Exhibitions

ARBITRARY REVISION

Opening First Friday

Sep 1 2017

6:00 pm

ARBITRARY REVISION

Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017

Opening – First Friday
September 1, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
September 15, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Firm Graphics is a Denver based graphic design company founded in 1998 by Steve Blakley. It began in his friend’s basement as a simple “rave” flyer design service. Over the past 19 years the company has evolved into a home for creative designers focusing primarily on art in the music industry. The Firm has worked on many major festivals, record labels, and other brands around the world.

Arbitrary Revision is an opportunity for the Firm Graphics’ artists, current and past, to show their work with an emphasis on the art instead of the advertising aspect. On display are personal pieces of art from the designers along with artistic “remixes” of some of the Firm’s most well known commercial pieces.

Featured artists are:
Steve Blakley
Chuck “Emit”
Thomas Weaver
Seth Broman
Jake Martin
Stephen Mancha
Dylan Wood
Shawn Astrom
Eric Halborg
Robbie Maestas
Steve Berumen
Kenneth “Pepper” Macy

www.thefirmgraphics.com

BEATLES CARTOON POP ART SHOW

A pop-up show featuring the animation works of Ron Campbell

Aug 11 2017

4:00 pm

BEATLES CARTOON POP ART SHOW

Aug 11 2017 - Aug 13 2017

A pop-up show featuring the animation works of Ron Campbell

August 11th
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

August 12th
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

August 13th
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show is a three day pop-up art show featuring the works of Ron Campbell. Ron, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado, Friday, August 11th through Sunday, August 13th. Ron will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created especially for the show and create new Beatles pop art paintings at the exhibit. Ron will also feature other artwork based on his 50-year career in cartoons including Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons and more. The exhibit is free and all works are available for purchase.

Campbell – The Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series received monstrous ratings in its time slot….a 67 share! The cartoon series debuted on ABC on September 25th 1965. It continually fueled new music to the young kids of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons.”
Yellow Submarine, recently celebrating its 49th anniversary, has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. In his book, Up Periscope, Yellow Submarine Producer Al Brodax gives Ron Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute.

Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Ed, Edd & Eddy Yogi Bear and dozens more. Campbell’s former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children’s television. Since retiring after a 50-year career, he has been painting subjects always based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen. With particular emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide.

www.beatlescartoonartshow.com

FOCUS AND COLOR

Opening – First Friday

Aug 4 2017

6:00 pm

FOCUS AND COLOR

Aug 4 2017 - Aug 31 2017

Opening – First Friday
August 4, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
August 18, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Focus and Color a two artist exhibit featuring the paintings of Bruno D’Anna and W. Max Thomason. Two artists working in very different styles yet still seeming to have a very similar purpose in pushing the focus and color of a canvas as far as they can.

Bruno D’Anna, working with a palette knife, expresses the cityscapes and landscapes he paints in bright, vivid colors. Making bold choices in perspective, light and focus, Bruno makes even the nighttime street scenes he paints seem airy and inviting. Every canvas tells a distinct story and has a life entirely its own. The rich flashes of color Bruno uses make the viewer feel warm and welcomed into the vast expanse of the story he is trying to tell with every canvas.

W. Max Thomason twists focus into pushing the female form out of focus in each piece. Moving it closer and closer to the unrecognizable yet somehow never crossing the threshold of completely abstracting the form. Max uses color to push the story of each painting even further. Trying to tap into a palette that attempts to pull the strongest emotions to the surface for the viewer.

D’Anna – Born 1951 in Naples, Italy, Bruno has shown an exceptional inclination for art since childhood. As a teenager, Bruno enrolled in the Artistic Lyceum of Naples, a vocational school in which he had the opportunity to learn from some of Italy’s most respected artists, including Armando De Stefano. While in school, Bruno learned numerous painting techniques and the importance of art’s influence on people’s lives. He participated in numerous art exhibitions and galleries throughout the country, and earned his Master of Arts degree in 1971. Afterward, Bruno enrolled at the Naples Academia delle Belle Arti with an emphasis on Scenography. After enhancing his artistic creativity and gaining full control of various techniques at the prestigious Academy, Bruno dedicated himself fully to painting. A remarkably expressive, figurative, vocational scenographer and painter at heart, Bruno merges various techniques to encompass his own emotions, the exaltation of nature, and the purity of poetry.

