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Neighborhood Arts

By Nancy Hahn

Do you enjoy wandering the 40 West Art District and checking out the wonderful variety of work created by so many fine artists? Do you have gifts to buy for the coming holiday season? The Art District might be your perfect spot for shopping for unique gifts or even a poem you create yourself.

Next Gallery at 6851 W. Colfax is featuring The Gift of Art, a Holiday Show, from Nov. 23 through the end of December. The gallery promises that the art will be both awesome and affordable. Next Gallery is open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Next Gallery is host to artists of so many varied styles and types of art; you are sure to discover work at this show that you love. Do you deserve a little gift for yourself for being such a thoughtful gift shopper?

Lakewood Arts in Lamar Plaza is hosting their annual Arts and Crafts Show and Sale through Dec. 31. There is no end to the variety of work presented at this holiday show from fun art to fine art. Area artists and crafters submitted and priced any work they chose for this show. Knitted or painted, there is something for everyone on your list! The ornament tree alone features an amazing variety of work. There are swirl-painted ornaments, origami owls, sliced wood ornaments, crochet snowflakes, fat penguins and snowmen with earmuffs. Origami ornaments to fine art, Lakewood Arts is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.

If you enjoy trying something new, 40 West Arts at 1560 Teller St., will be hosting a unique workshop. Sarah Nix, who is both an artist and a poet, will be holding a poetry workshop Dec. 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nix has had her work on exhibit at Next Gallery, the Athena Project exhibit at the 40 West Gallery, and many galleries outside of the Art District. Her poetry was published in Rust + Moth’s 10th anniversary issue last summer.

Most people only spend seconds looking at a painting or other work of art. This doesn’t really enable the viewer to make a connection to the art. The workshop takes place in 40 West Arts, so many unique pieces of art will be on display. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the exhibit. In the workshop, Nix will guide adults and teens in writing a poem about a work of art connecting to the art they choose.

Adults and teens are welcome at the workshop. Anyone younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent. Participants should bring a notebook and a pen.

More 40 West Arts Events Stranger Things Trivia Night, Nov. 15

  WestFax Brewing Company, 6733 W. Colfax, is switching up their standard Thursday trivia and making it “All Things Stranger Things” on Nov. 15. Time to take on the Upside Down with the themed Stranger Things trivia night from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s free to play, just show up before 7! Come drink beer, eat food from Abbiocco Wood Fired Pizza and win prizes!

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‘Small Wonders’ Opens AtEDGE Gallery, Nov. 23

  EDGE Gallery, 7001 W. Colfax Ave., presents the opening reception for Small Wonders on Friday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 10 p.m. The show features small artworks in a variety of concepts and mediums, with pieces perfect for buying for the holiday season. Full exhibition dates are Nov. 23 through Dec. 21 with open gallery hours Friday through Sunday.

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Colorado Gives Day Is All Day Dec. 4

  Colorado Gives Day is coming up on Tuesday, Dec. 4. It is a great opportunity to find all of your favorite nonprofit organizations on one site, and join fellow Coloradans in their common goal to strengthen the state’s nonprofits. All donations are tax deductible and the online process is simple and quick. Help us to grow and expand our arts district and continue the revitalization of the West Colfax corridor! Momentum is strong but we still need your help. We exist to further the artistic movement in this corridor and every single dollar you give gets poured back into this area to grow West Colfax!

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First Friday at 40 West Arts, Dec. 7

It’s always a party on First Friday at 40 West Arts and on Dec. 7 we’ll have a ton going on including the opening reception for our Black, White and Metal show, and new work from artists Tsogo Mijid and Leah Swenson at Pirate: Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo St. Head to the district for tons of affordable artwork for viewing and purchase, beer & wine, light bites and more, from 5 until 9 p.m.

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