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Arts & Museums
Crash 45 is a versatile venue that puts on many hats and is successful at everything that it tries out. A restaurant/bar that also doubles up as an art gallery is fast gaining popularity. The funky lighting system and generous use of red and bright golden colors all over the place adds a lively vibe to it. Designed by Shane Evans, Crash 45 is made from recycled and old stuff including parts of old trucks, bicycles and vintage bikes, that further adds to its coolness quotient. Its menu is a typical pub fare including dishes like Asian Dan Wings, burgers and so forth. And last but not the least are the unique events hosted here; motorcycle nights, art openings, DJ sessions and other events are a regular feature here. You can also hire Crash 45 for private events and celebrations. For more details, call ahead or check its website.
Located in the River North Art District (RiNo), Ironton Studios and Gallery provides studio and gallery space to local artists free of charge in exchange for their commitment to this space. Ironton was one of the first art establishments to pave the way for the RiNo burgeoning arts district and is a vital space for the exchange and promotion of artistic ideas.
Devoted to all things on wheels, this Denver museum features a collection of over 500 trains, cars, motorcycles, bicycles and other rare automobiles. Guests can explore one of the famed steam engines affectionately names Big Boys, peer inside a 1927 Rolls Royce and even drive off with one of their classic cars for sale! The museum can also be rented for private celebrations and corporate functions. Be sure to visit their website for upcoming events.
Fitting in with northwest Denver's progressive art scene, this stark gallery is perfect for anyone interested in cutting edge, mind-probing art. Because the gallery is non-profit it can feature daring art that more mainstream galleries would never touch. Hence, it is an explosion of unique and at times, experimental work. You will find local, national and international artists in every medium including photography, sculpture and performance art. Call or check website ahead for the calendar of new shows and exhibits, which change weekly.
Pirate has existed for over 20 years as a creatively exciting co-op for contemporary artists. The featured artists usually display painting of all mediums, sculpture, and photography, plus full installations and performance art from time to time. The north Denver location is a haven for artists discouraged with the trendy scene of Cherry Creek and downtown which tend to be less daring. This gallery prides itself in offering important but affordable alternative design.
This collective artist-run gallery is one of Denver's most dynamic spaces for emerging, boundary-crossing art. Featuring a diversified program of contemporary art, performance, multimedia, film, and installations, it is the go-to for culture buffs thirsty for cutting-edge talent. Julie Puma, Jerry Morris, Sarah Rockett and Amber Fries are just a few famous artists who have been featured here. Check website for detailed schedule.
This museum, which started as a personal collection, explores a missing passage in the history of America. Through its exhibits of photographs and artifacts you learn that one-third of America's cowboys were African-American, and that the African-American pioneers were among some of the nation's earliest millionaires. African-Americans were an important part of the westward migration and you can learn all about it here.
Redline is a contemporary art space that supports the intersections of community, art experimentation and education. The gallery, which is housed in a building designed the architects Semple-Brown in the Northeast area of Denver, contains a roomy gallery showcasing the works of its artist-residents, as well as creations by community members. Indeed, in addition to monthly exhibits, Redline strives to reach out to homeless populations and local public school youth through its solid arts-education programs; their work is often featured on its walls. As a result, Redline has created a vibrant, engaging space that invites everyone--artist or public--to rethink the line between artist and community.
Red Shift is by trade a framing source, however, it also specializes in cutting edge art. It favors the works of national artists and those beginning to make ripples in the art scene. The gallery itself embodies the look and feel of a classic SoHo art house. Tall ceilings and primitive looking walls give it a funky, authentic look of "this-place-is-happening." The gallery's size makes it well suited for exhibits and special events.
B's Ballpark, located opposite Coor's Field with its entrance near one of the seating gates, is more than just a tribute to Colorado baseball culture. Bruce Hellerstein began collecting baseball memorabilia in his youth and now his collection has become B's Ballpark Museum. Hellerstein's collection includes the usual memorabilia like cards, jerseys, autographed balls, and banners, but also unique artifacts like pieces of Babe Ruth's bat, a section of "The Green Monster," and the manhole cover that Mickey Mantle tripped over at the 1951 World Series that permanently injured his leg. For casual baseball fans, there is plenty here to entertain you before the game, as it is open during every game at Coors Field. For serious fans, B's Ballpark Museum is a treasure trove of baseball history.
The Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, now residing in downtown's Sakura Square, began as a migrant. The founders wandered from leased gallery space to rented exhibition halls, displaying everything from installations to simple shows by national and international artists. Since settling into a permanent home, the museum has become a prominent force in the area art scene, exhibiting a diverse array of contemporary art, from mixed media to computer and video creations.
Ceramics in the City is a great way to spend some of your free time doing something that is creative, fun and relaxing. They have an extensive selection of blank ceramic items and bisque ware which you can unleash your artistic side on. Decorate by free-hand or with the help of stencils and stamps, paints, studio glazes and fire these decorated pieces. Have fun painting your pots and if you run out of ideas you can always check out the finished items for inspiration. Besides service here is friendly and exceptional, putting you at ease while you have some spontaneous fun.