Art Galleries, 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: First Fridays, 6-8pm on and around the Pearl Street Mall.
Lafayette: Third Fridays, 6-9:30pm at more than a dozen shops and restaurants along Public Road.
Longmont: Second Fridays, 6-9pm along Main Street between Third and Sixth avenues.
Niwot: First Fridays, 5-8pm; participating locations in Niwot change each month.
NoBo Nite Out: First Fridays, 6-9pm in the NoBo Art District, along North Broadway between Iris Avenue and Lee Hill Road.
Art + Soul Gallery
1615 Pearl St., one block east of Pearl Street Mall, 303-544-5803; www.artandsoulboulder.com. Vibrant contemporary gallery shows national and international artists working in paint, sculpture, ceramics, art glass, wood and jewelry. First Friday opening receptions 6-9pm.
- Through Sept. 25: Summer Group Art Show Part 2
- Oct. 10-Nov. 17: Jim Pittman Exhibition
Art Center of Estes Park
517 Big Thompson Ave., lower Stanley Village, Estes Park, 970-586-5882; www.artcenterofestes.com. Nonprofit facility promotes local and regional artists. Adult and youth classes include yarn dyeing, oil painting and collage.
1326 Pearl St., on Pearl Street Mall, 303-443-8248; www.artmartgifts.com. More than 6,500 square feet of 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.
Art Work Space
2810 Wilderness Place, Suites A-E, 303-444-3839; www.artworkspaceboulder.com. More than three dozen artists, working in many media, share this cooperative work space. Visitors are welcome by appointment.
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720-898-7200; www.arvadacenter.org. The center’s two galleries feature rotating exhibits by national and Colorado artists.
Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery
1421 Pearl St., on Pearl Street Mall, 303-443-3683; www.boulderartsandcrafts.com. Artist-owned cooperative is celebrating 40 years of offering pottery, jewelry, painting, photography, glass and other work by more than 200 artists from Boulder and beyond. First Friday receptions are 6-8pm.
- Through Sept. 8: Whimsical Paintings by Jenn Shepherd
- Through Sept. 30: Paintings by Gina Blickenstaff
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.
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.
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.
Broomfield Auditorium Gallery
3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, 303-469-3301 ext. 7999; www.broomfieldauditorium.com. The gallery complements the auditorium’s varied events with work by local artists.
Christine Marguerite Designs
1721 Pearl St., 303-447-2344; www.christinemarguerite.com. Fine-art jewelry featuring custom wedding bands and engagement rings. Shop specializes in non-mined metals and conflict-free stones.
Community Holistic Health Center
409 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303-666-6192; www.communityhhc.org. The nonprofit CHHC hosts a “Gallery of Empowerment” with works by more than a dozen local artists, and also offers painting classes.
Creations Art and Gifts
940 Main St., Louisville, 303-862-6866; www.creationsartandgifts.com. Housed in a historic cottage, this gallery exhibits the works of more than 50 Colorado photographers, sculptors, painters, potters and other fine artists.
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. Museum-quality fossils and shells, rare mineral specimens, and Boulder’s finest, most eclectic collection of glasswork by René Lalique.
Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park
304 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-9203; www.estesarts.com. Information source on Estes Park galleries and studios. Fine-art gallery features work by nationally recognized artists as well as exhibits on loan from museums and private collections.
- Through Oct. 27: 2013 Plein Air Rockies Exhibition and Sale
2590 Walnut St., 303-440-7826; www.thedairy.org. The Dairy’s three galleries are devoted to photography, Colorado artists and shows offered through the Community Curator program. Opens Dec. 5: Bike Art at the Dairy
9853 Highway 7, Allenspark, 303-747-2861; www.eagleplume.com. Historic 1917 trading post specializes in Native American arts and crafts.
1412 Pearl St., 303-444-3838, www.earthwoodgallery.com; also Earthwood Collections, 141 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-8100, www.earthwoodcollections.com. Art gallery featuring a wide selection of original fine art, limited-edition photography, art glass, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking and more. Featured artists often host meet-and-greets, and First Friday openings for exhibits are 6-9pm.
- Through Sept. 30: Celebrating the Colorado Artists of Earthwood Gallery (Boulder location)
- Opens Nov. 15: Earthwood Gallery Holiday Art Show (Boulder location)
2327 30th St., 303-448-1000; www.boulderfastframe.com. Local framing store houses Art Den Gallery, featuring monthlong exhibits. Receptions are first Tuesdays of the month from 5-7pm. Check the store’s Facebook page for updates.
