Community Events

July

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

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.

August

Photo of a woman with a yarn tattooAugust Freestyling Edition
Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6-8:30 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 September, she hosts an insanely fun workshop on creating a crocheted rhino -- que adorable! Sign up info soon for the rhino crocheted sculpture class; no sign up required for freestylin’. 

Photo of crochet projectSac à Coq de Marché: Filet Crochet Workshop
Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Learn or get reacquainted with a vintage hooking technique: filet crochet. Using just a few simple stitches, you’ll create your sac à coq de marché, literally translated rooster market bag, a witty design with a rooster on one side and his declaration of ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’ on the other. Finish it up and you’ll be set for a trip to the farmer’s market or a quick dash to the grocery store. Talented crochet expert, Janny Potter, will be on hand to help you every step of the way. And we’ll send you notes on materials and supplies once you’ve registered for this fun, free workshop. Register online or call 720-865-1205. 

Rhino Teaching Echidna to Knit drawing by morganobrienartBeginning Knitting: Curious Classes
Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6-8:30 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

Photo of three kittens wrapped in fabricRiNo First Friday: Kitten Therapy
Friday, August 4, 6-9 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, 2901 Blake Street, Suite 165

Come on -- is kitten therapy really a thing? Well, it’s happening here in the states and in Europe. Groups that bring kittens together with stressed out grown ups are making our harried lives a little easier -- and at the same time they get adorable kittens in the sight lines of potential adoptive parents. It’s a win-win. This month at our RiNo First Friday event we’re supplying kitten power compliments of benevolent kitten and cat rescues, Divine Feline and Cat Care Society. Meet kittens, love’em up, relax and enjoy a fancy feast of sips and nibbles. All for free. 

Photo of Ariella May Dewitt​Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: August Edition
Sunday, August 6, 5-7:30 p.m.
The Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake Street

Ariella May Dewitt presents An Evening of Famous Redheads! Ariella brings to life Rita Hayworth and Lucille Ball -- as well as Christina Hendricks, famous for her portrayal of Joan Holloway on Mad Men. Make some art and be a part of the bigger picture. Dr. 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. "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. Plus giveaways and prizes for attendees.

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.