RiNo Art District Pop Up Events

April

Photo of woman standing outside wearing a bright cardigan sweaterMadame Defarge Knitting Salon: Garment District
Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

We don’t often take the plunge to make a full garment in Madame Defarge’s Salon, but for this late winter workshop, our expert teachers are going to help you make a chic cardigan. You’ll learn or hone techniques like gauge swatching, picking up stitches, finishing and blocking. This workshop will run through April to allow students a generous amount of teaching and knitting time. Materials list will be sent with registration confirmation. Register online or call 720-865-1205.

Photo of a ball of yarnBeginning Knitting: Curious Classes
Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Shake off the winter doldrums and jump into spring with this Denver Public Library knitting group. Bring any portable handwork and hang out with like-minded crafters for an evening. Meeting in the brand new Zeppelin Station -- there are lots of libations and delicious snacks to be had before or during the workshop. Cast on!

Photo of colorful crochet blanketMadame Defarge Knitting Salon: Spring Freestyling Edition
Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Every Thursday night, we welcome walk-in students who'd like to learn how to knit. No materials, tools or registration needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return on successive Thursday nights until they are "freestyling."

May

Photo of a multi-colored shawl draped on a mannequinMadame Defarge Knitting Salon: Hand Dying with Kool Aid and the Crocheted Virus Shawl
Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Leave out all the harsh chemicals and learn to dye wool yarn with Kool Aid and other food safe colorings. Our expert teacher, Janny Potter, will show you how to handpaint your yarns and safely heat them to set the colors. When you are all finished with the process, you’ll use your yarn to make a beautiful crocheted shawl. And you are welcome to attend the first two nights to learn how to dye with Kool Aid if you'd prefer to not make another project. Yarn requirements remain the same. All registrants for this class will receive a confirmation that includes information about materials and supplies needed for the class. Register online or call 720-865-1205.

Photo of colorful crochet blanketFreestyling: Spring Edition
Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Whether your fiber freak flag is crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch or knitting, grab a portable handwork project and come stitch with like-minded makers. Every Thursday night we gather for stitching and conversation.

Photo of Dixie Crystals in a leopard print coat standing in blowing snowFirst Friday in RiNo: It Could Be Worse with Dixie Crystals
Friday, May 4, 6-9 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Denver’s drag queen superstar, Dixie Crystals, wants you to know how good you’ve got it. She’s going to have you gather around while she reads contemporary accounts of manmade and natural disasters of the past -- the Titanic, the Hindenburg, the Chicago Fire, the San Francisco Earthquake. You know, just the fun ones. While she is captivating you with her telegenic presence, we’ve also got adult coloring pages of those very same disasters for you to work on. You know, just the fun ones. All in the spirit of reminding us -- it could be worse. 

Image of a woman wearing an apron and opening an oven with the words "She intended to have her mid-life crises early and often"Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Tribute to Anne Taintor
Sunday, May 6, 5-7:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Guest model Vieux Carre brings her favorite vintage costumes and gear to pay tribute to artist Anne Taintor; for this special Mom’s Day Dr. Sketchy, our model will create vintage moms on the verge of a nervous breakdown. 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 tips for the models. 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.

Image of artwork that includes the "Monopoly man" in a top hat sitting on a bag of moneyRiNo Made Salons: Business Growth Planning Workshop
Tuesday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

RiNo Made Salons: The Business of Being Creative continues in May with a fun and educational workshop hosted by business growth expert, Tasha King. To progress in anything, you’ll need a clear plan forward and continued, smart action. Building your business is no different. Join us for hands-on priority-setting, growth strategy, and action design—participants will leave with new clarity, direction, and an ultra-realistic road map forward. We'll focus on value and next steps—business strategy that's jargon-free and accessible, whether you're an MFA, an MBA, or a GED.

Tasha King is an advisor and an ally—helping businesses get on their feet and build dream teams. She is the founder and lead advisor of Boundre, a business growth advisory firm offering business development training, planning workshops, and one-on-one counsel. Register online or call 720-865-1205.

Photo of a woman's hands knitting with green yarnBeginning Knitting: Curious Classes
Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Learn how to knit or crochet with our expert instructor. No materials or tools needed for this introductory workshop and students are welcome to return until they are freestyling.

June

Photo of slices of toasted bread with sliced tomatoes, and balsamic vinegarThe Love Goddess’ Cooking School: Culinary Demo with Chef Shellie
Sunday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cultivated Synergy, 3501 Walnut St.

Beloved Chef Shellie Kark is back! She is taking some time away from her professorship at Johnson & Wales, College of Culinary Arts, to show us some great kitchen tips and recipes for the summer. Drawing inspiration from the delightful novel, The Love Goddess’ Cooking School by Melissa Senate, Shellie will share recipes and samples that echo the Italian specialties Senate lovingly describes in her book. Mangia! 

