Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Matt Barton

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All images courtesy of Matt Barton.
#66: Matt Barton

Artist Matt Barton hails from Colorado Springs, where he teaches at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and creates fantasy worlds in video and installation, in which animals talk and strange landscapes shimmer and people walk through prismatic lights. In these playgrounds for adults, Barton invites viewers to suspend reality, experience their inner children and just have fun. What goes on in the mind of an artist whose alternative worlds defy grown-up gravity with an open-minded smile? Read Barton's 100CC questionnaire for answers.

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Photos: The colors and cultures of Asia at the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

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Lions and dragons and boats took over Sloan's Lake Park this past weekend as thousands braved the heat to eat, shop and play at the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. The culture of the Philippines was showcased this year, but entertainment included everything from Japanese taiko drumming and martial arts to a wide, pan-Asian slice of traditional dances -- and, as always, the food courts were a major draw. Photographer Jake Shane caught the sheer variety of the fest in these photos and more.

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Gallery Sketches: Four shows in Denver for the weekend of July 18-20

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Jaime Molina at Super Ordinary.
This weekend's openings are in a range of venues, everything from project spaces in living rooms and storefronts to boutiques to tried-and-true co-ops. And just as the galleries themselves scream variety, so do the shows.

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Join the Processus "artist social club" at the Temple in Curtis Park tonight

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Christopher R. Perez
Recently there have been signs of life in the old Temple Emmanuel building at 24th and Curtis streets, a Frank Edbrooke structure that's stood vacant and boarded-up for years after serving as home to three consecutive Jewish congregations. And while the Temple, as it's now called, is already being occupied by artists in newly created studio spaces, as well as such organizations as the Denver Zine Library and Dylan Scholinski's Sent(a)Mental Studios, it's also still a work-in-progress, bringing vitality to the Curtis Park neighborhood.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andrea Moore

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Jumping for joy with the Uganda Project.
#67: Andrea Moore

As a creative, Andrea Moore can't be categorized: She works in words and action, embracing poetry, performance, photography, visual art and the less definable art of self-discovery -- not just as a form of expression, but as a way of helping others. Working with the Wayfaring Band, the organization she co-founded, Moore animates self-actualization among members of the special-needs community and other marginalized groups through experiential voyages; she also works with at-risk youth through programs like PlatteForum. What propels this proactive, people-friendly dynamo? Read her 100CC questionnaire below to learn more.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Gretchen Marie Schaefer

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Photo by Derrick Valesquez
Gretchen Marie Schaefer's studio at TANK Studios, 2013.
#68: Gretchen Marie Schaefer

Artist Gretchen Marie Schaefer, another TANK Studio member with roots as a RedLine resident, explores issues of mortality, decay and rebirth in two and three dimensions, building installations that take off from where her drawings leave off, using and reusing materials from one work to the next. Leading a busy life that includes coordinating the visiting artist program at the Rocky Mountain Collage of Art + Design, Schaefer still finds time to generate and regenerate works for exhibits at a variety of gallery venues. Learn more about what motivates and inspires Schaefer via her answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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Gallery Sketches: Four shows for the weekend of July 11-13

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Other Geometries: Work by Jenniffer Omaitz opens Saturrday at the Short Term Parking temporary gallery space.
Pop-ups, takeovers and celebrations rule the gallery scene this weekend, when a plethora of unexpected exhibitions will take flight all over town. Here are some picks to guide you through the many alternatives.

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Photos: Super Human updates the art of portraiture at Plus Gallery

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Adan de la Garza, "Arbitrary self improvement," performance document, HD video, 31 minutes, 2014.
It's not unusual for Plus Gallery to throw a group show in the summer, but Ivar Zeile says this year's offering, Super Human, is his biggest multi-artist exhibition ever, with work from more than 25 local, national and even international artists. More than just a collection of portraits, Super Human is a sleek study in 21st-century trends in portraiture. Here's a sneak peek at some of that work; see the rest when the show opens on Thursday, July 10.

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Photos: The art and people of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival

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After more than twenty years, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival continues to attract folks from all over the city -- and the world -- to browse and buy fine art and craft works by a national roster of artists. Food, live performance and interactive art activities for all all ages round out the summer tradition, making it a must-see event year after year. Photographer Ken Hamblin was on the scene in Cherry Creek North over the weekend to snap these images and more.

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Photos: Words and history entwine in art at Lighthouse Writers Workshop

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Mario Acevedo, "Pete's Kitchen," Art & Writing, Lighthouse Writers Workshop.
Art & Writing, one of Eric Matelski's favorite shows to curate, currenty fills the rooms of the historic Milheim House, a stately Denver Square from the turn of the last century, complete with a wraparound porch, that's now home to Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Conceived as a side trip of the annual Lit Fest last month, it's a cheeky collection by local artists curated to suit each of the mansion's rooms.

To cap its run, Matelski will lead a free tour through those rooms at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 6, sprinkling in a little of the home's historic lore while introducing the work of some of his favorite artists. Here's a preview of the art you'll see.

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