music, and food
  • Admission is $5 (children under 12 free) including a souvenir tasting glass, and a punch card for 20 drink samples
A celebration of local art, craft brews, food, and music, the second annual Arts & Ales Festival returns to the grounds of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Saturday, August 11, 2018. Designed as a family-friendly event, the Arts & Ales Festival also includes activities for the kids, live local music and fun contests – all outdoors at the Center’s Sculpture Field. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking at the venue.

The one-day festival will feature ongoing entertainment and activities, including art booths and main stage entertainment featuring popular local bands throughout each day. The event also includes hands-on art activities for kids.

Several great bands will be playing throughout the day. They are “Thunder and Rain,” “The Beloved Invaders,” “Classic Vinyl Band and “Bird Dawgs.” Local brewers including Ratio Beerworks, Stone Brewing, Grand Lake Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Odyssey Beerwerks, Kokopelli Beer Company, Spice Trade Brewing, SomePlace Else Brewery, Liquid Mechanics Brewing, New Image Brewing, and more, will be offering samples for those age 21 and over who have purchased a souvenir beer mug. Check back often as new brewers are added to the list!

Festival hours are 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Admission is just $5 for those wanting to enjoy the art, music and food, and children under age 12 are admitted free of charge. General tasting tickets include admission, a souvenir tasting glass, and a punch card for 20 drink samples. VIP tasting tickets include admission, a tasting glass, and 40 drink samples. From June 1 to July 11, general tasting tickets are $25 and VIP is $45. After July 12, general tasting tickets are $30 and VIP $50. The day of the event, general tasting tickets are $35 and VIP tickets are $55. Please note: A valid ID age 21 and over is required to pick up the souvenir mug. To purchase advance online tickets and additional details about the festival, go to

Immediately following the Arts & Ales Festival, Face Vocal Band will perform in the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre. “Face” is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for fifteen years with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. Additional purchase required: go to for details.

The Arts & Ales Festival is sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center. Additional support is provided by the City of Arvada, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries.


adsflogoFirst Friday at the Art District on Santa Fe

Santa Fe Drive between 6th and 10th Ave

Every First Friday from 5-10pm

Santa Fe Drive will be closed in the art district for August's First Friday!

  • Check gallery websites and for details on individual gallery exhibits
  • Parking information:
  • Adco General — 801 Kalamath St — Park any day of the week after 5pm
  • The Bolt Factory at 2nd and Kalamath St.
  • Alliance Francaise — 6th and Galapago: Just East of Santa Fe Dr. — First Friday Art Walk Only
  • West High School — 10th Avenue and Galapago St. — First Friday Art Walk only. Cost is $5 which funds students’ cultural programs
  • Kitchens at the Denver — 8th and Kalamath: 1 block west of Santa Fe Dr. — First Friday Art Walk Only
  • The Knife Guys at 11 Kalamath St. and W. Ellsworth Ave. — after 6pm
  • Image Complete Lighting Gallery, Kalamath and 2nd Avenue — after 5pm
  • Su Teatro lot at Santa Fe Drive and 2nd Avenue
  • Street parking along Santa Fe Drive, 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th Avenues


[Local Exhibits]

Opening This Month:

The Big Draw

Featuring: Bill Amundson, Lui Ferreyra, Tony Ortega, Doug Russell, Shelby Shadwell

William Havu Gallery

August 3 - September 15, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 3rd 6-9pm
  • Artist Talk With Bill Amundson: Saturday, August 4th at 12pm; RSVP at 
Bill Amundson - Midwest Man - penci on paper - 34" x 33" framed

Bill Amundson is a Wisconsin native and earned his bachelor's degree in art from UW-Madison, but made a name for himself as an artist in Denver for over 35 years. Modern culture is reflected in his humorous portraits, landscapes and interiors by means of familiar political and celebrity figures, chain restaurants and box stores, and well-known brands. He also enjoys incorporating indirect references to art history into his drawings. Amundson is now back in his native Wisconsin and it's been over 6 years since showing his work in Denver. William Havu Gallery is proud to represent Bill Amundson and welcomes him back to Colorado.

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204


Robert Green: To Hell In A Handbasket

Tiffany Matheson: Discover (in the associate's space)

Pirate: Contemporary Art

August 3 - 19, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 3rd from 6-10pm
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Through the use of cascading fabric, glowing acrylic, plasticized botanicals and more, Tiffany Matheson's Discover displays a wide range of materials, and features an opportunity for an interactive, tactile experience. The works speak to the hidden beauty found when enduring difficulty, masking colorful elements inside a dark, delicate shroud." Thank you!

