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Neighborhood Arts

By Nancy Hahn

Are you ready to start enjoying Colorado’s beautiful spring weather while visiting the Art District? The 40 West Art District is filling with new shows and new happenings for all of us to enjoy.

The current exhibit at 40 West Arts Gallery, 1560 Teller St., is “Colfax Avenue: Past, Present, and Future” continuing until March 24. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. There are extended hours on First Fridays. On April 6 there will be a reception from 5 until 8 p.m. for the opening of a new exhibition – the Member’s Showcase. Members are not restricted to theme or to materials. Visit and you may see sculpture, paintings, collage or photography, which makes the exhibit interesting and fun to view. Check it out during the reception and enjoy a complimentary beer or wine.

40 West Studios is affordable space for artist and other creatives a block off Colfax on Reed Street. A new gallery space, called Reed Street Gallery, is now open in the 40 West Studios lobby. Check it out!

Lakewood Arts, 6731 W. Colfax in Lamar Plaza, will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 16. Stop by to enjoy the fabulous variety of artwork, the Joyful Soles Irish Step Dancers, and Irish Tacos. The food will be available and the dancing performed from 6 to 8 p.m., for $15.

Edge Gallery, 7701 W. Colfax, opened their “Month of Printmaking” on March’s First Friday. You still have time to visit and enjoy until Easter, April 1.  The next show, “On Edge,” has its opening reception on April 27. “On Edge” is a juried show of contemporary Colorado artists creating work that challenges the boundaries of ideas and materials.

The Next Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax, closed their show, “Pink Palace,” art of all kinds in homage to Casa Bonita on March 11. The Opening Reception for the next show is on Friday, March 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. This show of Richard T. Anderson’s paintings and Leah Swenson’s collages will continue until April 1.

Container Collective Yoga, 1492 Ammons St., has a spring bounty of activities. A “Spring Equinox Celebration” will welcome the season with sun salutations and setting intentions for spring on March 26 at 7 p.m. If you want to find out more about essential oils, the second Thursday and fourth Monday of each month there will be discussions, answers to your questions, and great scents. Monday’s classes are from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday’s from 1 to 2 p.m. For more information about yoga classes, book club, and bamboo bicycles drop by and chat or visit online.