Exhibitions

Geist

Opening Reception

Apr 16 2021

6:00 am

Geist

Apr 16 2021 - May 12 2021

A Solo Exhibition featuring the works of: W. Max Thomason

Bitfactory Gallery is delighted to celebrate its 6th anniversary with a solo show featuring new work by W. Max Thomason. Geist opens with a public reception on Friday, April 16, from 6 to 9 pm and runs through May 13, 2021. Thomason has embarked on a new series of cityscapes, often reflected through the lens of a city cleansed by rain—incorporating a style that shifts away from his softer works into a more detailed style. Visitors can also stop in Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 am until 3 pm, and by appointment. Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged.

Opening Bitfactory in April of 2015, Thomason had no experience running a gallery, but his goal from the start was to curate and host exhibits by the best emerging and up-coming local, national, and international visual artists. He later incorporated more established artists to round out his schedule. As Thomason expressed during the Tenent Podcast episode released April 8th, 2021(tenantpodcast.com), he understands the challenge of getting work shown when as a new artist on the scene, so he aims to respect each and every artist who contacts him and personally responds with the best way to submit work and to be considered for an exhibit.

His business instincts and down-to-earth personality have proven to be effective. Upon reflection, he considers one high point of the last 6 years to be a show with photographer Gary Wallis and his intimate, candid shots backstage at Alexander McQueen’s first five fashion shows, featuring supermodels like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Devon Aoki. The 2019 solo exhibition of Ira Sherman’s provocative sculptures was a big hit with the public and garnered a lot of attention for the gallery. Those that he considers the most successful are the recent A. L. Lummus Mettle Martyr exhibition, Bruno D’Anna’s solo exhibitions and his own solo shows. He is looking forward to featuring abstract artist Tadashi Hayakawa in a solo show during the fall of 2021.

It doesn’t hurt to have an established presence in the heart of Denver’s popular Art District on Santa Fe and ownership of the building the gallery resides in—a not uncommon situation in the area that has allowed the district to sustain itself as a creative destination—which allows him to rent out studio space and create relationships with other local artists. He has taken on a lot of responsibility, and the pandemic certainly caused him financial concern, however he weathered the storm and is slowly gaining back an enthusiastic audience ready to reengage in the social side of the art scene and most importantly, purchase art. The year 2020 also created an urgency to launch into ecommerce allowing art to be purchased online at bitfactory.net.
The remainder of Bitfactory’s 2021 exhibitions include:

• Dan Drossman Solo Exhibition – Teetering the Line – May 21 – Jun 10
• Us Group Exhibition (2nd Annual) – Showcasing the artwork of the LGBTQ+ community – Jun 18 – Jul 10
• Jeff Velarde Solo Exhibition – Jul 16 – Aug 12
• Viral Hope Juried Exhibition – Juror Amy Metier – Aug 20 – Sep 9
• 3Kings Group Exhibition – featuring the work of Vincent Cheap, Jason Cope, & Josh Finley – Sep 17 – Oct 7
• Tadashi Hayakawa Solo Exhibition – Oct 15 – Nov 11
• Pastel Society of Colorado Small Works Group Exhibition – Nov 19 – Dec 9
• All women – gender equality theme group exhibition – Dec 17 – Jan 13

Bitfactory Gallery, located at 851 Santa Fe Drive in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits work by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national and international visual artists. It strives to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries. Additionally, they host one major or renowned artist a year, bringing new and exciting work to Denver. The Bitfactory building also houses artist studios with the vision of providing a helpful, friendly atmosphere for artists to work solo or collaborate with others. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367. www.bitfactory.net

Mettle Martyr

Opening

Mar 19 2021

Mettle Martyr

Mar 19 2021 - Apr 8 2021

A Solo Exhibition featuring the works of:

A.L. Lummus

Bitfactory Gallery presents Mettle Martyr, a solo exhibition featuring works by A.L. Lummus running March 19 through Apr 8, 2021. In this show, Lummus wraps her social commentary about society’s worship of female self-sacrifice in bright, frivolous images that harken to the late-50’s and early sixties as a means to help her message be more palatable and accessible. She uses mixed media 2d works as well as installation and a short film to create a small, sardonic celebration of the “ultimate American feminine.” The public is invited to an Opening Reception at the gallery, 815 N Santa Fe Dr, on Friday, March 19 from 6-9 pm and during regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. Masks are required to enter the gallery at all times.

