Denver, CO. May 12, 2015: While Colorado is known for its grand mountains, craft libations and outdoors activities, it is also home to a bustling art community. This spring, strap on a pair of sandals and gallery-hop across a variety of Colorado’s most creative towns that are host to local artists, gallery shows, major art events and famed museums.
Twelve Colorado communities brimming with galleries, artists in residence and special arts events have recently been designated official state Creative Districts. Check out the following neighbourhood favourites:
Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe – Cited as the largest concentration of art galleries in Colorado, the Art District on Santa Fe features over 70 galleries, restaurants and shops where art enthusiasts can meet, chat, and browse a variety of pieces from traditional pieces, to graphic art and sculpture.
Telluride Creative District – Located at the base of San Juan Mountains, and sectioned in a glacial canyon, Telluride is a not-to-be-missed art town with over a dozen galleries to peruse. Downtown restaurants feature art-walk specials to ensure guests have full stomachs before they embark on an artsy adventure.
Salida Creative District – One of Colorado’s most picturesque mountain towns features a thriving creative community. While Salida hosts art and cultural events year round, their main attraction is the annual Salida Art Walk, which features free galleries and musical performances. The event is a must-see, especially with the stunning 14,000 ft. mountain backdrop.
First Friday Art Walks
On the first Friday of every month between April to December, select cultural attractions throughout the state stay open late for a mind-expanding night of art, food, drink and fun. First Friday Art Walks are self-guided adventures and include free shuttle service to participating art studios, speciality stores, cultural centres, galleries and museums.
Denver’s Golden Triangle Free Art Tour is a favourite of travellers and locals alike. The neighbourhood features eight of Denver's museums, in addition to more than 50 galleries, fine art studios and specialty stores. Top attractions include the Denver Art Museum, Kirkland Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, and the Curious Theatre Company. The tour takes place from 5 pm – 9 pm. For a full list of First Friday Art Walks, visit colorado.com/articles/colorado-art-walks
For more information about Colorado’s creative districts and art walks, visit www.colorado.com