Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
Modern artists, both commercial and abstract, adorn the space at this warehouse gallery with paintings, sculpture, mixed media and photography. For over 20 years this popular venue has supported the Denver scene, enduring the changes of LoDo, while displaying emerging and established artists of the Rocky Mountain region. Just as impressive is the nugget of a fact that it is one of the few galleries, if not businesses, in the LoDo area to provide customer parking.
William Matthews Gallery, which resides in a historic building in LoDo, showcases watercolorist William Matthews' work. Matthews is famous for his paintings of cowboys and the American West. Also featured are paintings and limited edition prints from his series: Ireland, Sketches of Spain, The Blue Nile, Fast Horses, China and the Heart Land. The gallery also offers limited-edition books, prints and posters from a variety of his collections. All of which explains why this place is called William Matthews Gallery.
The Dikeou Collection goes all the way to introduce you to some of the most talented artists around the world and all in the comfort of one place. The gallery features a private collection of contemporary art displaying work by artists worldwide. Find works by well-known names like Juan Gomez, Momoyo Torimitsu and Sarah Staton among many others. Cutting edge pieces that would interest everyone right from the aficionado to genuine art lovers. It's a guarantee that you will find some real gems and talented, eccentric and awe-inspiring art that you can appreciate for hours together.
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.
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.
Much in the classic manner of Ansel Adams, Gifford Ewing produces black and white photographs, which nakedly capture the feel and mood of the land. Specializing in New England, grassland, and western landscapes, his work appears in galleries throughout the country and is part of the Denver Art Museums lofty permanent collection. The bulk of his work, most of which is for sale, is displayed at this gallery. It is necessary to make appointments in advance.
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.
Back in 1909, Fire Station Number One housed Denver's Engine Company Number One. The building is now home to the Denver Firefighters Museum which preserves, exhibits and celebrates the rich firefighting history of the city. The museum houses over 30,000 exhibits, including firemen related documents and photographs dating back to the 1860s, various antique firefighting equipment and other memorabilia. There are various activities that visitors, especially children can partake in from engaging in hand-on activities like fire prevention techniques, children's pole, to trying on firefighting gear, calling 911 and more.