Confluence Denver

Denver’s Next Great Art Districts

The Art District on Santa Fe is a national standout, but its rise also means emerging artists are pushing into more affordable areas. Where are Denver’s next great art districts?

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Blind Artist Jim Stevens Got a Black Belt — and Found His Vision

On the bad days, Jim Stevens would curse and throw tools across his art studio, frustrated by his inability to create like he did before he lost his sight. He’d just come off a rough seven years: losing his vision, his wife, his job and his artistic ability in quick succession. Bullet fragments in his head from a 1970 skirmish in Vietnam, where he served as an Army sergeant, caused a stroke in his visual cortex in 1993, leaving him with pin-dot vision in each eye.

“My initial reaction was…

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Denver's Art District on Santa Fe


PR Newswire

Ninth Annual Denver Arts Week Highlights The Mile High City’s Rich Cultural Scene

“Denver has long been home to a thriving arts scene, and Denver Arts Week provides the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors alike to get out, explore and feed their creative side,” says Jayne Buck, vice president of tourism for VISIT DENVER. “Every year, Denver’s arts and cultural organizations and galleries roll out the red carpet to showcase the best of Denver’s visual and performing arts.

  New this year, the Art District on Santa Fe will close down the street to vehicle traffic, providing a more festival-like atmosphere for the Know Your Arts First Friday event – including food trucks, a beer garden in partnership with Renegade Brewing Co. and a family-friendly Dia de los Muertos celebration at Museo de las Americas.

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The Denver Post

First Friday in Denver to include blocked-off Santa Fe Drive this week

August is always the biggest month for the First Friday celebration hosted by Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe Drive. More than 5,000 people will assemble on the gallery-rich row August 7 — if the weather holds.

The district is rolling out the red carpet, and rolling away the traffic. For the first time since 2008, the busy street will be closed to cars between 6th and 10th avenues in the evening.

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Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic - Our Places / Exploring Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe

With the largest concentration of galleries found anywhere in the state, Denver’s Santa Fe Art District offers everything from fine art and photography to sculpture and ceramics. The culture, food, and fun to be had in this area – found on and around Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath Street – is all thanks to a group of pioneering cultural institutions that banded together in the early noughties to organise the non-profit, Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. With dozens of members in a variety of creative industries, the district is now stronger than ever, with plenty for the ...

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Best Denver Arts District (2015)

The Art District on Santa Fe has gone through a number of changes over the years, but it bolted to the front of the pack in 2014, thanks to a trio of major additions. The first was the creation of Michael Warren Contemporary, which opened in the space once occupied by the storied Sandy Carson Gallery. Then Space Gallery moved into its own swanky, custom-made new building. And finally, the brand-new Point Gallery was unveiled in Space’s former haunt. Although higher rents and higher taxes threaten all of the city’s arts districts, Santa Fe, at least for now, still seems to be a great place to open new galleries.

Readers’ choice: Art District on Santa Fe


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Jamie Bennett of ArtPlace America Sees “Complete Ecology of Arts” in Denver

Jamie Bennett, executive director of Brooklyn-based ArtPlace America, visited Denver last week. He likes what he saw.

Backed by about 30 foundations, federal agencies, and banks, ArtPlace America has awarded more than $40 million in grants, including 2013 contributions to Junction Box, home to Wonderbound’s performance space, and OhHeckYeah in Denver.

Bennett is quick to point out that ArtPlace’s grants aren’t about art for art’s sake—they overlap with transit, public safety, and other facets of community-building. “The interventions are always arts-related,” he says. “The goals are community outcomes.”

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Go Fund Me

Bring Back Luminarias de Santa Fe!

The community of La Alma Lincoln Park is seeking to revive a holiday event called Luminarias de Santa Fe Drive. This event was once produced solely by nonprofit NEWSED CDC but this year various organizations and businesses are contributing to the organizing effort to bring the event to its former glory. This 2nd Friday in December many neighborhood stakeholders will once again host the event in an effort to bring more visitors and boost spirits this holiday season on Santa Fe Drive the home of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, a state designated art district.

