Art exhibits

Noir art show and The MacSpa 7th Anniversary Celebration

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THE MACSPA & Curator Eric Matelski present artwork by Leslie Aguillard on display now through the end of August, 2016 at The MacSpa 1738 Wynkoop, Suite 103, Denver, CO 80202.

Contact: Eric Matelski at ArtPimpInfo@mac.com  303-898-4350

This year The MacSpa celebrates 7 years of helping creative types with their computer needs and 7 years of exhibiting local art.

The Noir Art Show features works inspired by 1950s and 1960s noir television series and movies created by Denver artist Leslie Aguillard.

Public Reception and Anniversary Celebration will be held Sunday, July 17th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

Artist’s Statement and Brief Biography for Leslie Ann Aguillard 

I was lucky to have had art in all the schools attended as a child.  In Park Forest, home of “The Organization Man,”  Illinois is where I attended Rich Township High School 50+ years ago. It was my first art shows, art awards, and also a time when I loved film noir and black-and-white television.

My undergraduate art degree is from Illinois State University where art was both my major and minor.  I have done many portraits and commissions, from wall murals to painting on eggshells.  For several years I carved marble and limestone, soap stone and salt licks.  Working as a “commercial artist” in my own business (Artemis Arts) for over 30 years trained me to do many things and quickly to satisfy customers and publishing schedules.

For my own work and satisfaction, I drew upon my emotional and spiritual life, social commentary and observations, studies, favorite locations such as beaches and parks, explored colorations and graphic images to suit my mood and even non-objective  abstractions that are interesting me now more than ever.  Influences, other than popular culture, were Pop artist Tom Wesselmann and Milton Avery in the 1960s  rather than Mary Cassatt;  and Andy Warhol more than Helen Frankenthaler, but they’ve all seeped in over time.  It is one thing I like about doing the ‘homages,’ for  both for contemplation  and technique.

When dry spells came I would paint Washington Park near my Denver home to get engaged again.

Although I do not like to haul my tools to set up outdoors and brave the elements as some do, my photographer husband suggested my photos would improve if I tried composing them as I would a painting in the camera.  Before I only took photos to capture time and place without the attendant feelings – those I would add later as I viewed the photos again. But I liked the idea of making better photos for their own sakes, and then I began to paint from them once back in the studio.  Not sure I’ve accomplished that.

Having sat on the boards of both the national Women’s Caucus for Art, and the Colorado Artist’s guild, I had other opportunities to show with artists regionally and nationally and enjoy thematic inspirations from their shows, such as Sometimes a Cigar is only a Cigar featured in the “Reversing the Gaze: Man as Object” show, a national WCA exhibit in 2012.  I regret not having been more careful with old slides and prints of pieces from the 1960’s on to the 90’s, so the documentation in those decades is spotty. Now I hear that digital documents I’ve been madly saving won’t last forever, either. Well, what does?

What I like about visual art is that whatever won’t  come out in poetry or other writing, comes out in lines, color and shapes.  I like stories. Humor is also important and often my commentaries are tongue-in-cheek, or biting the cheek as in the “ Allegories of Women’s Lives.”  I like series.  I really enjoyed black and white ink and graphite work inspired from old television, nostalgic, dark, and also romantic.  I hope you enjoy the Noir Series.  It was such an interesting time, smoking was considered glamorous, healthy even, it was ubiquitous!   I am so happy that Eric and Amy wanted this show up for their anniversary!  It is all a love story fundamentally.   But as in life, as in the Noir series, it is many shades of gray, where morality and choices may have a variety of reasons and consequences.”

In 2012 Leslie was ordained a Catholic Priest in the Independent Catholic church, “The Independent Catholic movement has been very nourishing to me, where women are clergy and priests can marry and there is little in the way of politics and dogma getting in the way of the compassion Jesus taught.”  Leslie is also a practitioner of Insight Buddhist meditation.

Please feel free to contact Leslie or Eric Matelski regarding sales or commissions, representation, encouragement or anything else that might be useful to you in life or work, or the enhancement of your space with images.

Artemis Arts, Fine and Healing Arts,  PO Box 40435, Denver, CO 80204        lesliereiki@msn.com

The MacSpa: The MacSpa is a service-based computer boutique, located in downtown Denver. Our personal approach to technology is focused on exceptional customer service through home and business visits, consulting, training, in a comfortable spa-like environment. The MacSpa is a strong supporter of the Denver arts community and is proud to present quarterly art exhibits curated by Eric Matelski.

