This month there are two standout non-Arcade crawl events that can fluff up your Saturday night. First, HOMEGROWN at Track 13 Gallery at Cummins Station, 209 10th Ave. South. Here's their curatorial statement:
"HOMEGROWN is a group show exhibiting regionally influenced, culturally significant contemporary design to an underexposed market outside of the major design centers. Instead of transplanting 'Brooklyn design' or 'West Coast design' to the southeastern United States, HOMEGROWN promotes design that is influenced by the rural culture of the region.”
I stopped by the gallery, which is a repurposed train car at Cummins Station. Exhibition co-curator Melissa Alexander showed me around the space, and guys, it's incredible. This is the kind of design we need more of — hip, smart and totally utilitarian. Highlights are Alexander's Holler Design contributions — including a rustic-modern reclaimed pine farm bench that has shiny orange accents — Brown and Green's bronze ashtrays cast from the traditional plastic forms, Cheryl Burke's topographical quilts that represent maps of Colorado and a West Virginia strip mine, and my personal favorite — Abigail Newbold's “Moonshining” piece: a breathtaking quilt/sleeping bag hybrid, complete with luxe details like fur stitched around its rim. And that's just scratching the surface.
Photos of the HOMEGROWN show and details about an open studio party after the jump ...
There! Look at all the arty options we have this Saturday. We could get used to this.