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40 West Arts

Art Goes Into High Gear For the Holidays

By Liz Black

Buying local artwork is one of the best ways to support local artisans, small business and the arts district. And for the month of December we have an “Under $100” wall at the 40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St. – you can buy reasonably priced artwork and take it right off the wall with you when you go! Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m., or stop by anytime during the month (Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.) to grab a holiday gift for someone else, or yourself.

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CRASH – Crazy, Radical, Awesome Show Hanging

Join us at 40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St., for the opening reception of our final 2017 exhibition featuring works from all mediums, all themes – CRASH(ing) together, on First Friday, Dec. 1. We’re also bringing back our resident $1 poet, Allison Cohn to work her magic at her typewriter. Give her a single dollar (or more if you like) and a word and she’ll draft up a poem that you can take with you. It’s a way to get a wonderful piece of artwork for super cheap and all proceeds go to the district. As always we’ll have beer and wine, light bites and tons of artwork available for purchase.

Lonnie Hanzon Tree Lighting Ceremony & Caroling

Internationally renowned artist Lonnie Hanzon is famous for his large-scale sculptures and mixed media pieces. He’s the artist behind both the Houston Zoo Lights installations and the Denver Wizard’s Toy Chest immersive displays. He’ll be bringing a 16-foot Christmas tree to the heart of 40 West Arts and the lighting ceremony will be spectacular. Held at the Lamar Station Plaza, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., on First Friday, Dec. 1 (early evening hours, check website for exact times), we’ll have carolers and hot cider, a food truck stationed on-site and 40 West Arts is hosting its First Friday opening reception the same night!

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For Lease: A Pop-Up, Site-Specific Performance and Installation

Join 40 West Arts for the unexpected, weird and wonderful “For Lease: A Pop-Up, Site-Specific Performance and Installation,” at Lamar Station Plaza (Old Hollywood Video Building), 6781 W. Colfax Ave., First Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Built by a network of local artists and responding to the specific site, this installation will use broad themes, consider ideas and expectations of commercial shopping experiences and tap into the physical organization of space in relation to architectural structure and the material of commerce.

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Lakewood Art Gallery Holiday Craft Show

The Lakewood Arts Center, located next to Casa Bonita (yes, the one and only), will fulfill any gift-giving quandary, with its Lakewood Art Gallery Holiday Craft Show, First Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. There is a venue and cost point for everyone. Not only will you be able to find that one of a kind piece, you will also be supporting local artists and The Lakewood Arts Council by purchasing from the gallery. Wine & appetizers, live music by Song Salad and live demos make this opening complete!

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Final Third Thursday Lunch is Nov. 16

Learn about the 40 West ArtLine, a walkable, bikeable arts route in the heart of the 40 West Art District, at the District Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Nov. 16, noon to 1 p.m., at Gene’s Pure Colorado Pro Event Center & Kitchen, 7110 W. Colfax Ave.

Third Thursday lunches are a chance to listen to updates about the district and meet and network with supporters while you eat a brown bag lunch! At our final Third Thursday Lunch of the year, we’re bringing the 40 West ArtLine to you! This meeting, hosted by City planner Alexis Moore, will give you all the information, updates and super awesome stuff happening with the ArtLine including a first-peek at selected artwork and the pilot painting of the green line and ground murals. Alexis will also share information about how to get involved as an artist, supporter or volunteer.

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Opening Reception at Pirate, Nov. 24

Come experience a place which questions our realities of the landscape, and the tangibility of our world in an opening reception for Nicole Banowetz, Chris Bagley and Lisa M. Kerns, Friday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 W. 16th Avenue, Lakewood.

Nicole creates large inflatables based on microscopic worlds. In her upcoming show at Pirate, Chris Bagley’s otherworldly projections transform her inflatable sculptures into surreal pulsing environments. Lisa M. Kerns will also showcase her new drawings in the associate space.

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