Gallery Hours

First Fridays 6-9 pm

Occasional artist talks

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and always by appointment.
Call (303) 297-9831

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Charles Counter Opens Fall Season with "Split Sticks."

 The Pattern Shop Studio’s first fall exhibit will be Charles Counter’s Split Sticks. The show features both sculpture and prints of new dynamic work and will open with a public reception on first Friday, September 7th, 6 to 9pm. The exhibit will also be on view first Friday October 5th, 6-9pm. An artist’s Salon will be held on October 13th, 4-6pm. The show will conclude on Friday, October 19th.  The Pattern Shop Studio is open seven days a week for groups and individuals by appointment (303-297-9831).

Charles Counter received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the seventies from Colorado State University and went on to receive a graduate degree in fine art from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. While at Otis, he served as the graduate assistant in sculpture, developing a particular interest in wood sculpture. Later, this interest broadened through an apprenticeship and full-time employment as an industrial wood pattern maker.

Returning to his native Colorado, Counter has worked exclusively in the field of exhibition design and production. In the nineties he received an appointment at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, where he currently serves as Senior Designer and Developer of Exhibitions at the Museum and is a Senior Adjunct Instructor in the graduate program of Museum Studies. His work has been exhibited at The Denver Botanic Gardens, the Longmont Museum, Republic Plaza/Denver, Ironton Gallery, The Pattern Shop Studio and the William Havu Gallery. Counter lives and maintains a studio in Denver.




Pattern Shop Summer: Sharon Brown's Classic "Virginia: A Life"

After hanging for 18 months out at Red Rocks Community College, Sharon's oil painting series, Virginia: A Life, has come home to The Pattern Shop Studio and will hang all summer.  Based on old photographs rescued from a dumpster after a neighbor died, the series (so far totalling 88 art works), chronicles the lives of two ordinary people from the 1930's until the 1980's. The exhibit can be seen on First Fridays in June, July, and August, 6-9pm, and any time by appointment (303-297-9831).  


Barbara Shark Continues at the Pattern Shop through May 4


The Pattern Shop Studio’s spring exhibit of figurative painter Barbara Shark’s oil paintings,  About Time, continues on First Friday, April 6th and First Friday May 4th.   An Artist’s Salon will be held on Saturday, April 14th, 4-6pm, which will  also include the official release party for Shark’s newly published memoir, How I Learned To Cook, An Artist's Life. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and the artist will be signing copies.  The Pattern Shop Studio, in the heart of the RiNo Art District, is open seven days a week for groups and individuals by appointment (303-297-9831).

Colorado artist Barbara Shark has built a long and successful practice creating large format, photo-realistic paintings.  Her works capture their subjects outdoors or in animated conversations around the dinner table, doing almost anything, but always actively doing something.  In her pieces, Shark invites the viewer to imagine narratives about what’s going on, the personalities interacting, and what relationships undergird their interactions.  Working both in luscious black and white and in vibrant color, Shark takes everyday life and elevates it to the level of fine art. Spanning the time period from the early 1990’s to the 2010’s, About Time explores the artist’s focus, her skill and her growth as one of the region’s preeminent painters. Click on "Exhibits" to see more examples of her large scale oils.