Opening Reception of "beasts of burden" New Paintings by bunny M at Leon
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Reception of "beasts of burden" New Paintings by bunny M at Leon

Leon is proud to announce the largest solo show to date in Denver of the works of bunny M. Predominantly existing only in the streets, artist bunny M, will be taking a rare moment in her career to exhibit beasts of burden, a collection of new paintings at Leon Gallery. beasts of burden is the culmination of a three year period of study from the prolific fine artist.

OPENING RECEPTION:  Saturday, October 26th 7pm - 11pm

ON EXHIBITION:  October 26th , 2019 – December 21st, 2019

*All exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.

bunny M is a fine artist, painter, and vandal born in the streets of New York City in 2008. An enduring figure in the underground urban art world, M’s intricately hand-painted works have been discoverable for a decade in NYC, Denver, San Francisco, New Orleans, Paris, and London to name a few. The scope of creation includes murals, wheatpastes, along with studio work on paper, wood, and reclaimed materials. 

Elemental, archetypal, and numinous, these paintings emerge from the subconscious realm of duality. M considers them to be animistic entities, desirous of interaction with you. They are drawn to our plane to surprise, enchant, and ultimately, uplift. 

Instagram:  instagram.com/thebunnyM

Website: www.bunnyM.com

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Patrick Dethlefs + Jess Parsons +  Sydney Clapp - Live at Leon
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Patrick Dethlefs + Jess Parsons + Sydney Clapp - Live at Leon

Join us as we welcome back our longtime friends, Patrick Dethlefs + Jess Parsons, and we welcome Sydney Clapp for her first performance at Leon.

$12 presale tickets available

$15 at the door


Patrick Dethlefs:

(Pronounced “DET-Lefs”)

Patrick Dethlefs’ songwriting crests like a humble Townes Van Zandt, innocent of his own haunting melodies and lyricism. Dethlefs’ music offers folk Americana with effortless sincerity at a time when many acts strive purposefully to revive the stripped-down feel of a musical history long past.


Jess Parsons:

With equal parts heartbreak and splendor, Jess Parsons' songs evoke the classic singer songwriters of the 70's with a touch of Rumour's-style world weariness. An alumnus of the "hauntingly hopeful" folk rock act Glowing House, she can also be seen performing alongside avant-double bass wunderkind Julie Davis in Bluebook.


Sydney Clapp:

Sydney Clapp is a dynamic songwriter based out of Denver, Colorado. Sydney’s songwriting is simultaneously devastating and hopeful. In the midst of deep processing of both the joys and sorrows of this world, Sydney sought vulnerability, healing and connection of our shared human experience through her music. Her experimental folk music invites you to connect with your deepest emotions. Rhythmic and melancholy yet visceral and uplifting.

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Nevertheless, They Persisted - Kaitlyn Tucek Artist Talk
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

Nevertheless, They Persisted - Kaitlyn Tucek Artist Talk

Nevertheless, They Persisted - Kaitlyn Tucek Artist Talk

Featuring Zoe Larkins (Assistant Curator | Museum of Contemporary Art Denver), Jessie de la Cruz (Creative Executive Director and Founder | Arthyve), and Sarah Gjertson (Associate Professor of Studio Art | School of Art & Art History | University of Denver)

 

Sept 25th, 2019

6-8pm

Leon Gallery | 1112 E. 17th Ave, Denver, CO

 

“Because we are denied knowledge of our history, we are deprived of standing upon each other’s shoulders and building upon each other’s hard earned accomplishments. Instead we are condemned to repeat what others have done before us and thus we continually reinvent the wheel.” –Judy Chicago

 

Join us at Leon Gallery as we discuss a new beginning in contemporary art history with Kaitlyn Tucek, Zoe Larkins, Jessie de la Cruz, and Sarah Gjertson. Using Kaitlyn Tucek’s celebrated exhibition “OVER LOOK” as the jumping off point, we will open the gallery for a round table discussion as we ask the question, where do we go from here? We know that female artists have been overlooked throughout art history, and that we have blindly adhered to a systemic problem that taught more about male artists than female artists. Many institutions are beginning to correct this mistake, but what details must we consider in order to make sure that everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or disability, has an equal place for expression through the arts?

We are beginning the building of a new language. Join us to add your voice to the discussion.

