Colorado

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe

With more than 70 galleries, several art studios, Spark Theater Company and other creative organizations, the Art District on Santa Fe becomes more of an arts destination in Denver each year. The district’s First Friday Art Walk has burgeoned into an all-out street party on Santa Fe Drive, bringing a unique mix of Denverites out to see what’s cooking each month. The Third Friday Collector’s Preview gives gallery-goers a chance to meet artists and gallery owners in a more intimate setting.

Corazón de Trinidad

Affordable living and beautiful landscapes in Trinidad have recently resulted in an influx of artists in residence and full galleries in Corazón de Trinidad (the heart of Trinidad), and the Southern Colorado Repertory Theater’s professional company fills the year with classics and original works.

North Fork Valley Creative District

The southwest Colorado towns of PaoniaHotchkiss and Crawford have been recognized for their peppering of studios, home workshops, fine artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers, as well as the beautiful land that inspires them. Organic farms, orchards, vineyards and mesas have conspired to make the North Fork Valley a pocket of natural and artist-made riches perfect for a few days’ exploration just an hour’s drive from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Ridgway Creative District

Previously well known for its role in John Wayne’s “True Grit,” Ridgway‘s Creative District is growing more diverse thanks to the more than 10 percent of its 900 residents who call themselves artists. Galleries, studios, a historic theater and arts education center come alongside furniture, jewelry, candle and clothing makers, not to mention Billings Artworks, which makes the GRAMMY Awards each year. Check out the town’s twist on artwalks with each month’s full-moon studio tours.