A Date with an Artist

Today's RiNo Open Studio Tour is a happy dalliance between the River North Arts District and Create Denver; the two happened to rendezvous simply because their dates tend to intersect, and it turns out that a major art-district tour is a nice topper to a full weekend of crowing about local art. There's plenty of it to be found in RiNo (to the tune of 65 open locations), notes spokesman Tracy Weil, but there will be things to be found there, as well: Plinth Gallery on Brighton Boulevard is instigating a district-wide scavenger hunt for 100 numbered ceramic rhino figures that you can keep if you find one, and special rhino-shaped chocolates will be for sale at several locations, including the Chocolate Crisis Center, 3370 Walnut Street.

Also, because RiNo likes to throw a party when it swings open its many doors, the district will host an iron-pour performance/demonstration by members of the University of Colorado Denver sculpture program from 1 to 5 p.m. at Ironton Studios, where Biker Jim will be dealing dogs and the studios will be open to visit. Guests are invited to carve a sand tile for casting for $10 (makes a swell Mother's Day activity or gift!), and an after-party follows from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring Create Denver's own Catalyst Ale, specially brewed by Wynkoop Brewery using a bouquet of house yeasts from six local breweries to flavor the inspiring suds. Besides tasting mighty fine, beer sales will benefit the new RiNo nonprofit organization.

RiNo's frontier comprises a blend of youthful collectives, high-end galleries, house galleries, warehouses full of studios and other fascinating holes-in-the-wall. Start early -- the tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- and don't forget to visit www.rivernorthart.com for a complete map of open locations.
Sun., May 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 2012

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