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By Nancy Hahn

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 1600 Pierce St., is celebrating this year’s graduation with the Summer 2017 Graduation Exhibition. Graduates exhibit their work and the exhibition is open to the public without charge. Work of graduating seniors will be exhibited through Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their work includes animation, illustration, art education, photography, fine arts, game art, graphic design and interior design. Enjoy the beautiful historic campus and the work of these talented graduates.

40 West Arts, 1560 Teller St., will continue the exhibit on “Time” through Aug.t 26. Artists created work focusing on the science of time, and our emotional relationship to time and time’s passage in their work for the exhibit. Catch it before it’s over. Then, from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, Sept. 1, 40 West will host the opening reception of their Members Showcase. The Members Showcase is a show full of a variety of subjects and techniques. Rather than the show having a theme, the talented artists are free to choose and create in any medium, style, and subject they choose. After the opening, the gallery’s hours are Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Lakewood Arts Council Community Center and Gallery, at 6731 W. Colfax in the Lamar Plaza, is just full of pets, especially cats, this month. July 30 was the opening of “Cats, Dogs, and Birds” and of “Tails of Painted Cats.” There are cats covered with flowers and others covered with armor, “Zippy” cat made from gourds, and “Knotty Cat” painted in bright strands of knotted cord. The show will run until Sept. 1 and benefits the Cat Care Society of Denver. Check out all of the painted cats and vote for your favorite. It won’t be an easy choice. Lakewood Arts is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Gallery of Everything at 6719 W. Colfax in the Lamar Plaza features a very diverse collection of art. Now the gallery is featuring the work of Native American artist Rose Red Elk. Red Rose Elk, whose traditional name is Red Feather Woman, is a storyteller, singer, songwriter and author. The artwork is a family affair. Daughter, Cheyenne and son Johnny contribute to the beautiful collection. Bone chokers and feather jewelry tempt every shopper. There are dreamcatchers of every size and complexity, each with a net to catch the bad dreams and a hole to let a good dream through. There are sage bundles and a unique wall-hanging with a turtle shell. The card explaining the legend of the turtle adds to the interest. All of her pieces have explanations of the meaning, use, or story of the piece. There are, also, Native herb books and other choices. The variety of work is extensive and very engaging. Visit this unique collection at the Gallery of Everything, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.