Visual Art: Sushe and Tracy Felix team up at Havu gallery

By Ray Mark Rinaldi
The Denver Post
POSTED:   03/11/2016 12:01:00 AM MST
Through April 23. Tracy and Sushe Felix are two of the best-known – and most-respected – painters in the region and each has works in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Kirkland Museum. Both paint wild and hilly landscapes, but as their co-exhibit at William Havu Gallery shows, their styles are different. She’s a little bit Southwest. He’s a little bit Hudson River. Together, they capture a terrain that’s familiar in the West but full of personal adventure. Havu is showing Mark Lunning on its mezzanine for the Month of Printmaking event. 1040 Cherokee St. Free. 303-893-2360 or 
Sushe Felix, Layers of Mountain Squalls,
acrylic on panel, 48 x 48 .
Image provided by Havu Gallery.

William Havu Gallery now representing JEFF KAHM.

Kahm Foresight WEB

Jeff Kahm, Plains Cree, was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and was raised on the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan. Kahm now lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.

As an artist, he continues creating artwork in his Santa Fe studio. His recent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2012) and at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2013) highlighted his most recent work – a striking series of small works on paper and panels and an impressive collection of large scale paintings on canvas – work he describes as ‘rooted in Indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics’. His work continues to reach a wider audience through various invitational and group shows nationally and internationally.


Foresight, acrylic on paper, 15″ x 15″ framed


William Havu Gallery now representing CLAY JOHNSON .

Clay Johnson The Ground Work 40 x 60 WEBClay Johnson was born and raised in Durham, NC, where he studied art and art history at Duke University, receiving a B.A. degree in 1985. He then worked for several years as assistant to painter Robert Natkin in Connecticut and New York City. He began exhibiting paintings in 1998, mostly in New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC. After several years of painting and exhibiting, followed by a hiatus of sorts, he has recently returned to painting. Clay currently lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming.


The Ground Work, acrylic on panel, 40″ x 60″


LUI FERREYRA is featured in the new issue of Forbes.

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Click on the image to read this feature online.

VIRGIL ORTIZ  |  Works from the Revolt Series |  May 14 – June 20, 2015 

Virgil ORtiz Castillian WEB

Virgil Ortiz is an internationally renowned ceramicist, fashion designer, and graphic artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. He uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements.

“The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 is a real incident that happened in American history and is not told in any mainstream school history books,” said Virgil Ortiz. “Using traditional methods and materials of clay ceramics fused with a modern twist allows me to share an important part of history, all while exposing visitors to my vision of the Revolt series and my heritage.”

This introduction of Virgil Ortiz’ clay work at William Havu Gallery coincides with:

Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz
Opening May 17, 2015
Denver Art Museum

Castilian, clay, 22″ high


AMY METIER featured in:

Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions

Denver Art Museum | May 17, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Metier A Delicate Balance 72 x 60 SM








Amy Metier, A Delicate Balance, 2010, permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum

Susan Cooper

Cooper Eisenhower Park

First Rose, 2015  steel, polycarbonate,  74″ x 15′ x 48″

Eisenhower Park in Denver.

Dedication is at 4:30 – 5:30  on May 29 at  Eisenhower Recreation Center
4300 E. Dartmouth Avenue, 80222

Now representing ROGER REUTIMANN

Reutimann Perception 5 WEB

William Havu Gallery is pleased to announce that we are exhibiting at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair February 13 – 15, 2015.

Join us in Palm Springs, Presidents Day weekend during Modernism Week!





New representing ZACHARIAH RIEKE

Rieke Primitive Ptg10 78.5 x 68 WEB








Primitive Reality, acrylic on canvas, 78 1/2″ x 68″

Now representing RYAN MAGYAR

Magyar canvas No 52 46.25 x 60 WEB






#52, oil on canvas, 46 1/4″ x 60 1/8″


Review of Homare Ikeda: “Revisit” Nancy Lovendahl: “Intercessions” 

by Michael Paglia in Art Ltd.


