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Neighborhood Arts

By Nancy Hahn

Are you ready for inspiration in the Art District? Growing plants, new shows and dinosaur flash mobs are some of the fun events coming up.

If you enjoy plants, visit Lamar Station Crossing, 6150 W. 13th Ave., to learn how to repot and care for succulents. On Thursday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., plants and materials will be provided to plant-lovers of all ages. You can bring a container of your choice, if you have a special pot you would like to use.

Celebrate First Friday on June 1 across the district from 5 to 8 p.m. 40 West Arts, 1560 Teller St., will host a reception with beer, wine and snacks. 40 West Arts exhibit “Drawing the Line” opens on June 1 and will continue until June 23. June 1 is also the opening celebration of the district’s ArtLine, both an outdoor art gallery and district-wide walking and biking trail. The ArtLine launch will include festive activities, including dinosaur flash mobs.

Lakewood Arts, 6731 W. Colfax Ave., next to Casa Bonita, will host their Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 24. Advance tickets are available at the gallery for $20. Tickets are $25 the day of the show and can be purchased at each garden. These are not ordinary gardens. There is a community garden with artwork. Another is a passive solar greenhouse that heats and cools itself without additional gadgets or energy. There is a garden with a koi pond, one with chickens, a xeriscape garden, and more. Call 303-980-0625 for information.

Pirate Gallery, 7130 W. 16th Ave., has shows coming up that shouldn’t be missed. Through May 27, shows by Lisa Kerns and Heather Kegel are featured. Kern’s explorations of the night sky are simply stunning. She describes her work as exploring beginnings and endings, lost and found love, and natural and supernatural. Kegel’s exhibit brings images, colors and patterns from the past into today in her ceramic art.

Next Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax, opens shows on Friday, May 18. Barbara Gal’s photographs come from a lifetime love of photography. Her family members were photographers and photograph savers. She received her first camera on her 10th birthday and later taught photography. Carolyn Berry is a collector, who uses materials from nature, found objects, vintage paper and photographs to create works that encourage the viewer to call up memories or a sense of past time.

Edge Gallery, 7001 W. Colfax, opens shows by Wynne Reynolds and by Katherine Johnson on May 18. Wynne Reynold’s sculpture, painting and mixed media art developed from inspiration through world travel. Katherine Johnson’s paintings are created with complete spontaneity. She invites the viewers to find their own meaning in the paintings.