In defining the thesis of the show Lummus explains “While gender equality has made significant strides, it remains that the ‘good’ American woman is a martyr. She sacrifices for image, for material, for children, for man. She is left with only our culture’s shared permission to be woman. Society’s worship of female self-sacrifice continues to permeate modern American culture, regardless of its futility.” The installation portion will include several mannequins, engaged in obnoxiously traditional feminine activities, covered with mirrored lacquer in which the viewer can interact and see themselves as “The Cutest American Martyr.” The goal is to have attendees to reflect on themselves as the muted protagonist, the consummately undervalued woman, the “unimportant” half of our nation. This commentary will also be expressed through a short film that will run at the exhibit. Lummus aims to leave attendees with a chuckle, a smile, and a broadened consciousness.

A.L. Lummus works as a full-time artist in Denver, Colorado. Her metaphor-heavy imagery and commission pieces showcase an innovative style, strength in realism, and stark compositions. Her use of a limited color palette forces the viewer into an authentic response to the image itself, rather than the color.

Bitfactory Gallery, located at 851 N Santa Fe Drive in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits work by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national, and international visual artists. It strives to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries. Additionally, they host one major or renowned artist a year, bringing new and exciting work to Denver. The Bitfactory building also houses artist studios with the vision of providing a helpful, friendly atmosphere for artists to work solo or collaborate with others as well as the pop-up space the Garage at Bitfactory. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

Urbane

Opening

Feb 19 2021

Urbane

Feb 19 2021 - Mar 11 2021

In conjunction with the Month of Photography Denver (MoP)

A Group Photography Exhibition featuring the works of:

David Eichler
Jeremy Patlen
Bailey Russel
Lea Wagner

Bitfactory Gallery is proud to participate in Denver’s Month of Photography (MoP) with a new exhibit entitled Urbane, presenting photographic interpretations of urban cityscapes. Works include polished, sophisticated impressions of city life as well as scenes viewed through a gritter lens by Denver artists David Eichler, Jeremy Patlen, Lea Wagner, and Bailey Russel of Wyoming who will be showing at Bitfactory for the first time. The public is invited to view and purchase work Tuesday through Thursday, 11am-3pm, February 19 through March 11. There will be no opening reception, but the gallery will also be open to visitors on First Friday March 5, 6-9 pm. Due to COVID restrictions masks are required and social distancing is encouraged.

David Eichler’s goal with his photographs is to help people find refuge from their own internal darkness, if even for a second, simply by appreciating light. He crops pictures very closely so viewers can see precisely what and how he did, the moment he pressed the shutter. His final images, whether in black and white or color are printed on aluminum using a process called dye sublimation. He finds that this medium best captures the power of light, enabling him to accomplish my mission of helping others, and myself. After 40 years of making photographs, he only recently began selling his work and is proud to be featured in galleries in Colorado, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon, New York, and Florida.

Jeremy Patlen’s landscape photographs lure the viewer in with an intoxicating, almost unattainable sense of space and time. The images look at once familiar and yet, at the same time, eerily out of reach. With vanishing horizons that only hint at the presence of mankind, one cannot help but long for a moment of solitude in his images and instantly mourn their disappearing reality.

Wyoming based artist Bailey Russel’s photographic work draws its meaning from the interaction between subject and process He is very interested in the history of photographic processes and how each one can impart specific meaning to a captured image. Having spent the last fifteen years learning an array of techniques, he applies them to the landscape directly around him, utilizing everything from traditional film and digitally produced images to wet plate collodion to cyanotypes to large scale camera obscura work. Each one takes a facet of the landscape and attempts to highlight and illustrate it in a particular way.

Lea Wagner immerses herself in creating photographs and other art as a way to practice being present, allowing her to expand her sense of awareness. She strives to make the ordinary extraordinary and to look at the mundane realities of life with a sense of wonder. My photos reflect my painting style, utilizing soft light and a shallow depth of field. With her most recent series exploring the possibilities of photography with a macro lens and taking a closer look at the relationship between natural and man-made elements throughout her northwest Denver neighborhood.

