Tuesday, February 26, 2013

DAVA presents "Mix It Up"

Current staff and volunteers will present personal artworks during a unique exhibition at DAVA. Everyone’s personal experience at DAVA contributes to the diversity of mediums and concepts taught in programs. The exhibit opens to the public February 28th and continues to March 21st with a reception Thursday February 28th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Catur Eka Santi, a gamelan ensemble of four, including DAVA staff Frankie Anderson, will perform at 5 pm and at 6 pm during the opening. DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence St., one block south of East Colfax Avenue in the Aurora Cultural Arts District.
This exhibition includes works in a variety of media by DAVA’s teaching staff Viviane Le Courtois, Krista Robinson, Luzia Ornelas, Alberto Veronica, Rudi Monterosso, Jessica Gross and Marta Flores. Volunteers Dan Four Thunders and Molly Jones add to the mix. The exhibition includes works in a wide range of media, including ceramic, sculpture, fiber art, painting and video installation. This is a rare opportunity to meet and view works by DAVA staff, all of whom are professional working artists working alongside youth. 
All staff influence DAVA students through teaching and mentoring. In turn, all are inspired by students on a variety of ways.  Viviane Le Courtois will exhibit crochet and candy sculptures commenting on obesity and nutrition while Dan Four Thunders will comment on substance abuse issues among Native Americans. Alberto Veronica and Molly Jones, will present new functional works in clay. Through an interactive video installation, Luzia Ornelas presents her focus on interactive digital media.  Marta Flores recycles materials and crochet in elaborate purses and belts. The high level of experimentation and sharing contributes to the daily creative atmosphere at DAVA.
This exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment. For more information, please e-mail gallery@davarts.org.
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with youth as its primary focus. For more information about our programs, visit www.davarts.org, or call DAVA at 303 367 5886. 

Venus of Consumption by Viviane Courtois
Plate by Alberto Veronica
Cup by Molly Jones
Painting by Rudi Monterosso

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