29 Jan January News
Hello, and welcome to a new year full of promise at CPAC!
We’ve been busy making improvements to our Belmar facility over the holidays. When you arrive next, you’ll find a soaring new wall in our main gallery that conceals a mini-warren of administrative and office spaces. More than that, our studio space now houses the CPAC Print Collection, which will be used for teaching purposes as well as for exhibitions. My sincere thanks are extended to Gary Bower for donating his valuable time and framing skills to the project (he wants you to know he’s not responsible for the mudding and taping!)
Looking back for a moment, I want to thank our friends in the media for recognizing CPAC’s activities in 2011. Susan Froyd of Westword included our merger as one of the year’s “15 Best Denver Art Moments.” Ken Hamel’s DenverArts.org cited our March show “Double Diptych” as one of the Denver Month of Photography’s standout exhibitions. Ken also included our merger and opening exhibitions in his “Best Of” list. We also say goodbye to Kyle MacMillan, who covered many WWA and CPAC shows for The Denver Post. Kyle has relocated to Chicago, leaving a void on the local critical scene that we hope is filled soon.
Our 2012 exhibition program kicks off with “iWorld.” This juried show opens January 10 at two venues – the CPAC Gallery includes works by artists across the US, including Colorado, while the Denver Central Library’s 5th Floor Gallery presents additional works from Colorado only. The CPAC reception happens 5-8 pm on Friday, January 13. Yes, we’re tempting fate here.
Charles Ludeke, winner of our solo show award, will be on hand with other winning artists to speak about his work on Saturday, January 14, at 3.30 pm. Charles re-presents his grandfather’s Kodachrome slides as diptychs that “illustrate a visual Texas history, the persistence memory, and the progression of time,” to quote from his statement. It’s beautiful work, and that unmistakable Kodachrome lustre resonates vividly in each image.
January also offers another chance to see our inaugural show, “Borderlines,” featuring documentary works by Shaul Schwarz, Mike Kane, and Dana Romanoff. The show opens at DU’s Museum of Anthropology January 19. As well giving us another opportunity to see it, it will be informative to view the work in an anthropological, rather than fine art, context. For information click here or see below.
If you’ve seen Linda Connor’s exquisite imagery in books but always wanted to meet her in person, now’s your chance. We have teamed up with Denver’s Tina Goodwin Gallery to present a lecture/gallery talk by Linda (with her co-exhibitor Yoshitomo Saito) at the Tina Goodwin Gallery, Saturday, February 4 at 2 pm.
Two weeks later, on Saturday, February 17-18, we host award-winning photojournalist Ed Kashi for an exhibition reception and workshop. And finally a quick reminder that every 4th Thursday evening in the gallery I’ll be joined by a guest to conduct portfolio reviews. These are free to members and just $10 to non-members.
Rupert Jenkins, Executive Director