Bartel joins faculty at U of WY!

Kristen Bartel is happy to announce the she has accepted a Lecturer position at The University of Wyoming’s Visual Arts Department starting this Fall Semester. She will be teaching Drawing and Digital Media. She will also be moving her studio on campus. This academic year Kristen will participate in two Faculty exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum and Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper. She is looking forward to the quiet work time that Laramie will provide in preparation for her exhibition at Ice Cube Gallery in March 2014.

Regina Benson presents “From Nature’s Studio”


“From Nature’s Studio”  –  Solo Exhibit By Regina V. Benson

Core Sample, triptych, 48"x64"x4"
Core Sample, triptych, 48″x64″x4″

June 26 – October 6, 2013

Special Reception with Artist Lecture and Exhibit Tour:  Saturday, June 29, 1pm

A solo exhibition of Textile Installations created by Regina V. Benson will be featured highlighting her journey from wall mounted works to free hanging sculptural presentations. Using nature both in process and image, Regina’s works speak to her personal experience with wildfires and high mountain vistas; and conceptual explorations of distant landscapes. Dyed, discharged, rusted, burned, layered and stitched, her textile designs were created directly on rocks, grasses and snow fields – undulating and exploding with vibrant color and texture.

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum
703 South Second Street
La Conner, WA 98257

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm

Jean Smith in “Straight Up!”

Look for Jean Smith’s work at the Spanish Peaks Art Center.  Straight Up! is a regional juried show, exhibit and sale open to clay artists and sculptural artists working in other media, that live in Colorado and its touching neighbor states.  This show is all about vertical orientation, a “totem, tower, cairn or stack”.

Juror: Jonathan Kaplan, Plinth Gallery

June 8 – July 7, 2013

SPACe Gallery (Spanish Peaks Art Center)

132 Ryus St.
La Veta, Colorado

Jerry Morris at GOCA

AE01FAARTCERAMICA: Contemporary Clay 
February 8 –  April 12, 2013
Wednesday – Friday | 12 – 5 pm or by appointment

Corie Cole | Del Harrow | Jerry Morris | Elaine K. Ng | Mark Wong

CERAMICA features five contemporary artists breaking the mold in their handling of this ancient medium. Many of the artists in this exhibit are based in Colorado or have ties to the region, taking the pulse of ceramic-based artistic innovation in the Rocky Mountain West.

Galleries of Contemporary Art
University of Colorado | Colorado Springs
121 St. Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Mr. De Mille, I mean Sandy Lane, I am ready for my close-up.

Sandy Lane

Ice Cube Gallery

3220 Walnut

Denver Co 80205

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Through March 24, 2012

Who let the dogs out? Sandy Lane, an assistant professor and drawing coordinator at Metropolitan State College of Denver, has taken a unique approach with this exhibit and had her dogs, Bridget and Natalie, become the canine auteurs in this documentary of a dog’s point-of-view. Lane, an interdisciplinary artist, employed both traditional and experimental media and used her expertise in the installation of the resulting videos, paintings, and photos.

Outfitting the dogs with a petcamcorder from France called an Eyenimal, the girls “shot” footage during their daily walks through the Westminster Hills, Colorado Dog Park. Then Lane created large-scale drawings from the video stills using graphite with a limited palette to aid in conveying the K9 dichromatic perspective. Her husband Terry edited the videos which are displayed throughout the exhibit. As Lane states, ” the monumental portrayal of both the land and its visitors is articulated through the video projections and large-scale drawings that reinforce nature as the container for all life; while cropped images of these enormous domesticated beasts intensify the gigantic and truly uncontainable aspects of nature.”

Alas, Bridget lost the camcorder. After six weeks, it was returned to the Lanes by a man who frequented the park. It was still working and many images of curious wet noses peering into the lens, wagging tails conveying happy dog thoughts, and several dog conferences discussing important canine matters were captured. The footage shows dogs caught off guard like the tabloids catch unsuspecting movie stars, giving the human species the fix we crave into peeking into others’ lives. In this case it is the wonderful world of dogs. Sandy Lane has done a fine job of getting that close-up.