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 a special emphasis on paintings and works on paper by American artists.
Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave., Longmont, 303-651-2787; www.firehouseart.org. Old Firehouse offers art classes, lectures and workshops for aspiring artists and art appreciators of all ages; Saturday Art Experience for children 3-12 every second and fourth Saturday.
- Sept. 11-Oct. 6: Marco Pino, Amy Johnson and Robin Smith
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.
- Sept. 21-Nov. 3: 40th Annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia
- Opens Nov. 6: Holiday Art Market
844 Main St., #103, Louisville, 303-725-3327; Facebook page: GiftedHandsCo. Award-winning Santa Fe and indigenous Pueblo art from New Mexico.
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 Ave., 303-444-7734; www.homeimport.com. Large-scale importer of Asian antiques and artifacts sells furniture, textiles, baskets, architectural pieces, Oriental rugs and garden items.
LA Coppersmith Studio & Gallery
915 Walnut St., Louisville, 720-340-0084; www.la-coppersmith.com. Features the studio of the artist-owner, plus works from more than a dozen artists in jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, photography and copper wall sculpture.
112 2nd Ave., Niwot, 303-652-0512; www.littlebirdniwot.com. Botanically inspired boutique features local artists and unique gifts like jewelry, photography, pottery, glass, fiber arts, paper arts and organic body care.
Longmont Council for the Arts/Muse Gallery
356 Main St., Longmont, 303-678-7869; www.artslongmont.org. Cooperative gallery features shows by Longmont Council for the Arts, plus works by member artists: oil and watercolor painting, photography, pastels, wood and metal sculpture, fiber, mosaics and clay. LCA also hosts monthly “Arts and Ales” events that pair artist demonstrations with beer tasting at Left Hand Brewing Company.
- Oct. 11-Nov. 2: Day of the Dead Exhibit
- Opens Nov. 8: Contained: Traditional to Contemporary Teapots
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 also exhibit their works at businesses around town on two-month rotations; see schedule online.
- Through Sept. 8: National Fine Art Show
500 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, 970-962-2410; www.cityofloveland.org. The 28,000-square-foot museum hosts comprehensive exhibits on the history of Loveland and the surrounding area, including a re-creation of an old-time general store and a huge topographical relief map of the Big Thompson River system. For gallery info, see separate listing under Galleries.
Opens Sept. 13: New history exhibit case: Loveland’s Dairy Industry
Opens Oct. 26: Collector’s Spotlight: The Jade Boat
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 provides custom framing and houses a superior collection of Russell Chatham original lithographs. Through June 9, see “Stories from Life,” a Still Life Invitational featuring the work of 26 different artists.
4692 N. Broadway, 303-938-0123; www.mercuryframing.com. Framing shop also hosts gallery exhibits and opening receptions.
See listing for Longmont Council for the Arts.
Naropa University Galleries
Lincoln Gallery, 2130 Arapahoe Ave.; Nalanda Gallery, 6287 Arapahoe Road; www.naropa.edu. Naropa’s two distinctive galleries exhibit rotating works by student, faculty and guest artists.
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
1850 Table Mesa Drive, 303-497-2408; http://spark.ucar.edu. Community Art Program in NCAR’s Mesa Laboratory has two galleries with rotating exhibits open to the public 8am-5pm weekdays, and 9am-4pm weekends and holidays.
5 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-3557; www.naturesown.com/nederland.htm. 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 the schedule online for classes, events and sales.
Old Tibet/Potala Imports
Old Tibet, 948 Pearl St., 303-440-0323; www.oldtibet.com. Spiritual items from Nepal, India and Tibet: singing bowls, prayer beads, and Hindu and
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. First Friday receptions are 5-8pm.
Particulars: The Lafayette Art Market
401 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 720-890-7888; www.particularsart.com. pARTiculars: The Lafayette Art Market 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, with “Art in the Garden” on exhibit through the summer.
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.
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. Gallery hosts monthly First Friday receptions, 6-9pm, for featured artists.
1916 13th St., between Pearl and Walnut streets, 303-402-0140; www.tibetgallery.net. Tibetan items including rugs, arts, music, jewelry, statues, pashmina items, thangkas, clothing and spiritual gifts.
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.