The Art of Community

The Art of Community

An inaugural city-wide initiative from ADSF delivers an inspired pop-up exhibit to Denver, with love.

Story by Charlie Keaton

In November, Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe announced an all-new celebration of our rapidly growing creative culture: To Denver, With Love. The program, open to artists of all backgrounds, mediums, and experience, gave residents a unique opportunity to express their love for the city while also demonstrating the importance of art in our lives and communities.

Now comes the big reveal.

Beginning just in time for February’s First Friday Art Walk, a pop-up exhibit at ReCreative Denver will give the public a chance to see the very best submissions, with a primary emphasis on photography and fine art. The pieces on display were selected by a jury comprised of many of Denver’s best and most influential creative professionals, and will culminate in book form later this year. Submissions were evaluated on artistic vision, originality, technical execution, and adherence to the theme.

The opening reception, where artists will be on hand to mix and mingle with the public, is Thursday, February 2. And in a special nod to the passion and effort of those involved, all gallery fees have been waived. The artists themselves benefit fully from all sales.

“The pop-up exhibit offers us the ability to shine a spotlight on the creative talent in our community,” said Amy Phare, jury member and Board President of the Art District on Santa Fe. “But the best part is that the artists receive 100 percent of the proceeds. This is extremely rare for an exhibit, and ReCreative Denver has been generous in hosting and making this initiative possible. We’re excited to focus directly on the artists and challenge the art world in a new way.”

In a city whose exploding craft food and beer scene gets the high profile treatment, Denver’s diverse art community is equally flush with talent, both new and established. To Denver, With Love marks a new outlet for increased awareness and innovation within the local ecosystem. Said Phare, “This is our way of celebrating artists, honoring our city, and encouraging a more collaborative, creative community. And it starts here, in our own back yard.”

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

ReCreative Denver
765 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

February 2-22, 2017

Tuesdays through Saturdays
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

Scott Young
Cory Constantine
Todd Reilly
John Mooney Jr.
Robert Buelteman, Jr.
Sandy Graves
Chuck Rasco
Darcie Rodden
Kari Bell
Mitch Levin
Nancy Marlatt
Lisa Hohenschuh
Farhad Vakilitabar
Sylvie Abecassis
Chris DeKnikker
Merry Renert
Tamar Miller
Kristin Heidbreder
Jeanne Trueax
Shohini Ghosh
Cheree Lueck
Joshua Hicks
Rod Ford
Joshua Palmeri
Anne van Leeuwen
Joshua Palmeri
Mitch Levin
Carole Goodwin
Brendon Chavez
And more to come!

 

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