6th Annual Stapleton Open Studios

Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2018 from 11am-5pm

  • The public is invited to join the artists at the kick-off reception (free and open to the public), Friday September 28th from 6pm – 8pm at The Cube located at 8371 Northfield Blvd. Suite C, in Denver
  • Maps and additional information can be found on the website: https://StapletonArtists.org
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Stapleton Open Studios event is an opportunity to visit the artists in their private home studios. The public is invited to this 6th annual tour in the Stapleton development area of Denver, CO. Artists’ home studios will be open from 11am – 5pm on September 29th and 30th

The self-guided tour is an open format that has proven to be an ideal way to encourage dialogue between artists and enthusiasts allowing visitors to gain firsthand knowledge about the creative process. Visitors will see artists living and working in the Stapleton development, as they contribute to a vibrant, creative community.

The 24 participating artists have earned prominence in their fields and represent a range of disciplines, including painting, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass and fiber art.  A commemorative poster has been created and will be displayed in each studio. The 2018 poster features one image of each of the 24 artists’ work.

Free tour maps are available prior to the event at The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd. Suite C, Denver, CO 80238.


Art in the Derby Art Fair

Saturday October 6, 2018 from 10am - 4pm

The Art in the Derby Art Fair celebrates the newly created Derby Art District and the Grand Opening of the Magnolia Street Art Space. There will be lots of activities that will be fun for people of all ages!
  • 10:00 am ribbon cutting by city officials
  • creative center for children (where they can create art projects to take home)
  • Adams City Fire Truck and safety information
  • Historical Society exhibit about the history of the Derby area
  • food trucks
  • DJ/music by Abe Ramirez
  • 14 outdoor artist exhibitors
  • 12 indoor artist exhibitors at Magnolia Street Art Space
  • additional Art on display within the Derby Studios building
  • Grand Opening party
  • free raffle and prizes for the public
  • small cash awards for participating artists
Magnolia Street Art Space
6600 E 74th Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022


Supernova Digital Animation Festival

Saturday September 22nd, 2018

  • 6 Downtown Denver Locations
  • Supernova Digital Animation Festival features a full day of programs that present the best in digital animation direct to the public
  • Details online at: http://supernovadenver.com 
This year’s Supernova advances Denver Digerati’s signature initiative in many ways, first and foremost with a large outpouring of community support through collaborations with some of the area’s finest institutions that will greatly enhance the festival from a largely two-day event to something much more expansive. The addition of a new screen at 16th and Arapahoe amplifies both the opportunity for this year’s festival as well as the reach, and should provide one of the most exciting elements in the array of brightness that already makes Supernova so unique. Artists submissions have exceeded previous year’s totals, as well as our expectations for diverse and quality works. Many new discoveries will be presented, and the competition program will be more fierce than ever.

Three additional permanent LED screens will run limited animations looping throughout the day on September 22nd, selected to fit the unique format of each screen, all just steps away from one another in the heart of Downtown Denver’s Theatre District. No other city in the world creates an all encompassing public presence for a single day via outdoor LED than Denver, Colorado through the efforts of Supernova and Denver Digerati.


2018 Doors Open Denver

Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23, 2018

The 14th annual Doors Open Denver, the premier event showcasing the richness and history of Denver’s built environment and promoting quality design, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23. Presented by the Denver Architecture Foundation (DAF), the event highlights more than 60 of Denver’s unique spaces and offers more than 58 unique Insider Tours. Headquartered at the iconic Denver Union Station, with neighborhood anchor sites at The Rossonian in Five Points and The Kirk of Highland in the Highlands, the event will feature high-profile, historic and artistic feats of architecture and design.

“While Doors Open Denver always encourages walkability, the 2018 event is pedestrian focused, encouraging attendees to walk within neighborhoods featuring a high concentration of sites, including Five Points and the Highlands," said Pauline Herrera Serianni, executive director of the Denver Architecture Foundation. “We invite the community and visitors to explore these and other neighborhoods from the inside out through our free open sites, arts and culture activities and ticketed Insider Tours.”

Twenty-one buildings that have never been part of Doors Open Denver join the list of sites this year, including MSU's Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building, Sanctuary Downtown, North Highland Presbyterian Church, The Savoy, NINE dot ARTS and many more. These sites are part of the list of more than 60 sites that are free to explore.

