Belmar's Valkarie Gallery is starting off 2015 with its first partnership with an arts group.
The Ken Caryl Art Guild opens its Pulse exhibit at the gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St., on Jan. 16 and will run through Feb. 8.
"The is the first time …
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"The is the first time we've partnered with Valkarie and it's their first time doing anything with Ken Caryl," said Bruce Nall, a member of the guild. "It's a great chance to get our work seen and helps to have our members prepare their art for an exhibit — it helps them to get things finished."
Nall said around 18 artists are participating in a variety of mediums, from sculptures and 3D work to fabric and paintings.
Valarie Savarie, co-founder of the gallery, said several members of the guild attended shows at Valkarie and inquired about hosting a group show.
"They (the Ken Caryl Art Guilt) are kind of a collective, which we kind of are ourselves so we wanted to support other artists," she said. "We always want to offer different art here."
The gallery plays host to one-to-three artists at a time, so Pulse is the gallery's most diverse show to date.
Nall said in addition to providing a place to display their work, the show offers a chance for the artists to network and share the guild's story.
The guild started in 2004 as a way to offer artists in south west Jeffco a place to learn and grow their skills. Nall added there aren't a lot of galleries in the Ken Caryl area, so these kinds of partnerships are important.
"Our artists have the ability to network and share information," he said. "We've had shows at other Lakewood venues like the cultural center and Lakewood Arts Council gallery."
For Savarie and the gallery, these kinds of local arts groups are important to keep the community connected.
"Art is self-expression, it's therapeutic and social," she said. "Our gallery tries to get everyone in, educated and engaged."
For more information visit www.kencarylartguild.org and www.valkariefineart.com.
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