Coming to the WARP Meeting? Here are some fun things to do in Colorado

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by Deborah Chandler

We are often told that the PLACE of the WARP meeting is an important factor in people’s decision to attend the meeting. Colorado is a GREAT place to live or visit, and we want to share a few of the many options available while you are there. Keep in mind that Colorado in May can be sunny and warm or deliver snow. We’ve had both at past Colorado WARP meetings. Thanks to Cathy Jacobus for making up most of this list, and we hope you will have time before or after the meeting to enjoy some of them. Browse through and check the links – surprises await. (And you’ll get a longer list in your registration packets.) In all cases, check before you go to be sure the information here is up-to-date.

Museums and Galleries with a textile focus

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
200 Violet St., STE 140
Golden, CO 80401
phone: (303) 277-0377
hours: Monday-Saturday: 10-4, Sunday: 11-2

Main Gallery Evolutions CFE (Call For Entry)
The Evolutions CFE show never disappoints with the variety of entries. The jurors have made their choices of the quilts that will be in the exhibit, and we think you will be surprised and delighted with the quilts. In the next weeks, we will be adding details and descriptions, so stay tuned. You’ll want to join us for this one!

Northeast GalleryThorns & Spikes | The 4 Common Corners Exhibit

It is amazing to see what comes from a creative group of people challenging each other to create original quilts for a theme. They take 4 months to develop and create their work for each theme. This exhibit is the result of the THEME challenge “Thorns and Spikes” for a group who all live in the Common 4 Corner states, and the only rule is that their work represents these states. This exhibit will challenge your ideas – but why not start sketching your solution to the challenge to compare to theirs.

Denver Museum of Art
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204
phone: (720) 865-5000
hours: Monday, Wednesday-Sunday 10-5, Tuesday 10-9

Weaving a Foundation: Cornerstones of the Textile Arts Collection features 60 objects from the museum’s permanent collection, two-thirds of which have never been shown.

Throughout the Denver Art Museum’s history, textile arts have played a fundamental role in the development of its collecting philosophies and exhibition programs. The first textile entered the museum almost 100 years ago, and since that time, textile arts have been regular additions to the collection. Among the handful of early patrons, the Douglas Family of Evergreen, Colorado, emerged as the most steadfast donors of textiles. This exhibition highlights a selection of the family’s donations that demonstrates their celebration of traditional and living cultures and the value of exhibiting them together. 

Though the Douglas family’s commitment to the Native Arts of North America is well documented, this exhibition reveals their interest in diverse world cultures and textile traditions. The eclectic presentation features textiles from Indigenous traditions across the world, including regions of the American Southwest and Mexico; India and Pakistan; and the Indonesian islands of Bali, Java, and Sumatra.

Shaver Ramsey Fine & Custom Rugs
589 Fillmore St.
Denver, CO 80206
phone: (303) 320-6363
hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30-6, Sunday 11-5

Shaver-Ramsey has been bringing beautiful rugs and textiles to Denver for over 40 years. We specialize in only the finest: from the new premier rugs being woven today to an extensive selection of collectible and decorative antique carpets, as well as one-of-a-kind custom rug productions. We are world renowned for our collection of tribal weavings and textiles.

Santa Fe Arts District (galleries, boutiques, restaurants)
858 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO, 80204

Museo de las Américas
861 Santa Fe Drive

hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 5pm

Located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe, Museo de las Americas is the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain region. Serving the community since 1991, El Museo is dedicated to educate our community through collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the diverse arts and cultures of the Americas from ancient to contemporary, through innovative exhibitions and programs. 

CHAC Gallery + Cultural Center – The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council 
222 Santa Fe // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1pm – 4pm

About : The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) Gallery features the art and culture of the vibrant Chicano/Latino community of Denver and the surrounding areas. Stop by the gallery and immerse yourself in the most unique and popular Cultural Gallery in Denver.

Community Outreach
CHAC works with teachers in Denver public schools to provide gallery space for cultural art projects and provides informative guided tours of our major events such as ‘El Dia de Los Muertos’ for school or Senior groups. In addition, we collaborate with many community groups and non-profits to provide gallery space, and share programming and resources. Our popular children’s outreach programs provide schools and organizations with an artist that will provide a cultural art project, or a cultural storytelling event.

Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, close to Golden and our hotel

Saturday May 18 – Ganja White Night – Red Rocks Amphitheater

Sunday May 19 – NeedtoBreathe – Judah and the Lion – Red Rocks Amphitheater 

There are shows almost every night. If you will be around longer, check the schedule. 

The biggest handloom and spinning wheel factory in the US 

Schacht Spindle Company 

Members and supporters of WARP for decades
6101 Ben Place
Boulder, CO 80301
phone: (303) 442-3212
hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30-4:30, Friday 7:30-2

Go to the website’s About Us to see good videos 

Schacht staff

Fiber Shops and Farms

These are all really interesting specialty shops, due to their offerings and their manner of being in business. We don’t have space to explain them all, so please, open the links. Each one is a surprise. 

Golden Quilt Company
1108 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
hours: Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10-4:30, Sunday 12-4 

A Stitching Shop 
4444 Morrison Rd. Denver, CO 80219
phone: (303) 727-8500
hours: Monday-Sunday 10-5

Elevation Yarn & Co.
7681 Shaffer Pkwy STE C
Littleton, CO 80127
phone: (303) 942-0579
hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10-3, Friday 10-6, Saturday 12-5, Sunday 12-3

Fancy Tiger Crafts Co-Op
3421 South Broadway
Englewood CO 80113
Hours: Monday, Wed. – Fri. : 11am-6pm MT
Tuesday: 11am-8pm / Saturday- Sunday: 10am-5pm

Note: these are NOT Blazing Star alpacas. (Adobe stock photos) You can meet their own alpacas on their website.

Blazing Star Ranch
3424 S Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113
phone: (303) 514-8780
hours: Monday-Saturday 10-6

Note: these are NOT Blazing Star alpacas. (Adobe stock photos) You can meet their own alpacas on their website.

Lamb Shoppe
3512 E 12th Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
phone: (303) 322-2223
hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10-6, Wednesday 11-8, Friday, Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5

Longmont Yarn Shoppe
Phone: 303-678-8242
454 Main St., Longmont, CO 80501
Hours: Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – Thursday, Saturday 10- 5 pm, Friday 10 – 6 pm, Sunday 12- 4 pm

The Great Outdoors

Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, taken by Paul Hutchinson, 2023

Rocky Mountain National Park
near Estes Park and Allenspark
about an hour and a half north of Golden

Apex Park
121 County Highway 93
Golden, CO 80401

Apex Park

Lair o’ the Bear Park
22550 State Highway 74
Idledale, CO 80453

Lair o’ the Bear Park

More State-wide parks and trails

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**Colorado State Parks:

**National Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, Monuments, etc.:

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