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A Door Closes….

Core Gallery is closing up shop in the Santa Fe Arts District and moving to the 40 West Arts District. They are joining Pirate, Next, EDGE and Kanon in Lakewood, a suburb west of Denver. All of these are co-op galleries. The Core members decided to move west rather than absorb a rent increase on their space. There is good news for the Santa Fe Arts District. The Core space is being taken over by D’Art, a new co-op. D’Art hopes to have their grand opening in July. When a door closes, a door opens…..

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Giving Back

I attend an art action tonight at the Bronco’s indoor practice field benefiting Alzheimer research. I was invited by Mike who has made Alzheimer research one of the causes he generously supports. Mike’s boyfriend was also in attendance. The event was underwritten by the Broncos as the owner and his wife have recently been diagnoses with the disease. While I didn’t buy any art, I did make a donation. It was a very moving event. I was thankful I was able to attend.

Update: The event raised $110,000.

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Art Activities

Last night I attended the opening of new works by Sharon Strasburg and April Cannon at Mai Wyn Fine Art. The new works did not disappoint. The opening had a robust crowd. There was also an open at the Arvada Center but I didn’t have time to attend. Blurring the Line: Form, Function, Design is an exhibition which includes works that blur the distinction between form and function. I hope to check this new exhibit out soon. Tonight is First Friday for the galleries. Urban Mud 530, a new contemporary ceramic gallery and studio has opened on Santa Fe Drive. A local dance group will be performing in the gallery tonight. It may be fun to check out. Also, Rule gallery has moved to a new space three blocks north but may not be ready to open for tonight’s festivities. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is opening a new exhibit of Clark Richert’s work. Clark Richert in hyperspace celebrates the work of one of Colorado’s most important artists. This exhibit will be one of the highlights of the summer art season. I hope to check it out soon. The Art Students League of Denver is holding its annual Summer Art Market on Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the best art festivals in Denver so I know I’ll stop by sometime this weekend.

Here are a few pics from Mai Wyn’s new show:

Sharon Strasburg, Granite Altar No. 1, laser cut monotype on panel.

Sharon Strasburg, Liquid Lavender, laser cut monotype on panel.

Sharon Strasburg, Distant Rhythms, laser cut monotype on panel.

April Cannon, Renewal, ceramic installation.

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Art and Friends

My friends drove back to Santa Fe on Sunday morning. I had great time with them. We toured almost every gallery and art venue in town. Stops were made at a dispensary on Thursday and Friday evening for “supplies”. We attended the grand opening of the new Space Annex gallery on Thursday night before having a leisurely dinner at Potager which is one of my favorite restaurants. The ladies toured the Denver Botanic Garden Friday morning while I worked. Friday afternoon was spent shopping in Cherry Creek. I picked the ladies up at the hotel on Friday evening for a tour of the Co-op galleries. Along the way we ventured over to the west side of town for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant as Santa Fe lacks certain types of ethnic food. On the way back to the hotel, we drove by the $50m Meow Wolf construction project, which got its start in Santa Fe. Saturday morning the ladies toured the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum. The women were awed by Clyfford Still’s large scale paintings and by the sublime architecture of the building. A friend joined us for lunch on Saturday who, coincidentally, follows two of the women on Instagram. After lunch we toured the high-end galleries in the Golden Triangle, Santa Fe drive and LoDo. The women were very impressed by the offerings and rosters of talent in the commercial galleries. After the galleries, we had drinks at the Cruise Room in the historic Oxford Hotel in LoDo just steps from Union Station. The women enjoyed our dinner at Potager on Thursday night so much they wanted to go back for second meal. We had another wonderful meal at Potager while we rehashed the art tours and venues. We saw a $50 painting on Friday night and a $150,000 painting on Saturday afternoon. Surprisingly, The women concluded the Denver art scene is more vibrant and inclusive than Santa Fe.

It was the best weekend I’ve had in a long time. I seldom get to spend the better part of three days touring art venues with friends. I look forward to their next trip to Denver.

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Last night, I attend the opening of Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America at the Denver Art Museum. I really enjoyed the exhibit and need to go back for a second look. You can read about the exhibit here. Here are a few pics from the exhibit:

Henry P. Glass, Swing-Line child’s wardrobe, 1952

Alexander Girard, Fruit Tree, printed linen, 1961

Alexander Girard, April, printed cotton, 1960

Alexander Girard, Cutout, printed coton, 1954

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And The Winner Is….

The Friday night art tour included the high-end galleries and the co-ops. I saw $25k paintings at one of the blue chip galleries. They did nothing for me. My favorite artworks were found at Next Gallery, one of the local co-ops. Betsy $B Rudolph opened a show of new works. Here are a few of my favorites.

Betsy $B Rudolph, Summoned Monks, posca pen on MDF.

Betsy $B Rudolph, Even Pop Artist Cry, posca pen on MDF.

Betsy $B Rudolph, Queen of Heats, posca pen on MDF.

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Friday Night Favorite

Here’s my favorite painting from the Friday night art tour:

Meghan Wilbar, Faith, oil on panel, 42 x 32. Currently on view at Michael Warren Contemporary.

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