Art Attack: Find old favorites, queer love, psychic journeys and more this weekend in Denver – Westword | Candle Made Easy

It’s a perfect weekend for the sheer joy of art in Denver, with popular local artists featured in co-ops and commercial galleries, artist visits, shows about queer love and spiritual journeys through art, up-and-coming young artists your ear give or pay tribute to a local art legend.

Enjoy your weekend with our list as a starting point.

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Claudia Roulier, “The most important thing about Tweeters was the sense of humor”, mixed media painting.

Claudia Roulier,

Michelle Lamm and Claudia Roulier, reinterpretations
Valkarie Gallery, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood
Wednesday 20 July to 14 August
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 23, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Michelle Lamb and Claudia Roulier, two Valkarie favorites known for their interesting interpretations of assemblage sculpture (and in Roulier’s case, paintings of whimsical but wild animals), are the main draws at Valkarie, whose work is on view through mid-August . Lamb uses all manner of hardware and other common materials to build metal animals, working with mysterious messages hidden within the rusty frame, while Roulier paints and draws circus bears and a whole menagerie of free animals in nature, and puts together slightly spooky assemblages with bones and alien baby dolls. Always a trip!

Art Attack: Find old favorites, queer love, psychic journeys and more this weekend in Denver

Robert Martin, “Family Portrait: Wisconsin Boys.”

Robert Martin

the story of me and you
Union Hall, The Coloradan, 1750 Wewatta Street Suite 144
Thursday 21st July to 17th September
Opening reception: Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m

Union Hall’s newest show, The Story of You and Me looks at personal moments like a scrapbook of memories. Curated by Robert Martin and inspired by the cute queer love song “Handsome Man” by Matt Albers, the story of me and you features work by Erickson Díaz-Cortés, Jordan Ramsey Ismaiel, Em Van Loan and Martin himself, all artists from the LGBTQ+ spectrum. The overall feel of the show exudes intimacy, friendship, and physical and romantic love. It just might be the most romantic show you’ve seen in a long time.

Art Attack: Find old favorites, queer love, psychic journeys and more this weekend in Denver

A dreamy summary by Deidre Adams at Walker Fine Art.

Deidre Adams

modus operandi
Walker Fine Art, 300 West 11th Avenue, Unit A
Friday 22nd July to 10th September
Opening reception: Friday, July 22, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m

The newest group to feature at Walker Fine Art – Deidre Adams, Blair Vaughn-Gruler, Ben Strawn, Melana Bontrager, Laura Guese and Melanie Grein – share works full of personal expression and vision without an immediately recognizable narrative. The message is that viewers need to look deeper to appreciate the intuitive forces that drive each artist, from abstract worlds to Laura Guese’s peaceful banks of blue clouds.

traveling exhibition
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St
Friday 22nd July to 17th September
Opening reception: Friday, July 22, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m
Curator’s tour: Thursday, August 25, 5 p.m.; free, RSVP in advance

Drew Austin from The Dairy curated the traveling exhibition as an invitation to visit places – some referencing real landscapes and others invented or rearranged narratives – with a range of artists evoking the idea and experience of place in their practices. The beauty of it for art connoisseurs is that all of these places are accessible under one roof using your imagination. The show focuses on individual artists Amy Guion Clay, Caroline Douglas, Louise Grauer and Kristen Snedeker, as well as a group of outdoor painters classified under the title “Adventure Painting” and curated in collaboration with participating artists Johnny Defeo and Aaron Zulpo will. Free guided tours are offered twice a month in August and September; answer online.

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Craig Robb, Solace in Introspection, 2022, wood, steel, acrylic.