The Month of Photography Denver (MoP) is a biennial festival that celebrates the art of photography through public exhibitions and events across the region. During March 2021 galleries, museums and other spaces throughout Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and other areas will be participating. Full exhibition and events schedule at denvermop.org

Bitfactory Gallery, located at 851 N Santa Fe Drive in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits work by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national, and international visual artists. It strives to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries. Additionally, they host one major or renowned artist a year, bringing new and exciting work to Denver. The Bitfactory building also houses artist studios with the vision of providing a helpful, friendly atmosphere for artists to work solo or collaborate with others as well as the Garage at Bitfactory. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367. www.bitfactory.net

5TH ANNUAL INVITATIONAL – NO SHOW

Jan 21 2021

5TH ANNUAL INVITATIONAL – NO SHOW

Jan 21 2021 - Feb 11 2021

A group exhibition featuring the work of:

Art by 13, Kathy Beekman, Bruno D’Anna, Dan Drossman, Daniel Eisenberg, Chuck Emit, Gage Kelsey, Lee LaBier, A.L Lummus, Mark Risius, Ira Sherman, W. Max Thomason, Michelle Tomes, Louis Trujillo, Jason Van Tatenhove, and Heidi West

Coming off a year where the art world feared the pandemic would shut down exhibits for the foreseeable future, artists and galleries got busy using their creative minds to keep their businesses afloat. Some quickly added or enhanced their online presence with ecommerce shops, switched up their schedules and, as soon as retail spaces were allowed to reopen, experimented with timed entry and adjusted their hours. So, it is with a tinge of irony and much gratefulness that Bitfactory Gallery at 851 Santa Fe Drive is hosting its 5th Annual No Show exhibition. As in past years, local artists were invited to display an eclectic mix of genres from hyper-realism to neo-expressionism. Visitors are welcome to view and purchase work Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 3 pm and by appointment from January 22 through February 11, 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, no opening reception is planned and masks are required.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

Taking Chances

Nov 20 2020

1:00 am

Taking Chances

Nov 20 2020 - Jan 14 2021

Group Exhibition featuring the works of:

 Diane Edwards
Xenia Sease
Bev Lee
Susan McKelvy
Nancy Wylie
Mike Ray
Virginia Unseld
Karen Spotts
Sandy Marvin
Norbert Nagel
Barbara Churchley
Roger Ambrosier
Wayne Vigil
Susan Foster
Sarah St. George
Janet Larsen
Jeannette Stutzman
Shelley Howard
Lisa Camilla Hale
Tracy Wilson

Bitfactory Gallery is pleased to announce a special exhibition called Taking Chances by the Pastel Society of Colorado (PSC). Signature and Master Signature members artist were invited to embark on a personal visual exploration of a subject, place or an approach to the medium of pastel and that demonstrates their ability to take risks and break the bounds of their comfort zone. The show is on view in the gallery at 851 Santa Fe Drive from November 20 until January 14 of next year during regular business hours Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm and by appointment. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no reception is scheduled. Visitors are required to wear masks.

A Signature member of PSC is an artist in good standing whose award-winning skills, nationally accepted experience, service to PSC as a board member, exhibition or committee chair, and creative vision is such that their pastel work could represent the organization. Master Signature status is the next step, awarded based on additional acceptance and awards in National or International shows, and additional service to PSC.

The artists showcased in this exhibit are Roger Ambrosier, Barbara Churchley, Diane Edwards, Susan Foster, Lisa Camilla Hale, Shelley, Howard, Janet Larsen, Sandy Marvin, Susan McKelvy, Norbert Nagel, Mike Ray, Xenia Sease, Karen Spotts, Sarah St. George, Jeannette Stutzman, Virginia Unseld, Wayne Vigil, Tracy Wilson, and Nancy Wylie.

PSC was founded in 1994 by a group of six artists as a way to promote pastel artists, the soft pastel medium and to encourage the appreciation and art of pastel painting. PSC has become a far-reaching organization, uniting artists across the Rocky Mountains and beyond. It offers opportunities for artists through “pastels only” exhibitions at least four times a year, and through informative demonstrations by recognized pastel artists both locally and nationally. Members can enjoy workshops and classes offered throughout the year.  For more information visit pastelsocietyofcolorado.org

Bitfactory Gallery, located at 851 Santa Fe Drive in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits work by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national, and international visual artists. It strives to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries. Additionally, they host one major or renowned artist a year, bringing new and exciting work to Denver. The Bitfactory building also houses artist studios with the vision of providing a helpful, friendly atmosphere for artists to work solo or collaborate with others. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367. www.bitfactory.net

