Opening Reception and Exhibition of "Beautiful Pornography". New photography by Scott Barman
Feb
20
Mar 29

Opening Reception and Exhibition of "Beautiful Pornography". New photography by Scott Barman

Join us at Leon for the Opening Reception and Exhibition of Beautiful Pornography. New Photographs by Scott Barman at Leon Gallery in conjunction with Month of Photography.

Opening Reception: February 20th,, 2015

Exhibition: February 20th-March 29th, 2015

Beautiful Pornography Artist Statement: 

 

Scott D. Barman – HSYR – is an artist whose vision is to accentuate the natural form and beauty of women and men through the use of film photography and minimal interference portraiture. Finding inspiration through the everyday interactions of humans, blink-and-you-miss-it moments, and his own personal depression and anxiety, Scott explores who we are when we shed away who we try to be and what happens when more is spoken through our body language than through our words. What may be seen as a random or even chaotic moment during his photographic sessions result in a surprisingly calm, serene aesthetic. What may seem random or even chaotic moments during his photographic sessions the result is a surprisingly calm, serene aesthetic. Scott encourages his models to move freely so that he may experience who they are as individuals, thus capturing their true essence.

Link Love:  http://hsyr.tumblr.com/  |  Follow Scott on Instagram: @hsyr  |  mopdenver.com

Two Tone Wolf Pack "CROOKED MEDICINE" Album Release Show
Mar
28
8:00 pm20:00

Two Tone Wolf Pack "CROOKED MEDICINE" Album Release Show

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Come join Leon and Two Tone Wolf Pack in celebrating their sophomore release "CROOKED MEDICINE". Described as "early 20th century imagery and idealism manifested in a post-americana", Two Tone Wolf Pack delivers steady heavy beats and gritty vocals.

In collaboration with Huckleberry Coffee Roasters and Black Shirt Brewing, a limited edition coffee and beer will be created for the release of CROOKED MEDICINE which you can indulge in during the show!

Doors Open at 8:00pm! 

Presale Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1338340

Presale Tickets with a free EP and a ticket for beer (BSB) or coffee (HBR) available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1338340

$15 at the Door 

Opening Reception and Exhibition of Swells. New sculptures and drawings by Brittany Gould
Apr
4
May 3

Opening Reception and Exhibition of Swells. New sculptures and drawings by Brittany Gould

Join us at Leon for the Opening Reception and Exhibition of Swells; sculptural installations and drawings from Brittany Gould. Brittany will be flying in from Berlin, Germany to make an appearance at Leon for the night of April 4th specifically for this show. 

Opening Reception: April 4th, 2015 7-11pm

Exhibition: April 4th - May 3rd, 2015


A Leon Affair (A Reading Series)
Mar
21
7:00 pm19:00

A Leon Affair (A Reading Series)

Hello friends and Happy Vernal Equinox! 

You are invited to our next Leon Affair...come celebrate Just-Spring at Leon, a night of prose readings by local writers and literary artists. 

This evening of prose will feature C.J. Martin, Maureen Owen, and Robert Alan Wendeborn.

Saturday, March 21, at 7:00pm

We hope to see you there!

Collectible Records Compilation Release Show with Inaiah Lujan and Sawmill Joe
Mar
20
8:00 pm20:00

Collectible Records Compilation Release Show with Inaiah Lujan and Sawmill Joe

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Denver based record label, Collectible Records, is releasing a compilation album featuring some of Colorado's favorites including Ark Life, Natalie Tate, Still Tide, Dog Days and more. Come celebrate the release at Leon and enjoy a live performance by Isaiah Lujan (from The Haunted Windchimes/Mike Clark and the Sugar Sound) and Sawmill Joe. The night will cap off with a DJ set by Jeremy Averitt.

Doors Open at 8:00pm! 

Presale Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1362610

$10 at the Door 

Keaton Simons + Rob Drabkin Live at Leon!
Feb
26
8:00 pm20:00

Keaton Simons + Rob Drabkin Live at Leon!

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Leon invites you to join us for a night of live musical performances by Keaton Simons and Rob Drabkin. From the West Coast, Keaton Simons entices the audience with his acoustic guitar. Followed by an amazingly talented Colorado Native performer, Rob Drabkin. 

Leon is also teaming up with Forrest Coffee Trading Company to provide speciality coffee for tonight's performance!

Doors Open at 8:00pm! 

Discount Presale Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1233941

Suggested Donation of $15 at the Door 

All Ages and Dogs Welcomed

Glenn Ross Walk-Through and Artist Talk with Forest Coffee
Feb
15
3:00 pm15:00

Glenn Ross Walk-Through and Artist Talk with Forest Coffee

At Home / On Stage Gallery Walk-Through and Artist Talk

Join us at Leon from 3-5 pm for an exclusive conversation with Glenn Ross about his process and a behind the scenes look at his time spent with the 22 musicians photographed for At Home / On Stage

Leon Gallery is collaborating with Forest Coffee Trading Company to present pour over coffees from this prodigious new coffee roaster right here in Denver, CO for our Walk-Through and Artist Talk with Glenn Ross. 

