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DenverArts.org Newsletter: What's Happening in May
Happy City: Art for the People
A Six-week, Citywide Art Intervention
May 18 - June 30, 2018
Artists include: Theresa Anderson, Matt Barton, Milton Melvin Croissant III, Carlos Frésquez, Vince McKelvie, Kelly Monico, Zach Reini, John Roemer, Stuart Semple, Joel Swanson and Frankie Toan
“Happy City: Art for the People” is a six-week, citywide art intervention with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being. The project is produced by The Denver Theatre District with artistic direction by Black Cube and is inspired by British artist Stuart Semple.
“Happy City” brings together more than 10 artists’ perspectives to address ideas of happiness and community wellness, in an effort to imagine a more connected society. The initiative will include a series of artwork interventions by local, national, and international artists spread throughout the public spaces of downtown Denver. Artists include Theresa Anderson, Matt Barton, Milton Melvin Croissant III, Carlos Frésquez, Vince McKelvie, Kelly Monico, Zach Reini, John Roemer, Stuart Semple, Joel Swanson and Frankie Toan. The installation sites include streets, alleyways, billboards, video screens and Union Station, among other locations.
In addition to the installations, the “Happy City” initiative will present “Happy Talks” and “Happiness Unpacked: a panel discussion,” deeper conversations exploring the intersection of art, mental wellness and civic participation, and engaging programming initiated and supported by nearly a dozen community partners.
“Happy City: Art for the People” is a result of collaboration among a number of funding partners, including Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Community First Foundation, Denver Arts & Venues, Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, Downtown Denver Partnership, McWHINNEY, P.S. You Are Here, Sage Hospitality and VISIT DENVER.
Athena Project‘s Artists’ Night Out
Art Students League of Denver
Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6:30pm-9pm
Meet other local female artists, but instead of TELLING us what kind of artist you are… SHOW us! Bring your dancing shoes, your monologues, your paintings or photographs, or even your guitar and have 1-2 minutes to highlight your work among community supporters and future collaborators.
About Athena Project
Athena Project is a professional group of artists dedicated to supporting and expanding women's artistic contributions to the Denver stage and the wider community. Athena envisions a world where women’s voices are powerfully expressed and recognized for artistic merit in the community. Athena Project's mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women and girls' artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process. Each Spring, Athena Project produces an Arts Festival that includes theatre, dance and music highlighting the contributions of women artists. In the Fall, we produce a Premiere Production which is selected from one of the plays workshopped during the Festival. Girls Create, is our summer intensive where we highlight various art forms in a week long camp culminating in a final performance to be shared with friends, family, and the public. This program empowers girls to lead and effect change in themselves and others through creative learning. Rounding out our annual events are Pop Up music, dance, fashion and theatre performances around the city as well as Visual Art Shows.
Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
Mon-Thu: 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Mai Wyn Fine Art’s Fifth Year Anniversary
Cake & Champagne Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser: First Friday May 4th, 2018 from 6-9pm
Mai Wyn Schantz, Cloud Stack (38.5in x 32in)
This month Mai Wyn Fine Art celebrates our five-year anniversary. We first opened our doors to a bustling First Friday crowd on May 3rd, 2013. Five years later Mai Wyn Fine Art has grown to represent over a dozen Colorado-based contemporary artists and makers in addition to showcasing owner and artist Mai Wyn Schantz’s oil paintings on stainless steel. As a thank you to everyone who has supported the gallery we are hosting Cake & Champagne Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser on May 4th, 2018 during First Friday from 6-9pm.
It seems only natural to mark this special event by giving back to the vibrant neighborhood in which Mai Wyn Fine Art has found its success —Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. You can enter to win this original oil on stainless steel painting by Mai Wyn Schantz, Cloud Stack (38.5in x 32in) valued at $3,600. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 with all proceeds going to Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe (ADSF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization and one of the first Certified Creative Districts in Colorado. Fundraising efforts will help ADSF earn a matching grant from Colorado Creative Industries. Tickets will be available to purchase beginning 3rd Friday, April 20th at 5pm and will continue until 9pm on 1st Friday, May 4th when the winner will be drawn. There is no limit on the number of tickets purchased and you need not be present to win.
