An Industrial Found-Object Garden Delights! More Fun Ideas to Steal for Your Garden…


Deep in the Heart of the industrial Rino Arts District lurks a little Secret Garden full of recycled wonder. The immensely talented artist duo Sabin Aell and Randy Rushton took a run-down industrial factory space and transformed it into something Ultra-Cool…

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FIRST FRIDAY in Denver and Fun Abounds! Lots of Free Goodness to be had this Weekend.


At Pattern Shop Gallery,  John Fudge – Hello Rusty (Existential Pain #1) – Oil On Canvas, 17 x 19 inches, From the Collection of Karen Holen Lyda
There’s a lot of Free Goodness to get out and enjoy as this fine Summer starts to wind down…
Of Course this Friday is FIRST FRIDAY! All the Art Districts are sure to be in full force. (September is one of the busiest First Fridays of the year) Get out and see some art! See the listing at the end of this post for all the art openings this weekend (and beyond)
You may want to add to your usual First Friday gallivanting: the South Broadway First Friday Block Party: Galleries, restaurants, bars and shops on Broadway between First and Alameda avenues host receptions, fashion/trunk shows, live music and special promotions monthly.
Saturday is FREE DAY at the DAM (Denver Art Museum) I highly recommend getting there when they open at 10am.
Saturday is the yearly Day of Bicycle Debauchery known as Tour De Fat. Hundreds of people dressed weird on wacky bikes. And Live Music. And good Food. And Beer. Can’t beat that! The event is free (though there may be a fee to do the actual ride, and obviously the food and beer is NOT free)
Saturday The Valverde Market returns for it’s second go-round in full force. Seriously, there is some cool sh%t here. The event is free, but bring some cash because you will find something great to take home.
Sunday September 8 is FREE Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
And now, with out further ado, here is the famous events calender for the next week:

[Upcoming Events from the Calendar]

September 05, 2013
September 06, 2013
September 07, 2013
September 11, 2013

Denver-Alert! It’s almost First Friday! +Plus lots of Fun Free Stuff to do in Denver this Weekend

First Friday tomorrow! You know what that means, lots of ART!


Artist: Titi Freak, courtesy of BlackBox Gallery

Here is a sampling of some great Free Events here in Denver this weekend (and beyond), followed by all the art happenings, courtesy of

Friday, August 2, 5:30pm, Clifford Still Museum. FREE outdoor concert featuring Oak Creek

Saturday, August 3rd, Noon-10pm. Festival 38, at 38th and Quivas in the Highland. Live Music, Eats & Drinks

Sunday, August 4, 2:00 pm Tattered Cover Film Series, Sie FilmCenter free screening of “Tokyo Story”. Admission is free, but tickets are required from the box office. Tickets are available one hour before screening.

Sunday, August 4th, City Park 6-8:00pm City Park Jazz featuring Henry Butler (New Orleans eclectic jazz/blues)

Tuesday, August 6th, 9pm Cruel Summer Film Series…Dig Horror Movies? See them free on the patio of the ever-funky Crash 45…

…and of course First Friday will be in full swing in the Santa Fe Arts District, Rino Arts District, Tennyson Arts District, Golden Triangle, and more. Get out there and see some art! Have a great weekend everyone.

Courtesy of…

[Upcoming Events from the Calendar]

August 01, 2013
August 02, 2013
August 03, 2013

Denver-Alert! There are Some Great FREE Events this Week for the Biennial…(July 16-July 21)


Denver-Alert! This week begins the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, and with it some fabulous free events…

July 16th – Art Opening “Draft Urbanism”at the McNichols Building, (Colfax & Bannock) 7-9pm, International artists and architects examine the evolving relationship with the urban fabric of our cities. Meet the curators and artists behind the Biennial installations and celebrate public art.

July 17th, “Canada Night” at Sustainability Park (26th & Arapahoe) 7-11pm, A public block party exploring the intertwined concepts of energy and sustainability through food, fun, and music.

July 18th, “La Noche De Mexico” in Civic Center Park, 6:30-11pm, with family activities, traditional dance performances, and a screening of the movie “Bajo la misma luna” (Under the Same Moon) from the Denver Film Society.

July 19th, “Denver Night”! Civic Center Park, 7-11pm. This is the big one, I can’t wait! An evening of music and art featuring an eclectic concert of folk, classical, jazz, rock & avant-garde music, video art, sculpture, and dance. It kicks off with a performance of artist Nick Cave’s horse soundsuits, followed by a dog opera accompanied by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and acoustic performance by members of the Fray. Not to be missed!

