After you’ve enjoyed Denver’s art museums, take home your very own masterpiece The Mile High City offers plenty of chances to buy art in museum gift shops, art galleries, art districts – and maybe even from the artists themselves!
Museum Gift Stores
Denver Art Museum
Unique, artsy gifts abound at the DAM’s expansive Museum Shop. Browse the exhibition catalogs, art books, jewelry, and fine gifts in the shop’s two locations. See something you loved while strolling through the museum’s galleries? You can take it home with you – sort of. The shop offers custom reproductions of the most popular artworks in the museum’s collection at www.lookclickprint.com.
Good To Know: Members receive a 10 percent discount at the Museum Shop.
Clyfford Still Museum
After you’ve explored Denver’s newest art museum, devoted to the works of one of the 20th century’s greatest painters, check out the fascinating exhibition catalogs for sale in the gift shop. They span the entirety of Clyfford Still’s career, and give invaluable insight into the way often-controversial artist’s work was received. Also available are some beautiful posters of Still’s most famous abstract expressionistic paintings, a great addition to any office or study.
Good To Know: The STILL DVD tells the story of Clyfford Still’s remarkable life and his indelible contributions to American art.
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Grab a piece of the cutting-edge arts world at MCA Denver’s eclectic SHOP MCA. The sleek shelves here are filled with art books, graphic novels, custom-made MCA | Denver mix CDs, and art t-shirts for “genius babies, artistic teens and open-minded adults.” Limited edition works by avant-garde art icons John Waters, Marcel Dzama, Arturo Herrera and Jeff Starr are available as well.
Good To Know: Kids and teenagers 18 and under are always free at the museum.
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
The Kirkland’s Gift Shop – like the museum itself – isn’t big. But it’s packed wall-to-wall with fascinating items, including books, videos, ceramics, candles, postcards, notecards, posters and scarves. Among the offerings are difficult to find or out-of-print books, production pottery from the Van Briggle Pottery Company in Colorado Springs, and one-of-a-kind ceramics by Nan McKinnell and David Beumée.
Good To Know: The dynamic work of legendary Colorado painter Vance Kirkland is of course well represented at the Gift Shop, with posters, reproductions and even messenger bags available for purchase.
NOTE: The Kirkland Museum is temporarily closed. The museum is building a new 38,500-square-foot facility and relocating to 12th Avenue and Bannock Street. It will be near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum within Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. The new building is set to open in mid-2017.
Art District on Santa Fe
Art District on Santa Fe (located on Santa Fe Drive between 4th and 12th avenues) is an art-lover’s paradise, with dozens of galleries to visit, as well as restaurants, shops and museums. Start your Santa Fe shopping spree at Artists on Santa Fe (747 Santa Fe Dr.), one of the oldest gallery/studios in the area, featuring more than 25 artists working in a wide variety of media. Then explore the inviting Sandra Phillips Gallery (744 Santa Fe Dr.), representing important regional artists as well as emerging artists who offer fresh, innovative and compelling ideas. After that, simply wander the district, popping into whatever gallery space catches your eye.
Good To Know: “Third Friday Collectors Night” is a multi-gallery art opening in more than 14 galleries in the Art District every third Friday of the month.
Cherry Creek North
The uber-hip Cherry Creek North is a 16-block shopping and dining neighborhood brimming with independently owned boutiques and restaurants – not to mention more than a dozen world-class art galleries. With two floors of gorgeous glass, PISMO Fine Art Glass (2770 East 2nd Ave.) offers the most extensive collection of contemporary glass art in the region. At West SouthWest (257 Fillmore St.), discover Indian jewelry, Navajo folk art, pottery, paintings and sculpture, home accessories and furniture, plus unique handmade gifts for all tastes. Show of Hands (210 Clayton St.) specializes in furnishings, wall art and sculpture, glasswear, pottery, lamps, jewelry, and yard art. The Andy Marquez Gallery (2445 E. 3rd Ave., Unit 3) features Marquez’s fine art photographic images as photographic prints, giclees, and laminates. Gallery M (2830 East 3rd Ave.) offers a contemporary collection of paintings, photography and sculpture.
Good To Know: Take a break from your shopping spree and head to the Vineyard Wine Shop, where there are free tastings of four fantastic wines every Friday and Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Tennyson Street Cultural District
Growing with leaps and bounds every month, the Tennyson Street Cultural District is the perfect spot to search for unique art gifts. Lapis Arts (3971 Tennyson St.) features wonderful photography, fine art and custom furniture. NOW ArtSpace (3977 Tennyson St.) displays watercolors, carbon-print photographs, aesthetic and functional metalwork, mixed media, documentary photography, and hand-made jewelry, all created by emerging and established local artists. Gallery nrc (4424 Tennyson St.) offers work by photographers from Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West, all drawing inspiration from the area’s unrivaled natural beauty.
Good To Know: Stroll, shop, and gallery hop from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on the first Friday evening of each month during “Artwalk” on Tennyson Street.
Golden Triangle Museum District
The Golden Triangle Museum District is home to the Denver Art Museum, but on the streets surrounding it, art lovers find plenty of stellar galleries to browse through. At the Camera Obscura Gallery (1309 Bannock St.), enjoy vintage and contemporary photographs. The William Havu Gallery (1040 Cherokee St.) features contemporary art with a wide assortment of media and styles from regionally, nationally and internationally known artists. Walker Fine Art (300 W. 11th Ave.) is a cool, loft-style gallery featuring captivating original contemporary art. Michele Mosko of Michele Mosko Fine Art (136 W. 12th Ave.) spent 25 years in the New York City art world, and adds a sophistication and excitement to the Denver art scene.
Good To Know: On the first Friday of every month, the galleries stay open late and the “Art Bus,” a free bus service, shuttles artsy types from gallery-to-gallery, as well as to and from the ArtDistrict on Santa Fe.
River North Art District (RiNo)
Spend an afternoon or evening browsing the galleries and studio spaces that make up the vibrant River North Art District, which locals call “RiNo.” Start at the Dry Ice Factory (3300 Walnut St.), a sprawling complex home to 20 individual artist studios, a ceramics facility, a large art gallery, and a coffee shop. Then check out Ironton Studios & Gallery (3636 Chestnut St.), where photographers, woodworkers, metal fabricators and sculptors, painters and stone carvers all work and play. Known as “RiNo Headquarters,” The Weilworks Gallery (3611 Chestnut St.) boasts three stories of exhibition space, including a 1,000-square-foot first floor gallery, a second-floor art landing, and Denver’s first Exhibition Tower offering inspiring views of Downtown Denver and the Front Range. Note: You may want to call ahead to visit RiNo’s studios and galleries — some are open by appointment only.
Good To Know: Download a very cool-looking comprehensive guide to the neighborhood, designed by RiNo artist Jill Hadley Hooper.
I Heart Denver Store
Go local! The I Heart Denver store (500 16th St.), located just off the 16th Street Mall in the Denver Pavilions, provides a singular resource for goods that define Denver’s creative culture. The delights you’ll find are 100 percent locally made, and include paintings, postcards, clothing, furnishings and many more unique Denver and Colorado items.