Art Gym just extended our hours – we are open until Midnight 6 nights a week and we want to celebrate! Come get creative with us on Saturday, August 12th for Night at the Art Gym–a night of art-making, live performances and demos. Watch local artists Mitch Caster, Mikael Olson and Michael Dowling participate in a “Paint Off,” where they will create work based on a live model. Or make some work yourself–grab some chalk and add to our sidewalk mural, pop into a free costumed figure drawing session, or make pieces for a collaborative celestial sculpture in our sculpture room!
A curated Art Gym member exhibition showcasing the Art of Max Maddox and Roy Toma, opening July 20, from 5-8pm. Meet the artists and enjoy a musical performance by Maria Maddox. This event is free and open to the public.Max Maddox has been working at Art Gym this past year on his “Forgeries of Forgeries”– ready-mades and “re-crafted objects” dealing with Boko Haram’s abduction of girls at Chibok and the resulting forced marriage of them to soldiers of the Islamic Extremists Group.
Juxtaposed is the photographic work of Roy Toma, who works in Art Gym’s digital department to alter his images of the natural world. In his own words, “I’m starting to work with my images on different planes and parallels, and with the advent of quantum physics, the world of potential micro/macro imagery really opens up the potential to examine the world of non-duality and unity”.
Christmas in July? This year we want to transform our Gallery from December 5 – 23 into a Holiday Fine Arts Festival. For this event we are looking for member artists that would like to sell their “art related gift items” (think smaller art pieces, printed cards, books, jewelry…) during this time. We will have a special event planned on Thursday December 7, from 5-8 pm. Please submit photos with short description to elke@artgymdenver. Deadline is November 1, 2017.
Artist Demo with Platte Forum resident artist, Kyle Peets
Art Gym is excited to announce a partnership with PlatteForum, by collaborating with their current resident artist, Kyle Peets. Kyle will be holding an artist talk followed by a demo of the white line woodcut process on Saturday, July 22 starting at 1pm.
Kyle has been using Art Gym’s printshop as part of his Platte Forum project and we are happy to help facilitate him with the project and host his artist talk and demo. To learn more about Kyle, his artist talk and demo and the project click on the read more link.
This three day workshop happens over three Saturdays–August 5, 12, 19 from 10am-6pm. It’s an intense introduction to the stone lithography process. Students will learn the process of preparing a stone, drawing with grease crayons, etching, and printing. Students will work as a team, assisting one another to learn how to sponge, proof, and edition their artwork. Each student will print a small edition of at least one lithograph. IMPORTANT: stone lithography is not for the faint of heart.
Limited to 2 participants. All materials included. No experience necessary.
Join us tomorrow for our monthly critique session! It’s a great time to meet other thoughtful artists, refine your ideas and take your work to the next level! This month it happens Tuesday, July 18 from 7-9pm. Denver-based artist Anna Kaye will be this month’s facilitator. To learn more about Anna, visit www.annakayeart.com Bring some artwork (finished or in-progress). Light refreshments will be provided. FREE and open to the Public, so bring your artist friends!
We are exploring programming to compliment our art critiques with other artists’ enrichment programming. Keep an eye out for useful artist talks, gallery owner presentations, artist panels and business-of-art programming!
Did you know… workshops at Art Gym are open to non-members? We want to hear from you! What kinds of educational opportunities you would like to see happen at Art Gym? Would you like to see more demos or artist talks, or more hands-on workshops? In which mediums? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.
While we are primarily a workspace for our members, Art Gym has partnered with the Art Students League of Denver, Boulder Digital Lab and others (still in the works!), to offer courses in our space. Art Gym members can also teach workshops here.
Art Gym has just launched its new website. Not only will there be a new look, but the user experience is much improved! You will also notice a new look to our newsletters, beginning with the August edition. We hope you enjoy the easier navigation and fresh, new look!
A huge thank you to Julia Dillard, Art Gym’s Development Director, for her countless hours working on this project and to Jesse Schultz of Vizgraphics, for listening to our needs and building us a fantastic website!
Sync Gallery is now accepting membership applicationsSYNC Gallery, located in the Santa Fe Arts District, is accepting applications for membership for the 2017 year. SYNC is a cooperative gallery that has been in operation since 2009. Please visit the SYNC Gallery website at www.syncgallery.com to learn more the application process (look under the Membership tab).
Call For Entry – Artists’ Book Cornucopia VIIICalling all book artists! Submit your work for “Artists’ Book Cornucopia VIII,” an international, juried exhibition of contemporary artists’ book-works, on view at Art Gym from October 12 – November 4, 2017. Submission deadline is August 21, 2017. Art Gym members please use code AABABC17 at check out to receive a special member discount!
Leon Loughridge – PrintmakerWhy I joined Art Gym: My introductory visit to ArtGym was filled with surprise and excitement, dispelling any misgivings I may have had about a community work space. As a new member and being a printmaker, I was thrilled to be offered complete printing facilities and presses. The community of artisans is supportive and positive, helping to develop a creative environment to work and learn in. The deciding factor to move to ArtGym was the price. A full year of membership and facility use at ArtGym equaled one month’s rent at my former commercial retail studio space. There are no maintenance fees or taxes, just an creative environment free of the endless chores of maintaining a retail location.
Bio: Raised in the open ranch land of Northern New Mexico, Leon developed an affinity for the Southwestern landscape. After attending Aspen High School, along with private instruction he studied at the Colorado Institute of Art. While stationed with the army in Germany, he was able to travel extensively throughout Europe, studying painting techniques of the old masters. Leon is noted for his layered woodblock prints which capture the atmospheric qualities of the Southwestern Landscape. His woodblocks are exhibited nationally and collected by museums and collectors.