First Friday: Co-ops celebrate milestones and art is in the air
Mark Penner Howell, "Broadcast," Acrylic and India ink on canvas.
There's no time like the present. It's time to get gallery-hopping, and the first First Friday of the year has plenty to offer. Such as:
Mark Penner Howell's solo show at Space Gallery, 765 Santa Fe Drive, opened last night, but if you missed the reception, no worries: In addition to tonight's First Friday gallery open house, The New Normal: Recent paintings by Mark Penner Howell remains on view through January 29. Call 720-904-1088.
Several galleries are following a Denver tradition by hosting member shows this January; that would include a a CORE member show as well as a 30th anniversary exhibit showcasing works by selected past members at CORE New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive, and a group show at Kanon Collective, 766 Santa Fe Drive.
The Center for Visual Art/MSCD, 965 Santa Fe Drive, follows a similar tack in presenting Collective Nouns: MSCD Art Faculty Exhibition, which opens with a reception tonight, along with one part of E.C. Cunningham: From Wichita to Nighthawk -- a Retrospective in Two Parts, featuring Cunningham's works from 2008 to 2010 (Part I opens later this month at the Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria campus).
Abecedarian Gallery, 910 Santa Fe Drive, starts fresh with a mixed media installation from Elizabeth M. Claffey, recipient of the book-art gallery's exhibition grant for students and emerging artists. Also opening tonight: Rock, Paper, Stories, featuring works by Denver students Jonathon Wiley and Liz Greene.
"Petri Portrait," from an installation by Elizabeth M. Claffey
There's plenty more up and down the drive: Take your time; enjoy the vibe.
"Untitled 2" by Derrick Velasquez.
In RiNo, Ice Cube Gallery @ the Dry Ice Factory, 3320 Walnut Street, races into 2011 with Icebreaker 2.0, a bold juried show that's expanded from last year's gamut of RiNo-centric artists to a roster of artists from all over Colorado.
Jonathan Kaplan's ceramic show Modern Moche continues through the end of January at Plinth Gallery, 3520 Brighton Boulevard; Plinth celebrates tonight with salon-style concert by Primal Mates (admission is $12 and reservations are recommended) and a private showing of works by Mata Ortiz; tomorrow night, the gallery will join in a new Second Saturday tradition kickstarted by neighboring Wazee Union with an open house of its own.