Artist Talk with Marc Berghaus

William Havu Gallery
Saturday, July 19, 2014
12:00 pm
Marc Berghaus will discuss his works on view at William Havu Gallery in the exhibition Articulated Perspectives on Saturday, July 19th beginning at noon.
Please RSVP by phone 303-893-2360 or email to attend the talk.
      Marc Berghaus, (detail) Rules & Regulations 2

Welcome to 

By Michael Paglia

 Goldfish and a life-sized nude highlight Articulated Perspectives at the Havu gallery
Summer is traditionally a time for group shows, but most galleries tend to feature work by their various artists, with no clear interconnecting theme. Not so at William Havu Gallery, where owner Bill Havu and gallery administrator Nick Ryan have brought together four artists, all of whom do contemporary work based on representational imagery that also incorporates abstract sensibilities.

The show, Articulated Perspectives, has been installed on both the main level and the mezzanine. Just inside the door, viewers are confronted with a monumental Marc Berghaus sculpture, “Rules & Regulations #2” (pictured).

In it, a life-sized male nude in cast fiberglass is encased in an elaborate metal grid of small open boxes. Inside most of the boxes are tiny mechanized fish “swimming” in circles. Taking the place of one of the boxes is a small aquarium with a real fish in it.

In addition, there are a number of small sculptures, several featuring the open metal box as a key element. Though Berghaus lives in Kansas, his work has been widely exhibited in Colorado. (He’ll be talking about his work at Havu this Saturday, July 19, at noon.)

On the walls surrounding the Berghaus sculptures are some remarkably fresh-looking paintings by Laura Truitt, an up-and-coming artist who lives in Fort Collins. All of them have architectonic forms expressively conveyed through smears of thick pigment. By combining these seemingly opposite approaches — linear forms and expressive techniques — she creates a frisson between depth and flatness.

The compositions are anchored by dense constructs of lines that invariably move the viewers’ eyes to the pictures’ center. Truitt, whose sense for the skillful assembly of a great palette is impressive, also has a taste for the monumental, and many of these wonderful paintings are all but mural-sized.

Also on the main level are crisply done landscapes by Lori Buntin that are rendered photographically but with unexpected hard-edged divisions marking shifts in the palette. Buntin, a Kansas City artist, captures the toned-down colors of the Midwest along with its gritty industrial and agricultural vistas.

Upstairs, there are some sweet little landscapes in an abstract-expressionist style by Sara Sanderson from Boulder. These paintings are very strong and extremely sophisticated. And though their intimate scale is very appealing, I wish she’d blow them up in size, because there’s apparently a lot of potential in her chosen approach.

Articulated Perspectives runs through July 26 at William Havu Gallery.


Critic’s Picks: Denver
As their first featured exhibit of the summer, William Havu Gallery is presenting “Articulated Perspectives,” a thematic group show bringing together the efforts of a quartet of artists, all of whom work with representational imagery in some way, and all of whom infuse their pieces with some kind of conceptual or narrative content. For Laura Truitt, the nominal subject of her paintings is architecture; however, she does not render buildings straightforwardly, instead combining a hyperrealist approach to drafting, that she then veils in abstract flourishes of paint. Lori Buntin, on the other hand, does convey urban scenes with photographic accuracy but she plays with the palettes so that the color schemes subtly shift as they pass through different parts of the paintings; however, the transitions between the hues are anything but subtle, since they are starkly separated by hard-edged vertical divisions. The scenes themselves also shift ever-so-slightly, as they cross these divisions. Sculptor Marc Berghaus takes a different approach to representation-he uses recognizable objects to create his contraptions, including mechanized fish and mechanized figures-some of which emit sounds. While the works of Truitt, Buntin and Berghaus fill the main level, on the mezzanine there are expressionist paintings by Sara Sanderson that convey the fury of the Colorado floods of 2013, through thick smears of paint used to create forms evocative of rushing water. “Articulated Perspectives” at the William Havu Gallery runs through July 26.

