Art Makers Denver Brings Creativity and Energy to the McNichols Civic Center Building


Art Makers Denver 2017 is in its second day here in Denver, and those in attendance will be able to experience the spirit of artistic discovery in a variety of mediums and materials, while exploring a wide range of techniques. The custom sticker they design highlights the hemispheres of the brain, with the right brain radiating with flourish of color representing creativity. For this year, their slogan reads "spend some time in your right mind" as a nod to the design below. As a foundation, there's a green stripe that holds the group's logo.

This workshop-based event includes a diverse group of instructors and artists possessing various levels of experience. What we really enjoy seeing is how enthusiastic everyone is with their relentless desire to create, discover, explore and enjoy. Venue host McNichols Civic Center Building is a historic feature at the intersection of Colfax and Bannock. Back in 1909, the cornerstone was set, and this built the foundation for the Carnegie Library that would become a center of learning in Civic Center Park. Fast forward over a hundred and ten years later, and this location was re-opened in 2012 as a contemporary hub for arts and culture for the people of Denver. Built in the Greek Revival style with classic Corinthian columns and an iconic colonnade, this space just oozes creativity, and it serves as an oasis in the heart of downtown Denver.

Art Makers Denver will take place across two floors. It's designed to be adaptable, with a series of movable walls and curtains that create individual workshop spaces. Seven workshops will be on each floor, and the views will be pure autumn in Colorado--ideal for inspiration and creative energy.

Artist who still have room on their schedule Monday include:

Candace French – Exploring Mixed Media (Day 1 of 2 days)
Elizabeth St. Hilaire – Love Story: A Hand-Painted Altered Book
Janet Nunn – Painting Fall Colors
Jenny Doh – Painting by Heart:Denver! (Day 1 of 2 days)
Julie Haymaker Thompson – Tea in Wonderland
Kirsten Denbow – Off the Cuff – Enamel for Your Home
Mary Hettmansperger – Rib Basketry
Melinda Tidwell – Collaging the Book:Making Materials from Paperback Books
Susan Lenart Kazmer – Altered Surface – Talismans Jewelry

For the third and final day, you can study with:

Elizabeth St. Hilaire – Flora and Fauna: Mini Collage Class (8 x 8 and 10 x 10)
Janet Nunn – Painting Note Cards
Julie Haymaker Thompson – Pocket Full of Posies
Kirsten Denbow – No torch? No Problem! Creative Cold Connections
Mary Hettmansperger – Looping Over Stones, Beads Wire and More
Melinda Tidwell – Collaging the Book:Working with Hardbacks
Susan Lenart Kazmer – Making Connections – Riveting II Step in Talismans

We sponsored this event last year, and you can read about that edition on our blog. There's a cool video from the 2015 edition in the post. The design for last year's sticker was a different, and it's cool to see the creative vary from year to year.