Mai Wyn Fine Art
744 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204
Opening This Month:
New Work by Jason DeMarte
May 3 - June 16, 2018
Jason DeMarte - Fog of Tranquility 2018, archival pigmented ink print
Jason DeMarte’s artistic practice has, for several years, examined humanity’s conflicting tendencies to idealize nature while continuously searching to improve upon it. By composing fictional tableaus, the work speaks to our uneasy obsession with beauty and excess and our preoccupation with sugarcoating perfection. Drawing from the romanticism of the Hudson River School and deepening his palette, DeMarte’s latest body of work increases the sense of overt indulgence while darkening the deeper subtext. Caterpillars and moths raised by the artist are stand-ins for the viewer and intermingle with flora evincing the onset of decay to bring a clearer sense of mortality often missing in our consumer-centric world. By photographing each subject individually multiple times, DeMarte is able to present a full depth-of-field in sharp focus, heightening both the sense of hyperrealism and surrealism. All of this is done to evoke an initial sense of seduction, beauty and awe that is subtly undermined the longer one engages with each piece, inviting the viewer to consider the way an adorned life gives way to greater meaning.
530 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Mario Zoots: Black Sun
May 5 - 26, 2018
Mario Zoots, "Entropy 1", Mixed Media, 16x16, 2018
“Black Sun, an exhibition of new work by Mario Zoots, focuses on fragmented forms and appropriated materials. Through their quiet tonal presentation speaks to an age of remixed symbols and broken icons. In his work Zoots often uses his assemblage as a point of departure, adopting the collage processes even in painting and sculpture. Encompassing art-making materials with found objects, many of Zoots’ works incorporate familiar materials that manifest as minimalist investigations. By employing the power of common objects and breaking them down into formal investigations, Zoots’ work communicates the displacement and unease of our times – but finds beauty within that terror.” – Cortney Lane Stell
1412 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
|Currently On Display:
Verisimilitude: the appearance of being real
Republic Plaza (370 17th St in Denver)
March 15 – May 16, 2018
Jean Albus - Vestige
VERISIMILITUDE offers various artists’ portrayals of reality as well as a thought-provoking intertwining of what is seen and what is imagined. Two of the featured artists include Robert Gratiot and Jean Albus.
Gratiot is one of the best photo-realists in the region who has also dipped into the art of painterly photo-realism. Of his work, Gratiot says he “mostly deals with shiny surfaces, reflections, and often shows the viewer many planes of space all at once.”
Albus paints mesmerizing images that combine beautifully detailed landscapes with suspended clusters of items found in nature. She states, “My recent work has become an homage to the ineffable force that erodes all living beings, that returns me to the ground.”
Michelle Blade, Liz Nielsen & Dylan Gebbia Richards
April 6 – May 12, 2018
David B. Smith Gallery
Michelle Blade - Evening Routine - 2018 - Acrylic ink on paper - 14.5 x 18in. (36.83 x 45.72 cm)
About Michelle Blade
Michelle Blade is a visual artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. Driven by the inescapable qualities of the natural world, Blade’s work investigates curiosity and one’s search for meaning and place in the universe. Blade holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and an MFA from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Blade has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows at the Center for Contemporary Arts (Santa Fe), Carter and Citizen (Los Angeles), Jack Hanley (San Francisco), and Western Exhibitions (Chicago). Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Gather Journal, GQ, Juxtapoz, The California Sunday Magazine, and the Blue Magazine, among others. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR.
About Liz Nielsen
Liz Nielsen is a Brooklyn based photographic artist whose works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam and Berlin. Her photographs are printed in the analog color darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources. Nielsen earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and her BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Seattle University in 1997. Nielsen's works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The London Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and ArtSlant.
About Dylan Gebbia-Richards
Born in 1992 in Greenwich, Connecticut, Gebbia-Richards lives and works in Boulder, CO. He received his BFA in painting and his BA in Art History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Gebbia-Richards has exhibited widely in the Denver/Boulder area having been included in exhibitions at the Denver International Airport and McNichols Civic Center. Solo exhibitions include the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Northern Colorado Art Museum, with upcoming exhibitions at Redline in Denver, Colorado, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas
David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO, 80202
Patty Ortiz: Work Won't Kill You: I Am Here
BMoCA Present Box
April 24 - May 6, 2018
WWKY: I Am Here addresses the painful quandary of involuntary childhood immigrants who thought they had qualified for a path to citizenship through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals only to have that opportunity threatened. Just as pulling a flowering plant out of the ground threatens the life of the plant and leaves a gaping hole in the earth, DACA recipients face a fearsome prospect, not only for themselves and their families but for their communities as well.
