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Arts & Museums
This center consists of 15 acres of barns, buildings and exhibits from the turn of the century. Once the property of May Bonfils Stanton, the center hosts educational events and public programs such as luncheons, nature walks and workshops. The kids can explore an old country school, as well as participate in special summer programs. Tours take place regularly in the Ralston Crossing School, dating back to the 1920s, and the Streer-Peterson House, dating from 1872.
The Museum of Outdoor Arts contrasts the ornate beauty of bronze, granite, and kinetic sculptures with Bauhaus influenced glass office buildings stretching across a 400-acre business park. The collection contains 55 pieces from such revered sculptors as Henry Moore and Arnaldo Pomodoro, and includes six works from Harry Marinsky's Alice in Wonderland series. Although 80 percent of the pieces are outside, some smaller pieces are on display in the Madden Gallery, which resides inside the Harlequin Park Building. The museum also offers numerous art classes and camps, and is the home of Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre. Admission is free.
The Cru Vin Dogs Wine Group features an original premise; the store serves as the meeting place and display gallery for locals who wish to meet to taste wine, enjoy local artwork, and share their love of dogs of all kinds. Non-members are always welcome to drop in, even on meetings, and joining in with the local gallery walks, wine tastings, and charity trips can be entertaining. Unless you're serious about philanthropy, however, visit the South Pearl premises; the artwork on display is lovely, the gifts unique and great for any dog lover, and the wine purchased by the group is all for sale. Best of all, most of the profits go to the group's charities. Shop, drink, and enjoy art, all to the benefit of local charities! - Sabrina Zirakzadeh
"Founded to interpret and preserve the dramatic Earth history of Morrison, Colorado and the greater Front Range," the Morrison Natural History Museum is located 20 minutes west of downtown Denver and one-half mile south of Morrison on Highway 8. Highlights of the Morrison Natural History Museum include
Visit this unique museum and visitors center to see dinosaur bones from Jurassic period and more than 300 dinosaur footprints from the Cretaceous period. Plus, discover the secrets of how the Rocky Mountains were formed more than 70-million years ago. This two mile long excursion into the past is a perfect outing for the entire family. Free maps for self guided tours are available at the visitor center. Guided tours are also available.
Located in the center of the Santa Fe Drive Arts District, the Sandra Phillips Gallery showcases a variety of contemporary artwork both locally and nationally.
Space Gallery, located in the heart of Santa Fe Drive, dabbles in a lot of things, thereby not qualifying as your regular art gallery. Ceramic, prints and sculptures are some of the works one would find on display in this gallery. Their focus lies mainly on innovative and new media and a lot on surface treatment of things. The artists in the gallery include Mark Travis, Sarah Fox, Jason Blamey and many other. The gallery also plays host to private events ant other gatherings and can accommodate up to 300 people.
This art museum, located just south of downtown, contains a stunning replica of the Aztec Sunstone created with 4,400 pieces of wood. As the only Latino museum in the state it helps preserve the history of the Latino art experience in America by offering Spanish Colonial works as well as many contemporary pieces of varying mediums. Surrounded by restaurants and eclectic shops, the museum makes for a pleasant, informative day trip from downtown.
Located on Santa Fe Drive, the Artwork Network is a popular haunt for art admirers as it is host to exhibitions of upcoming artists throughout the year. Not just for the professional artists, the gallery space serves as a perfect platform for amateur artists. Apart from hosting art exhibits, the 3000-square feet (279-square meter) space is also used for hosting private dinners and other events set against the backdrop of the rotating contemporary artworks.
SYNC Gallery is a co-operatively run space in the historic Santa Fe Arts District of Denver. Showcasing across a variety of mediums (photography, abstract and figurative painting, sculpture and painting), SYNC invites local artists to join its collective in exchange for annual exhibition space. In this way, the public is invited to peruse the ever-impressive fruits of a tight-knit artist community! Openings occur every third Friday from 6-9.
Established in 2010, run by the artist Niza Knoll, this gallery strives to feature emerging artists across a wide variety of media: photography, ceramics, painting, printmaking. A smaller art co-op, The Mix, is located in the back of the gallery.
As one of Denver's oldest co-op galleries, SPARK, established in 1978, showcases a diversified program of multimedia contemporary artwork. On a monthly basis, the gallery rotates with exhibits ranging from pottery, photography, drawing, sculpture, found objects and embroidery. Like many other art spaces in Denver, it serves as a means for artists-members to exhibit their work and helps to forge a dynamic new art scene!