Art Attack: 40 West Trifecta, Booker-turned-artist group and also in Denver this week

It’s a lazy summer weekend, but that’s no excuse to forego an art adventure. Options include a trip to an outdoor show or a trio of openings under one roof in Lakewood, a large group show by graffiti and mural artists, and a debut show by a well-known Bucker hardcore band reinventing itself as an artist.

As always, this is just the beginning. There’s also talk of virtual art and set changes for several local galleries. Find all the details below.

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Christine Davis, BRDG Project

Modern Abstract: Feminine
BRDG Project at Modis in the City, 1553 Platte Street
Thursday, July 14, through mid-October
Opening reception: Thursday, July 14, 6 to 10 p.m

Three abstract artists—Christina Davis, Peggy Feliott Jensen, and Emily Roan—express their femininity from personal perspectives for the show Modern Abstract: Feminine. The exhibit also represents a new chapter in the traveling nonprofit gallery BRDG Project as founders Michael Dowling and Brett Matarazzo search for a new permanent space.

In partnership with Vacchiano Art, they will program a three-month series of exhibitions at Modis in the city, just one door from the old BRDG project space next to the Millennium Bridge. Future shows will run in October, January and April, and after the openings, artist-led events and demonstrations will keep things lively throughout each three-month run. The extracurriculars of this show have not yet been prepared; check back with BRDG Project on Instagram for news.

click to enlarge Installation view, Guadalupe Maravilla: Purring Monsters With Mirrors on Their Backs, at MCA Denver through August 28.  - PHOTO: WES MAGYAR

Installation view, Guadalupe Maravilla: Purring Monsters with Mirrors on Their Backs, at MCA Denver through August 28.

Photo: Wes Magyar

Artist Guadalupe Maravilla Talk: Art and Collective Healing
Thursday, July 14, 1:00 p.m., on MCA’s YouTube channel
Free, RSVP in advance
Salvadoran interdisciplinary artist and activist Guadalupe Maravilha’s practice pushes boundaries by providing healing relief from the collective trauma of marginalized immigrants, cancer patients, and the global working-class Latino community. The idea, stemming from Maravila’s own battle with stage 3 colon cancer, is expressed through exhibition artworks, including three “Throwing Diseases” sculptures, a “Retablo” painting and a “Maravila” mural, all of which combine as dental wheels in activated performative rituals by the artist.

Whether or not you have tickets to one of Maravilla’s sold-out shows in the Sound Bath at the MCA, the artist’s virtual talk on Thursday afternoon (with curator Larry Osei-Mensah) will break down the purpose of each element while explaining how they are activated – information, which is interesting in both cases. It’s also free; all you have to do is answer.

Lisa Calzavara and Christy Smith, Indulgent vitality
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
Thursday, July 14, through August 14
Opening reception: Friday, July 15, 6 to 9 p.m

Abstract artists Lisa Calzavara and Christy Smith will be hanging out on the walls at Sync Gallery for a month after the exhibition Indulgent vitality begins this week as an open invitation for viewers to experience everyday moments of vitality and joy. Although both artists use different styles, both exude a sense of energy, movement and color, without darkness or shadows, making for a feel-good summer show.

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Emmitt, “Autumn Kryptonite”, aerosol and stain on wood.


Wall 2 Wall
Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive
Friday, July 15, through August 15
Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 6:00 p.m

A cross-section of Denver’s hardest-working muralists, street artists and graffiti artists (including several who cross state lines) share the spotlight for Bitfactory Wall 2 Wall an exhibition curated by graffiti artist and graphic designer Emmitt, who helped found the legendary graffiti association DF Crew thirty years ago. If the names Emit, East, Keith Jive, Scribe and Tuke One (and many more) mean something to you, don’t miss it.


Claire Nulty, Firehouse Art Center

Clara Nulty, Palimpsest
Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Avenue, Longmont
Friday July 15th through September 4th
Artist Talk: Sunday, July 17, 3:00 p.m
Artist Reception/Second Saturday: Saturday, August 13, 6 to 9 p.m
For artist Clara Nulty, observation and attention to the minute is paramount to her exhibition, Palimpsest. The word refers to writing (or in this case, marking) that has been erased but still matches new marks made on a recycled surface, blurring the line between what is evident in the present and what is memory The resulting mixed media works are layered, but with trompe l’oeil precision, on a variety of surfaces including furniture, wood, paper and bare wall, evoking the ultimate half-life that hovers between the present and the past.

