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Art Events in Boulder County

For more art-related events, see individual listings in our Galleries section. For more arts and crafts shows, see listings under Shopping.

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Art Parts Creative Reuse Center
This community nonprofit inspires and promotes creativity through reuse. Art Parts accepts donations of reusable art, craft and school materials from individuals and businesses, and then sells them at a discount to the public. 2870 Bluff St.; check www.artpartsboulder.org for hours and donation information.

Arts Longmont
See listing under Arts Events/Galleries.

ArtWalk Longmont
May, TBA: ArtWalk is a free evening of art exhibitions, music, live theater and dance, and children’s activities on Longmont’s Main Street between Third and Sixth avenues. View the work of featured artists at dozens of downtown businesses, and stroll the conveniently blocked-off streets from 4-8pm. www.artwalklongmont.org.

Boulder Art Association
Rotating works by BAA members are on display year-round at businesses throughout the county; check the website for a schedule. The association also holds monthly meetings and other events. 303-444-9922; www.boulderartassociation.org.

Boulder Art Therapy Collective
Boulder Art Therapy Collective is “an environment that inspires people to freely share and make art together in community” through weekly workshops, open studios and clinical trainings. Group and individual art-therapy counseling sessions are available. 1400 Lee Hill Road, #7; www.boulderarttherapycollective.com.
Tuesdays: Parent Art Group, 9:30am-noon
Tuesdays: Open Door Studio: Tuesday Night Stress Relief and Relaxation Art Group, 6-8pm

Boulder Arts Week
March 31-April 8: This large-scale, all-inclusive celebration of arts and culture includes art walks, exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, and a wide variety of dance, theater and musical performances. Find the full schedule of events at www.boulderartsweek.org.

Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA provides information and resources for and about the artists and art organizations in the area. The group also maintains an online calendar of countywide arts events and hosts monthly Business of Arts workshops. www.bouldercountyarts.org.

Boulder Creative Collective: Warehouse
BCC’s Warehouse is an event space and gallery where Boulder-area residents “can connect with art through exciting and unexpected events.” It offers art exhibits, classes, social hours for artists, and a Community Critique (every other month) where artists can share their work and get constructive feedback. BCC is at 2500 47th St. #10 (the yellow door). www.bouldercreativecollective.com.

Boulder Metalsmithing Association
2nd Saturdays: BoMA’s monthly  demonstrations are open to the public ($5 for nonmembers) and feature techniques and tips about the metal arts. Past topics included knife making, direct casting and torch-fired enameling. Subscribe to the group’s Meetup site to RSVP and find out the venue, which varies depending on the time of year. The group also hosts events, sales, and hands-on workshops; see the schedule at www.bouldermetalsmiths.com.

Boulder Open Studios Fall Artist Tour
Oct. 1-2 & 8-9: Annual event lets art lovers tour artists’ studios in and around Boulder to watch them in action, ask questions and purchase favorite pieces. Find more info, including map pickup locations, at www.openstudios.org.

Boulder Potters’ Guild Spring Show & sale
May, TBA:
The Boulder Potters Guild holds a big sale in Longmont each spring; check www.boulderpottersguild.com after the first of the year for updates.

Celebration! A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder
Through Jan. 31: Huge, four-month celebration of visual arts features art exhibits, film presentations, panel discussions and other events with more than 300 artists at nearly 20 venues in Boulder and Longmont. For a full schedule of events, venues and participating local artists, visit www.hovabcelebrations.org, and see individual gallery listings in our Arts Events section.

Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale
Jan. 7-22: This annual event has been called “one of the finest exhibitions of contemporary realism of the Western U.S.” The exhibit and sale are open the same hours as the National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Entrance to the art gallery is included with stock show admission. www.nationalwestern.com.

East Boulder County Artists Studio Tour
April 29-30: Artists in Lafayette, Louisville, Longmont, Erie and Niwot open their studios to visitors during this annual event. Watch the artists at work and shop for paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and much more. 11am-5pm both days; check www.ebcacolorado.org for tour-map locations and more info.

Farmers’ Market Artisan Shows
Juried shows are held in conjunction with the Boulder and Longmont Farmers’ Markets, one Saturday per month at each location. Check www.bcfm.org.

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market
Dec. 10-11: Browse the work of more than 100 independent artisans while strolling through the huge heated tent; there’s also live music, food and drink, and children’s activities. In a new location next to Trader Joe’s at the Twenty Ninth Street shopping district, 10am-4pm both days. www.fireflyhandmade.com.

Ignite Boulder
Dec. 14: See listing under Forums/Lectures/Workshops.

Interfaith Quilters Annual Show & Sale
March 4: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.

Lafayette Art Night Out
May 19: Free community event features artist booths, live music, a beer garden, food trucks and kids’ activities. 5-9:15pm at Festival Plaza and along Public Road in downtown Lafayette. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.

Longmont Art in Public Places Tours
The Longmont Bike Map (available online or at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center) shows the locations of the 100-plus works in Longmont’s impressive public art collection, so you can design your own walking, biking or driving tour. AIPP also hosts guided tours via bike or walking; check the AIPP section of www.longmontcolorado.gov or AIPP’s Facebook page for dates as they’re added.

Longmont Museum: Art & Sip
Thursdays, Feb. 9-March 23: Adults-only weekly program pairs hands-on art projects with creative cocktails. 7pm at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. www.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.

Longmont Second Fridays
2nd Fridays: Galleries and arts organizations in downtown Longmont join together to present special openings, promotions and activities for all ages, 6-9pm. www.downtownlongmont.com.

Louisville Art Association
The nonprofit LAA hosts members’ shows, student shows, meetings, demos, workshops and classes; check www.louisvilleart.org for a schedule. LAA is at 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. www.louisvilleart.org.
April, TBA: Spring Members’ Show

NoBo Art District Annual Members’ Show
Feb. 17-April 2: The NoBo Art District, supporting and promoting artists in North Boulder, presents a six-week show at the Canyon Gallery at Boulder Public Library. Opening reception is Feb. 24 at 5:30pm. Find more details at www.noboartdistrict.org.