“Transcendental” art show

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“Transcendental”: 
When I think of abstract art, I think of artists that have a strong sense of realism and the ordinary; however, they use their imagination to transcend us to new worlds.

Artists:
Mark Goodman is well known for his vibrant paintings of musicians.  This show features some of Mark’s earlier abstracts. This body of work was my inspiration for curating this show.

Chris Schranck is a old studio mate of mine and no stranger to The MacSpa. Chris has created part of a permanent collection for The MacSpa and has been part of many art shows I have curated over the years. Chris has created large abstract wall sculptures as well as paintings. The collection of ink and water color images chosen for this exhibit showcase his use of texture and color.

Nick Melliadis is a painter and musician. I met Nick at the last group show at Wazee Union this fall. Nick’s use of color and composition are purely meditative. Nick’s work rounds out this show perfectly.

– Curator Eric Matelski

Public Reception will be held Sunday, April 17th, 2-5pm.

current and upcoming art exhibits

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“Noir”
June – August 2016:

The Noir Art Show features works inspired by 1950s and 1960s noir television series and movies created by Denver artist Leslie Aguillard. This year also marks The MacSpa’s 7th year in business, so our reception will be extra special featuring a murder-mystery theme and refreshments! Check Facebook for event details.

Public Reception and Anniversary Celebration will be held Sunday, July 17th, 2-5pm.

All works are for sale, as well as prints and postcards.
Click here for artist bio and full press release.

(Click on “Art Exhibits” on the left to see past shows.)

 

Bodacious Botanicals

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holiday window 2015December 2015 – February 2016:
“Bodacious Botanicals,” combines the subjects of women, florals, and insects. Drawings, collages, and paintings by Rene Farkass, Jennifer Mosquera, and Elle Powell. We even decorated our holiday window in the theme of Bodacious Botanicals including apples, snow, and Mosquera’s giant locust cutouts.

 

Synthesis

synthesisA collection of collage works from Colorado artists Roy Anneberg, Don Callarman, and Bradley Dean Ramsey. Curated by Eric Matelski, this collection is currently on display through October 30th at The MacSpa.

Public Reception: Sunday, October 4th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
View the Facebook Event!

Definition of SYNTHESIS
a : the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole
b : the combining of often diverse conceptions into a coherent whole; also : the complex so formed

“I really enjoy showing other artists’ work, but I relish in organizing artists together to create an experience. ‘Synthesis’ features three of my favorite collage artists in a show that is a collage in and of itself.” – Curator Eric Matelski

Artists:
Roy Anneberg
Roy Is a Jeffco Public Schools art educator and freelance artist who resides, works, and plays in the Denver Metro area. He tries to instill in his art students, a sense of the past as it relates to making art in the present day. His artwork also harkens back to the past as a point of reference to refocus his option of making art in current situations. His genres include ceramics, sculpture, assemblage, drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, printmaking and photography. He loves to perform as an example for his students and promote his own artwork in the community as well as his students.

Don Callarman
Don was a fine art major in the early 1960’s at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. In 1964, he came to Denver to study painting at the Denver University under Vance Kirkland and for the most part he has been living and painting here ever since. Don’s paintings are in collections in Houston, Oklahoma City, Santa Fe, Austin, Rochester, and Denver.

Bradley Dean Ramsey
Brad Ramsey is a primarily self taught artist who currently manages the visionary arts programming for ArtReach Denver. Brad’s work has always incorporated found and discarded objects, but within the last couple of years he has elevated this idea to become his main focus.The environmental aspects of this need no explanation, what is interesting is the social and emotional effect he has found this work to have on an audience. Brad asks people for their “trash.” If you are cleaning out your garage, attic, basement, junk drawer(s?), kid’s closet, he wants to be involved. Additionally, he is not above pulling over his toy decorated jeep to pick up detritus on the road or sort through a dumpster. Brad is familiar with trash pick up schedules in his neighborhood and is a frequent visitor to the Goodwill Outlet World where he scours the bottom of bins after the “pickers” are done. Not everyone will hang one of his pieces in their home but everyone is compelled to study each piece, and everyone will recognize something familiar that will often trigger a memory. Brad’s work starts conversations, takes people down memory lane, and ultimately makes them think … or at least that’s what he hopes will happen.