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Opening Reception - Over Look - new works by Kaitlyn Tucek
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Reception - Over Look - new works by Kaitlyn Tucek

Leon is proud to announce an important and timely exhibition of new work by local artist, Kaitlyn Tucek, which explores the overwhelming lack of advocacy for female artists throughout art history. Over Look will featuring paintings that employ a variety of opaque and translucent fabrics, stitched together to form canvases on which the female figure, peaches, and magpies construct a poetic mythology that alludes to the mysterious and often incomplete histories of renowned female artists.

Artist Statement:

On page 531 of the 2001 edition of Janson’s Western Art History textbook you can find the following quote: “So far, we have not discussed a named woman artist, although this does not mean that there were none.”

While doing research for an altarpiece I completed last summer, I rekindled my love and interest in Late Renaissance and Baroque art. This meant opening up my old college textbooks and personal library of art historical content. With over fifteen art history courses between my undergrad at Pratt Institute and graduate program at CUNY Queens College, I can’t recall a single professor mentioning Artemisia Gentileschi. Why? My senior thesis was a series of large illustrative portraits of heroic women in my community. Why did no one think to recommend a female perspective to compliment my own obviously female perspective?


In the last few years, I have started to revisit my own experience and the willful ignorance that both my professors and I had about female contributions throughout art history. The mainstream historical narrative had allowed only certain men to define what art was, and its undervaluation of the female experience still greatly permeates our art education and contemporary markets. I became particularly interested in Artemisia’s disappearance. Researching someone so forgotten by history creates a daunting challenge to put the pieces back together. The mystery leaves the door open for multiple and sometimes contradictory narratives and has enormous potential for troublesome exploitation. Groups lay claim, offering speculative truths. Fragments and perceptions lead to questions that may never be answered. Through more research I discovered countless other notable female artists who I had never heard of. I found myself following three distinct paths of artistic curiosity, one leading to my own perception of Gentileschi’s work and intention, one leading me to discover the many other women I had never been educated about, and one leading to the self as an artist.


In the end, I had unknowingly unveiled my own fears of being forgotten like so many other female artists before me. This show became a personal conflict, with an existential ebb and flow. There were many female artists that could have been, or rather should have been mentioned before page 531--it’s just that no one was advocating for them. I hope my exhibition provides another way to record their names, and document their contributions to art history, and maybe through this undertaking, mine own name as well.

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Ramiro Smith Estrada Artist Talk + Closing Reception
Aug
6
5:30 PM17:30

Ramiro Smith Estrada Artist Talk + Closing Reception


Artist walk & talk of Expertly Paired at Leon Gallery: 5:30 PM


Closing Reception at S*Park at 7:00 PM
S*Park
2500 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80205

Join us at 5:30 PM on August 6th at Leon Gallery for a viewing of the current exhibition "Expertly Paired" featuring new work by Ramiro Smith Estrada. Shortly after the talk, we will meet at S*Park to celebrate the collaboration of Ramiro’s residency with Redline and S*Park during his exhibition at Leon. Ramiro will unveil his new mural at S*Park.

What to expect

  • Talk starts at Leon Gallery at 5:30 P.M. - Please R.S.V.P.

  • Meet the artist and view Expertly Paired

  • Head over to S*Park at 2500 Lawrence St. for a reception and the unveiling of a new 30' x 7' mural by Ramiro in S*Park's Community Garden.

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Pandora’s Box - a one night floral art, light, and sound event by Arthur Williams.
Aug
3
to Aug 4

Pandora’s Box - a one night floral art, light, and sound event by Arthur Williams.

Pandora’s Box - a one night floral art, light, and sound event by Arthur Williams.

$7 Pre-Sale tickets available at https://pandorasboxfloralart.brownpapertickets.com/

$10 at the door

Floral artists, Arthur Williams and Amie Oakley (of Babylon Floral Design, Inc.) will take over Leon Gallery to create an avante-garde floral pop-up installation experience with light, sound, and music by f-ether.

Artist Statement:

My work is all about the tension of opposites. Man versus nature, soft opposing harsh new life sprouting from the remnants of last years harvest. My medium is botanical, fresh floral materials and dried branches. I often use people in my work to give voice and movement to the flowers. Creating still life performances where I selfishly incorporate models into floral moments.

I draw inspiration from tribal cultures and European myth, weaving stories into my work, giving people a reference point in which to continue the story for themselves. The ephemeral nature of my work forces me to push the boundaries of both my materials and the traditional conceptions of what floral art/design can be.

