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 an 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.)

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January 28 - 40W 4th Wednesday + Athena Project Special Event
Don't miss our next 40 West 4th Wednesday gathering, January 28, 5:30-7:30pm! The evening will include the opening reception of the How She Sees It exhibit by Athena Project. This exhibit features local female artists' ideas of truth and perception and work that is a reflection of female identity. Exhibition dates: Wednesday, January 28th- Saturday, February 7th.


February - 6
Grand Opening Reception 8025 Gallery

40 West Arts partnered with and The Abo Group, an architecture and urban design firm to develop Gallery 8025, the newest art gallery in the district and the first display venue dedicated to sculpture. Join us on February 6 at 5:30pm for the gallery's opening reception located at
8025 W. Colfax Avenue. 


Febru
ary 24 - The 4 Seasons of Colfax Exhibition!
Join 40 West in its 3rd annual Colfax-themed exhibition, celebrating the events, history, and character(s) of Colfax Avenue across the seasons. Call for Entry details below to participate in this exhibition.

Exhibition Dates:
February 24 - March 27 (Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-4pm).
40W 4th Wednesday event: February 25, 5:30-7pm.
Opening Reception event: March 6,  4-7pm.

Call for Entries:
Celebrate the events, history, and character(s) of Colfax Avenue with your photos, paintings and more. Call for Entry submission deadline: January 29. Submission details.

Call For Muralists - The first annual West Colfax MuralFest is coming in 2015! 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 Aug. 8, 2015. To be considered as one of the muralists, click here. Deadline for entry: January 30.

Support 40 West Arts - It's Not Too Late!
December 9th, Coloradans 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! To date, 40W is just short of its goal of raising $2,500 in its first year in the Colorado Gives program. It's not too late to help! Donations can still be made today--to help us meet our goal.

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!

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2015 Exhibitions- Group Shows

Feb/March - The 4 Seasons of Colfax - Details  Call for Entry

May/June - Landscapes/Nature (during INSPIRE!)

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 without an exhibition.


A Colorado Certified Creative District

40 West Arts 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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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.