If you are planning a trip to Colorado, you will want to check out the state’s amazing art venues. Scattered across this region are many very interesting examples of artwork you will not want to miss.
First Friday Art Walk
According to Santa Fe’s Art District, the Santa Fe neighborhood where this event takes place is the second oldest art district in Colorado and contains immense cultural diversity. The First Friday Art Walk is a great place to see many different examples of artwork. The walk is mainly located between 7th and 10th Avenues on Santa Fe Drive, but you can find other galleries nearby. Over 400 artists routinely participate in this event that happens rain or shine. It actually started by accident when two galleries picked the same Friday night to host events. Gallery owners formalized a plan in 1982, and it has been going strong ever since.
Chapungu Sculpture Park
Centerra explains that Loveland has a stellar reputation as a destination for fine art, with its robust Art in Public Places program, galleries, museums and, of course, where else would you find a park filled with 82 hand-carved stone sculptures but in Loveland’s Chapungu Sculpture Park? Roy Guthrie brought this display of Shona sculpture to the United States from Zimbabwe in 1976. Although it has toured the entire country, Loveland is proud to be its permanent home. A great season to visit this unique exhibit is in the wintertime when the statues are lit up with holiday lights. These sculptures are credited with introducing the world to contemporary African art. The park has been in this location since 2008 when developers put in many enhancements to allow art lovers to easily travel along the walking trail and see the sculptures.
A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art
Within this Trinidad museum named in his honor, you will want to see the pulp art created by A.R. Mitchell. He was one of the foremost artists featured on pulp magazine covers, and his work displayed at this museum spans a period from the 1920s to the 1950s. Housed in a turn-of-the-century building, the A. R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art also has many great examples of Hispanic and Native American art along with historic photographs of many iconic Colorado locations. If you love architecture, this place is worth a stop just to see the building. It has a tin ceiling, walls painted with period-appropriate paint and a beautiful staircase.
There are many great art venues in Colorado. Plan a trip to visit these three and others very soon.
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