Nothing that comes from nature can be untrue.

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Jett Kwong Denver Showcase
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Jett Kwong Denver Showcase

An evening of music, film screenings, small bites, and a Q&A with Jett Kwong at Leon Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

7:00 Doors and reception
$15 Online https://jettkwongdenver.bpt.me/
$18 at the door

Leon Gallery is located on 1112 E 17TH Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
For more information on the venue, please visit www.leongallery.com

About the artist:

Jett Kwong was born in Denver, Colorado and has since performed and worked across the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Getty Villa. Through her music, film, and curatorial blog, she explores what it means to have a mixed identity in a globalizing world. Sonically influenced by a variety of sounds from different eras, Jett's work is built from pieces of the past with an essence of the future. Her interpretation of both her family's histories and the complexities of colonial history at large are tapped into with the use of the Chinese guzheng, strings, and strong vocal melodies, often in intimate and unique spaces for performance.

@JettKwong
jettkwong.com

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Strings & Wood Presents Sam Rae, Aviva le Fey & Daniel Steinbock -Live at Leon
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Strings & Wood Presents Sam Rae, Aviva le Fey & Daniel Steinbock -Live at Leon

Strings & Wood Presents: Sam Rae, Aviva le Fey & Daniel Steinbock Live at Leon!

Doors: 7pm

Music 8pm

Pre-sale discount tickets available online: Sam Rae + Aviva Le Fey + Daniel Steinbock - Live at Leon

About Sam Rae:

https://www.samraemusic.com/

Charleston based singer songwriter, Sam Rae brings her classical roots on the cello into a unique blend with folk-rock. Currently a cellist for Brandi Carlile, she has also collaborated and toured with Elephant Revival and Gregory Alan Isakov and. Her music tells stories of a spacious upbringing in Iowa that dance with her experiences as a queer, gender fluid creative. With roots in improvised cello looping she blends the traditional landscape of songwriting with the many musical textures of the cello, guitar and her vocals. She will be releasing her next full length album fall 2019.

About Aviva le Fey:

http://avivalefey.com/

Aviva sings heart songs – some for love lost, and others for humanity forgotten – with a tone and cadence that somehow conjures both the vintage pop of the Fifties and the dark, dreamy sounds you might hear coming from that haunted backwoods bar in 1990s Twin Peaks, Washington. She offers a frequency of hopefulness, a frequency to cry to, a frequency that begs you to dig a bit deeper. Her songs are honest and endearing, bold and restless, easy to listen to and sometimes hard to hear. Aviva’s music invites you to look into the dark cracks of everything – it can be intimidating, but we all know that’s how the light gets in.

Aviva is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from the Bay Area, and has traveled far and wide to share her songs and play music with friends. Over the last few years, Aviva has supported John Craigie, Josiah Johnson (The Head & The Heart), Rainbow Girls, Kit Center & The Hollow Bones, and Chelsea Coleman, and shared the stage with Langhorne Slim, Tallest Man on Earth, Skyway Man, and Twain.

About Daniel Steinbock:

https://www.danielsteinbock.com/

Daniel Steinbock was born and raised on the California coast north of the Golden Gate, the only child of a sailor and a librarian. Days spent at sea and in the company of dead poets forged a young singer-songwriter in the sublime lyrical tradition of Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Neil Young. Pre-apocalyptic love songs and spare folk poems fill his song book with a rare spiritual nakedness: he conjures plights and ecstasies of soul and body that might have come from the pen of Walt Whitman, had Whitman left New York and wandered the American landscape through tent revival spirituals and Delta freedom songs to grow quiet and haikuist at the feet of giant California Redwoods.

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Expertly Paired - New Paintings by Ramiro Smith Estrada
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Expertly Paired - New Paintings by Ramiro Smith Estrada

Leon Gallery is proud to welcome artist Ramiro Smith Estrada (Buenos Aires, Argentina) for his first solo exhibition in Denver, Colorado. 


"Estrada’s portraits focus on, as he claims, the “contemporary construction of ‘self-image’.” ...Estrada reconsiders the self in an era dominated by social media and, to his mind, “narcissism, the consumption of ‘cool’ culture, and the glorification of the mediocre. To do so, Estrada strips his figures of most physical features, replacing them with floral-patterns that circumspectly traffic in tired tropes of beauty. If postmodernity collapsed a subject’s depth into surface, then the era of social media has provided us with the ability to erase our biologically-given surfaces in favor of an ornamental veneer. As such, Estrada’s portraits extend the Ashberian logic of the self to its conceptual limit. Call it, if you will, unselfing through hyper-surfacing." - Joshua Ware


OPENING RECEPTION: 

Saturday, June 29th 7pm - 11pm

*All exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.


