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By  Michael Paglia Tuesday, Feb 14 2012

Guilty Pleasures. Although juried shows are typically open — meaning anyone doing any kind of work can enter — sometimes they have themes, as is the case with this year's annual at Spark, titled Guilty Pleasures. The juror is William Biety, who ran the Sandy Carson Gallery and, later, the van Straaten Gallery, and currently has his own business: Space-Editor, an art consultancy. Biety took an anything-goes approach in interpreting the idea of "guilty pleasures," and the result is a free-for-all. As could be expected, there are some goofy and funky interpretations of the theme — but there are also some standouts, including the interesting sculptures by Jeanette Bush, April Noble and Ted Fish and the sophisticated paintings by Christian Bailey, Barbara Yeatch, A. Miriam Green and Gabriel Luis Perez. The two Perez pieces are especially contemporary-looking. The pop-y, photo-based works of roadside scenes by Kelly McCormack and the unusual wall-reliefs made of cut pieces of wood by Chris DeKnikker are also very nice. Through February 26 at Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, 720-889-2200, sparkgallery.com