Thomason – is a Denver based artist that works in the natural-realism, abstract and sometimes pop genres. Max studied at Community College of Denver/Metropolitan State University/University of Colorado Denver from 1990-1997 under Amy Métier. The greatest influence on his early painting years were the Fauvists of the early 1900’s and the realists of the 1960’s and 70’s.

He’s participated in multiple group and solo exhibits to date in Colorado, Louisiana, Florida, Missouri, New York and Austria.

His artwork has been used for the album cover Fridays and Other Small Tragedies by Carolyn’s Mother, released in 1995. His artwork will also be used for the upcoming single “Boys Like Me” and two albums “Recovered” & “Recovering” by Mike River, to be release in late 2017.

www.artistabruno.com

www.wmaxthomason.com

The Wild Backroads

Opening First Friday

Jul 7 2017

6:00 pm

The Wild Backroads

Jul 7 2017 - Jul 29 2017

A Two Person Exhibition Featuring the photography of Curtis Ghent and Linda Ghent

Opening – First Friday
July 7, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
July 21, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Wild Backroads – Curtis and Linda Ghent are brother and sister with a shared passion for photography. Curtis loves photographing landscapes and Linda pursues her photography passion by photographing the wild  horses of the west.

Curt’s first love is Rocky Mountain National Park with its varied terrain from alpine meadows to the  open tundra. He never thinks twice about hiking for hours in the dark just to photograph a sunrise  or the milky way. His dedication to his craft is reflected in his stunning images.  Curtis doesn’t stop at pressing the shutter button and capturing the image but he completes his  images by mounting them onto natural slate or oxidized porcelain tile. Some of his newest images are mounted onto a dye infused aluminum float plaque. All of his images will make for a stunning addition to your home or office.

Linda has an intense passion for both the domestic horse and the wild horses of the West. Most  people would love to vacation in Europe or some exotic place but the ideal vacation for Linda is  tracking wild horses through dusty sage brush to muddy watering holes. Linda doesn’t just capture  images of wild horses but embeds herself among them, absorbing their energy, watching their social  interactions and mingling her breath with theirs on a frosty morning. Wild horses will let you rest in their stillness as they exist in a state of deep listening, and that can be mesmerizing and rewarding. Each image Linda shares is a glimpse into that stillness, their wild freedom, and the soul of the horse.

www.curtisghentphotography.com
www.lindaghentphoto.com

DUAL INSPIRATION

Opening – First Friday

Jun 2 2017

6:00 pm

DUAL INSPIRATION

Jun 2 2017 - May 30 2017

A Two Person Exhibition Featuring the art of Anna Marie Mead and Julie Sims

Opening – First Friday
June 2, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception – Third Friday
June 16, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Dual Inspiration is a two artist exhibit featuring the work of Anna Marie Mead and Julie Sims.  Artists roam the world seeking inspiration in nature, architecture, poetry, and science. Although they seldom work side by side, artists do always look to each other to find their muse. In the case of jewelry artist, Julie Sims, her muse appeared in the paintings of abstract artist Anna Marie Mead. Working at a local gallery one day, Sims noticed a similarity between the colors and flow of her Australian opal ring and the abstract canvas “Cascade” of Mead.

Dual Inspiration was born. Sims and Mead set out to create a unique show in which they reimagine each other’s work in their own medium. Mead’s paintings draw inspiration from the metal and gemstones in Sims lovingly created heirloom jewelry pieces. Stylistically and chromatically, the movement and color of Mead’s bright bold paintings inspire Sims’ earrings, bracelets and necklaces for the show.
Dual Inspiration is a joint venture of abstract painter Anna Marie Mead and jewelry designer Julie Sims.

Mead – “Composition gives form to purely intuitive expression coming from deep inside.  Color, mark, and shape are influenced by a constant wonder for nature, aligning the work and inherent essence of my soul. Nature has always been the inspiration for my work: cloudscapes, ocean scenes, wind-swept hillsides and glorious sunsets.  I love to blend colors with the freshness and freedom of natural scenes, but often with an abstract interpretation. The process employs raw, intuitive energy to guide paint application while thick and thin layers of color and texture create rhythms of pattern, line and shape for abstract expressions to emerge.  When painting, it feels like I’m riding a beautiful wave.”