ON EXHIBITION: 

June 29th - August 10th, 2019


GALLERY HOURS:

Wed-Friday 10am - 6pm

Saturday-Sunday 12pm-5pm

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The Patient Zeros with special guests Matt Cassino + Jon Arckey and Friends
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Patient Zeros with special guests Matt Cassino + Jon Arckey and Friends

Join us as Denver locals, The Patient Zeros, perform a rare, stripped down set with special guests Matt Cassino + Jon Arckey and Friends


The Patient Zeros
A product of Denver, Colorado, The Patient Zeros are an experimental rock three-piece, built on crafty, striking lyrics, compelling chorus lines and a signature style ranging from indie-folk to high energy grunge. Formed by life long friends and first time musical collaborators CJ Kjolhede and Joe Schramm, the band came together to create music built on strong songwriting and rooted in experimentation, and familiar to listeners of FM radio. Shortly after releasing "Sirens Calling" in 2016, Joe and CJ were joined by bassist Michael Raymond. The group has played their brand of rock n roll in over 20 states, covering both coasts and most of middle America en route to or from their home of Denver. The group's latest release, "Born Again", captures the band's signature tense and dynamic style.

Pre-order your tickets NOW

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The Gathering Place & Art Restart
Jun
13
to Jun 22

The Gathering Place & Art Restart

The Gathering Place + Art Restart

Pop-Up Exhibition to support women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty

Exhibition: June 13th - June 22nd
Opening Reception: June 13th 5-9pm

Leon Gallery is teaming up with Art Restart, a social enterprise of The Gathering Place to host a pop-up exhibition. The Gathering Place + Art Restart provides Denver women experiencing poverty with the materials and safe space needed to create art. Art Restart then reproduces artworks on a variety of products, and the sale provides each artist with royalty checks and a path to self sufficiency. These women will be working with instructors at Arts Student League of Denver to create paintings and drawings over a 9 week course. 

Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, their children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness. While we refer to those we serve as "members", no fees are ever charged for programs or services.

We believe deeply in the power of our community and continually work to make it stronger. Our key values include recognizing individual strengths, building respect and trust, and offering unconditional acceptance. 

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Lenore. with Patrick Dethlefs Live at Leon!
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Lenore. with Patrick Dethlefs Live at Leon!

Lenore.

"When they sing you’re transported to a different dimension, an unearthly realm. Here, you’ll find safety and security, you’ll be able to rest, to find peace. And here, you’ll discover the courage you need to start living the life you want. - NPR

Biography

The coming together of Rebecca Marie Miller & Joy Pearson as Portland, Oregon’s Lenore., is serendipitous, to say the least. After individually hitting rock bottom — Pearson following a divorce & Miller after a period of destitution in LA — the pair separately turned to songwriting in the search for a still point in their turning worlds.

After years of lending their abilities to other projects, they finally found themselves spinning on the same axis when a chance meeting through a mutual friend at Portland's iconic Doug Fir Lounge sparked an immediate connection. A drunken night ensued & before they’d even scoped each other’s material, they'd committed.

Since that fateful evening, Lenore. can boast having performed at legendary PNW venues including the Doug Fir, Mississippi Studios, Aladdin Theater & Revolution Hall in Portland; as well as the Sunset Tavern, Triple Door & Tractor Tavern in Seattle. They've opened for Eric Bachmann, Laura Gibson, Blitzen Trapper, Gomez, The Mynabirds & they've performed alongside Peter Buck (R.E.M.), as well as Chris Funk & Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists. In August 2019 they were invited to perform at Traveler's Rest, a festival curated and run by The Decemberists with whom they shared billing, in addition to Sharon Jones, Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Tweedy & Tune-Yards, to name a few.

Since forming Lenore., Miller & Pearson have gained full-time collaborators in seasoned Portland musicians Edward Cameron (classical guitar) & Jessie Dettwiler (cello), who have contributed significantly to the evolution of Lenore.'s sound — A dreamy melancholic blend of harmony-driven folk with an ever-present sense of hope. More recently, Lenore. welcomed Austin Christ (bass & electric guitar) to their musical family & they are often joined by Daniel Hunt (drums). 

