Gallery Sketches: Eight shows for the weekend of June 6-7

This first First Friday is jammed with new art, as is the whole weekend, which also includes two June traditions: the Capitol Hill People's Fair and the Art Students League Summer Art Market. From fine art photography to collectible-toy decorating, you're bound to find something artful to see and do. Here are some of our favorites.

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Happy Birthday Toy Show
Lowbrow Denver
June 6 through July 29
Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m. June 6

Lowbrow, Broadway's emporium of glitter, coloring books, lowbrow art and collectible toys, celebrates its second birthday with a show of artist-decorated toys, snow cones and beer. The highlight of the show is a communal KidRobot toy; on the side, there will be a food truck and a raffle. HBD, Lowbrow!

Allen Birnbach, "Ladder Ranch Branding,"
A Handful of Dust: Photos by Allen Birnbach
Byers-Evans House Gallery
June 6 through August 30
Opening reception: 5 to 9 p.m. June 6

Filmmaker and photographer Allen Birnbach fills the gallery at the Byers-Evans House Museum with images of ranching life for the summer. "Once considered a fixture of the American West, ranching may not make it to the next generation," says Birnbach of the theme. "There are potentially insurmountable inheritance tax burdens for land-rich but cash-poor families, cities seeking additional water rights for their growing populations, competition with recreational and energy related activities on leased government land, and the impact of climate change. By documenting ranchers through still and motion pictures, I hope to bring a voice to the challenges of families who want to see their way of life survive."

RedHanded 7: Red Square
T Gallery
June 6 through July 27
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. June 6

The Red Show is back for its seventh year on Tennyson Street, featuring a crimson-hued variety of work by 25 artists, curated by Denver artist/mover Eric Matelski. Fire dancer Mitchell Rasmussen and sax player Harold Rapp III will add some red-hot heat to the reception.

Dane "Colfax" Stephenson: It's a Big, Tiny World
Valkarie Gallery
Through June 29
Opening reception: 6 - 9 p.m. June 6

The Lilliputian world of photographer Dane "Colfax" Stephenson, who shoots urban landmarks and Denver street scenes using tiny O- and HO-scale figures in the foreground, will take over Valkarie Gallery in Belmar this month. The show, which comprises images from three series -- "Tiny People, Big City," "Tiny People, Big Nightmares" and "Tiny People, Big Colfax" -- runs through the end of June.

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Location Info


Lowbrow Denver

250 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Byers-Evans House Museum

1310 Bannock St., Denver, CO

Category: General


4415 W. 43rd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Valkarie Fine Gallery and Studio

445 S Saulsbury St, Denver, CO

Category: General

Artyard Sculpture Gallery

1251 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Helikon Gallery & Studios

3675 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Ink Lounge

29 S. Fox St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Forest Room 5

2532 15th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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