Link Love: http://www.forestcoffeetrading.com/

At Home / On Stage Closing Reception with Greater Than Collective
Feb
13
7:00 pm19:00

At Home / On Stage Closing Reception with Greater Than Collective

Join us at Leon for the Closing Reception of At Home / On Stage by Glenn Ross. 

Leon Gallery and Glenn Ross are teaming up with Greater Than Collective to present a special cd offered ONLY at the closing reception. 

Glenn has been working closely with Virgil Dickerson at Illegal Petes and Greater Than Collective to release a special compilation cd featuring all of the musicians photographed in Glenn’s exhibition At Home / On Stage.

Kotorino + Roger Green Live at Leon!
Jan
30
8:00 pm20:00

Kotorino + Roger Green Live at Leon!

Kotorino + Roger Green Live at Leon!

Leon invites you to join us for a night of live musical performances by Kotorino and Roger Green. Hailing from Brooklyn, Kotorino's eccentric performances will surely make for a lively Friday night at Leon while Roger Green graces us with his elegantly crafted guitar tunes.

Doors: 8pm

Pre-sale discounted tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1149454

The Leon Affair (A Reading Series)
Jan
24
7:00 pm19:00

The Leon Affair (A Reading Series)

Hello friends! 

You are invited to our next Leon Affair...a night of prose readings by local and national writers and literary artists. 

This evening of prose will feature Amanda Rea, John Cotter & Mairead Case.

Sister Grotto + Of Earth and Sun + Stephen Molyneux Live at Leon
Jan
15
8:00 pm20:00

Sister Grotto + Of Earth and Sun + Stephen Molyneux Live at Leon

Leon continues to bring you the best special music events in Denver starting with Sister Grotto, Of Earth and Sun, and Stephen Molyneux. Stephen Molyneux is celebrating the release of his new album: The Shape of Clouds to Come

Doors: 8pm

Pre-sale discounted tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1117674

Suggested donation at the door: $7

 Current Exhibition At Home / On Stage photographic works by Glenn Ross
Jan
10
Feb 15

Current Exhibition At Home / On Stage photographic works by Glenn Ross

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At Home / On Stage
Glenn Ross

Exhibition: January 10th-February 15th, 2015

Closing Reception: Friday, Feb 13th, 7-10pm

Gallery Walk-Through and Artist Talk: Sunday, February 15th 3-5pm

Artist Statement:


I've seen the many sides of music.
I've felt the ebb and the flow.
I know the before, after, and even more...
The distance between home and stage.

 
 
When I first started this project I didn't know where it would take me. The plan was to see the places where musicians write, but I couldn't have imagined what awaited me in gardens and on rooftops, in secret cellars and attics. Here is where I spent time with some of the best songwriters in Colorado; sharing stories on life and the journey of taking their songs from an idea to an audience.
 
Traveling to their homes shined a light on the personal worlds of musicians, but it was only half of the story; so I went to their shows to hear the other side - to see the contrast and connection between life at home and life on stage.
 
This collection of images at Leon Art Gallery is the result of over two years making photos at 20 homes and 60+ concerts. Each photograph was printed by me and mounted on figured maple boards. Polaroid photographs made on expired film hang in between the home and stage pieces. In all, there are nearly 70 images plus a projected slideshow of outtakes from the project. 
 
www.glennrossphoto.com


Biography for Glenn Ross

MUSIC + CAMERA

I started writing songs and performing at 17. I spent the next few years documenting the music around me; experimenting with video, photography, and audio recording. These pursuits were instrumental to everything that followed, but when the music faded I wasn't holding a camera anymore.

Nearly a decade passed before I made another picture. I was at a recording session in Stockholm when something came over me. The next day I bought a camera and photographed the rest of the session - from behind the scenes to the front of the hall. When the day was done I'd make photos of the city, looking beautiful in the snow.

Since that journey I've continued to view the world thru a lens. Years of dedication to my art has led to a steady flow of editorial and commercial work, allowing me to focus on photography full time. 

Christian Lee Hutson with special guest Tyler Lee Holter and Mount Saint Elias Live at Leon!
Nov
16
Nov 17

Christian Lee Hutson with special guest Tyler Lee Holter and Mount Saint Elias Live at Leon!

Leon Gallery is proud to welcome back Christian Lee Hutson (Los Angeles, CA) to the stage with special guests Tyler Lee Holter (Denver, CO) and making their Leon debut is Mount Saint Elias (Oakland, CA). Sundays just don't get any better than this. 

