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Neighborhood Arts

By Nancy Hahn

The 40 West Art District is celebrating spring’s appearance with fabulously creative and unique shows and activities. From Japanese calligraphy to block printing with a steamroller; there is something for everyone in the art district! Visit on May 1, First Friday when the district celebrates with evening hours and special activities.

At the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 1600 Pierce St., on Saturday, April 21, huge, carved wood blocks will be inked. RMCAD students and artists from the area created the blocks. Each block will be inked and then printed by a two-ton steamroller rolling over it. This all happens at RMCAD between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to watch the giant prints appear.

40 West Arts, 1560 Teller St., will have a May 1 opening for the RMCAD Steamroller Print exhibit. The First Friday Opening Reception will feature beer, wine, snacks and a first look at the steamroller wood block art. 40 West Arts will, also, offer two classes in Japanese calligraphy. Students in the May 5 or 12, 1 to 5 p.m., classes will learn the brushstrokes to create Japanese and Chinese calligraphy. They will practice the brushstrokes to create lovely black and white art. The $75 fee (with a discount for members) includes the sumi ink block, rice paper and the use of the brushes. For more information or to reserve a spot, go to

The Edge Gallery, 7001 W. Colfax, will host “On Edge2018,” a juried exhibition of Colorado artists, from April 27 to May 13. The contemporary art using any media in this show will challenge the margins of material, content, artist, process and technology.

The Next Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax, will host an exhibit of Virginia T. Coleman’s work through April 22 called “An Accelerated Skyline.” Coleman described her work as “an examination of our built environment,” the human figure, and the fleeting moments of our lives. On April 27, a new show of Betsy Rudolph’s work will begin. Her work is bright, colorful, and three-dimensional, with both a sense of humor and an edgy touch.

Lakewood Arts, 6731 W. Colfax, in Lamar Plaza by Casa Bonita, will host a new show from April 29 to May 25. The theme of the show is “For the Love of Nature.” The artwork can be of any media the artists wish to use to express the theme.

Container Collective Yoga, 1492 Ammons St., has a fun class coming up. “Bring a Dude to Yoga” will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., on April 30. This flow class by Jackie Bissell is designed to help all participants feel strong, flexible and rejuvenated. Sounds like just what we need coming out of a long winter.