Come to #Artopia14 this Saturday

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Aaron Thackeray
Every year, Westword gathers our favorite painters, sculptors, performers, musicians and more from around Denver for Artopia, a celebration of all that's good in Denver's art world. This year, the celebration is taking over five venues along Broadway.

See also: Artopia 2013

This is one party you won't want to miss. You can get your own tickets to #Artopia14 through Ticketfly here. Use the promo code "tunesday" to grab your pass for $15.

Want to see what we've got in store this year? Check out our list of 100 Colorado Creatives or take a look at what went down at Artopia 2013.





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BeccaPage
BeccaPage

In a world where we are putting the creative arts on the back burner, I think the most exciting development of the year was the support our mayor displayed to the Denver arts scene for the start of Denver Arts Week. A 44 year old man strapped into a harness over a canvas- YES! Way to go Mayor Hancock, show the world that ART MATTERS!

therealstevecoogan
therealstevecoogan

My favorite artistic development this past year has been that by some dark magical force other than financial incentive, new music continues to be made.  After all the doom-saying of David Byrne, Stephen Malkmus, Johnny Marr, and other musicians who have been financially secure and have had nothing to prove for the past several decades, kids still form bands and write songs.  With no huge record deals even!  It's amazing folks still bother these days.  Kids can just work for a tech start-up and wear khakis for the rest of their lives, making a comfortable living, yet they impoverish themselves by buying guitars, synths, laptops, and tattoos they can't afford, and play at shithole punk houses all over the country for little remuneration.  And exciting new music is STILL being made somehow.  Not, incidentally, by old wealthy rockers, but by kids.  I suspect this trend will continue into the foreseeable future. 

-Steve Coogan

therealstevecoogan@gmail.com

draudt
draudt

The most exciting artistic development of the past year is Obama saying “folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.” But he saved art history as a major with "There's nothing wrong with an art history degree, I love art history”

dezinerdenver
dezinerdenver

3D Printing. From Lady Gaga to the Victoria Secret fashion show to creative architecture and unusual, inspired sculptures 3 D Printing is the future of art. Here is a link for some more examples.

http://3dprintshow.com/newyork2014/3d-printshowcreate/

There are a few creatives in colorado working with 3D printing. Can't wait to see what's next.

AaronLea
AaronLea

Shia Labeouf is not only the most exciting artistic development of the year, but has also made plagiarism and celebrity into an art form unto itself.

elishag86
elishag86

Im not sure if this is considered "art" but I think my favorite development is the new platform at Union Station. The lines make me salivate. Architecture meets art. Its a sight for sore eyes. Place that against the back drop of our gorgeous city and voila....art!!

BeccaPage
BeccaPage

The movement to "Occupy Facebook with Art" has been so awesome! If you haven't done it, add this message to your facebook: "The idea is to occupy Facebook with art, breaking the monotony of photos of lunch, sushi, and sports. Whoever likes this post will receive an artist and has to publish a piece by that artist with this text.". I learned about some new artists and it was amazing to see what work other people connected with and posted!

John Zammitt
John Zammitt

The development of downtown Denver. All the new buildings, park projects, and road work! It's going to be absolutely amazing when done

melann2001
melann2001

I would have to say the more mainstream art events that have taken it to a larger audience that is increasing the voice and popularity of local artist.

debbi315
debbi315

I think the most exciting happening this year was the creation of the "Yes Ma'am Colorado Artist Grant. Wonderful to find new ways of supporting our talented artists. Looking forward to many more grants being awarded.

sequoia.1
sequoia.1

Viviane Le Courtois' Rescued Memories project was touching and inspirational!

Corvus
Corvus

Oh my.  This certainly showcases my lamentable lack of knowledge of the local art scene. I've been spending my winter tracking various street artists through Denver and it's really quite lovely.

j.desormeaux
j.desormeaux

The Source off Brighton Boulevard. The architecture is amazing and brought a unique piece culture to the Denver area. The building itself is a masterpiece between the kept brick and steel, even some of the garftti kept to make the building it's own.

jessibaileyb
jessibaileyb

The yarn bombs that went off around the city, especially those at the MCA and on The Dancers. They were not only fun, new, unique methods of artistic expression, they showed that a typically "old-fashioned" skill is more than relevant in today's society

rltconsult1
rltconsult1

I absolutely love the way street art is becoming more and more prevalent!  The talent and imagination of the artists is simply glorious!!!!  Not to mention the hand strength involved when using spray paint...I cramped up just trying to paint a nightstand.  It's so beautiful to look at and admire whether I can see it on buildings in my own town or pictures online from all over the world! 

Angie224
Angie224

The expansion that has happened in the world of hot glass work. Yes people are making pipes, but they are in essence sculptures. If these artist would quit throwing bowls on everything you would never know their pieces were created by 'pipemakers'. They are making some downright AMAZING stuff!

kittyhat6
kittyhat6

The beauty, love and connection with friends and strangers that I saw blossoming all around me every day. <3

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