First Friday art walk in Arvada connects art with community

Monthly event displays local art at Olde Town businesses

Caitlin Danborn
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 7/9/18

As Arvadans kicked off the first weekend in July eating dinner, browsing stores and galleries, listening to live music, and wandering Olde Town, the works of local artisans were on display for the …

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First Friday art walk in Arvada connects art with community

Monthly event displays local art at Olde Town businesses

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As Arvadans kicked off the first weekend in July eating dinner, browsing stores and galleries, listening to live music, and wandering Olde Town, the works of local artisans were on display for the First Friday art walk.

The monthly First Friday art walk features an array of displays by local artists in numerous stores and galleries in Olde Town. It offers an opportunity for artists to gain exposure to the general public and for Arvada residents to view local art.

Sports cartoonist Drew Litton’s art was on display at Light Rail Gallery. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Litton moved to Colorado in 1982 to work for Rocky Mountain News. Now an Arvada area resident, Litton draws for a few publications, including the Boulder Daily Camera and Mile High Sports magazine.

“I love to make people laugh,” said Litton. “I have a mantra, and it’s to make joy. Not enough of it in the world these days.”

Light Rail Gallery opened in January 2018 and offers classes, paint and sip sessions, and exhibits of local art.

“I think the best thing about my artists is that they’re all wonderful in their own right — give you the shirt of their back type of people,” said Alita McManis, owner of Light Rail Gallery.

Numerous local bands also performed in galleries and stores. Inside Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters, jazz band Double Standards played.

“This is my secret sideline identity — but don’t worry, everyone knows,” said guitarist David Cooke, who is also Arvada’s presiding judge.

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