Sims – ”As an art student at Indiana University, jewelry and metalsmithing became my passion. My love for jewelry began long before this. As my grandparents traveled the world, they brought me unconventional pieces of jewelry and sometimes rough stones as gifts. Little did I know these gifts would create a lifelong love of gemstones and metals. The point in college in which I realized I could create my own jewelry changed my life.

My jewelry consists of elegant geometric shapes, lines and the uncommon forms of common stones. After creating one piece of jewelry I watch as other works unfold from this single idea. Although the process to create jewelry in gold and silver is complex, I like to create simple, uncluttered pieces of jewelry to remind us that beauty can be found in the simplest forms.

As I take my work into the future, I will continue this passion for metal and the endless array of uncommon gemstones available by pursuing a Graduate Gemologist degree through the Gemological Institute of America.”

www.annamariemead.com

www. juliesimsdesigns.bigcartel.com

BETWEEN THIS AND NEXT

Opening First Friday

May 5 2017

6:00 pm

BETWEEN THIS AND NEXT

May 5 2017 - May 31 2017

A Solo Exhibition Featuring the art of  Sharon Healy

Opening – First Friday
May 5, 2016
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception Party – Third Friday
May 19, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Between This and Next is a solo exhibit featuring the artistic endeavors of Sharon Healy. These paintings explore the concept of what lies between worlds, consciousnesses, symbols, cultures and concepts. Between what is and could be. Many of the pieces involve principles of Hermeticism, Mysticism, geometry, Kabbalah, Jungian archetypes and myths. Some are visions, dreams, or reoccurring symbolic references that are researched obsessively and over analyzed.

Sharon Healy believes that myths and archetypes convey universal messages about what it means to be human. She sees symbols and icons as ubiquitous tools to transcend the limitations of words.  Jazmin Montano of Jazmin Arts once said that: “Healy’s work will transport you into the hallucinogenic dream world of your archetypal subconscious [sic].” Using the power of cultural iconography and the materials of her craft, Healy weaves in the power of mythology to encapsulate the human experience in art.  Healy received her BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 2007 and actively participates in the Denver art scene. Her work is regularly on display at galleries in the Santa Fe Art District and the RiNo Art District, and also seen nationally, recently in the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art’s Surreal Salon Six Show. She has contributed various pieces of art to local charities like Progressive Veterans, Dream Project, Yoga Rocks the Park, and many more. Her work has been in multiple publications including “Vain Magazine,” “Contango Magazine,” “303 Magazine,” and featured on the cover of the book, God Heavy.  In December of 2011, when Healy had a painting stolen from a local gallery by a criminal admirer, the community helped her track down the thief and return the painting back to her collection.

Healy combines a variety of traditional painting techniques in a nontraditional way; many of her pieces use a black-and-white acrylic under-painting and an oil over-painting.  By engaging with a broad palette of cultural symbolism, she revives myths in a contemporary context.  Particularly, Healy evokes the female figures of our collective unconscious to return the human image to the world of art.  Healy‘s work vividly depicts overlapping incarnations of myths and their presences in our everyday lives.  As Jazmin Montano put it, “To be near Sharon’s work is to be tapped into the universal messages of life and humanity.” She is continually experimenting with new ways of painting, and is inspired by artists such as Alex Grey, Clyfford Still, Audrey Kawasaki, Francis Bacon, Marina Abramovic, Jenny Saville, Mark Rothko and Chiara Bautista

