By late 2009 artist Niza Knoll had been eyeing a For Sale sign on the unit across the street from her studio for some time. The space was
By late 2009 artist Niza Knoll had been eyeing a For Sale sign on the unit across the street from her studio for some time. The space was located in the established Art District on Santa Fe and was a known popular cultural destination; however, she knew it would be a risk. With her dream of running a gallery, she hoped that by purchasing the unit she could focus on building a stable art business and avoid being at the mercy of a fickle rental market, so she decided it was worth the chance. After remodeling the former office space into a bright, airy gallery she launched her first show in the spring of 2010 and is now proud to be celebrating 10 years in business!
The occasion is being marked with a new exhibit entitled Abstract 2020, on view from January 3 through February 15, 2020. It features abstract works by Knoll and the other artists who have helped create longevity in the space and assisted Knoll in navigating challenges as she developed as a gallery owner. Rachel Basye, Nancy Enyart, Victoria Eubanks, Mark Friday, Jennifer Ghormley, Pat Lickly, Aliki McCain, Paula Romero Schmitt, are all members of the stand-alone co-op The Mix whose members work is always on exhibit in the back of the gallery when they are not participating in other shows upfront. The public is invited to an artist reception and 10-year anniversary celebration on Third Friday, January 17th from 6-9 pm at 915 Santa Fe Driver. One can also view and purchase work during regular gallery hours Wednesday–Friday, 1-5 pm, Saturday, 1-4 pm, except First and Third Fridays 4-8 pm, or by appointment.
Unlike the traditional gallery model, Niza Knoll does not have a stable of artists that she represents. Rather, she curates themed exhibits—sometimes around current and relevant subject matter—that draws people in to explore a variety of artists, issues and ideas. Visitors always find a friendly, accessible experience in a space that transforms with each new show. Popular recurring juried and invitational exhibits have included “Holy Moly: Artists’ Interpretation and Religious Commentary in Contemporary Art”, the fun biennial “Gone To The Dogs” featuring artists’ interpretation of man’s best friend, and the recent “Gentleman in Moscow” show based on the namesake novel, that attracted book lovers from across the area.
Niza Knoll Gallery is located in the Art District on Santa Fe at 915 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, Colorado. The gallery specializes in intriguing conceptual exhibits, hosts first and third Friday events, monthly salons, private concerts and guest speakers. Past exhibits have included unusual artist pairings, outsider art, collaborative work, thought-provoking thematic exhibits of artists using non-traditional media. Through a partnership with Kingman Winery the space serves a tasting room for their fine Colorado wines and is proud to offer their wine for sale during First Friday art walks and other special events. Visit www.nizaknollgallery.com for more information.
January 3 (Friday) 4:00 pm - February 15 (Saturday) 5:00 pm