Gallery shows works by local women

CORE New Art Space is among Denver venues on Santa Fe Drive

Posted 10/16/18

Celebrate local artists! From 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 26, the large gallery space at CORE New Art Space at Ninth Avenue and Santa Fe Drive will host the opening for “Night Circus,” with works by …

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Gallery shows works by local women

CORE New Art Space is among Denver venues on Santa Fe Drive

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Celebrate local artists! From 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 26, the large gallery space at CORE New Art Space at Ninth Avenue and Santa Fe Drive will host the opening for “Night Circus,” with works by Michelle Lamb (Littleton) and Claudia Roulier, and “Artropism,” art by Rochelle Dammel (Lone Tree), while in the Annex, “Green Verde Vert” presents art by members of the Colorado Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, juried by Molly Casey, who will present her awards at 7 p.m.

One will want to spend some time here — to absorb a rich assortment of two- and three-dimensional artworks and meet the artists. You might want to inquire not only “How did you do that?” but, “Why did you … ?”

The artists encourage visitors to come in costume, if they wish.

Lamb’s work is in assemblage and she issues an invitation like a circus barker: ”Come closer my friends and step right up … You won’t believe your eyes.” She “magically transforms common or obsolete objects into thought-provoking marvels … nature merges with machinery, metals mesh into clay, the grotesque magnified into beauty.”

She is always on the lookout for objects that may combine with items she already has found — and can summon up an image of what they might become in a next iteration. Fine craftsmanship is an important skill, as well as an active imagination that constantly envisions the metamorphosis of an object at an estate sale.

The visitor to this exhibit will go home with a collection of new images and ideas for related stories!

Roulier’s work incorporates the curious, the odd, the enigmatic aspects of circus memories, with a warm sympathetic look at animal performers. She will exhibit paintings and assemblage pieces. Her website says “I explore urban decay, machines and beasts, the natural erosion, destruction and rebirth of all systems from life to political everything cycles.” It also says she constantly collects bones, which “are the perfect metaphor for the life cycle.”

While Lamb and Roulier will share half of the large gallery, Lone Tree artist Rochelle Dammel’s abstract paintings will fill the other half in her exploration of “Artropism.”

It is “the idea that we have an innate ability to emotionally react to art in a positive way, resulting in personal growth and the opportunity to greater understand those around us. Can art make us better human beings? How can we grow as people through our innate reaction to, and interaction with art?” Dammel says “artropism is an experience for novices and art collectors alike.”

In the CORE space called The Annex, the visitor will find yet another exhibit called “Green Verde Vert,” with 37 pieces by members of the Colorado Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. The juror was Molly Casey, co-founder and studio chief of the Nine Dots Arts Consulting Business in Denver. She selected from 126 entries in which artists were asked to interpret the theme in a variety of ways from using the color green to addressing the ecological green, the political green, the monetary green, or the age of green. Casey will present awards at 7 p.m. A catalog for this exhibit will be available for sale. (wcaco.org)

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