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By Liz Black

Our final 2017 district-wide Art Walk is just around the corner on First Friday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. (with some locations open later). We'll have performances by contemporary dance troupe DAMAGEDANCE who will pop up throughout the 40 West Arts District, headquartered at 1560 Teller St. Poems and spoken word readings are also taking place at multiple participating galleries. Poems are by participants of the Hard Times and A Gathering Place writing workshops, hosted by Lighthouse Writers. When times get tough, you make art and these poets will speak about topics relevant to homelessness and other social issues.

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Sip n’ Paint: Blurred Lines

Join Artist in Residence James Overstreet for a “Blurred Lines,” a Sip n' Paint class that is free for participants and open to the public (21 and older only, please), Oct. 18 and Nov. 15, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 40 West Arts Gallery, 1560 Teller St. The blurred image project will take two sessions to complete; the first session is in October and the second session in November. Students will learn about color theory, light and shadow as they work using this fun process where the image to be painted is blurred during the first session, and then shown in full clarity during the second session. One free glass of wine or beer is offered during the course. Additional drinks are available for a $5 donation.

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Denver Arts Week ‘Know Your Arts First Friday’

40 West Arts opens its doors Friday, Nov. 3, in conjunction with Denver Arts Week “Know Your Arts First Friday” with multiple participating galleries and creative locations, from 5 to 8 p.m. (with some locations open later). Join our district and enjoy this undiscovered gem in Northeast Lakewood. With seven primary galleries and multiple creative businesses and studios, our arts district is emerging as one of the places to be on First Friday. We’ll have beer & wine and light bites, live music, live demos and tons of artwork available for viewing and purchase.

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Youth Autism Exhibit Opening Reception

40 West Arts partners with autistic youth for a youth autism exhibit at 40 West Arts Gallery,

1560 Teller St., that showcases the depth and talent of these young artists. Art is an outlet for creative expression for all individuals, providing a voice for emotions and experience. The exhibit will showcase works from multiple mediums and provide both insight to autism, but also the simple expression of the day-to-day experiences and passions of these individuals. At the Friday, Nov. 3 opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m., we’ll have beer and wine and light bites, and tons of artwork available for viewing and purchase.

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Dia De Los Muertos Reception & Celebration

Pirate: Contemporary Art, 7130 W. 16th Ave., is a gallery with a 30-year standing in the Denver community. Each year their Dia De Los Muertos exhibit grows in size and participation from the surrounding community. This exhibit will feature altars from multiple groups including local schools and professional artists. Additionally, the exhibit will showcase work that ties to this theme, and host a luminary procession from the gallery to a local park. The color, beauty and culture of this opening reception is not to be missed.

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