Prud Collective Launches Ethical Fashion With a Fashion Show and Pop-Up Shop on Thursday

All photos by Amfo Connolly
African tradition meets Colorado style on Thursday, December 18 at Beacons Community Creative Space, where Prud Collective will host an Ethical Fashion launch of its new spring 2015 line with a pop-up shop, cocktails and a fashion show. Prud founder Dacia McPherson's love of American, Japanese and Scandinavian styles are clear in the collection, as are the artistic influences of her design team.

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The Nkisi Project Brings the Power of Community to Ice Cube Gallery

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Tammi Kefauver Brazee and Sarah Rockett building the Nkisi Project.
When Ice Cube Gallery director Sarah Rockett had some extra space at Ingrained, the co-op's December group show, she decided that it should take a village to fill it. Inspired by her longing to build a community in Denver as tight as the one she'd left behind in New Orleans, Rockett invited more than thirty artists from six states (including co-curators Peter Yumi and Tammi Kefauver Brazee) to submit their own unique Nkisi Nkondi, or power figures, to be interwoven into a group installation: The Nkisi Project. We asked Rockett to elaborate on her concept, which she hopes will lead to others like it in the future. Keep reading for her insights...

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

Derrick Velesquez
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

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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Electronic Textiles Artist Barbara Layne on Creating Interactive, Wearable Fiber Art

Professor Barbara Layne with two of her wearable pieces that were shown at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
The Dairy Center for the Arts is opening a new exhibition, The Art of Fiber: Fifty Years of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder, that showcases a juried exhibition of new work as well as a historical display of textiles and technology. In celebration of the show, the Handweavers Guild and the Dairy have invited Barbara Layne, a professor at Concordia University in Montreal who works through the Interactive Textiles and Wearable Computers research axis at the Hexagram Institute, to speak at the opening tomorrow night. A former Colorado resident, Layne studied art at the University of Colorado and was an early member of the Guild. In advance of her talk on electronic textiles at the Dairy, Layne spoke with Westword about the origin of her work in the fascinating field of fiber art and technology.

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

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 for the Weekend of October 10-12

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

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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Playbill: Three Plays to See in Denver for October 2-5

Kathleen Brady joins Cherry Creek Theatre Company for Over the River and Through the Woods.
An opera star for the ages, funny family dynamics and Shakespeare -- as well as stage innovations, from unusual venues to free admission -- are all part of this weekend's theater openings. Keep reading to learn more.

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Sully & Co., a Menswear Boutique, Opening in Jefferson Park

All photos courtesy Sully & Co.
"Our brick-and-mortar business is focused on allowing a comfortable and inviting location where shoppers can touch and feel excellent-quality, American-made apparel," says Mark Snipe, owner of Sully & Co., a menswear boutique opening tomorrow at 2443 Elliot Street in up-and-coming Jefferson Park. Snipe is a New Yorker who moved to Denver last October; the name of his place is based on the premise that Sully is Snipe's dog -- and he is the company. The name isn't the only thing that sets Sully & Co. apart from other local stores. The style Snipe is emphasizing here is "Urban Preppy." What is that? See for yourself at the opening reception October 2 -- and keep reading for more details.

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