July 2015 Art Exhibit: Pixels

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PIXELS

A collection of digital inspired modern art. Featuring Colorado artists André Blyth, Dean Allen McCready, and Sharon Gatrell Meriash. Curated by Eric Matelski, this collection is currently on display through July 31st at The MacSpa, 1738 Wynkoop, Suite 103, Denver, CO 80202.

Contact: Eric Matelski at ArtPimpInfo@mac.com  303-898-4350

To celebrate The MacSpa’s 6th anniversary I have organized a collection of all digital inspired art. This artwork celebrates the Pixel. The Pixel is a large part of the MacSpa. The MacSpa logo is made up of 4 different color squares. These Squares are a reference to the Pixel. Each piece I have chosen for this show has been created digitally with the Pixel in mind. – Curator Eric Matelski

Public Reception will be held Sunday, July 19th, 2-5pm.
Artists:
André Blyth
André is in his final year working on his MFA in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver, focusing on video game vignettes that explore wistfulness and alternative narrative structures. André makes very small games, with limited interactions, that enter psychological spaces at odd angles. André currently has about 16 games on display.
 André’s games explore alternative narrative structures.  During André’s research, he realized this form of emergent storytelling had a historical precedent in how the occult Tarot, where stories are created by the relationships between the order of the cards and the relationships between the cards themselves.
André has created a system in which he utilizes a deck of RFID cards, each corresponding to a game, to create a performance work in which André, in the role of an oracle of sorts, guide a player though their own game experience. This performance will be part of the reception.
André has completed a special series of prints for this show captured from stills of his video games.
Dean Allen McCready
Dean is a Boulder, Colorado native and have been a graphic and fine artist in the Boulder and Denver area since the early 80’s.
Dean has extensive experience with Macintosh-based programs with a comprehensive understanding of the printing process.
Dean has created a special collection of iPhone photos for this show. His affordable iPhone images on wood blocks capture some of the highlights of Denver as well as the bold, colorful, and joyful simplicities of life.
Sharon Gatrell Meriash
Photography has been Sharon’s creative and social outlet since her childhood days in North Carolina. Over the last 20 years, she has been fortunate to work with many master photographers around the United States, who were and are instrumental to her development as a photographer and artist. Her initial work involved capturing social, sporting and entertainment events. Everything from weddings to auto racing to headline concerts. It was fast, creative and fun, but always left her searching for other ways to express herself with her camera.
“Lines in Nature” is Sharon’s current body of work. This series dissects her botanical photography into a collection of individual Plexiglass laser etchings. Then Sharon reassembles the Plexiglass etchings into a 3 dimensional raw organic wall sculpture of the original photo.
The MacSpa: The MacSpa is a service-based computer boutique, located in downtown Denver. Our personal approach to technology is focused on exceptional customer service through home and business visits, consulting, training, and  in a comfortable spa-like environment. The MacSpa is a strong supporter of the Denver arts community and is proud to present bi-monthly art exhibits curated by Eric Matelski.

Whimsical West : Feb-April 2015

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WHIMSICAL WEST

A collection of Western and Folk inspired modern art. Featuring Colorado artists Jeff Barton, Steve Gordon, and Lea Wells. Curated by Eric Matelski, this collection is currently on display through April 24th at The MacSpa, 1738 Wynkoop, Suite 103, Denver, CO 80202.

I am not a Colorado native and when I moved here from Chicago in 1992 I did not enjoy Western art. It was not until I began to study classic Western artists like Remington, Russel, Catlin and many others that I realized that great Western art is created by artists that have a true respect for their environment. Denver may be thought of as a cow town, but it is a fast growing, progressive Western city and that is why I love it. The love I have for this city is what inspired me to curate a collection of  Western art that embraces the progressive spirit of this great cow town.  – Curator Eric Matelski

Public Reception will be held Sunday, March 8th, 2-5pm.
Artists:
Jeff Barton
Jeff Barton grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and now lives and works in Denver, Colorado. His passion for art began at a young age. As a child he was surrounded by art and music, and was encouraged to be creative in all his pursuits.
Jeff’s western pieces are very much influenced by his surroundings and adventures living in Colorado. He brings bright colors and a modern take on subject matter that one sees throughout Colorado, whether it be stopping by to see the buffalo along Highway 70, or spending a summer in Telluride.

