Victoria Kwasinski beside one of her oil paintings
A Denver tradition from April through November are First Friday Gallery Walks. My watercolor and mixed media teacher, Victoria Kwasinski, invited her classes to attend First Friday on Santa Fe Drive as she was showing a number of her paintings at one of the galleries. We made a day of it. First we went to the Museo de las Americas to view an exhibit of 21 paintings by Mexican artist David Sigueiros. Here is a quote from a publicity brochure:
"Sigueiros revolutionized the artistic arena in the 20th century and is ranked along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco as one of the Three Great Muralists. He is internationally recognized as a leader of the Mexican Muralist Movement that sought to bring socio'political art to the masses through large scale works on public walls.¨
From the museum we walked three blocks to El Noa Noa, one of Denver´s best restaurants for Mexican Food. After dinner, sated with Chicken mushroom soft tacos for me and spicy enchiladas for B, we spent two hours roaming through some of the more than 20 galleries in a four block area. The night was warm and the art was inspiring. Some galleries had classical music playing, one had a single guitarist and yet another featured a heavy metal group. It was the first time I had participated in a First Friday and I will definitely do it again.