Sep
28
to Nov 9

New Directions 2019 National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition at Barrett Art Center

Exhibition Dates: Sep 28 – Nov 9
Opening Reception: Sat., Sep 28, 3-6pm

Juror: Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Artists Talks: Sat., Oct 12 & Nov 9, 3-4pm 

New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art. Artists are encouraged to submit works that provide a juxtaposition of traditional styles and cutting-edge practices in all 2D media, 3D sculpture, video, and installation.

Now in its 35th year, New Directions brings contemporary art to an atypical venue - the intimate galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1840s Greek Revival townhouse. Former domestic spaces remodeled as galleries create a visually-compelling setting for contemporary and cutting-edge work. 

For a full list of artist click HERE

About the Juror, Akili Tommasino

Akili Tommasino joined the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art in fall 2018. An advocate of emerging artists and scholar of the twentieth-century avant-garde, he has curated and collaborated on numerous exhibition projects at institutions internationally. Previously, he was a curatorial assistant at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and a Fulbright Fellow at the Centre Pompidou - Musée national d’art moderne in Paris. He is completing a PhD in History of Art and Architecture through Harvard University, where he earned his MA and BA.

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Topher Straus Presents: "The Parks" Closing Reception at the American Mountaineering Museum
Sep
6
to Sep 30

Topher Straus Presents: "The Parks" Closing Reception at the American Mountaineering Museum

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Artist Topher Straus is excited to announce a Closing Reception Party to celebrate the end of his exhibition at a historic Golden, CO establishment. Straus’ visionary National Parks landscape series has been on display at the American Mountaineering Museum since July 18th, alongside centuries of mountaineering artifacts that blend perfectly to create an amazing contrast between past exploration and modern representation. The closing reception will begin at 6pm on Thursday, September 26th and conclude at 9pm. Admission is free; there will be complementary food, and alcoholic beverages provided by Golden City Brewery and Golden Moon Speakeasy. The artist will be giving a speech at 7:30pm to discuss his artistic process and his love of the outdoors.

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UPLIFT: CELEBRATING THE SIERRA NEVADA at Arts Benicia
Sep
4
3:00 PM15:00

UPLIFT: CELEBRATING THE SIERRA NEVADA at Arts Benicia

The exhibition will showcase a tapestry of the visual imagery, science, and rich cultural elements of the range and its notable features, examining the past, celebrating the present, and looking to the future of the Sierra Nevada. This unique mountain range defines the landscape of inner California, dictates its watershed, and encompasses numerous features that significantly contribute to the Golden State's appearance, climate, land use, economy, and culture.

Artists are invited to submit their original paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, hand-pulled prints, digital art, textile art, fiber art, book and map art, sound art, music, installation, and video. Uplift will celebrate the Sierra Nevada's legacy and influence: artistic topics are potentially vast, and may include physical features such as Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Mammoth, Mono Lake, and Devils Postpile; relationship concepts such as its interface with Death Valley, the Gold Rush, or John Muir; or may delve deep into the Sierra Nevada's social issues, climate and orography (rain shadow), recreation, land management, relevant specialized economies and historial trades, natural history, political issues, conservation, archeology, and geophysical sciences.

JUROR
Jeanne Lorenz’s familiarity with the Sierra Nevada includes a 5-month thru-hike of the Pacific Coast Trail. She holds an MFA from Yale University, a BFA from CCAC, and is currently a professor at Solano College where she has taught painting, color theory, design, murals, and printmaking. Her own artwork focuses on the concepts, events, and spaces in which humans collaborate with natural systems.

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Jul
18
to Sep 30

American Mountaineering Museum Presents an Exhibit by Topher Straus

The American Mountaineering Museum (AMM) in Golden, Colorado is the first and only museum in the nation dedicated to mountaineering history. Since its founding in February 2008, the museum has pioneered a new approach to interpreting knowledge about mountains and educating people on mountaineering history, safety, and mountain culture. Artist Topher Straus cultivated his love of the outdoors in his native Colorado and has been recently hard at work in his Golden studio creating an innovative series of paintings highlighting U.S National Parks. Given the natural connection of subject matter and as an active supporter of their local community, the museum is pleased to feature these works in a solo exhibition, Topher Straus: The Parks.