Patrick Dethlefs

Patrick Dethlefs’ songwriting crests like a humble Townes Van Zandt, innocent of his own haunting melodies and lyricism. Dethlefs’ music offers folk Americana with effortless sincerity at a time when many acts strive purposefully to revive the stripped-down feel of a musical history long past.

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Empirical Imperatives - Esther Hernandez - née trance
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Empirical Imperatives - Esther Hernandez - née trance

The nature of the audience will be renegotiated through a series of movements, sounds and instructions in a three part performance that revisits and reworks an old fluxus score from the fluxus performance workbook. The performance, titled née trance is about being entranced by the past, and inspired by the work of the family of artists who came before!

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Empirical Imperatives - Jared David Paul Anderson - The Primordial Playground
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Empirical Imperatives - Jared David Paul Anderson - The Primordial Playground

he Primordial Playground has been experienced in a cave, in the alley and in the next episode, in a gallery.  This is a concept where the observers of art become the creators of art through means of spontaneous actions while invoking a deep dig into the marrow of primal psyche. We will be better off after this primitive art performance as it will ready us all to prepare for when the gadgetry goes dark.  If the world had lost its’ vessels of technology that shackle today, we still, as a race of beings, must create art, with anti-technology.   

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Empirical Imperatives - Charles Livingston - Catalyst 1,542,384
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Empirical Imperatives - Charles Livingston - Catalyst 1,542,384

Catalyst 1,542,384 is a performance/installation whereby Charles hand cut over 1,500,000 slices of bicycle inner tubes. Viewers are encouraged at any time to sit and take pieces of the tube, count how many they remove, record the number, sign, and date the ledger. Charles counts every slice and keeps a separate ledger. The number of slices changes with each performance as viewers take pieces and he adds. Catalyst 1,542,384 can be viewed as a catalyst for change and evolution through a process. A transformation from one state to a different state of being. From a micro to a macro scale through accretion and accumulation similar to how nature constructs. It is a metaphor for the interconnection between all things. A shared experience that allows for an awakening to our place and potential in the world. Living with manufactured plastics and synthetics is part of our everyday experience. Plastics and synthetics have been co-opted into the landscape, an undesired evolution of our nature. Using discard rubber addresses this chemically induced nature and environmental problem. This synthetic landscape is also represent in the synthesized sounds used to enhance a meditative state during the performance. 

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Harmonic Infinity Loops - Neel Murgai and Seema Pandya
Mar
31
6:30 PM18:30

Harmonic Infinity Loops - Neel Murgai and Seema Pandya

Suggested Donation: $15

Discount Pre-Sale Tickets Available: https://harmonicinfinityloops.brownpapertickets.com/

This performance of Brooklyn, NY based artists pairs the sitar, polyphonic overtone singing, electronic live looping, and Persian frame drumming of Neel Murgai with the video projections of animated bio-morphic inspired artwork of Seema Lisa Pandya. Beginning with an evening raga on sitar, Neel moves on to lush, droning vocal soundscapes and primal rhythms while subtly shifting chords, ragas and textures are deconstructed and reassembled in improvisational flights of fancy. A former Denver resident and co-owner of Revoluciones Collective Art Space, Seema’s projections use stills of her paintings and sculptures, slowly animated into new abstract forms that complete the psychedelic experience as listeners are washed in an ocean of overtones.



BIO’s

Neel Murgai is a sitarist, daf player, overtone singer, composer and teacher. He is a co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective of musicians steeped in Indian classical music. Neel has studied sitar for 23 years, currently with his guru Pundit Krishna Bhatt. Overtone singing he learned from Batuvshin of the Buriyat performance group Uragsha and from Timothy Hill of the Harmonic Choir. He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. Neel has performed around the world with numerous artists from varying disciplines including, Bill T. Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Andre DeShields, Karsh Kale, Vijay Iyer, Daniel Bernard Romain, Dana Leong, Ellen Stewart, Laraaji, Yuerba Buena, Baba Israel, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Louis Bellogenis and Cosmo Vinyl. He has performed at venues ranging from the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to Late Night with David Letterman to jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and at festivals around the U.S including Art Wallah, Arts Plosure, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! and many others. Neel played in the orchestra for Disney’s musical theater adaptation of “The Jungle Book” directed by Mary Zimmerman. Hel has composed music for many film, TV, video, theater and dance projects including the features, “The Yes Men Fix the World", which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and "A Decent Arrangement" starring Shabana Azmi. His music has been featured in the BBC series, “Holiday’s in the Danger Zone", and TBS programs, “Women of the Ink", and “Spotlights".