8:00pm Nick Cave, HEARD-DAM

8:30pm You Are My Sunshine – A Reclamation

9:00pm Fox in the Mirror/El zorro en el espejo

9:30pm Tragedy on the Sea Nymph: An Operetta in Three Acts Starring an all Dog Cast

10:00pm members of The Fray, a special acoustic performance

There will be butterflies on the 16th Street Mall from the 16th -September 2nd, multiple temporary public art installations, and more! There are ticketed events as well, but everything I’ve listed here is FREE! Get more information at:

I will be updating this post with the weekend’s art openings on Wednesday as well, so check back!

Get out there and have some fun this week Denver! Enjoy the Biennial.

UPDATE: Here’s more FREE Art Events happening this weekend: (Courtesy of

July 19, 2013
July 20, 2013

How to Talk to Artists at Art Festivals- The Do’s and Don’ts (Warning: You’ve probably been guilty of at least one of the don’ts…)


How to Talk to Artists at Art Festivals – the Do’s & Don’ts (Warning: You’ve probably been guilty of at least one of the don’ts…)

I visited the Cherry Creek Arts Festival here in Denver today. I go every year. As an artist I was fortunate enough to be chosen to show at this festival (one of the top 3 outdoor art festivals in the country) for 3 consecutive years back in the 2000’s. (I’ve since moved on to strictly gallery exhibits) As I was wandering around enjoying the art, I was struck by the conversations around me, and reminded of the “horror stories” shared by fellow artists (and experienced myself over the many years of doing outdoor shows) about rude and insensitive people, and even well-meaning people who unintentionally insult the artist. On the other side, I see many people who are intimidated by art and feel insecure talking to artists and asking questions. So if you are one of the millions of people visiting an arts festival (or gallery opening, or art walk) this summer, this “How to Talk to Artists” Primer is for you…

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Denver Alert! FREE Fourth of July Events Abound All Week!


There’s a ton of Free things to do this holiday week! This is just a sampling…

Tonight (July 3rd)  is a big one. FREE amazing fireworks display at Civic Center  Pack up a picnic and head down to the lawn to stake out a spot for the evenings display, (seating is first come) starts around dusk.

Tonight and tomorrow night (July 3 & 4) there are fireworks after the Rockies game. You’ll be able to see them from anywhere near the stadium, like say, one of the downtown rooftop bars…

Highland Fourth of July Parade starts at 32nd and Clay on the Fourth, and you can be in it! All the info is here:

The Oldtown Arvada Festival. This family-friendly event is on the Fourth.

Elitches puts on a fireworks display on the Fourth at dusk. The Confluence is a great spot to watch from.

On the afternoon of the Fourth is the quaint Parkhill Parade, starting at 1:30pm

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (one of the top 3 outdoor arts festivals in the country!) begins on Friday the 5th, and goes all weekend. I highly recommend getting there EARLY. It starts at 10am, but I get there at 9, stop for a coffee, and start strolling. Parking is a bear after 10am. Most of the artists will be open an hour early. Oh, and wear comfortable shoes!

…and of course, Friday the 5th is First Friday, and all the Denver Arts Districts (Santa Fe, Rino, etc.) will be in full swing, so go see some art!

Have a Fabulous Fourth everyone! and stay safe.


One More Day till Friday! Denver First Friday & Other Great Free & Cheap Stuff to do this Weekend…

Ah Thursday. With the weekend just around the corner, I can feel Denver pulses quicken in anticipation…

We have a very rare occasion this month. Second Saturday (June 8th) will arrive directly after First Friday (June 7th), so your art viewing options cover two days in a row! Here are some FREE & CHEAP things to do this weekend:



On Friday there is a FREE public concert at the Clifford Still Museum downtown featuring ATOMGA (sponsored by Swallow Hill Music) from 5:30pm-7:30pm, and museum admission is FREE 5-8pm! Clifford Still Museum


My top pick for this weekend is the Art Student’s League of Denver Summer Art Market  on Saturday. I haven’t missed one in a decade now. A marvelous mix of student, faculty, and professional artists selling their wares in a relaxed atmosphere. Looking for new art for your home? There are tons of great art bargains to be had here! (maybe Dad would like a little something cool for Father’s Day, this is the place to get it) Hint: I always arrive right when they open (10am), as parking can get difficult, and it will be a hot day. And of course, it’s FREE! (it is also on Sunday)

If you’re into Bluegrass, the South Pearl Street Brew Grass Festival is for you. It begins at Noon on Saturday. While it is not free, it is only $5 for 8 live bands in a quaint neighborhood setting.

