Art Attack: A New Gallery, Frida Kahlo Tributes, and Where to Find Art in Denver
Get your art tickled this weekend, with tributes to Frida Kahlo, a queer fashion show with a twist, a new urban art gallery in Englewood, a tiki-art immersion and a pottery pop-up behind the scenes at Flux Studio. And that’s only half. What else will you find?
Get a head start with our suggestions:
Brenton Sizwe Zola, Persona: a portal to the inner self
Lining, 890 C 14th Street
Until July 31
Opening Celebration: Thursday, July 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Performance activations: Thursday, July 7, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, July 14, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday July 29, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday July 30, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday July 31, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Griot: An African Storytelling Experience: Friday and Saturday June 29-30, 6 p.m., and Sunday June 31, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $15 to $20 on Eventbrite
Congolese-born Denver native Brenton Zola merges his polymath projects, including multimedia art, photography, interactivity, performance, and powerful storytelling, to Persona: a portal to the inner self, an installation that acts as a gateway to illuminating self-examination. Throughout the event’s run in July, Zola will host a series of special space performance art activations, culminating in a full-fledged, pay-per-view evening of African storytelling with live music.
kill the track
Roser ATLAS Center, ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio, CU Boulder Campus, 1125 18th Street, Boulder
Friday, July 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Slay the Runway, a collaborative project led by Elaine Waterman of Longmont’s Firehouse Art Center and Steven Frost of Boulder Public Library’s BLDG 61 Maker Space, features creative clothing designed and sewn by LGBTQ+ teens who participated in a two-week intensive mode. The teens will model their own creations, wrapping up the process — from conceptualizing the costumes to walking the runway — Friday at CU Boulder’s ATLAS Black Box venue, with emcee LeeLee James on the mic. The event is free and registration is required in advance on Eventbrite.
Brett Fox, ghost son
Bell Projects, 2822 17th Avenue East
From Friday July 8 to July 24
Opening: Friday, July 8, 6 p.m.
Ghostly photography and multimedia images by Brett Fox will appear in a solo exhibition at Bell Projects. The title refers to the act of re-personalizing previous images with further interventions using transparent films, gel transfers and found objects on canvas to create a new narrative.
Paint the walls
Rising Gallery, 4885 South Broadway, Englewood
Inauguration: Friday July 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Artist and graffiti artist Christian Millet, incidentally great-grandson of French realist Jean-François Millet, opens his new Englewood Rising Gallery space this weekend, with a preview of Millet’s private collection and an exhibition of short stories. works, creating a mix of local and international urban artists. Hungerworldwide, Chris Haven, AG-pnt, Jeff Gillette, Invader, Mr Brainwash, Hush and knowone are just a few of the names that line up in the gallery. Lovers of street-art and pop-surrealist, this is your moment.
Tiki & Tropical Show
Balefire Merchandise, 7513 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
From Friday July 8 to July 31
Opening: Friday, July 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The tiki craze comes and goes, and right now it seems to be on the rise, which suits jeweler Jaime Hollier of Balefire Goods, who is already an avid aficionado of the subculture. Instead of presenting an artist for a solo gallery in July, Hollier put together an entire collection of mugs, artwork, jewelry and barware with tiki themes from several local artists, including herself. . Hollier recommends tiki attire for opening night, where you’ll also find tiki cocktails, bites, and DJ Ape spinning second-hand vinyl — and giving each record to the crowd after it’s spun. Other events are planned for later in July; follow Balefire on Facebook for the latest news.
Flux Studio pottery pop-up and launch
Eron Johnson Antiques and Flux Studio & Gallery, 377 South Lipan Street
Friday July 8 and Saturday July 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get ready for two days of mud and ordeals by fire – and no, this isn’t the Tough Mudder we’re talking about. It’s Flux Studio’s Tacular Clay Pottery Pop-Up and Throwdown, a full day of shopping direct from local ceramic artists, watching artists work raku pottery on wheel and fire, studio tours , live music, food, and even antiques, courtesy of building-companion Eron Johnson Antiques.
Wrong Side of the Tracks: A Metal Exhibit
The tip of the tongue: Anne Feller
Art Center for Contemporary Art, 310 North Railroad Avenue, Loveland
From Friday 8 July to 24 September
Opening: Friday, July 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Artworks in Loveland launches two new summer exhibitions, starting with the juried group exhibition Wrong side of the tracks, a call for goldsmiths for submissions of jewelry and sculpture inspired by the romance – or train wreckage – of the railroad and its place in American history. Christine Clark, head of the metals department at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, served as a juror. Encaustic and mixed media artist Anne Feller gets a solo alongside Tracksemphasizing muted works of figures moving through scenes channeling time and place, which she likens to fossils.
I Think I’m Turning Digital/Rough Gems Workshop: Digital Download
Union Hall Gallery, The Coloradan, 1750 Wewatta Street, Suite 144
Saturday July 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Free, register online in advance at Eventbrite
Ivar Zeile and Sharifa Moore of Denver Digerati, the organization that brings the annual Supernova digital animation festival to the streets of downtown Denver, will host a free workshop in conjunction with the New Media Expo. Will have, which closes this weekend. The duo will cover a lot of ground for artists interested in diving creatively into the digital world, from managing technology to submitting work. The number of places being limited, it is recommended to register in advance.
The Eternal Muse / La Musa Eterna
EastLosArte Gallery and Artisan Shop, 12371 Mead Way, Littleton
Saturday, July 9, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
David and Velia Garcia-Martinez run their business Littleton EastLosArte Galería and Artisan Shop together, hosting occasional afternoon openings for shows of original Latinx-themed art. This month it’s a Frida Kahlo show for the iconic painter’s birthday week, with images of Frida galore, plus live music, bites and craft vendors to make the event extra festive. . To find more frida art and one side of mole tasting and entertainment at Westwood today from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ascent and The Dark Power Tarot Artist and curator conference and exhibition visit
RedLine Center for Contemporary Art, 2350 Arapahoe Street
Tuesday, July 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Spend an evening at the RedLine Contemporary Art Center and immerse yourself in the world of Colorado artist Floyd Tunson, whose double-edged investigation Ascent is currently playing at RedLine and the Arvada Center. Curators Wylene Carol, Daisy McGowan and Collin Parson will lead a lecture and exhibition tour breaking down Tunson’s career into ten major series; then McGowan will join civil rights legend John B. Smith and, via Zoom, artist Arish Ahmad Khan (aka King Khan) for a discussion on The Dark Power Tarotto see with Ascent until July 31. The greater part of Ascent at the Arvada Center closes on August 28.
Biennial of the Americas: Side effect Call for projects for community participation
Black Cube Headquarters, 2925 South Umatilla Street, Englewood
Donation drop-off dates: Saturday July 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday July 18 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Black Cube and the Biennial of the Americas are calling on the public to help Mexican artist Gabriel Rico realize the community installation “La inclusión de mi raza” by donating objects that reflect the identity of our city. Rico will use the items to build a series of found object totems that will debut in September at Tail Tracks Plaza on 16th Street between Wewatta and Wynkoop streets. The project, part of the Biennale’s overall Edge Effect art project, is guided by the idea of human intersection within a larger community.
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