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INSPIRE Arts Week Lakewood

Inspire 2017

 

INSPIRE Arts Week is an 11-day annual event that features over 40 free and discounted arts and cultural events through 17 Lakewood partner organizations. It includes gallery openings, activities, classes and performances for the whole family. It was born from a community visioning process in 2010, and the event draws attention to the rich and vibrant arts and cultural scene present in Lakewood by connecting the community with its plentiful, diverse and ongoing arts and cultural opportunities and businesses. In 2016, it INSPIRE Arts Week was named "Best Event" in the large community category of the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence.

 

Click on a date below to explore the upcoming events and activities.

June 1 - Thursday
Day 1

FREE Community Coloring Table

Open Hours
Color to your heart’s content. Drop in to the library June 1-11 to color at one of our tabletop coloring stations to celebrate Lakewood’s Inspire Arts Week. Beat the stress, have some fun, and harness your creative spirit. All ages welcome.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. | JeffcoLibrary.org

  

FREE Piano Music Mix by Bruce Phillips, sponsored by Rockley Music

5-7 p.m.
Rockley Music presents an evening of music at LCC during the Presence/ Absence exhibit opening.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303-987-7845 RockleyMusic.com

 

FREE Opening: Presence/Absence – a Juried Sculpture Exhibit

5-7 p.m.
Negative space takes prominence in the work of sculptors such as Louise Bourgeouis, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Mark Di Suvero, and many others. What’s not there is as important as what is. This exhibit focuses on the compelling and successful use of space within the entirety of a sculptural form.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303-987-7845 Lakewood.org/Exhibits

 

FREE Valkarie Gallery Creative Night

5-9:30 p.m.
Bring your drawing, painting, collaging or jewelry making supplies to create with other artists. Also view the art of Lisa Luree and Zachary Reece June 1-11.
Valkarie Gallery | 445 S. Saulsbury St. | ValkarieFineArt.com

 

FREE Zikr Dance Ensemble “Ancient Shadows” Preview

6:30-7 p.m.
Enjoy a preview of Zikr Dance Ensemble’s world premiere “Ancient Shadows.”
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303-987-7845 ZikrDance.com

 

Lakewood Symphony presents Holst’s “The Planets” 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $10. Lakewood.org/Tickets
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303-987-7845 LakewoodSymphony.org

 

FREE West Alameda Sculpture Treasure Hunt!

Explore treasure map and list June 1-8, then turn in map and list from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.
Visit and learn about the sculptures installed by the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District. Download the sculpture treasure map and list at LakewoodCOusa.com or pick up copies at Lakewood Cultural Center. Use the map and clues to find each sculpture then answer a question about it. Bring your map and list to the Alameda Gateway table at Rockin' Block Part on Saturday, June 10 from 5-11 p.m. to receive a prize for participating and learn more about our public art programs.
Alameda Gateway Office | Alameda Crossing, 275 S. Sheridan Blvd. #208 | LakewoodCOusa.com

 

June 2 - Friday
Day 2

FREE Reception: Mountainside Art Guild

5-8 p.m.
A Colorado artists show by the Mountainside Art Guild is presented by the Lakewood Arts Council. The exhibit features a variety of visual arts. Music, a demo and refreshments will be part of the reception. The exhibit closes June 30. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.
Lakewood Arts Council | 6731 W. Colfax Ave. | 303-980-0625 | LakewoodArtsCouncil.org


FREE 40 West Arts District Art Walk

5-8 p.m.
Our art walks are like a First Friday opening event … with something a little extra. Every creative business in the corridor throws open their doors to the public for this immersive, walkable experience. We’ll have tons of amazing artwork to view and purchase, beer & wine, light bites and much more! Our June art walk is all about kids & families, so join us for interactive art-making and collaborative art experiences that the whole family can enjoy!
40 West Arts District | 1560 Teller St. | 40WestArts.org


FREE Opening: The Inner Child

5-8 p.m.
Innocence, creativity, awkwardness, resilience. What is the story of your inner child? Join us for an opening reception featuring artist works interpreting the period from birth through adolescence. We’ll offer free beer & wine, light bites, and lots of outstanding artwork for purchase.
40 West Arts Gallery | 1560 Teller St. | 40WestArts.org


FREE Music on the Plaza

6-9 p.m.
Belmar Plaza | 433 S. Teller St.| 303- 742-1520 | BelmarColorado.com/Events


