Denver's walkable Golden Triangle neighborhood is one of the city's many burgeoning arts districts — perfect places for a day of gallery hopping. Anchored by the Denver Art Museum and the new Clyfford Still Museum, a dozen or so galleries, restaurants and coffeeshops, salons and bars, there's plenty to see in do in this corner of Denver.
Once a cluster of single-family Victorians and bungalows, the Golden Triangle has transformed into a mixed residential and commercial neighborhood. Just south of downtown, the Golden Triangle is bordered by Speer Boulevard, Colfax Avenue and Lincoln Street. In addition to the arts offerings, the area is also home to the Denver Public Library's Michael Graves-designed main branch, the new Colorado History Center (opened April 28, 2012), Denver Mint and the historic Byers-Evans House Museum.
The mini-community's hippest attractions, however, are the diverse art galleries, all within walking distance of one another. First Fridays Art Walk runs a free shuttle to area galleries, museums and studios on the first Friday of each month. Maps are provided, and the walks start at 13th and Bannock streets. Here are some of the gallery highlights:
Native American Trading Company: Luxurious Southwestern and American Indian art in the form of weavings, chief blankets, pottery, baskets, jewelry and artifacts. 1301 Bannock Street.
The Collection: This high-end European market offers an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories, art and antiques. Market Treats bistro is perfect for a snack, and The Collection also hosts an on going lecture series. 899 Broadway.
Walker Fine Art: Beautiful, contemporary mixed media and sculpture in stone, steel, bronze and glass featuring regional, national and international artists. 300 W. 11th Avenue.
William Havu Gallery: This airy gallery features contemporary art from regional and national artists working in a wide array of media. Top names like Argent, Daborn, Kriegsman, Metier, Steadman and Vonnegut show here. 1040 Cherokee Street.
Paper Clouds Studio: Contemporary papermaking and mixed media by Denver artist Roxanne Rossi and other featured artists. 136 W. 12th Avenue.
Gallery Roach: This photo lab/fine-art gallery exhibits photos of Denver taken since 1932, emphasizing fiber-based silver gelatin prints. 806 Broadway.
For more information, visit the the Golden Triangle Museum District's website.