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Springtime Is Fresh And New In The Art District

By Nancy Hahn

Spring begins on March 20 bringing new and exciting shows breezing in to the 40 West Art District. March is the Month of Photography, so a variety of photography shows are available.

RMCAD, the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design at 1600 Pierce St., will host a large-scale photography, collage and video show in their Rotunda Gallery. The show, “Delirium,” shows Tyla Alisa Anthony’s thoughts about what she feels to be a throwback to the racism and divisiveness of past American culture. “Delirium” will run until April 5.

Edge Gallery at 7001 Colfax is also hosting a photography show, a wide open community show. No restrictions were put on subject or size of the photographs. There was also no jury to judge the photographs. Viewers will have fun seeing and judging the great variety of work for themselves.  The show and sale will run from March 22 to April 7.

40 West Arts at 1560 Teller St., is also holding a photography show of its members work. The show will continue through March 23, so there is still time to check it out.

40 West Art offers visitors a colorful and unique show beginning in April, the Colorado Mosaic Artists’ show, opening with a reception on April 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. Mosaics are created by attaching small objects to a surface to create a pattern or a picture. While this group has created mosaics which cover entire walls; this show will feature small works. The show’s theme is “Altitudes” and 47 works by 20 artists will be on display. The mosaic show will be such fun for viewers and budding artists. While each of the shows’ artists create mosaics, those artists use a variety of materials and styles. Some mosaic artists use stones. Others use tiles. Any small objects from seeds to beads to glass can be used. Their variety of mosaic works will be on display until April 27. Stop, visit, and be inspired.

Benchmark Theatre at 1560 Teller St., brings another variety of art to the art district. The theatre calls 2019, “A Season of Awakening.” Until April 13, an adaption of George Orwell’s “1984” will be on stage and there are still tickets available for some showings. The show was very successful on the Broadway stage and should be equally remarkable in 40 West. Orwell’s 1948 book introduced the phrase, “Big Brother is Watching.” In a world now filled with technology enabling “watching” to a level George Orwell never knew, an adaption of 1984 seems especially relevant. Beginning at the end of May, “Bull in a China Shop,” a comedy about education at the turn of the 20th century will be onstage.

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out www.benchmarktheatre.com/2019.