Brian Smith, the guiding light behind Denver's Space Creators, a company that, well, creates space, started big when his first redevelopment project, Wazee Union, opened in 2010. Since then, he's just kept thinking bigger and bigger, with projects including Wazee Union's sister facility, Walnut Workshop, right across the railroad tracks. Both provide affordable studio spaces for artists and people with other independent small businesses, as well as rich communal settings. But with the third link in his empire, Laundry on Lawrence, he's taking things a step further. The Laundry is not only the first of the three to include its own dedicated gallery space, but it also has a theater space occupied by the tag-teaming LIDA Project and Control Group performance and dance groups. Space Creators will host a Laundry on Lawrence Grand Opening tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. to celebrate this noble experiment with a very good vibe, and to build up community recognition.
"We know the businesses in the area pretty well," Smith says. "Somebody in the Ballpark neighborhood might not have any idea that we have all these fantastic little restaurants and coffee shops here in RiNo, so instead of a hoity-toity event with champagne, we thought it would be much better to get all these local businesses to show off what they do." The celebration's biggest jewel, though, is a juried art exhibition in the gallery, with awards being given out at 8 p.m. Before that consummation of the space, however, there will also be a ribbon-cutting, live music and refreshments, a photo booth, film screenings and more, plus a perfect chance to explore the Laundry's brave new world.
The Laundry on Lawrence is located at 2701 Lawrence Street in RiNo; for more information, visit http://thespacecreators.com/places/laundry_on_lawrence.
Fri., Jan. 27, 6-10 p.m., 2012