Pirate: Contemporary Art
7130 W 16th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214


Clay Hawkley: 86

808 Projects

August 3 - 25, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday August 4th from 6-10pm
  • Artist walk-through and Q & A: Friday August 10th at 7pm
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86 is new work by Clay Hawkley that muses on a convenience store's archive of banned customers. The drawings, collages and sculpture highlight the archive’s handwritten notes, doodles and imagery as inquiries on the store’s campaign for justice, the power dynamics of surveillance and the bravado of taking matters into your own hands.

Clay Hawkley is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Boulder. Hawkley’s work integrates a fine art education with a blue collar aesthetic in open-ended investigations of found objects, collage, drawing and installation. His work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Colorado since 2006. He has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Grin City Collective and is a current resident at RedLine in Denver.

808 Projects
808 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO

Currently On Display:

Pink Progression

Center for Visual Art

May 31 - August 18, 2018

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Pink Progression is an exhibition addressing concepts of human rights, gender, sexual identity, feminism and inclusivity. Pink Progression is a series of exhibitions commemorating and celebrating the solidarity established during the women’s marches in 2017 and 2018. During the marches, pink created a strong visual statement representing unity and empowerment. For the CVA exhibition, over fifty local artists incorporate or respond to this hue as they explore how social interactions are affected by gender and identity expression.


Tya Anthony, Fawn Atencio, Libby Barbee, Michael Bernhardt, Tonia Bonnell, Mindy Bray, Trine Bumiller, Katie Caron, Danielle Cunningham Tierney, Rachael Delaney, Rebecca DiDomenico, Sally Elliott, Steven E Frost, Melissa Furness, Jennifer Ghormley, Ania Gola-Kumor, Emma Hardy, Kim Harrell, Ana María Hernando, Veronica Herrera, Tsehai Johnson, Margaret Kasahara, Anna Kaye, Rian Kerrane, Mary-Ann Kokoska, Sandy Lane, Viviane Le Courtois, Suchitra Mattai, Irene Delka McCray, Daisy McGowan, Laleh Mehran, Amy Metier, Susanne Mitchell, Kelly Monico, Sophie Lynn Morris, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Kate Woodliff O’Donnell, Mark Penner-Howell, Jennifer Pettus, Bonnie Ferrill Roman, Martha Russo, Ajean Ryan, Julia Rymer, Dylan Scholinski, Natascha Seideneck, Sue Simon, Frankie Toan, Chinn Wang, and Melanie Yazzie


Fawn Atencio & Susan Vaho, Mindy Bray & Sophie Lynn Morris, Katie Caron & Marie Perrin-McGraw, Sally Elliott & Bonnie Stolzmann, Melissa Furness & Estee Bershof, Jennifer Ghormley & Jodi Stuart, Kim Harrell & Katie Hoffman, Tsehai Johnson & Edie Tavel, Anna Kaye & Mark Brasuell, and Irene Delka McCray & Karen Keilpikowski

Center for Visual Art
Metropolitan State University of Denver
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM


Gary Emrich: All Consumed

Robischon Gallery

July 21 – August 25, 2018

  • Also on View:
  • Amy Ellingson: Sweetbitter Beast
  • Marcelyn McNeil: Lead Heavy Feather Light
  • Kate Petley: Repositioned
Gary Emrich All Consumed #35 archival digital inkjet print, framed 55 ¾ x 45 ¼ in.

In conjunction with the Denver Art Museum exhibition, “New Territory: Landscape Photography Today,” Robischon Gallery is pleased to present selections from Gary Emrich’s abstracted photographic series entitled “All Consumed.” As part of the DAM’s wide ranging survey of unconventional photographic explorations and Robischon Gallery’s four part, abstraction-based exhibition, Emrich’s new work exemplifies his decades long pursuit of experimentation in image making.

Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tue-Fri: 11am-6pm; Sat: 12-5pm


Artists of the Roaring Fork

Featuring concurrent solo exhibits by Teresa Booth Brown and Elizabeth Ferrill

Michael Warren Contemporary

July 24 - September 1, 2018

  • First Friday Art Walk, August 3 (6-9pm)
  • Third Friday Art Reception, August 17 (6-8pm)
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tbbTeresa Booth Brown - Audacious, 2018, oil and collage on wood panel, 48 x 60 inches
Michael Warren Contemporary (MWC) is pleased to present “Artists of the Roaring Fork.” We will have concurrent solo exhibits by Teresa Booth Brown and Elizabeth Ferrill. Additionally, we will exhibit works by fellow Roaring Fork Valley artists Stanley Bell, Robert Brinker, Eden Keil, Sara Ransford, Andrew Roberts-Gray and Allison Stewart.

