Galleries and Gallery Events, Boulder County, Colorado
Monthly Friday-night receptions and artwalks are a tradition at galleries and in art districts throughout Boulder County. In addition to opening receptions at galleries, you’ll often find live entertainment, food and drink, and other businesses with extended hours.
Downtown Boulder: 1st Fridays at various galleries; www.boulderdowntown.com
NoBo Nite Out: 1st Fridays, 6-9pm in the NoBo Art District, along Boulder’s north Broadway between Iris Avenue and Lee Hill Road; check the group’s Facebook page
Lafayette Art Night Out: 3rd Fridays May-September, 4-9pm,
at Festival Plaza and at businesses along Public Road; www.cityoflafayette.com
Longmont: 2nd Fridays, 6-9pm along Main Street between Third and Sixth avenues; www.artslongmont.org
Louisville: 1st Fridays, 6-9pm in historic downtown; www.louisvilleartsdistrict.com
Niwot: 1st Fridays, 5-8pm; participating locations in
Niwot change each month; www.niwot.com
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Art + Soul Gallery
1615 Pearl St., one block east of Pearl Street Mall, 303-544-5803; www.artandsoulboulder.com. Contemporary gallery shows national and international artists working in paint, sculpture, ceramics, art glass, wood and jewelry.
1326 Pearl St., on Pearl Street Mall, 303-443-8248; www.artmartgifts.com. Jewelry, art and home-decorating items made by local, national and international vendors.
Art Source International
1237 Pearl St., on Pearl Street Mall, 303-444-4079; www.rare-maps.com. Antique and rare maps, globes, classic posters and prints including botanicals and vintage Colorado photographs.
See listing for Muse Gallery.
924 Main St., Louisville, 303-926-9000; www.bellafrida.com. Clothing and folk art from Mexico, including woven shawls, Day of the Dead items, woven pillows, papel picado, and one-of-a-kind items by artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru.
Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery
1421 Pearl St., on Pearl Street Mall, 303-443-3683; www.boulderartsandcrafts.com. Artist-owned cooperative offers pottery, jewelry, painting, photography, glass and other work by more than 200 artists from Boulder and beyond.
- Jan. 6-April 3: Ruthann Maze, paintings
- Feb. 3-March 20: Dave Vaughan, wildlife photography
- March 23-June 12: Ellen Smith, fiber art
Boulder County Arts Alliance
2590 Walnut St., 303-447-2422 ext. 3; www.bouldercountyarts.org. For more than 30 years, BCAA has supported artists and arts organizations through grants, Business of Arts workshops and exhibit opportunities, and the website maintains an extensive calendar of arts events around the county.
Boulder Map Gallery
607 S. Broadway Suite F, in Table Mesa Shopping Center, 303-444-1406; www.bouldermapgallery.com. All kinds of maps, atlases, globes and gifts.
Boulder Public Library
1001 Arapahoe Ave., 303-441-4397; www.boulderlibrary.org. The Canyon Gallery and Corridors show national touring exhibits and changing works by Colorado artists. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, hosts local artists, and Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, 1125 Pine St., features historic Boulder photographs. www.boulderlibrary.org.
Boulder Stained Glass Studios
1920 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-9030; www.bldstglst.com. Primarily a commission studio. Gallery features leaded glass, vases, perfume bottles, ornaments and clocks.
Creative Framing Art Gallery
916 Main St., Louisville, 303-684-0043; and 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303-604-6454; www.creativeframingartgallery.com. This frame shop’s Louisville location showcases the rotating works of local and national artists, with an opening reception on first Fridays.
1302 Pearl St., on Pearl Street Mall, 303-444-2277; www.crystalgalleries.com. Mother Nature’s most exquisite artworks in a gallery-like setting. Dazzling crystals, polished minerals of all sizes and colors, museum-quality fossils and shells, and Boulder’s finest, most eclectic collection of René Lalique glass.
The Dairy Center for the Arts
2590 Walnut St., 303-440-7826; www.thedairy.org. The Dairy is currently undergoing renovations in several phases; the art galleries are scheduled to reopen after the first of the year, so check online in January for upcoming exhibit annoucements.