Sep 18 2020

Sep 18 2020 - Oct 24 2020

A Solo Exhibition featuring the works of:

W. Max Thomason

With the planned schedule of exhibits at Bitfactory Gallery canceled or postponed due to due Covid-19, and after months of social distancing, owner and artist W. Max Thomason, felt the time was fitting for a solo exhibition of his own work. The show entitled, Isolation features works that explore imagery of a lone, isolated figure, runs live at 851 Santa Fe Dr starting Friday, September 18 through October 25 during modified gallery hours Thursday through Saturday, 11-3 PM. There will not be an opening reception. Visitors are asked to follow safety guidelines as posted.

Every painting in the show studies a different emotional, spatial, and thought process experienced during months of self-isolation. The works are ethereal and shadowy yet also pop with color and presence. The skeletal silhouettes evoke the haunting feeling of living through a time of uncertainty and seclusion.

W. Max Thomason is a Denver based artist that works in the natural-realism, abstract and sometimes pop genres. He studied at Community College of Denver/Metropolitan State University/University of Colorado Denver from 1990-1996 under Amy Métier at Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver. 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, New York and Austria. His artwork was also used as the album cover for the Carolyn’s Mother album Fridays and other Small Tragedies, released in 1995.

Bitfactory Gallery, located at 851 Santa Fe Drive in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits work by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national and international visual artists. It strives to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries. Additionally, he hosts one major or renowned artist a year, bringing new and exciting work to Denver. The Bitfactory building also houses artist studios with the vision of providing a helpful, friendly atmosphere for artists to work solo or collaborate with others. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment.

 

For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367

Open spaces

Open spaces

Jul 17 2020 - Sep 10 2020

A landscaped themed group exhibition featuring the work of:

Kathy Beekman
Bruno D’Anna
Mara Manning
Jeremy Patlen
Topher Straus

Bitfactory Gallery owner and curator Bill Thomason invited five artists, Kathy Beekman, Bruno D’Anna, Mara Manning, Jeremy Patlen, and Topher Straus to exhibit landscape work that presents their distinct style. Mediums include oil paintings, photography, pastels and digital art featuring original takes on natural and urban terrain. The Open Spaces show begins with an artist reception on March 20 from 5 to 9 pm and runs through April 9, 2020. In addition to regular gallery hours, the show will also be on view during the first Art of Brunch Artwalk of 2020 on March 29th from 11am to 3pm and during the First Friday Artwalk on April 3rd.

Colorado artist Kathy Beekman uses no tools in her soft pastel landscape paintings, other than her fingers. Self-taught in this medium she works quite deliberately, while letting her unconscious take control and guide her creations. It steers her compositions, color choices and their placement, and tells her when a painting is finished. For Beekman, creating comes intuitively rather than intellectually. Her work is inspired by the Midwest, where she grew up and her current surroundings in Colorado.

Italian artist Bruno D’Anna creates his representational oil paintings with a palette knife, using bright, vivid colors, making bold choices in perspective, focus and most importantly, light. With his seemingly effortless ability to capture its elusive quality and how natural daylight fills in a landscape or the lights of a city falls on a cityscape, he can, in just a few strokes can transform a painting to represent a different mood.

Michigan artist Mara Manning works in cold wax and oil and a variety of mixed media including pigment sticks and oil pastels, dye stain, artgraph and more. Each painting has its own unique story whether it is one of humor or tension, real or imagined. She sometimes thinks of the paint itself as the actual subject matter causing the use of color to evolve from the painting process. While the objects often have clean-cut boundaries, they are not recognizable for the role they are playing.

For New York artist Jeremy Patlen, landscape photography is a personal and meditative practice. In places such as the open prairie or above the tree line, the light changes nearly constantly, turning the landscape into an abstract. His practice is to become calm and look deeply to find the essence of a place, then try to capture it with my camera at just the right moment. Whether traveling, documenting weddings or photographing people, he constantly seeks out the beauty that gives a place or person its intrinsic character.

