Take a dive into the brutal seas of commercial fishing. The directors of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts offer up this award-winning documentary, which has received strong praise from film festivals around the world. Set on the shores of New Bedford–the nation's largest fishing port–cameras follow the crew aboard the Leviathan as it sweeps along dark waters for the season's bounty.
Meet the source of your all-too-comfortable natural-fiber sweater: the alpaca. An animal considered to be as exotic as it is domestic is this show’s special guest. Hundreds of these livestock are expected to arrive from more than two-dozen states to compete. Enjoy the fiber arts contest (knitting, crocheting, felting, weaving, and spinning) and peruse the Alpaca-related art and photography show. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
How does one's heritage influence his or her creative endeavors? Artwork Network seeks an answer to that question through the works of three artists: Chiyomi Taneike Longo, Teruko Wilde, and Parker-based Tadashi Hayakawa. All three left their homes in Japan as teenagers to immigrate to the United States. Then their stories diverged. One became, as she says, Americanized, while another's heritage is a daily influence. Stop by the exhibit to uncover similarities and differences in the works. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Colorado's thin air is one explanation surrealist Phyllis Hutchinson Montrose gives for her far-out paintings featuring floating orbs and suspended faces. This Denver native showcases an expansive portfolio of paintings and prints spanning her more than 50-year career. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sometimes simplicity is the best expression of emotion. Abstract sculptor Thea Djordjadze’s minimalist installations incorporate sheer drapery, glass boxes, and thin piping. Wishing to set a mood rather than tell a story, Djordjadze creates a purposeful abstraction with steel chairs and iron sculptures with the hope of forcing viewers to pause for a moment of inward reflection. Tue-Wed 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
One gallery, 20 women, immeasurable talent: This is the simple recipe for an impressive showcase of works ranging from paintings of natural landscapes to monoprint (a combination of painting and printmaking). Look for photos from Colorado resident Katherine Winter, who intensifies shots of suburban houses with Photoshop-embellished fluorescent and neon lights. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Glitter portraits of pandas and cardboard monsters may sound like child’s play, but the always-shocking Rob Pruitt would argue that they’re anything but. By depicting these images in his pop-art paintings and sculptures, New York City-based Pruitt playfully satirizes the art scene and the notion of celebrity artists. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun noon-6 p.m.
If you think that landscape photography is boring in black and white, think again. Photographer Evan Anderman's newest exhibition features natural landscapes transformed by the absence of color. Unlike traditional black-and-whites, these landscapes are first shot in color, and then reduced to black and white monochromes, producing crisp, contrasting photographs. In a muted palate, gnarled branches and undulating waves transform into abstract patterns, representing the beauty and resilience of nature. Thu noon-6 p.m. or by appointment.
Revive the senses with some chocolate therapy; a quick dose and you will be ready to take on another round of First Friday gallery visits. The River North Art District is home to an active gallery-hopping scene. Round out your tour with this culinary stop featuring local artisan food vendors. Visitors will be treated to chocolate samples, music, and complimentary cocktails. Fri 5-9 p.m.
Expose your mind to a span of new settings from Thailand's Chiang-Kong to Salida, Colorado. These powerful photographs occupy an enormous geographic space. Don’t miss this show featuring works from more than two dozen members of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. A showcase of varying techniques—from nighttime photography to altering shutter speed and capturing ghost-like movement—this exhibit moves between natural and artificial environments, human expression, and animals caught in action.
Art comes in all shapes and sizes—piggy banks and framed model trees included. Jason Theel’s abstract ceramic piggy banks will be on display alongside Craig Robb’s hanging sculptures created from a variety of different materials. Both artists elevate everyday objects, from miniature shrubbery to metal hooks, into art. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
This lauded jazz-bluegrass banjo virtuoso’s discography—including both solo works and recordings with his backup band, the Flecktones—has put some hardware on his shelf. Béla Fleck’s name is on 14 Grammy Awards (out of a whopping 30 nominations) in the jazz, pop, classical, and instrumental categories. With the Colorado Symphony at his side, Fleck will present the Colorado debut of his original composition “Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra.” Fri 7:30 p.m.
Witness the wordless beauty that springs from a homegrown act's array of elegant dance moves. Denver's very own Hannah Kahn Dance Company is performing five original dances including "Thrum," "Circling Back," and "Quintet No. 3". The 12 person dance troupe has been dazzling the community since 1988 with Hannah Kahn's innovative choreography.
This folk singer-songwriter famously thought up songs while working as a letter carrier in Chicago. More than 40 years into his musical career, icons like Johnny Cash and Carly Simon have performed his tunes and he was one of the first musicians to perform at the Library of Congress. Listen as Prine’s skilled guitar strumming underscores emotional lyrics sure to tug at your heartstrings. The opening act is bluegrass singer Tim O’Brien. Fri 8 p.m.