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Rich Hall
Talk Gallery, 4382 South Broadway
Opening reception: Friday, July 15, 6 to 9 p.m

Rich Hall is best known as the last bookman for a band at the legendary Bowery punk club CBGB, which closed in 2006. But it turns out his interests go beyond the hardcore metal bands he favors. Now based in Tacoma, Hall has revisited his first love of making art and returned to what he learned long ago as an art student in New York, painting bright, chipped, pop canvases that he hopes will spark a new career of an artist. The big reveal? Hall will premiere his work in the Denver area on Friday with a show at the always offbeat Talk Gallery in Englewood, where he hopes to make a splash and maybe tell some stories from his rock ‘n’ roll past.

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Lois Becker, “Windy River.”

Lois Becker

AH! (Wide open whatever)
Core New Art Space, The Hub at 40 West, 6501 West Colfax
Friday, July 15, through July 31
Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 5 to 10 p.m

During its storied 41-year run as one of Denver’s earliest cooperative galleries, Core has survived several relocations, including a move to Lakewood from downtown Denver a few years ago. Now relocated again to the new hub of 40 West, Core celebrates its longevity with a tradition: the community show with open calls, anything is possible, AH! (Wide open whatever), which has been around almost as long as the gallery. It may have seemed a bit more revolutionary then, but it’s still installed with the same intention: to give artists of all backgrounds a chance to hang work in a legitimate art space.

click to enlarge Photo from Eric Havelock-Bailie's Abandoned II series at Edge Gallery.  - ERIC HAVELOCK-BAILEY

Photo from Eric Havelock-Bailie’s Abandoned II series at Edge Gallery.

Eric Havelock-Bailey

Rachel Amos, Covid Accumulations
Mark Farrell, Hellish and wild
Eric Havelock-Bailey, Abandoned II/More Small Paintings
Philip Rader
Edge Gallery, The Hub at 40 West, 6501 West Colfax Avenue
Friday, July 15, through July 31
Opening reception: Friday, July 15, 6 to 9 p.m

Edge, just a few years younger than Core, also opens new shows at the Hub at 40 West this weekend, showcasing work by Associate Members. There’s Rachel Amos, whose collection of drawings was produced in the shadow of COVID; Mark Farrell, with a series of colorful cityscapes as heavy as stamps; Eric Havelock-Bailie, who offers small abstract canvases and photographs of abandoned objects and places; and Philip Rader, who paints loose, fluid, organic abstractions. Edge, by the way, is accepting entries for its annual On the edge an open juried show that aims to encourage participants to push their limits as artists. The deadline is August 12; find information here.

Pam Farris, Like home
Joy Redstone, Pedigree
Next Gallery, The Hub at 40 West, 6501 West Colfax Avenue
Friday, July 15, through July 31
Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 6 to 10 p.m
Another gallery center at 40 West, Next, will also open exhibitions: Two member exhibitions by artist Joy Redstone, who works with lost and found objects, both man-made and natural, to create personal works with a spiritual feel ; and the mosaicist Pam Farris, who is excited about the idea of ​​”home” and what it means. The Next Community Gallery features student work from Deer Creek Middle School and Chatfield High School, assisted by Farris, who teaches at Deer Creek, and Kelly Aragon of Chatfield.

5 X 5 Project

Abend Cherry Creek North, 303 Detroit Street
Grand opening: Saturday, July 16

Abend Art Gallery is opening the doors to a new satellite location in Cherry Creek North, just in time for CCN’s annual summer sale and featuring two new exhibitions: A 5 X 5 Project exhibition of small works and Melange, as with a broad, international scope. In addition, Abend will honor the sidewalk sale by offering some works at 20 percent off and live painting by local artist Christopher Clark. Call 303-355-0950 for information.

click to enlarge Abstract artist Erin Donnelly is just one of the artists you'll see at Art @ Riverbend in Lyon.  - ERIN DONNELLY

Abstract artist Erin Donnelly is just one of the artists you’ll see at Art @ Riverbend in Lyon.

Erin Donnelly

Art @ River Bend
River Bend, 501 West Main Street, Lyons
Sunday, July 17, from noon to 7 p.m
Free, $5 on-site parking (free city parking)

It’s not a long drive to Lyons, a city at the foot of the St. Vrain River with a mountain atmosphere, and besides its natural beauty, here’s another reason to do it: Art @ River Bend, a folk art and craft show on the banks of a tributary, North St. Vrain Creek. The family affair also promises live demonstrations, children’s activities and food and drink alongside the art.

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