Holidays

Twenty-five Holiday Markets in Denver in Early December

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There Are Colors in My Head Banshee Press 6 to 10 p.m. December 5

Five handpicked artists collaborated with Banshee Press for this letterpress print poster show featuring a variety limited editions of 25 prints each by Michael Scarano, Strangedirt, John Fellows, Rebecca Green and Kevin Hennessy. Here today, gone tomorrow: Once these beautiful works are gone, they won't be back, and the pricing -- $40 to $175 apiece -- is right. You'll also get a lesson in what letterpress is all about, as Banshee's presses will be inked up and running for demos.

Holiday Mancraft Denver VFW Post #2461 4 to 10 p.m. December 5 Free

Holiday Mancraft Boulder American Legion Post #10 4 to 10 p.m. December 6 Free

This manly market has grown exponentially since it debuted in 2011, so much so that it's expanded to two shows this year -- one in Denver and one in Boulder. The concept -- a market for handmade gifts crafted exclusively by men, though not necessarily just for men -- is made even sweeter by a full bar with cheap drinks on the premises to keep everyone happy. More than forty guys (and some female partners) will be hawking everything from pickles to art prints, and the lucky first fifty folks in the door will leave with a free "man sack" of free goodies. And on the side, the artisans will compete in a Vendor Whisker War to win facial-hair cachet for the best mustache, beard, 'burns and combination thereof; pay up a donation for the opportunity to vote on your favorites and benefit VSA Colorado's Access Gallery.

DAVA Holiday Art Bazaar Downtown Aurora Visual Arts December 5 through January 9 Opening reception: 4 to 7:30 p.m. December 5 Free

There's something warm and sweet about the work DAVA does year-round by mentoring urban youth though hands-on arts and life-skills programs (for which DAVA just nabbed a $10,000 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, straight from the hands of First Lady Michelle Obama, last month in Washington, D.C.) But the nonprofit's holiday bazaar, which pairs exuberant student art with work by professional guest artists, really seals that deal. You'll find everything from kid-made treasures to ambrotypes and cyanotypes by Ameet Patel reflecting his cultural heritage, original collage works by Elizabeth Truglio highlighting Colorado's cultural landscapes and original pendants by Nicole Banowetz. And more!

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