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By Nancy Hahn

The weather many be unpredictable, but we can always predict interesting happenings in the 40 West Art District. There are new shows, new classes, parties with cake, meetings with beer, and new opportunities.

WestFax Brewing Company at Lamar Plaza hosts the Third Annual 40 West Summit, Feb. 21, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Summit is a great way to discover more about the district, share feedback, and discover ways to get more involved in the Art District. Drink a beer, talk and share ideas with other creative people.  Discuss what you love about the district and what you would change. You must admit, it sounds interesting!

The Edge Gallery at 7001 W. Colfax is contemporary, co-op gallery with frequent new shows. Until Feb. 25, the gallery is exhibiting student artwork. All artists are enrolled in colleges or art institutions. Artist Livy Onalee was presented with the Edgy Award for her mixed media “Idling the Red Rope.” The Edgy Award recognizes an artist who goes beyond expectations for their medium or subject matter. Onalee will receive mentoring and the opportunity to show a body of work in a November show. The next show at Edge Gallery will be a Month of Printmaking beginning on March 2.

Lakewood Art at 6731 W. Colfax in the Lamar Plaza is having a sale of art supplies through Feb. 23. Supplies come in throughout the sale, so visit often.  A new show, ”Expressions in Abstract,” begins on Feb. 25 and continues through March 30. On Friday, March 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., Lakewood Art is inviting everyone to a First Friday Celebration. This is the 95th birthday of Lakewood Art founding member Barb Tobiska. Her family will be visiting, so stop in and share some birthday cake.

The Next Gallery at 6851 W. Colfax, open Friday 6 to 10 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m., is finishing an exhibit of postcard-sized art on Feb. 16.  The next exhibit, “Pink Palace: An Homage to Casa Bonita,” opens at noon on Feb. 25 and ends March 11. This exhibit will display two- and three-dimensional work honoring this Lakewood landmark. What a quirky, fun show!

Container Collective Yoga and Bikes, at 1492 Ammons St., offers unique services and classes in yoga, meditation and even building a bamboo bike (coming in April). On Feb. 28 from 5:45 to 6:55 p.m., Fran Gallaher will offer a free meditation class. There will be discussions before and after the class on the benefits of meditating in a group and meditation’s value, including lowering stress. Gallaher will offer this free meditation class monthly.

40 West Arts at 1560 Teller opens a new exhibit, “Colfax Avenue: Past, Present, and Future,” on First Friday, March 2. Come view the new work beginning at noon. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and light bites at the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m.