By Nancy Hahn
Riot VII: A Pop-Up Cocktail Party begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 at 7310 W. Colfax Ave. This vacant building will become a cocktail party with light bite stations for snacks. There will, of course, be beer, wine and signature drinks, too.
Guests can shop at the silent auction and join in the raffle. You might win two nights in Winter Park. Of course, in the art district a pop-up cocktail party must have pop-up art experiences.
Come and enjoy this fundraiser for the district. Tickets are $35 and come with two drink coupons.
Visit www.40westarts.org/riotvii to purchase tickets.
VSAD Lectures Begin Sept. 18 At RMCAD
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design will present VASD, a lecture series that begins on Sept. 18. The first presentation is by Jonathon Monaghan and begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9. Monaghan develops imaginary worlds, creating characters developed from ancient worlds, science fiction, mythology and even corporate logos. He uses sculpture, videos and prints in his work and will show and discuss his unique and engaging art. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at 1600 Pierce St.
‘Laboratory’ Next Up At Next Gallery
Next Gallery at 6851 W. Colfax will hold an opening reception for Adrienne DeLoe’s “Laboratory” on Sept. 21, from 5 to 10 p.m. DeLoe creates beautiful botanical jewelry, mixed-media sculptures, to remind us of the beauty in the natural world and how often we exploit it.
DeLoe, a graduate of University of Colorado in Denver uses many natural materials in her work. Seed pods, seeds, flowers, stones and bones can be discovered in her small artistry.
Shugart’s Sculptures And Galvan’s Canvas At Edge
Edge Gallery at 7001 W. Colfax will be showing the work of Kay D. Galvan and Stephen Shugart from Sept. 21 to Oct. 7.
Shugart uses light as a medium to create his sculptures. He chooses to use found objects, things no one wanted anymore, also. His sculptures invite the viewer to see those things in a new way.
Galvan, when she works on a canvas, says she begins with a simple sketch that develops as she works. The image is developed as she tries to understand it. Her paintings make the viewer want to learn to see what lies further in.
First Friday at 40 West Arts, Oct. 5
Oct. 5 is First Friday at 40 West Arts, 1560 Teller St., 5 till 9 p.m., and that means open exhibitions, tons of artwork on display, beer and wine, and much more. This month 40 West Gallery opens its exhibition, “Fantastical.” The word means imaginative or fanciful, otherworldly or beyond “normal” reality. Fantastical works can stem from a wide variety of subjects and ideas.
There’s also a tarot card reader on-site doing mini readings and the Whomp Truck, a portable music truck that opens its doors to visitors to spin music and lights. This exhibit opening is sure to delight anyone who attends.
Learn more at www.40westarts.org.
Bike Prom Marks Container Collective’s Anniversary
Container Collective Yoga and Bikes, 1492 Ammons St., is celebrating their anniversary on Oct. 13 with a Bike Prom. A bike prom is like a regular prom, but with riding instead of dancing. Put on your fancy clothes, grab your best girl or guy, get on your bikes and join in. Enjoy a fancy dress, slow ride around town from 7 until 11 p.m. It will be a night of music, food, drinks and fun.
Colfax Art Crawl & Diá de los Muertos Celebration, Nov. 2
Next month, 40 West Arts District invites the public to a huge celebration based loosely around the theme of Diá de los Muertos on First Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. All of the district’s galleries, studios and creative businesses will be open to the public and visitors will see multiple exhibits inspired by the holiday, including altars and pieces by local grade-school students.
Watch Aztec dancers in traditional costume and see fire artists, who will be on hand spinning fire to brighten the winter night. This kid and family event will also showcase piñatas, Diá de los Muertos face painting, live music and local vendors. Sip beer and wine while you’re here, or enjoy a bite at a local food truck. This fun, immersive event is not to be missed.