Gallery Sketches: Four Shows to See in Denver for December 12-14

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Collaborators Amber Cobb and Laura Shill are among 23 Tank Studio artists in a group show at Ironton.
December brings group shows, big and small, to Denver galleries -- as well as one epic, plein air painting journey. Boughs of holly aren't the only thing decking the halls around town. Despite the holiday hustle, there's plenty of art to see this weekend -- here are a few places to catch it.

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Gallery Sketches: Four Shows for First Friday in December

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Work by Emma Ginsberg brightens the walls at Zip 37 tonight.
Plenty of Denver galleries will kick off December with shows of small and affordable art for the holidays. But there's much more to see this First Friday, and it's a good night to venture from the downtown area, where the Parade of Lights will create gridlock and parking nightmares, and hit one of the nearby arts districts, where you'll find illuminating work and maybe even a parking spot. Here are four suggestions:

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Gallery Sketches: Four Shows in Denver for the Weekend of October 24-26

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Scott Fraser, "No Strings Attached," Gallery 1261.

Colors may have faded in the mountains, but the local art scene is full of stunning visuals, including the otherworldly imagery of Paul Gillis at Rule, a group show exploring the cutting edge of realism at 1261, and fresh offerings from the local co-op Core and the artist-run Valkarie Gallery.

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Gallery Sketches: Three Shows in Denver and Boulder for the Weekend of October 17-19

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See video work by Ryan McFarlin and others at Dateline Saturday.
This weekend, you can survey the art of mourning and found objects, revel in grand strokes of pure color or see what's gone under the radar in the local videography community. For more options, check out Westword's gallery listings; read on for sketches of a few of our favorites.

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Gallery Sketches: Three Shows in Denver for the Weekend of October 10-12

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Leah Hardy, "Effort in Understanding," cast bronze, fabricated copper and brass, patina, prismacolor, 2014.
Visit worlds both fantastical and familiar this weekend at gallery shows that plumb the miniature and the infinite and everything in between. And you don't even need to leave Denver for this visual vacation! Read on for all the details.

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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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Gallery Sketches: Four Shows and Art Events in Denver for September 26-28

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Peter Illig, "Crisis of Painting," oil/unstretched canvas.
This weekend, visit with an artist-in-residence as he paints, check out what's new at the Denver Art Museum, begin a three-show odyssey with a top-notch Colorado sculptor or just have some fun with a local working collective. Keep reading for the details.

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Gallery Sketches: Six Shows and Art Events in Denver for September 19-21

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Choose from 99 pieces of small art at Access Gallery's annual one-night art sale fundraiser.
You'll find a wide spectrum of new art big and very small this weekend, on gallery walls and as moving pictures on downtown streets. Here's a sampling of what you can see...

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Gallery Sketches: Four Shows to See in Metro Denver September 12-14

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See work by robot artist Shane Evans and DAVA youth at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts.
This weekend's gallery openings include works that reimagine inner and outer landscapes, inspire creativity in youngsters or just plain look good on a wall. Highbrow, lowbrow and everywhere in between, there's something for everyone in Denver this weekend....

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Gallery Sketches: Five Shows in Denver for the Weekend of September 5-7

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Detail of a work by Patricia Barry-Levy, on view starting today at Helikon in RiNo.
Fall is unofficially here, and with it comes a busy First Friday with an eclectic slate of new shows, including everything from an exhibit of fresh work from a 91-year-old legend to a contemporary three-artist tribute to the beauty of the prairie West. Keep reading for more details about these and other September openings.

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