We are wrapping up the last 10 on 10 post of this second-year cycle, my fellows. Two years of the project, two years of being made to stay accountable to posting with some modicum of regularity on this little blog. I’ve really enjoyed every second of it. We’ll talk some more about what is on the horizon for our rag-tag group of 10-on-10 photographers next month, but for now we have to dive into June’s edition.
First, send some love to my comrades:
On the first Friday of everything month, several streets in Denver throw a party saluting local artists and art galleries known as the First Friday Art Walk. Or maybe Denver Art Walk, depending on who you talk to. (They are the same thing, but the second is more snappy for social media purposes. And who doesn’t want to sound more snappy.) In several neighborhoods around the city, and in some communities in the expanded metro area, galleries open their doors and invite the masses to view art. To meet artists. To embrace the artistic community. It’s rambunctious and fun. I haven’t gone in years and years, so this last First Friday, my friend, Kayla and I ventured to the Santa Fe Art District with cameras in tow. (And just narrowly avoided the pretty sensational lightning storm that appeared later that evening.)
Many folks walk these walks to delve into all that the galleries have to offer, to see everything from paintings to sculpture to jewelry to musical artists. And let me tell you, that is indeed a fabulous way to spend a Denver Art Walk. But Kayla and I decided to explore the quieter regions of the street — the alleys that are positively plastered (literally in some places) with artwork. (Yes, we wandered through alleyways, don’t tell my mother.)
I adore these murals painted across many of the buildings we came across. I love that people out there exist who have the talent to paint such things. I appreciate that there are building owners who allow their property to be adorned in such a way.
A ukulele concert. Because why not.
Coffee. Yeeeeeesssssssssss. And people having a nice time, but really just the coffee.
Art walkers in their natural habitat.
Next time perhaps we’ll venture into even more galleries, but we had a grand adventure nonetheless, and shall hopefully attend another art walk quite soon. Come join the party next time. Bring popcorn.