At this opening reception, Executive Director David Dadone and artist Patty Ortiz will introduce the exhibition and related programming. Light refreshments will be provided. Visit http://bmoca.org for more information.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Barbara Shark: About Time
Pattern Shop Studio
March 2 - May 4, 2018
Barbara Shark - Self Portrait in Iris, 1991, Pastel on paper, 42 ½ x 30 inches
Colorado artist Barbara Shark has built a long and successful practice creating large format, photo-realistic paintings. Her works capture their subjects outdoors or in animated conversations around the dinner table, doing almost anything, but always actively doing something. In her pieces, Shark invites the viewer to imagine narratives about what’s going on, the personalities interacting, and what relationships under-gird their interactions. Working both in luscious black and white and in vibrant color, Shark takes everyday life and elevates it to the level of fine art. Spanning the time period from the early 1990’s to the 2010’s, About Time explores the artist’s focus, her skill and her growth as one of the region’s preeminent painters.
An Artist’s Salon will be held on Saturday, April 14th, 4-6pm. In conjunction with the Salon, the event wil also featurel the official release party for Shark’s newly published memoir, How I Learned To Cook, An Artist's Life. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and the artist will be signing copies.
Pattern Shop Studio
3349 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205
Concurrent Solo Exhibitions:
Edward Burtynsky: Selected Work
Elena Dorfman: Transmutations
Chuck Forsman: Hard Seasons
Karen Kitchel: Austerity Measures
March 15 – May 5, 2018
Chuck Forsman - Strange Land (detail) oil on panel 54 ½ x 86 ½ in.
1740 Wazee Street
Denver CO 80202
|Current and Upcoming Exhibits by Gallery:
Call for Artists: 35th Annual All Colorado Art Show at the Curtis Center for the Arts
Deadline: Sunday June 3rd, 2018
Juror: Patricia Aaron
Exhibit: July 14th - August 25
Reception: Saturday, July 14th 6-8pm
Curator's Talk: Thursday, July 26th 6pm
About the Juror:
We are honored to have Greenwood Village resident and international artist Patricia Aaron as this year's juror. Ms. Aaron has been featured in numerous gallery, museum, university and airport exhibitions. She received her MFA from the University of Denver School of Art and Art History and a BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland. Patricia is represented locally by Space Gallery.
Curtis Arts and Humanities Center
City of Boulder Presents "Art of Data" Open Call
Deadline for submission: Thursday May 31, 2018
The City of Boulder City Manager’s Office, Information Technology Department, and the Boulder Public Library are excited to announce an open call for artwork for an upcoming exhibition, Art of Data. This exhibition will be held in the Canyon Gallery of the Main Library from December 14, 2018 to February 3, 2019. The show will celebrate art created by the community, inspired by the City of Boulder’s Open Data Catalog and other public City data.
Our community of Boulder has a strong commitment to creativity, a progressive and inclusive mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Within the local government sector, we have a renewed focus on innovation that is being driven by a citywide effort to enhance data-driven decision-making and innovation. In order to further our innovation work and continue encouraging an open dialogue about important issues in our community, the City of Boulder is seeking artwork that has been inspired by our city’s data. Submit your artwork idea that is inspired by Boulder data and showcase what the City’s progress and priorities mean to you.
Call for Entries: Third Annual Supernova Digital Animation Festival
Dates & Deadlines:
Supernova is the only major festival to focus solely on the latest advances in digital animation as art, presented free to the public on large-scale LED screens in the heart of Denver, Colorado, one of the fastest growing cities currently in the US. The festival returns for the third year to the Denver Theatre District with an expanded lineup of screens and exciting program activities slated to energize the city in the fall of 2018. It's an experience not to be missed!
Marcio Diaz: Life in a BUBBLE (a contemporary exhibit)
Mirada Fine Art
May 12 - June 3, 2018
Marcio Diaz, Under the Moonlight, Original Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40"
Nicaraguan artist Marcio Diaz’s work reflects the saturated hues of his rural childhood. A move to the U.S. Pacific Northwest as an adult helped refine his distinct style, a cross between Jackson Pollock and pointillism It is a style Marcio simply calls ‘bubblism.’ As if seeing images through the distortion of raindrops, Marco draws a background scene, drips paint, applies heat, and wipes it down innumerable times, followed by layer after layer of circles of color, reinforcing and harmonizing his compositions. The end result is truly mesmerizing. This is Marcio's first solo exhibition east of the Pacifica Northwest...don't miss it!
Mirada Fine Art
5490 Parmalee Gulch Rd.
Indian Hills, CO 80454 (minutes from Denver)