All in a Day’s Work

Once upon a time in Chicago, Chris Buske attended a benefit that featured a caged artist creating a work in a single day. “At the end of the day, somebody bought the piece,” he recalls, and that’s what inspired Buske and the Denver Art Society to host Exposed: Observing Artists in Their Natural Habitat tonight, a benefit designed to cover the cost of materials for the nonprofit’s art workshops for low-income children in the La Alma community. Twenty to thirty local artists — uncaged — will offer multiple repeat performances of that Chica-goan’s feat, in a dizzying variety of mediums and styles. The public is invited to drop by and observe art being made while also enjoying live music, chef-prepared goodies and perhaps even some spoken-word performances; the evening will culminate with a big fundraising auction.

The event should also serve as a great introduction to the DAS, which offers artist studio space, art shows and First Friday events in addition to its workshops. “We are still at the very beginning stages,” says Buske. “But we’re growing and are really starting to thrive.”

Doors officially open at 3 p.m. for Exposed, with the auction starting around 10 and closing at midnight. Admission is free; get more information at or the event’s Facebook page.
Fri., March 15, 3 p.m.-midnight, 2013

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