Doors at 7:00

Discount Presale TIckets available through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/925271

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/990276320998833/

Opening Reception and Exhibition - 36 Views of the Lion's Lair by Gary Isaacs
Nov
15
Jan 4

Opening Reception and Exhibition - 36 Views of the Lion's Lair by Gary Isaacs

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Opening Reception and Exhition of 36 Views of the Lion's Lair by Gary Isaacs

Exhibition: November 15th, 2014-January 4th, 2015

Opening Reception: November 15th, 2014 7-10pm
 

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/330936387089164/


Gary Isaacs Artist Statement
36 Views of the Lion’s Lair

From the I Ching : What takes place in the depths of one's being, in the unconscious, can neither be called forth nor prevented by the conscious mind.

Back in 2008 I was in NYC visiting with my uncle Philip where for 50 years he’s lived in the same one room walk up just around the corner from Grand Central Station. I've always loved his place, It’s like a cross between an Appalachian shack and the Vatican. One night during my stay I awoke to find him sitting motionless at the edge of his bed. Wearing only boxers, his back was to me, and I was startled to see that it was completely covered by a beautiful tattoo rendering of Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa. I was so startled that I woke up again . . . . I had been dreaming. My uncle was in fact fast asleep, tattoo-less except for the faded "Shirley" on his left shoulder. 

Home in Denver several weeks later, I was walking past the Lions Lair for the zillionth time when it spontaneously occurred to me that it might be interesting to make a series of photographs all anchored by at least some portion of the Lions Lair façade . . . "36 Views of the Lions Lair" . It’s as simple as that. These images are photographs of both the Lions Lair itself and of moments visually sandwiched between myself and the façade of the Lions Lair. For the record, I've spent my fair share of hours and dollars inside of that place, probably more than some would advise calling attention to, and over the years I have made thousands upon thousands of photographs "inside" the Lair, but that's another story. 

36 Views of the Lion’s Lair is not about my experience on the inside, and though I've also spent years photographing up and down the length of the once rough and tumble "longest, wickedest street in America" that is Colfax, these photographs are not particularly about that either. This is not some sort of social commentary, documentary, or lifestyle piece. I set out to create a body of work that nodded to the series of woodblock prints created by Katsushika Hokusai in early 1800's Japan entitled 36 Views of Mount Fuji. Or, said another way, this is a collection of photographs that represent my conscious exploration of a specific limitation suggested to me by my unconscious. 

Where did my initial dream come from? I don't know. What did that dream mean? I don't know. The first time that I walked past the Lions Lair after having had that dream why did it occur to me to embark on this project? I don't know. Would it have ever entered my mind to make these images had I not had that dream? I doubt it. All that I can say with certainty is that I feel that there is a direct, if not completely knowable, connection between the dream and the idea to make these photographs. 


BIO:

Unless one is willing to reveal themselves to the world the world will not reveal itself to them. One will never be able to see more in their work than they are able to see in themselves and by the same token they will not be able to not see themselves in their own creations . . . . .

Before I began photographing in earnest sometime during the mid 80's my life had unfolded less like the chapters of a continuous narrative and more like a succession of short stories with no apparent connection between them other than I happened to be there cast in the first person. By the time we moved the studio out of Union Station in 1998 my archive had swollen to roughly 200,000 negatives and I had become deeply embedded in a career that straddled a range of editorial and advertising assignments that I juggled along side an ongoing series of personal projects. I've never been the kind of guy who had a "day job" and have always found a way to turn whatever I was truly inspired by into a full time gig. For the last thirty years "photography" has been my passion, my vocation and a spiritual path all in one.

 

Closing Reception of Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's Lament
Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

Closing Reception of Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's Lament

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Join us on Sunday, November 9th, from 7pm - 10pm for the closing reception of Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's art exhibition, Lament. The evening will feature a live music performance by Roger Green, as well as a live reading by Daniel Landes.

Roger Green is an accomplished musician, who most recently performed at the opening reception of Myopia, Mark Mothersbaugh's art exhibition at Denver's MCA.

Daniel Landes is a well known author and owner of Denver's City O' City and Watercourse restaurants. 

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/708442642558287/

in/PLANES + Bluebook Live at Leon!
Oct
18
7:30 pm19:30

in/PLANES + Bluebook Live at Leon!

Join us at Leon this Saturday night as we welcome in/PLANES ( Inaiah Lujan / Desirae Garcia) and Bluebook (Julie Davis / Joseph Pope III) as they wrap up their Fall Tour at our gallery. 

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Baroque Chamber Orchestra Live at Leon!
Oct
12
5:00 pm17:00

Baroque Chamber Orchestra Live at Leon!

