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Art With A Friend

This weekend marked the start of the fall art season here. There was a plethora of venues to check out last night.

I met up with Mrs. L at Mai Wyn’s gallery. She’s now unemployed but has been interviewing with one of the most prestigious architectural firms in Denver. Mrs. L hopes to land an offer next week. Her divorce and mortgage refinance have been put on hold. I had a great time with Mrs. L. I let her guide the conversation as we toured a galleries and took in the experience of First Friday in the Santa Fe Arts District. I wanted to listen and support her and not ask questions about a very emotional and sensitive time in her life. Along the way, other stops were made at Space Gallery, Space Annex, Urban Mud (a new ceramic arts guild and gallery), Spark, D’art, Michael Warren Contemporary, Rule and Sync galleries. The last stop of the night was the opening at Walker Fine Art in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Walker has another beautiful and cohesive show which did not disappoint.

It was a fun night but it was impossible to make it to all the offerings. I missed openings at Pirate Contemporary Art, Gildar, Mirus and the Crush event in RiNo.

Here’s my favorite piece of the night:

Jeff Wenzel, Jondo, mixed media on panel, 60 x 32.5, Space Annex.

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Art for a Holiday

I atended an opening at Space Gallery about two weeks ago. The exhibit is large format abstract paintings by three artists along with recent works from a sculpture. Here are a few pics to enjoy.

John Wood, Filtered Through the Trees, mixed media on paper mounted on panel finished with cold wax, 40.5 x 40.5.

Bill Snider, BX19/40-48/3, mixed media on panel, 48 x 40.

Paul Ecke, Comic Strip 1, ixed media on panel, 48 x 60

These paintings range from $4,500 to $11,000. While the sculptures were outstanding, I couldn’t get a decent shot of them.

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Friday Art

It was a short art tour last night. Stops were made at Spark and D’art which are in the same building in the Santa Fe Arts District. Here’s my favorite piece of the night.

Lydia Brokaw, Panoramic Pencils, Colored Pencils and Wood Structure. Currently on view at Spark Gallery.

I was outside Spark talking to a friend when I noticed the setting sun shining on the windows of a group of new townhomes in the block east of the gallery. I snapped a few pictures but they didn’t convey the magic of the moment.

Have a great weekend!

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Best Of Friday

I hit the galleries last night. I saw the good and the not so good. I ran into Mrs. L late in the evening. She looked stunning. She was touring the galleries with the woman who hosted that fun summer party. The hostess and I talked briefly about her boyfriend moving out of the house after the party. The edges are still raw as she teared up at one point. I gave her a big hug and let her know she is stronger than she may feel at this point.

Here are two of my favorite paintings I saw last night. The first by Caleb Hahne is at the powerhouse Rule Gallery, while the other, by emerging artist, Abby Gregg, is from Pirate Contemporay Art, one of the most cutting edge galleries in town.

Caleb Hahne, Rest, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 36 x 48.

Abby Gregg, Fluid Luster, acrylic and oil on canvas crapped panel.

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Out With The Guys

Last night I went with the guys to First Friday at the Santa Fe Arts District. The street was closed down for four blocks so it made for a much more enjoyable adventure. It was a lively scene with food trucks, live music, chalk drawings, street painting and an unbelievably interesting crowd. Afterwards we had a late dinner at Swing Thai. Here are my favorite paintings all from the current show at Space Gallery:

Nick Young, Balance, mixed media on panel, 36 x 36.

Judy Campbell, Samurai, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60.

Nick Young, After Hours, mixed media on panel, 66 x 52.

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A Call For Action

D’art, the newest local co-op art gallery, will have a sneak peek opening on August 1st. The grand opening will be on August 9th. The new gallery will also be open for First Friday. It’s amazing how quickly the artist formed the gallery, recruited members and organized an opening group show. It shows how determination and drive can produce results. It’s the same type of independent spirit that has kept Spark Gallery, the co-op in the space next door, going for 40 years. It’s similar to the pioneering spirit of the early settlers of the western United States. The artists have created a new venue out of nothing in a matter of weeks. A call for action has been issued. It’s time for the local art community to embrace and support this new co-op.

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Feeding My Addiction

Yesterday afternoon I stopped in to see the show at Michael Warren Contemporary as it was the last day. While I was there, a truck arrived with a load of art from Taos for new exhibit which opens this week. The current exhibit was a group show pulled from their inventory which depicted how to group and hang art from various artists in a residence. There were a number of pieces I loved but most were out of my price range. I picked up a piece by Meghan Wilbur which I liked and was reasonably priced. Her work has been on my wish list ever since I discovered her. The addiction has been fed once again.

Meghan Wilbar, Cloud Stamps from the Rio Grande, oil on wood panel, 18 x 16.

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