Boulder Art Galleries

by Jim Harrington

Get a closer look!
From a distance Boulder’s Flatirons are beautiful and also look flat as if they exist in only one plane. When you get closer you see quite a bit of topography and depth between them. In many ways paintings and other works of art are like Boulder’s Flatirons. From a distance a painting looks beautiful but also flat to the eye as if it only existed in one plane of dimension too. But get closer and you see the numerous sculptures of miniature mounds of mixed colors an artist has diligently layered onto a flat canvas to masterfully bring majestic landscaped images alive.
Boulder’s Flatirons attracts world class climbers and world class artists. Get closer by walking the historic red brick downtown Pearl Street mall where you can look up and see the topography between the Flatirons backdrop and visit numerous galleries to view up close the handiwork of Boulder’s community artisans. Enjoy many fine coffee shops, restaurants and street buskers as you journey through historic downtown streets!

When taking a stroll downtown consider visiting:
SmithKlein Art Gallery
1116 Pearl St
A premier family owned fine art gallery

Art Source International
1237 Pearl St
Specializing in antique maps, prints, original and reproduced vintage posters

Art Mart Gift
1326 Pearl Street
Eclectic gift & souvenir shop for jewelry, arts & crafts,

Rembrandt Yard – Art Gallery & Event Center
1301 Spruce St
Upscale gallery setting often used for weddings

Boulder Museum Contemporary Art
1750 13th St
Galleries hosting changing regional & international artists

Earthwood Gallery
1412 Pearl St
A local source for great American Art and Handcrafts

Zuni Fetishes Direct
1424 Pearl St
Largest collection, finest selection of Zuni fetishes

Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery
1421 Pearl St
One of the oldest artist cooperatives in the United States with hundreds of artists

Poster Scene
1505 Pearl St
Rock ’n’ roll-focused shop selling music & movie posters

Art + Soul | Fine Art Gallery
1615 Pearl St
Created in the spirit of fun and contemporary creativity

Vilona Gallery | Art Gallery in Boulder
1815 Pearl St
A new fine art gallery
Galleries not in immediate walking distance of downtown but outliers still not to be missed:

Art Work Space Boulder – A Community of Artist’s Studios
2810 Wilderness Pl
Boulders largest group studio featuring 36 artists

CU Art Museum
1085 18th Street,
Explore their five galleries of art!

The Dairy Center for the Arts
2590 Walnut St
An old dairy plant now housing art galleries, a cinema & theaters

Mary Williams Fine Arts
5311 Western Ave #112
If you love landscapes of the west, gorgeous antique prints, and contemporary western art this is your dream gallery

To get closer still come to 1st Friday’s Open Houses at art galleries around town and meet the artists and gallery owners. In the Fall there is a special event called “Open Studios” when for two weekends community artisans open up their home studios for tours. It is amazing to see the creativity to be found in Boulder’s neighborhoods! And a new tradition has sprung in the spring with Boulder Arts Week where even more art will be displayed. Come to Boulder and take a closer look!