Gallery Hours:

Thursday 12:00-5:00 pm

Friday 12:00- 9:00 pm

Saturday 12;00-5:00 pm

Shout out from RiNo founder Jill Hadley Hooper

Arts supporters, including Jill Hadley Hooper, get straight to the art

By Patricia Calhoun Wed., Sep. 26 2012 at 2:13 PM

For Now Showing, the fall arts guide inserted in the September 27 issue of Westword, we asked dozens of luminaries on the local arts scene — including winners of the Westword MasterMind awards — to answer three questions:

– Aside from your organization (or yourself), who is doing the most interesting work in Denver right now?

– When you go out on the town, what’s your favorite cultural activity?

– What’s the on thing you’d like to see happen in the next year to improve the local arts scene?

The first twenty responses we received are included in the guide (and you can read them here), but great answers keep coming in — so we’ll be posting those on Show and Tell.

See also:
– Now Showing: A Westword guide to the fall arts scene
– 2012 MasterMind Awards honor our eighth class of artistic entrepreneurs

– Meet the 2008 MasterMinds, including Jill Hadley Hooper and Tracy Weil


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Jill Hadley Hooper and Tracy Weil.

Here’s the response from Jill Hadley Hooper, artist, gallery owner and co-founder of the River North Arts District (an act that earned her a 2008 MasterMind):

Westword: Aside from your arts organization (or yourself), who is doing the most interesting work in Denver right now?

Jill Hadley Hooper: Two names come to mind, in no particular order.

1) Theresa Anderson ( for her fine art first — her big, messy, crazy, awkward (in the best way) paintings. Some of the most interesting two-dimensional work in Denver right now. She’s also a writer, thinker, blogger, promoter of the arts and member of Ice Cube and Pirate galleries.

2) Ink Lounge Creative, Nicky Alden and Stu Alden ( They are designers by day who have morphed into evangelical screen-print gurus. They offer workshops to adults and kids, at-risk youth, non-profits. Aside from being talented artists themselves, they are just good people.

When you go out on the town, what’s your favorite cultural activity?

If we’re staying in RiNo (to close Ironton at the end of the night), we’ll start at Chocolate Crisis to buy supplies and get hopped up on chocolate, walk to the neighboring galleries — Hinterland and Pattern Shop among them — then head to the other side of the tracks to those galleries including Ironton. After we shut down, we’ll go to Navajo to see what’s happening there, and end the night with a drink at the end of the bar at Patsy’s.

And then, because the local scene is full of endless entertainment opportunities and connections (Theresa Anderson just happens to be one of the people whose survey answers are included in Now Showing), Hadley Hooper sent an addendum that covered both of those first two questions, and name-checked an early Westword calendar editor:

Donna Altieri: creator, small business owner and employer, world traveler, clothes-maker and fashion plate, art supporter, joiner and collector. If you want to know what’s happening in Denver on any given day, ask Donna. She curates her and husband Mike’s frequent outings carefully, assembling elements of fine art, music, performance, movies, food and fashion. A recent invite from her was an evening to start at Robischon for an opening, then a movie at 7 p.m. about the designers of the Highline Canal at the Denver FilmCenter and then a discussion on architecture and a bite to eat at ACE after. Her sense of curiosity and passion for everything makes her a Denver creatives BFF.

The last question: What’s the one thing you’d like to see happen over the next year to improve the local arts scene?

We absolutely need more coverage of the arts. There is so much going on now and it is difficult to get the word out to the general public. It seems like a dream that at one point we had two papers and Westword covering arts full time. Denver’s cultural scene is booming — just try to plan an event and find a night where something else equally compelling isn’t happening, it’s amazing.

We hope that Now Showing gives readers a feel for just how amazing the scene is — and that the issue helps to fill some of the gaps. In the meantime, if you’e like to answer the same questions, post your answers — or any other comments about the scene — below.