Art Attack: Denver Co-ops Breeze In 2022

Praised be our co-ops and their members as they look forward to a new year and continued growth, COVID or no COVID. Several artist-run galleries have member exhibit openings this week that will serve as windows for future shows in 2022.

Leaves of Maria Valentina, “Lantern of wisdom”.

Maria Valentina leaves

Maria leaves, Sinners, saints and fools
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
Until Sunday January 9
Vernissage: Saturday, December 18, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Maria Sheets, whose great-uncle was a Russian Orthodox priest and iconographer, takes the art of stained glass to the next level. Using the old world art materials used by his great uncle, including natural gesso, clay barrel, egg tempera, ground pigments and gold, Sheets bends the tradition by painting modern images directly on stained glass. Valkarie is bursting with art to end the year, with an exhibition of resident artists and a Mad Tatters exhibition continuing alongside Sheets’ work.

Click to enlarge Michael Dowling captures the bull by the horns in the waiting room.  - MICHAEL DOWLING

Michael Dowling captures the bull by the horns in the waiting room.

Michel dowling

Show by invitation of D’art & Friends members
Art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive
From Thursday December 16 to Sunday February 6
Opening Reception: Friday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dog Dance: performance by Joanna Rotkin and Jun Akiyama, Friday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 18, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Artist talks: Morgan McKenna and Peder Morgenthaler: Sunday, December 19, 1:30 p.m.

The D’art Gallery’s holiday lineup changes to include the D’art & Friends Members Invitational Show, an interdisciplinary group exhibition of 36 artists that combines the work of each member with that of a friend invited in dedicated spaces. The mix includes dancers and poets, who will perform at a series of artist talks and special receptions, every weekend until Sunday, February 6. The Simply Small Members art market will also continue until Friday, January 7 in Gallery East. D’art will also be organizing special Christmas week shopping hours from Monday, December 20 to Friday, December 24, from noon to 5 p.m.

Annual Members’ Fair: Connected synchronization
Synchronization Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
From Thursday December 16 to Friday January 14

Sync Gallery is joining other spaces to mount an end-of-year exhibit for members. Expect an exhibition heavy with aerial abstractions, with landscape, figurative, clay and photographic works.

Click to enlarge Josh Davy's Lonely Drawings of Industrial Ruins - are on display at the Talk Gallery.  - JOSH DAVY, DISCUSSION GALLERY

Josh Davy’s lonely drawings of industrial ruins are on display at the Talk Gallery.

Josh Davy, Talk Gallery

Josh Davy, architectural works on paper
Talk Gallery, 4382 South Broadway, Englewood
Vernissage: Friday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., or by appointment, 303-676-8007

Artist Josh Davy, whose work at the Next Gallery Co-operative in Lakewood examines metalwork, robot assemblies and uninhabited clay buildings, shows a different but connected side for a solo exhibition at the Talk Gallery in Englewood. Davy’s fascination with derelict buildings is again reflected in the precisely rendered pencil drawings of old factories and other industrial ruins, this time in response to a therapeutic trip across the country taken to visit and reconnect with his ex-father in case of need. Some of his clay works will stand next to it. As usual at Talk Gallery openings, there will be a lounge atmosphere in the gallery, complemented by special cocktails by mixologist Salta Events.

Click to enlarge Roy Nydorf, "Landscape With Ruins." - ROY NYDORF

Roy Nydorf, “Landscape with Ruins.”

Roy Nydorf

Michael Dowling: the myths of realism
Roy Nydorf: intimate works
Waiting room gallery, 3258, rue Larimer
Vernissage: Friday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Closing reception: Friday, January 28, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Another non-traditional Denver gallery, the Waiting Room, set in the hallways of the second and third floors of the Expecker Building at RiNo, will feature master draftsman Michael Dowling and multi-faceted artist Roy Nydorf through to the end of January, under the direction of opening and closing receptions. Check the website for regular daytime visiting hours.

Click to enlarge Lee labier "Auto insertable," digital collage with video .. - LEE LABIER

Lee LaBier “Insertable Self”, digital collage with video.

Lee labier

TO AUGMENT Collective exhibition
Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive
December 17 to January 13
Vernissage: Friday, December 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bitfactory is hosting an exhibition of thirteen local female artists, noting that creative members of the female gender still don’t get enough credit for their work, even in the 21st century. A giant leap for women as they enter a new year. Introduce yourself and lend your support.

Click to enlarge Jen Starling deepens her work at Pirate: Contemporary Art.  - JEN STARLING

Jen Starling deepens her work at Pirate: Contemporary Art.

Jen starling

Artist interview with Jen Starling
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
Friday December 17, 7 p.m.

Listen to Jen Starling, associate member of Pirate, discuss the background and practice of her solo show, Confront the void, with his pirate colleague Charles Livingstone. Good luck attending the Outsider show before he leaves next week.

Show “You better be careful” and reception of the winter solstice
Pop-up Dikeou: Colfax, 312 East Colfax Avenue
Tuesday, December 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate the season while getting a different take on Devon Dikeou’s Mid-Career Smear retrospective in the informal half of the Dikeou collection, located in the former display case of Jerry’s Record Exchange. Dikeou’s “Donation” installation has been embellished with a winter floral arrangement in the courtyard, where the artist from the Dikeou collection Lizzi Bougatsos also shares an ice sculpture “Self-portrait”; for the main event, see Dikeou perform “You Better Watch Out,” an interactive discussion of who’s been bad and who’s been good this year, with a milk and cookie ending.

Pirate group show
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
From Friday December 31 to Sunday January 9

Pirate’s annual group show enters the new year with high hopes and impressive art. Come on and lend a helping hand to members for longevity as one of Denver’s original and revolutionary co-ops.

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