The public is invited to a free opening reception at the museum 710 10th St. in Golden on Thursday July 18 from 6-9 pm. Attendees will enjoy drinks, nibbles and chance to meet the artist. The exhibit will be on view through September 30th, 2019 during regular museum hours, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10-4 pm, Wednesdays 10-6 pm and Saturdays 12-5pm. Adult admission is $7.

Inspired by his own exploration of the outdoors and a strong desire for continued preservation, Straus' large-scale paintings take an original approach to depicting iconic national park landscapes around the United States. He is proud to show his work in the area that his fostered life-long connection to nature. His process blends photography with digital painting, with the final image printed onto large sheets of aluminum and finished off with a high-gloss transparent acrylic resin finish. The results are dynamic abstractions of familiar park scenery that pop with color. Michael Paglia, Art Critic for Denver's Westword recently reviewed this series with the following observations:

"Given the high-tech methods and the semi-gloss surfaces, the result could be too slick and commercial, but the expressionistic handling of the outlined forms prevents that. The landscapes are simplified and conventionalized abstractions of the views and have a retro-cubist quality, along with a dash of Yellow Submarine." 

Colorado native Topher Straus left the state to attend Syracuse University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Art. He pursued a career in documentary, narrative films and advertising that took him to Los Angeles and later, New Zealand. Upon returning to Denver in 2012, he shifted gears and began fervently working in his studio as a full-time artist, quickly landing his first solo exhibit. His second solo show, The Parks, was featured at Niza Knoll Gallery early in 2019. He is an active, enthusiastic promoter of his own work and the art community as a whole. Follow Topher on Instagram @CreativeTopher and his website at TopherStraus.com

The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum seeks to preserve the history and spirit of mountaineering, to educate visitors on mountain culture and the sport of mountaineering, and to inspire in the modern climber a greater appreciation for climbing history. Known as the nation's foremost destination to experience and research mountain history, the museum's unparalleled and varied collection offers a comprehensive field view.  For more information visit http://www.mountaineeringmuseum.org

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Jun
30
to Sep 22

"THE EDGE EFFECT" an International Juried Exhibition

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June 30 - September 22, 2019

The Edge Effect describes an ecological phenomenon in the border area between disparate habitats, such as a meadow and a forest, which results in exponentially greater biodiversity. The Katonah Museum of Art recognizes that a museum creates a similar environment where works from artists with diverse backgrounds and locations are brought together to foster dialogue and spark creativity. Just as a border area is teeming with life, an exhibition can be a fertile place of ideas and images.

This exhibition includes works in all media and subject matter submitted by artists from all over the U.S. and 13 countries around the world. 67 works were chosen out of 957 submissions. Juried by Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Awards will be granted to the top three submissions.

Click herefor a full list of the artists.

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Jan
18
to Mar 7

NO SHOW (THIRD ANNUAL) @BitfactoryGallery

NO SHOW (THIRD ANNUAL)

Jan 18 2019 - Mar 7 2019

A Group Exhibition featuring the work of:
Amy Lee Lummus
Art by 13
Charly Fasano
Dan Drossman
Elaine Wendt
Emit
Gracey Ripa
Henry Esparza
Jennifer Bobola
Keri Bell
Michelle Tomes
Perle
Sharon Healy
Topher Straus
Vincent Cheap
Max Thomason

Opening Reception:
January 18, 2019 – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Bitfactory Gallery is pleased to present the third annual No Show group exhibition. The exhibition will run from January 18, 2019 through March 7, 2019 with the opening reception on Third Friday, January 18th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

No Show is an annual group exhibition, now in its third year, put on by Bitfactory Gallery. All artist have been carefully selected and invited to display their work by gallery owner and curator Bill Thomason. This year’s exhibition will feature work from fifteen local artists. Each artist will exhibit one to three pieces each. The exhibit will cover genres from natural realism to abstract expressionism and everything in between. No Show is an opportunity for artists who have shown and artists that have not shown, at Bitfactory Gallery, to display their work for the public to view. It is also a chance for people who may have missed a previous exhibition or may be curious about future exhibitions, to familiarize themselves with the artists and their work.

The No Show exhibition will run through March 7, 2019. The artists’ will be present at the opening reception Friday, January 18th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.netor (303) 862-9367.

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