Seema Lisa Pandya is a multidisciplinary artist, an accomplished sustainability consultant, an adjunct professor of sustainable design, and community builder. As an artist, she explores the intersections of sustainability, art, cultural, and the built-environment. Her work tends to focus on two predominant themes, universal principles of biology and physics, and environmental sustainability. Sacred geometry, gravity, the push-pull balance of things in relation to one another, biological fractals, and the boundaries between negative and positive space are all inform her art. This has inspired her to create of a variety of work over the years ranging from public art sculptures, interactive kinetic sculptures, slatted light sculptures, site-specific installations, public guerilla street art, amoeba shaped fractal paintings, and her current series of large sculptures made from discarded played tabla (classical Indian percussion instrument) drum heads. Additionally, Seema has devoted almost two decades of leadership work forming community and cultural organizations such as Denver’s Revoluciones Collective Art Space, and the Brooklyn Raga Massive.

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Jeff Davenport - Nights
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Jeff Davenport - Nights

Join us on the evening of Saturday, March 9th, from 7pm - 11pm for an opening reception of “Nights” an exhibition of new photographs by Jeff Davenport. This exhibition is part of Denver’s Month of Photography.


Jeff Davenport is a Los Angeles based photographer. After graduating the from University of Colorado at Boulder with Film and Art History degrees, he focused most of his creative output as a musician in Denver. Inspired by the vivid terrain and its expanding arts scene, Jeff moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to concentrate on his photography. Jeff works primarily in urban landscape and portraiture, often emphasizing the plasticity of color and perception.


Nights is a collection of street photographs shot over the last four years during late night walks through the neighborhoods of Los Angeles and beyond. These photographs explore the sublime in the nondescript corners of the everyday.


Working only with the predetermined light of city planners, business and home owners, the work reveals how the transactional light of security and safety can transcend into the fantastic and the extraordinary. Influenced by directors like Michael Mann, the painters of the Ashcan School, Richard Estes’ photorealism and the filmic mega-productions of Gregory Crewdson, Nights is a homage to our inner lives and imaginations — stills of the films playing in our heads.

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The Talent Show II - Valentine's Edition
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Talent Show II - Valentine's Edition

The Talent Show - Valentines Edition

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
7-11pm

We are oh so excited to team up with the dynamic duo of Kalindi DeFrances + Hayley Dixon to bring you our second edition of Denver’s finest performances for the Talent Show, but this time with the added glow of the Valentine’s day spirit! Join us on February 21st for the night of your life where you will enjoy a variety of magical acts. Doors are at 7pm, show begins at 7:30. $5 is the suggested donation but no one will be turned away from the magic. Valentine’s libations and snacks will be available for purchase and of course there will be the glorious awards ceremony. 

We will be accepting applications for talent performances in the near future, if you have some talent (or non-talent) you’d like to show the world, keep it in mind and be sure to watch out on Facebook to submit...and don’t forget to bring your Valentine!

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Michael Dowling at Wonderbound
Feb
15
to Feb 17

Michael Dowling at Wonderbound

for the world premiere of Cupid's Playground with the Colorado Symphony
at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter 

Tickets Available

For several years, Leon has been honored to collaborate with Wonderbound to curate the lobby at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School for each of their performances. We are excited to announce that we will bring the remarkable paintings of Michael Dowling for Cupid's Playground with the Colorado Symphony. 

February is the month of love, and who better to lead the charge than Cupid? This world premiere production will feature musicians from the remarkable Colorado Symphony and works by Wonderbound’s Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman that will take you on a rambunctious journey exploring love’s many nefarious facets.

Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Performing Arts Complex
at Pinnacle Charter School
1001 W. 84th Avenue
Denver, CO 80260

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1910 Opening Reception - "Cut From the Same Cloth"
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

1910 Opening Reception - "Cut From the Same Cloth"

a collaborative project by Schoph + Jamie Lynn

Exhibition: January 31st- March 2nd, 2019

"Cut From the Same Cloth” - (idiomatic, of two or more persons or things. Very similar; possessing many of the same fundamental characteristics)

An art show brought to you by 1910 - the collaborative works of Jamie M. Lynn and Schoph Schofield.

