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Celebrate The New Year In The Art District

By Nancy Hahn

Pirate Gallery, 7130 W. Colfax, has two stunning shows coming up. From Jan. 18 through Feb. 3 works by Justin Beard and Robyn Frances will be on exhibit. Beard’s work challenges you to examine your emotions. Frances describes her work as “female, sexy, divine, uncomfortable.” Check the show out, before you bring small children. Both these artists show the confrontation and playful combination of contemporary art.

From Feb. 8 through 24, Pirate will feature Kelly Brewer’s stunning paintings, as well as, work by the CU Denver Sculpture Club. The CU Denver Sculpture Club has 121 members, so sculpture of any style and material might be displayed. Visit and enjoy Pirate’s variety of work.

The 40 West Arts Gallery, 1560 Teller St., will hold an opening reception for its Members Exhibition on Feb. 1. The reception, from 5 to 9 p.m., will include wine or beer and light snacks. 40 West Arts Gallery has over 100 members, so their Member Showcase has a variety of art in a variety of styles. It’s First Friday so most shops are open late!

Edge Gallery, 7001 W. Colfax, will hold their annual juried exhibition of their artists’ work beginning with an Opening Reception on Feb. 8. The exhibition will continue through Feb. 24. Adam Gildar, the owner/director of Gildar Gallery in Denver will be the juror for the exhibition. The Gildar Gallery, a stunning showplace on Broadway, showcases emerging contemporary artists. On Feb. 24, a reception at Edge will be held so artists can meet Gildar. An announcement of the winner of the Juror’s Choice Award will be made and the prize presented.

Lakewood Arts, 7001 W. Colfax, in Lamar Plaza, just west of Casa Bonita, provides exhibit space for each of its member artists. Many classes and workshops are, also, available for Art District visitors who would like to build their own art skills. Check them out and have some fun creating your art! On the first Sunday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m., a still life workshop is offered. There will be an arrangement provided or you can bring your own props. On the third Thursday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m., Lakewood Arts offers a figure drawing workshop. Timed poses are offered, both short and long. A drawing lesson and additional instruction are included. Registration forms for classes are online at or call 303-980-0625. Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. an open studio is available. Bring your work and ideas. Enjoy some time working and visiting with others who enjoy art.


‘Wakey Wakey’ at Benchmark Theatre

Benchmark Theatre is excited to kick off this regional premier by Will Eno and directed by Rachel Rogers. “Is it now? I thought I had more time.” A man explores the journeys that everyone takes to eventually get to the same place, as he spends the remainder of his dwindling days celebrating his life and experiences with others. In the process, he shares what is worth treasuring and opens a door to letting go in this funny and moving story.

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Kick Off for 40 Days to Personal Revolution

Are you hoping to strengthen your yoga practice and create a new way of living and being? Then show up for a kick-off meeting for the 40 Day Challenge, Saturday, Jan. 19, 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Container Collective Yoga and Bikes, 1492 Ammons St.

Whether you are seeking a shift in your daily habits or a full body and spirit transformation, the program will give you the foundation you need to find the inspiration and healthy living support you are seeking. Science tells us that it takes 40 days to create a new habit. This program will include daily meditation, healthy eating habits, a daily physical yoga practice and much more.

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First Friday at 40 West Arts, Feb. 1

Join 40 West Arts District for a First Friday celebration with art, music, demos, food and drink, and more. In February 40 West Gallery will host its first 2019 Member Showcase exhibit. This show is not to be missed, with over 30 member artists showing their best works, on display to view or buy. All other district galleries will be open to the public and First Friday is always a great way to celebrate creativity, local businesses, local artists and the Lakewood West Colfax corridor. Please note, our district First Friday hours have changed in 2019 to 6 to 9 p.m.

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Debbie Karuzas at Gallery of Everything

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The Gallery of Everything will spotlight the art of Debbie Karuzas with a meet and greet with the artist, Friday, Feb. 1, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at 6719 W. Colfax, where “Just Twistin’ Trees” will be on exhibit. A Colorado native, Karuzas was born and raised in the Lakewood/Edgewater area. She has been working at her art of wire twisted trees for the past 30+ years. She started in the early 1980s while sharing her passion with young children, teaching and enjoying their creativity. She is very excited to get back into working on her art. She uses twigs, sticks, leaves, and pods to create fairy folks, and other creations. She brings her heart into every twisted tree soul, and everything she creates.

Stop in and see the artwork of over 48 local artists at Gallery of Everything, 6719 W. Colfax, open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.