” I see art as the leader in cultural movements and the remaining traces of past civilizations.  It is the most powerful tool we have to understand and communicate the quotidian occurrences of life and the monumental experiences that shape the very core of us as humans.  Art offers a medium to converse with the future and the past, and my art comes from my desire to understand the ancient stories that I see embodied in the world around me.  The archetypes of myths, from the story of Odysseus to the dance of Shiva, are alive and present from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you kiss your loved one goodnight.  I want to bridge the gap that our culture has made between symbols and what they communicate about universal questions of existence.  I believe that symbols of the past magnify our connectedness and our desires to transcend and evolve.  If we can explore the power of symbols and stories through art we can synthesize cultures and see that we are all participating in much larger patterns of creation.  I want to place the viewer of my art on the seams of these universal patterns so that they feel the power of archetypes resonating within.  I want my paintings to stand as a mirror reflecting to the audience the truest and most captivating parts of themselves, so that he/she feels the awe of co-creating the future.” Sharon Healy

www.sharonhealy.com

FESTUS DIES ANNIVERSA

Opening – First Friday

Apr 7 2017

6:00 pm

FESTUS DIES ANNIVERSA

Apr 7 2017 - Apr 29 2017

A Solo Exhibition Featuring the art of  W. Max Thomason

Opening – First Friday
April 7, 2016
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception Party – Third Friday
April 21, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Festus Dies Anniversa is a solo exhibit featuring the artistic endeavors of W. Max Thomason, put together to celebrate the two year anniversary of Bitfactory Gallery. This spring exhibit features Max’s dive into a blurry dream world that centers on the out of focus human form. Max effectively captures a given moment in time and encourages the viewer to allow the paintings to pull emotions and thoughts of their own past and experience. The out of focus nature of his art leaves interpretation to the viewer and encourages introspection.

Max’s work has been featured on a national scale in Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, and New York

www.facebook.com/wmaxthomason
www.wmaxthomason.com

Aquatique

Opening First Friday

Mar 3 2017

6:00 pm

Aquatique

Mar 3 2017 - Mar 31 2017

Featuring the art of: Gina Burg | Ellie Powell

Opening – First Friday
March 3, 2017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Artist Reception Party – Third Friday
March 17, 2017
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Aquatique is the collaborative endeavor between photographer and mixed media artist Gina Burg and illustrator and painter Elle Powell. Their individual works being shown together in Aquatique are their love letters to the many stunning aquatic ecosystems around the world.

Gina’s work highlights the movement and light within landscapes and the beauty of the human form. By blending the mediums of film, graphic art and painting, she merges the real and the surreal to illustrate the moods of nature. Through her passion for composition, Gina’s creative intention is to capture the feeling of motion through a dream-like quality of light. She aims to inspire the viewer to feel her passion for the elemental beauty of water. Gina’s art has been showcased in several galleries throughout Denver. Over the years, she has worked with many other artists, musicians and photographers from every facet of the
creative community. In her day job, she was a featured photographer in 5280 Magazine, as well as within TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com and was proud to be featured as a Wedding.com Best of Photographer.

Elle Powell is a world traveling Denver native who has been drawing and painting for the past fifteen years. She studied philosophy and fine art at Occidental College in Los Angeles and is currently an MFA candidate at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She believes in spreading joy and beauty through her artwork, and contributes a percentage of her profits to charity.

No Show – First Annual

Opening – First Friday

Jan 6 2017

6:00 pm

No Show – First Annual

Jan 6 2017 - Feb 18 2017

Opening – First Friday
January 6th
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
 
Featuring works by:
Amy Lee Lummus, Anna Marie Mead, Bruno D’Anna, Charly Fasano, Jason Cope, Josh Finley, Vincent Cheap & W. Max Thomason.

Purple Raven Artists – A Colorado Arts Guild

Opening – First Friday

Dec 2 2016

6:00 pm

Purple Raven Artists – A Colorado Arts Guild

Dec 2 2016 - Dec 31 2016

Holiday Art Show

Opening – First Friday
December  2, 2016
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Artist Reception Party – Third Friday
December 16, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join the Purple Raven Artists along with guest artist, Anna Marie Mead, for our festive holiday art show and reception! We will be showing works in various sizes making this an opportune event to shop for yourself or for holiday gifts for someone special on your list.

Purple Raven Artists are a unique group of 10 professional Colorado artists creating in varied media of oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, photography, and jewelry. Our works are varied in style from representational to abstract, traditional to contemporary. Please visit our Shows and Events page at www.PurpleRavenArtists.com for information on upcoming shows. We look forward to meeting you and to showing you our artwork! Visit our Artists page for a sampling of our current paintings and photography.

www.PurpleRavenArtists.com