Denver Worth the Trip!
It's been a few weeks since this writer has returned from Denver, CO and has had the chance to write a blog post about being there! Always on the list, for a place to visit, we finally made the trip there to warm, dry, sunny weather! And, let me repeat, dry, dry, dry weather! Denver offers so much to the visitor that one post cannot cover it all, but some of the highlights that were definitely worth viewing are the city center with the exquisite Denver Art Museum that is connected to the downtown. And, of course the museum has a wonderful contemporary art exhibit as well as it's other wonderful collections ranging from byzantine to renaissance and impressionist works. In the same area, is the Clyfford Still museum which is well worth the visit to see his wonderful works and the conservation involved in restoration and maintaining a collection of works. We enjoyed the interactive gallery that allowed the visitor to decide how the restoration of one of his works would proceed! In the same area is the delightful Denver Public Library that had some delightful exhibits of local Denver artists as well as influential figures in establishing Denver as an arts community! In the same day, we also managed to walk over to the Santa Fe Arts District with about 30 galleries that opened at noon and offered a wide array of traditional southwest art as well as contemporary and of course, the Abecedarian Gallery with its wonderful exhibit of artist's books! Getting to meet Alicia Bailey was well worth the trip! On another day, we visited the Kirkwood Museum of Arts and Crafts. This is a private collection of art, furniture and everyday objects assembled and exhibited in a home-like environment. Similar to the Barnes Foundation in concept, this delightful museum showcased the artist as artist and artist as collector and it was a delightful way to spend a hot afternoon! Many fine examples of Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, drawings as well as William and Morris works were on display. We also visited the Museum of Contemporary Art which is small but delightful. Located in the LoDo district that reminds one of Chelsea with low industrial buildings of brick and glass, it was great to walk around and visit the shops and restaurants. Being the more upscale area of Denver, the visitor can find boutiques, galleries and other famous stores such as Nieman Marcus, Abercrombie and Fitch, etc. The Denver Convention Center is not far away and also offers a great walk and way to see the city! Another day we spent at the beautiful Denver Botanical Gardens with their installation of Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures and installations. Well worth spending the day there! Well, that's it for Denver and if you have the chance, it is a beautiful city with wonderful surrounding areas for day trips as well! Enjoy the summer and here's to great vacations and getaways!
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Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!