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Rampage in RiNo

We’ve already come to know and love the RiNo seasonal open-studio tours in Denver’s workingman’s art district “where art is made.” But today’s 2010 RiENNIAL studio tour raises the bar even further. With a heightened sense of community wafting through the air, the RiENNIAL will operate as an unofficial introduction to the Biennial of the Americas coming to town in July, as well as a pep club for local talent.

“It’s a way for people to learn more about the Biennial and how the locals will be involved,” says RiNo spokesman Tracy Weil. “Our hopes are for the Biennial to become more local in the future. We have such a wonderful pool of artists right here in Denver.”

A launch party at Plus Gallery, 2501 Larimer Street, where you can also pick up a tour map and mingle with some of the aforementioned locals, begins at 11 a.m.; tours to dozens of studios and galleries in the area continue until 4 p.m., when it’s time to retire to Casselman’s Bar, 2620 Walnut Street. RiNo tourists who’ve done their homework earlier can then turn in raffle tickets gathered along the way (one for each location visited, plus two more for every $100 spent on art during the tour) in hopes of winning the grand prize — a $1,000 gift certificate for RiNo art — or any of several lesser ones, including some pricey cases of Colorado wine from Balistreri Vineyards, restaurant gift certificates and more.

Other tour starting points include Ironton Studios and Gallery, 3636 Chestnut Place; Dry Ice Factory, 3300 Walnut Street; and Blue Silo Studios, 4701 National Western Drive; get complete details at
Sat., June 19, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 2010


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