Opening Reception

Apr 15 2022

6:00 pm


Apr 15 2022 - May 7 2022

Bitfactory Gallery is proud to present the Workshop Exhibition, an exhibition of abstract expressionist works created by workshop participants, led by renowned local artist Tadashi Hayakawa. Hayakawa started his workshops to inspire emerging and other professional artists, to learn from and support each other and, for those who are ready, connect them to galleries. His is an informal and self-motivated open studio where students break away from formal art instruction and develop critical art appreciation while creating enthusiasm and energy for art expression. Given Bitfactory’s mission to showcase emerging artists, curator Bill Thomason was happy to provide his space for this show and help them directly experience the steps involved with showing their work—communicating directly with him as the gallerist, curator, etc. The exhibition features paintings by Vicki Christensen, Ru Ciel, Ann-Charlott Denslow, Curt Fowler, Pam Hake, James Keo, Susan Merriman, Ulla Meyer, Lea Sisson, Rachel Turelli, Karen Valliant, and Marie Vaughn.

The public is invited to an Opening Reception on Friday, April 15, 6-9 pm at 851 Santa Fe Drive and to visit during regular gallery hours Tuesdays through Saturdays 11:30 am to 3 pm and by appointment, for the run of the show. Other special hours include the First Friday Art Walk on the evening of May 6, 2022, 6-9 pm. Art may also be purchased online at www.bitfactory.net.

“I appreciate Bill’s support, enthusiasm, and the opportunity he is giving my workshop participants with this exhibition. The work of each artist is sincere art produced from their imagination and heart. That is my most important goal of my workshop: nurturing work that comes from the artist’s soul.”
– Tadashi Hayakawa

Tadashi Hayakawa has been creating art for over 70 years and is profoundly grateful to be an artist and mentor to other artists. He lives and works in Parker, Colorado where he facilitates (very affordable) artist workshops to pay forward the good fortune and support he has received over the years. Born in Tokyo, Japan he studied as a young child studied with prominent contemporary artist/teacher Toshiyuki Tonaka. He came to the USA in 1961 where he studied at Los Angeles City College, later receiving his MFA at Otis Art Institute. Hayakawa has been in 28 solo exhibitions and group shows in the U.S.A, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Thailand.

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 11:30 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