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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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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Preview: Ink Lounge gears up for the 2014 ARTCRANK Denver poster show

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By Anne Ulku, for ARTCRANK Denver.
The traveling poster party ARTCRANK started in 2007 in Minneapolis and has grown to include several cities across the nation and even overseas locations like London and Paris. But Denver was the first city of that expansion, back in 2009, when founder Charles Youel, who'd been looking for a way to celebrate both the cycling community and the spirit of DIY design, saw our city for the design-savvy bike town that it is. And from the start, it's been a perfect fit. "This is not just for bike messengers or mountain bikers," Youel told Westword in 2010. "It's for anybody who's ever enjoyed the simple act of getting on a bike and traveling around the city."

Keep reading for a preview of ARTCRANK Denver 2014 posters and details about the show Saturday night.

See also: ARTCRANK 2011 at Super Ordinary Gallery

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Adatto Menswear and Modern Gladiator Want to Put Denver Men in Fine Fighting Form

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
John Hand shows off a custom suit from Adatto Menswear.
You won't find Adatto Menswear in any storefront. Instead, Adatto comes to you: You can consider this company your personal tailor, stylist and concierge. And now, in collaboration with Modern Gladiator, a Denver-based online magazine, Adatto is ready to put this region's men in fighting form -- a development they celebrated at a recent launch party.

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Gallery Sketches: Three Shows for the Weekend of August 15-17

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See new work by Ten Hundred at Love Gallery on Friday.
New exhibitions include an exploration of Chicano activism in art at the Center for Visual Art and a roomful of art, some of it created on site at Access Gallery, by a disabled artist with powerful messages (see below). The weekend will also see the introduction of a new lowbrow temple on Colfax, fine art on Santa Fe and an interdisciplinary exchange down the road in Louisville. Keep reading for a look at what's on display around Denver.

See also: One-Armed Attack: Access Denied at Access Gallery


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Gallery Sketches: Three shows for the weekend of August 8-10

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Gemma Bayly, collage.
Celebrate the great outdoors this weekend with a festival of sculptural works in a park, as well as a show of pieces by people who paint outdoors. And then there's a transcendent exhibit that will transport viewers to a different plane. If you're looking for art that will take you places -- both physically and spiritually -- here are three shows to catch.

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Gallery Sketches: Three shows for the weekend of August 1-3

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Catch Ravi Zupa at Black Book Gallery on First Friday.
It's First Friday and the first day of August, so it should be a fine, balmy summer night for exploring the art districts, from Santa Fe Drive to RiNo. Here are a few one-of-a-kind shows to see, tonight and through the weekend.

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