Summer time and the upcoming 4th of July Weekend doesn’t mean that the Art isn’t still out there to be enjoyed and purchased. What it means is that you have more opportunities to get out there and experience the Arts. If you’re staying in town there is no better excuse then to wander around your town as if you are a tourist.


The Art of Fireworks by hik5091

The Art of Fireworks by hik5091

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival kicks off the 4th of July weekend as it has since 1991 starting Friday, July 5th, Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th. This festival is always a Holiday Weekend favorite.

However, if you are interested in a “sneak peek” at the juried exhibit of the Visual Artists, then attend the Free Public Event, Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, 7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott Denver, Cherry Creek North, Denver, CO.


Or if you are more about the exclusive invitation, then the Opening Gala may be more your style – Opening Gala Patrons are exclusively invited to attend an Artist Preview Reception from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. where you have your choice of Corporate Tables of 10: $1850.00 or Individual Packages: $195.00.

Visit for more detailed information.


Clyfford Still - Summer Concert Series: Haunted Windchimes

Clyfford Still – Summer Concert Series: Haunted Windchimes

For something different with bold colors and music, the Clyfford Still Museum is hosting a Summer Concert Series: Haunted Windchimes.  “Painting an evocative and compelling picture with familiar hues of folk, blues, and Americana, the Haunted Windchimes are known for gorgeous harmonies, striking original compositions, and a moody and melancholy sound that is deeply affecting”.  Show Times 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Free Public Event.


The Clyfford Still Museum is located at 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80203. Visit


"American Renaissance" - FLIPP N STUDIO

“American Renaissance” – FLIPP N STUDIO

 Or for something creatively edgey visit American Renaissance presented by Rose Garden, LLC located at Flipp N Studio, 3047 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205. This is an “American Renaissance” Art Installation with original Music, Visuals, Runway and Fashions by Nik Ridley.

The event is Friday, July 5th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This is a Free to the Public event; however, the Hosts are requesting an RSVP to [email protected].


Lucky DeBellevue's Chenille Stems @ Dikeou Collection

Lucky DeBellevue’s Chenille Stems @ Dikeou Collection


The Dikeou Collection is always a favorite stop no matter what the artistic content is, as it is a “collection” of diversity in creative tones.

Saturday, July 6th, 2013, the Dikeou Collection is hosting a Free Family Saturday Workshop, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “This month’s project focuses on the work of New York Artist, Lucky DeBellevue, and his use of chenille stems, also know as pipe cleaners, to create fantastic web-like sculptures. DeBellevue’s use of this common yet nontraditional material enables him to make works that range from large and interactive, to small and decorative. Participants of all ages will twist and weave colorful chenille stems to create their own Lucky-inspired artwork.”

The Dikeou Collection is located 1615 California Street, Suite 515, Denver, CO 80202. Visit or for more information.


This should be a good start to being a tourist in your own city next weekend. Also remember, some of your favorite Art Walks may still be going on as well over the 4th of July Weekend.  Art Walk Art Districts include: Santa Fe Arts District, 40 West Arts District an Emerging Creative District located along historic West Colfax, Tennyson Street Arts District, RiNo Arts District, Navajo Street Arts District…. This is just the short list.

Visit,, and to find out about more events over the holiday weekend, additional Arts Districts and just what’s happening culturally in the State of Colorado.

And remember, since you are being a tourist in your own City there is no reason why you can’t buy yourself a souvenir or two.


Wendy L. Pitton R. is a culture writer for 303 Magazine and the owner of WENDO Productions.  WENDO Productions is an artistic production and artist representative company.

Please Note:  Some information and quotes were gathered directly from the websites of venues listed. Photos courtesy of each listed venue or event.