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Flock Of Festivals Come To 40 West Art District

By Nancy Hahn

The Festivals are coming! Reed Art & Imaging at 8000 W. Colfax is celebrating a year in the art district with WestFest, a festival for all ages, on Aug. 4. The Reeds began their business in 1976. They grew the business and moved to Federal and 9th Avenue. Happily, for the 40 West Art District, a year ago, Reed Art and Imaging moved to the 40 West Art District.

Digital imaging has changed photography and provided ways to create art. Reed Imaging has become a complete fine art print studio and lab. Metal prints, photos on acrylic, art prints on archival paper, on canvas, even photographs turned into wall paper are some of the creative choices offered.

WestFest will be held Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop over and enjoy something tasty from the food trucks, live music, lots of art and local artists, and much more for every age! 40 West artists and galleries were give first choice as vendors. See you there!

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Mural Fest

If you are looking for more festival fun, the following weekend, on Aug. 11, visit MuralFest at Lamar Plaza. You’ll see live painting of new murals. There are great activities for children, free trolley rides, and many demonstrations and even graffiti painting! Come and enjoy!

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New at Next Gallery

Next Gallery, at 6851 W. Colfax Ave., is hosting two new exhibits opening on Friday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be snacks, beer and wine to celebrate.

Laura McKraken will be featuring her beautiful, fused glass pieces. Her work is formed in layers, like life, she explains. The glass is cut, layered, and fired in a kiln. Then the process is repeated to create her complex and beautiful work.

Christy Lynne Seving developed a unique idea for her show at Next Gallery. While art has always been an important in her life, there are some types of art that she has avoided. Some art has seemed intimidating, has made her feel that she might not have the skills. So, Christy decided to challenge herself. Every day, for 80 days, she would draw a realistic face. This was the art task she feared she might not be good enough to perform well. Her 80-day challenge will end at the opening of the show. Her 80 daily drawings will be her show. What fear would you challenge yourself to perform?

Works of NEXT Gallery artists Kelly Mansfield and Pam Farris will be on display July 20 through the opening of McKraken’s and Seving’s  exhibition.

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Colorado’s Best at Lakewood Arts

“Colorado’s Best - A Juried Show,” is on exhibit through July 27 at Lakewood Arts in the Lamar Plaza, at 6731 W. Colfax Ave. Art of any and every size, subject, and medium may be part of the show. Photography, clay, glass, fine art, glass, jewelry, or any other art was eligible to be chosen for the show.

Jan Archuleta, a signature member of the Colorado Art Society, is the juror of the show and a native Coloradan. Archuleta has traveled the world to find views to paint. Her watercolors have been displayed in national and international exhibits and published in “Splash 14 Best of Watercolor.” Archuleta reviewed all the two-dimensional and three-dimensional art of every variety submitted for the show and made her choices. Visit this show to see an amazing range of excellent art.

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‘Naturally Inclined’ at EDGE Gallery

EDGE Gallery artists Candace Shepard and Faith Williams present “Naturally Inclined,” a mixed-media exhibit exploring the deeply personal connections of natural ecosystems, from the microscopic moments that tie organisms together to the dynamic balance of the environment. This incredible exhibit is not to be missed. The show runs from July 20 through Aug. 5 with the opening reception on Friday, July 20 from 5 to 10 p.m.

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