Arts in Colorado literally means you don’t have to travel far to find a fresh dose of incredible works of art in every possible medium imagined. And, this weekend is no exception. We will travel through downtown Denver, then along the Santa Fe Arts District, to the Artist Open Studio Tour in Arvada then onto Indian Hills, “a world apart, only minutes away.”  A wondrous full circle journey of art awaits you this September weekend. Enlighten your mind and awaken your soul.

Joshua Roman - Sally Centigrade Gallery

Joshua Roman – Sally Centigrade Gallery

Tonight, Friday, September 18th we begin our journey on Larimer Square at the Sally Centigrade Art Gallery as they welcome “Carbon: Group Art Show” featuring the work of over 45 acclaimed artists in the contemporary and pop surreal art scene; including local artists: Marie Vlasic, Naomi Haverland, Mike Graves, CT Nelson. National and international artists include Kurtis Rykovich, Morley, Jason Limon and so many more. “The show is named Carbon in reference to the molecular formula of diamonds and was inspired by the idea of the uniqueness of a diamond despite being compromised of only a single element. Pieces of wood were cut into 5″x7″ diamond shapes and shipped to artists all over the globe to be painted, adorned or even carved before being returned for the exhibit.” Sally Centigrade is located in the Downstairs Walkway, Suite 800 of 1423 Larimer Street, between 15th & 14th Avenues. Show opens at 5:00pm – 10:00pm.

Kim Scott - Hotel Teatro

Kim Scott – Hotel Teatro

The Hotel Teatro hosts their first artist event featuring the work of Colorado Artist, Kim Scott, throughout the lower level of the hotel. This event is 6:00pm – 8:00pm this evening, with light appetizers and beverages. Having taken a sneak peek earlier this week, Kim is showcasing not only her watercolors but her depth in acrylic paintings as well, an exhibit that engulfs color and imagination. “My work is derived from my love of color and simple shapes. Combining these two elements with contrast and texture make everyday subject matter a visual delight.” I suggest you also carve out time to dine or snack at The Nickel Restaurant as well, whether tonight before you continue on your journey or make it a point to come back. Hotel Teatro is Denver’s boutique hotel, visit www.HotelTeatro.com to learn more about this unique luxury experience. To find out more about Kim Scott visit www.VerveAndHue.com.

We continue on to Santa Fe Drive – the Santa Fe Arts District where we are engaged by not one but two incredibly different but truly inspiring artists work. Niza Knoll Gallery welcomes “Digital Dimensions” featuring artwork created by 3D printers and laser cut art. This exhibit includes the work of Judy Gardner along with many others. Exhibit opens at 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Niza Knoll Gallery is located at 915 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 80204, show runs through September 26, 2015. www.NizaKnollGallery.com

"Turning Point" - Oil on Canvas - Shay Davis - Point Gallery

“Turning Point” – Oil on Canvas – Shay Davis – Point Gallery

Not far from Niza Knoll Gallery we continue to stroll to Point Gallery, located at 765 Santa Fe Drive, to another level of art that will continue to open your mind to the artistic wonder as they welcome “What I Have Become” the surreal/fantasy oil painting works of Shay Davis. Davis is one artist that has grown and developed a style of work that is truly his own. Point Gallery opens their doors for the reception of Shay Davis from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. “By far my strongest paintings to date.” Visit www.PointGalleryDenver.com or to learn more about artist Shay Davis, visit www.ShayVision.com

Judy Gardner - Arvada Studio Tour - Alchemical Eye

Judy Gardner – Arvada Studio Tour – Alchemical Eye

Saturday is a continuation of imaginative artwork that inspires the mind and awakens the soul. We start at the 14th Annual Arvada Art Open Artist Studio Tour to experience the artists first hand in the space they create their magic. This tour is proven to have something for everyone artistic tastes.  Here is just the short list of artists as there are well 15 locations with well over 50 artists work showcased; John Brasaemle – watercolors of People, Places & Birds; Susan Schmitt – Experimental Acrylic; Sydney Eitel – Watermedia & Acrylic; Judy Gardner – Printmaking/3D Printing; Fred Reim – Photography; Alita McManis – Jewelry; Kim Peterson – Raku Ceramics; Sharon Meriash – Photography,  for the full listing of open studio spaces visit www.ArvadaArt.org. Event begins Saturday, September 19th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm with the same hours on Sunday, September 20th. This is a free and open to the public Artist Studio Tour.

Larisa Aukon - Mirada Fine Art

Larisa Aukon – Mirada Fine Art

We wrap up our Saturday with a quick drive up to Mirada Fine Art for the work of Larisa Aukon, a Latvian-born artist exhibit titled “Radiance” and “viewers will immediately understand why. Each piece reflects her passion to express the inner pulse underlying nature. The bold strokes of color, balanced compositions and changing hues of light, hallmarks of the acclaimed artist, are evident in every lush, brilliant natural and urban landscape.” Larisa’s work will colorfully embrace your soul. Artist Reception, Saturday, September 19th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Mirada Fine Art is located at 5490 Parmalee Gulch Road, Indian Hills, CO 80454. Visit www.MiradaFineArt.com. Exhibit runs through October 11th, 2015.

This is quite the list of pulsating art to experience, but I have no doubt that you, my artistic followers and collectors are up for the challenge. All are “Must Attend” events and I don’t say that lightly. Each venue offers something for everyone and simply put, offers you the opportunity to explore the arts around you. I look forward to seeing you somewhere along the artistic trail and who knows, you might just add to your collection.

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