Ten (Plus!) Places to Buy Affordable Art in Denver

Ten (Plus!) Places to Buy Affordable Art in Denver
Matt Sesow, Access Gallery

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click to enlarge The annual Open Press Holiday Sale. - OPEN PRESS
The annual Open Press Holiday Sale.
Open Press
Open Press
40 West Bayaud Avenue

Mark Lunning’s working print studio gives artists a place to learn new skills with a pro and show finished works in occasional exhibits. In particular, Open Press’s annual holiday show is a stunner, spotlighting a wide variety of prints by multiple Colorado artists, priced at $300 or less.

Raymundo Munoz
Sally Centigrade
Larimer Square, 1423 Larimer Street

If your taste tends toward lowbrow and popsurrealist imagery, Sally Centigrade, tucked into an tiny underground spot in Larimer Square, caters to that specific clientele, offering affordable small works from both local artists and top names in the genre. For another take, also affordable, check into Lowbrow on South Broadway, where fun monthly shows give you a chance to check out works from under-the-radar names you’ve never heard of — and a few that you have.

Caleb Hahne, Svper Ordinary
Svper Ordinary
The Source, 3350 Brighton Boulevard

Svper Ordinary in the Source carries a one-two punch, offering up a smart retail take on jewelry and modern lifestyle goods side by side with monthly design-friendly gallery shows focused on Colorado urban artists like Jaime Molina, Marsha Robinson, Travis Hetman, Jason Thielke, Evan Hecox and others. The concept of “buying local” applies to art, too; help our artists thrive in Colorado by taking home something affordable and Svper Ordinary.

A dog portrait by Connor. - ACCESS GALLERY
A dog portrait by Connor.
Access Gallery
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery
909 Santa Fe Drive

Some people with disabilities are artists, too, and VSA Colorado supplies such talents with tools, mentorship and a leg up on successful self-expression. The organization also gives its young artists a place to show their work in public, at Access Gallery. Affordable urban folk art, streetwise canvases and even commissioned dog portraits are available through Access, and the gallery’s autumn fundraiser, 99 Pieces of Art on the Wall, raises the stakes by selling off small works on particle board by a who’s-who of local artists, VSA Colorado artists and national superstars like one-armed painter Matt Sesow at affordable prices.

Louis Recchia, Zip 37
Zip 37 Gallery
3644 Navajo Street

Soon to be the last operating gallery at 37th Avenue and Navajo Street, the seventeen-member Zip 37 co-op mounts new shows every three weeks throughout the year, providing gallery-goers with a revolving rack of imaginative local art priced to sell. But you’ll find Zip’s most affordable works in the Back Room, a must-visit nook filled with small pieces, tiny paintings, prints, sculptures and more.

Wondering where Zip’s block-mates have gone? Pirate is closing its chapter on Navajo Street in May and preparing for a move to Lakewood’s 40 West Arts District, joining Next Gallery, which has already moved in at 6851 West Colfax Avenue and officially opens on April 28. Edge Gallery pops back up in June in its new home at Prism Studios, 999 Vallejo Street, just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Santa Fe Art District.
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