Doors Open Denver also offers ticketed Insider Tours that provide engaging opportunities to view areas of Denver buildings and locales not frequently open to the public. Architects, landscape architects, historians and urban enthusiasts lead the Insider Tours. Nineteen of the 58 Insider Tours are new to Doors Open Denver this year. Insider Tours go on sale for $10 each for Denver Architecture Foundation members on August 24 and for the public on September 7. For information about becoming a member, visit https://denverarchitecture.org/membership. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit DAF, a nonprofit organization.


Stanley Arts Festival

Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas St., Aurora, CO)

Saturday, September 8 (10am to 7pm) and Sunday, September 9 (10am to 5pm)

Stanley Arts Festival is free to the public on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the public is invited to purchase tickets for the Stanley Arts Festival Kickoff Party on Friday, Sept. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Benefitting CherryArts’ year-round education programs, the party features a sneak peek at 40 of the 100 juried artists for the show, live performance art, interactive art, an open bar and delicious culinary creations.

“Offering a variety of artwork from some incredible artists, Stanley Arts Festival provides an opportunity for the new or seasoned art lover to experience and purchase art,” said Tara Brickell, CherryArts executive director and CEO. “This intimate, approachable and community-driven setting is the perfect venue for first-time art buyers to acquire a unique artwork while engaging in an interactive experience.”

About Stanley Arts Festival

The 2018 Stanley Arts Festival is sponsored in association with Land Rover Denver, Xfinity, CBS4 Denver, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Mountain Living, Alice 105.9, 99.5 The Mountain, Out Front Magazine, The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, Stanley Marketplace, The Hangar at Stanley, and Westword. Supporting Sponsors include Blake Communications, Finished Basement Company, Hello Fresh and Renewal by Anderson. A portion of the proceeds from the Stanley Arts Festival supports CherryArts’ 501c3 mission to provide access to a broad array of arts experiences and support arts education in Colorado. For more information, visit http://cherryartsstanley.org; follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation using the hashtag #CherryArts and #StanleyArtsFestival.

About Stanley Marketplace

Stanley is no ordinary marketplace. Located in northwest Aurora on the border of Denver’s Stapleton, Stanley Marketplace is a community of like-minded businesses and people who believe in doing things differently: sustainably, creatively, with more than the bottom line in mind. The more than 22-acre, 140,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor space was once Stanley Aviation, where airplane ejector seats were engineered and manufactured; now it is an adaptive reuse community hub, home to 54 independently owned Colorado businesses, including twenty places to eat and drink, ten boutiques, a yoga studio, a co-working space, an events venue, and more. Today, the same innovative spirit that once filled this building has been harnessed to offer community members an urban marketplace featuring goods and services from local, independent businesses, as well as a robust community outreach program. For more information, visit www.stanleymarketplace.com.


Crush Walls 2018

Denver’s RiNo Art District

September 3 - 9, 2018

  • CRUSH WALLS is a week-long celebration of graffiti and street art
  • CRUSH WALLS takes over the RiNo neighborhood, transforming the area into a canvas like no other
  • CRUSH WALLS Calendar of Events
In September 2018, CRUSH WALLS will be reaching new heights in the mile-high city, as Denver’s foremost urban art festival will be unlike any other before it: 7 days, 77 art happenings with local and international artists and off-the-wall events for all.

The CRUSH WALLS festival has been taking art to the streets from its inception, spotlighting local and international makers and acting as a catalyst for creative expression and collective gatherings. This year's edition will once again embody ‘Where Art is Made’, embracing more than ever the groundbreaking spirit of Denver’s RiNo Art District. CRUSH WALLS 2018 will be connecting both east and west sides of this unique art district, curating immersive experiences, showcasing awe-inspiring talent, uniting people through creativity, and offering a standout opportunity for everyone to experience the arts.

CRUSH is a week-long celebration of graffiti and street art. This annual event is free to the public and is for all demographics and all ages to enjoy this curated outdoor gallery. With artists painting, activities for visitors, special promotions throughout the neighborhood, there is something for everyone at the CRUSH WALLS in RiNo's signature graffiti and street art festival.

CRUSH artists hail from all corners of the globe. With a large local artist population providing incredible inpiration and additions to the project. The event also brings internationally renowned graffiti and street art talents. While still supporting local newcomers, and everything in between, the diversity and talent of these artists is unmatched.


