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Art is created on a grand scale this weekend, regardless of whether the weather matches the weather or not: In Loveland, Asian-American artists celebrate Asian contributions made in this wooded area; Peter Yumi Unveils More Fictional History on Pirate; Tattoo art is on display at Dateline along with a world-class mural. Assemblage artist Bill Nelson gets atmospheric with Urban Mud. and most notably LandMark, an ambitious outdoor exhibit, spans various public parks in Arvada and Lakewood for the summer and beyond. And there is more! Read all about it below.

Mami Yamamoto,

Mami Yamamoto, “I miss Spring Fling”, monoprint.

Mami Yamamoto

Colorado Asians
Contemporary Art Center, 310 North Railroad Avenue, Loveland
Until June 29th
The Loveland Studio Complex and Artworks Gallery opened for Colorado Asians last week in anticipation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2021. The group exhibition not only shows artists of Asian origin from Colorado, but also puts historical Asian-American contributions from the northeast of Colorado in a positive context. The exhibition was curated by Jane Burke, the Denver Art Museum’s senior curatorial assistant for the Department of Textile Art and Fashion, and an expert on Asian art history.

Charlie Walter,

Charlie Walter, “You have to get used to it”, acrylic and mixed media on a wooden board.

Charlie Walter

Phyllis Rider and Charlie Walter, Cross Currents
Sync Gallery, 931 Santa Fe Drive
Until May 15th
Abstract painters Phyllis Rider and Charlie Walter share the walls at Sync for the duo show Cross Currents, converging and diverging in both their personal use of color and mixed media and their style. Rider’s work shows a stronger marking, while Walters is dreamy and diffuse. Sync is still not hosting evening receptions because of the pandemic. The doors are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – or by appointment.

Peter Yumi's portrait of LA skater Libby Williams.

Peter Yumi’s portrait of LA skater Libby Williams.

Peter Yumi

Charles Livingston, alongside art
Peter Yumi, roller topia
Sheridan Furrer in the treasure chest
Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 West 16th Avenue, Lakewood
April 16 to May 2
Good things mostly happen when Charles Livingston and Peter Yumi mate at Pirate. This time around, Livingston is unleashing a fourteen-year photography project that explores the question “What is art?” While Yumi’s Rollertopia unfolds another of his alternate stories centering around a roller-skating civilization that astroanthropologist Dr. Peter S discovered Yumi. The artist says: “Dr. Yumi has curated an art collection that has never been seen before in our solar system! “You don’t want to miss that. Pirate is open on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dateline has tattoo art and a new RiNo mural in the alley.

Dateline has tattoo art and a new RiNo mural in the alley.

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The Art of Ink: An art exhibition celebrating RiNo’s best tattoo artists
April 1st to April 30th
Opening reception: Friday, April 16, 6 to 11 p.m.
Dateline is the perfect place for The Art of Ink: An art exhibition to celebrate RiNo’s best tattooists, a collaboration with the RiNo Mural Program that has a mural in the alley behind the gallery by tattoo master and mural artist Dave Tevenal about the The picture is painted on the weekend. RiNo: an art district in which the buildings also carry ink.

Urban Mud puts on a show of Bill Nelson's strange assemblage art.

Urban Mud puts on a show of Bill Nelson’s strange assemblage art.

Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson, Mori
Urban Mud, 530 Santa Fe Drive
April 19 to June 6
Opening reception: Friday, April 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Bill Nelson arranges strange ancient finds in even stranger vignettes and assemblages that look at mortality and the stories left behind. You are heavy with memories and dark anachronisms. You should spend some time doing this, as well as additional pottery work by Urban Mud members.

Fred Becker, EXPAND

Fred Becker, “Look in all directions.”

Fred Becker

A thousand words
Core New Art Space, Arts Center, 6851 West Colfax Avenue,
April 16 to May 2
Opening reception: Friday, April 16, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Core is giving its walls to A Thousand Words, an open exhibition of works telling literary stories and rated by artist Richard Chamberlain.

A detail from Kay Galvan's installation EXPAND

A detail from Kay Galvan’s installation “Maya”.

Kay Galvan

Border space: Kay Galvan, Maya and Janine Thornton, totems
Edge Gallery, Art Hub, 6851 West Colfax Avenue
April 16 to May 2
Edge members Kay Galvan and Janine Thornton share their duties in a show that follows the subtle undercurrents that flow through everyday life. Galvan does this with a mixed-media installation of indigo-colored fabric draped over a painted panel, while Thornton brings in her own take on fiber-reinforced sculptural forms. Art to think about.
Visit Edge on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

MSU Denver Spring 2021 student exhibition
Visual Arts Center, 965 Santa Fe Drive
April 16 to May 7
Artist panel: Thursday, April 29th, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The CVA is taking a break from large blockbuster curated shows to make room for a year-end exhibit of work by Metropolitan State University of Denver art students. In a wide range of media and styles, watch ambitious young artists develop skills for the future. A handful of these students will speak about where they are going during a virtual panel discussion on April 29th.

W. Max Thomason,

W. Max Thomason, “Life Among Giants”.

W. Max Thomason

W. Max Thomason, ghost
Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive
April 16 to May 12
Opening reception: Friday, April 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
W. Max Thomason, who has been running the gallery at Bitfactory since 2015, is celebrating six years at Galerie mit Geist, its own solo exhibition. Thomason will unveil a new range of cityscapes dotted with a rainy blur and look forward to many more years running the Bitfactory showroom.

Dan Drossman,

Dan Drossman, “I’ve given a name.”

Dan Drossman

Caught in reverie
The Waiting Room Gallery, 3258 Larimer Street
April 17th to June 20th
Opening receptions: Saturday, April 17th, 6pm to 10pm and Sunday, April 18th, 12pm to 5pm
W. Max Thomason also stars on the four-man show in Caught in Reverie along with Waiting Room artist and curator Dan Drossman, New York artist Adam Krueger, and New Mexico artist Mick Burson. The waiting room itself is located on the upper floors of the Oxpecker building in RiNo. After the opening, you can only see the show by appointment until June 20 (contact Dan Drossman at [email protected] or 917-703-2563).

Yoshitomo Saito with his bamboo sculpture for the LandMark outdoor exhibition.

Yoshitomo Saito with his bamboo sculpture for the LandMark outdoor exhibition.

Yoshitomo Saito

Public parks in Arvada and Lakewood
April 18 through October 18 in Lakewood; until April 22, 2024 in Arvada
COVID restrictions have at least one silver lining: a plethora of outdoor exhibits that offer a fresh take on the pastime of viewing art as well as the type of art on display. LandMark, a temporary exhibition curated by artists Anna Kaye and Kalliopi Monoyios, spreads with sculptures and installations in a number of public parks in Arvada and Lakewood.

The Lakewood made its debut on April 18th, while Arvada launches on Earth on April 22nd. Follow the maps and audio tours posted on the LandMark website to find your way around and learn all the way. You can also find a list of related events including a Zoom Artist Talk on June 3rd, a Rock Painting community event on World Environment Day on June 5th; and summer revelations of additional works on June 15 and 20.

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