Find local art in local spots
Art is unpredictable, so why see it in predictable settings? Avoid the masses and check out these six little-known art venues.
Light Rail Gallery
7714 Grandview Ave. (Arvada)
Step into a space dedicated solely to local talent at Light Rail Gallery, where artwork of different mediums from artists of all levels—award-winning professionals to beginners—are exhibited daily. This Olde Town Arvada destination also hosts various classes and events where anyone can build their own masterpiece. See something you like? Most exhibits in the gallery are for sale.
St. Mark’s Coffee House and Bakery
2019 E 17th Ave.
Stopping in for a cup of coffee is not the only reason locals are drawn to this downtown coffee house. While the vibes are warm and the smells delicious, the local art work sprawled across the walls of St. Mark’s Coffee House and Bakery creates a sense of community for those who drop by. Local artists are encouraged to show a barista their work for a chance to be displayed in the gallery.
The Colorado Room
642 S College Ave. (Fort Collins)
Created by two Colorado natives, this restaurant is an ode to our Rocky Mountain state from the food to the brew to the furniture. And to go even more local, the co-owners, Justin Serr and Danny Shea, feature local artwork from multiple artists. Added bonus: a portion of all sales goes to local charities.
Stella’s Coffee Haus
1576 South Pearl St.
Tucked away in the Old South Pearl historic district, Stella’s gourmet coffee house is home to great coffee and live music. Located at the base of the monthly First Friday Art Walks, it only makes sense that Stella’s would be home to excellent local art work as well. Serving up warm joe since 1991, the shop hopes to encourage community creativity and stand as a beacon of artistic support. Local art is shown at a first come first serve basis, and all art work shown is for sale, typically showcased for 45 days at a time.
The Odyssey Beerwerks Taproom and Brewery
5535 West 56th Ave. Suite 107 (Arvada)
Open for a little over two years, this beer-fan’s dream come true brewery has it all: live music, food trucks and a large variety of microbrews on tap. But what isn’t expected is the local art you’ll see featured prominently on the walls of the taproom. Last month, the work of Drew Sarka, a western artist and Colorado native whose work has appeared in more than 30 galleries nationwide, hung for all to see. Art work is featured for one month at a time and the space is open to all local artists.
The Crystal Palace
300 E Hyman Ave. (Aspen)
Located in the heart of Downtown Aspen, The Crystal Palace has served as a variety of venues over the past 125 years: a wholesale trading house, a mining headquarters, a dinner theater and even an unofficial town hall. But today, the historic hall has been restored as a local art and music hub by Gravity Productions, showcasing young, emerging talent. Recently, The Crystal Palace held “All The Feels,” a showcase curated by Max Kauffman featuring four artists including Denver’s own Andrew Hoffman, whose designs have been featured with brands such as Red Bull, and illustrations featured with musical artists including the Foo Fighters.