By New Times Staff
By Claire Lawton
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By Robrt L. Pela
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By Benjamin Leatherman
By By Kathleen Vanesian
1205 W. Pierce St.
The retro exterior of Chris Duran’s workspace and gallery exudes 1920s Grand Avenue style, but the contemporary feel of the artist’s fabricated nonfigurative metal sculptures will bring you back to the present. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 6-10 p.m.; and by appointment. Art Detour:Life-drawing group show with the work of eight artists, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
1007 Grand Ave.
Splashed and splattered with rivulets of textured acrylic and latex paint, 38-year-old artist Kyle Jordre’s darkly abstract colored canvases evoke the spirit of Jackson Pollock. Regular Hours:First Fridays, 6-10 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: New works, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
1023 Grand Ave., Studio C
Size matters to Leigh Merrill, particularly with her mixed-media creations. The 28-year-old artist photographs objects both large (such as suburban homes) and small (such as miniature furniture she creates) in a way that distorts their actual dimensions, merging the images into digital compositions in order to tweak viewers’ perceptions of scale. Regular Hours: By appointment only. Art Detour: New work, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Liquid Sand Studio & Gallery
1221 W. Pierce St.
Edwin Bednar feels the heat, especially when he’s roasting sheets of colored glass in temperatures upward of 1,480 degrees in order to fuse and drape them over molds to create functional objects such as bowls, glassware, and wall hangings. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 7-11 p.m. Art Detour: New works, Friday, 7-11 p.m. (with local fire-dancing troupes performing at 8 p.m.); Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
1231 Grand Ave.
Painter Tom Cooper serves up his figurative and abstract works, eclectic mixed media, and exotic mandalas all over his parlorlike flat, whether inside, on the sidewalks, or even in a storage room in the back dubbed the “Garodge.” Regular Hours: First Fridays, 7-11 p.m.; various special events; and by appointment. Art Detour: Friday, 7-11 p.m. (with Gypsy-flavored Middle Eastern music and dancing from Jamila Lotus at 9 p.m.).
Lucky Rabbit Studio
1020 Grand Ave.
Painting is a passion shared by studio mates Abbey Messmer and Lara Kupcikevicius, as the former specializes in creating surrealist aquatic landscapes in oil, and the latter makes abstract textured works in acrylic. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 7-10 p.m. Art Detour: Sculptures by Messmer and new paintings by both, Friday, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
925 Grand Ave.
Gabriel Salcido is one metal maniac. Using materials such as copper and bronze, the craftsman rolls, bends, and welds the material to construct elegant metal sculptures and objects such as candleholders and wall panels to display in his Grand Avenue gallery. Regular Hours: First and Third Fridays, 6-11 p.m., and by appointment. Art Detour: New work by Salcido and animal portraits by painter Kelly Bowman, Friday, 6-11 p.m. (with blues by Almost Blu at 8 p.m.); Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (with acoustic music by the Rhythmhearts at noon); and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
The Paper Heart
750 Grand Ave.
Despite recent financial woes, Scott Sanders’ landmark performance venue and gallery continues to hold monthly exhibitions with artwork across several media including photography, paintings, and sculpture and also houses mutual studio space upstairs. Regular Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 3 p.m.-1 a.m.; and various times for events. Art Detour: Group show with mixed-media work by Jeff Falk and Jimi Girdner, photography by Natascha Payton, and paintings by Denise Fleisch, and others in the main gallery, as well as paintings and other artwork by Randy Zucker, and Richard and Michele Bledsoe upstairs, Friday, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. (with the interactive performance art piece “The Look Project”; jazz by Marianne Dissard; and rock by Found Dead on the Phone at 7 p.m.); Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. (with burlesque by Scandalesque and jazz by Sonorous at 9 p.m. with a $15 cover); and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (with the DJs of Overmind Works at 2 p.m.).
1500 Grand Ave.
Douglas Grant and Amy L. Young have ditched some of the odder in-store aspects of their locale (such as Grant’s collection of skulls and the couple’s 22-foot python), but plan on continuing to specialize in edgy and thought-provoking artwork and books. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 6 p.m.-midnight; Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-7 p.m.; and by appointment. Art Detour: The retro-futurist paintings of Scott Saw, Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (with the Strange Family Circus performng at 8 and 10 p.m.); and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
1113 Grand Ave.
After doubling its size, this gallery and music venue run by Lee Berger and Cheryl Carder has more room to showcase the work of local artists and performances by rock bands. Regular Hours: First Fridays, 6-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.-midnight; and various times for events. Art Detour: Celebration of the joint’s recent expansion with new paintings by Berger and Carder, Friday 7 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (with music by Azul and Princess LadyFriend all weekend).
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