Private View of a Public Space
Laura Truitt
Oil on canvas
87″ x 120″ diptych
Photo: courtesy William Havu Gallery



“For No Good Reason”, A film about William Havu Gallery artist Ralph Steadman

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PBS Arts District feature on Catalyst exhibtion & an interview with Nancy Lovendahl


At Denver’s Havu Gallery, a serious, yet lovely, look at flowers


William Havu Gallery sculptor Michael Clapper builds sculpture in Canton, Ohio commemorating the birth of the National Football League.

Ohio city to get sculpture marking birth of NFL

Sculpture to commemorate NFL’s founding in Canton

William Havu Gallery representing Bob Knox

 Neutrabstract, Acrylic on canvas

William Havu Gallery now proudly sculptor Nancy Lovendahl

   Fractal Echo, Denver Botanic Gardens      

TOTAL ABSTRACTION | June 27 – August 28, 2013 Held in cooperation with DADA | Denver Art Dealers Association |Republic Plaza | 56 Story Arts space

Featured William Havu Gallery Artists: Orna Feinstein, Homare Ikeda, Emilio Lobato, Phillip Maberry & Scott Walker, James Marshall and Amy Metier.

  Now representing Thane Gorek

CATALYST | Colorado Sculpture 

Denver Botanic gardens | On view through January, 2104

Featured William Havu Gallery Artists: Emmett Culligan & Nancy Lovendahl

Link to Botanic Gardens website

Emilio Lobato is a featured artist in the exhibition: PERCEPTION Color | Line | Pattern at the Arvada Center for the Arts. On view through August 25th.

Welcome to

Best Of Award

Best Abstract Trio – 2013

Amy Metier, Michael Clapper and Emilio Lobato

William Havu brought together three of the state’s top abstract artists last spring. The main event was Amy Metier. Metier begins with an actual subject, and then, using her expressive brushwork, turns it into an abstract composition; though more representational than usual for her, these paintings were still very much a part of her classic style. Meanwhile, the floors at Havu were filled with small, simple sculptures based on organic shapes by Michael Clapper. One of Clapper’s greatest strengths is the way he combines different materials. Finishing off the trio were Emilio Lobato’s recent wall relief sculptures made of found materials.

We are pleased to announce the Denver Art Museum has once again revealed William Havu Gallery artist Rick Dula‘s 18 x 32 foot mural A moment in Time: Here.

A Moment in Time: Here

February 10, 2013 – April 14, 2013 | Hamilton Building – Level 2 | Included in general admission

Denver-based painter Rick Dula, who photographed the Hamilton Building throughout its construction, created hyper-realist painting A Moment in Time: Here, in 2009. It appears to peel back the interior walls of the building to expose its steel girders and underpinnings, and reveals the angular skeleton of the structure, which opened in 2006. Popular with museum members and volunteers, the artwork originally was on view in 2009 and 2010 in the exhibition Embrace!


We are proudly welcome emerging Colorado painter, Laura Truit to our stable of artists.


At Denver’s Havu Gallery, an adult look at children’s toys in “Toy Stories II”. By Ray Rinaldi, Denver Post, 11/29/12

Both Playful and Serious, Toy Stories II is seriously interesting. By Michael Paglia, Westword. 11/29/2012

Toy Stories II article in the Denver Post

Toys Stories II in this week’s Westword

Lui Ferreyra interview with The Untitled Art Show, October 31, 2012

William Havu Gallery has represented Ralph Steadman for over 15 years. Enjoy this podcast on NPR

The Story Of Steadman, Drawn From His ‘Gonzo’ Art


Rick Dula: Paintings of Construction and Corrosion
Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
The show will be up through January 1, 2013 for all visitors to the Buell Theatre or by appointment. To schedule a viewing after October 5, contact

Amy Metier in Women of Influence at The Arvada Center
Women of Influence, Colorado Artists & Curators
On view through November 11, 2012
Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003