The inspiration for Topher Straus’ art comes from decades of living in, and exploring Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, admiring tree-flooded valleys and silhouetted, mountain peak sunsets. His process includes modern technology and methods that result in a well-known landscape engulfed in contoured lines that superimpose the autogenous beauty of the original photograph. He takes recognizable, natural landscapes and convert them into a modern array of sharp lines—blending and contorting them up the slope of a mountain or shaping the soft, blurred lines of a waterfall. His zest for transcending established iconography makes for a unique combination of traditional vistas and modern style.

Bitfactory Gallery, located at 851 Santa Fe Drive in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits work by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national and international visual artists. It strives to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries. Additionally, he hosts one major or renowned artist a year, bringing new and exciting work to Denver. The Bitfactory building also houses artist studios with the vision of providing a helpful, friendly atmosphere for artists to work solo or collaborate with others. The gallery has a new partnership with Bonacquisti Wine Company and will be selling wine to patrons during the monthly First Friday Art Walk. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367. www.bitfactory.net

4th Annual Invitational – No Show

Opening Reception

Jan 17 2020

6:00 pm

4th Annual Invitational – No Show

Jan 17 2020 - Mar 12 2020

A group exhibition featuring the work of:

Art by 13, Noah Baker (aka Tuke One), Jennifer Bobola, Vincent Cheap, Jason Cope, Bruno D’Anna, Dan Drossman, David Eichler, Tadashi Hayakawa, Dante Heks, Ari Kipnis, Brenda LaBier, A.L. Lummus, Tommy Nahulu, Tuke One, Jeremy Patlen, Kirah Perle, Gracey Ripa, Mark Risius, Raphael Sanchez, Ira Sherman, W. Max Thomason, Michelle Tomes, Louis Trujillo, Jeff Velarde, and Lea Wagner.

Opening Reception:

January 17, 2020 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

At a time of year when there is not a lot going on in terms of notable art exhibits around town, Bill Thomson of Bitfactory Gallery decided to create an early-year splash by curating a show featuring his own favorite artists. With a wink, he named it No Show and went about inviting Colorado-based creatives whose work he enjoys and admires. His gallery is proud to present the 4th Annual No Show exhibition running January 17 through March 12, 2020, with an opening reception on January 17, 2020, 6 to 9 p.m. at 851 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Visitors will be treated to some larger works that, due to their size are difficult show elsewhere.

Bitfactory is also excited to announce a new partnership with Bonacquisti Wine Company in which they will be selling wine to patrons during the popular First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe Drive. “Colorado wineries are allowed to have five outside tasting rooms, either temporary or permanent, as long as they pull a permit that allows that business to sell wine on their behalf,” says vintner owner Paul Bonacquisti. “We are excited to have a presence on the Art District again after a long stint selling through another gallery that closed several years ago.” The winery creates award-winning local Colorado, regional and international wines in a funky industrial condo in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver. Bitfactory jumps at the chance to support other local businesses and looks forward to offering another reason to stop by the gallery on First Friday. If you don’t see wine sales during the January 3rd art walk, stop in for a glass on February 7th and beyond. For more information on the winery, visit www.bonacquistiwine.com

Some of the artists have shown at the gallery in the past or are slated for future shows but the common denominator is that they have high quality, well-received work that presents well for this exhibition.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

Reach

Opening Reception

Nov 15 2019

6:00 pm

Reach

Nov 15 2019 - Jan 9 2020

A group exhibition juried by Brenda LaBier featuring the work of:

Blaise Simonelli, Dan Drossman, Cheryle Gannaway, Frances Ehrenberg-Hyman, Amy Lummus, Scott Groeniger, Johanna Morrell, Tonja Torgerson, Annamarie Mead, Lisa Federici, Alissa Davies, Margaret Elmer, Hasna Sal, Cody Day, Pamela Crockett, Darcy Dangremond, Victoria Smits, Tom Duffy, Raymond Bonavida, Sallie Strand and David Eichler

Opening Reception: November 15, 2019 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

A great way for artists to expand their reach to other markets and for gallery owners to discover new talent, is through juried exhibitions. In this process, artists submit work online or in-person to be considered for inclusion to a specific show by one or several jurors. Earlier this year, Bitfactory gallery in Denver Colorado put out an online call-for-entries announcement to gather submissions from around the U.S. for first it’s juried exhibit! There were no theme requirements specified, allowing artists to submit up to three of their best, recently created, 2-D original artwork for consideration. Of the 206 entries submitted, pieces from 21 artists were selected to be shown November 15, 2019 – January 9, 2020 in the exhibit entitled REACH, at Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive. The public is invited to an Opening Reception on November 15, 6 to 9 pm and to view and purchase work during regular gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 3 pm, and by appointment. The opening event will also include a talk by Juror, Brenda LaBier and an awards presentation.