Photo of the book "The School of Essential Ingredients" sitting on a wood tabletopThe School of Essential Ingredients: Culinary Demo with Chef Shellie
Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cultivated Synergy, 3501 Walnut St.

Great cooking includes ingredients that aren’t listed on any recipe: gratitude, empathy, love. Inspired by Erica Bauermeister’s The School of Essential Ingredients, Chef Shellie Kark will talk about cooking with mindfulness and adding in a good measure of love. Recipes and samples included. 

Image of artwork that includes the "Scrooge McDuck" in a top hat holding a bag of money in one hand and a spray paint can in the other RiNo Made Salons: The Business of Being Creative
Tuesday, June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

RiNo Made is the brainchild of cool cats at RiNo Art District HQ -- a store dedicated to showcasing the work of artists and artisans who live and work in the RiNo area. These Tuesday night workshops are a chance for creatives to add skills that they might not have learn in art school -- the techniques of making art into a business. Check out the monthly topics at rinoartdistrict.org.

Image of artwork that includes a painting of a person with red hair, a photograph of a person with red hair, and a painting of artist Andy WarholRiNo First Friday: RiNo Made Artist Opening
Friday, June 1, 6-9 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Capture your weird, funny side in a green-screen photo shoot. Hosted at RiNo Made, the new art gallery and shop at Zeppelin Station; enjoy sips, nibbles, fresh art and fun at this monthly artful gathering.

Black and white photograph of two men wearing athletic clothing, one knitting and one doing embroidery Madame Defarge Knitting Salon: Freestyling Edition
TThursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Whether your fiber freak flag is crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch or knitting, grab a portable handwork project and come stitch with like-minded makers. Every Thursday night we gather for stitching and conversation in the RiNo’s sleek, new Zeppelin Station. Drinks and food available on site.

Image of the book cover for "Fifty and Other F-Words"Fifty and Other F-Words: Author Talk with Margot Potter
Saturday, June 16, 3:30 p.m.
Cultivated Synergy, 3501 Walnut St.

At age 54, Margot Potter is mid-century modern personified: three notches too loud, five notches too sparkly, aging disgracefully. Writer, actress, vocalist, design expert, and on-camera talent Margot Potter has published seven books on jewelry making and design and an e-book on personal branding. Her first full length book, Fifty and Other F-words: Reflections From the Rearview Mirror, written in the spirit of Nora Ephron meets Chelsea Handler meets David Sedaris, offers up Margot’s humorously edgy perspective on navigating life after 50. Books available for purchase and signing at the event. And before her book talk, Margot will be teaching a Crafts for the Masses embroidery workshop -- at 1 p.m., same location. For additional info on her crafting event, see the Crafts for the Masses event description. 

Drawing of a woman with black hear wearing pearl earrings and a necklaceDr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Springtime Edition with Bunny Galore
Sunday, June 1, 5-7:30 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

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.

All skill levels welcome, from professional artists to office-meeting doodlers. Bring your favorite drawing supplies and tips for the models. 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.

Photo of pom poms made of yarn and attached to wooden stems sitting in a glass jarDIY Home Decor Edition: Pom Pom Flowers
Thursday, June 7, 6-8 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Make a little something to brighten your digs. Each month features a step up artisan technique. We’ll teach you and then let you tackle a project that will be ready to take home that night. For this class, it’s pom pom flowers -- an old school technique with a modern application. Seating is limited, registration is required. Register online or call 720-865-1205.

Photo of six glass water bottles with etched designs in front of a nature sceneDIY Home Edition: Etched Glass Water Bottle
Thursday, June 21, 6-8 p.m.
RiNo Art District HQ, Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee St.

Everything, from juices, kombuchas and cool, crisp water, tastes better when it’s in glass. Make a swank etched water bottle that’ll sit pretty at home or at work. All materials included. Seating is limited, registration required. Register online or call 720-865-1205.

Image of Margot Potter wearing pom pom earrings and necklace with the words "color outside of the lines"Crafts for the Masses: Embroidery Hoop Dreams with Margot Potter
Saturday, June 16, 1-2:30 p.m.
Cultivated Synergy, 3501 Walnut St.

Our guest author and designer, Margot Potter, kicks of her US book tour with a stopover in Denver. And Margot wants to make sure that you have a lasting memory of her visit; join her to learn handy embroidery stitches on mini-hoops utilizing kicky imagery like owls and campers. All free and all for fun. Stick around after the workshop to hear Margot read excerpts from her new book, Fifty and Other F-words: Reflections From the Rearview Mirror -- following this workshop at 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited; registration for Crafts for the Masses is required. Register online or call 720-865-1205.