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 on March 11, 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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40 West Arts District Brings Home TWO Best of Denver 2015 Westword Awards

Best New Public Art - At more than 22 feet high, artist Christopher Weed's monumental "Connected" wins Best New Public Art. Located at 14th & Lamar Roundabout. Best Boundary-Pushing Theater in the Suburbs - The Edge Theatre wins its third award from the Westword in 2015.

April 1 - Athena Project Fashion Show at Weston Solutions
It's not too late to get your tickets to Athena Project's Truth & Perception Fashion Show at Weston Solution's beautiful Leed-certified building at 1435 Garrison in Lakewood. Doors open to the pop-up boutique at 7pm; show starts at 8pm. Sponsored by Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. For tickets visit www.AthenaProjectFestival.org or call 303-219-0882.

April 12 - Rockley Music Student Performance
Enjoy an afternoon of student performances in a low-key, family friendly environment with a reception following the program. The event is set for Sunday April 12 at 4pm at The Seilor Stage at Rockley Music Center, 8555 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80215.

April 30 - First-ever West Colfax Lately Luncheon
Join us for the first annual West Colfax Lately Luncheon on Thursday April 30th, from 11:30-1pm. The event will celebrate the renaissance of our historic corridor and honoring our Legacy Award Winner two Momentum Award Winners. Don’t miss this event, sponsored by Management Solutions, at Lakewood Country Club and including special surprise entertainment. Tickets available here.

Call For Entries!
- “Wonders of Nature” Art Exhibition
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. Deadline for entry is May 1. Learn more.

Exhibition Dates:
-June 5 – July 11
-Opening Reception event: June 5,  5-7pm at 40 West Gallery—all part of Lakewood’s INSPIRE! Week
-40W 4th Wednesday event: June 25, 5:30-7pm

Call For Artist Exhibitors! - Participate in the 1st Annual MuralFest

This vibrant art experience in 40 West Arts District will feature juried artists from across the country who will create an outdoor art gallery of murals--culminating in a one-day celebration of art, music, food, and creative activities on August 8. The festival will feature many artist exhibitors who will display and sell their work. If you would like to be considered as an artist exhibitor at MuralFest, click here to learn more and complete the application. Deadline for entry is April 5.

Have You Seen It Yet? West Colfax Lately Magazine Has Hit the Streets
On February 25, we were proud to be a part of the official unveiling of West Colfax Lately, a magazine showcasing the growth and momentum of West Colfax, while embracing the grit and color that mark America's longest commercial street. Pick up a copy at 40W Gallery or view the magazine, plus web-only stories here.

Support 40 West Arts - It's Not Too Late!
dans came together on Colorado Gives Day to raise more than $24 million for nonprofits like ours. Thank you very much to those who contributed. Your generosity makes a difference! It's not too late to help!

We are grateful for every donation, regardless of the amount. To make a donation today or learn more, click here. Thank you for your support!

Have You Heard of Amazon Smile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. Learn how you can support 40 West Arts through AmazonSmile here.

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 - Details

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.