I just hung my last show for the year at NEXT Gallery, the Members Holiday Show: Love People, Give Them Art!
It has been a really fun year at NEXT Gallery! Which, I’ve been toying with proposing changing our name to Ninja Gallery, since we are right next to Pirate Gallery.
Firstly, as directors, danma and I beefed up the mission statement and the bylaws of the business, getting some standards in place, raising other standards. I organized the Mindpool group show juried by Kara Duncan of Vertigo gallery. I was interviewed about Mindpool by Robin Edwards for the Westword.
As part of the artist collaborative duo danma vs. v2r2, we had our first solo show at NEXT Gallery, Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun! I was flattered to have friends and artists Tracy Tomko, Theresa Anderson, Peter Yumi and Tammi Brazee stop by and see the show.
The invitation only group show that danma and I coordinated, Beyond Erotic, was quite popular and well attended. If you check out Westword’s show and tell article, Getting freaky at NEXT Gallery…, you may understand why!
In mid-October, NEXT Gallery hosted a Munny show: artwork created on and with Munnyworld doll blanks from Kidrobot. Susan Froyd of the Westword posted in her blog about this show, The Plastic Experience. The best part of this show, for me, was the poetry night we held at the Gallery. Poetry was read/performed by Wang Zen, Chris Bullock, Bobbianne Doerr and “Onus Spears.” Okay, so “Onus” is more of a comedian, but his words still touched my soul. We will post a video of this performance soon.
In honor of Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead and Denver Arts Week, NEXT Gallery helped host an Artist Trading Card making and trading event, which was free and open to the public and won a bit o’ press as well! You can see some of our mini-masterpieces and read the article Dia de los Muertos trading cards from the artists of Navajo Arts District by Bree Davies at the Denver Westword.
We had one heck of a run and I’m looking forward to having a chance to catch up on some artwork now in preparation for an upcoming show in March 2013!