Working together under the name 1910, Schoph and Jamie bring a showcase selection of the past year's works .The collaborative work of the pair go hand in hand and together, or apart, they have one of the most recognizable styles in the snow industry today. 

Through all the creative material being forged on the daily, Jamie Lynn strikes a chord throughout the industry. His legendary status and decades working alongside Lib Tech, Vans, Volcom, and Dragon has produced some of the most iconic / famed artworks in the snow world, inspiring and laying down a path for generations to come. 

Over the past few years Jamie teamed up with close friend and renowned global artist Schoph (Yorkshire, UK born). Schoph, a polarizing figure in the snow and skate scene, is more influential for the snowboard art community than just about any other artist out there. Schoph has curated group shows bringing industry artists together, along with producing years of work for mutual long standing benefactors Lib Tech, Vans, Volcom, and Dragon to name a few.

Schoph's distinct bold style compliments Lynn’s as they go back and forth. The two are equal parts creative as they are elusive and mystifying, an unstoppable force where their works are concerned.

Together they are 1910, two mates having a good time all the time, showcasing creativity and having an opportunity to share the good times through artistic endeavors to like-minded individuals. They both welcome you to "Cut from the same cloth", a selection of works of originals and print debuting at Leon Gallery.

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NADINE + Brent Penny Live at Leon!
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

NADINE + Brent Penny Live at Leon!

Advanced Tickets on Sale

Here to remind us that music is not just an audible experience, Minneapolis / New York's NADINE make melodies that transcend acoustics. Their debut album, oh my,is a collection of sophisticated modern pop songs that resonate in the gaps, the space between deadlines and timelines.


Brent Penny (Pennington) is a Minneapolis based queer singer-songwriter and musician. His arrangements exhibit a wide range of influences including folk, psych, pop, and experimental moments. Combining melodies informed by youthful Mormon church choir melodies with the timbre of an effeminate Neil Young, Penny has found a unique niche in a songwriting style that bridges the gaps between the many genres his music draws on. 

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Blues Legend Cary Morin Live at Leon!
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Blues Legend Cary Morin Live at Leon!

Leon is excited to welcome Blues Legend, Cary Morin to the stage at Leon for an intimate evening of stories and songs from one of Colorado's most treasured musicians.

Advance discount tickets available

Here is a select highlight of Cary's recent accolades:

- 2018 Independent Music Award Best Blues CD

- 2018 International Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention

- 2018 Native Arts & Cultures Fellow

- Nominated Best Acoustic Blues Album 2017 by Blues Blast Magazine

- Indigenous Music Award 2017 Best Blues CD

- Nominated Best Blues CD in the Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards 2016

- Colorado Blues Challenge Solo Champion 2013 & 2014

- Lifetime Achievement Award Fort Collins Music Association (FoCoMA) 2013

Watch Cary Morin

Learn more about Cary Morin

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Cymon Padilla Artist Discussion
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Cymon Padilla Artist Discussion

Join us on Sunday, January 13th, for an informal discussion with artist, Cymon Padilla, regarding his “re:mix” exhibition, on view through January 26th. We have extended the exhibition an additional week because of the wonderful response that Cymon’s work has received. To read up a little about the show before the artist discussion, feel free to check out these glowing reviews that have recently appeared in local publications.

Westword

The Denver Post

On Denver

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Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson with Special Guest. Live at Leon Music Series
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson with Special Guest. Live at Leon Music Series

Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson plus a very special guest - Live at Leon Music Series

December 15th, 2018
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Leon Gallery is excited to welcome back long time friend Matt Campbell as he tours America to promote his new album "The Man With Everything". Matt was the first person to ever perform at Leon in August 2011, we are honored to continue to collaborate with this remarkable musician. Special guest to be announced soon. We have also invited our remarkable friend, Joe Sampson to perform, plus we have a very special guest we can't announce just yet... :)

Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://mattcambellatleon.brownpapertickets.com/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2230802400465370/

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Leon's first annual Kitschmas Party!
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Leon's first annual Kitschmas Party!

Join us on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 8pm, for one hell of a Kitschy Christmas Party. Bring a very special and kitschy work of art for our Kitsch Art White Elephant Gift Exchange. We encourage hand-made and thrift store gems that are bawdy, camp, twee, gimcrack, and lascivious. Plus we will be decorating cookies, and we will have complimentary beverages of beer, wine, and a very special holiday cocktail!