Craig Robb

craig rob, The philosophy of the movement
jens starling, Silent villains
Guest artist: Phelix Venters-Sefic
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
Friday, July 22nd to August 7th
Opening reception: Friday, July 22, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m
Pirate Performance Series: Radical Love Movement: Friday, July 22 and August 5, 7 p.m

Sculptor Craig Robb’s newest member show is a new addition to his ongoing development, working with wood and metal wall sculptures that swirl around and out of their static frames, as well as new puzzle-like kaleidoscope images made from molded wooden blocks in various stains and a bright installation tall, lighted beams from floor to ceiling in different colors. Robb has also designed lighted props for dancers who will be performing at the opening and subsequent performance nights at the gallery. Associate member Jen Starling’s signature portraits will no doubt line the walls, but the artist adds a video component to this exhibit that explores modern views of death. The picture follows several paintings that dissolve and disappear into the void of memory.

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Annie DeCamp, Floating Dutch Girl #10.

Annie DeCamp

Annie DeCamp Summer Studio Sale
Annie DeCamp Art, 2820 East 17th Avenue (back door entrance)
Friday, July 22, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m

Annie DeCamp, studio colleague and co-conspirator at the 17th Avenue building, which also houses other studios, Bell Projects and avant-garde boutique Marginal, invites collectors to a studio sale of artworks at 50 to 70 percent discounts. Such a deal!

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Eva Bovenzi, “Just Is”, 2020, acrylic on wood panel.

Eva Bovenzi, Michael Warren Contemporary

Eva Bovenzi, Completed Present
Harvey Preston Gallery, Aspen
Michael Warren Contemporary, Santa Fe Drive
Until 13.8
Artist Reception: Saturday, July 23, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m

Michael Warren introduces gallery artist Eva Bovenzi, but then mixes things up by hosting an exhibition in Denver of work from Aspen’s Harvey Preston Gallery. Bovenzi, who works in the Bay Area but resides in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains during the summers, paints spiritually powerful abstractions in acrylics on wood panels, centering totem-like forms between color rays and shadows. The Preston Gallery brings Highland artists K. Cesark, Louise Deroualle, Molly Peacock and Jeanne Quinn with monochromatic, gridded porcelain wall sculptures and a series of ceramic mugs featuring the Statue of Liberty rising at graduated heights from Cesark, paintings by Deroualle; Peacock’s beautiful porcelain sculptures resembling something like vertical bones (or broccoli?) rising like clouds; and Quinn’s intricate lacy ink and colored pencil drawings.

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Denise Demby, “Parallelogram”, glass and wood.

Denise Demby, Gallery 931

denise demby, Parallel existence: steel, color and light
931 Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
Friday 22nd July to 11th September
Opening reception: Friday, July 22, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m

Denise Demby owns and runs 931 Gallery, but she is also an artist in her own right as a sensitive color field painter, glass artist, sculptor and printmaker. She’s devoting the rest of the summer to a solo exhibition of her own work at the 931, which shouldn’t be a problem at all for art lovers and collectors.

MCA Creators Studio
Holiday Theater, 2644 West 32nd Avenue
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

Arts promoter Castle Searcy took a group of young artists ages 18 to 26 under her wing for MCA Creators Studio, a seven-week paid summer internship program at MCA Denver. The internship covered all the bases an artist needs to be a creative professional, from learning to capturing creative impulses to empowering entrepreneurial development. Interns also worked hands-on with artist mentors and received disciplinary training in fine arts or creative exploration. At the end of the program, interns are ready to present their findings and present a creative pitch to the public in person at MCA’s Holiday Theater. Stop by and be their audience on Saturday.

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The late Dorothy Tanner and her husband Mel started creating immersive experiences decades before the trend.

Candace Hill

Celebration of the life of Dorothy Tanner
Lumonics Light and Sound Gallery, 800 East 73rd Avenue, No. 11
Sunday, July 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m

It’s been two years since Dorothy Tanner, the light artist who founded Lumonics Studio decades ago with her partner and fellow artist Mel Tanner, passed away at the age of 97. With the easing of pandemic lockdowns, the crew at Lumonics – Barry – on Raphael and Marc Billard – can finally host a proper memorial for Tanner at the Lumonics, a venue that will feature not only light sculptures but also live music, dance and spiritual events is kept on fire. Interview clips will be shown and Tanner’s “Cosmic Rap” will also be re-imagined, but there are sure to be many stories told throughout the afternoon.

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