Gallery Sketches: Five Shows to See on the First Friday of October in Denver

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Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos at CHAC on First Friday.
Anything goes on First Friday, and in October, some of the goings-on take a spooky turn for the witching season. Whether you're looking for highbrow or lowbrow, we've got a selection that covers both; keep reading for details.

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

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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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Photos: First Friday on Santa Fe Drive

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June means more sunshine, better weather and evening throngs in the streets on First Friday, especially in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, where the whole stretch becomes a living art installation -- and everyone's a part of it. Photographer Danielle Lirette was there to document the district-wide street party; here's a sampling of what she saw.

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Photos: The art, food and faces of First Friday in the Art District on Santa Fe

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Denver's Art District on Santa Fe was in full bloom on the First Friday in May, with pleasant weather and lots of action indoors and outdoors all along the drive. With Space Gallery debuting its high-tech new space and food vendors and crowds filling the street, there were ample opportunities to both view art and watch people. Photographer Danielle Lirette was there, and brought back a taste of everything in the following images.

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Gallery Sketches: Five shows for First Friday

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David B. Smith Gallery
Tobias Fike, "Accumulation: A Mountain of Stars," 2014, cardboard boxes, electrical cord, fluorescent bulbs, painted wood base
First Friday comes but once a month, with an embarrassment of gallery riches: fresh exhibitions, pop-up parties, people-watching, performances and great art. Organized navigation isn't always necessary to have a good time on First Friday; still, it doesn't hurt to have some direction -- especially since there are some don't-miss shows and workshops that feel as spontaneous as they are inspiring.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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