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

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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

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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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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...

See also: By the Letter: Joel Swanson at David B. Smith Gallery


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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....

See also: Golden Opportunity: Jenny Morgan at Plus Gallery


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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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Colorado Springs Artist Heather Bingham on the Joy and Terror of Running Downhill

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"Running Downhill."

As the daughter of a U.S. Air Force chaplain, Heather Bingham got to see a little bit of the world as a child: she was born in Turkey and spent several years on the island of Crete before her family moved back to Colorado Springs. And it was during her last year of high school in Colorado that Bingham's art career got off to a nice start. Her first oil painting, American Mona, won a regional Congressional art contest and it was shown in the U.S. Capitol in 2000.

Bingham then attended the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she met her now-husband, Dustin. She was also introduced to non-figurative art and avant-garde through the tutelage of Lenore McKerlie and Louis Cicciotello. At the same time, she spent time around Dustin's locally-renowned dream-pop band, Eyes Caught Fire, and was inspired by the music to develop her own visual style that seems informed by European expressionism. There is a quality to her work that seems to tap directly into the subconscious mind and communicating the imagery on that level to the viewer.

Bingham's first solo show, Running Downhill, opens at 11th Avenue Gallery, at 935 West 11th Avenue, on Friday, September 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. We recently spent some time with Bingham to discuss the themes of her current work, her love of fantasy artwork and how an introvert learns to transcend her self-imposed limits.

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Gallery Sketches: Three Shows for the Weekend of August 22-24

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Ryan Everson, "Drift," archival inkjet print, 2014. Gildar Gallery.
Summer's nearly over, as kids go back to school and vacations wrap up. This weekend, you can wander through a last summer festival before the fall grind commences, see what's new on the contemporary scene or catch up with the co-ops. It's all good. Here are some suggestions:

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