Spark Gallery, Denver’s original artists cooperative, will celebrate 40 years of creativity with a two-part exhibition this summer, July 11-28 and August 1-18. The exhibits will cover four decades of inventive energy, featuring the coop’s founding members as a well as over 70 artists who have flourished within Spark’s community.
In 1979, fourteen local artists ignited the alternative art movement in Denver by converting an old Italian grocery in the Highlands district into Spark Gallery. Later moves to the Platte Valley and then to its current site in the Santa Fe Arts District earned Westword’s award as “Best Art Boost to a Neighborhood.” The gallery was the first in the city to offer artists total control of their exhibition environment. Supported and administered by the artists themselves, the coop meant experimental and collaborative opportunities not available in conventional commercial galleries.
Today Spark Gallery remains a seminal force in Denver’s emergence as an art city.
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