The REACH exhibit represents the impressive diversity of entries reviewed by Juror Brenda LaBier. She states:

“Whether abstract or representational, conceptual or narrative, the works chosen, reveal a level of technical accomplishment, distinctive aesthetic voice, and a desire on the artists’ part to further the discourse of their chosen medium. Selections resonated with my sense of the medium tempered with a curiosity about the ideas and understanding that fueled their creation. Although non-thematic, I feel that the submissions reflected on the current state of our world, seemingly, turning back to nature and personal healing.”

LaBier currently serves as the Director of Estate & Gift Planning for the Joellyn T. Duesberry Collection and Estate and continues with special projects with Michele Mosko Fine Art. Formerly the Curator of MOCA in Virginia, she curated and designed over 60 contemporary art exhibitions encompassing diverse concepts, media, and artistic styles and authored or contributed to several accompanying publications. Prior, as the Curatorial Administrator for the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles, LaBier organized and traveled with exhibitions nationally from the collection, executed collections management and sculpture conservation project.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.

Us

Opening Reception

Oct 18 2019

6:00 pm

Us

Oct 18 2019 - Nov 7 2019

A group exhibition featuring the work of:

Carlos Flores
Jeremy Patlen
Clint Ramstetter
Kenzie Sitterud
Louis Trujillo

Opening Reception:October 18, 2019 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

LGBTQ+ artists have been, and always will be active in the art world but are underrepresented in galleries and exhibits. In keeping with Bitfactory Gallery’s goal to showcase emerging artists, they proudly present Us, an art exhibit by Denver local queer artists, on view October 18 through November 7, 2019. While the show is comprised entirely of artists that identify as something other than straight, the intention is not to further segregate and separate one community from another. Us is intended to demonstrate that, regardless of the pronoun one uses, art enriches all our lives. The public is invited to celebrate the fact that we are all part of Us at an opening reception on October 18, 6-9 pm at Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe and to view and purchase work during regular gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment.

Carlos Flores is a writer, cinematographer, painter and composer. Born in Puerto Rico and raised partial there and partially in the United States, as well as being bisexual, his work often explores the dualities and challenges in his queerness and cultural/linguistic diaspora. It seeks social relevance and respect for our ancestors, our community and our future. He lives in Denver, CO with his wife Connie and their watch-eyed dog, Nutmeg.

Jeremy Patlen is a Denver-based landscape and portrait photographer who has been shooting professionally since 2003. Whether traveling, documenting weddings or photographing people, he constantly seeks out the beauty that gives a place or person its intrinsic character.

Clint Ramstetter was born and raised in southern Colorado and has resided in and around Denver for the past 30 years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 1999. In addition to working in many areas of the fine art industry, he has exhibited his paintings in bars and delicatessens in the Denver area.

Kenzie Sitterud works as a multimedia artist and designer, primarily producing immersive large-scale installations and designed experiences. Sitterud graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Communication design from Metropolitan State University of Denver and began their second year as an Artist-in-Residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center located in Denver. They are a Colorado Creative Industries and NEAA recipient for the 2017 Career Advancement Grant and most recently received a 2019 P.S. You are Here Grant through Denver Arts & Venues to complete a commissioned public project for Design Workshop Foundation. In May 2019, Sitterud will produce a series of experimental works in collaboration with other Denver creatives for Denver Art Museum’s Untitled Event series, developing new explorations of queerness in public spaces.

Louis Trujillo is a Denver native, creating works in his private studio and a shared studio at Art Gym Denver. His artwork is inspired by his dreams, his family, and his identity as a gay male. He received his B.F.A in drawing at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he was awarded the Nagel Art Thesis Grant and the Nagel Directed Studies Scholarship. He is a former member and PR Director of SYNC Gallery located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. His artwork is part of national private collections. He currently works at Art Gym Denver assisting the Gallery Curator and Membership/Program Director.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. For additional information please contact Bill Thomason at info@bitfactory.net or (303) 862-9367.