9853 Highway 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2861; www.eagleplume.com. Historic 1917 trading post specializes in the arts and crafts of the American Indian. Verify winter/spring hours before going.
1412 Pearl St., 303-444-3838, www.earthwoodgallery.com; also Earthwood Collections, 141 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-8100, www.earthwoodcollections.com. A wide selection of original fine art, limited-edition photography, art glass, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking and more.
- Through Dec. 31: 2015 Holiday Art Show (both locations)
2232 Pearl St., , 303-442-0180; www.emiliaceramics.com. Showcases original, functional ceramic artworks from Italy, France, Spain and Mexico. Check winter hours online.
Fastframe of Boulder
2327 30th St., 303-448-1000; www.boulderfastframe.com. Local framing store houses Art Den Gallery, featuring rotating exhibits. Receptions are first Tuesdays of the month from 5-7pm.
- Nov.-Dec.: Mark Ivins
15th Street Studio
1708 15th St. at Arapahoe, 303-447-2841; www.15thstreetstudio.com. Specialty framing
studio also features gallery exhibits of contemporary works, with an emphasis on paintings and works on paper by American artists.
Fine Art Associates
1949 Pearl St., 303-413-1000; www.faaboulder.com. New gallery shows paintings and sculptures by local and national artists.
Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave., Longmont, 303-651-2787; www.firehouseart.org. FAC offers art classes, lectures and workshops for aspiring artists and art appreciators of all ages. The galleries host rotating exhibitions; openings are second Fridays.
Foothills Art Center
809 15th St., Golden, 303-279-3922; www.foothillsartcenter.org. Forty-year-old arts resource housed in historic buildings features a sculpture garden, exhibitions, programs and art classes. Exhibits mingle Colorado artists with their regional and national peers.
- Through Dec. 31: Holiday Art Market
- Jan. 23-March 26: The Engaged Object, works that speak to contemporary issues facing the world
- Opens April 16: Mountain Standard Clay, juried ceramics from artists in the mountain time zone
The Great Frame Up
430 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-7293; www.longmont.thegreatframeup.com. Artists’ Gallery hosts monthly receptions and rotating exhibits of new Colorado artists.
Indochine Home and Garden
7123 Arapahoe Road, 303-444-7734; www.homeimport.com. Large-scale importer of Asian antiques and artifacts offers furniture, textiles, baskets, architectural pieces, Oriental rugs and a sculpture garden.
364 Main St., Longmont, 720-271-3544; www.kaycarolandpriscila.com. Co-working space for artists features a gallery, art and music studios, and workshop space.
112 Second Ave., Niwot, 303-652-0512; www.littlebirdniwot.com. Botanically inspired boutique features local artists and gifts like jewelry, photography, pottery, glass, fiber arts, paper arts, and organic body care and clothing.
Longmont Museum Gallery
400 Quail Road, Longmont; www.longmontmuseum.org. The work of local and national artists is often on display in the museum’s Portal Gallery.
- Feb. 13-May 1: Above the Fold, large-scale origami
Louisville Art Association
801 Grant Ave., Memory Square Park, Louisville, 303-666-8668; www.louisvilleart.org. Renovated circa-1904 brick schoolhouse displays works by local artists and offers art classes for all ages. LAA members exhibit their works at businesses around town on two-month rotations; see schedule online.
- April, TBA: Spring Members’ Show
Loveland Museum Gallery
503 N. Lincoln Ave, Loveland, 970-962-2410; www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org. Three roomy art galleries switch out exhibits every two to three months. There are also special events like artists’ talks and demonstrations.
Loveland Sculpture Parks
Benson Sculpture Garden, 1125 W. 29th St.; www.sculptureinthepark.org. Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, off Centerra Parkway and Highway 34; www.centerracolorado.com. Benson Sculpture Garden in the middle of Loveland has nearly 150 sculptures on permanent display. The 16-acre Chapungu site features 82 stone sculptures carved by artists from Zimbabwe.
2000 21st St., www.madelife.com. Madelife is a launchpad for artists and entrepreneurs, with a gallery, black-box theater, sound studio, collaborative workspace, and retail store and showroom.
4715 N. Broadway, #4B, 303-442-3142; www.marisolimports.com. Features handcrafted furniture, folk-art pieces, hand-loomed Indian rugs, and home and garden accessories.
