It was a blustery, dark Wednesday night on February 3rd when the doors were opened and Helikon Gallery welcomed the crowd of Denverites on hand for the opening reception of ‘Opiates for the Masses’.  The show includes large scale pieces from some of Contemporary Art’s most popular and sought after artists. This special night also featured a live painting and wood burning by Denver artists Gamma & Dread.  The show was guided by the idea of large scale art in the spirit of outdoor murals brought into a gallery setting and made available for purchase.

**Article written by Scott Bailey, one of the owners of the Sally Centigrade Gallery & guest curator of this show.

‘Opiates for the Masses’

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 Exhibition Dates:
February 3- February 24, 2016

Guest Curated by Sally Centigrade

Helikon Gallery

3675 Wynkoop Denver CO

For additional information, please contact the gallery directly.

Press Release

‘Opiates’ is inspired by mural artists who create stunning public works of art on a massive scale. Over a dozen artists from around the country created colossal paintings on rolled canvas or wood panels, with some works as large as 12 feet by 6 feet. Artists are creating work based on modern interpretations of ‘opiates for the masses,’ from fickle creature comforts and daily distractions, to the soul-soothing outlets and philosophies we lean upon.

Participating Artists

Amandalynn + Dirty Bandits, Dread, Jet Martinez, Gamma, Hollis + Lana, Lauren Napolitano, Lauren YS, Mark Prenner-Howell, Robert Bowen, Sandra Fettingis

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Amandalynn and The Dirty Bandits
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Lauren Napolitano and DreadLaurenYS_BeautifulBizarreLauren YS
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Mark Prenner-HowellRobertBowen_BeautifulBizarreRobert BowenSandraFettingis_BeautifulBizarreSandra Fettingis

Opening Reception
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Denver Street Artist Gamma Acosta doing some live wood burning!GalleryOwnerCayceGoldbergwithJetMartinezPieceGallery Owner Cayce Goldberg next to work from Jet MartinezDread_BeautifulBizarre

Artist Dread next to his painting
AmandalynnDirtyBandits_BeautifulBizarre_02Co-Curator Myah Bailey (on the right) with a collaboration from Amandalynn  and Dirty Bandits
LaurenNapolitano_BeautifulBizarreLauren Napolitano next to her work!

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