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204

Closing Soon:

Bruno Novelli: Turmalinas No Céu

David B. Smith Gallery

June 29 - July 28 extended through August 4, 2018

Bruno Novelli, Pedra Azul, 2018, acrylic on linen, 70 x 58 in

David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to welcome back Brazilian painter Bruno Novelli for his second solo exhibition, Turmalinas No Céu. Spanning the main gallery and project room, Novelli expands on his visual language defined by luscious colors, tropical imagery, and collage -like layered compositions. Roughly translating to “tourmaline sky,” Turmalinas No Céu explores what Novelli terms a “tropical delirium,” a type of aesthetic utopia where imagery imbued with personal meaning materialize into paradisiac landscapes.

Exotic and yet familiarly primal, viewers can feel the pulse of Novelli’s nocturnal jungle scenes. Spider monkeys peer out from behind mountains of sliced agate, while glowing moons coax tropical flowers to bloom. Alongside scenes of fantastical rainforest flora, fauna, and celestial bodies, are smaller canvases that Novelli describes as invitations for introspective experience. In contrast to the spindly jungle scenes of the larger canvases, these smaller scale works deliver a powerful visual punch, many featuring hazy color gradients and slices of Brazilian gemstones sprinkled over the surface.

David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO, 80202


Daisy Patton: Would You Be Lonely Without Me?

Art Gym Gallery at Art Gym Denver

July 12 - August 3, 2018

Art Gym Denver is honored to present Daisy Patton’s new series titled Would You Be Lonely Without Me? in the Art Gym Gallery with an opening reception July 12 from 5 - 8PM. Would you be lonely without me? is a series of oil portraits depicting women whose deaths were directly caused by a lack of access to safe reproductive care. Abortion is a highly contentious issue and one that is debated today, making Patton’s series relevant and timely.

Patton’s practice is one grounded in collecting found photographs, and this new series is no different. She paints the photos she finds of these women, and hand embroiders their names below, harkening not only to the tradition of woman as a homemaker, but also with the idea life being a thread cut short. Spending hours of research to find the names, images, stories and descriptions of these women, Patton crafts a way to solidify their individual identities and memories, when all too often these women’s stories have been forgotten or buried in the history of this ongoing debate. In her artist statement for the series, Patton said “let us remember the women lost during this barbaric era [pre-Roe vs. Wade] and fight to ensure this history is not repeated.”

This series is for sale and 100% of proceeds from the exhibition will go to support reproductive justice organizations.

Daisy Patton is a working artist living in Aurora, CO. She received a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma with minors in History and Art History and an Honors degree. Her MFA is from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, a multi-disciplinary program. She has completed many artist residencies, including one at RedLine Denver and another at Minerva Projects in Denver. She will also have her first museum solo show, Daisy Patton: This Is Not Goodbye, at the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado, Boulder, open from July 19 through November 17, 2018.

Located at 1460 Leyden St., Art Gym Denver is a 17,000 sq. ft. creative workspace for artists and arts professionals. The Art Gym and Common Space Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 9AM - 6PM. For information visit



A Group Exhibit featuring the works of: Emit, Tuke One, Keith Jive, Mike Graves, Topher Straus, Art by 13


July 20 ‐ August 9, 2018


Bitfactory Gallery is pleased to present Boombox a group exhibit with a focus on Modern Art and the sub‐genres of Graffiti, Street Art and Pop Art. Boombox will feature the work of Emit, Tuke One, Keith Jive, Mike Graves, Topher Straus, and Art by 13.

Bitfactory is located at 851 Santa Fe Drive in Denver
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment

