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Street Artist Abram Aleo

July 14th, 2021

I feel like it goes without saying that Denver has one of the most rapidly expanding art scenes in the country. We live in an artistic oasis, smack dab in between Chicago and Santa Fe, with entire districts dedicated to galleries. I recently had the pleasure of talking to one of Denver’s many prolific artists, Abram Aleo, about his work and some of the trends blossoming out of alleyways and gallery windows all over the city. Aleo is a self-taught visual artist, with a broad skill set and seemingly infinite creativity. He specializes in acrylic paintings and large-scale murals. These two disciplines... Read More

Collin Parson

May 23rd, 2020

Collin Parson is a visual artist from our very own Denver, Colorado. He received a bachelor of fine arts in theater design and technology, with emphasis in lighting and scene design from CU Boulder. He went on to earn a master in arts in visual culture and arts administration from Regis University. He’s a former member at Pirate Contemporary Art and held an artist residency at RedLine Denver. Parson’s style was shaped not only by his formal training, but his upbringing as well. He comes from a family of artists and is the son of sculptor Charles Parson. From a very young age, he was... Read More

Open Spaces at Bitfactory

March 21st, 2020

Bitfactory is a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Denver’s Santa Fe Art District. They curate rotating exhibitions from up-and-coming local, national, and international artists. The building also houses studios, providing a perfect space for collaboration and artistic influence. Bitfactory is excited to present a group exhibition featuring five accomplished artists. Curated by gallery owner Bill Thomason, Open Spaces showcases stylistic diversity and a variety of mediums centered around landscape works. Audiences can expect to see oil paintings, photography, pastels, and digital... Read More

Elsa Sroka

March 14th, 2020

Elsa Sroka is a Colorado native from a large family that shares the love of art and design. Mostly self-taught, Elsa continues to fine tune her skills and experiment with the constant flow of new ideas. After a previous career spanning three decades, she forged ahead into the art world and never looked back. This seemed like an obvious natural progression, as she had always practiced art in various ways. Elsa has been taking more time and putting more thought into why she paints, what she does, and what really sparks her creativity. She is hoping to expand her current bodies of work. Cows have... Read More

Allen Stone, Andy Suzuki and the Method, and Samm Henshaw at Summit

March 14th, 2020

I think it’s fair to say we’ve all been feeling stressed out lately. A little more on edge than usual. Our hearts torn between buying that inescapably cheap plane ticket or a pallet of toilet paper (why though?). Whittling our fingers down bit by bit with every hundred hand washes. I’ve been so saturated with hand sanitizer and various soap fragrances that I don’t remember what real lavender smells like, if it ever even existed at all. Music has been extra comforting this past week, which is why I’m so excited for next weekend. A little live music is just what we need... Read More

Carmen Richards

March 7th, 2020

Carmen Richards was born and raised in the Carolinas and began her creative career as a textile designer. Upon moving to Denver in 2011, she began working with Project Worthmore, a local non-profit that provides programs which foster self-sufficiency for refugees, founding their annual art show and fundraiser, Our Neighbors Ourselves. Her personal artwork has since aimed to bring more awareness to various social and environmental issues and inspired her to become part of other artist communities with similar visions such as ZEEL and RedLine. Recent projects include a growing collection of self-portraits... Read More

Lespecial, Schema Things, and Xoa

March 7th, 2020

Welcome to the weekend! You’ve made it! You’ve braved another week of traffic, snarky co-workers, global disease outbreaks, early morning toe stubbings, political turmoil, spilled coffee, and countless other hurdles. I can almost feel the relaxing wave of sunshine and smiles washing over the city as we all breathe a collective sigh of relief: Saturday. Was there ever a word so sweet? If you’re still harboring a cautiously optimistic outlook, abandon that hesitation, because there’s even more great news on the way. The Bluebird has announced a lineup for next Friday that... Read More

Francine Campone

February 29th, 2020

Francine Campone was born in Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s and lived in New York City until 1992. Her grandparents—a seamstress and a tailor—taught her how to sew, and her mother taught her how to knit. She used these early lessons in the intended utilitarian ways until, a few years ago, she encountered Debbie New’s Unexpected Knitting. That introduction, followed by Knitting Art, by Karen Searle and Experimental Textiles, by Kim Thittichai, opened her eyes to new possibilities for stitch. Campone is on a self-directed journey of learning in this new arena, through workshops, studying the... Read More

Invisible Horizons and Doble Sentido

February 29th, 2020

On March 6th, a pair of highly anticipated exhibitions will be premiering at the William Havu Gallery. With its extensive artist list and decades of history showing the latest trends in abstraction and realism, the Havu gallery is one of Denver’s top tier art venues. Next week, you can see a group show featuring Sushe Felix, Tracy Felix, and Max Lehman titled, Invisible Horizons. Concurrently, on the mezzanine, will be a show for Mo’Print 2020 titled, Doble Sentido. This solo exhibition features a collection of vibrant works from artist Tony Ortega. Sushe Felix is a Denver based fine... Read More

Antibalas, Pink Hawks, and Ramakhandra at Summit Music Hall

February 22nd, 2020

Summit Music Hall is a LoDo favorite, dishing out pizza and live music to the masses. They host national headliners and up and coming local bands from a wide range of genres. They have a sizable dance floor and a wraparound balcony up top. Next weekend they’re welcoming Antibalas, with Denver’s own Pink Hawks and Ramakhandra. Antibalas is an Afrobeat ensemble from Brooklyn. Over the last two decades, they’ve toured across four continents and produced eight studio albums. They’ve been called “one of the world’s best Afrobeat bands” by The Guardian and “overwhelming... Read More