Green Lawns and SAM

In the spirit of "one man's trash is another man's treasure," the Art Students League of Denver has asked residents to donate their outdated art — framed, latch-hook parakeet portraits made by Grandma Millie in 1989, once-prized M.C. Escher dorm prints and other weather-worn decor — for its YArt Sale, the newest addition to the school's annual Summer Art Market. Still going strong in its fourteenth year, SAM will set up shop today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Second Avenue between Logan and Sherman streets, and on Grant Street between Second and Third avenues. The YArt booth will be one of 170 stands featuring the work of nearly 300 artists, all Art Students League members or faculty.

"This is an opportunity for people who are perhaps just beginning to pair up with a pro," says SAM director Freya Lustie. Unlike other art shows, which are juried and often hard to get into, SAM allows all artists, from amateurs to aces, to display their handiwork. In addition, the weekend will feature music by Buckner Funken Jazz and a kids' area, where budding artists can get creative.

To further your perusing pleasure, the seventeenth annual Baker Bargains, one massive neighborhood yard sale in and around the Baker Historic District, will be taking place just a few blocks away. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; pick up a map at the cross-section of First Avenue and Acoma Street.

Need more information? For the Summer Art Market, go to or call 303-778-6990; for Baker Bargains, visit


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