40 West Arts District celebrating history

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Colfax Avenue is a key artery that leads to and from the heart of the metro area, and the 40 West Arts District is celebrating its history with its latest exhibit.

A call for entries has gone out to photographers to contribute to the district’s “Traveling Route 40: Celebrating the Character of Colfax Avenue,” which will run from March 1 through April 28.

“It’s really very exciting, and runs in conjunction with Month of Photography in Denver,” said executive director of the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District Bill Marino.

The show will feature all photographers who capture the ever-changing nature of Colfax Avenue in its more than 150 years of existence.

While it will open at the 40 West gallery, 1560 Teller St., it will be traveling down Colfax, going on display as far west as Golden and as far east as Aurora, with five stops between, for a seven-stop tour.

“This is great because it’s showing how 40 West can have an impact on working with partners,” Marino said. “We’re open to collaborating with other districts, so this is a great way to start.”

Julie Byerlein, a member of the board for the district and a volunteer with its champion group, has been working with partners to get the traveling exhibit set-up.

“Colfax is mainstream America, and we all have a vested interest in its success,” she said.

While part of the exhibit will tour Colfax, another part of it will go on display at the McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax in Denver as part of a photographic exhibit it is hosting.

For Marino and those at 40 West, the exhibit is a chance to celebrate the history of the street, and it’s effect on the area.

“Colfax has such a rich history, and has been a part of the area’s history forever,” he said.

All work must be submitted by Saturday, Feb. 2.

For more information, visit www.40westarts.org.

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