By Nancy Hahn
Although the season is changing and the weather is not always perfect for wandering the shops and galleries of the 40 West Art District, there are unique shopping opportunities and exciting events happening.
Riot VI: 40 West’s Fast and Furious Gala will be held Friday, Dec. 8. The annual 40 West fundraiser will be held at the Intrigue Auto Collection, at 11100 W. 8th Ave., from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The Intrigue Auto Collection has both storage for collector cars and a clubhouse for events. There are vintage cars, American muscle cars, exotic cars, and even a 1934 “Bonnie and Clyde” Ford Coupe. There will be a DJ for music, a popcorn bar and slider station for food, drinks. Guided tours, racing of Hot Wheels cars, virtual reality racing, “car-a-oke,” race car drivers to meet, and many more activities add to the unique fun. Tickets go quickly so visit soon at https://squareup.com/store/40W/
Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters, at 1619 Reed St., will be featuring some seasonable drinks, but plans to keep the same hours through fall and winter. They, also, have lovely note cards made by a local artist on display. Take look next time you’re stopping for coffee. They are open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The C2 Gallery, at 1522 Teller St., has become the C2 Mercantile just in time for holiday shopping. Rather than simply a gallery with work of one or two artists, the Mercantile will feature work of many local artisans for sale. Shoppers can purchase tiny embroideries, woven work and fascinating metal work. Stop by often for the holidays, since new artisans will often be added. C2 Mercantile is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Lakewood Art Council Community Art Gallery at Lamar Plaza is featuring a Holiday Arts and Crafts Show with work by many different artisans. The show might be a great place to start shopping for unique gifts. There is ceramic work, quilted art, decorative books and even cute art made from sewing notions. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, but they may have winter hours when the seasons change.
Pirate: Contemporary Art, at 7130 W. 16th Ave., not only creates their own work, but visits schools to guide students to create their own unique artwork. Their hours are Friday 5 to 10 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The next shows will be from Nov. 24 through Dec. 10: Lisa M. Kerns will be exhibiting “Indeterminate: New Works on Paper.” Nicole Banowetz’ inflated art transformed by Chris Bagley’s unique lighting will create a unique environment.
Although the weather and the season are changing, artists will keep creating. Bakers will continue to make kolache, cakes and sweets. And shoppers for the unique and amazing will continue to visit 40 West Art District. See you there!