Women of Steele: Neighborhood Studio Tour

September 8, 2018 from 10am - 6pm

  • Artwork available by: Joellyn Duesberry, Brenda LaBier, Connie Dines, Tina Suszynski, Amy Mower, Jennifer Freeman, Marie Foucault-Phipps, Mary Murphy, Susan Bell, Christa MacFarlane, John Woods, Victoria Eubanks
Join us for our 4th Annual Neighborhood Studio Tour of Greenwood Village artists. Meet the artists, view their studios and practice and enjoy some tapas and wine! Works available for purchase include paintings, monotypes, photography, sculpture and jewelry.


PhotoVox: Instagram for Photographers

Colorado Photographic Arts Center (1070 Bannock St., Denver)

Wednesday September 12, 2018, 6:30 - 8 pm (doors open at 6pm)

  • Free for CPAC Members; $10 for non-members
  • Please register by noon on September 12 at https://cpacphoto.org/photovox-september-2018
  • Speaker: Benjamin Rasmussen, a freelance photographer and Instagram pro who has worked with Facebook, Coors, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue; and Julie Rodruiguez, a social media manager, food blogger, and photographer
How can Instagram help you achieve your goals as a photographer? What’s the best way to build followers? How often should you post? Join us September 12 to hear insights from two Denver-based photographers who have figured it out. Among other topics, we’ll discuss:
  • Growth tactics
  • Redefining the purpose of social media
  • Quality vs. quantity
  • Which matters more – the size of your audience, or how you engage it?
  • Do hashtags work?
  • Taking social to IRL (“In Real Life”)
Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204


Open House & Open Mic at Lumonics

Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery (800 E. 73 Ave., Unit 11 in Denver)

First Friday, September 7, 2018 from 7 pm to 10 pm

Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery is presenting an Open House on First Friday, Sept. 7: an evening of music, performance, refreshments, light sculptures, and camaraderie. This is the first Open House at Lumonics since the exhibit at the McNichols Civic Center Building concluded. A new series of limited edition light sculptures will be on display.


Final Fridays in the Golden Triangle Creative District

6-9 pm on Final Fridays: June 29th, July 27th, August 31st, September 28th, 2018

The Final Friday Art Walk gives visitors, residents and folks who work in the Triangle an after-hours opportunity to explore the many creative spaces in our special corner of Denver, including the chance to engage with the quirky, cool, and sophisticated art and creatives which define our eclectic neighborhood.

Participating Galleries:
  • Walker Fine Art @ 300 W 11th Ave.
  • Goodwin Fine Art @ 1255 Delaware St.
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center @ 1070 Bannock St.
  • William Havu Gallery @ 1040 Cherokee St.
  • Sandra Phillips Gallery @ 47 W 11th Ave.
Participating Museums:
  • Denver Art Museum (Untitled Final Fridays: late-night programming from 6-10pm)
  • Clyfford Still Museum (Free Lawn Concerts June 29th & July 27th)
  • Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art ($5 Final Friday admission)


Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project

On View: June 2018 through May 2019

Launch event: Friday, June 15, 2018 from 4 - 6pm

  • Five artists - Carlos Frésquez, Kelly Monico, Stuart Semple, Joel Swanson and Frankie Toan – will transform Downtown Denver alleyways into site-specific, sculptural art installations
  • With a goal of surprising, delighting and inspiring those who experience the alleyways, “Between Us” is closely aligned with Happy City Denver, the program that launched in May
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On Friday, June 15, the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with The Denver Theatre District and Black Cube and with funding from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, will launch “Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project,” to bring additional art to Downtown Denver’s most underutilized public spaces: alleys.

The public is invited to the launch event on Friday, June 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will begin in the alley between Larimer Street and Market Street off of 15th Street and tour the five alleys, with artist talks at each, led by the Montbello Drumline and ending with a reception at the Skyline Beer Garden at 6 p.m.

“The Downtown Denver Partnership and the BID are committed to creating vibrant and memorable experiences for everyone who visits, works and lives in Downtown Denver and have been focused on alley improvement for some time,” says Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “This investment in our downtown alleys provides the perfect opportunity to activate our alleys through art, encouraging people to spend time in these underutilized spaces, ultimately creating safe, welcoming and ‘selfie’-worthy places.”

