Throughout the neighborhoods of Denver there is an expanding network of creative endeavors which includes an art walk every first Friday of the month all year round. Galleries, shops and restaurants extend their hours or offer deals in order to encourage people to engage in the creative community and meet others with similar interests.

The participating neighborhoods are: Art District on Santa Fe, River North Art District, Golden Triangle Museum District, Tennyson Street Cultural District, Block 7 Arts, Navajo Street Art District and South Pearl Street. River North Art District (or RiNo) is our focus this Friday and to sharpen your curiosity we bring you a list of must-sees.

Helikon Gallery & Studios

Sarah Winkler, Helikon Gallery, First Friday, RiNo

Formations, by Sarah Winkler. Image courtesy of Helikon Gallery

Where: 3675 Wynkoop St, Denver

What: Formations by Sarah Winkler

When: 6-10 p.m.

The Low Down: This British-born artist has relocated to the Rocky Mountains and is inspired daily by her mountainous surroundings which she translates into her paintings, saying “landscape is strong and attractive—our place within it—fleeting.” These landscapes are created using her special layering technique and according to her, “mimics the addition and subtraction of geological textures, over time.” These new works will be shown at the opening reception on March 4 and will continue at Helikon Gallery until April 2, 2016.

Carol Ann Waugh, aBuzz gallery, First Friday, RiNo

Image courtesy of aBuzz Gallery

aBuzz Gallery

Where: 3340 Walnut St, Denver

What: Conversations: Significant Years by Carol Ann Waugh

When6-9 p.m

The Low Down: Award-winning fiber artist Carol Ann Waugh displays her unique and thought-provoking series on First Fridays, this being the last one before her closing reception on March 19, 2016 (1-3 p.m.) Each piece is created to provoke conversations between viewers or between the viewer and the artist by using words and phrases that are reactionary. With political, social, historical and emotional overtones, these pieces are worth a visit. Especially after a happy hour drink with a friend.

 Lane Meyer Projects

Photo by Brittany Werges

Lane Mayer is located inside Pon Pon bar (pictured above). Photo by Brittany Werges

Where: 2528 Walnut St., Denver

What:  Cool for Cats by Sabine Tress

When6-9 p.m

The Low Down: Get lost in the color and texture of the abstract paintings of German-born artist Sabine Tress. These new works are being showcased for the first time this Friday at the edgy arts facility which calls itself, “part exhibition space, part work space and part ideas Salon.” These oil paintings explore how freedom from thinking about art as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ translates into a raw technique which utilizes space, color and movement to convey emotions.

MegaFauna, First Friday, BetterCallSol, Solomon Chambers

Solomon Chambers. Image courtesy of MegaFauna

 MegaFauna

Where: 3102 Blake Street

What: It’s a MF Art Show! with @BetterCallSol

When: 5-10 p.m.

The Low Down: Solomon Chambers will be displaying a study in watercolor, charcoal, pen and acrylic with original works and prints for sale at the conscious consumer store, MegaFauna, for First Friday in March. These works are haunting but with his attention to detail they provide enjoyment at many different levels. Locally sourced snacks, beverages and music will be provided.

Ice Cube Gallery

 

Ice Cube Gallery, First Friday, RiNo, Neil Bigely, Amber Fries, Laura Phelps Rogers

Ice Cube Gallery

Where: 3320 Walnut St, Denver

What:  Bigely, Fries and Phelps Rogers

When6-9 p.m

The Low Down: Join this artist run cooperative for a special three-part artist series. Neil Bigely, in Milieux, considers what it would be like to take core samples from landfills, what kind of story it would tell, seeing the stratification of human waste and portrays these questions with art. Amber Fries, with guest artist Grace Fries, interprets the phrase “salad days” from Shakespeare with a collection of photographs that inspire the feeling of youth, of inexperience, of idealism and recklessness. Laura Phelps Rogers’ Utopia uses large scale photography and three-dimensional work to create “conceptual interpretations of the landscape” which can invite humor, nostalgia, playfulness or seriousness.

There are many more participating businesses to explore and enjoy. And, between those businesses keep your eyes peeled for murals on walls which often change weekly and are sanctioned by the city. Since the weather is getting warmer, spend your Friday evening walking between these neat pockets of creativity and individuality and experience the blossoming world of art in Denver.

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