Community Events


Scarf designed by Beata Jezek photoMadame Defarge Knitting Salon: What Would Laura Ingalls Do?
Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Picture it: you are out on the prairie, the wagon is in the shop, you are knitting on a scarf for Almanzo, but you are not sure what to do next. Do you toddle on down to your LYS (local yarn store)? Do you jump on YouTube for an assistive video? Nope, you grab your needles and you work it out. We are celebrating that pioneer pluck with this spectacular shawl/wrap entitled Scarfy Thing, designed by Beata Jezek. You'll work with three or more colors of yarn (a great project to knock down your yarn stash) and you'll work for a 'recipe' not a pattern. Be fearless and unfettered and Janny Potter, our expert teacher, will be on hand to cheerlead you on to success. Register online or call 720-939-6340. Materials list will be included with your registration confirmation.


Princess Leia photo​Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: Comic Books Issue 1
Sunday, July 2, 5-7:30 p.m.
The Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake Street

In celebration of Denver’s Comic Con, burlesque performer Polka Dottie will create poses for your delight as Daria, Leia the Slayer (carrying Jabba's head), and Minnie Mouse! Sketchy's is back in Denver! Hosted by Denver's beloved burlesque queen, Vivienne Vavoom, ​this fun evening has everything: costumed models, fun themes, cash bar, great menu items, art-lovin' people. Plus we'll get you home in time for your Sunday night wind down. "Started by artist Molly Crabapple in 2005, Dr. Sketchy's is based on Molly's harebrained dream of a 'decadent' art class with fair pay and respect for the models and boozy fun for all, and has branches in over a hundred cities around the globe" -- Dr. Sketchy's Baltimore.

All skill levels welcome, from professional artists to office meeting doodlers. Bring your favorite drawing supplies and some cash for cocktails and tips for the models. Drinks available in the Dr. Sketchy event space, if you would like to eat as well, come a little early and sample some of the great Rackhouse menu upstairs beforehand.

All dry mediums are okay, as are dip pens and neat watercolor sets. No oil paints, messy mediums or stinky mediums. Photographers are welcome as long as they do not use flash and are respectful of the other artists and do not block anyone's view. Seating is first come, first serve.

Photo of a woman with a yarn tattooMadame Defarge Knitting Salon: July Freestyling Edition
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Freestyling happens all this month. Grab a portable handwork project and come stitch with like-minded makers. Free and open to the public, this fun night is a chance to create and socialize. Our expert knitting teacher, Janny Potter will be on hand to help you with any knitting or crochet questions, too. And in August, she hosts a French Farmer’s Market Bag workshop -- sturdy filet crochet to bring all your summer harvest home from the market. Sign up info soon.

Rhino Teaching Echidna to Knit drawing by morganobrienartCurious Classes: Beginning Knitting
Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Every Thursday night, we welcome walk-in students who'd like to learn how to knit. Our teacher, Margaret Williams, will host up to six beginning students, first come-first served. No materials or tools or registration needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return on successive Thursday nights until they are 'freestyling,' too! Free and open to the public.
image © morganobrienart

Drawing of Edward SnowdenRiNo First Friday: Rebels, Whistleblowers and Patriots Edition
Friday, July 7, 6-9 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

We’ve got another one of our fun and quick Buzzfeed quizzes for you. It takes just a few minutes to find out who your famous alter ego is -- and then we’ll turn that into a button for you to wear with pride -- unless your rebel is super spy Mata Hari, and then you may want to hide the pin under your lapel. It’s all in good fun so join us during your walkabout for RiNo’s First Friday this July! Next month: Kitten Therapy!


Jackalope Art Fair image​Denver Public Library @ Jackalope Art Fair
Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
McNichols Building, Civic Center Park

Get up close with some of Denver’s most creative artisans at the summer edition of Jackalope Art Fair. Denver Public Library will be on hand to host photographer Amy Wright as she dispenses advice about photographing your favorite pieces of artwork. We’ll also have our new Every Voice Counts postcard there for you to collect. It’s a beautiful image created by local artist and graffiti star Casey Kawaguchi. And you can send your ideas and opinions to the Mayor, the Governor or anyone you’d like to sound off to -- just fill out a postcard and we’ll stamp it, address it and get it on the way. Because every voice counts! Enjoy the fun at Jackalope Art Fair. Free and open to the public.