Arts Harvest goes to infinity and beyond

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The future is now.

The 40 West Arts District is mounting its second annual Arts Harvest Exhibition, and the theme for this year’s show is science fiction and the future.

Interested artists have until Wednesday, Sept 25, to submit work for the show, which will run for three weekends: Oct. 18-20, 26-27 and Nov. 1-3. The show will be noon-4 p.m. at the district’s gallery, 1560 Teller St.

“This will be a great show, and its last week, it will be part of the city-wide Denver Arts Week,” said Bill Marino, executive director of the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District.

The show invites artists to channel their inner sci-fi, futurist writer — like Isaac Asimov, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury or Arthur C. Clark — and use that inspiration to create a unique vision of the future.

“There are lots of fun ways artists can interpret this, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the artists submit,” said Julie Byerlein, a member of the board for the district and a volunteer with its champion group

Marino said any medium can be used and the goal is to get artists’ take on anything from space travel and scientific innovation to imagined otherworldly environments and the creatures that may be there.

Byerlein said the artist planning committee that 40 West has assembled came up with all the show themes for the year, including the Harvest Exhibition.

“We’re here because of the artists, so we always want to hear what they find interesting and inspiring,” she said. “Another great thing is this way, we don’t do what everyone else is doing.”

Marino said more than 100 artists are part of the 40 West community, and that any and all are allowed to come to the committee meetings to have their voices heard on the kind of art they would like to see in the community.

“We’re acting on the wishes of the artists, on the themes that get them excited,” he said.

For more information and submission forms, go online to www.40westarts.org.

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