Mary Williams Fine Arts
5311 Western Ave., Suite 112, 303-938-1588; www.marywilliamsfinearts.com. Gallery specializes in antique prints and maps that focus on the American West, as well as botanicals, animals and other topics. Also houses a superior collection of Russell Chatham original lithographs.
- Dec. 11-Jan. 11: Paintings by Michael Clark, 2015 Plein Air Artists Colorado “Best of Show”
4692 N. Broadway, 303-938-0123; www.mercuryframing.com. Custom picture framing for artists, collectors and art lovers.
Muse Gallery/ Arts Longmont
356 Main St., Longmont, 303-678-7869; www.artslongmont.org. Cooperative gallery features shows by members of Arts Longmont, plus works by member artists: oil and watercolor painting, photography, pastels, wood and metal sculpture, fiber, mosaics and clay. Arts Longmont also hosts monthly “Arts & Ales” events that pair artist demonstrations with beer tasting.
- Through Dec. 23: Uncommon Clay
- March 11-April 30: Eco Creations 7
6287 Arapahoe Ave.; 2130 Arapahoe Ave.; 3285 30th St.; www.naropa.edu. Naropa University’s three campuses have a total of five visual arts galleries that exhibit student, faculty, local, regional and international works that are “deeply linked with Naropa’s mission.” Check the website for exhibitions and hours for each campus.
1215 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-443-7625; 5 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-3557; www.naturesown.com. This rock shop and gallery is crammed with fossils, geodes, all kinds of stones, curios, household items made of stone, and old-fashioned toys.
Nicholas Angelo Fine Art
4089 Highway 66, Lyons, 303-823-0607; www.nicholasangelo.com. Paintings and prints, African art and rare books.
Nomad Bead Merchants
1909 Ninth St., 303-786-9746; www.nomadbeads.com. Unusual beads, gold and silver jewelry, and folk art from Asia,
Africa and the Americas. Check online for classes, events and sales.
290 Second Ave., Niwot, 303-652-2668; www.osmosisartgallery.com. Gallery housed in a charming Niwot landmark features an eclectic collection of Colorado contemporary fine art, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry and one-of-a-kind gifts, plus an outdoor sculpture garden.
pARTiculars: The Lafayette Art Market
401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 720-890-7888; www.particularsart.com. pARTiculars is an artist-owned gallery and teaching studio in the heart of old town Lafayette. Classes for adults and children include painting, photography, crafts, book binding and jewelry.
Rabbit Brush Gallery
7504 Hygiene Road, Hygiene, 303-651-1106; www.rabbitbrushgallery.com. The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; don’t miss the sculpture garden.
Red Canyon Art Co.
400 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-5900; www.redcanyonart.com. Open daily, this gallery features fine art, jewelry, stained and blown glass, pottery, weaving and home accessories by more than 100 Colorado artists.
Rembrandt Yard Event Center & Art Gallery
1301 Spruce St., 303-301-2972; www.rembrandtyard.com. The walls of this downtown event center showcase rotating works by regional artists.
1116 Pearl St., on Pearl Street Mall, 303-444-7200; www.smithklein.com. Gallery of traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, hand-blown art glass, jewelry, and a collection of old and new fetishes.
95th Street and Arapahoe Road, Lafayette, 303-666-4220; www.timbalier.net. Features a gallery of handmade crafts by local and national artists, plus gifts, jewelry, accessories and fine stationery.
1815 Pearl St., 720-287-4580; www.vilonagallery.com. New gallery showcases contemporary art inspired by the natural world, featuring sculpture, functional art, painting, photography and mixed-media by established and emerging artists.
- Through Dec. 31: Regional Small Works Juried Show
VOSS Art + Home
1537 Pearl St., 720-460-0463; www.exclusivelyvoss.com. VOSS is a “lifestyle store” that offers everything needed to make a house a home, like original art, unique furniture and accessories from around the world. Many products are handmade from recycled or found materials, and the inventory changes daily.
The Walnut Gallery
915 Walnut St., Louisville, 505-797-9239; thewalnutgallery.com. Gallery in downtown Louisville features fine oils, acrylics, photography, glass art, jewelry and wearables.