 

Steve Gordon
Steve is a Colorado native, having grown up with an eye toward engineering, learning and practicing until the mid-80’s, then leaving that discipline to dive into art, including 4+ years as head of the art department at Ocean Pacific, before moving in a more fine art direction.
Steve has collected old decorative plates for a long time and about a year ago he began creating fired on custom decals that create a  modern folk element to the art. Estate sales, grandma’s kitchen and unadorned tableware congealed in his head, and out started popping multiple series of oddly narrative, purely decorative exercises in gastronomic futility. Completely unusable, yet still enjoyable when removed from original context. Enjoy your meal, just not on these…
Lea Wells

Lea grew up on a barrier island, and her art as a child was inspired by the ocean life there. Lea has a background in graphic design and advertising, but mainly  likes to create fine art that she hopes inspires and helps others. Lea says, someone once told her that she creates small characters that are big on emotion.

Lea’s works on display are a illustrative look at Western imagery.

Reboot: new art by Russ Wright

Russ WrightTHE MACSPA & Curator Eric Matelski present artwork by Russ Wright on display starting November 30th at The MacSpa, 1738 Wynkoop, Suite 103, Denver, CO 80202.

Contact: Eric Matelski at ArtPimpInfo@mac.com  303-898-4350

“I first met Russ Wright about 12 years ago when I was working in Morrison. I admired his style of painting and photography. Russ also had a knack for putting together unique solo art exhibits in fun places. One of my favorite showings was at the Space house. Russ is one of the few artists I have ever collaborated with directly. Together we have created two larger paintings, organized a great benefit art show for KUVO radio, and help put together a great team of artists for 3 Dogmata Denver shows.”

“Russ is very passionate about art and enjoys meeting other artists and exploring their creative worlds.  For years now he has been video recording interviews of the artists that inspire him in his self-produced show ‘American Artist Road Trip‘”

“I am the proud owner of a few of Russ’ pieces and I am honored to be showcasing his artwork at the MacSpa.” – Curator Eric Matelski

Public Reception will be held Sunday, November 30th, 2-5pm.
“Reboot: sorta Pop, some not… This collection of works takes the viewer in really no particular direction.”
“The Reboot refers to my return to painting after some time away from the brushes. I still choose subject matter that hopefully stir some emotional memory in the people who see them. I feel blessed to share them with you.” -Artist Russ Wright
Russ Wright:
Though Russ Wright has spent the last 25 years in Colorado, his influences ring true from growing up on The West Coast.
Inspired by the music and pop culture of the ‘50s thru the ‘70s, his paintings and images reflect a heartfelt connection with growing up, and older, in America.
The MacSpa: The MacSpa is a service-based computer boutique, located in downtown Denver. Our personal approach to technology is focused on exceptional customer service through home and business visits, consulting, training, and  in a comfortable spa-like environment. The MacSpa is a strong supporter of the Denver arts community and is proud to present bimonthly art exhibits curated by Eric Matelski.

L.U.C.i.i.D. – Paintings by James André

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 4.07.48 PMTHE MACSPA & Curator Eric Matelski present paintings by James André on display now through mid October, 2014 at The MacSpa 1738 Wynkoop, Suite 103, Denver, CO 80202.
Contact: Eric Matelski at ArtPimpInfo@mac.com  303-898-4350

I always tell myself “You never know who you may be talking to.” I was helping some customers choose some beers at the brewery I work at when the conversation switched to art. James told me he was an artist and with the help of his good friends/business partners Matt and Sebastian they have a company called L.U.C.i.i.D. that is focused around Mr. Andrés Art. I followed up with them and when I saw the art I was impressed and even more convinced that you never know who you are talking to. They might just be that talented artist you were looking for.  – Curator Eric Matelski

Public Reception will be held Saturday, September 13th, 5-8pm.

Along with the art on display I will be grilling snacks out front and during the show there will be a Live Art Performance by James André, along with music by DJ Glassy. Come out and support one of Denver’s hottest new artists and have some fun at the same time!

