Open Studio Hours:
Come by first Friday
12-4pm to watch Ryan create - or chat about any arts interests.
Check out the exciting planned programs below. Descriptions, locations and times will be posted several weeks ahead.
FREE Art Classes will be offered throughout the year. Check individual info PDFs for location and timing details. Some programs require RSVP.
- April - Mo'Print Steamroller Print - PREP event April 5th/PRINT event April 12th
- April - Hubcap Community Project
- May - Hubcap Community Project (continued May 17 & 24))
- June - Creative Cafeteria - Create Art - Saturday June 14th
- July - Cardboard Arcade - Saturday, July 26th and August 2nd, 1-4pm both days at Lamar Station Crossing community room. Please attend both sessions. Info sheet here.
- August - Back to School Event. Lamar Station Crossing. Tentative August 12th, Tuesday 4-530pm.
- Sept - Up Cycling Collaborative - Sept 6 & 13, 1-4pm, at Lamar Station Crossing Apartmemtns
- Oct - Still Life
- Nov - What Me Should I Be? (expressive self portraits) with some sort of movement or performance
- Dec - A Town Square
- Jan - A Town Square
Cardboard Arcade and Carnival!!
Families and friends: Please join us for an afternoon of fun for the entire Family! A two day event based on the award winning documentary Caine’s Arcade
where teams or individuals use found and cardboard/recyclable objects to build their own arcade. Collaboration and invention will be the focus of this event, taking place two consecutive weekends. Families will be able to play each other’s handmade games and then a winner will be selected and awarded a prize.
When: Saturday, July 26th and Aug 2nd ,1pm-4pm.
- Where: Lamar Station Crossing, Community Hub Room and outside.
- Who: All are ages are welcome! Artistic talent not required.
- RSVP: Email Ryan@40WestArts.org with name, phone number & email, and number coming so we can plan.
- Questions? Email Ryan@40WestArts.org or call (303) 275-3430.
All supplies will be provided.
- Ryan Mathews, Art Education Major at RMCAD and 40 West Arts’/ Lamar Station Crossing Artist in Residence, will lead this project and demonstrate how to utilize architectural and structural techniques and implicate creativity to help participants come up with designs. No experience required.
Teams or individuals may participate and build their own designs using cardboard, found objects, glue guns, tape, and staples. The first weekend will consist of creative ideas and constructing. The projects will be stored at the location until the following weekend, which will consist of finishing construction, and final touches, followed by a carnival arcade event where everyone will play the cardboard games and a winner will be announced.
Please note – for children under 10, parent must also be present.
Download PDF with details
40 West Arts, in collaboration with Metro West Housing Solutions
, Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District
, West Colfax Community Association
, and RMCAD
, has created an Artist in Residence program, launched in January 2014. The Artist in Residence program at Lamar Station Crossing in the heart of 40 West Arts District is intended to serve as a powerful and catalytic initiative that will bring energy to the area, provide a differentiator for the organizations involved, and demonstrates to the community the ability for multiple organizations and agencies to collaborate on a common mission: to energize the corridor.
“Imagine: A new destination along light rail – an energetic, colorful studio, in a beautiful, new residential community that allows rail passengers and passers-by the opportunity to view an inspirational ‘working gallery’ – or – to attend classes, lectures, and art demonstrations that infuse creativity and inspiration into the community,” envisioned Bill Marino, executive director of the Lakewood-West Colfax BID and chairman of 40 West Arts.
This project will support the revitalization of the West Colfax corridor, showcase the Metro West Housing Solutions project and its commitment to the community through collaboration, create a new and inspirational destination in the 40 West Arts District, and serve the community through art teaching and demonstration.
After rigorous selection process, RMCAD student Ryan Mathews was awarded the 2014-2015 Artist in Residency. Mathews, a junior majoring in Art Education with a specialty in painting, will continue her work with RMCAD as well as contribute to the momentum of 40 West Arts, all while serving the community through her art. As an active member in the community, Mathews will continue her efforts to use art and education as a means of repairing the community and using relational aesthetics and social justice as the foundation for her conceptual realism artwork.
She will receive program credit, mentoring and supervision as well as rent, insurance and other amenities paid. As the artist in residence, Mathews will live in the unit and operate a working gallery with open hours, serve on the RMCAD Foundation Board, be an active member of 40 West Arts, conduct at least one monthly class and/or demonstration for Lamar Station Crossing and contribute one piece of art for permanent display with the 40 West Arts Collection.
For more information about the Artist in Residence program, call (303) 275-3430 or email info@WestColfax.org
Ryan Mathews Artist Statement:
"My goal as an Artist is to demonstrate the power of visual art through social practices and the reinvention of style, technique, skill and thought. My visual art works are inspired by my passion in education and my passion pertaining to social justice. In my works I have experimented with the figure as space and emotions. Using different materials I wish to convey emotion and context through color, texture and composition. I also attempt to combine metaphors, symbols and concepts to develop an emotional response from the viewer. I am a conceptual realism artist, who combines the use of realistic features and conceptual symbolism to bring forth an objective of social practices. I work primarily with oils on large-scale canvas but also work acrylics, pen and ink, watercolor, sculpture, and multimedia.
"I am a social practice artist, who creates paintings that critique, analyze and empower the community and the world. I am very moved by creating social justice works. My process for the social justice works comes from volunteer opportunities, observations and assisting in a classroom. Here I have the opportunity to find out what is significant to the students and what injustice they see in there community then I use that as my research to re-create that theme of social justice. I am currently working on multiple large-scale projects that critique and analyze modernism. I am also in the process of doing a social practice experiment by running in the Colfax Marathon in May 2014. By running this race, I get the opportunity to experience and observe the emergence of communities from one side of Denver to the other. It is important to me as a community member to see all of Denver and the communities of Denver from all perspectives. After the race I will create a 12 piece series that is inspired by observing the merging of these communities, and the social aspect of the city and the people.
"My passion for the education system strongly influences my work as an artist. My teaching philosophy is one of my foundations for my work as an artist. As a teacher I believe children should feel unlimited in all aspects of education. They should feel like they can accomplish anything. By combining both aspects, painting and education, I have developed a strong perspective of creating meaningful art that can and will change the world through the use social practices."