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A Pic A Day 16

Mai Wyn Schantz, Wateline 1, 21 X 15, oil on aluminum, $850. Available at Mai Wyn Fine Art.

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A Pic A Day 11

Building detail on Canyon Drive in Santa Fe, NM.

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A Pic A Day 10

Pic taken on Santa Drive in Denver on Friday night. Art + Commerce = Success.

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A Pic A Day 9

Light sculpture by Colin Parson who is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary.

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Saturday night was the closing party for Pirate Contemporary Art at their Navajo Street location. The gallery was founded in 1979 by nine art students who had recently graduated from art school. Unable to show in established galleries, the students formed Pirate Contemporary Art. Pirate, along with Spark and Edge, were the pioneering galleries responsible for establishing the cooperative art movement in Denver. The gallery has been located on Navajo Street for 35 years. Many local successful artists have started their careers at Pirate before moving to commercial galleries. Pirate has been known for incubating talent along with supporting avant-garde and experimental art in Denver.

The party was a lot of fun. The crowd spilled onto the sidewalk outside of the gallery. Impromptu speeches were given. One member described how art school taught him how to create art, but Pirate taught him how to be an artist. Many former gallery members attended and told stories of escapades and openings. Members of the other local co-ops stopped by to show their support.

T-shirts and photographs were sold to raise money to help finish the new space in Lakewood. Monetary donations were also accepted. It was a festive scene. A few tears were shed, but overall, the crowd was excited to see so many people show support for one of the crown jewels of the local art scene.

It’s was the end of an era but it was also the dawn of a new chapter in the Pirate voyage. Pirate will continue to support alternative artists and will be the foundation for young artists to build their careers upon.

It’s sad that Denver lost this incredible art institution. The good news is the Pirate ship will dock in Lakewood in June. The opening party should be as much fun as the closing celebration. This is one ship that will not sink.

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Pic Of The Day 8

Outside Gallery 1261 on Friday night.

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A Pic A Day 7

Artwork Netwok, Karen Pulson, Cascade, acylic on paper, 44′ x 30″, $3,400

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