James André:
From growing up in ‘small town’ South Carolina all the way to the big city lights of Mile High, artist James André will be showcasing his original style in acrylic painting and photography.  Mr. André often explores his lucid state of dreaming to conceptualize or ‘see’ his artwork before he even touches the canvas. This method of conceptualization is what gives James André’s art the unique look not seen in other artists.

L.U.C.i.i.D.:

Loving. Unique. Creations. Intelligently. Interactively. Designed. These 6 mere words sum up the core of L.U.C.i.i.D. and what we believe in. For us, it is more than just selling art. We believe in building long lasting relationships, from the first hand shake to the final product and years after. By interactively working with our clients’ ideas, focus, and overall dream; together we will produce a truly amazing experience. If we create through love, together we have no limits. This creative evolution is actually how L.U.C.i.i.D. came to be. Three friends with similar ideas and yet completely different creative backgrounds, came together over the course of a few years to bring to you L.U.C.i.i.D.’s first art show. As a growing company, in its beginning stages, we are set to bring our clients a continuously evolving product. We look forward to a future created with you.

The MacSpa: The MacSpa is a service-based computer boutique, located in downtown Denver. Our personal approach to technology is focused on exceptional customer service through home and business visits, consulting, training, and  in a comfortable spa-like environment. The MacSpa is a strong supporter of the Denver arts community and is proud to present bimonthly art exhibits curated by Eric Matelski.

5 Year Anniversary Celebration and Art Reception

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Paintings by Eric Matelski

THE MACSPA & Curator Eric Matelski present paintings by Eric Matelski on display now through mid August, 2014 at The MacSpa 1738 Wynkoop, Suite 103, Denver, CO 80202.
Contact: Eric Matelski at ArtPimpInfo@mac.com  303-898-4350
“My House to Your House”: For the last several years I have used photo transfers to create a series of mixed media studio works I refer to as my Urban series. Most of the images come from old family photos and some come from old newspapers and magazines I found in my house. All the paintings are created on old distressed canvases, T-shirts, curtains, and anything else I can find around my house that relates to the imagery.  Essentially all things coming from my house.
This July The MacSpa celebrates five years at its LoDo location. Since The MacSpa opened they have allowed me to use their office as a gallery to showcase a number of Denver artists. They have even posted a series of brief interviews with many of the artists on their YouTube channel. The MacSpa gives me a home that embraces my creativity and vision as a curator.   So please take the time to stop by The MacSpa during regular business hours or you can join us for a special My House to Your House reception/anniversary party on Sunday July 13th.
  – Curator Eric Matelski
Public Reception will be held Sunday, July 13th, 3-6pm.
Along with the art on display I will be grilling snacks outfront and showing videos of previous artist interviews.
(RSVP on Facebook)

ERIC R. MATELSKI’S BIO:

Artist, Eric Matelski, A.K.A “The Art Pimp” has made his place in the art community by painting live, curating, coordinating art events, and donating his time and artwork to a number of charities and non-profits. As a “live artist,” Eric has painted loose portraits of musicians and performers at hundreds of concerts and events, attracting an audience of his own, and completing paintings sometimes in just minutes.

Although painting live is what gained his local recognition, Eric also works at a slower pace in his home studio, painting and assembling a range of experimental works, and installations. Local and national companies as well as individual collectors have commissioned Eric to paint murals and create custom works.

In addition to his own art, Eric also curates artwork for a handful of local Denver businesses and other art establishments. Eric also produces a number of group art shows each year. Eric’s main focus is not just his own art. Eric believes in art as a community and enjoys helping other artists get their voice. Two years in a row Eric hung just over one hundred art shows in Denver.
Eric currently serves as part of the artist committee for Denver Chalk Art Festival. In 2008 Eric was named by Denver one of the city’s 150 unsung heroes for his work in the Denver art community. In 2010 Eric was awarded a MasterMind award from Westword. In 2013 Eric was named one of Denver’s top 100 creatives. Recent awards include the 2014 ArtReach Ginger Merelli Volunteer Award and 3rd place best in show for the 2014 Denver Chalk Art Festival.
The MacSpa: The MacSpa is a service-based computer boutique, located in downtown Denver. Our personal approach to technology is focused on exceptional customer service through home and business visits, consulting, training, and  in a comfortable spa-like environment. The MacSpa is a strong supporter of the Denver arts community and is proud to present bimonthly art exhibits curated by Eric Matelski.

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