Goldfish and a life-sized nude highlight Articulated Perspectives at the Havu gallery

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Summer is traditionally a time for group shows, but most galleries tend to feature work by their various artists, with no clear interconnecting theme. Not so at William Havu Gallery, where owner Bill Havu and gallery administrator Nick Ryan have brought together four artists, all of whom do contemporary work based on representational imagery that also incorporates abstract sensibilities.

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Blackbird and the Snow's neo­-Victorian precious metalwork comes to Goldyn

Categories: Art, Fashion

Kristen Hatgi Sink
Part of the Blackbird collection.
When Marie-­Juliette Bird made her way to London more than a decade ago, her original mission was work on music. But after unexpectedly crossing paths with celebrated jeweler David Courts, Bird's course changed forever. She returned to the states a few years ago as a jewelry maker after having spent that tiem learning from the master craftsman, and in 2012 she launched her own line, Blackbird and the Snow.

This Saturday, July 12, Highland boutique Goldyn will host the Blackbird and the Snow trunk show, a display and sale of Bird's carefully crafted accessory line.

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The artists in (Residency): Process to Consumption talk creative process

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Courtesy of Pangloss Gravitron
For its show, (Residency): Process to Consumption, the city's arts arm, Create Denver, handed out empty four-foot-by-four-foot wooden boxes to a group of selected artists. They were asked to use the back as a canvas and the inside to build something. Some collaborated; others created alone. Tonight, the show opens at the McNichols Building (and closes July 27) offering a reange of themes: Laura Shill and Amber Codd offer up alternative representations of the female body; Jared Andreson mocks the age of entitlement and ownership; while Homare Ikeda addresses questions about creative origins, working with the audience to determine the content of his paintings.

In advance of tonight's opening, Westword reached to some of the artists to hear about their process and what they learned.

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Review: The Arvada Center takes a leap outside with Unbound: Sculpture in the Field

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A view of the Arvada Center's Unbound: Sculpture in the Field.
The Arvada Center is hosting four strong exhibits right now, all part of the Unbound series. But I will focus on just one here: Unbound: Sculpture in the Field. (I'll discuss the others later this summer.) The show is highly visible -- you can even catch a glimpse from the car -- and it represents a genuine expansion of the center's available art space.

The facility sits on a very large site, something that allowed exhibitions director Collin Parson to imagine using a small part of it -- a seventeen-acre field just to the south of the complex -- as a xeric sculpture garden. Given all that empty space, it's an obvious thing to do, but he's the first to pull it off since the center opened, in 1976.

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Sheila Hydle will help you fuse with your inner artist at Glassateria

All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
Sheila Hydle embarked on her new venture after the death of her father. "I wanted to use my inheritance to start something I'm passionate about," she explains. "I decided to do something different. Glass-cutting was the first thing that I felt passionate about. If my dad was here, I would still be in corporate America and unhappy."

But instead, she opened Glassateria, a studio that allows customers to become artists by working on their own glass-fusion project. "I love helping people feel creative and providing a place for them to let go of logic," Hydle says. "You can manipulate glass, but you can't control it."

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Local art collector Ron Pollard to discuss a trove of questionable Russian avant-garde works

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Paintings and relief versions from Ron and Roger Pollard's collection.
When art collecting brothers Ron and Roger Pollard purchased a handful of paintings at an online auction in 2004, they had no idea what they were in for. The pieces, bought from a seller in Germany, were done in the style of an early-twentieth-century art movement known as Russian avant-garde, but their origins couldn't be authenticated.

The purchase would begin a decade-long pursuit for verification and information on these suspected great works. Tomorrow evening, mid-century-modern furniture store Mod Livin' presents "Lost Works From Behind the Iron Curtain," a conversation with Ron Pollard about this great collection and his ongoing art-fact journey.

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Local art and goods intersect at Studio Colfax, a new gallery holding a grand opening Sunday

A peek inside Studio Colfax.
Studio Colfax is a family affair: The new artisan boutique is run by sisters Rebecca and Sarah Tischler, their mother Marguerite Specht, and friend Sarah Bruce. Though the shop and gallery space has been going for a few weeks, it will be celebrating with a formal reception for its first show, a collection of works by well-known ceramicist and the patriarch of the family, Maynard Tischler. From 4 to 8 p.m. this Sunday, June 22, Studio Colfax will be showing off selected pieces from Tischler's career, spanning more than thirty years of work.

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Photos: Strong solo shows at Robischon Gallery and Ironton Studios

Ironton Studios
Stephen Batura
Michael Paglia visits Robischon Gallery and Ironton Studios in this week's review, taking in two solo shows to start out the summer season. The exhibit at Ironton focuses on work from Stephen Batura. At Robischon there are four solos on view that match up beautifully with Batura's Ironton excursion as well as with each other.

Continue reading for photos from all of the exhibits.

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Knowledge is power: Ratha Sok and CEC Middle College students create a mural

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Jamie Swinnerton
"Knowledge Is Power," the theme of the mural.
Ratha Sok had never taken on a project quite like this one. But now approximately 1,500 square feet of space -- a pillar outside CEC Middle College that used to be just gray brick -- is covered in an eclectic mural painted by Sok, fellow artist friends Denzel Samaniego, Jin Oh, and Thien Tai, and five CEC students.

After being approached by Law instructor Ben Migliorino and Principal Scott Springer, Sox gave a presentation at the school about becoming an artist and using his art to better the community. He created a mural club at CEC that attracted five student artists who decided the theme of the mural, sketched out a design, and went to work. The club was given total artistic control of the project.

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Tom Edwards on Wallyware, the unofficial O.J. trial pottery, and a year of free ice cream

Me with my dad and sister in 1991, painting pottery-shipping boxes.
Ever since I could speak, I've always been proud to tell people about my dad's job. He makes pottery for a living, running a business out of a converted garage studio connected to my parents' Evergreen home. From here he throws, decorates, fires in a kiln, and ships out his handmade plates, bowls and mugs to art galleries around the country. Though he started out creating fine art pottery with colorful glazes, my dad really built his business around Wallyware, pottery decorated with one-panel comic strips that range from political humor to pop culture references, many centered on a fictional dog named Wally.

In honor of Father's Day and the guy who taught me that you really can make a living doing what you love (in addition to teaching me how to walk), I interviewed my dad, Tom Edwards, about his pottery business, how he came to be the official potter for the O.J. Simpson trial, and the time his art won our family a year's supply of ice cream.

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