As you turn off Speer to head into LoDo, you may notice that Wazee street is sprinkled with unique, beautiful art galleries. In March of this year, LoDo was excited to welcome Tansey Contemporary to its art row. Tansey Contemporary was founded in Santa Fe, NM in 2013 when Mike and Jen Tansey acquired the Jane Sauer Gallery on Canyon Road, renamed it, and expanded the program to include more national and international contemporary glass, ceramics, and mixed media work. Their goal, to this day, is to showcase artists who are working at the intersection between fine craft, contemporary art and design, making museum quality objects. Keeping the NM gallery open, Jen and Mike found a home in LoDo to serve as the core of their business operations in 2017.
A Denver native and graduate of CU Denver, Jen Tansey is the Director of Tansey Contemporary, managing the gallery’s overall program, artist relationships, gallery staff in both locations and plan the exhibition schedule. Jen loves LoDo for its energy. She notes that the neighborhood has a great sense of and respect for its history that is matched by a spirit of enthusiasm for the future. Jen hopes that in the years to come, LoDo’s strong sense of community will only get stronger.
Jen and Mike are excited to bring artwork into everyday lives as well as artists who work in mediums traditionally associated with craft to tell their story and express the deeper context behind their work. One of the ways Jen and Mike are able to accomplish this is artist talks and other cultural programming. In fact, the gallery is hosting its first artist talk in the gallery on Thursday, May 25th from 6-8pm, when they will welcome Australian glass artist Clare Belfrage to Denver. Claire will speak about her work during the reception, which is open to the public.