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on view: May 23 - June 22, 2019

Opening reception Thursday May 23, 5pm - 7pm

To trace, connect, and comprehend the movement of self across boundaries within this world, inevitably influences our concept of self. In the formation of identity, the expansion of our narrow understandings of self offers lessons in unresolved tensions of belonging. Layered personal investigations into history, memory, temporality, and aesthetics often transcends beyond diaspora borders. Contemplating the ways in which inherited craft embodies culture and the act of making contributes to thoughts of belonging, I carry forward the plaiting taught by my grandmother and the universal languages of weaving learned along my journey. The weaving traditions based on anthropological research, as well as contemporary practices employed reflect on migration, national identity, and agency through materiality. By uncovering connections among geographically and culturally distant places, I dismantle and rebuild commonplace understandings that compose our sense of community. Tapestries act as subjective record keeping and sculptural objects hold tradition and transformation by absorbing and processing the world around me. Each captures the essence of human connections through shared experiences by honoring ancestral legacies and celebrating poetics of inter-cultural relations. 
"Bahamian-born artist Anina Major looks to have us think about one's cultural identity through her work. Her work combines weaving, mixed media with the creation of clay objects that uphold the traditions and rituals of her background, but puts a modern/contemporary take on the work," said Arthur De Bow, curator of MCLA's Gallery 51.

Jon Verney

on view: June 27 - Aug 24, 2019

Opening reception Thursday June 27, 5pm - 8pm

The exhibition will be comprised of framed photographs, altered polaroids, light-boxes and video projection. Approaching photographs as objects that can be pulled apart, dissected and dissolved, Jon presents a series of works embodying his experimentation and embracing of chance. The focus of the exhibition will be on the results and process of deconstructing a series of found polaroid snapshots. 


on view: Aug. 29 - Sept. 21, 2019

Opening reception Thursday Aug. 29, 5pm - 8pm

Mark making describes the different lines, dots, marks, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork. it can be loose and gestural or controlled and neat. It can apply to any material used on any surface: paint on canvas, ink or pencil on paper, a scratched mark on plaster, clay or metal, a digital paint tool on a screen, the pattern in a weaving, even a sound can be a form of mark making. Artists use gesture to express their feelings and emotions in response to something seen or something felt - or gestural qualities can be used to create a purely abstract composition.


on view: Sept. 26 - Nov. 23, 2019

Opening reception Thursday Sept. 26, 5pm-8pm

Featuring the work of Laura Christensen, Sara Farrell Okamura, Diane Sullivan, Karin Stack, and Galen Cheney.

Despite encouraging signs of women's improved status and visibility in the art world, inequality persists. With this show, we intend to shine a light on underappreciated regional female artists and raise awareness of their work and illuminating narratives they offer on the world we live in. We hope this show can help level the playing field for women artists in the region.  


on view Dec. 5 - Dec. 28, 2019

Opening reception Thursday Dec. 5, 5pm-7pm

The Made by Hand Holiday Art Show celebrates the artwork of local and regional artists and includes sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, paintings, cards, collages, fiber, book arts, photography, and printings. All artwork can be taken from the Gallery at time of purchase. The show is a combination of talented artisans, creative gift ideas, and a wonderful warm inviting atmosphere to shop in, all the while supporting local and regional artists. 


on view Jan. 23 - Mar. 20, 2020

Opening reception Thursday Jan. 23, 5pm-7pm

An exchange exhibition presenting 12 Denver artists and 12 North Adams artists in both Denver and North Adams at the same time. The goal is to provide and opportunity for each of these artists to exhibit in a new community, to start a dialogue between two cities, and to foster potential collaborations. With a focus on diversity and the exchange of ideas, it is an opportunity for all 24 artists to expand their art community. The Space Between is a deliberately open-ended concept that can be interpreted in different ways. It refers to the physical distance between North Adams and Denver; the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountain Chain. The title can also refer to emotional, psychological, or intellectual space. Each artist will relate the concept to their own interests in a way that fits the theme but allows them to present work that is representative of their unique practices.