Santitos 2 celebrates religious folk-art traditions and modern interpretations at CHAC gallery

The centuries-old culture of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, built on a bedrock of religion, yields an equally old subculture of santeros and santeras -- carvers of religious figures, retablos and crosses. And each year, the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council gives over its walls to the best of these artisans. The annual show is a yardstick in time, featuring work that's true to handed-down tradition, with a touch of contemporary aesthetics.

Photos courtesy of the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council.

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Meet the magic behind Mago's Magic Shoppe this First Friday

All photos by Mauricio Rocha
Like magic, Mago's Magic Shoppe at 313 West 11th Avenue has suddenly become a must-see in the Golden Triangle, with its mix of magic supplies, oddities and art. We recently chatted with co-owner and resident magician Max Mago about where art fits into the realm of magic, how he got his start in the magic business, and what to expect at the Mago's First Friday event on March 7.

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Cast your 2014 intentions in clay on First Friday at an EvB Studios mini-shop

As far as First Fridays go, tonight's 2014 kickoff is a little slow, but there are certain things you can count on -- and Marie EvB Gibbons's monthly First Friday hands-on clay mini-shop is one of those. There's nothing quite like it: It's a chance to squeeze your hands into some clay and make something to take home, all in the inviting and cozy confines of the EvB Studio at 44th Avenue and Tennyson Street.

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Photos: Know Your Arts First Friday in the Art District on Santa Fe

When the crowds came out on Santa Fe Drive to kick off Denver Arts Week on November 1, they found themselves crawling through a delicious collision of art, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, in addition to the usual First Friday street life. Following is a picture sampler from photographer Danielle Lirette, who was there to capture every aspect of the party. Follow the link for the full slide show.

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Adam Baumeister's conceptual vinyl art premieres at Fancy Tiger

Categories: Art, First Friday

CD sales have plunged over the last decade, but vinyl LPs have become increasingly trendy, with music fans still desiring a physical product to clutch to their chests on their way home. Recognizing this trend, several years ago musician Adam Baumeister (formerly of Bad Weather California) purchased a record lathe and formed Meep Records, which manufactures vinyl LPs and singles for Denver bands.

Lately, Baumeister has begun using his lathe to create conceptual art, taking very old recordings and manipulating them with locked and backward running grooves, all cut into heavily stylized picture discs. In advance of his art exhibition opening at Fancy Tiger on Friday, Novembe 1, we caught up with Baumeister to chat about Wagner, extinct birds and the art of the LP.

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Pueblo Creative Corridor focuses on reinventing the city's economy with a new arts base

Under the Certified Creative Districts program enacted in 2011, areas all over the state of Colorado have a chance to apply for financial and organizational aid to help grow their artistic communities and creative economies. The Pueblo Creative Corridor was one of the fifteen chosen for initial funding and development -- which only complemented the city's creative industries-minded plans that were already in motion.

In advance of big events for this month's First Friday activities in the Pueblo Creative Corridor on September 6, Westword spoke with Susan Fries, executive director of the Pueblo Creative Corridor, about Pueblo's certification as a Creative District, and what that designation means to the city's growing arts community and industry.

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The people of First Friday at Denver's Art District on Santa Fe

All photos by Danielle Lirette for Westword.
First Friday in Denver can be quite a show, especially on Santa Fe Drive -- and Westword photographer Danielle Lirette was there on Friday night to document the scene. Below is a sampling of the scenes she snapped; see the full gallery here: First Friday on Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, August 2, 2013.

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Andrew Novick on using real blood to make art

Human blood is an unusual artistic medium. Who better, then, to explore the possibilities of blood work than Andrew Novick, a man whose name is synonymous with weird art -- from his time in the infamous Warlock Pinchers band to his work with Peeps. In Blood Lustre, Novick utilizes the actual blood of his models to bring a gruesome edge to a series of macabre portraits. As weird as it sounds, though, Novick has discovered that blood has an undeniable appeal, both to his models and in the images it produces. Before Blood Lustre opens Friday at Kitchens' Ink Gallery, we talked to Novick to learn where his inspiration came from, why only real blood would do and how you find models willing to be splattered in blood.

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The best scenes from First Friday: July 5, 2013


The tradition continues! Over the weekend, crowds of arts enthusiasts took over the Santa Fe Art District for the latest First Friday art walk -- and roving nightlife photographer Danielle Lirette was there to capture the action. For more photos from First Friday, check out our full First Friday, 7/5/13 slide show.

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- The people of First Friday on May 3, 2013
- Photos: Scenes from the first First Friday of 2013
- Photos: First Friday on Santa Fe, 2/1/13

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Matthew Brown on Fancy Tiger's new music, furniture and candle projects

Fancy Tiger will introduce its Mod Livin' pop-up shop this weekend.
Over the last seven years, Matthew Brown and Fancy Tiger have been supplying Denver with stylishly modern and subtly classy clothing and house decor. As the store prepares to celebrate its seventh anniversary next weekend, Brown is also getting ready to unveil a hodgepodge of new endeavors. With a store-within-a-store showing furniture from Mod Livin', a UMS-inspired pop-up shop with vinyl from local bands, a new line of candles and an endless round of parties, Fancy Tiger is surely one of the most exciting destinations in the Broadway jungle this summer. We recently checked in with co-founder/owner Brown to talk about his favorite neighborhood shops, his love of the Denver music scene, and why Fancy Tiger is more than just a place to buy a shirt.

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