Also on Saturday is the 9th Annual Downtown Littleton Block Party, another fun FREE event, there’s even fireworks!


On Sunday there’s the FREE Festival for Water at Civic Center Park, starting at 4pm. Live music featuring the Motet.

And of course, there’s all the First Friday & Second Saturday art festivities. Here is a listing of art openings, courtesy of (remember that the museum events are usually NOT free)

[Upcoming Events from the Calendar]

June 06, 2013
June 07, 2013
June 08, 2013
June 09, 2013
June 10, 2013
June 12, 2013

Have a great weekend everyone!

If I’ve missed a great free event, let me know in the comments section. Thank you!


Denver! There’s a Ton of Great FREE Things To Do This Weekend…(Memorial Day Weekend, 2013)

There’s more Free things to do in Denver this weekend than you can shake a stick at, it will be hard to decide where to go! Here’s the Scoop:

Denver Day of Rock

A day of FREE rock concerts? Can’t beat that! Denver Day of Rock on the 16th Street Mall, Saturday. Here’s the line-up:


A showcase of Colorado Artists at the Denver Pavilions

Downtown Denver Arts Festival

It’s at a new location this year at the DCPA, which I think will be a great location. It runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday


Eric Van Schyndle

“Friday Flash” also at the DCPA, and COCKTAILS!! Friday Night, May 24,

BazaarBQ If your tastes run to the fun and strange, this one is for you, at the Fusion Factory runs Saturday and Sunday

Old South Gaylord Street Festival is a sweet and folksy one, Sunday & Monday

Memorial Day Parade May 25 at 11:30am, across from the Capitol

And courtesy of, here’s a heap of art happenings this weekend: (remember Museum events are NOT Free, but gallery events are!…)

May 24, 2013
May 25, 2013
May 26, 2013

…and I’m sure there’s even more great free things to do in Denver. Did I miss something great? Please share it in the comments section. Thanks! And have a GREAT Holiday Weekend!

It’s almost First Friday! What’s happening in Denver Art this Weekend…


Carol Browning and Karen Roehl
Ice Cube Gallery
May 2 – 25, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday May 3, 5 – 9pm
Artist’s Reception: Friday May 24, 5 – 9pm

It’s almost First Friday!

May is shaping up to be a big one here in Denver. I know I’ll be out for my favorite FREE Night on the Town! Also, Saturday is FREE DAY at the Denver Art Museum! Another fun Saturday high-light is the new Eron Johnson Antiques Urban Outdoor Market ( I’ll be there for sure.

Courtesy of (be sure and sign up for this great art newsletter!), here is the line-up of arts events over the next few days: (remember some of the museum exhibits do charge admission, but all the galleries are F.R.E.E.! Click the exhibit links for more information)

[Upcoming Events from the Calendar]

May 02, 2013
May 03, 2013
May 04, 2013
May 05, 2013
May 08, 2013

Best FREE Night on the Town Ever, Part 2…Second Saturday!


Opening this Saturday April 13th at the Shoppe on Colfax, Bluebird District

If you missed out on the First Friday Art Walks last week, don’t despair…Second Saturday, First Friday’s little brother, is in two days! It’s another great night to get out on the town, see some art, and of course, it’s FREE! (see Part 1, First Friday HERE) As with First Friday, the festivities will start around 6pm and go till about 9pm. To check out the Second Saturdays in your area, just Google your city’s name and “Second Saturday Art Walk”.

Denver-ites: There are a few great Second Saturday areas to visit, though the Rino Arts District is currently the big one with food trucks, music, and lots of open studios and galleries ( For a fun and funky Second Saturday, head to the Bluebird District on Colfax. Side Note: I live in this neighborhood so I’m at this art walk often. It’s always interesting and lively, and if you’re in the market, there’s great art deals to be had. There are some great restaurants and bars on the street, but the best deal is the $3.50 giant NY Slices at Fat Sully’s/Atomic Cowboy (trust me, you only need one of these big-ass slices). And if you catch Happy Hour (4-7 daily), well drinks are only $3! It’s a great place to start your evening.

You don’t have to wait for First Friday or Second Saturday to check out the local art scene. There are art openings nearly every weekend. The BEST resource for art openings in Denver is Be sure and sign up for the email list, where you’ll get a weekly email listing all the art openings that week with pictures and information on the galleries and artists.

So get out, talk to artists, soak in some culture and have fun. Have a great weekend!

This week’s art openings, courtesy of (Note: Museum openings and benefits are not usually free. Visit their websites for details)

[Upcoming Events from the Calendar]

April 11, 2013
April 12, 2013
April 13, 2013
April 14, 2013