Welcome to 40 West Arts

40 West Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is all about the arts—arts of all kind—and the energy and inspiration of creativity. 40 West Arts is a Colorado Certified Creative Arts District with a dozen galleries (and growing), multiple performing arts venues, more than 20 public art installations, and a variety of restaurants, cafés, diners, and pubs. 40 West Arts also operates a gallery that serves as a creative hub for its 100+ artist members and a gathering place for the community.

40 West Arts is focused on delivering direct, positive impact to help catalyze the resurgence of the West Colfax Corridor—the historic heart of Lakewood—through arts & culture and the energy of creative enterprises. (Read more at About.)

Watch a video featuring Bill Marino, chairman of 40 West Arts, to learn more about how 40 West is helping to transform West Colfax. And read this Denver Business Journal article to learn more about how creative districts are revitalizing communities throughout Colorado.

Congratulations to 40 West Arts & Bill Marino!
Bill Marino, chairman of 40W was honored with the John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) at the Business for the Arts Awards luncheon, hosting over 700 people in March, 2015. This award was presented to Bill Marino for his influence in the creation and development of the Lakewood–West Colfax creative corridor and of 40 West Arts. This signature Colorado event began nearly thirty years ago as a way to salute exemplary arts and business partnerships across Colorado. This is an incredible accomplishment for 40 West Arts. Congratulations to Bill Marino and every volunteer who has supported 40 West along the way. We look forward to what is on the horizon!

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FREE Artist Opportunity! - Lamar Station Farmers' Market
Showcase & sell your work at three upcoming Farmers' Markets. Broad Street Realty is pleased to host the first Lamar Station Farmers' Market on July 8, from 4-7pm and again on August 12 and September 9, and is looking for artists to participate by selling their artwork at booths. Broad Street Realty will rent tents and tables for artists and participation is free of charge. If you are a 40W member who is interested to showcase and sell your artwork at the upcoming Lamar Station Farmers' Markets, please contact Melissa Nochlin at mnochlin@broadstreetllc.net.

Schedule Change - 40W 4th Wednesday July 1
Join us at the 40 West Arts Gallery July 1 for the next 40 West 4th Wednesday event. Artists and art lovers gather at 5:30pm for updates on district happenings, followed by a social.

“Wonders of Nature” Art Exhibition
Is Here!
Join 40 West Arts for our 4th annual INSPIRE show: “Wonders of Nature”: an arts exhibition celebrating the colors and textures of the natural world—from landscapes and wildlife to galactic grandeur and microscopic mysteries. Learn more.

Exhibition Dates:
-June 5 – July 11

-40W 4th Wednesday event: July 1, 5:30-7pm
(Note the different date)

August 8: 1st Annual MuralFest
- Mark Your Calendar!
Looking for a unique outdoor art experience with top-notch, free family entertainment, great food, and some of the best music in town? One word: MuralFest. Along with one-of-a-kind murals, hands-on creative activities for all ages and a variety of talented art exhibitors, don't miss the incredible line-up of bands playing everything from high-energy modern rock and smart rap, to salsa and Latin jazz, to reggae and world dance. The festival will feature many exhibitors who will display/sell their work as well as share their business.
We hope to see you on August 8. Learn more.

"Art of the Wheel" Art Exhibition
This August, the "Art of the Wheel" exhibition will be a month long show planned to celebrate our transportation corridor history and its future. This show will expand upon the interest and range displayed at the 2014 Hubcap Art Show.

Art of the Wheel Exhibition Dates:
-July 29 – August 29
-Opening Reception event: July 29,  5-7pm at 40 West Gallery
-Saturday, August 8th, 2015: open 12-6pm; Extra hours at the gallery in conjunction with West Colfax MuralFest, occurring ½ block adjacent.

Two 40 West Creatives Featured on Season 3 of Beyond the Gallery
Wendy Scheck and Kevin Yoshida, have been chosen by Infusion5 to be featured on Season Three of Beyond the Gallery, a video series showcasing amazing Colorado artists and creatives. Wendy's showcase kicked off on Tues., May 12, watch Wendy's showcase here. Kevin's showcase kicked off on Tues., June 9, watch it here. Learn more.
Looking for Creative Studio Space?
Are you an artist or a creative entrepreneur looking for work space? If so, please send an email to studios@40WestArts.org with your name, contact info, type and size of space you need, and the proposed use for the space. We are in the process of inventorying available space throughout the district and will get back in touch with you with  space opportunities. Please share this with other creative colleagues.

WE DID IT!! The Artspace Proposal Was Approved by City Council

On April 13, City Council chambers erupted in applause when the votes were cast. Artspace was approved by a unanimous vote. Thank you so very much to everyone who supported this effort. We will certainly share more information about Artspace and the pre-development process as it unfolds. In the meantime, we can revel in the fact that Artspace has 39 projects across the country—and that once they reach a pre-development agreement with a partner, they have ALWAYS delivered a project.  They are 39 for 39—a 100% success rate. Spread the word—Artspace is coming to Lakewood! Learn more about Artspace

A Colorado Certified Creative District

40 West Arts was selected as one of twelve Colorado Certified Creative Districts in 2014. The award brings both recognition and resources to implement programs that strengthen the arts locally and elevate the profile of Lakewood as an arts destination. Learn more about what it means to be a Colorado Certified Creative District.

As a Colorado Certified Creative District, 40 West Arts is supported by grants from our partners at Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation. Enjoy the arts through the Colorado Creative Industries video series Beyond the Gallery.

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2015 Exhibitions - Group Shows
Feb/March -
The Four Seasons of Colfax 

May/June - Wonders of Nature (during Lakewood's INSPIRE! Week) - Details

July/Aug - Art of the Wheel 

Oct/Nov - Farm to Table

Nov/Dec - Black & White (all mediums) + Metal

Gallery Hours: (during exhibitions) Tuesday – Saturday from 1-4pm, plus bonus hours during opening receptions. NOTE: No Saturday hours during weekends

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What People Are Saying...

"What an inspiration to the community! The 40 West Arts team has created a renewed energy for this historic sector of our community. I look forward to our continued collaboration—and to see how much more 40 West Arts can accomplish."
—Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy

"I opened my gallery here to be a part of the 40 West Arts community. I couldn’t be happier with the progress and the people moving 40 West forward."
—Judy Cybuch, 40W Member & Owner of The Everything Gallery

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Website photography by 40 West Arts Member and Artist, Richard Eversley.