FREE First Friday Art Walk

6-9 p.m.
Featuring eight artist-owned studio/ galleries in the heart of downtown Lakewood, showing a variety of painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry and photography.
Belmar Block 7 | 445 S. Saulsbury St. | Block7Arts.org


FREE First Friday Opening Reception

6-9 p.m.
Opening reception for guest artist Ryan Austin Lee. Lee has been part of the Coor’s Young Guns show for the last two years. His art could be considered folk art taken into modern society with themes of over urbanization and unusual
partnerships in taking back the land. Valkarie Gallery | 445 S. Saulsbury St. | ValkarieFineArt.com

June 3 - Saturday
Day 3

FREE Sumi-e Painting Demonstration

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brushes, ink and paper will be available for people to try and do sumi-e.Sponsored by the Colorado Sumi-e Society
Red Herring Art Supply | Lamar Station Plaza | 6719 W. Colfax Ave. | 720-427-5339


FREE Art Demonstrations

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join the artists of the Everything Gallery for demonstrations of alcohol ink, silk floral arrangements, pottery and fiber art.
Everything Gallery | Lamar Street Plaza | 6719 W. Colfax Ave.


ARTline Park Art with the Mayor

10 a.m.-noon
Help create a temporary art installation at Aviation Park and hear from Mayor Adam Paul about the art planned for this unique four mile route connecting three of Lakewood’s parks through art. Meet at Aviation Park, please walk or bike as street parking is limited.
40 West Arts and City of Lakewood | 1900 Teller Street | Lakewood.org/40WestArtline


Zikr Dance Ensemble presents “Ancient Shadows “

7:30 p.m.
Zikr Dance Ensemble presents the world premiere of “Ancient Shadows,” a mesmerizing exploration into the spiritual ancestry and mythology of the indigenous peoples of Central and South America.
Tickets start at $18. Lakewood.org/Tickets
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303-987-7845 ZikrDance.com


FREE Sidewalk Art and Demos

Noon-3 p.m.
Come and join us for a day of FREE fun! Demos will include glass mosaics, oil painting and colored pencil. Outside we will have chalk to draw your favorite designs.
Lakewood Arts Council Gallery | 6731 W. Colfax Ave. | 303-980-0625 | LakewoodArtsCouncil.org


Learn to Paint Furniture

2:30-5 p.m.
This fun, hands-on beginner workshop is designed to introduce you to the basics of American Paint Company paint. We will teach you how to best utilize this unique, chemical-free clay, chalk and mineral based paint, and how to achieve three different looks using paint/finishes. A small take-home project is included with this class.
Cost is $65, please call to register.
Twigs & Twine | 445 S. Saulsbury St. #F | 303-550-7569 | TwigsAndTwineCO.com

June 4 - Sunday
Day 4

FREE Artists Open Studio and Demonstrations

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join the artists at the 40 West studios as they open their studios and offer demonstrations of various art techniques.
40 West Studios | 1615 Reed St. | 40WestArts.org/40W-Studios


FREE Artist in Residence Studio Tour

10 a.m.–4 p.m.
One day only. This is a rare chance to tour 20+ working artists’ private home studios not usually open to the public. Visit artists working in acyrlic, oil and watercolor, sculpture, ceramics, fused glass, mosaics, photography, and more! Pick up a map at LCC, Belmar Block 7 or 40 West Arts District.
AnamCaraStudioGallery.com/artists-home-studio-tour & Facebook.com/ArtistsStudioTourLakewoodCo

 

FREE Community Creation: Puzzle Piece Decoupage

1-4 p.m.
Come together as a community to decoupage Belmar Library’s Inspire Arts Week puzzle piece. The completed puzzle piece will be assembled with others from the community at the Rockin’ Block Party on Saturday, June 10. All ages welcome.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. | Jeffcolibrary.org

 

Zikr Dance Ensemble presents “Ancient Shadows”

2 p.m.
Tickets start at $18. Lakewood.org/Tickets
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303-987-7845 ZikrDance.com

June 5 - Monday
Day 5

FREE Open House & Pottery Project

9 a.m.-noon
Stop by to make a clay tile. Take a tour of the pottery, papermaking, weaving or jewelry studios housed in this historic building.
Washington Heights Arts Center | 6375 W. First Ave. | 303.987.5436 | Lakewood.org/WashingtonHeights

June 6 - Tuesday
Day 6

FREE Try It Art Camps!