Current and Upcoming Exhibits by Gallery:
701: See Me, Feel Me
808 Projects: Clay Hawkley
Abend: Shay Davis
Access: Character Development
Anthology: Smithie Mitchell and Katie Hoffman
Art Gym: Daisy Patton
Art Gym: Keeping House, by Veronica Ceci
Artists on Santa Fe: Abundance of Blue
Arvada Center: In Sight On Site: Murals
ATC DEN: We Make Our Own Wings
Bitfactory: Boombox
BMoCA: Roberto Juarez
Core: Donny Dixon, Earl Chuvarsky, Melissa Van Deventer
CPAC: Dear Younger Me
CU Art Museum: Daisy Patton
Curtis Center: 35th Annual All Colorado Art Show
CVA: Pink Progression
Dairy Arts Center: Connections
DAM: Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer
DAM: New Territory: Landscape Photography Today
Dateline: Julio Alejandro: Fridge Art
DAVA: Micro Cosmos
David B. Smith: Bruno Novelli: Turmalinas No Céu
DBG: Cyberscapes by Serenity Forge
DBG: Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
Edge: 2018 Associate Member Show
Edge: Candace Shepard & Faith Williams
Emmanuel: Made in Colorado
Foothills Art Center: Mai Wyn Schantz
Gildar: Stephanie Kantor and Noah Pollack
Goodwin: Danae Falliers and Brenda Biondo
Havu: The Big Draw featuring Bill Amundson
K Contemporary: Carlene Frances: Seijaku
Kanon: New Works by Melody Sealman
MCA Denver: 4 Summer 2018 Exhibits
MOA: Paintings, Sculpture & Snapshots
MWC: Teresa Booth Brown and Elizabeth Ferrill
Next Stage: Special Guest, presented by Meow Wolf
Next: Christy Lynne Seving and Laura McCracken
Next: Pam Farris and Kelly Mansfield
Niza Knoll: 3 Encaustic Winners
Odessa: Mauro C. Martinez
PACE: 2018 Mile High National Pastel Exhibition
Pirate: Robert Green and Tiffany Matheson
Plinth: Shamai Gibsh
Republic Plaza: Manipulated
Robert Anderson: New Beginnings
Robischon: Gary Emrich: All Consumed
Rule: Jillian Kay FitzMaurice
SmithKlein: Linda Israel 2018
Space: Hard Lines
Space: The Future is Liquid
Spark: Annalee Schorr and Joyce Coco with Carley Warren
Sync: G Cody Day and Cyncie Winter
Tansey Contemporary: Recall - Recapture - Remember
Valkarie: Aria Fawn: Mountaincholia
Visions West: Plotting Coordinates for the Underground West
Walker Fine Art: A Conscious Surrender
Zip 37: Jennifer Melton Summer Solo Exhibit
Zip 37: Louis Recchia 2018

[Call for Entries]

Call for Entries: Denver Modernism Gallery 2018

Part of the Denver Modernism Show

Submissions due by Friday, August 10, 2018

  • Curated by Kym Bloom
  • Juror: Dana Cain
  • $200 Cash Prize for Best in Show
  • Entries are $10 each
dmodernCall for Artists: Are you MODERN?

How do you interpret Modernism? Is your work an homage to the past or a continuation of those ideas? Do you gain inspiration from the googie styles of the 1950s, or the sleek lines of Le Courbousier? All genres, styles, and mediums will be considered, as long as they relate to the theme of “modernism."

This is your chance to have your work seen by more than 3,000 art and culture lovers, who will be coming ready to shop at the Denver Modernism Show! The show is held at the Denver National Western Complex Expo Hall. Enter as many works as you like. Each entry is $10. Entry fees do not guarantee acceptance into the show, which will be determined by our juror. All entries should be made electronically, as emailed jpegs; if you need an alternative submission method please contact us for instructions. Accepted artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of their artwork to and from the Expo Hall. 

  • Friday, August 10 – Deadline for submissions
  • Monday, August 13 – Notify artists of acceptance status
  • Thursday, August 23 – Accepted artists deliver work to National Western Complex Expo Hall, 2-6 pm
  • Friday, August 24 – Opening Night. Accepted Artist plus one guest admitted to Preview Party, 6-10pm
  • Sunday, August 26 – Closing Date: Artists must pick up work at National Western Complex Expo Hall, 4-6 pm


Call for Submissions: Arts in Society Grant Program

Applications will be accepted July 16, 2018 through August 17, 2018

Information Sessions: artsociety

The Arts in Society grant program announces another year of funding to support cross-sector work in the arts across Colorado

Beginning July 16, applications will be accepted for funding through the Arts in Society grant program. The purpose of Arts in Society is to foster cross-sector work through the arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans. The Arts in Society grant program funds projects that engage arts organizations and artists as partners in illuminating and finding solutions to a wide array of civic and social challenges faced by our communities. Grants between $10,000-$50,000 will be available to non-profit organizations and individual artists or activists to fund projects that will take place in Colorado between April 2019-April 2021.

Grants will be determined by a selection panel and will seek projects that best illustrate artistic excellence, broaden the understanding of the role arts play in society, demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevance, foster community engagement, and present opportunities for shared learning.

