Art Attack: Denver Co-ops Breeze Into 2022

Art Attack: Denver Co-ops Breeze Into 2022

Praise be for 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-show openings this week that will serve as windows to future shows in 2022.

Maria Valentina Sheets, “Wisdom Lantern.”

Maria Valentina Sheets

Maria Sheets, Sinners, Saints and Fools
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Belmar, Lakewood
by Sunday, January 9
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 18, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Maria Sheets, whose great-uncle was a Russian Orthodox priest and iconographer, takes stained-glass art to a higher level. Using the old-world art materials used by her relative, including natural gesso, clay bole, egg tempera, ground pigments and gold, Sheets bends tradition by painting modern imagery directly on stained glass. Valkarie is loaded to the rafters with art to end the year, with a resident artists’ show and an exhibition by Mad Tatters continuing alongside Sheets’s work.
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Michael Dowling captures the bull by the horns at the Waiting Room.

Michael Dowling

D’art & Friends Members Invitational Show
D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe excursion
Thursday, December 16, by Sunday, February 6
Opening Reception: Friday, December 17, 6 to 9 p.m. Dog Dance: Performance by Joanna Rotkin and Jun Akiyama, Friday, December 17, 6 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 18, 2 to 4 p.m.
Artist Talks: Morgan McKenna and Peder Morgenthaler: Sunday, December 19, 1:30 p.m.

D’art Gallery’s holiday lineup shifts to include the annual D’art & Friends Members Invitational Show, a 36-artist interdisciplinary group show that pairs each member’s work with an invited friend’s in dedicated spaces. The mix includes dancers and poets, who will perform during a series of artist talks and special receptions, running every weekend by Sunday, February 6. The Simply Small Members Art Market also continues by Friday, January 7, in Gallery East. D’art will also great number special Christmas week shopping hours from Monday, December 20, by Friday, December 24, from noon to 5 p.m.

Annual Members Show: Sync Connected
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe excursion
Thursday, December 16, by Friday, January 14

Sync Gallery joins other spaces in mounting a year-end members’ show. Expect an exhibition heavy on airy abstracts, with some scenery, figurative, clay and photographic works.

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Josh Davy’s lonely drawings of industrial ruins go on characterize at Talk Gallery.

Josh Davy, Talk Gallery

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

Artist Josh Davy, whose work at the co-op Next Gallery in Lakewood leans toward metalwork, robot assemblages and uninhabited clay buildings, shows a different however connected side for a solo show at Talk Gallery in Englewood. Davy’s fascination with abandoned buildings is again reflected in precisely rendered pencil drawings of old factories and other industrial ruins, this time in response to a therapeutic cross-country trip taken to visit and reconnect with his estranged father in a time of need. Some of his clay works will stand alongside. As usual at Talk Gallery openings, there will be a living-room feel in the gallery, enhanced with special cocktails by mixologist Salta Events.
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Roy Nydorf, “scenery With Ruins.”

Roy Nydorf

Michael Dowling: Myths of Realism
Roy Nydorf: Intimate Works
Waiting Room Gallery, 3258 Larimer Street
Opening Reception: Friday, December 17, 6 to 10 p.m.
Closing Reception: Friday, January 28, 6 to 10 p.m.

Another non-traditional Denver gallery, the Waiting Room, housed in the second- and third-floor corridors of the Oxpecker Building in RiNo, will tout the master draftsman Michael Dowling and multi-faceted artist Roy Nydorf by the end of January, bookended by opening and closing receptions. See the website for regular daytime visiting hours.
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Lee LaBier, “Insertable Self,” digital collage with video..

Lee LaBier

RISE Group Show
Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe excursion
December 17 by January 13
Opening Reception: Friday December 17, 6 to 9 p.m.

Bitfactory throws an exhibition by thirteen local women artists, noting that creative members of the female gender nevertheless don’t get near enough credit for their work, already in the 21st century. One giant step for women as they march into a new year. Show up and give sustain.
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Jen Starling goes in-thoroughness about her work at Pirate: current Art.

Jen Starling

Artist Talk With Jen Starling
Pirate: current Art, 7130 West 16th method, Lakewood
Friday, December 17, 7 p.m.

Hear Pirate associate member Jen Starling discuss the context and practice of her solo characterize, Confronting the Void, with fellow Pirateer Charles Livingstone. Good chance to catch the Outsider show, too, before it leaves next week.

“You Better Watch Out” Performance and Winter Solstice Reception
Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 East Colfax method
Tuesday, December 21, 6 to 8 p.m.

Celebrate the season while catching up with a different view of Devon Dikeou’s Mid-Career Smear retrospective at the informal half of the Dikeou Collection, located in the former Jerry’s Record Exchange storefront. Dikeou’s “Donation” installation has been decked out with a winter floral arrangement in the courtyard, where Dikeou Collection artist Lizzi Bougatsos also shares a “Self-Portrait” ice sculpture; 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-cookies denouement.

Pirate Group Show
Pirate: current Art, 7130 West 16th method, Lakewood
Friday, December 31 by Sunday, January 9

Pirate’s annual group show jumps into the new year with high hopes and awesome art. Come by and give the members a hand for longevity as one of Denver’s original, groundbreaking co-ops.

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