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The Denver Post

Denver neighborhood cited as “great” by national association

But dozens of artists have found homes and galleries in the burgeoning area, forming Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, and the Colorado Ballet recently moved into new digs at 1075 Santa Fe Drive.

Gary Reed, a photographer and vice president with the nonprofit arts district, said the resurgence in the neighborhood is, in part, the result of collaborative efforts.

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Catch! A Junk Art Tour - Next Stop Denver CO

The Tree of Life Gallery (The Art District on Santa Fe) in Denver, Colorado will host the Moores and an exhibit of their work July 31st – August 3rd.  The Moore’s exhibit at the Tree of Life will also include a live art demonstration by Alan, Isabella, and Emma at First Friday August 1st 6-10pm.  That evening Tree of Life will also be hosting Denver’s own DJ Igneo and special guest Denver Bronco’s legend Greg “Meteriod” Boyd.

The Moores have recently embarked on their most ambitious exhibit schedule to date.  Over 100 pieces of the Moore’s southern-fried folk art will be on display in three states over the next five months.

Alan and his daughters Isabella (age 13) and Emma (age 10) have been creating their iconic bottle cap fish for their junk art tour they call “Catch!” - inspired by their two home states of Florida and Colorado.

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The new Space Gallery went from prefab to fabulous

But the biggest news on Santa Fe involves the aforementioned Space, which has just unveiled its brand-new, custom-designed building — and it is fabulous. Galleries typically occupy repurposed retail, commercial or industrial buildings, like Michael Warren and Point do, so a structure specifically created to display and sell art is pretty rare here; William Havu Gallery and Plus Gallery are the only other architect-designed art venues in Denver.

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USA Today

Denver weekend trips for romance

Scenery: Home to over 60 galleries, the Denver Art District on Santa Fe is the creative epicenter of the city. Don’t miss the First Friday Art walks for a glimpse into the districts sculpture, photography, and painting studios. Be sure to stop by Renegade Brewery along the way to sample art in ale form.

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Infusion 5

Mai Wyn Schantz on stainless steel, seduction and oil painting

This week we travel to Colorado’s capital city to meet Mai Wyn Schantz, a painter from Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, Colorado Certified.

Early on Mai Wyn’s dad shared with her, “you can do whatever you want, but what are you going to give people?” She never really thought about art as giving back, but she finds that it actually gives back in a huge way – if it can bring joy to somebody and uplift their spirits, it’s a pretty powerful thing.

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Colorado Music Buzz

Maxwellvision’s Transition Theater to Hit Arts District on Sante Fe

The developing Transition Theater presents another evening of avant-garde entertainment. This evolving group of artists is creating beautiful contemporary performances based on the theme of spiritual awakening. Merging ambient live music with film and interpretive dancers, the Transition experience is emotional, intimate and uplifting and on the wave of the new conscious movement in the arts.

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Mai Wyn Schantz christens her gallery with an influential show

Galleries seem to be opening at a breakneck pace lately, with Mai Wyn Fine Art on Santa Fe Drive being the latest. The new venue combines a handsome exhibition space with a studio for owner — and painter — Mai Wyn Schantz. Occupying the former home of the Sandra Phillips Gallery (which decamped to the Golden Triangle), the location has been remodeled by Schantz, resulting in a gorgeous room with a soaring volume.

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Scientific American

You Had Me At Hydrothermal Vent Worms

There’s an interesting show going on currently in Denver, CO’s Anthology Fine Art Gallery that’s worth a special trip if you’re into sciart. Patrick Maxcy is a painter, illustrator, and muralist who is fascinated by the natural world. His exhibit, titled Running Wild, showcases his back-to-the-basics drawing chops and his flair for telling compelling stories. His drawings are worth the trip alone for any appreciator of art, but if you’re a fellow science geek, he will win you over instantly with his depictions of hairy yeti crabs, giant tube worms, and his liberal use of cephalopods…

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