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado presents

Goldberg Transformations

Sunday October 12, 2014. Doors at 5:00 pm. Concert will begin promptly at 5:30. 

$20 (students $5)

https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=48443

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is very excited to perform for the first time at Leon! This concert is part of our Baroque Out of Bounds series, featuring musical explorations and conversation in inviting spaces.

The New Patriot Dinner and Private Reception with Chef Brian Crow of Devil's Food
Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

The New Patriot Dinner and Private Reception with Chef Brian Crow of Devil's Food

On Saturday, Oct 4th, 2014 Leon is partnering with Chef Brian Crow of Devil's Food to present an unforgettable private dinner inspired by Jared David Paul Anderson's The New Patriot.

Seating is extremely limited to 15 guests and tickets are $60 per person. 

Tickets may be purchased ONLY at the link below:
http://newpatriotdinner.brownpapertickets.com/

The New Patriot - Closing Reception
Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

The New Patriot - Closing Reception

Join us for a closing party in honor of Jared David Paul Anderson's, The New Patriot. Unless you are planning to attend our private Artist's Dinner on Saturday, October 4th, this is your last chance to experience this provocative and playful exhibtion. 

The Reading Series
Sep
27
7:30 pm19:30

The Reading Series

Join us at Leon as we celebrate all that is wonderful in literature, prose, and poetry in Denver.

Each month, a small collective of published writers descend upon Leon to share their works with a wonderful literary arts community and supporters. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Doors at 7:30. 

This month we are featuring: Elisa Gabbert, Vanessa Angelica Vilarreal, and Joshua Ware.

Stephen Steinbrink + The Ever Ending Kicks + American Culture Live at Leon!
Sep
20
8:00 pm20:00

Stephen Steinbrink + The Ever Ending Kicks + American Culture Live at Leon!

Join us at Leon as we collaborate with Macon Terry of Collectible Records to bring you a special evening of extraordinary music from Washington by Stephen Steinbrink and The Ever Ending Kicks. 

Doors at 8pm

$10 suggested donation

Presale Discounted Tickets available at: http://steinbrink.brownpapertickets.com/

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1488105984782163/

 

 

EDJ + Nick Jaina live at Leon
Sep
6
8:00 pm20:00

EDJ + Nick Jaina live at Leon

We are honored to announce we'll be hosting Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats, The Shins, Vetiver, Califone) in our sweet space on September 6th, surrounded by the artwork of Jared David Paul!

Eric is one of our all-time favorite songwriters and players in the known universe. Join us for this special night!

$12 advance // $15 day of

Eric D. Johnson is an American singer songwriter and composer. He is perhaps best known for being the front man and sole permanent member of the long running band Fruit Bats, as well as his collaborations with The Shins, Vetiver and Califone. He also produces records and does movie scores. His new thing is called EDJ and will be out this fall.

 

Opening Reception and Exhibition of "The New Patriot" by Jared David Paul Anderson
Sep
5
Oct 4

Opening Reception and Exhibition of "The New Patriot" by Jared David Paul Anderson

Opening Reception and Exhibition of  "The New Patriot"  New Works from Jared David Paul Anderson

Opening Reception: Friday, September 5th 7-10pm

Exhibition: September 5th-October 4th, 2014

"The New Patriot is vulnerable and brave. The New Patriot is tolerant and pissed and vocal and in love with country and ruthlessly turning some strange dream into a curious reality….all while having a good deep belly laugh."

Boxwood Pinball Tournament and Closing Reception for "Nothing is Yours to Keep.
Aug
27
7:00 pm19:00

Boxwood Pinball Tournament and Closing Reception for "Nothing is Yours to Keep.

Join us at Leon as we celebrate the closing reception of Nothing is Yours to Keep, New Works by Travis Hetman with a Pinball tournament! Besides being an incredibly talented fine artist, Travis also makes handmade tabletop wooden pinball machines which will be on display and available for play at the closing reception. 

The Tournament begins at 8pm and will run until about 9pm. $5 entry fee. Winner takes all!

The pinball machines will be available the entire night and are free to play, but the tournament will cost 5 bones jones. Winners of the tournament will take home the cash pot and will also receive special prizes, to be announced soon. 

The Forum Stories at Leon with Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers) + Barth Quenzer (Guerilla Garden)  *SOLD OUT
Aug
22
7:00 pm19:00

The Forum Stories at Leon with Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers) + Barth Quenzer (Guerilla Garden) *SOLD OUT

The Forum Stories at Leon

Join us for evening of creative inspiration and live storytelling at Leon Art Gallery on Friday August 22nd. We'll sip drinks, chat with fellow explorers, and listen to the unique journeys of two of the city's most celebrated creatives, Barth Quenzer (Guerilla Garden) and Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers). Admission is free but donations are welcome and will support future programming at the gallery.