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Neighborhood Arts

By Nancy Hahn

Lakewood Arts in the Lamar Plaza next to Casa Bonita is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lakewood Arts has a number of diverse classes, workshops, and shows, coming up this winter.

Saturday, Jan. 20, a class in painting on YUPO, lets students try out this unique art paper. YUPO, a synthetic paper, is completely recyclable and completely waterproof. Instructor, Gail Firmin, will provide students with two sheets of YUPO and teach techniques to create underwater scenes with watercolors.              

Another fun, creative class is called Yog(a)rt workshop. Instructor Beth Bosser Adcock will guide attendees through a yoga meditation, then to creating a personal mandala design. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Enjoy snacks, music and creativity. There are three Sunday workshops beginning Feb. 3.

Other upcoming classes include Watercolor Florals, Drink-n-Ink, Mosaics, Collage, and Acrylic Pour classes.

You can find out about costs, needed materials, and register for classes online at, pick up a registration form at Lakewood Arts, or call 303-980-0625.

The 40 West Arts Gallery at 1560 Teller Street celebrates a new show, “About the Body,” opening on Feb. 2 and running until Feb. 24. The First Friday Opening Reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., on Feb. 2. The opening reception will include a variety of art created by many artists’ interpretations of the show’s title. The reception, also, offers beer, wine and light bites. The 40 West Arts Gallery at 1560 Teller St. is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

At Container Collective Yoga, 1492 Ammons St., studio owner and teacher Brittany Hopkins will be sponsoring an amazing retreat in the fall. The Crestone Yoga Retreat offers seclusion and contemplation in a uniquely beautiful environment. A stunning dome will be the setting for yoga. Fresh food comes from the garden, which overlooks Great Sand Dunes National Park. Hiking trails in the Sangre de Cristos and a day trip to the Sand Dunes provide both exercise and beauty for contemplation. Meditation, hot springs, and shopping make this an amazing retreat. Visit Container Collective Yoga and Bikes’ website for more information before all the spaces are gone.

Edge Gallery at 7001 W. Colfax opened a new wide-open show on Jan. 5 which will run for the month of January. Artists could submit artwork of any media, any style. Unless the artwork was larger than 36 inches, artist submitted as many pieces as they chose. Sculpture of many materials, paintings of many styles and sizes, and unique art you never expect may be found at the Edge Gallery. The gallery is open Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.