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By Nancy Hahn

Do you enjoy visiting the 40 West Art District, exploring the galleries, and enjoying the variety of art? What would you predict will be new and interesting in the district in 2019? What would you wish to see, or change, or add to the district? Artists, gallery owners, and the 40 West Board shared predictions and wishes for the district in 2019,

Liz Black, 40 West Arts District Executive Director, pointed out that the district has grown exponentially with new galleries, growing numbers of visitors, and the addition of the popular ArtLine. She expects that growth to continue “in 2019 (and beyond).”

The ArtLine “speaks so much to our vision and goals for the corridor, a free outdoor amenity filled to the brim with art and installations, and something that ... transforms, unites and inspires our community.” Black adds “We hope to see our events grow with new attendance numbers at First Friday opening receptions and a continued focus on different and multi-sensory forms of artwork.”

Lakewood Art in Lamar Plaza has a variety of art from many Lakewood Art members. Each member has an area to fill with their work. This provides art from glass to papier-mâché to watercolors and many other art forms. Mary, the Lakewood Art member at the gallery said she hoped 2019 would bring “more artists and more variety of art.”

In Pasternack’s Art Hub at Colfax Avenue and Pierce Street, Karmen “Gardens” Franklin shows her unique art. Franklin combines succulents and dragons for some artsy, fun, little gardens. She often encourages customers to contribute to their garden by choosing the plants and the dragon for her to combine for their garden. She hopes 2019 will bring more visitors to the district and more unique, interactive art experiences for them to enjoy.

At Next Gallery at 6851 W. Colfax, visitors are treated to a wonderful variety by a many different artists. There is always surprising art. One artist is showing striking, small mixed-media crystallized work. This includes small crystalized skulls and, also, the large Winter’s Ghost. Catherine, another Next artist, is a creator of lovely jewelry. Each pendant is a unique swirl of beautiful colors; a tiny, unique work of art. Catherine’s wish for 2019 is that more shop spaces will be consistently filled; hopefully with galleries or something else art-related.

Phillip Rader at Edge Gallery and the creative artists at Pirate Contemporary Art have a 2019 wish to see some of the large, empty buildings in the district become large gallery spaces. Then artists could display large canvases and sculptures, instead of creating small for small spaces. This wish and the wish for consistently filled art-themed shops were echoed throughout the district. Certainly, visitors would love it, too.

More art, more artists, more variety for a happy New Year 2019!

WestFax Brewing’s Free Comedy Show, Dec. 22

  Don’t miss Westfax Brewing Company’s monthly free Comedy Show, Saturday, Dec. 22, from 8 till 10 p.m., at 6733 W. Colfax Ave. Enjoy five local comedians hosted by the hilarious, John Davis. No cover or ticket required, just show up, drink beer, and laugh. Gyros King Food Truck present for tasty eats as well. Get some good laughs in before the holidays!

  Learn more at westfaxbrewingcompany.com.

Fiber Art Exhibition and Fashion Show, Jan. 12

  Join NEXT Gallery, 6851 W. Colfax Ave., to celebrate a beautiful fiber art exhibition with a fashion show and party on Friday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. The fiber art exhibition will be on display from Jan. 1 to 27.

Free VASD Lecture by Cécile B. Evans, Jan. 15

The Fictions lecture series investigates the complicated relationship between contemporary artists and veracity. On Jan. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design Visiting Artist, Scholar, Designer program welcomes Cécile B. Evans. Her work reflects on the value of emotions in contemporary society by exploring forms of human subjectivity and the systems that carry them, as well as the limits of both. 1600 Pierce St. RSVP online for your free tickets!

Visit rmcad.edu/events for more information.

Help Shape the 40 West ArtLine in 2019 – Take the ArtLine Survey

Great news! We’re adding more art along the ArtLine in 2019 … and are planning some great experiences along the route! But we need to hear from you to know what types of art and experiences you want. Please help us make the ArtLine even more awesome in 2019 by taking five minutes to share your thoughts in an online survey. You may even win some fun ArtLine gear by taking the survey.

  Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/40 WestArtLine.