Spark Gallery Is Run By The Artists You Often See On Its Walls. It’s Been That Way For 40 Years
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Spark Gallery Is Run By The Artists You Often See On Its Walls. It’s Been That Way For 40 Years

The artists whose careers are tied to Denver’s Spark Gallery, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in August. Back in the late ‘70s, there were happy hours in Denver’s working-class bars organized by artists for artists. It was a place to jaw about art and trade ideas. A common gripe among the “Art Bar” regulars was the lack of opportunities for contemporary artists in Denver and Boulder. Painter Margaret Neumann said most galleries, back then, were commercial galleries. “I paint kind of odd, psychological paintings that are figurative and abstract at the same time,” she said. She didn’t think her work would fit in with the commercial scene, and frankly, she didn’t want to join it. It was a sentiment shared by others, one that gave birth to the idea behind Spark Gallery . Neumann, visual artist Andrew Libertone and Jerry Johnson can be counted among the collective’s founding members. Stephanie Wolf/CPR News Painter and Spark founding member Margaret Neumann at Spark Gallery in Denver on Aug. 1, 2019. There wasn’t a single defining aesthetic of Spark’s 14 original artists, Johnson said. They were all simply tired of hearing their art was “too weird,” “too mathematical,” “too this” or “too […]

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