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By Nancy Hahn

In the 40 West Art District there is always something exciting, emotional, thought-provoking, or just fun to experience. Now that summer is here, strolling the 40 West Art District is always a pleasant experience. There are murals to see on many buildings and food and drinks to try, while you check out the happenings at the galleries and shops.

The C-Squared Studios, 1522 Teller St., has an amazing range of metal sculptures, furniture, and pieces combining wood and metal. Their work is unique, surprising, and custom made-to-order. Chad Copeland of C-Squared explained that they don’t have special events of shows, because what they create every day is “the best damn thing.”

Looking at the work on display, it was hard to argue. While Copeland offers classes at the studio regularly, there are unique Father’s Day blacksmithing classes coming up. In the classes each participant will create a medium-sized steel knife. You can gift Dad with a class or buy a class for yourself, too, and come with him. Space is limited, but at time of writing space was open on Sunday, June 18; on Thursday, June 22; and on Tuesday, June 27.

If this sounds like a perfect Father’s Day activity, visit Father’s Day Blacksmithing with Chad Copeland on Dabble.co.

The Miracle Street Gallery, 7001 W. Colfax, will be holding art camps this summer. The gallery is known for focusing on and promoting the art by low-income artists or marginalized populations. The gallery is currently featuring art by women from The Gathering Place, a drop-in center for women and children in Denver. They have, also, shown the work of men from the Kendal Street rehabilitation center.

The gallery adds extra hours on Wednesdays and Thursday evenings to offer help with job searches and resumes.

This summer, though, the gallery will be holding Butterfly Stitchers Summer Art Camps. From June 19 to July 28, elementary students will explore and have fun with different art mediums weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Older children, 13 and up, will experiment with all types of visual art from 1 to 4 p.m. There are six weeks of camp, but campers can register for any number of weekly sessions. . Miracle Street Gallery believes in the positive effect of art. This Summer Camp sound positively fun!

Visit https://www.evensi.us/butterfly-stitchers-summer-art-camp-miracle-street-gallery for more information and to sign up. 

Right now the 40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St., is showing the Inner Child exhibit, which opened on June 2. The work of many artists explore their thoughts and imaginings about quiet, bold, shy, studious, sweet, or naughty inner children. The Inner Child closes on June 24.

On July 5 the Contemporary Still Life exhibit opens with a First Friday Opening Reception with complimentary wine on July 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. The still life exhibit explores the importance of objects in our individual lives; but, also, objects important to our society and to our nation. What objects are you picturing as you read this? Explore how those objects tell our stories.

The 40 West Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

On the evening of June 20, Container Collective Yoga is holding a workshop. June 20 is Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and the halfway point of the year. There will be activities and exercises to encourage releasing fears and getting rid of unnecessary baggage. Once renewed, refreshed, and focused, participants can set good intentions for the rest of the year.

Container Collective Yoga is at 1492 Ammons St., and the workshop is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. You can, also, join Container Collective Yoga at the 40 West Farmers Market for free yoga at 10 a.m. every Saturday.

The Gallery of Everything, 6719 W. Colfax, right by Casa Bonita, certainly does live up to its name. Open from 11 a.m. to  7 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, there is an amazing variety in this shop. There is art by many artists, antiques of many kinds, and even art supplies. 

So many events, a bit of this and a little of that, are happening in the gallery. On June 19, Creative Expressions and Caregivers will provide a class on the value of art for many people in care. 

Judy Cybuch, one of the owners, explained they, also, have a small gallery within the gallery called GOE2 that features the work of local artists. The exhibit in the GOE2 changes every six weeks, so there is always something new to see. Beginning on July 7, GOE2 will feature local artists’ interpretations of “The Life of Trees.” Laurie Ennis, another owner, explained that when she imagined the theme she thought of pine trees that need a forest fire for their seeds to fall and sprout and imagined the way the environment shapes trees. How each artist will imagine and create using the theme is what will make the exhibit so interesting to see. 

Whenever you check out the Gallery of Everything, you are sure to find something unexpected and wonderful.

On June 21, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., the West Colfax Community Association (WCCA) holds its monthly meeting at 40 West Arts, 1560 Teller St. This community group supports programs that help the art community and new businesses in the area. 

The 40 West Art District is a state-certified creative district with many plans and expectations for future growth, a district developing a personality and presence. If you want to be a part of shaping the renaissance of the growing and changing Lakewood’s West Colfax corridor; check out this meeting and join the group.