Tickets $25 per person, available HERE

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re: mix  by Cymon Padilla - Opening Reception
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

re: mix by Cymon Padilla - Opening Reception

re: mix

Paintings by Cymon Padilla

Opening Reception: December 1st, 2018 7pm-11pm

Exhibition: December 1st, 2018 - January 19th, 2019


Leon is excited to present the first solo exhibition of Cymon Padilla's paintings in Denver, CO. Cymon's work exudes an irreverent and giddy wit, through the sampling of iconic images that span multiple centuries, while also invoking modern day pop culture. Diverse and dissonant elements are distilled into lean, impactful compositions, which themselves reference various artistic movements such as Dada collage, AbEx formalism, Surrealism, or Pop Art illustration, then morphed by the technological tools of computerized manipulation.


Artist Statement

My current body of work aims to fuse disparate elements of our shared visual culture, whether seen through screens connected to vacuum tubes, the pixels on a phone, or the pages of an art history book. Using traditional oil painting techniques to represent collage, digital manipulation, and trompe l’oeil, I combine, collapse, and remix the imitated world onto the flat surface of the picture plane, mashing classical European figurative work with the golden age of Disney, Saturday morning cartoons, pop art, and vintage advertisement. 

Bio

Cymon Padilla was born in Colorado Springs in 1983. He received his Associate of Arts from Pikes Peak Community College in 2012, and has shown his work regionally ever since. When not at his day job or in the studio, Cymon spends much of his time wondering what his dog is thinking.

IG: @cymonpadilla

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Deca + Felix Fast4ward + Stay Tuned Live at Leon
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Deca + Felix Fast4ward + Stay Tuned Live at Leon

Join us as we welcome back Deca and Felix Fast4ward to the stage, with special guest Stay Tuned at Leon. 

Saturday, November 10th.

Doors at 8:00pm

Pre-sale tickets available: https://decafelixfast4ward.brownpapertickets.com/

Link love: 

DECA:
https://deca.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DecaMusic/

Felix Fast4ward:
https://soundcloud.com/felixfast4ward
https://www.facebook.com/Felixfast4ward/

Stay Tuned: 
https://manerok1.bandcamp.com/album/murder-he-wrote-a-love-story
https://www.facebook.com/AfterThisBreak/

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Brianna Straut Album Release Party featuring Paul DeHaven + Special Guest
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Brianna Straut Album Release Party featuring Paul DeHaven + Special Guest

Brianna Straut Album Relase Party

November 2nd, 7- 11pm

Brianna Straut (Bison Bone) is venturing into her own music and songwriting and will debut her first solo album, “La Mano” at Leon! Paul DeHaven will take the stage in support of Brianna, plus Whippoorwill will grace us with their experiential alt-folk stylings.

Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://briannastraut.brownpapertickets.com/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/265343550831218/

Brianna Straut is an Americana Singer Songwriter from Denver, CO by way of Texas. She tells stories about her songs including times in Texas, losing friends too soon and the good times in Colorado. Critics have swooned saying "If you have even one romantic nerve in your body, you will fall head over heels." Her songs dig deep into those Texas roots and her gypsy soul.


W: www.briannastraut.com

IG: @bstraut

FB: @briannastrautmusic

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Patrick Dethlefs + Heavy Diamond Ring Live at Leon
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Patrick Dethlefs + Heavy Diamond Ring Live at Leon

Leon Gallery is excited to welcome back long time friend Patrick Dethlefs and the new project, Heavy Diamond Ring (Sarah Anderson + Paul DeHaven of Paper Bird) for an intimate evening of music. 

Doors: 7:30pm

Suggested Donation: $10

Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://patrickdethlefs.brownpapertickets.com/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2114189782233711/

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Multidim Records Launch Party
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Multidim Records Launch Party

Multidim Records Launch Party

October 12th, 2018

8pm - Midnight


Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://mulitidimlaunchparty.brownpapertickets.com/

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/478402579328465/

Multidim Records announces its inaugural vinyl release, ‘Tangra’ by the Denver-based audiovisual electronic act Cities Of Earth. This release marks the first of several planned for the newly unveiled independent record label Multidim Records. Multidim will have an official launch event on Friday, October 12th at Leon Gallery in Denver, featuring live audio and video performances from Cities Of Earth, Glissline, Andre Cactus & Ah, River, and more.

citiesofearth.com
glissline.com

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