Artists / Installations / Locations:
  • Carlos Frésquez / “Alley Freshener” / Between Stout & California Streets (southwest side)
  • Kelly Monico / “Alley Cats” / Between 14th and 15th Streets, Larimer and Market Streets
  • Stuart Semple / “I should be crying but I can’t let it show” / Between Champa & Stout Streets (northeast side)
  • Joel Swanson / “Y/OURS” / Between Curtis & Champa Streets (southwest side)
  • Frankie Toan / “Public Bodies” / Between Stout & California Streets (northeast side)
“Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project” will launch in conjunction with “Happy City: Art for the People,” a six-week (May 18-June 30) citywide art intervention with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being. Initiated by British artist Stuart Semple, the project brings together more than 10 artists’ perspectives that address ideas of happiness and community wellness, in an effort to imagine a more connected society.

“By reimagining alleyways, ordinarily neglected civic spaces, ‘Between Us’ nurtures a transcontinental dialogue around the ideals of social trust and human connection,” said David Ehrlich, The Denver Theatre District executive director. “We are thrilled to have the chance to partner with the Downtown Denver Partnership and are grateful to the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for funding to support this important initiative.”

About Black Cube

Black Cube is a nonprofit, experimental art museum that operates nomadically. Without the traditional boundaries of a physical building, Black Cube exists primarily through partnering with artist fellows to commission popup art experiences. Black Cube describes itself as an unconventional museum pursuing the most effective ways to engage audiences while supporting individual artists with critical professional guidance. For more information, visit http://blackcube.art


Untitled Final Fridays 2018

Denver Art Museum

Final Friday of the Month, January through October 2018

  • Events take place from 6–10 pm
  • Untitled is included in general admission; Members receive free admission to every Untitled event and all the special programming that happens inside
  • College students with valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission
Untitled CreativeTakeover 2018

Untitled Final Fridays just got even more creative. Each event is completely artist designed and delivered, highlighting each partner's unique talent and vision. Experience the museum in an entirely different way—every time.

For 10 seasons, Untitled has embraced experimentation and collaboration, and this year, we’re upping the ante. We’ve handed over the reins to amazing guest creatives who will design one-of-a-kind experiences and mix up the entire night’s programming by showcasing their work, inviting their friends and co-creating with you, while still providing the same hands-on and engaging atmosphere we all know and love at Untitled.

While we can’t tell you exactly what will happen (where’s the fun in that?!) we can promise you it will be a year unlike any other, with 10 totally different nights of creativity unleashed. Working alongside DAM staff, each group will showcase the museum in a whole new way and introduce you do the art and artists that make our city thrive. Untitled Final Fridays is the place to pick up new creative tricks, be inspired and discover new artists and culture makers, right here in Denver!
  • January 26: Laura Ann Samuelson (choreographer) and Nathan Hall (composer)
  • February 23: The Narrators (storytelling artists and podcast producers)
  • March 30: Steven Frost (fiber and installation artist)
  • April 27: Suzi Q. Smith (spoken-word artist)
  • May 25: Birdy (Denver art and culture magazine)
  • June 29: Jordan Knecht (multimedia conceptual artist)
  • July 27: Gregg Deal (artist and activist)
  • August 31: The Flobots (hip hop artists and activists)
  • September 28: Arthur Williams (floral artist)
  • October 26: Warm Cookies of the Revolution (civic health community organizers)
Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave
Denver, CO 80204



adsflogoFirst Friday at the Art District on Santa Fe

Santa Fe Drive between 6th and 10th Ave

Every First Friday from 5-10pm

  • Check gallery websites and DenverArts.org for details on individual gallery exhibits
  • Parking information:
  • Adco General — 801 Kalamath St — Park any day of the week after 5pm
  • The Bolt Factory at 2nd and Kalamath St.
  • Alliance Francaise — 6th and Galapago: Just East of Santa Fe Dr. — First Friday Art Walk Only
  • West High School — 10th Avenue and Galapago St. — First Friday Art Walk only. Cost is $5 which funds students’ cultural programs
  • Kitchens at the Denver — 8th and Kalamath: 1 block west of Santa Fe Dr. — First Friday Art Walk Only
  • The Knife Guys at 11 Kalamath St. and W. Ellsworth Ave. — after 6pm
  • Image Complete Lighting Gallery, Kalamath and 2nd Avenue — after 5pm
  • Su Teatro lot at Santa Fe Drive and 2nd Avenue
  • Street parking along Santa Fe Drive, 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th Avenues


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