Arts in Society is a collaborative grantmaking program administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center and funded through a cohort of Colorado foundations, including Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Colorado Creative Industries.

About RedLine Contemporary Art Center

RedLine is a nonprofit contemporary art center that fosters education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. Located in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, RedLine combines an exhibition space and artist residency program with project-based engagement in the arts. RedLine responds to the needs of the community by engaging resident artists in programs that offer arts education for under-resourced youth, a community network for artists experiencing homelessness, and relevant public programming for members of the surrounding neighborhoods.


Call for Entries: Fantastical

40 West Arts District

Submission Deadline: Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • All mediums are welcome and encouraged to apply for this call
  • Opening Reception: First Friday, October 5, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm
  • Gallery Location: 1560 Teller Street, Lakewood, CO 80214
The word fantastical means imaginative or fanciful, otherworldly or beyond ‘normal’ reality. Fantastical works can stem from a wide variety of subjects and ideas. Fantastical is something that evolves from an unrestricted imagination. How can an art piece showcase this idea? Perhaps something that is realistic, but so incredibly great or extreme, it makes the viewer ponder the whimsy, scale or richness in detail. Or maybe it is something so highly unrealistic and impractical that a viewer might wonder and question reality? Perhaps the work is based in mythology or science fiction, or maybe the piece is strange and fanciful in form, conception or appearance. Even the process of an artist conceiving and manifesting a fantastical idea can be artwork in itself! How do you interpret an unrestricted imagination?

This is an inclusive exhibition, meaning that we strive to accommodate at least one work from all artists. However, submissions will be screened by a panel, including 40 West Arts curators and invited guest jurors, to ensure quality and applicability of work. Please note that depending on the number of submissions, our curation process, and other factors, not all submitted works are guaranteed entrance into our show. We will notify you within the time frame indicated herein regarding the acceptance of your work(s).


[Regional Exhibits]


Melanie Warsinske & Joe Boddy: ELEMENTAL - A Contemporary Interpretation of Nature

Mirada Fine Art

August 10 - September 2, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 10th, 2018 6-9pm
Melanie Warsinske & Joe Boddy, ELEMENTAL Combined image of two of their works

Mirada Fine Art presents two remarkable artists with almost 80 years of combined artistic experience and their contemporary interpretation of nature. Taking cues from her surroundings, local artist Melanie Warsinske translates elements—water, clouds, mountains, human and animal forms—into visual emotion and movement captured on canvas. Her richly textural work simultaneously exudes drama and serenity. Similarly inspired by the elements of Earth and our human struggle to live together, Joe Boddy’s sculpture epitomizes multi-media. ‘Rejected’ items take on a new life as fine art. Fired clay seamlessly combines with glass, discarded tools, cast iron farm equipment and recycled wood, resulting in beautifully organic pieces. These two amazing artists unite, brought together by a shared awe of Nature, at Mirada Fine Art for this Elemental exhibit.

Mirada Fine Art
5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd.
Indian Hills, CO 80454 (minutes from Denver)


Harnessing Light: Marietta Patricia Leis, Debbie Long & Mary Shaffer

Harwood Museum of Art, Taos

August 4 - October 7, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Saturday August 4th, 3-5 PM
  • Curator: J. Matthew Thomas
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Marietta Patricia Leis - Winter Lyrics

New Mexico based artist Marietta Patricia Leis will be exhibiting her multimedia works with artists Debbie Long and Mary Shaffer in the exhibition Harnessing Light. Curator J. Matthew Thomas selected these 3 artists who by different paths converge on a common focus: light on surface. Leis’ art contributes a contrast to the other artists as she captures light’s tenebrous illumination of darkness in her graphite acrylic pieces, prints on metal, small sculptures and oil paintings on wood. Her approach to this marriage of two extremes presents us with a duality of lightness and dark, for without one there cannot be the other.

Becoming immersed in the soft nebulous incandescence of the arctic, Leis’ eyes forgot the programming of modern artificial lighting and she began to see the nuances and elegant shades of darkness more clear. Leis’ intention is to present unique visions of the natural world. Through her art, she hopes to make viewers more acutely aware of the fragile beauty and tenuous future of our planet so that we may seek ways to preserve it for generations.

Taos was Leis’ first home in New Mexico after she migrated from Los Angeles in 1982. She considers her time in Taos as decompressing and centering after years of working in the endlessly illuminated cityscapes of New York and LA. Leis is honored to be exhibiting at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, and feels a deep gratitude for the place that gave her such peace and serenity.

Harwood Museum of Art
238 Ledoux Street
Taos, NM


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