1-3 p.m.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303.987.7845 | Lakewood.org/Camps

June 7 - Wednesday
Day 7

FREE Exhibit Curator Talk

1-3 p.m.
Join Lakewood’s Arts Curator Lorene Joos in the North Gallery for a curator talk and tour of the 14th Annual Sculpture Exhibit, Presence/Absence.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303-987-7845 | Lakewood.org/Exhibits


Learn to Paint Furniture

6:30-9 p.m.
This fun, hands-on beginner workshop is designed to introduce you the basics of American Paint Company paint. We will teach you how to best utilize this unique, chemical-free clay, chalk and mineral based paint, and how to achieve three different looks using paint/finishes. A small take home project is included with this class. Cost is $65.
Twigs & Twine | 445 S. Saulsbury St. #F | 303-550-7569 | TwigsAndTwineCO.com

June 8 - Thursday
Day 8

FREE Valkarie Gallery Creative Night

5-9:30 p.m.
Bring your drawing, painting, collaging or jewelry making supplies and create with other artists in the studio.
Valkarie Gallery | 445 S. Saulsbury St. | ValkarieFineArt.com

June 9 - Friday
Day 9

FREE Performance Now Theatre Company presents a Sneak Behind the Curtain Opening Night Talk

5 p.m.
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303-987-7845 PerformanceNow.org


Performance Now Theatre Company presents “The Wedding Singer”

7:30 p.m.
Enjoy the story of a broken-hearted wedding singer who finally meets the love of his life although she is betrothed to another. Unless he can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Runs June 9-25. Tickets start at $20. Lakewood.org/Tickets
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303.987.7845 | PerformanceNow.org


Edge Theatre presents “Mud Blue Sky”

8 p.m.
Air travel was once considered glamorous, but when three middle- aged flight attendants reunite during a layover near O’Hare Airport, it’s enough to make anyone question a life in “the friendly skies.”
The Edge Theatre | 1560 Teller St. | 303-232-0363 | TheEdgeTheatre.com

June 10 - Saturday
Day 10

All Aboard for Art: RTD Art Tour

9:55 a.m.
Explore some of Lakewood’s newest and most dynamic public art along RTD’s W Line with Kris Autobee, owner of Red Herring Art Supply. Wear comfortable shoes for getting on and off the train and for two short walks. Tour starts at Oak Station and will stop at four stations. Cost is $12, which includes a one-day W Line Pass. Reservations required.
Red Herring Art Supply | 6719 W. Colfax Ave. | 720-427-5339 | redherringart.com


FREE Block Party Art Fair

11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Invited guest artists along with Block 7 Galleries & Studios will have tents set up on the block featuring local art and fun art activities.
Belmar Block 7 | 445 S. Saulsbury St. | Block7Arts.org


FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

1-4 p.m.
Bring your creativity and contribute to Belmar Library’s window mural to celebrate Inspire Arts Week. We’ll provide colorful window markers for you to color, draw and add your creative flair.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Parkway | Jeffcolibrary.org


Learn to Paint Furniture

2:30-5 p.m.
This fun, hands-on beginner workshop is designed to introduce you to the basics of American Paint Company paint. We will teach you how to best utilize this unique, chemical-free clay, chalk and mineral based paint, and how to achieve three different looks using paint/finishes. A small take home project is included with this class.
Cost $65, please call to register.
Twigs & Twine | 445 S. Saulsbury St., #F | 303-550-7569 | TwigsAndTwineCO.com


Performance Now Theatre Company presents “The Wedding Singer”

2 & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $20. Lakewood.org/Tickets
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303.987.7845 PerformanceNow.org


FREE Rockin’ Block Party

5-11 p.m.
Lakewood Heritage Center | 801 S. Yarrow St. | 303.987.7850 | Lakewood.org/RockinBlock

 

Edge Theatre presents “Mud Blue Sky”

8 p.m.
The Edge Theatre | 1560 Teller St. | 303-232-0363 | TheEdgeTheatre.com

June 11 - Sunday
Day 11

FREE Community Creation: Window Murals

1-4 p.m.
Belmar Library | 555 S. Allison Pkwy. | Jeffcolibrary.org


Performance Now Theatre Company presents “The Wedding Singer”

2 p.m.
Tickets start at $20. Lakewood.org/Tickets
Lakewood Cultural Center | 470 S. Allison Pkwy. | 303.987.7845 PerformanceNow.org


Edge Theatre presents “Mud Blue Sky”

6 p.m.
The Edge Theatre | 1560 Teller St. | 303-232-0363 | TheEdgeTheatre.com

 

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors

For more information on event sponsorship, please contact Emily Andrews at EmiAnd@Lakewood.org or 303.987.7871.

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