Midwest of Us
October 5- November 5, 2018
Bethani Wells (United States, 1995) recieved a B.F.A. in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in the spring of 2017. She has exhibited her work in Savannah, GA as well as internationally in the Dominican Republic and Lacoste, France.
Installation by local artist, Bethani Wells, explores the symbiotic relationship between nature and synthetic materiality. Using a contrast of materials such as dirt, plastic and video projection Wells portrays them as a metaphor for the dual natures that coactively dwell in us in mutually beneficial ways and make up who we are. Synthetic material represents corruptive, sinful nature and natural material represents untainted, spiritual nature. Together, they are a reflection of our humanity and the beauty of our ephemeral quality.
Her abstract paintings, made with mixed media, including dirt, also speak to our ephemeral human nature as they evolve, fall apart, and have a life and spirit of their own.
If It Makes You Happy
September 3 - 23, 2018
Alaina Mulawka has done work for some of the biggest names in the Music Industry. Justin Vernon, Grammy winner with his band Bon Iver called her up after his first Grammy sweep of Best Album of the Year and asked her to create his music video from his favorite song on the album "Beth/Rest." He co-directed it while she had her art and designed the sets. She had already been the artist behind "Panache" at Theatre in the Round in Minneapolis, and came highly recommend for her work in the fashion, art and advertising industry. She's now done her live art creations and set designs for Snoop Dogg, Skrillex, Chromeo, Wiz Kalifa, Girl Talk etc.
"If It Makes You Happy" is about the people of the Roaring Fork Valley. Being in a ski town in the mountains, Mulawka focuses on the locals there and the restaurants that have become locally owned and loved. Although it is a hard place to make it, it's the people and restaurants that keep her in this place where the turn around is frequent and people continually come and go. She wants her audience in Denver and around the world to see this place from the locals' eyes and what makes them happy. She will be doing her live art for Denver for the first time for Art Crush and will be introducing her Roaring Fork Valley team of happiness.
Greg Gandy (1990) is a studio painter and creative entrepreneur living and working in the RiNo art district of Denver, Colorado. With a focus on cultural cross-fertilization, Gandy has traveled the southeast connecting artists and communities to businesses and organizations through art exhibitions, murals, lectures, creative consultation, publications, festivals, and film. In 2016, Southern Living Magazine recognized Greg Gandy as an Innovator Changing the South alongside Aziz Ansari, Dolly Parton, and Reese Witherspoon.
Gandy's art has been shown at the Mississippi Museum of Art (Jackson, MS), CreativeArts Coalition to Transform Urban Space (Long Beach, CA), Greater Jackson Arts Council (Jackson, MS), as well as many independently run alternative art spaces. Gandy has been featured in publications including Vice, The Atlantic, Southern Living Magazine, a Lifetime movie, and numerous regional magazines, free presses, and newspapers.
Through spending long hours with the written word, color, and line, these works are a result of Gandy's meditations. By recording these reflections into a physical form, he hopes that you, the viewer, may use them as a starting point for your own mindfulness practice.
Denver State of Mind
July 6 - 29, 2018
Below are a few of the unique, individual interpretations on the theme by Denver Metro artists.
We The People
On View June 1 - June 30, 2018
Denver Captured In Plein Air
On view February 2 - March 18, 2018
Denver Captured In Plein Air was a solo exhibition by Colorado artist Dawn Cohen. She paints in the plein air technique, that requires the artist to paint an outdoor scene over the course of several days, or even weeks, culminating in a completed work that captures the subtle evolution of the scene that occurred over that time period.
WHO IS AMERICA?
On View January 3 - 31, 2018
Who is America? was a group exhibition featuring new works by a variety of artists that were created to depict individual interpretations of life in America. All works were procured through an open call for entries, which allowed for a broad range of stories, translations, and experiences.
On view December 1, 2017 -January 31, 2018
Women Empowerment was a group exhibition featuring new works by a variety of artists that were created to inspire dialogue about gender equality, the power of women, and individual experiences of womanhood. All works were procured through an open call for entries.