Several neighborhoods claim to be the center of Denver’s visual art scene, and there’s more to the positioning than simple bragging rights. If a district can market itself as the best gallery destination in town, locals will head there in big numbers to browse the goods on Saturday afternoons and hotel concierges will steer tourists that way to purchase the upscale souvenirs travelers love to collect on the road. It’s really about business.
Truth is, the city’s neighborhoods tend to trade off the title depending on the momentum they have at the moment, and the areas around Cherry Creek North, Santa Fe Drive and River North have all had their time at the top.
These days, the Golden Triangle is the serious contender. While other districts have been turned upside down by gentrification, the triangle has remained a reliable place to see good work, due mostly to the fact that four of the city’s most venerable and trusted dealers call it home, with William Havu, Sandra Phillips, Tina Goodwin and Bobbi Walker all running namesake businesses within a few blocks of each other.
The neighborhood also happens to overlap geographically with the city’s well-hyped Museum District, which means it hones in on the arty aura of the Clyfford Still Museum, the Denver Art Museum, The Art hotel and, starting in March, the newly relocated Kirkland Museum.
Two current group shows explain the success. Both Walker Fine Art and William Havu Gallery are showing the sort of work that defines the neighborhood at its core: high-quality, locally made art that ranges from easily accessible to pleasantly challenging.
At Walker, lighter than air
The Walker show, “Infinite Layers,” makes for one of those nice midday visits, with the six artists on the walls blending together breezily. There’s a certain serenity to everything on display, which makes it right at home in Walker’s ethereal white cube on the first floor of the Prado condominium tower.
Bobbi Walker’s longevity — she’s been in business for 15 years — is largely due to the fact that she attaches her brand to artists at different points in their careers. That means she always has a steady supply of sure-sell veterans on her roster as well as some new names to keep things interesting.
New this time is Laura Guese, who has spent the past few years building a reputation for her abstract cloud paintings. Guese works primarily at the bottom of her canvases, layering …
Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle