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 an eclectic 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.

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Mark Your Calendar! October 24 - Riot4: SpeakEasy Sing-Along with Dueling Pianos
40 West Arts' 2015 fundraiser is in the works! The event, a Gatsby-esque speak easy sing-along with dueling pianos, including food, comedy, and songs we all know. Get your tickets today ($40/40W members or $45/non-members) and military/students with IDs can attend for $30. Purchase tickets now and learn more.

October 17 - Glens Art Walk
Located just off Garrison between Colfax and 20th Ave in Lakewood, The Glens (Glen Creighton) is home to many artists and art studios. Please join 40W artist, Elizabeth Potts, along with many other terrific artists for a walking studio tour, October 17 from 11am-5pm. There will fabulous art to buy, studio tours, and more.

Farm-to-Table Art Banquet: “Things That Grow on Vines” October/November 2015 Exhibition

-Call for Entry - Deadline has passed -
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-Exhibition: October 15 – November 14, 2015. Gallery Open Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-4pm, plus additional dates & times as listed in call for entry details
-Wednesday, October 28, Exhibit Artists Reception, 5:30-7pm at 40 West Gallery (4th Wednesday)
-Friday, November 6, 2015:  5-7pm / Show Opening at 40 West Gallery, in conjunction with Denver Arts Week

Call for Entry! Black & White & Metal Exhibition - December Exhibition
-Call for Entry Deadline – October 17 - Learn more...
-Exhibition: December 1 - 31, 2015.
-Friday, December 4, 2015:  5-7pm / Show Opening at 40 West Gallery

Next Time You Are Downtown...See 40W Artist Artworks at the Capitol!
Together with Colorado Creative Industries, 40W presents the Wonders of Nature art exhibition on display at the Colorado State Capitol through November, 2015. Over 20 40W artists have select works on display, celebrating the colors and textures of the natural world. Learn more…

We Have Affordable Studio Space Available Now! - 40 West Studios
40 West Studios provides affordable studio space for active, entrepreneurial creatives in 40 West Arts District. There are 15 creative suites available (individual or shared) and 3 workshops with garage door access, starting at approximately 250 sq ft and up, with monthly rents starting at $315/per month. Call 303.547.8702 or email richard@40westarts.org for more details. Learn more or complete the online application. 

MuralFest - Thank You To All Who Participated
The 1st Annual West Colfax MuralFest took place during August. What an incredible event. If you have not yet seen the seven completed outdoors murals, be sure to come by 16th Avenue (one block north of W. Colfax, between Teller/Reed Streets). Thank you to everyone who participated. The artists...the vendors...the food...the live music. Stay tuned for the announcement for the location of West Colfax MuralFest 2016! See event pictures!

Watch the Video: Lakewood City Council Member, Cindy Baroway, Describes the Incredible Revitalization Along Historic West Colfax
Watch this video featuring Lakewood City Council Member, Cindy Baroway, where she describes the incredible revitalization happening along historic West Colfax.Cindy highlights the state-certified creative district 40 West Arts as well as many of it partners, supporters and upcoming events such as MuralFest on August 8, 2015.

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

Congratulations to 40 West Arts!
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! 

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

July/Aug - Art of the Wheel

Oct/Nov - Farm to Table - Call for Entry

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

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.